Gurbani Word Of The Day: graam

ਗ੍ਰਾਮੁ (graam)

Meaning: noun: Village.

ਕਬੀਰ ਸੋਈ ਮੁਖੁ ਧੰਨਿ ਹੈ   ਜਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਕਹੀਐ ਰਾਮੁ॥ 
ਦੇਹੀ ਕਿਸ ਕੀ ਬਾਪੁਰੀ   ਪਵਿਤ੍ਰੁ ਹੋਇਗੋ ਗ੍ਰਾਮੁ॥ 
ਕਬੀਰ! ਉਹੀ ਮੂੰਹ ਧੰਨਤਾ-ਜੋਗ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਮੂੰਹ ਨਾਲ ਰਾਮ (ਦਾ ਨਾਮ) ਉਚਾਰਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। (ਰਾਮ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਰੰਤਰ ਇਕ ਮਨ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਜਪਣ ਨਾਲ) ਦੇਹੀ ਕਾਹਦੀ ਵਿਚਾਰੀ (ਭਾਵ ਦੇਹੀ ਵਿਚਾਰੀ ਦੀ ਕੀ ਗੱਲ, ਉਹ ਸਾਰਾ) ਪਿੰਡ ਪਵਿੱਤਰ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ (ਜਿਥੇ ਰਾਮ-ਨਾਮ ਦਾ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ)।

kabeer soee mukh dhaňn hai   jaa mukh kaheeai raam. 
dehee kis kee baapuree   pavitra hoigo graam. 
Kabir! That mouth is blessed by which mouth the Name of the Divine is uttered. (By doing so, the whole) village is purified, not just the body (of the individual) only. -Bhagat Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib, 1370

Message: Those who have lived in a village would know that rural people socialize or meet each other more often than urban people, though the situation is changing in modern times. A virtuous person would influence and change the behaviour of others he or she engages in conversations with or meets regularly. Such a person could transform or purify people of a whole village.

It needs to be understood that even though Bhagat Kabir talks about uttering the name of the Divine, the utterance is not limited to chanting with the mouth only. It implies that the person remembers the Divine and embodies divine qualities as well. People would only follow a person who practises what he or she preaches.

Etymology: From Sanskrit gram Punjabi gaav→ Hindi gaanv (village, hamlet, suburb).

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