Word Of The Day: girhee

ਗਿਰਹੀ (girahee) 

Meaning: noun: householder.

ਸੋ ਗਿਰਹੀ ਜੋ ਨਿਗ੍ਰਹੁ ਕਰੈ॥ ਜਪੁ ਤਪੁ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਭੀਖਿਆ ਕਰੈ॥
so girahee jo nigrah karai. jap tap saňjam bheekhiaa karai.
One who restrains one’s senses from vices, and begs for divine remembrance, diligence and self-discipline is a true householder.
– Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 952

Message: Restraint from vices and cultivation of virtues is what makes us truly spiritual while still being householders. One needs to seek the virtues of contemplation, hard work and contentment (jap, tap and sanjam) in life. One needs to make his life full of good deeds and generosity, i.e. instead of merely making ritual donations to charity, our entire life needs to be imbued with the virtues of sharing and serving mankind genuinely and selflessly. Such a householder is pure and blessed. He does not need to abandon his normal household life. He can taste the fruits of spirituality while leading a successful worldly life.

ਪੁੰਨ ਦਾਨ ਕਾ ਕਰੇ ਸਰੀਰੁ॥ ਸੋ ਗਿਰਹੀ ਗੰਗਾ ਕਾ ਨੀਰੁ॥
The householder who makes his life full of virtue and charity is as pure as the water of the Ganges.

– Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 952

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Etymology: From Sanskrit grhin, which derives from grh (house, home).



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