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Vidhya Series Part 4 - The Virtue of Patience


In this new series, we will be sharing sections from various Granths which inspire us in our study of Santhia. In the previous part, we covered the benefits of Santhia Abhiaas. In this part, we will look at the virtue of being patient while learning Vidhya. The following Dohra from Chanakya Raajneeti Granth explores this topic:


ਕਾਮ ਮੋਖ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਅਰਥ ਲੰਘਨ ਪਰਬਤ ਜਾਇ।

ਧੀਰੇ ਧੀਰੇ ਹੋਤ ਹੈ ਇਹ ਪਾਂਚੋਂ ਜਗ ਮਾਹਿ।।

- ਸਤਵਾਂ ਅਧਿਆਇ, ਚਾਣਾਕਾ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ


ਕਾਮ ਮੋਖ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਅਰਥ ; ਲੰਘਨ ਪਰਬਤ ਜਾਇ।

Padh Arth (word by word meaning) line 1: ਕਾਮ (desires) ਮੋਖ (liberation) ਵਿਦਿਆ (knowledge) ਅਰਥ (wealth) ਲੰਘਨ (crossing) ਪਰਬਤ (mountain) ਜਾਇ (going)


Arth (meaning): The fulfillment of desires, gaining liberation, gaining Vidhya (any form of knowledge), obtaining wealth and climbing a mountain.


ਧੀਰੇ ਧੀਰੇ ਹੋਤ ਹੈ ; ਇਹ ਪਾਂਚੋਂ ਜਗ ਮਾਹਿ।।

Padh Arth (word by word meaning) line 2: ਧੀਰੇ ਧੀਰੇ (slowly slowly) ਹੋਤ ਹੈ (these happen); ਇਹ ਪਾਂਚੋਂ (these five) ਜਗ (world) ਮਾਹਿ (in)


Arth (meaning): In the world, these five things are obtained at a steady pace.


Chanakya says, to fulfil desires, one has to focus and work towards obtaining them. Gaining liberation from the cycles of reincarnation does not happen overnight, in fact, we have been on this journey for many many lifetimes. By putting in the effort to earn a living, a person gathers wealth slowly over many years before it becomes a significant sum. You cannot reach the summit of a great mountain without stopping to rest and recoup energy. After many hours/days, the mountain top is reached. In the same way, learning Vidhya in any form, be it Santhia, Katha or Kirtan takes time, effort and perseverance. The virtue of patience is the key to allowing us to reach and achieve our goals.


Stay tuned for the next part which will go through more beneficial advice from Granths, to help us develop our study of Gurbani Vidhya.


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