Meaning: noun: Surdas, a 16th Century saint-poet, whose single hymn is contained in the Guru Granth Sahib.
ਛਾਡਿ ਮਨ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਮੁਖਨ ਕੋ ਸੰਗੁ॥
ਹੇ ਮਨ! ਹਰੀ ਤੋਂ ਬੇਮੁਖ ਹੋਇਆਂ ਦਾ ਸਾਥ ਛੱਡ ਦੇ।
chhaaḍ man hari bimukhan ko saňg.
O mind! Forsake the company of those who have turned their faces away from the Divine. -Bhagat Surdas, Guru Granth Sahib, 1253
Message: Avoid the company of those who have turned away from divinity and goodness.
Explanation: Surdas is another medieval Indian saint-poet whose verses have been incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib.
He is said to have been born in 1529, in a Brahman family. As he grew up, he gained proficiency in music and poetry.
He soon became a celebrated poet, singing praises of the Divine with deep passion and love.
He renounced worldly attachments and took to the company of virtuous people and dedicated himself to devotion.
The Guru Granth Sahib contains a single verse or line by Surdas, in Raag Sarang. In the verse, he suggests:
Avoid the company of those who are not inclined towards love for divinity and virtues.
They might incite you to succumb to evil passions and wrongdoings and thus lead you away from the Divine.
Cut negative people out of your life. The people you spend time with influence your attitude and thoughts more than you think. –Anonymous
Notes: Surdas, whose verse figures in the Guru Granth Sahib, is different from the blind poet of the same name who wrote Sur Sagar. Read more.