Gurbani Word Of The Day: giraau

ਗਿਰਾਉ (giraau)

Meaning: noun: Village.

ਕੰਨੁ ਕੋਈ ਕਢਿ ਨ ਹੰਘਈ   ਨਾਨਕ ਵੁਠਾ ਘੁਘਿ ਗਿਰਾਉ ਜੀਉ॥
ਨਾਨਕ! ਕੋਈ (ਮੇਰੇ ਸਾਮਣੇ) ਮੋਢਾ ਜਾਂ ਸਿਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਚੁੱਕ ਸਕਦਾ (ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਮੇਰਾ) ਪਿੰਡ (ਰੂਪ ਸਰੀਰ ਦੈਵੀ ਗੁਣਾਂ ਦੀ ਆਬਾਦੀ ਨਾਲ) ਸੰਘਣਾ ਵੱਸ ਪਿਆ ਹੈ।

kaňn koee kaḍh na haňghaee   naanak vuthaa ghugh giraau jeeu.
Nanak! No one can dare to raise one’s shoulder (against me, because now my) village (body) has populously dwelt (with divine virtues). -Guru Arjun Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 73

Message: When one has complete control of his or her actions, then the sensory organs are subjugated and they act as commanded by him or her. With the five sensory organs under control, no one dares to raise one’s shoulder or head against him or her. In other words, vices cannot rear their head against one as he or she has cultivated divine virtues.

The message for us is to inculcate spiritual qualities that will enable us to remain free of vices.

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


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