Gurbani Word Of The Day: jah Jah

ਜਹ ਜਹ (jah jah)

Meaning: adverb: Wherever.

ਜਹ ਜਹ ਦੇਖਉ  ਤਹ ਤਹ ਸਾਚਾ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ  ਝਗਰਤ ਜਗੁ ਕਾਚਾ॥
ਜਿਥੇ ਜਿਥੇ ਵੀ ਮੈਂ ਦੇਖਦਾ ਹਾਂ, ਓਥੇ ਓਥੇ ਸੱਚਾ (ਸਦਾ-ਥਿਰ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਵੱਸਦਾ ਦਿਸਦਾ) ਹੈ। (ਇਸ ਰਹੱਸ ਨੂੰ) ਬੁੱਝਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, ਇਹ ਕੱਚਾ (ਅ-ਸਥਿਰ) ਸੰਸਾਰ ਝਗੜਦਾ ਫਿਰਦਾ ਹੈ।

jah jah dekhau  tah tah saachaa. bin boojhe  jhagarat jag kaachaa.
Wherever I look, there (I find) the true (eternal) Divine. Without understanding this, the false (transient) world argues. –Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 224

Message: Some of us argue needlessly, and invariably pose the question: Where is God? Have you seen Him or Her? The quote above tells us that Guru Nanak Sahib realised the Divine not only within but saw Him pervading everywhere.

To realise the presence of the Divine, a seeker has to understand oneself first. Once one understands oneself, then, the realisation comes that arguing about the existence of the Divine is fruitless. One who understands one’s inner being – one’s origin or source – contemplates the essence of reality. By Guru’s insight, the essence of all reality is understood – that there is none other than the Divine.

Wherever one looks, there one sees Him, at the root of all things. He is the subtle, and He is also the manifest.

Etymology: From Sanskrit/Pali yatra (where).


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