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Day and Night I Ask for Nam Within

Sabad of the Week

Wednesday
,
15
March
2017

This Sabad by Guru Ramdas Sahib within Rag Sorath encompasses a tapestry of emotions: seriousness, love, separation, longing, and detachment. Traditionally performed, it encapsulates a spectrum of human experiences.

This Sabad by Guru Ramdas Sahib within Rag Sorath encompasses a tapestry of emotions: seriousness, love, separation, longing, and detachment. Traditionally performed, it encapsulates a spectrum of human experiences.


The Sabad unravels a profound truth: when love for the All-Pervasive, the Divine permeates within, a separation from the All-Pervasive becomes inconceivable. Just as a fish is bound to water, life intertwines with Nam. This portrayal instills a sense of irreplaceability, urging a connection with the Divine Name.


The seeker's plea emerges, a yearning for the water of All-Pervasive's glory. The repetition of this request, day and night, underscores its earnestness. Serenity, attained through Nam, is the pinnacle of this aspiration, inviting contemplation.


The metaphor of the Chatrik pleading for a raindrop draws parallels. Just as the bird's thirst hinges on the raindrop, a seeker's spiritual nourishment relies on Guru-oriented wisdom. Embracing this guidance, the seeker blossoms through supreme Love, mirroring the Chatrik's transformation.


A contrasting scenario emerges, depicting those self-oriented, wandering. Without Nam, they endure agony, caught in a birth, death, and rebirth cycle. This cyclic existence is a place of reprimand, emphasizing the significance of Nam in transcending this cycle.

In This Podcast

Harinder Singh

Senior Fellow, Research & Policy
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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