Word Of The Day : vaḍaa

ਵਡਾ (vaḍaa)
Meaning: noun: Big, great

ਸੋ ਵਡਾ ਜਿਨਿ ਰਾਮ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ॥
so vaḍaa jin raam liv laaee.
One who is attuned to the all-pervading Divine is great.
– Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 188

Message: Man equates greatness with the amount of wealth one has and one’s position in society. To sustain this wealth and position is a difficult task. One has problems with others over it. This can be lost at any time or one will have to leave it behind when one dies. The anxiety surrounding this, hardly gives one time to enjoy the pleasure of it.

Where greatness is attuned to divinity at all times, there is no such anxiety. When one is lovingly attached to the Divine, and manifests divine qualities in daily life, there is nothing to lose. Godly qualities in a person give him or her an exalted position in the eyes of the rest. The respect and honour given to one is out of reverence and not material gain. Goodness cannot be bartered, hence its greatness.

Etymology: From Sanskrit vaḍra (big) → Prakrit vaḍḍ (big) → Sindhi vaḍo, Lahndi/Punjabi vaḍḍaa (big).


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