Gurbani Word Of The Day: Siaal

ਸਿਆਲ (siaal)
Meaning: noun: Jackal.

ਕਾਢਿ ਦੇਇ ਸਿਆਲ ਬਪੁਰੇ ਕਉ   ਤਾ ਕੀ ਓਟ ਟਿਕਾਵਸਿ ਰੇ॥
kaaḍh dei siaal bapure kau   taa kee oṭ ṭikaavas re
Drive out the wretched jackal, and seek the shelter of the Divine
Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1000

Message: Kick that jackal!

Out!! Out!! You jackal!


Yes, tuning our minds to the all-powerful Master, the source of all blessings and bounties is tough.

What is easy? Allowing ourselves to be run by greed, anger, lust?

Why don’t we imbue ourselves with the love of the Divine? Why do we repeatedly get our mind stuck in transient base pleasures?

Using the word jackal to represent human weaknesses such as laziness, greed, lust, wrath, avarice, etc., this verse calls upon us to cast out this jackal.

When we move closer to the Divine, the Almighty Divine becomes our help and support. We will be rid of excessive attachments and will experience more peace and serenity in life. 

Let’s kick the jackal out from within, shall we?

Etymology: From Sanskrit srugaal (jackal) → Pali sigaal → Prakrit si(g)aal → Nepali/Bengali/Hindi siyaal.



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