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Discussion in 'Sikh Sikhi Sikhism' started by CaramelChocolate, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. CaramelChocolate

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    Waheguruji ka khalsa, Waheguruji ki fateh!

    For arguements sake lets say WAHE means wonderful.
    GU means dark
    RU means light

    GURU means from dark to light - ENLIGHTENER

    So, doesn't Waheguru mean WONDERFUL GURU and not Wonderful God?

    Making the naam a form of praising the Guru, and not God?

    Please shed some light on the issue as this is confusing.

    ~CaramelChocolate~
    The little philosopher
     
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  3. drkhalsa

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    Dear Caramel

    What I think of this is that as according to Indian religious philosophy god has always been remembered ( Through mantras and jap) with some name and when keep repeating name your mind is bound to visualise or conceptualise the in physical form as mind find it really difficult to grasp non physical thing so there is every chance that you may be deviated on the path by sticking your self to the form ( as it happened in Hindu religion there are innumerable deities and their idol worship ) but when you just depend on actually guru who has been on the way all through and you can just make him a guide and go through as well with gurus grace . But as i think both ways are equally(in terms of reaching the final goal ) good but this one is easier and so their is more possibility that you will reach the goal without the distraction and in on this present life time only

    Actually this is what i think personally and may not be right
     
  4. CaramelChocolate

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    Waheguruji ka khalsa, Waheguruji ki fateh...

    No offence, but not really the answer I was hoping!

    Basically, I was thinking a possible answer maybe:

    God is sea, Guru is bucket of water from that see, and the name Waheguru is centered around that bucket [Ram name centered around Vedas, Allah around Qu'ran].. I don't know, does it make sense...?

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  5. Singhstah

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    also the word vaheguroo is made from the first letters of names of God from each yug


    siqjug siqgur vwsdyv vwvw ivSnw nwm jpwvYsiqjug siqgur vwsdyv vwvw ivSnw nwm jpwvY

    sathijug sathigur vaasadhaev vaavaa vishanaa naam japaavai||

    In Satyug, Visnu in the form of Vasudev is said to have incarnated and ‘V’ Of Vahiguru reminds of Visnu.



    duAwpr siqgur hrIikRSn hwhw hir hir nwm iDAwvY]

    dhuaapar sathigur hareekrishan haahaa har har naam dhhiaavai||

    The true Guru of dvapar is said to be Harikrsna and ‘H’ of Vahiguru reminds of Hari.



    qRyqy siqgur rwm jI rwrw rwm jpy suK pwvY]

    thraethae sathigur raam jee raaraa raam japae sukh paavai||

    In the the treta was Ram and ‘R’ of Vahiguru tells that rembering Ram will produce joy and happiness.



    kiljug nwnk gur goibMd ggw goivMd nwm jpwvY]

    kalijug naanak gur gobi(n)dh gagaa govi(n)dh naam japaavai||

    In kalijug, Gobind is in the form of Nanak and ‘G’ of Vahiguru gets Govind recited.



    cwry jwgy chu jugI pMcwiex ivc jwie smwvY]

    chaarae jaagae chahu jugee pa(n)chaaein vich jaae samaavai||

    The recitations o f all the four ages subsume in Panchayan i.e. in the soul of the common man.



    cwroN ACr iek kr vwihgurU jp mMqR jpwvY]

    chaaro(n) ashhar eik kar vaahiguroo jap ma(n)thr japaavai||

    When joining four letters Vahiguru is remembered,



    jhW qy aupijAw iPr qhW smwvY ]ôù]ñ]

    jehaa(n) thae oupajiaa fir thehaa(n) samaavai ||aa||a||

    The jiv merges again in its origin.
     
  6. drkhalsa

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    Dear Caramel

    Dont ever worry about offence I am sikh so by defination I am here to learn

    I am still not clear what are you looking for expecting out the word Waheguru but i found some references on internet related to that
    Waheguru is the distinctive name of the Supreme Being in the Sikh dispensation, like Yahweh in Judaism and Allah in Islam. In Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, the term Waheguru does not figure in the compositions of the Sikh Gurus, though it occurs therein, both as Vahiguru and Vahguru , in the hymns of Bhatt Gayand, the bard contemporary with Guru Arjan, and also in the Varan of Bhai Gurdas. Guru Gobind Singh used Vaheguru in the invocatory formula - Eke Ongkaar Sri Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh, beside the traditional Ik Ongkaar Satgur Parsaad at the beginning of some of his compositions as well as in the Sikh salutation - Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh, varied as Sri Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
    Modern scholars, affirm that the name Waheguru is owed originally to the Gurus, most likely to the founder of the faith, Guru Nanak, himself. Waheguru is a compound of two words, one from Persian and the other from Sanskrit, joined in a symbolic relationship to define the indefinable, indescribable Ultimate Reality. ‘Wah’ in Persian is an interjection of wonder and admiration. ‘Guru’ in Sanskrit means great, venerable, spiritual preceptor and has been frequently used by Guru Nanak and his successors for Sat-Guru (True Guru) or God. ‘Wah’ is wonder at the Divine might; ‘Gu’ is spiritual darkness while ‘Ru’ is illumination brought to eliminate this darkness. Cumulatively, the name implies wonder at the Divine Light eliminating spiritual darkness. It might also imply -‘Hail the Lord whose Name eliminates spiritual darkness’ Thus the two constituents of Waheguru (Wahe+Guru) implies the state of wondrous ecstasy and offering homage to the Lord.
    The attitude of wonder and total submission at the sight of Divine Greatness is prominently visible in Guru Nanak when he wrote Gurbani, for example:-
    Gagan Mai Thaal Rav Chand Deepak Bane Taarka Mandal Janak Moti - In the bowl of the sky, the sun and moon are the lamps; the stars in the constellations are the pearls (Raag Dhanasri, GGS - 663)
    Kete Pavan Pani Vaisantar Kete Kaan Mahes, Kete Bareme Gharat Ghariah Roop Rang Ka Ves - So many winds, waters and fires; so many Krishnas and Shivas. So many Brahmas, fashioning forms of great beauty, adorned and dressed in many colours (japji);
    Vismaad Naad (wonderous is the sound) Vismaad Ved (wonderous is the wisdom)… ( Asa Di Vaar, GGS - 462-475)
    Wonder and ecstasy are expressed at the cosmic order and its mystery full of Divinely-appointed system. This last saloke concludes with ‘ Ever present to our gage is wonder. At the sight of this mystery are we wonderstruck. Only by supreme good fortune is it unravelled.’ Continuing to the next Saloke to Pauri 4, Guru Ji says:





    Sikhism has a doctrinal affirmation of Waheguru, instituted by Guru Nanak. This is the Gurmantar, or Guru's creed. Note the use of mantar here for creed: the Mool Mantra can be called the Mool Mantar and mean creed.
    Wahe implies wonderful, magnificent and astounding and is an objective understanding of the majesty of God. Guru means God subjectively because it comes from Gu, darkness, and ru is from light (or lightness). So God here is both objective existence and subjective expression. God then comes fully to humanity through the Gurus, and is made real and experienced through this both objective and subjective state.
    God is not as such described. Rather it is God as revealed coming through the light and word of Guru Nanak, God's manifestation. However, this is still the naming of God, or Naam, and this is dependent on Gurpasad, or the Guru's grace

    I still think teh imporatnce of Waheguru is its representaiomn to Formless God and may be compared to formless representatiomn to Allah BUT NOT RAM as you said as he was an historical personality and cant represent the formless god.
     
  7. Sher_Singh

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    But isn't God an Enlightener to?? If he is then he is also a Guru.
     

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