Gurbani Word Of The Day: Nau-Raňgee

ਨਉਰੰਗੀ (nau-raňgee)
Meaning: adjective: Fresh, new.

ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਨਿਵਾਰਿ  ਜਲੇ ਹਉ ਮਮਤਾ   ਪ੍ਰੇਮੁ ਸਦਾ ਨਉਰੰਗੀ॥
krodh nivaar  jale hau mamtaa   prem sadaa nauraňgee.

(By planting Truth within my heart, the Guru) has eradicated my anger; egotism and attachment have been burnt away, and an ever fresh and new love for the Divine has welled up within my mind. – Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1232

Message: In the verse above, the Guru states that a fresh and new love for the Divine has sprung up within him. As we begin a New Year, let us forsake our past, fickle and self-centered intellect and try to attune to a fresh and new love for the Divine.

What is there for us to gain from this? Divine love and mercy has been a gift to mankind from the beginning of time and throughout the ages. Ever fresh and new, it is the oxygen of life. When the mind becomes attuned to this love, from this attunement springs wisdom, the sublime essence of Divinity.

We are fortunate indeed that the Gurus have opened a door to this love and wisdom through their divine revelations. One method through which we can remove our anger and egotism is by replacing them with virtues like truth, contentment, compassion, and faith, etc. 

Through this love, and contemplation on this wisdom, our mind is refreshed and renewed, and our unhelpful habits gradually fade away. In our daily interactions, we choose to express and manifest gratitude, offer help and comfort, instead of complaining and criticising.

Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. -William Shenstone, poet, 1714-1763

Etymology: Blend of nau (new) from Sanskrit nav + raňgee (dyed, steeped) from Sanskrit raṅg (dye, colour).



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