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Bhatt Nal

Bhatt Nal authored sixteen Swaiyas, all in praise of Guru Ram Das the 4th Guru. Surprisingly, the style of this poet is similiar to Bhatt Kalshar. In certain cases, the use of images and metaphors is the same. For instance Bhatt Nal called Guru Ram Das, Janak, as had been mentioned earlier by Bhatt Kalshar. The vocabulary and metres are also similar.

The unique feature of Bhatt Nal was that he introduced two new chhands called jhoolna and radd. As in the case of Bhatt Kalshar, the group of eleven Bhatts came to the congregation of Guru Arjan Sahib Ji. This historical fact was confirmed by Bhatt Nal. He said that after touching the sacred feet of Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, a sense of solemnity, peace and serenity prevailed upon him.

Poetry of Bhatt Nal:

Sacrifice I am, unto the Name of the True Guru. How do I serve him and how do I praise him?

I can only utter the Name and bow before him with my folded hands. Once the Name is realised through thoughts _and actions,

Only then, I shall know the Peerless Lord, the only One,

This knowledge is embedded in my heart, through the Grace of the Guru. Saith Nalh the poet, "As the philosopher's stone, converts glass into gold And the Chandan tree with its association, infuses the neighbouring vegetation with fragrance."

So does the devotion of Guru, transform a person. Only the glimpse of whose door is enough

to rid a person of his sins, lust and wrath,

I am sacrifice unto the Name of the True Guru.

Adi Granth, Ang 1398-99

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