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Symbolism in the Guru Granth Sahib: The Fish

Tuesday
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11
October
2022

The symbolism of fish that cannot survive outside the water is often used to depict the nature of the relationship a human being is encouraged to have with IkOankar (1Force, Divine).

The symbolism of fish that cannot survive outside the water is often used to depict the nature of the relationship a human being is encouraged to have with IkOankar (1Force, Divine). Similarly, the thirst of a rainbird (chatrik) that only survives only on rainwater is evoked to show the exclusive nature of love an individual is supposed to develop for IkOankar.

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Surender Pal Singh

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Surender Pal Singh is a Senior Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and English. 

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