Gurbani Word Of The Day: Moharee

ਮੋਹਰੀ (moharee)
Meaning: noun: Mohri, the younger son of Guru Amar Das.

ਮੋਹਰੀ ਪੁਤੁ ਸਨਮੁਖੁ ਹੋਇਆ   ਰਾਮਦਾਸੈ ਪੈਰੀ ਪਾਇ ਜੀਉ॥
moharee put sanmukh ho-iaa   raamdaasai pairee paa-i jeeu
(Guru Amar Das’s younger) son, Mohri, came in front of (became obedient to) him, and bowed at the feet of Guru Ram Das.
Baba Sundar, Guru Granth Sahib, 924

Message: Humble yourself before the Guru

Guru Amar Das had two sons Mohan and Mohri and two daughters Bhani and Dani.

The verse above is from a composition by Baba Sundar, the grandson of Baba Mohri and great grandson of Guru Amar Das.

The eldest son Mohan lived the life of a recluse and did not make any effort to help the Guru. However, Mohri was of a more active temperament and spent most of his time looking after the Guru’s household.

When Guru Amar Das appointed Bhai Jetha (later renamed Ram Das) his successor, the Sikhs accepted the will of the Guru and acknowledged Guru Ram Das as their next leading light.

Guru Amar Das’s younger son Mohri also came forward and accepted his father’s command. But his elder brother Mohan did not.

What will you do in a similar situation today? Humble yourself before the Guru like Baba Mohri or react and submit to your ego like Baba Mohan?

Note: The verse above tells us that Mohri bowed at the feet of Guru Ram Das. There is no mention of Mohan, which points that he didn’t comply with his father’s instruction. The fallacious stories related with Baba Mohan (retaining custody of the compositions of Guru Amar Das and preceding Gurus and thus having played a role in the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib) were concocted by his descendants for their vested interests.

To read more about the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib see here.

To read more about Mohri, click here.

Summary of the Week:
We have a great mix of life examples this week from our history and heritage: Two of parents, one of a disciple, one of wife and one of a son.

What can we learn from them?

That we can always unlearn and relearn new things all the time.

That we can change our ignorant ways and re-start our relationship with the Guru, even at a very senior age like Guru Amar Das.

Most important of all, there is hope that as long as we are open minded and we tread the path shown by our Gurus we can right our wrongs and grow closer to the Divine blessings.



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