Meaning: verb: By bowing.
ਸੀਸਿ ਨਿਵਾਇਐ ਕਿਆ ਥੀਐ ਜਾ ਰਿਦੈ ਕੁਸੁਧੇ ਜਾਹਿ ॥
ਸਿਰ ਨਿਵਾਉਣ ਨਾਲ ਕੀ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ, ਜੇ ਹਿਰਦੇ ਵਿਚ (ਮਨੁਖ) ਅਸੁਧ (ਮੈਲੇ) ਹੀ ਤੁਰੇ ਫਿਰਨ।
sees nivaiaai kiaa theeaai jaa ridai kusudhe jaeh.
What can be achieved by bowing the head, when (humans) walk with impurity in the hearts? -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 470
Message: This is a question which we need to ponder over. We bow to the Divine, and we bow (mathaa tek) in front of Guru Granth Sahib. When we bow in front of the Scripture it implies that we have surrendered our ego and wrong beliefs, evil thoughts and anti-social attitudes. We need to ask ourselves: Have we really done that? It requires deep self-analysis or introspection.
The questions we need to ask ourselves are:
Am I honest when dealing with others?
Am I exploiting, manipulating, threatening or oppressing others?
Am I treating others as I would like to be treated myself?
A deer hunter bends more than others, but is that really bowing. Does the action of a hunter involve any humility or respect for the prey?
Etymology: Combination of Sanskrit niv (bows) + suffix (aiaai).