Bhai Gurdas is well known for his writing called Varan Bhai Gurdas. I have written about this text before. Today I will talk about a lesser known text, also authored by him, called ‘Kabit Savaiye‘. Below is one of the popular hymns from this book which was composed when Bhai Gurdas was away from the Guru for his language learning:
ਸੁਪਨ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰ ਚਿਤ੍ਰ ਬਾਨਕ ਬਨੇ ਬਚਿਤ੍ਰ ਪਾਵਨ ਪਵਿਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਤ੍ਰ ਆਜ ਮੇਰੋ ਆਏ ਹੈ ।
Himself holy and capable of making other pious – the friendly True Guru has come into my dream beautifully attired and adored. It is indeed a wonderful marvel for me.
ਪਰਮ ਦਇਆਲ ਲਾਲ ਲੋਚਨ ਬਿਸਾਲ ਮੁਖ ਬਚਨ ਰਸਾਲ ਮਧੁ ਮਧੁਰ ਪੀਆਏ ਹੈ ।
Ever and profoundly benevolent, big eyed – his utterances sweet like honey.
ਸੋਭਿਤ ਸਿਜਾਸਨ ਬਿਲਾਸਨ ਦੈ ਅੰਕਮਾਲ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਰਸ ਬਿਸਮ ਹੁਇ ਸਹਜ ਸਮਾਏ ਹੈ ।
He has honoured me by placing me on the throne of His chest. I am lost in the love filled trance of Nam Amrit that merged me into a state of equipoise.
ਚਾਤ੍ਰਿਕ ਸਬਦ ਸੁਨਿ ਅਖੀਆ ਉਘਰਿ ਗਈ ਭਈ ਜਲ ਮੀਨ ਗਤਿ ਬਿਰਹ ਜਗਾਏ ਹੈ ॥੨੦੫॥
Enjoying the bliss of divine dream, I was woken up by the voice of rain-bird. The awe and marvel of love-filled state disappeared reawakening the pangs of separation (like a fish feels out of water).
Six degrees of separation is a hypothesis that every human being knows every other human being through six people. In other words for any two people A and B, either A knows B (1 degree of separation), or A knows someone who knows B (two degrees of separation) and so on.
There have been experiments to verify if this is true in practice. In one experiment, called the Small world experiment and conducted by Columbia University – each volunteer was given the name of a person with some details (like the place he lived in) and was asked to contact the person either directly (if he knew him) or to forward the request to someone who he thought was “closer” the person. I also participated in the experiment, and was asked to contact someone in Russia – I sent it to the only person who I knew in Russia! Someone should also have contacted me, but no one did – I guess I broke the chain 🙂
The experiment found that “social searches can reach their targets in a median of five to seven steps”.
Today, this can be easily verified through data contained in social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut. Indeed, there is a Facebook application that estimates average separation to be 5.73 and maximum 12. Interesting, isnt it?
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