Sobhaa: Shed egoism to achieve real honour, dignity

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ਸੋਭਾ (sobhaa)

 

Meaning: adjective: Glory, dignity, praise.

 

Quote:

ਜੇ ਕੋ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਲੋਰੈ॥ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਇਹ ਹਉਮੈ ਛੋਰੈ॥

je ko apunee sobhaa lorai. saadh-saňg ih haumai chhorai.

If one wishes for the honour for oneself, then one should renounce one’s egoism by associating with the saintly beings. -Guru Arjan Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 266

 

Message: In this verse, Guru Sahib tells us how we can achieve real honour and dignity. To achieve this we will have to shed our egoism. We can easily do this by being in the righteous company (sadh sangat) and following the teachings in Gurbani.

The company of Guru oriented people and the Guru’s guidance will help us remove the egoism, which may even come from doing good work. This can involve making ourselves humble, helpful and imparting education to the underprivileged.

By practising the teachings acquired from Gurbani through sadh sangat, we will endeavour to remain free from egoism and this will give us real honour and dignity in life.

Neither genius, fame, nor love shows the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. -Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist, 1802-1861

Etymology: From Sanskrit shobhaa (splendour, glory, fame, beauty) which comes from shubh (excellent, good, auspicious and beautiful). Punjabi sohana (handsome) is its later modification.

Source: AWAT

 

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