Gurbani Word Of The Day: kuňchee

ਕੁੰਚੀ (kuňchee)
Meaning: noun: Key..
ਦਸਵੈ ਦੁਆਰਿ ਕੁੰਚੀ ਜਬ ਦੀਜੈ॥ ਤਉ ਦਇਆਲ ਕੋ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਕੀਜੈ॥
dasvai duaar kuňchee jab deejai. tau daiaal ko darsan keejai.

When the key is applied to the tenth gate, then can the spiritual vision of the Merciful Lord be realized. – Bhagat Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib, 341
Message: The human body has nine physical openings: two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, mouth, anus and genitalia. The mind has a physical and spiritual dimension. The physical component is the portion processing all information, interactions and actions. [The front part (anterior) is associated with learning, behaviour and personality. The back part (posterior) is the motor cortex controlling voluntary movements. If you want to be more specific, listen to Prof Robert Winston BBC..

The spiritual component comprises the element, which gives life to the body and is called the ‘soul’.  In other words, it is the invisible energy planted by the Creator. It can in many ways be called the seed of life, consciousness, etc.

The tenth gate is the experience (of a spiritually fulfilled, joyous and harmonious state of mind which is not permanent, unless one has a controlled mind), and not a physical phenomenon.

It is the unseen metaphoric gate which remains closed, but when opened reveals the vision of the Divine in the mind.  It’s a state of bliss experienced by one whose nine sensory organs have overcome worldly temptations. This spiritual experience is made possible with the help of the Guru’s wisdom.

We are to seek the source of this wisdom and enlightenment (Gurbani) to attain this jewel of spiritualty. Through consistent dedication and a desire to experience this blissful state, one can feel the Divine presence manifest in and around us at all times. If we but open our eyes!

Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside. –Marilyn Ferguson, an American author, editor and public speaker, 1938 – 2008

Notes: Besides the above form of the word which appears only once, two of its later variants ਕੁੰਜੀ (kuňjee) and ਕੂੰਜੀ (kooňjee) are also used in Gurbani.

Etymology: From Sanskrit kuňchikaa (key) → Pali kuňchikaa → Prakrit kuṁchiyaa → Oriya kuňchi → Sindhi, Lahndi and Punjabi kuňjee (key) and a dialect of Sindhi kooňjee.



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