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All Under The Earth (Ham Jer Jimī)

Persian Voice in the Guru Granth Sahib

Tuesday
,
17
December
2019

ਹਮ ਜੇਰ ਜਿਮੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਪੀਰਾਮ ਸਾਇਕਾ ਰਾਇਆ ॥ ham jer jimī dunīā pīrām sāikā rāiā. هم زیر زمین دنیا پیران شیخ ها راییا All the sheikhs, spiritual teachers, rulers [will be buried] under the ground.

ਹਮ ਜੇਰ ਜਿਮੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਪੀਰਾਮ ਸਾਇਕਾ ਰਾਇਆ ॥
ham jer jimī dunīā pīrām sāikā rāiā.
هم زیر زمین دنیا پیران شیخ ها راییا
All the sheikhs, spiritual teachers, rulers [will be buried] under the ground.
    Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Majh | Guru Granth Sahib 143


Guru Nanak Sahib tells us, the Kings, “sāhā” or shāh-hā (شاه ها) will go next. “Aphajū” is a permeation of the Persian word afzūn (افزون), which literally means “more” or “increased”. In Urdu poetic usage it can mean “extra” or the “remainder”. In this context, the usage of this word tells us all that remains is Khuda (The Creator). In the Sikh paradigm, we are all part of 1. Our individuality is a temporary illusion--the only thing which remains is the Divine. This couplet ends with the first repeated ending, You are One, You are One.

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Asha Marie Kaur

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Asha Marie Kaur is a Research Assistant with SikhRI. She has a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was born and raised.

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