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The Birds of Gurbani

Sangat ji A personal passion: To understand the role birds play as symbols of the Soul for Guruji. Read about the birds and the mango tree. Almost all the images of the birds came from a data base at this link, http://orientalbirdimages.org/ Sat Sri Akaal!!

Saker Baaj ਅਚਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਬਾਚ ॥ Achal Singh baach|| Speech of Achal Singh: ਸਵੈਯਾ ॥ Sawaiyaa|| SWAYYA ਜੀਵਤ ਜੇ ਜਗ ਮੈ ਰਹਿ ਹੈ ਅਤਿ ਜੁੱਧ ਕਥਾ ਹਨਰੀ ਸੁਨਿ ਲੈਹੈ ॥ ਤਾਂ ਛਬਿ ਕੀ ਕਵਿਤਾ ਕਰਿ ਕੈ ਕਬਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਜਾਇ ਰਿਝੈ ਹੈ ॥ Jeevat je jag mai rah(i) hai at(i0 juddh kathaa hamrisun(i) laihai|| Tan chhab(i) kavitaa kar(i) kabi Raam nareshan jaae rijhai hai|| “Those who will survive in the world, they will listen to our war episode and the poets will please the kings with that poetry; ਜੋ ਬਲ ਪੈ ਕਹਿ ਹੈ ਕਥ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਰੀਝ ਘਨੋ ਤਿਹ ਕੋ ਧਨ ਦੈ ਹੈ ॥ ਹੇ ਹਰਿਜੂ ਇਹ ਆਹਵ ਕੇ ਜੁਗ ਚਾਰਨਿ ਮੈ ਗਨ ਗੰਧ੍ਰਬ ਗੈਹੈ ॥੧੧੭੭॥ Jo bal pai kah(i) hai kath pan?it reejh ghano tih ko dhan dai hai|| He har(i)joo eh aahav ke jug chaaran(i) mai gan gandhrab gaihai||1177|| “But if the Pundits will narrate it, they will also receive enormous wealth; and O Krishna ! Ganas and Gandharvas will also sing about this war.”1177. ਸਵੈਯਾ ॥ Sawaiyaa|| SWAYYA ਕੋਪ ਕੈ ਉੱਤਰ ਦੇਤ ਭਯੋ ਅਰਿ ਕੀ ਬਤੀਯਾ ਸਨਿ ਸਯਾਮ ਸਬੈ ॥ ਚਿਰੀਯਾ ਬਨ ਮੈ ਚੁਹਕੈ ਤਬ ਲਉ ਅਤਿ ਕੋਪ ਨ ਆਵਤ ਬਾਜ ਜਬੈ ॥ Kop kai uttar det bhayo ar(i) kibateeyaa sun(i) Syaam sabai|| Chireeyaa ban mai chuhkai tab lau at(i) kop na aavat baaj jabai|| Krishna heard all this talk of the enemy, got enraged, and said, “The sparrow only chirps in the forest as long as the falcon does not come there; ਗਰਬਾਤ ਹੈ ਮੂਢ ਘਨੋ ਰਨ ਮੈ ਕਟਿਹੌ ਤੁਹਿ ਸੀਸ ਲਖੈਗੋ ਤਬੈ ॥ ਤਿਹ ਤੇ ਤਜਿ ਸ਼ੰਕ ਨਿਸ਼ੰਕ ਲਰੋ ਬਲਬੀਰ ਕਹਯੋ ਕਹਾਂ ਢੀਲ ਅਬੈ ॥੧੧੭੮॥ Garbaat hai moo?h ghano ran mai kaatteehau tuh(i) sees lakhaigo tabai|| Tih te taj(i) shank nishank laro balbeer kahyo kahaan ?heel abai||1178|| “O fool, you are absorbed in too much pride; you will know only then, when I chop your head; therefore forsaking all illusions come and fight and do not delay any more.”1178. Dasam Granth, Sri Guru Gobind Singh

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The "white" falcon of Sri Guru Gobind Singh was actually the GyrFalcon or Gray Falcon, in old Punjabi "baaj." "Once Guru Gobind Singh Ji was in the forest and he let the baaj fly off towards a small animal scurrying about in the undergrowth. The baaj caught the animal and flew back to the Guru. It tore at the animal and fed on it. The accompanying Sikhs were taken aback by this incident and asked Guru Ji to explain. “In a previous time the baaj and this animal were friends. The one who is now dead asked for a loan and swearing on the Almightys name said that he would pay it back. He was devious and never did return it, so this is payback time.” In this incident Guru Ji enlightened his Sikhs that if you take something that is not yours or promise to return it then you will be held to that promise no matter what. 'The most significant story concerning the baaj is in 1699 when Guru Sahib Ji had created Amrit (holy nector) for the precise purpose of creating the Khalsa brotherhood. A few drops of amrit had fallen from the iron cauldron, which were readily consumed by a few sparrows. The sparrows turned onto the baaj and repeatedly assaulted him to such an extent that he had to take flight, followed vigorously by the sparrows. This incident showed the Sikhs that the amrit created by the Tenth Guru had immense power, after drinking a few drops a small sparrow not only had the courage to take on a bird of prey but to harassed it until it took flight and fled. Guru Gobind Singh Ji said “I will create my Khalsa of such courage and vigour that he will take on armies of the enemy, he will stand up for the poor and the downtrodden – Sava Lakh say ek ladaho (One will confront a lakh and a quarter of the enemy)” 'In 1984 amongst the turmoil and terrible fate of so many Sikhs a white baaj appeared, seen by many it circled and perched on a branch, telling the Sikhs that the Guru was with them. 'From time to time a white baaj is seen in the mountains of the Himalayas in the surrounding areas of Hemkund Sahib where Guru Gobind Singh Ji performed much hard meditation to merge with the Almighty. " More at this site: Source http://www.info-sikh.com/BaajGyr4.jpg

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The Peacock -- a member of the chatrik family -- she touches the feet of her husband lord when she greets him in the morning. Peacocks are symbol of compassion, detachment and spiritual craving in the Bhuddist tradition. In the Vedantic tradition peacocks pulled the chariot of Lord Krishna. ਪੀਤ ਬਸਨ ਕੁੰਦ ਦਸਨ ਪ੍ਰਿਆ ਸਹਿਤ ਕੰਠ ਮਾਲ ਮੁਕਟੁ ਸੀਸਿ ਮੋਰ ਪੰਖ ਚਾਹਿ ਜੀਉ ॥ peeth basan kundh dhasan pria sehith kanth maal mukatt sees mor pankh chaahi jeeo || As Krishna, You wear yellow robes, with teeth like jasmine flowers; You dwell with Your lovers, with Your mala around Your neck, and You joyfully adorn Your head with the crown of peacock feathers. From the web: "The peacock's beautiful and distinctive colouring is said to be a gift from the god, Indra. One day the King of Gods was doing battle with Ravana, the Demon King. The peacock, which in those days resembled his plain brown hen, took pity on Indra and raised its tail to form a blind or screen behind which Indra could hide himself. As a reward for this act of compassion, the bird was honored with the jewel-like blue-green plumage that it bears to this day.... Krishna, the avatar of Vishnu who is God-as-the-one-responding -to-devotion, is also depicted in the company of peacocks. One of Krishna's roles is as the irresistible divine suitor. Perhaps that is the link to the recommendation in The Kama Sutra that, if a man wishes to appear attractive to others, he can wear a peacock's bone covered in gold tied to his right hand."

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