Meaning: noun: Book, religious book; here, the collection of Gurbani.
ਪੋਥੀ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ ਕਾ ਥਾਨੁ॥
pothee parmesar kaa thaan
The collection of Gurbani is the abode of the Supreme Being
– Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1226
The hymns in Guru Granth Sahib are divine revelations (dhur ki bani), that is why he calls it an abode of the Divine (Divine wisdom). Appreciating and applying this wisdom in our daily lives is superior to any worship of forms or pictures.
If we associate with virtuous people and contemplate on the attributes of the Divine through Gurbani with devotedness, we will be closer to the Divine. We will be encouraged and empowered to lead our life in a more effective way. The purpose of life would be accomplished.
Etymology: Probably from Sanskrit postak (book) → Pali potthak → Prakrit putthiyaa → Kasmiri poothi/pothe, Sindhi/Punjabi pothee.