Kauda, The Man-eater : Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak was still on his travels.

Now he was going towards the Deccan.

He wanted to go as far as Ceylon, now named Sri Lanka. Two fat Sikhs were with him. Their names were Saido and Siho. As usual he travelled by short stages. Everywhere he taught the people his golden rules of life and religion.

At one place, the Guru heard something painful and strange. In a jungle, nearby, there lived a tribe of maneaters. They ate up every man, woman or child whom they could catch. Sometimes they entered villages. They took away men, women and children into the jungle. There they killed them and ate them for food.

On hearing this, the Guru became sad and thoughtful. He decided to act at once. He must meet the man-eaters.

H[e must make them give up their cruel way of life. He must end the unhappiness of the people. He must free them from fear of being eaten by the maneaters.

He got ready to go. His two

companions readily agreed to go with him. But the people said, ‘Don’t go, holy Sir. They will kill you and eat your flesh.’ The Guru replied, ‘No, I must do my duty. 1 must make them give up their cruel way of life. I want to make them live like good and Godfearing men. I have no fear. God is always with me. He will help me in this work.

It is His work. He will save me from the man-eaters. Have no fear. Pray to God for my success. My success will bring joy to your people. It will teach the man-eaters a new and better way of life.’

Accordingly, the Guru, along with his two companions, started towards the jungle. He had been told that the chief or head of the man-eaters was Kauda. He had also learnt where that chief man-eater lived He decided to meet and reform him. If he succeeded there, then Kauda would reform others of his tribe. ..

With this end in view, the Guru started towards Kauda’ s place. Soon, he and his two companions were quite near it. Kauda saw three men coming.

He was highly pleased. He used to go far to catch men for food. That day, three of them ware coming to him of their own free witfc That was lucky, indeed. He, would have enough meat for many days.

He had a large, deep, frying pan full of oil. He lit fire under it, in order to make the oil boil. The three men had come very near. He felt the oil. It was as cool as before. The fire had lost the power to heat the oil. He could not understand what had happened to the fire. He decided to roast one of the three on the fire direct. He would keep the other two safely bound. He would eat them later.

The Guru was, then, very near

The Guru and his companions were then just near. The Guru was in front.

Kauda caught him in his arms. Guru Nanak smiled and said, ‘SatKartar /’

Kauda was puzzled. He had caught and eaten many men before. None of them hacl behaved in this manner. He threw the Guru into the fire. The Guru stood up in the fire. He was smiling at Kauda. Saido and Siho were saying aloud, ‘Sat Kartar ! Sat Kartar /’

Kauda began to tremble. The Guru stepped out of the fire. Kauda did not push him back. He seemed to have lost his mind. He had lost the power to move. The Guru sat on the ground near the fire. He began to sing a sacred song. Kauda stood listening. His jiead was bowed. His hands were folded before him.

After a time, the Guru stopped singing. He looked at Kauda with a kind smile. Kauda fell at his feet. The Guru said, ‘Rise, brother Kauda ! Give up your cruel way of life. Take a vow to harm no one. Be kind and merciful.

Help and serve. Always remember God. Repeat His name. Earn your bread with honest work. Share your earnings with others. Do all this yourself and teach others of your tribe to do the same.

Kauda promised to live and act as advised by the Guru. From a killer and eater of men he became a servant and teacher of men.