Gurbani Word Of The Day: bhalau

ਭਲਉ (bhalau)

Meaning: adjective: From the dynasty of Bhallas.

ਭਲਉ ਪ੍ਰਸਿਧੁ ਤੇਜੋ ਤਨੌ   ਕਲ੍ਯ ਜੋੜਿ ਕਰ ਧ੍ਯਾਇਅਓ
(ਹੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ!) ਤੂੰ ਭੱਲਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਕੁਲ ਵਿਚ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਤੇਜਭਾਨ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਪੁੱਤਰ ਵਜੋਂ ਪ੍ਰਸਿਧ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈਂ। ਕਲਯ ਨੇ ਹੱਥ ਜੋੜ ਕੇ ਆਪ ਜੀ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਹੈ।

bhalau prasidh tejo tanau   kalya jo kar dhyaa-ei-ao.
(O Guru Amar Das!) You have been known as the son of Tej Bhan in the dynasty of Bhallas. Kalya meditates on you with his palms pressed together. -Bhatt Kalya, Guru Granth Sahib, 1393

Message: Guru Amar Das came from the dynasty of Bhallas. He was the son of Tej Bhan. A farmer and trader by occupation, he was, from a young age, a devout and strong devotee who regularly visited places of pilgrimage. He was in his 60’s when he heard Gurbani being chanted. Feeling at that point that something was missing from his devotion, he was moved by the Guru’s Shabad to become a devout disciple of Guru Angad. He went on to become the successor of Guru Angad.

The Divine grace shines upon us like the rays of the sun. There is no discrimination based on class or creed. Divinity abides in each and every heart. We just need to discover and kindle it.

Etymology: From Sanskrit bhalla, Assamese bhal (auspicious) → adjective bhalo (good).


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