Choudhary Chunar and Puria, both village headmen, attracted by Guru Arjan’s fame as a holy teacher, once visited him. They said, “O beneficent one, we have long desired to seek your precept. In our official capacity as village chaudharis, wc commit many wrongs and utter many falsehoods. Be pleased to tell us how we can be saved.” The Guru answered, “The remedy is simple; discard falsehood, anger and pride.” At this Puria argued, “But, Sir, as chaudharis we have so often to tell lies.” Guru Arjan said, “Establish a dharamsal, or place of religious congregation in your village ; attend it morning and evening; and get whatever falsehood you utter or wrongs you commit during the day recorded there in the evening. Record also your good deeds.” Chuhar and Puria obeyed. They felt ashamed as they made their confessions to the sangat every evening. Gradually they got rid of their habit of lying. Listening to the Gurus’ hymns morning and evening they became pious and devoted Sikhs.
- Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
- Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37