Bhai Mahanand, was a prominent Sikh of the time of Guru Ram Das. Once, accompanied by Bhai Bidhi Chand, he waited on the Guru and said, "True Master, we have in suffering wandered from birth to birth. How will this circuit be ever broken?" "Know thyself," said Guru Ram Das. Mahanand sought further enlightenment. Guru Ram Das, as says Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, said: "Meet in the sangat and listen to holy discourse and kirtan. True knowledge will thou thus obtain." Mahanand and Bidhi Chand took the Guru's precept and attained spiritual enlightenment. "Exalted Person is Mahanand," says Bhai Gurdas in his Varan, XI. 17.
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