Gurbani Word Of The Day: dhartee

ਧਰਤੀ (dhartee)

Meaning: noun: Earth.

ਮਰਣ ਜੀਵਣ ਕਉ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੀਨੀ   ਏਤੇ ਗੁਣ ਵਿਸਰੇ॥
(ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਨੇ ਹੋਰ ਬੇਅੰਤ ਦਾਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਨਾਲ ਸਾਨੂੰ) ਜਿਉਣ ਅਤੇ ਮਰਨ ਲਈ ਧਰਤੀ ਦਿਤੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ, (ਪਰ ਉਸ ਦੇ ਕੀਤੇ) ਏਨੇ ਉਪਕਾਰ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਭੁੱਲ ਗਏ ਹਨ।

maran jeevaṇ kau dhartee deenee   ete guṇ visre.
(Along with numerous other gifts, the Divine) gave us the earth to live on and to die, but all of these blessings are forgotten. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 877

Message: The Divine created the earth and gave us human beings a place to live on and to die. He gave us water and air, the sun and the moon. The earth nourishes and protects us – giving us air to breathe, fresh water to drink, food to eat and healing herbs to cure us when we are sick.

There are numerous other gifts which nature has given us as well but all of these blessings are forgotten. We need to realise that the earth is not just our environment. It is not something that is outside of us. We are one with the earth. We are interdependent. Earth is not a separate non-living entity. So we should respect it and live in harmony with it.

Etymology: From Sanskrit dharitree (a female carrier; the earth) → Sindhi, Punjabi and others dhartee (the earth).

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