The Two Villages

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You know Guru Nanak travelled far and wide. He taught the people the right ways of living. Once he was travelling through Bengal in India. Bhai Bala, who was a Hindu and Bhai Mardana, who was a Muslim were also with the Guru. They walked from village to village on foot. On this day, they had travelled far and were very hungry and tired. They wanted some food and rest. They were exhausted and could go no further. So they went towards the nearest village to stay for the night. Near the village they met some people.

The Guru stopped and said, "Dear sir, we are travellers. We have been walking for a long time. Now we are hungry and tired. Can you give us some food to eat and a room to sleep for the night?"

"Go away. We don't care for any traveller," replied the people very rudely.

They asked many other people but everybody in the village was rude and unkind to them. They had to spend the night outside as no one would let them stay with them. They also went to sleep hungry and exhausted.

They got up early in the morning and sang hymns called Shabds. They prayed to God in a prayer called an Ardas. After the prayer Guru Nanak said, "May these people stay comfortably here in this village forever."

The party of three then set out on their journey once again. Bhai Mardana was very upset. He was very angry with the people of the village. He did not like the Guru's blessing for such bad people. But he did not say anything.

Guru Nanak teaching Sikhi to the Sangat

Towards the evening, they came to another village. The people of that village were very good. They welcomed everyone who came to their village. They were very kind to Guru Nanak and his friends. They served them good food with loving care. They gave them nice beds to sleep in for the night. Next morning when they got up Guru Nanak said to his friends, "Let us pray." So they prayed to God for the good of all. After the prayer Guru Nanak said, "May the people of this village scatter every where."

Mardana felt very upset once again. He said to the Guru, "Master, I cannot understand your wish. You wish the good to scatter away and the unkind to stay happily in one place. You curse the good but you bless the bad."

Guru Nanak said, "Listen to me, my dear Mardana. I have not cursed the good people. I wish these good people to scatter and flourish in other parts of the world. Wherever they go, they will make the people there good. If there are more good people, the world will be happier. The bad people of the other village are good-for-nothing. They will make other people rude and unkind wherever they go. So I have ask God to live comfortably in their village. It is therefore better if they just stay in their own village."

Mardana was not upset now. He was happy. The Guru's wish was clear to him. Let us be kind and gentle to other people and please our Lord.

"If I had a hundred thousand tongues instead of one, And the hundred thousand multiplied twenty-fold, A hundred thousand times, would I say, and say again, The Lord of all the people is ONE." (Guru Nanak)

"Know the truth, never speak evil of anyone. Never quarrel with a fool or speak ill of others. Speak so that your words win respect of all. To speak ill is to be a fool" (Guru Nanak)


Ujjar jao' is a Punjabi word that means "To be scattered about the earth"; "to be dispersed or strewn"

This Sakhi with thanks to: Sikh Missionary Society U.K. Other Sakhis also at:

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