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Gurfateh !

This might help - This is the response I got when I asked the same question - a long time ago !


About the rust - you could use

* a brillo pad /

* lemon juice mixed with salt or sugar

* sand (thats what they use in India)

or you could use what I use and that's 'Bar Keepers Friend'


as it's a concentrated powder it will make all sarbloh shine - no more 'orange ring' around your arm from a rusty kara !

It works on everything - even on the most rusty 'Shastar'

Whatever you use - enjoy performing this beautiful sewa of your Shastar - It is a form of 'abhiaas' - a metaphor for removing the rust from one's mind - as Sahib Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji has written in Raag Gujri ;

Ang 498

ਗੂਜਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥

Goojaree, Fifth Mehl:

ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਆਰਾਧਹੁ ਪਿਆਰੋ ਨਿਮਖ ਨ ਕੀਜੈ ਢੀਲਾ ॥

Worship the Lord in adoration, day and night, O my dear - do not delay for a moment.

ਸੰਤ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਿ ਭਾਵਨੀ ਲਾਈਐ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਮਾਨੁ ਹਾਠੀਲਾ ॥੧॥

Serve the Saints with loving faith, and set aside your pride and stubbornness. ||1||

ਮੋਹਨੁ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਮਾਨ ਰਾਗੀਲਾ ॥

The fascinating, playful Lord is my very breath of life and honor.

ਬਾਸਿ ਰਹਿਓ ਹੀਅਰੇ ਕੈ ਸੰਗੇ ਪੇਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਓ ਮਨੁ ਲੀਲਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

He abides in my heart; beholding His playful games, my mind is fascinated. ||1||Pause||

ਜਿਸੁ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਮਨਿ ਹੋਤ ਅਨੰਦਾ ਉਤਰੈ ਮਨਹੁ ਜੰਗੀਲਾ ॥

Remembering Him, my mind is in bliss, and the rust of my mind is removed.

ਮਿਲਬੇ ਕੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਬਰਨਿ ਨ ਸਾਕਉ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਰੈ ਪਰੀਲਾ ॥੨॥੪॥੧੩॥

The great honor of meeting the Lord cannot be described; O Nanak, it is infinite, beyond measure. ||2||4||13||

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