Meaning: noun: Yamuna, a sacred river in Hinduism.
ਦੁਤੀਆ ਜਮੁਨ ਗਏ ਗੁਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਜਪਨੁ ਕੀਆ॥
duteeaa jamun ga-e gur hari hari japan keeaa
Second, Guru Amar Das went to the river Yamuna, and there too he recited the Name of the Divine, i.e., talked/preached about the virtues of the Divine only
– Guru Ram Das Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1116
Message: This verse describes the second leg of the journey of Guru Amar Das. He stopped at the bank of river Yamuna and sang the divine praises of the Almighty. The audience was awestruck listening to the Guru’s melodious kirtan and katha.
The Guru preached to them that we cannot cleanse our inner beings, i.e. our minds and hearts by going on pilgrimages and immersing ourselves in some rivers. We need to remember the Divine in our thoughts at all times and only perform deeds that are of benefit to society.
Etymology: From Sanskrit yami (the twin sister of yama, the god of death) in the Vedas. Yamuna is the main tributary of the Ganges or Ganga and is worshipped as a Hindu goddess called Yamuna.