24. Discourse with Jains

On his journey south, Guru Ji crossed the Vindhyachal ranges and came upon a Jain temple. Its priest, Narbhi, heard about the Guru and came to meet him. He was aware that Guru Sahib Ji did not believe in the exaggerated view of life in every form the way the Jains do. He asked a series of questions : Do you eat old or new corn? Do you drink fresh or boiled water? Do you shake a tree for fruit? Who is your Guru and what power has he to save you? Guru Ji replied: If the Guru is kind, devotion is perfected.

If the Guru is kind, you know no sorrow. If the Guru is kind, pain disappears. If the Guru is kind, you enjoy life. If the Guru is kind, there is no fear of death. If the Guru is kind, you remain ever happy. If the Guru is kind, the nine treasures are obtained. If the Guru is kind, the truth is gained.    (Majh ki vaar)

The Jain priest heard this and was satisfied.