Gurbani Word Of The Day: pahiraṇ

ਪਹਿਰਣੁ (pahiraṇ)
Meaning: noun: Garment, shirt, robe.

ਨੀਲੀ  ਸਿਆਹੀ ਕਦਾ ਕਰਣੀ   ਪਹਿਰਣੁ  ਪੈਰ ਧਿਆਨੁ॥
neelee  siaahee kadaa karṇee   pahiraṇ  pair dhiaan.
Cutting away the blackness (of vices) is the blue dress, and contemplating on the feet of the Divine is the ideal robe
– Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 16

Message: Some people love wearing blue attire. During the Mughal era, this was the colour the Muslims used to wear.

The Khalsa also wore blue robes and turbans.

Spiritually speaking, wearing a blue dress or robe is good ONLY if we are conscious of our flaws and regularly strive to overcome them.

Realising the Divine presence within and around us will bring us closer to the virtues of the Divine. This realisation and its practice in everyday life will bring us true respect and dignity.

Etymology: From Sanskrit paridhaan (garment, shirt) → Prakrit parihaaṇ → Sindhi pahiraaṇu (shirt), paharaṇu (clothes) and Old Gujarati/Marathi pahiraṇ (clothes).

Comparable to Persian peraahan (perahan, shirt, clothing) and probably also to Kashmiri phiran or pheran (traditional outfit for both males and females in Kashmir).


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