Gurbani Word Of The Day: Soohaṭ

ਸੂਹਟੁ (soohaṭ)
Meaning: noun: Parrot.

ਸੂਹਟੁ ਪਿੰਜਰਿ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਕੈ   ਬੋਲੈ ਬੋਲਣਹਾਰੁ॥
soohaṭ piňjar prem kai   bolai bolaṇhaar.

The sweet-talking parrot mimics the words of its master sitting in the cage of love. – Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1010

Message: Obeying and learning is a piece of cake

Have you seen a parrot sitting and sweetly speaking in a cage?

Parrots are fascinating creatures. Some of them can even outlive humans.

It is highly interesting how they can learn to mimic human voices even though they don’t really comprehend what they’re saying.

The parrot is so lovingly devoted to its master that sitting in the cage it dotingly utters and does what the master instructs it to say and do.

Pleased with its speech and actions, the master feeds the parrot with good food and fresh water every day. The parrot happily pecks at the seeds and drinks the water.

Thus satiated, the parrot never tries to leave the cage of the master until the master himself releases it or the parrot dies. It abides by the will of the master. Its love for the master is till the end.

So should be the love and devotion of a disciple. Being imbued with the love for the Guru, such a disciple tries to understand and practise the teachings of the Guru.

True joy and liberation lies in the sanctuary of the Master. One who leads one’s life in accordance with the will of the Master never suffers in misery.

Etymology: From Sanskrit shuk (parrot) → Pali suk/suv → Prakrit sug/sua → Punjabi sooaa → Gurbani sooaa/soo-a-taa/soohat.


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