Gurbani Word Of The Day: nidhaan

ਨਿਧਾਨ (nidhaan)
Meaning: noun: Store, treasure.

ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਹੈ   ਨਾ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਮੁਗਧ ਗਵਾਰ॥
har maňdar mahi naam nidhaan hai   naa boojhahi mugadh gavaar.
The divine treasure lies within the temple of God (human body), but the idiotic fools do not realize this. – Guru Amar Das, Guru Granth Sahib, 1346

Message: While being separate from its original source the individual soul never rests in peace until and unless it reaches its real state which exists in the being of the Divine. However, due to ignorance, the mind never realizes the real reason for its sufferings and restlessness. That is why it suffers many types of mental and physical pains.

Gurbani tells us that the Divine exists in all of us, making all creation one. By breaking the false wall of egoism, the veil concealing the ultimate reality is lifted, which enables vision of the Divine, the Creator abiding within and everywhere. The mind becomes calm and remains in bliss; it realizes that the source of peace is not something external, but within one’s own soul or consciousness; he or she shall find the Divine as their own true Self.

ਬਾਹਰੁ ਭਾਲੇ ਸੁ ਕਿਆ ਲਹ   ਵਥੁ ਘਰੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਭਾਈ॥
O Brother/friend! The commodity is within the home (mind); what can anyone find searching outwardly? – Guru Amar Das, Guru Granth Sahib, 425

Etymology: From Sanskrit nidhaan (place for depositing anything, store) → Pali nidhaan (receptacle, accumulation) → Gurbani.


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