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Brimful Immortal Nectar is Within the Home

ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥

Friday
,
30
June
2017

Brimful Immortal Nectar is Within the Home

ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥

Friday
,
30
June
2017
Sabad of the Week
Guru Amardas
Rag Sorathi
Guru Granth Sahib
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Brimful Immortal Nectar is Within the Home

ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥

Friday
,
30
June
2017

In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

In the melodic embrace of Rag Sorath, Guru Amardas Sahib's Sabad unfolds, weaving together a rich canvas of emotions that resonate deeply with the human experience. Sorath, known for its seriousness and capacity to evoke feelings of love, separation, longing, and detachment, becomes the backdrop for a profound exploration of the spiritual journey.

The Sabad begins with a poignant reflection on the presence of the Brimful Immortal Nectar—Amrit within the home, metaphorically symbolizing the divine essence. However, the self-oriented, consumed by worldly pursuits, remain oblivious to this divine presence, akin to the musk deer unaware of its own fragrance, wandering lost in doubt. Guru Amardas Sahib poignantly portrays the human tendency to forsake the immortal nectar for the transient pleasures of the world, highlighting the perplexing nature of the Creator's design.

Yet, amidst this turmoil, the Sabad offers a glimmer of hope—the rare insight gained by those who are Guru-oriented. Through the Guru's guidance, seekers are able to perceive the Supreme Cosmic within, experiencing a profound sense of coolness and tasting the essence of the All-Pervasive with their tongues. 

The Sabad concludes with a poignant assertion by Guru Amardas Sahib that only through the Sabad can one access the Immortal Nectar, emphasizing the pivotal role of the Guru-oriented in receiving this divine gift. In a world trapped by madness and futile pursuits, it is only through the Sabad that life finds meaning and purpose.

Brimful Immortal nectar is within the home. Self-oriented cannot taste it.
As musk deer knows not its fragrance, wanders astray in doubt.
Forsakes Immortal nectar, gathers poison, Creator You puzzle.
Rare Guru-oriented gain insight, see Supreme Cosmic within.
Body and Mind become Cool, tongue tastes All-Pervasive.
Only Sabad1 births Nam2, only Sabad bonds union.
Without Sabad entire world is mad, life is lost in vain.
Nanak: Only One-Sabad is the Immortal nectar, Guru-oriented receive it.  2.

1. Literally “The Word.” Popularly refers to the hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib.
2. Divine Identification

Guru Amardas Sahib in Rag Sorath  |  Guru Granth Sahib 644
ਮ: ੩ ॥

ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥
ਜੀਉ ਕਸਤੂਰੀ ਮਿਰਗੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਭ੍ਰਮਦਾ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ॥
ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਤਜਿ ਬਿਖੁ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹੈ ਕਰਤੈ ਆਪਿ ਖੁਆਇਆ ॥
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਲੇ ਸੋਝੀ ਪਈ ਤਿਨਾ ਅੰਤਰ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਦਿਖਾਇਆ ॥
ਤਨੁ ਮਨੂ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਹੋਇਆ ਰਸਨਾ ਹਰਿ ਸਾਦੁ ਆਇਆ ॥
ਸਬਦੇ ਹੀ ਨਾਉ ਉਪਜੈ ਸਬਦੇ ਮੇਲਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ॥
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਬਉਰਾਨਾ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥
ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਏਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨॥

About Sabad of the Week

We are finite; our understanding is finite. Our understanding was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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Senior Fellow, Research & Policy

Harinder Singh is the Senior Fellow at the Sikh Research Institute. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University, an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas, and an MPhil from Punjab University in the linguistics of the Guru Granth Sahib. 

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