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Darbar Sahib- The Lotus....

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Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa Vaheguru ji ki Fateh,

Sangat Ji,

Although no one has at yet had time to help me with my previous question (Anand Sahib Ji), I will ask another in any case!

A friend told me that the reason Guru Ram Das Ji/Guru Arjun Dev Ji, decided on the colour white for Harmandhir Sahib, was to replicate a pure lotus in water - i.e. the sarovar filled to the top (on level with walkway) and then have Darbaar Sahib floating as a lotus in the middle, and not casuing the Sarovar to overflow. Obvioulsy this wasn't the only reason or even main reason for Darbaar Sahib.

This seems a beautiful story, and fits with my understanding of our Guru Sahibans love for nature and drawing analogies from it.

This must have been an ambrosial sight, with Guru Ji's beautiful bagh surrounding the Gurdwara Sahib...

I personally am not the biggest fan of Ranjit Singh (Maharaj), for various reasons (not a discussion for this thread), and feel that probably all original Gurwarai may have been white in the holy days, for many reasons, i.e. beauty, simplicity, blend harmoniously in to the surroundings, reflect the brilliance (white light) of the truth residing within, psychologically appealing/welcoming to devotees visiting etc...

In my opinion, even though Ranjit Singh did it out of love/glory/pride what have you, putting gold on to Darbaar Sahib was not a good action, with less money it could have easily have been restored to it's original design.

Has anyone heard of or know the source of the above Lotus story??


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Gurfateh ji,

Here is a story with regards to the guilding of darbar sahib in gold i had just heard. The source is the descendent of Maharaja ranjit singh's vizier. Here it goes......

Akali phoola singh had taken over the biggest mosque in lahore and tied his horses to the pillars inside. His singhs started taking down the studded jewels. Maharaja ranjit singh was informed and asked Akali phoola singh to stop....who retorted "who are you? what type of son are you?...you spend more time saving other people's property (something to this extent), and haven't even cared to decorate your own father's creation"...after which maharaja ranjit singh guilded darbar sahib.

hope this helps.

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This is a beautiful shabad I learnt to sing recently in raag Asavari.

It perfectly fits with the above theory re the white/pure Darbaar Sahib of old.

If I could be allowed to expand a little further on the below tuk

"ਜੈਸੇ ਅਲਿ ਕਮਲਾ ਬਿਨੁ ਰਹਿ ਨ ਸਕੈ ਤੈਸੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਰਹਨੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥੧॥

jaisay al kamlaa bin reh na sakai taisay mohi har bin rahan na jaa-ee. ||1|| "

This is such a deep and beautiful description given by Maharaj Guru Ram das Ji, completely in tune with our Guru Sahibans total understanding of their environment (and Universe to a greater extent).

I feel my Guru is is describing us as the bumble bee, in search for that one thing that can truley fulfill our desire, enable us to understand our true nature and purpose in this clouded exitence, the bumble bee is at the stage of that man, who has identified his need and is captivated by the objective, and searches relentlessly, for that purity, which is the nectar found inside the externally pure Lotus flower.

Man searches for Amrit and Naam the same way, our Guru Ghar is the Lotus flower, and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the nectar (amrit), you could take the view Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the Lotus, and those who fathom the message, find the nectar...

ਆਸਾਵਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥

आसावरी महला ४ ॥

aasaavaree mehlaa 4.

Aasaavaree, Fourth Mehl:

ਮਾਈ ਮੋਰੋ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮੁ ਰਾਮੁ ਬਤਾਵਹੁ ਰੀ ਮਾਈ ॥

maa-ee moro pareetam raam bataavhu ree maa-ee.

O mother, my mother, tell me about my Beloved Lord.

ਹਉ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਪਲੁ ਰਹਿ ਨ ਸਕਉ ਜੈਸੇ ਕਰਹਲੁ ਬੇਲਿ ਰੀਝਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ha-o har bin khin pal reh na saka-o jaisay karhal bayl reejhaa-ee. ||1|| rahaa-o.

Without the Lord, I cannot live for a moment, even an instant; I love Him, like the camel loves the vine. ||1||Pause||

ਹਮਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਬੈਰਾਗ ਬਿਰਕਤੁ ਭਇਓ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨ ਮੀਤ ਕੈ ਤਾਈ ॥

hamraa man bairaag birkat bha-i-o har darsan meet kai taa-ee.

My mind has become sad and distant, longing for the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan, my Friend.

ਜੈਸੇ ਅਲਿ ਕਮਲਾ ਬਿਨੁ ਰਹਿ ਨ ਸਕੈ ਤੈਸੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਰਹਨੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥੧॥

jaisay al kamlaa bin reh na sakai taisay mohi har bin rahan na jaa-ee. ||1||

As the bumblebee cannot live without the lotus, I cannot live without the Lord. ||1||

ਰਾਖੁ ਸਰਣਿ ਜਗਦੀਸੁਰ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਸਰਧਾ ਪੂਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਸਾਈ ॥

raakh saran jagdeesur pi-aaray mohi sarDhaa poor har gusaa-ee.

Keep me under Your Protection, O Beloved Master of the Universe; fulfill my faith, O Lord of the World.

ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੈ ਮਨਿ ਅਨਦੁ ਹੋਤ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਨਿਮਖ ਦਿਖਾਈ ॥੨॥੩੯॥੧੩॥੧੫॥੬੭॥

jan naanak kai man anad hot hai har darsan nimakh dikhaa-ee. ||2||39||13||15||67||

Servant Nanak's mind is filled with bliss, when he beholds the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan, even for an instant. ||2||39||13||15||67||

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