Gurbani Word Of The Day: hal

ਹਲੁ (hal)

Meaning: noun: Plough.

ਤੇਰੈ ਹੁਕਮੇ ਸਾਵਣੁ ਆਇਆ॥ ਮੈ ਸਤ ਕਾ ਹਲੁ ਜੋਆਇਆ॥
(ਹੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ!) ਤੇਰੇ ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ (ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਮਿਲਾਪ ਰੂਪ) ਸਾਵਣ ਆਇਆ ਹੈ (ਅਤੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਨਾਲ) ਮੈਂ ਸੱਚ-ਆਚਾਰ (ਬਣਾਉਣ) ਦਾ ਹਲ ਜੋਇਆ ਹੈ।

terai hukame saavan aaiaa. mai sat kaa hal joaaiaa.
(O Divine!) By Your command, the Sawan (rainy season) has come and I have yoked the plough of truthful conduct. -Guru Arjun Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 73

Message: A fantastic example from farming to awaken us: to remember the Divine and sow seeds of virtues.

Nowadays, most farmers use tractors to plough their fields and tube wells to irrigate their farms. In the olden days, farmers used to plough their fields with a plough, which was pulled by oxen in the Punjab, and horses in most European countries. The farmers in India depended upon rains to irrigate their farms. After ploughing the farm and levelling it up, a farmer would sow the seeds and expect a good harvest. However, Guru Arjun Sahib wants us to learn a lesson from farming. He wants us to yoke or rein in our mind, remember the Divine and cultivate good qualities.

Etymology: From Sanskrit halá →Prakrit hala (plough)


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