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The house crow. In the Punjab, these crows sit in groups on the rooftops of village houses. Although a familiar sight in the villages, in Gurbani, the crow is the symbol of spiritual doubt. And Guruji often compares the crow to those spiritually lost who wander from one deserted house to another. Guru Nanak said, ਕਿਆ ਹੰਸੁ ਕਿਆ ਬਗੁਲਾ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇਇ ॥ kiaa hans kiaa bagulaa jaa ko nadhar karaee || Which is the swan, and which is the crane? It is only by His Glance of Grace. ਜੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਕਾਗਹੁ ਹੰਸੁ ਕਰੇਇ ॥੨॥ jo this bhaavai naanakaa kaagahu hans karaee ||2|| Whoever is pleasing to Him, O Nanak, is transformed from a crow into a swan. ||2|| And from Sant Kabir, ਉਰ ਨ ਭੀਜੈ ਪਗੁ ਨਾ ਖਿਸੈ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨ ਕੀ ਆਸਾ ॥੧॥ our n bheejai pag naa khisai har dharasan kee aasaa ||1|| Her heart is not happy, but she does not retrace her steps, in hopes of seeing the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. ||1|| ਉਡਹੁ ਨ ਕਾਗਾ ਕਾਰੇ ॥ ouddahu n kaagaa kaarae || So fly away, black crow,

The house crow. In the Punjab, these crows sit in groups on the rooftops of village houses. Although a familiar sight in the villages, in Gurbani, the crow is the symbol of spiritual doubt. And Guruji often compares the crow to those spiritually lost who wander from one deserted house to another.

Guru Nanak said, 

ਕਿਆ ਹੰਸੁ ਕਿਆ ਬਗੁਲਾ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇਇ ॥
kiaa hans kiaa bagulaa jaa ko nadhar karaee ||
Which is the swan, and which is the crane? It is only by His Glance of Grace.

ਜੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਕਾਗਹੁ ਹੰਸੁ ਕਰੇਇ ॥੨॥
jo this bhaavai naanakaa kaagahu hans karaee ||2||
Whoever is pleasing to Him, O Nanak, is transformed from a crow into a swan. ||2||




And from Sant Kabir,

ਉਰ ਨ ਭੀਜੈ ਪਗੁ ਨਾ ਖਿਸੈ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨ ਕੀ ਆਸਾ ॥੧॥
our n bheejai pag naa khisai har dharasan kee aasaa ||1||
Her heart is not happy, but she does not retrace her steps, in hopes of seeing the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. ||1||

ਉਡਹੁ ਨ ਕਾਗਾ ਕਾਰੇ ॥
ouddahu n kaagaa kaarae ||
So fly away, black crow,
spnadmin, May 13, 2008