Guru Gobind Singh Jee and the sinking stone
jaisee mai aavai khasam kee banee taisrhaa karee gi-aan vay laalo.
As the Word of the Forgiving Lord comes to me, so do I express it, O Lalo. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Ang 722
aapan hathee aapnaa aapay hee kaaj savaaree-ai. ||20||
With our own hands, let us do our own works. ||20|| Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Ang 474
ghaal khaa-ay kichh hathahu day-ay. naanak raahu pachhaaneh say-ay. ||1||
That one who earns their bread from the sweat of their brow and then shares with others, O Nanak they know the Path (to WaheGuru). Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Ang 1245
As Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji carried out His divine mission accompanied by Bhai Mardana Ji; Guru Sahib came to the humble home of Bhai Lalo at village Saidpur, now called Eminabad (Gujranwala district, Pakistan).
Bhai Lalo was an honest man (carpenter by trade) who earned his bread with hard work and would share whatever he had with the needy. Though he was a poor man who belonged to low-caste Guru Sahib came to his home instead of visiting the many rich people in the town. The so called high caste Brahmins kept away and did not accept food or drink from "low caste" people like Bhai Lalo. Bhai Lalo was good and kind hearted; he took pleasure in helping and serving others. He did this because he loved WaheGuru; those who love WaheGuru are always kind to all because they see WaheGuru in everyone. Bhai Lalo welcomed Guru Sahib with great humility and reverence.
It happened that Malik Bhago, a rich landlord of high caste and an official of the local Pathan Nawab, was giving a feast to the “high caste holy men.” He had invited all religious and holy men to join in the feast. When he came to know that Guru Nanak Sahib was staying at the house of Bhai Lalo, Malik Bhago sent a servant to invite Guru Sahib to join in the feast. But Guru Ji declined the invitation, this made Malik Bhago very angry. He sent his servants to bring the Guru. Malik Bhago's servants went to the Guru. They asked Him to go with them. Guru Ji agreed.
Guru Sahib reached Malik Bhago's house. The Malik looked angrily at Guru Ji, and said, "Why do you refuse my bread and eat at the house of a low-caste carpenter, though you are a holy man of high-caste?" Guru Nanak Sahib replied, "I have no caste, all human beings are equal."
"Then why did you decline to join my feast?" asked Malik Bhago angrily. Guru Sahib then said, "Do you really want to know?" Bhago said, "Yes, I want to know why you preferred Lalo's simple bread to my food." The Guru asked Bhago to bring some of his food, and asked Lalo to do the same. When the food was brought by both, Guru Sahib took a piece from Lalo's food in one hand, and a piece from Bhago's food in the other. When Guru Ji squeezed the food in His hands, from Lalo's food came drops of milk, and from Bhago's food, drops of blood.
The Guru said, "Now you see why I declined to join your feast; your food is blood stained because you have accumulated your wealth by exploiting the poor, while Lalo earns his bread by the sweat of his brow, and shares his earnings with the needy." Malik Bhago was much ashamed at this and became speechless. He fell at the Guru's feet and prayed for mercy. Malik Bhago vowed that from that day he would earn his bread honestly and share his wealth with the poor. All the people of the village gathered there and bowed in humility before the Guru. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji told the gathering there that they should earn their livelihood by honest means and then serve the poor. All dishonest earnings a! re the blood of the innocent. If drops of blood fall on a cloth, it becomes dirty. How can the mind of a person who lives on the blood of the helpless people remain pious and clean?
The news spread far and wide of Guru Nanak Sahib, who could challenge caste and authority, with such courage unknown before. More and more people came to listen to the enlightening words of Guru Ji. Bhai Lalo became a devout Sikh and was blessed by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to spread the message of Sikhi.