Word Of The Day: paahaaraa

ਪਾਹਾਰਾ (paahaaraa)
Meaning: noun: literally, shop, business, but here it refers to the habit of a slanderer.

ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਹਾ ਕਰਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰਾ॥ ਨਿੰਦਕ ਕਾ ਪਰਗਟਿ ਪਾਹਾਰਾ॥
niňdaa kahaa karahu saňsaaraa. niňdak kaa pargaṭ paahaaraa.
O people of the world! Why do you indulge in slander? The habit of the slanderer is soon exposed. – Bhagat Ravi Das, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 875


Message: Man slanders because he is not wholly conscious of the wisdom and the teachings of the wise men. The habit has become so ingrained in man that he fails to see that he is doing anything wrong. Vices have taken control over him and this is the resultant behavior which he considers normal.

Man has to become conscious of the Divine, of His presence in us, and of the presence of evil vices that control our behaviour, thoughts and speech. Only when our thoughts are purified through understanding and practice of this wisdom, can there be a significant change in our speech and in the manner in which we respect our fellow human beings.

Those who realize that slander is wrong can easily see the emptiness in others who continue that behavior. They see also that no matter what anyone says about them; if they are true to their word, they cannot be hurt. Appearing to be religious by performing practices such as pilgrimages, ritualistic baths, or countless feasts cannot remove the emptiness of the behavior. When we hurt others we will be hurt in return.

Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens. -Saint Bernard

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Etymology: From Sanskrit prasaar (extension; trader’s shop) → Hindi/Punjabi pasaaraa (stretching out, expansion) → Punjabi pahaaraa (goldsmith’s workshop; shop).


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