Anita Chatterjee at Sikh Research Institute

Anita Chatterjee

Piare Jio – O’ Beloved – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh ji is best described as a savant-poet. As a poet, even his prose takes on a mystical, lyrical quality. The physical effect of reading his works is like a shikara (light, flat-bottom, roofed boat) gently...

ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਫੂਲੁ ਅਨੂਪੁ ਨ ਪਾਵਉ ॥ I have no worthy flower for the Incomparable

Listen to the podcast here   Suckling calf contaminated the milk, Bees spoiled the flower. Fish the water. 1. O Mother! What do I offer the Earth-Force in worship? I have no worthy flower for the Incomparable. 1. Reflect.  Snakes...

ਐਸਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੇ ਕੋਈ ॥ ਤਿਸ ਤੇ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਪਰਮ ਗਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥ Freedom and final state of existence is through the One.

Who understands and knows this method:Drops in the ocean, ocean in the drops.You observe the playful creation,You recognize its essence.  1. Few reflect on such Wisdom:Freedom and final state of existence is through the One.  1. Reflect. Night in the...

ਮੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਛੁ ਹਉ ਨਹੀ ਕਿਛੁ ਆਹਿ ਨ ਮੋਰਾ ॥ I am nothing, I have nothing, nothing is mine.

For king’s daughter, one became the disguiser.Though lustful and selfish, even his honor was preserved. 1.  O! World-Guru! What’s Your virtue, if my deed isn’t rescinded?What’s the use of going to tiger’s sanctuary, if the jackal is going to eat...

ਲਾਲ ਰੰਗੁ ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਲਗਾ ਜਿਸ ਕੇ ਵਡਭਾਗਾ ॥ Fortunate are dyed in Red-Love-Color.

Fortunate are dyed in Red-Love-Color,Never gets dirty or stained.  1. Discovered Divine Comfort-Giver, met in love and comfort,Remains within naturally, cannot be abandoned.  1. Reflect. Old age and death afflict not, the pain does not reoccur.Satiated drinking Immortal-Nectar, Guru bestows...

ਮੋਹਨ ਮੋਹਿ ਲੀਆ ਮਨੁ ਮੇਰਾ ॥ Enticer enticed my mind.

I am the maiden-slave of my Ruler.Grasped feet of Divine World-Life,killed and ended ego. 1. Reflect. My life is the Beloved–Perfect, Supreme, Light, Supreme-Divine.Enticer enticed my mind,which understands and reflects on Sabad1.  1. Self-centered is weak, with little and false...

“The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh” – Eye First or Glimpse? - January 2018

SikhRI introduces “The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh” a monthly series devoted to his writings.   In the words of Prof. Puran Singh: “Bhai Vir Singh is the representative poet of those old Sikh poets who revolved round the Beloved’s...

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