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Chardee Kalaa

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    Pray Truth for all and say Satsriakal!

    Dear achievers and seekers!

    When asked 'How are you?' Many Sikhs answer promptly 'Chardee Kalaa'.

    The word 'kalaa' occurs many times in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

    Can anyone explain what is 'Chardee Kalaa' for Sikhs?


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    Re: 'Chardee Kalaa'

    Good Question.

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    Re: 'Chardee Kalaa'

    Gurfateh

    chardi means rising may be held has rising higher.

    Kala can be termed as Ligth or rays or Art.

    Kal also meams movement.

    das can thing best would be to say upward movement of highward movement of Panth in all aspects.
     
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    Re: 'Chardee Kalaa'

    Satsriakal to all and Vijaydeep Singh Ji!

    You wrote "chardi means rising may be held has rising higher." and "das can thing best would be to say upward movement of highward movement of Panth in all aspects."

    Is rising higher a sign of attaining Truth? Is upward or high ward movement of a Panth recognized when its people use words like 'Chardee Kalaa' to greet?

    Please elaborate further.


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    Re: 'Chardee Kalaa'

    Veer jio

    'Charhdee Kala' to me seems like 'a state of bliss'

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    Gurfateh

    If he move high in Truth then only he move higher and moving upwards with falsehood is not going high in real sence as there he move high or increase wrong things.(these are relative terms anyway).
     
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    Respected Sadh Sangat Ji

    i think Chardi Kalaa means: Prevail and Prosper Forever and Ever
     
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    Charhdi Kala


    Charhdi Kala signifies in the Sikh tradition a perennially blossoming, unwilting spirit, a perpetual state of certitude resting on the unwavering belief in Divine justice. The Kala of Sanskrit origin gives a dominant meaning which is ‘Energy’. Charhdi, in Punjabi means rising, ascending, soaring. So, Charhdi Kala would mean an intensely energized, ever–ascending state of the spirit of an individual or of a group. It is characterized by faith, confidence, cheerfulness, courage, fortitude, discipline and resolute willingness to uphold the cherished ideals and readiness to perform the assigned tasks even in the face of the most daunting challenge.

    In Charhdi Kala there is confidence in the ultimate victory of Truth over falsehood and of Good over evil. Abiding Cheerfulness is its hallmark -

    "Nanak Naam Charhdi Kala,
    Tere Bhane Sarbatt da Bhalaa".

    Courage is that state or quality of mind and spirit which enables one to face dangers with self-possession and resolution. Discipline resulting from training that leads to controlled behavior, mentally and morally, is also an essential constituent of Charhdi Kala. Perpetual readiness to act is another - he pursues the ideals he cherishes, makes no noise over a good deed, and proceeds to another. Kala also means "fine art", so actions in Charhdi Kala become characterized by elegance and gracefulness. It also means playing a winning "Game" according to the accepted rules of the game.

    To sum up , Charhdi Kala is not just high morale, but also unwavering faith in divine support, certainty of moral victory and sublimity of action. Even in the most adverse of circumstances, its constancy does not wane.

    source: http://www.sikh.net/SIKHISM/chardikala.htm
     
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    Very well said.


    I was contemplating on the word "Kalaa" as it is appearing in Dhan Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji over and over again; it is used as-Power, Energy, Strength, Art, and Game. Mostly it is used to refer the unlimited Power and Energy of God.




    Page 917
    vwjy pMc sbd iqqu Gir sBwgY ] Gir sBwgY sbd vwjy klw ijqu Gir DwrIAw ]

    He is infusing His power into the Shabad


    Page 802
    sPl mUriq gurdyau suAwmI srb klw BrpUry ] nwnk guru pwrbRhmu prmysru sdw sdw hjUry ]


    Page 811
    srb klw smrQ pRB pUry gurdyv ]


    Page 879
    pMc bYl gfIAw dyh DwrI ] rwm klw inbhY piq swrI ] Dr qUtI gwfo isr Bwir ] lkrI ibKir jrI mMJ Bwir ]


    Page 613
    hm mUrK qum cqur isAwxy qU srb klw kw igAwqw ]

    Page 640

    krn krwvn smrQo BweI srb klw BrpUir ]

    iqsu ibnu GVI n jIvIAY BweI srb klw BrpUir ] swis igrwis n ivsrY BweI pyKau sdw hjUir ]


    Page 665
    AwpxI klw Awpy pRBu jwxY ] nwnk gurmuiK nwmu pCwxY ]


    Page 352
    srb klw jgdIsY AMs ]


    Page 396
    Drm klw hir bMiD bhwlI ]

    Page 415
    Akl klw scu swic itkwvY ] so nru grB join nhI AwvY ]


    Page 434
    DDY Dwir klw ijin CofI, hir cIjI ijin rMg kIAw ]


    Page 469
    jwiq mih joiq joiq mih jwqw Akl klw BrpUir rihAw ]

    here kalaa is described as a “part”
    akal kalla is “that can not be divided into parts”


    AYsI klw n KyfIAY ijqu drgh gieAw hwrIAY ]
    Here it is described as a “game”


    Page 611
    suxI Ardwis suAwmI myrY srb klw bix AweI ]


    Page 47

    srb klw kir QwipAw AMqir joiq Apwr ]




    Page 137
    srb klw pRB pUrxo mMvu inmwxI Qwau ]

    Power and Energy



    Page 144
    klw DrY ihrY sueI ] eyk queI eyku queI ]
     

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