Meaning: noun: Truthful conduct, good character.
ਸੁਣਿਐ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ॥
suṇiai sat saňtokh giaan.
By listening to the divine teaching of the Guru, one acquires truthful conduct, contentment and wisdom. – Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 3
Message: This verse from stanza 10 reveals that by listening attentively and pondering upon the divine teaching of Gurbani with love and dedication, one imbibes the qualities of good character, spiritual contentment and higher knowledge.
The stanza then explains that one intuitively undertakes an internal pilgrimage of cleansing as opposed to the physical bathing at various places of pilgrimage – a ritual, as physical cleansing of the body cannot wash away one’s sorrows, pains and wickedness. One attains the same honour and dignity as that is achieved by scholars through reading and studying. One’s mind becomes easily attuned to divinity and steadied for all time.
Be attentive while appraising Gurbani’s jewels of wisdom and thus enrich yourself with spiritual and divine values.
Etymology: From Sanskrit sattv (existence, reality; true character)→ Prakrit satt (strength, essence) → Sindhi satu (courage) and Punjabi satt (truth).