What's in a word?
I have always told my children “words mean things”. I’m not sure I even knew how much that meant until Sikhi found me. As an English speaker I took for granted how much emotion and meaning could be embodied in a single word because we tend to use a lot of phrases to explain ourselves…long winded would be a good phrase.
So in Gurbani (Sikh Scripture) how much can be in a single word? Everything! The word Ik is the number 1 in Gurmukhi and that is the absolute foundation for the Sikh faith. It is the very first word in the Guru Granth Sahib (The spiritual embodiment of the 10 living Guru’s and it is revered as such) and is the first word read in the Nitnem (Daily devotional) every morning. When you understand Ik, you will understand how Sikh’s understand Waheguru (God).
The video below is was done by Bhai Satpal Singh, Founder of Nanak Naam which is a UK based Sikh education charity. I was traveling to Atlanta several years ago and had decided I would listen to this over part of my day. As I stated in an earlier post, the vast majority of my contact with Sikhi as a faith has been discovered through the internet. It was at the end of this presentation that I knew, so I share it with you in the hopes that you will have a greater understanding of my faith.