Word Of The Day : Kukaṛ Dee Uḍaaree

ਕੁਕੜ ਦੀ ਓਡਾਰੀ (kukaṛ dee uḍaaree)
Meaning: noun: Flight of a chicken, a short flight.

ਹੰਸਾ ਸੇਤੀ ਚਿਤੁ ਉਲਾਸਹਿ   ਕੁਕੜ ਦੀ ਓਡਾਰੀ॥
haňsaa setee chit ulaasahi   kukaṛ dee oḍaaree.
Some people aspire in their mind to fly with swans but are capable only of the flight of a chicken. – Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page, 322

Message: Swans, one of the largest flying birds, are said to reside in the summer on high mountain lakes and migrate to lakes in the lower regions for the winter. In literature and folklore, swans are symbols of love, grace and purity because of their white plumage, artistry, and beauty. It is believed that a swan, when offered a mixture of milk and water, is able to drink the milk alone as opposed to a crane who cannot do so. Hence, they symbolise the persons who possess prudence and discrimination between the good and the bad or the eternal and the transient.

If someone wants to imitate them, it won’t happen until one really learns consciously the qualities and skills they possess. One has to put one’s heart and mind into learning and performing virtuous actions and deeds like them.

Only then can one take the flight to higher spiritual ideals. Or else one is left to flap one’s wings endlessly like a rooster that can only flap but cannot fly high away to greener pastures or a better way of thinking and behaving.

Etymology: kukaṛ from Sanskrit/Pali kukkuṭ(cock) → Prakrit kukkuḍ→ Sindhi kukkuṛu and Lahndi/Punjabi kukkuṛ + dee (of) + oḍaaree from Sanskrit uḍḍayati (to fly).


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