Gurbani Word Of The Day: sauṇaa

ਸਉਣਾ (sauṇaa)

Meaning: noun: Sleeping, sleep.

ਬਾਬਾ  ਹੋਰੁ ਸਉਣਾ ਖੁਸੀ ਖੁਆਰੁ॥
ਜਿਤੁ ਸੁਤੈ ਤਨੁ ਪੀੜੀਐ   ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਚਲਹਿ ਵਿਕਾਰ॥
ਹੇ ਬਾਬਾ! (ਆਤਮ-ਲੀਨਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਛੱਡ ਕੇ) ਹੋਰ ਹੋਰ ਸੌਣਾ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਨੂੰ ਖੁਆਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਾ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਦੇ ਸੌਣ ਨਾਲ ਸ਼ਰੀਰ ਦੁਖੀ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਮਨ ਵਿਚ ਕਈ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਕਾਰ ਚੱਲ ਪੈਂਦੇ ਹਨ।

baabaa  hor sauṇaa khusee khuaar. jit sutai tan peeṛeeai   man mahi chalahi vikaar.
O Baba! (Apart from spiritual absorption, all) other forms of sleep that lead to bodily suffering and vices entering the mind are destroyers of happiness. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 17

Message: Sleeping with eyes opened?
The wise ones like Guru Nanak are always engrossed with thoughts and feelings of the Creator in all their waking and restful hours.

Why do we sleep? We feel fresh and energized after a good sleep as the body and the poor thinking mind finally gets a rest. However, the question remains: In our waking hours, how often are we awake to truth and honest actions?

If we constantly allow our mind to be in a sleepy state of irresponsibility, wasteful egoism and attachment, then we are wastefully asleep. But if we are connected most times to virtues of the Creator, then we are truly awake to living a virtuous life.

Etymology: From Sanskrit svapan (sleepy, sleeping, numbness) → Punjabi sauṇ (sleeping).

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