Gurbani Word Of The Day: marṇaa

ਮਰਣਾ (marṇaa)

Meaning: noun: Death, dying.

ਖਾਣਾ ਪੀਣਾ ਹਸਣਾ ਸਉਣਾ   ਵਿਸਰਿ ਗਇਆ ਹੈ ਮਰਣਾ॥
ਖਾਣਾ, ਪੀਣਾ, ਹੱਸਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਉਣਾ; (ਇਸ ਸਾਰੇ ਕੁਝ ਦੇ ਵਿਚ) ਮਰਨਾ ਭੁੱਲ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।

khaaṇaa peeṇaa hasṇaa sauṇaa   visar gaiaa hai marṇaa.
Eating, drinking, laughing and sleeping; (amongst all these) dying has been forgotten. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1251

Message: Remember your last moment
Did you notice that in the quote above, five words come from this week? Here, we’ll discuss the last word: dying.

Remembering that we will be dead one day can help us make better and correct choices in life. They say look in the mirror every morning and ask yourself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”

We all are tourists here. The Divine is our travel agent who is always at hand to fix our routes, reservations and destinations. But if we are too caught up in the pleasures of the world and forget death, how can we remember the Creator who gave us life?

Etymology: From Sanskrit maraṇ (dying, cessation) → Pali → Prakrit → Sindhi maraṇo (dying, death), Marathi marṇaa (greatly emaciated).

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