Meaning: eighth day of the lunar fortnight.
ਅਸਟਮੀਂ ਅਸਟ ਧਾਤੁ ਕੀ ਕਾਇਆ॥ ਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਅਕੁਲ ਮਹਾ ਨਿਧਿ ਰਾਇਆ॥
asṭ-mee asṭ dhaat kee kaa-i-aa. taa mahi akul mahaa nidh raa-i-aa.
Message on the eighth day of the lunar fortnight: The body is made of the eight ingredients. The King of the supreme treasure resides within it. – Bhagat Kabeer, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 343
Message: With reference to the eighth day of the lunar cycle, Bhagat Kabeer makes reference to the traditional belief that the body is made up of eight ingredients – skin, hair, blood, veins, bones, muscles, flesh and semen – all just a bunch of matter (that can be used for everyday tasks, like walking etc.).
However, the divine essence lies within the body. Being open to and accepting the Guru’s advice provides us the key. The one who understands this clue, turns away from transient worldly indulgences and discovers the hidden treasure trove – the divine potential inactive inside. He is enriched internally and externally. He enjoys long-lasting bliss.
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Etymology:From Sanskrit ashtamee (eighth day of the lunar fortnight).