Wali Qandhari, the Arrogant Priest
After traveling through Middle East and many other countries, the Guru reached a place called Hassan Abdal. It is about fifty kilometers from Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Guru Ji stayed at Hassan Abdal near the foothills. People came to know about Guru Ji and began to gather around him. Guru Ji talked to them about God. He told them the greatness of God and His creation. Numerous people began to gather around him every day.
A Muslim Priest lived on the top of a hill. His name was Bawa Wali Qandhari. His house was near a spring of fresh water. The water flowed down to the town from spring on top of the hill near Wali’s house. The spring was the only source of water for the town. People relied on the spring to carry their basic needs.
Wali Qandhari was an arrogant person. When he saw people gathering around Guru Nanak instead of his place, he became very jealous and angry. He stopped the spring water from flowing down to the town. The people became frustrated. How could they and their cattle live without water? A group of them went to Bawa Wali Qandhari and begged him to let the water flow down as before. Bawa Wali Qandhari in full anger said, “Go to your Guru, the one you visit everyday and ask for water from him.” The poeple went to the Guru and told him the whole story. Guru Ji said, “Don’t lose your heart, trust in God. God will not let you die of thirst”. Guru Ji then asked Bhai Mardana to go and appeal to Bawa Wali Qandhari and request him to let the water flow down to the town. When Bhai Mardana went to the top of the hill, Bawa Wali Qandhari shouted angrily, “Go back to your Guru and ask him to give water to the people.”
Bhai Mardana returned to the Guru and narrated what Bawa Wali Qandhari said to him. The Guru sent him once again but Mardana came back with the same story. People got more and more frustrated each second. The Guru said, “Don’t lose your heart. God is great and merciful. God can make springs flow from whereever He wishes. Let us all pray to Him.” They all prayed. Then Guru Nanak Dev Ji lifted a stone. At once, a stream of fresh water began to flow from the place Guru lifted the stone.
At the same time, Bawa Wali Qanhari’s spring dried up. He was filled with anger and pushed a large rock from the top of the hill towards the Guru. The rock came rolling down towards the Guru. Bawa Wali Qanhari thought that the rock would crush Guru Ji to death but the Guru quietly raised his hand and the rock stopped at the instant it struck Guru’s hand. Guru ji’s hand was imprinted on the rock. Bawa Wali Qundhari’s pride was broken. He came down and fell at the Guru’s feet. The Guru said, “Rise my friend. Live as devotees of God should live. Be kind and share with everyone” The rock still exists. There is a beautiful Gurdwara at that place called the Panja Sahib.