The Guru made great endeavours to propagate the Sikhism. For the preaching of Sikhism Guru Amar Dass established twenty two preaching centres in India. The incharge of each preaching centre was a very devout and learned Sikh. They were known as Masands. They were preaching their religion as well as collecting daswandh(the tenth part of their income) form the Sikhs. The money of Daswandh was presented to Guru. The Guru was utilizing that money for the help of poor At the critical times of an epidemic or starvation the Guru helped the affected persons. But as time passed on, these Masands also became corrupt. They were not deposition the collection money with the Guru, and began to misuse it.
Guru Har Rai appointed new Masands to accelerate the preaching of the Sikhism. In these new Masands the names Bhagat Bhagwan and Bhai Pheru were very prominent.
Bhagat Bhagwan was an ascetic. He owner of a big abbey, which had 360 branches. This abbey was at Budh-Gaya. Bhagwan whose first name was Bhagwan Gir once reached Kiratpur. He was very pleased to see Guru Har Rai. When he started his journey from Gaya he thought that if the Guru was intuitive he should appear to him in the form of chatturbhuj. When he met the Guru and seeing him in the form of Chatturbhuj, he fell on the ground and became unconscious. When he revived consciousness he found Guru in his real form. He got up and befell on the feet of the Guru and said, ”My Lord! Do a favour to me and make me your sikh.” The Guru said, “Bhagat Bhagwan! For the purpose you have visited this place that has been fulfilled. Now if you want to take initiation then you should meet Baba Mehar Chand, the disciple of baba Sri Chand.”
Bhagat Bhagwan obeyad the advice of the guru and met baba Mehar Chand. He bowed before Baba Mehar Chand and told him the whole story . He also told him that he had a great abbey and more than a thousand ascetics were his disciples.
Baba Mehar Chand laughed on hearing the story of Bhagat Bhagwan. He said, “Bhagat Bhagwan you have not left ego yet. You have been leading an ascetic party, but you are still entrapped in the mesh of avarice, ego and allurement. If you want to get rid of these wishes them you should go to Guru Har Rai. I no treatment for your this decease. You should get the Name of God from the Guru. Baba Sri Chand had already intermixed the Udaaseen sect in Sikhism.”
Bhagat Bhagwan reached Kiratpur to meet the Guru Again. He wanted to become the true Sikh of the Guru. Informing his disciples he said, “Now I have decided to become the true Sikh of the Guru amd I will put off the dress of an ascetic. They who want to baptize Sikhism should come with me and those who are not interested in it can go wherever they want.”
Then he met Guru Har Rai and befell on his feet. The Guru caught his hand and stood from his seat. He embraced him with great love. He also bestowed on him the gift of the name of God and baptized him a Sikh. Bhagat Bhagwan perceived the true celestial bliss and ego, avarice and allurement vanished.
He became a devout Sikh and always served the Guru with great humility. The Guru was very pleased to see his devotion. One day the Guru said, “Bhagat Bhagwan! We are very pleased at your service. We want to appoint you are preacher.” Bhagat Bhagwan accepted the offer of the Guru. He went to his homeland and established 360 preaching centres in u.p. and Bihar. He made his headquarters at village Nanapur near Patna (Bihar).