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This is the painted stork-- found in northern India. The modern name for this creature is "lamdhing" The stork is another bird in Gurbani that does not fare well. It is considered, much like the crane and the heron, to be a spiritual pretender, a fraud. Poor stork! ਇਕਿ ਅਪਣੈ ਸੁਆਇ ਆਇ ਬਹਹਿ ਗੁਰ ਆਗੈ ਜਿਉ ਬਗੁਲ ਸਮਾਧਿ ਲਗਾਈਐ ॥੩॥ eik apanai suaae aae behehi gur aagai jio bagul samaadhh lagaaeeai ||3|| Some come for their own purposes, and sit before the Guru; they pretend to be in Samaadhi, like storks with their eyes closed. ||3|| ਬਗੁਲਾ ਕਾਗ ਨੀਚ ਕੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਜਾਇ ਕਰੰਗ ਬਿਖੂ ਮੁਖਿ ਲਾਈਐ ॥ bagulaa kaag neech kee sangath jaae karang bikhoo mukh laaeeai || Associating with the wretched and the lowly, like the stork and the crow, is like feeding on a carcass of poison. ਨਾਨਕ ਮੇਲਿ ਮੇਲਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਹੰਸੁ ਕਰਾਈਐ ॥੪॥੪॥ naanak mael mael prabh sangath mil sangath hans karaaeeai ||4||4|| Nanak: O God, unite me with the Sangat, the Congregation. United with the Sangat, I will become a swan. ||4||4||
spnadmin, May 25, 2008