Pir Bhikan Shah and the Two Pots of Sweets

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Pir Bhikham Shah lived in village Thaska in District Karnal, now in Haryana. A Sayyid, on the day that Guru Gobind Rai was born at Patna, Bhikan Shah did something that shocked the Muslims around him. That morning when everyone else was doing Namaaz in the direction of Meccah, the Pir made a deep and respectful bow towards East in the direction of Patna. His Muslim disciples and village people were surprised and agitated because the Muslims of India always bow towards the West, in the direction of Mecca.

They asked the Pir, the purpose of his strange act. Then Sayyid replied, "On this day, a beloved of God has been born who will be both a saint and a hero. He has taken birth to destroy evil, sin and falsehood. He will fight for the cause of virtue, and truth. I will go to that sacred place to be blessed by seeing this holy child."

Pir Bhikham Shah then left for Patna with his disciples and some servants. Arriving at Patna, the Pir went to the house where Gobind Rai was born where after a respectful bow, he sat down near the door of the house. When asked what he wanted and why he was sitting there, the Pir said, "I have come from a far off place to be blessed by having look at the holy child." Mata Gujri when informed of the arrival of the Faqir and his intention, hesitatingly made some excuses but the Pir was adamant and implored that his wish to see the child be granted. He told that having traveled for many days covering hundreds of miles, he would not go away, neither eat nor drink till his wish was granted. The Pir was at last permitted to see the child.

On seeing the child, the Faqir respectfully made a deep bow after which he offered two earthen pots containing sweetmeats. The Pir had purchased one pot from a Muslim and the second pot of sweets from a Hindu. After placing both the pots containing sweets before Gobind Rai, the Pir sat down with folded hands and looking at the child, Gobind Rai placed his left hand on one of the pots and at the same time placed his right hand on the other pot. The child then smiled and looked at the pir who made a long and deeper bow to the holy child.

The followers of the Pir had watched as the child touched both bowls at the same moment, but why had their Pir offered two bowls instead of one? They kindly asked their Pir why he had placed two bowls before the child. The Pir explained that he had wanted to know whether this holy child would favour the Hindus or the Musalmen; he explained, “I had placed the pots of sweets before the child, thinking that if he put his hand on the pot of Sweets from the Hindu shop, he would favour the Hindus, but if he placed his hand on the pot of sweets from the Muslim shop he would favor the Muslims. But the holy child wisely touched both pots showing me that both the Hindus and Muslims are equally dear to him. As he grows older he will help Hindus whenever they need his help and he will help Muslims whenever they are in need of his help.

The Pir further said that he was immensely impressed and pleased with this act of the Holy child. The Pir, his disciples and servants then returned to his home and remained a steadfast supporter of the Guru for his entire life.

Quotes from Guru Granth Sahib

aval aleh noor oupaaeiaa kudharath kae sabh ba(n)dhae ||

First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

eaek noor thae sabh jag oupajiaa koun bhalae ko ma(n)dhae ||1||

From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1|| Sri Guru Granth Sahib ANG1349

kabeer poo(n)garaa raam aleh kaa sabh gur peer hamaarae ||5||

Kabeer is the child of God, Allah, Raam. All the Gurus and prophets are mine. ||5|| Sri Guru Granth Sahib ANG 1349

eaeko alahu paarabreham ||5||34||45||

The Muslim God Allah and the Hindu God Paarbrahm are one and the same. ||5||34||45|| Sri Guru Granth Sahib ANG 897

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