Bhai Lalo's Honesty

After teaching people in Lahore to live honestly Guru ji returned to Talwandi to see his parents. Then after a short stay, He proceeded with Mardana his companion on a long journey to visit the sacred places of pilgrimage of the Hindus. On the way they reached Bhai Lalo's workshop at Saidpur presently known as Eminabad in Pakistan.

Bhai Lalo earned his living by honest work. He was born in 1452 at the village of Saidpur (Pakistan). His father's name was Bhai Jagat Ram of the 'Ghataura' surname pertaining to the carpenter clan, now known as Ramgarhia. Bhai Lalo was nearly seventeen years older than Guru Nanak. When Lalo saw two holy men coming towards him, he put aside his work and spread a bed for them and went to get some lunch for them.

As the kitchen was supposed to be the most pure and clean place in a house, Bhai Lalo asked Guru Nanak to come there and have his meal.

Guru ji said 'Bhai Lalo, every place is clean and pure for us. Please bring the meal here.'

So the meal was brought out and Mardana then divided it into three parts and they all ate it together'This meal tastes like nectar. What has been put in it?' asked Bhai Mardana.

Guru Nanak replied 'That was the sweet flavour of truthfulness and honesty that you tasted. This taste is above the tepid experience of worldly delicacies.'

Guru Nanak taught the message of honest hard work as an essential part of ones duty to God.

The other two important messages taught by the Guru were the remembering and reciting of God's name and also the sharing of ones worldly wealth with others who are less well off.

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