ONce Guru Nanak Had collected three bundles of grass for his cows and Bufaaloes and He desired to have them taken home. The grass was wet and Muddy . Since no on was willing for the task, The guru asked his sons Sri Chand and Lakshmi Das to carry the Bundles. They too evaded the duty, saying that labourer could do the job. Lehna, Who had just arrived there bowed before the Guru and Said Most Humbly, “Consider me as you labourer and give this job to do.”
The Guru said he might take as many as his strength permitted. Lehna, gathering strength from his enthusisasm and Devotion to guruji, Picked up all the bundles and walked towards Guru Nanak’s House.
On Reaching home, The Guru’s Wife asked him : “Is it proper for you to impose such menial labour on a guest and soil his new Clothes ?”
See , From head to toe, he is dripping with muddy water !”
The Guru replied,”This is not mud but saffron of God’s Court which marketh the elect.” ON Looking again, the Guru’s wife observed that the mud on Lehna’s Clothes had really changed to saffron!
On another Occasion, Guru Nanak dev ji Sent for his sons at the dead of night and asked them to was his soiled clothes. His sons Protested in a chorus,” There is no water around. Even if we manage to wash your clothes. How are they ever going to dry at this unearthly hour ?”
Guru Nanak Dev ji Repeated his request. His sons replied Indifferently, “At the break of day, we shall have your lothes delivered to the washerman to was. Why don’t you wear a new set of clothes until then ?”
The Guru made the same request to Lehnaji. He at once set about doing the assigned task with all sincerity. Early next morning he presented his master with clean, washed and dried clothes,,.
One winter night it poured so heavily that a part of the wall of the Guru’s House collapsed. Around Midnight he asked his sons to repair it. They Said, “It is dark and bitterly cold. Besided , it is not our job to build or repair wall. Tommorrow morning we shall summon mason and Labourers to do the work. ”
the Guru said to his sons, “Since it is the Guru’s work.,it must only be don by his sikhs; and it must be done immediately without any further delay.”
Lehnaji, who happened to be standing next to the Guruji, offered his services. He started building the wall. when he was nearly half way through, the Guru said that the wall was not straight. He asked him to demolish the half built wall and build it again. Lehnaji obeyed his master and started rebuilding the wall with utmost care. But the Guru was still not satisfied. He had to putt it down once more. This carried on several times. The Guru’s own songs tried to discourage Lehnaji agains this task assigned to him. They Said, “You can never please him. Give up the work.”
But Lehnaji said,”A servant musd do his mater’s work. It is of the master to decide what work he should assign to his servant…….”
Guru Nanak Dev ji used to get up early every morning to bathe in the river Ravi. Lehnaji would go along with him and sit near the Guru’s Clothes while he bathed . By now Guru Nanak dev ji had become so fond of him that he had come to be known as Baba Lehna. Some of the Guru’s disciples had become jealous of baba Lehna, One day three of these jealous Sikhs decided to do what Baba Lehna was doing for the Guru. They Thought this would please their master.
It was a cold dark morning . The sky was overcast and Soon it began to hail. The Three sikhs could not bear the chill and returned home. But baba Lehna waited for the Guru to step out of the river. When Guru Nanak dev ji reached the bank of the river where Baba Lehna was sitting by himself, he said to him ,” the other sikhs deserted me on this chilly morning. Why didn’t you follow suit?”
On this Baba Lehna Bowed humbly to his Guru and Said, “A servant must never desert his master. How could i do that ?”