Gurbani Word Of The Day: pitaa

ਪਿਤਾ (pitaa)

Meaning: noun: Father.

ਜੈਸਾ ਬਾਲਕੁ ਭਾਇ ਸੁਭਾਈ   ਲਖ ਅਪਰਾਧ ਕਮਾਵੈ ॥ 
ਕਰਿ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਝਿੜਕੇ ਬਹੁ ਭਾਤੀ   ਬਹੁੜਿ ਪਿਤਾ ਗਲਿ ਲਾਵੈ॥
ਇਕ ਬੱਚਾ ਲਾਡ-ਪਿਆਰ ਕਾਰਨ ਜਾਂ ਸੁਭਾਵ ਅਧੀਨ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਅਪਰਾਧ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਇਕ ਪਿਤਾ ਕਈ ਤਰੀਕਿਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਮੱਤ ਦੇ ਕੇ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਝਿੜਕਦਾ (ਸਮਝਾਉਂਦਾ) ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਫਿਰ ਪਿਆਰ ਨਾਲ ਗਲ਼ ਨਾਲ ਲਾ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

jaisaa baalak bhaai subhaaee   lakh apraadh kamaavai.
kar updes jhiṛke bahu bhaatee   bahuṛ pitaa gal laavai. 

A child innocently makes numerous mistakes but a father teaches and scolds him in many ways and then hugs him in his embrace lovingly. -Guru Arjun Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 624

Message: As we grow up, we learn from the many errors that we make. The lessons learnt from the way our fathers dealt with our errors are the most influential ones. The father’s love is a symbol of the love of our Divine Father for us on this earth. We need to appreciate that despite our mistakes, the warmth and security of a father’s embrace is the most soothing support we can achieve. A father’s anger is the true guidance for our moral compass.

While being grateful to our fathers, if we also remember the Divine Father, and follow His guidance and path, we get a sense of security that He is always around in our learning journey, watching, observing, caring and correcting in the best way possible.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. -Sigmund Freud

Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name. -William Wordsworth

Etymology: From Sanskrit pitr  Pali pitaa (father). Comparable to Persian pidar (father), English father, Latin pater (-paternal), Greece patro (-patronymic), ultimately from Indo-European pater.


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