Gurbani Word Of The Day: maadhau

ਮਾਧਉ (maadhau)

Meaning: noun: The Master of Maya; the Divine.

ਮੇਰੇ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੀ   ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਸੁ ਤਰਿਆ॥ 
ਹੇ ਮੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਜੀ ! ਜੋ ਜੋ ਮਨੁਖ ਆਪ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਸੱਚੀ ਸੰਗਤ ਵਿਚ ਮਿਲ ਪਵੇ, ਉਹ (ਭਵਸਾਗਰ) ਤਰ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

mere maadhau jee   satsaňgat mile su tariaa.
O my Master! Whoever joins Your true congregation, swims across (the world ocean successfully). -Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 10

Message: The quote asks us to join the true congregation, the congregation of the Guru.

Explanation: Does prayer truly liberate us?

We pray, we worship the Divine, yet we are sometimes caught in a situation where we cannot help but worry. There are fear and anxiety that we will not be able to provide for our loved ones. Why worry so much when the Creator is Himself engaged in providing for us?

In the verse from which this quote is taken, we are reminded that the Divine is taking care of us as He is doing the same for the rest of His creation. By devoting ourselves to Him and being open to receiving His grace, we allow ourselves to be taken care of.

All treasures are held in the ‘palm of His hand’. We need to just remember Him and give Him a place in our heart and mind. Remembrance of the Creator makes a human blossom like a dead dry wood coming to life again.

Mother, father, friends, children, and spouse; no one is a permanent support of anyone else. A flamingo flies hundreds of miles leaving its offspring behind on the faith that they will be looked after. Only the Divine is permanent, and He provides sustenance for everyone. Then why do we still fear?

There is no end or limit to the blessings He can shower on us. We should shed our fears and worries and humble ourselves before His will.

Etymology: From Sanskrit madhav, an epithet of God in Hindu scriptures. In the Bhagavad Gita, it is understood to refer to Vishnu as the husband of the goddess of fortune (Lakshmi).

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