Gurbani Word Of The Day: gorakh

ਗੋਰਖੁ (gorakh)

Meaning: noun: Gorakhnath, a great yogi of the early 11th century; founder of the Nath sect in India.

ਜੋਗੀ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਕਰੈ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਉਚਰੈ॥ 
ਜੋਗੀ ਗੋਰਖ ਗੋਰਖ ਜਪਦਾ ਹੈ। ਹਿੰਦੂ ਰਾਮ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ, ਭਾਵ, ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਉਚਾਰਦਾ ਹੈ।

jogee gorakh gorakh karai. hindoo raam naam ucharai.
A yogi chants Gorakh, Gorakh. A Hindu utters the Name of Lord Rama. -Bhagat Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib, 1160

Message: People belonging to various religions and sects have their own perceptions about the Divine.  

They chant the name of their deity considering him the Almighty as Kabir states in the quotes above. Their perception makes the Divine an entity separated from the creation.

The reality, however, as explained by the Gurus and Bhagats (Saints) in Guru Granth Sahib is different. The Divine Himself is creation manifest. He is infused in the creation itself.

His abode is in our inner beings. We have to seek Him there. It implies that the Divine is to be seen in the self and the people around us. This is the theme dominant in the whole of Gurbani.

Notes: Gorakhnath and his followers (yogis) have been quite popular in rural India. There are monasteries and temples dedicated to Gorakhnath in many states of India, particularly the city of Gorakhpur established in his name. The Gurkhas of Nepal and the Gorkhas of India are also said to have taken their names from him.

Literally, the term Gorakhnath is a blend of go (earth) + rakh (to sustain, to protect) + naath (master).

To read more about Gorakhnath, see here.

Gorakh is also one of the many names given to the Divine in Indian philosophy and Gurbani.


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