Gurbani Word Of The Day: sir Dhar Talee

ਸਿਰੁ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ (sir dhar talee)

Meaning: Putting the head on the palm.

ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ॥ ਸਿਰੁ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਆਉ॥
ਜੇ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਦੀ ਖੇਡ ਖੇਡਣ ਦਾ ਚਾਅ ਹੈ, ਤਾਂਆਪਣਾਸਿਰਤਲੀਉੱਤੇਰੱਖਕੇਮੇਰੀਗਲੀਵਿਚਆ।

jau tau prem khelaṇ kaa chaau. sir dhar talee galee meree aau.
If you desire to play the game of love, then, step into my street by putting your head on the palm. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1412

Message: Many of us think that this verse is uttered by Guru Gobind Singh. In fact, it is by Guru Nanak. In reality, the Guru does not want our head to be placed on the palm. He asks us to forget the old ideas and theories we have in our minds (heads) about spirituality. Instead, we should devote and commit ourselves to the Guru and listen to the guidance given by Gurbani so that we can live a purpose-driven life.

Gurbani or the teachings enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib place emphasis and focus on our minds. If we want to develop a loving relationship with the Divine, then we have to listen to and embody the guidance provided by the Guru with complete humility and steer away from worldly temptations and pitfalls. 

ਇਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਪੈਰੁ ਧਰੀਜੈ॥ ਸਿਰੁ ਦੀਜੈ ਕਾਣਿ ਨ ਕੀਜੈ॥॥
When you place your foot on this path, give up your head (egoism), do not be afraid or shrink. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1412

Etymology: Combination of sir (head) + dhari (having put or placed on) + tali (palm).


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