Word Of The Day: Kutte

ਕੁਤੇ (kutte)
Meaning: noun: From ਕੁੱਤਾ(kuttaa), dog.

ਕੁਤੇ ਚੰਦਨੁ ਲਾਈਐ   ਭੀ ਸੋ ਕੁਤੀ ਧਾਤੁ॥
kutte chaňdan laaeeai   bhee so kuttee dhaat.
One may apply sandalwood to a dog, but still his nature remains that of dogs. – Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 143

Message: A dog or any animal is – an animal – even if you bathe it properly and anoint it with sandalwood or any other fragrance. It will roll in the dust and get soiled again.

On the other hand, humans are known as the species at the top of the animal kingdom with the most developed mind and capable of language and rationalizing. Even though we may be a fine species, if we do not live up to the noble nature of our mind, we will end up allowing it to be defiled by the dust of wrong habits of thought and ultimately wrong actions, which will bring up the hidden beast behind our disguise.

Thus even if we beautify the body, the mind will never be satisfied. It will remain dirty and egoistic just like a dog that may have sandalwood applied to make it smell good, yet it barks and bites at every small opportunity because fundamentally it’s a dog. So the choice is ours, manifest the beast or the divine spark. Manifest our animal nature or our angelic tendency.

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Etymology: From Sanskrit kutt → Prakrit kutt → Punjabi/Hindi kuttaa.


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