ਮੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਤਨਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਮੀਠ ਲਗਾਨਾ ॥
His Ambrosial Amrit (nectar) is sweet to my mind and body.
– Guru Granth Sahib, p. 698
In the Sikh tradition, Amrit is not some magical potion that would confer upon the consumer an unending span of life or bring about automatic release from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The term is however retained figuratively to signify what leads to such release. In this sense, Amrit is not something external to man “but is within him and is received by God’s grace” (Guru Granth Sahib, 1056, 1238). Historically, Amrit in the Sikh tradition refers to the baptismal water Guru Gobind Singh,created for the initiatory rites at the time of the creation of the Khalsa brotherhood. The Amrit is composed of water and sugar and is stirred with a double-edged sword (Khanda) in an iron bowl while prayers are said.
The word, Waheguru – ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ– is pronounced “Wah-hay-guroo”. Wah means Infinite, hay means Thou, and Guru means Higher Self, or the Divine Teacher within each sentient being.
This is the mantra which has been lovingly handwritten minutely in the painting to portray the omnipresent Divine energy.
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