Word Of The Day: Jot

ਜੋਤਿ (jot)
Meaning: noun: Light, divine light, divine consciousness.

ਜੋਤਿ ਰੂਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਆਪਿ   ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਕਹਾਯਉ॥ ਤਾ ਤੇ ਅੰਗਦੁ ਭਯਉ   ਤਤ ਸਿਉ ਤਤੁ ਮਿਲਾਯਉ॥
roop har aap   guroo naanak kahaayau. taa te aňgad bhayau   tat siu tat milaayau
The Embodiment of Light, the Divine, revealed Itself in the form of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak merged his spiritual thought into Bhai Lehna, and thus from Guru Nanak came Guru Angad
Bhatt Mathura, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 1408

Message: What can we call someone who looks like a human physically yet has qualities which are beyond any human being – a superhero or an angel with supernatural powers?

However in Guru Nanak’s case, he is considered and praised by Bhatt Mathura here as a carrier of the divine wisdom and virtues of the Divine – a divine representative who throughout his life showed he was very close in identity to the Divine in all respects. This mission was carried forward by Guru Angad and other Gurus successively after him.

If we are unable to equate him with any other human, we (and those in the past) can only liken Guru Nanak with God’s divine light. Meaning – someone who behaves just as wisely, compassionately and lovingly as the Divine. Similarly, other Gurus also had the same light in them. This was reflected in their thoughts, words and deeds, and the way they interacted with the masses to give deliverance to everyone – without discrimination.

India was once again blessed by the Divine, with Guru Nanak possessing all attributes of a Prophet, a complete and perfect human being. Guru Nanak’s appearance in the world was no less than that of Prophet Abraham 5000 years ago. – Dr. Mohamed Iqbal, 1877 –1938, widely known as Allama Iqbal, a philosopher

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Etymology: From Sanskrit jyotis (light, moonlight, star)Pali joti (light, star, fire)Gurbani jot (light, divine light).


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