Bhagat Surdas ji
one of the medieval Indian bhakta
poets whose verses have been
in the Guru Granth Sähib. Sürdãs,
whose original name
was Madan Mohan, is said to have
been born in 1529, in a
Brãhman family. As he grew
up, he gained proficiency in the
of music and poetry for which lie
had a natural talent. He soon
a celebrated poet, singing with
deep passion lyrics of Divine
attracted the attention of Emperor
Akbar who appointed him governor
the parganah of Sandilà.
elsewhere. He renounced the world
and took to the company of holy
dedicating himself solely to the
Lord. He died at Banãras. A
in the vicinity of the city
honours his memory.
The Guru Granth Sahib contains one hymn by Bhakta Sürdäs, in the Sãrañg measure. In fact, it is not a complete hymn but a single line: “0 mind, abandon the company of those who turn away from God.” It is believed to be the refrain of a complete hymn composed by Sürdãs in which he described one who had turned away from God as an incorrigible sinner for whom there was no hope of redemption. Guru Arjan omitted the rest of the hymn probably because it ran counter to the Sikh belief in God’s grace even for the worst of sinners. He therefore composed a hymn to explain and supplement the single line of Sürdãs. Its refrain is : “Men of God abide with the Lord.”
Surdàs whose verse figures in the Guru Granth Sãhib is to be differentiated from the blind poet of the same name who wrote Sür Sagar.