Gurbani Word Of The Day: sain

ਸੈਨੁ (sain)
Meaning: noun: A 15th Century saint-poet, whose one hymn is present in the Guru Granth Sahib.

ਸੈਨੁ ਨਾਈ ਬੁਤਕਾਰੀਆ   ਓਹੁ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਸੁਨਿਆ॥ ਹਿਰਦੇ ਵਸਿਆ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ   ਭਗਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਗਨਿਆ॥ 
sain naaee but-kaareeaa   oh ghar ghar suniaa. 
hirde vasiaa paarbraham   bhagtaa mahi ganiaa. 
Sain, the barber, who was a village drudge, became famous in each and every house. The Supreme Lord dwelt in his heart and he was counted among the exalted devotees. – Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 487

Message: Bhagat Sain is another saint-poet who was influenced by the bhakti movement. One of his hymns is recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He was a barber of the royal court and though a menial worker, he found pleasure in the midst of his duties to spend time in the company of saintly and wise people. He studied devotional hymns, and their spirit and principles shaped his life. According to him, the singing of God’s praise and meditating on God’s Name constitutes the highest form of worship.

Not many of us will experience the Divine in the manner Bhagat Sain had. The Guru Granth Sahib and its wisdom is our resource. As Sain was drawn to the company of good wise people, those of us who are drawn to the Gurbani’s wisdom have a chance of finding a relationship with the Divine. As he found time amidst his duties, so can we find time, amidst our busy schedules, to learn from this wisdom and practise it in our everyday life.

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint. – Albert Schweitzer, philosopher and physician, Nobel laureate, 1875-1965


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