Gurbani Word Of The Day: hari Lok

ਹਰਿ ਲੋਕ (hari lok)

Meaning: noun: The Divine’s people, the Divine-oriented people.

ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਗ ਬਸੇ ਹਰਿ ਲੋਕ॥
ਹਰੀ ਦੇ ਲੋਕ (ਭਗਤ-ਜਨ, ਹਰ ਵੇਲੇ) ਹਰੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ (ਹਰੀ ਦੀ ਹਾਜ਼ਰ-ਨਾਜ਼ਰਤਾ ਵਿਚ) ਵੱਸਦੇ ਹਨ।

hari ke saňg base hari lok.
The Divine-oriented people (always) dwell with the Divine. -Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1253

Message: The devotees of the Divine dwell in the conscious presence or company of the Divine at all times. They are never separated from Him.

Explanation: In the previous verse by Bhagat Surdas, he asked us to keep away from those people who had turned their back on the Divine.

Following the verse by Surdas, Guru Arjan Sahib composed a hymn to further explain and supplement it. The verse above is from that hymn by the fifth Guru.

The divinely inspired people always endeavour to keep closer to divinity. They submit themselves to the Divine and they seek and see everything in the Divine realisation.

Thus, they obtain all they seek and all they desire. They are naturally protected from the company of disoriented people.

There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring. -Evelyn Beatrice Hall, an English writer, 1868-1956

Listen to the hymn here.

Etymology: Blend of hari (God, the Divine) + lok (people, persons).


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