Guru Nanak Dev And The Millionaire
A millionaire official who stayed in a neighbouring village from the one that Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj was began to slander the king of kings. He said, 'Who is this person whose name is repeated by every one, as if he were a god, though he is only a mortal like ourselves? The Hindus are being perverted, and even the Muslims are losing their faith. Come, let us imprison him.'
After saying this he then mounted on horseback. As soon as he did this his horse shied and threw him. The next day he again mounted, but, as he proceeded on his way, he became blind and had to alight. Those who saw what was happening to him, were afraid to make any remark. All they said was, ‘Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj’.
They, however, suggested to the millionaire that he should do homage to Satguru Ji. Upon this he began to praise Maharaj; and those who were with him bowed towards the Guru.
The millionaire again mounted his horse, intending this time to go and ask for forgiveness from Guru Sahib, but immediately fell down. His companions addressed him, 'You have made a mistake in going on horseback. Go on foot, so that you may be pardoned.'
He took this advice. On arriving at a spot where Guru Sahib’s residence could be seen, he recovered his sight, and began to make salutations in the direction of the king of this world and the next. On arriving in the presence of Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj the millionaire fell at Guru Sahib’s feet and kissed them. Guru Sahib was pleased and made him his guest for three days. The millionaire, in honour of Satguru Ji, founded a village, which he called Kartarpur, on the margin of the Ravi, and built a beautiful Gurudwara Sahib therein, both of which he dedicated to Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj.