Sajjan the Robber
Guru Nanak and his companion Bhai Mardana were travelling and spreading the word of God.
They reached Tulamba in Multan.
There on the roadside was an inn fit for a Sultan. Its owner was Sajjan whose real name was Sheik,
He wore white to look pious and great
He was good to Hindus and Muslim who stayed in his inn.
They could pray in the mosque or temple that he built within.
His workers took care of his vast lands pretty well.
But his real money came from killing travelers after robbing and disposing their bodies in the well.
Seeing Guru Nanak ji he thought 'he must be a wealthy man.'
He served him and Mardana with great care.
Guru ji was aware of what was on Sajjan's mind.
Sadly it was an ugly affair.
Sajjan said 'O holy man, come and sleep in comfort inside. It's night and quite late beside.
Guru ji replied "Sajjan we shall first sing a hymn in praise of the Lord,
Then welcome sleep to dream about the kingdom of God."
He began reciting the hymn and Mardana played the rabab.
The shabad explained that shiny bronze pots,
do cover the fingers with dirty black dots.
Those that have not done any good deeds,
Are like a garden full of weeds.
So it is with white clothed holy men who rob the innocents.
They are like pretty storks at places of worship'
whose diet alas includes frogs.
To become good and be able to do good in this world,
one needs the help of God.'
Hearing this shabad Sajjan knew what it meant,
for whom it was.
As soon as Guru ji finished the hymn he fell at his feet,
begged forgiveness and promised not to kill or cheat.
He distributed all his wealth among the poor at hand,
and started living like a true Sajjan in that land.