Guru Amar Das Sahib Ji (ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰ ਦਾਸ) (1479 – 1574), was the third of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism.
Guru Amar Das ji composed 907 hymns, that are incorporated in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Gift of the prayer Anand Sahib, which is one of the Five Banis recited daily by devout Sikhs.
“The ignorant person is totally blind he does not appreciate the value of the jewel”
– Sri Guru Amar Das Ji
This quote is often incorrectly quoted on many websites that it’s by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
However it’s by the 3rd guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Amar Das Ji and it’s from page 589 of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy book and eternal Guru for Sikhs.
If we look at this Sikh Hukam or Gurbani (Guru’s words)i where this quote is from its on the topic of Ratan = Jewel, and Naam = the essence of experiencing the divine. The jewel here are the words and teachings of a Guru or master.
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A person who understands the value of diamonds and precious stones understands their value. So this quote is referring to a person who is spiritually ignorant and does not understand the worth of a Guru or teachers words. Further Guru ji says the fools pride in their self and then endlessly suffer.
Let’s take time to pause, reflect and connect with something other than our Body & Mind. Our soul, spirit, consciousness, or essence. Practices like breathing meditation first helps us to relax and then provides us space to reflect. Practices like meditations help us go inside, reflect and experience the truth. Go deeper than just read to accumulate knowledge.