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Images: above - courtesy, Harjot. Below, second from bottom - courtesy: Gurumustuk Singh.


Nine Tons of Gold




A thousand hands to plunge into the soil

Cull a million pounds away

One blessed sarovar

A jutting pier

Ten thousand kiln dried bricks

100 tons of marble

18 gates

Three sculpted stories

A trillion drops of water

Breathing, with a hundred thousand fish

A temple rising from the centre

Of the pool of immortality

Resting, on Amrit

Nine tons of gold

A single bridge to reach the holy place

Four entrance ways

One ornate palki shades

The Guru Granth Sahib

One thousand, four hundred, thirty sheets of parchment

A plenitude of voices rise inside

Parshad to fill 100 bowls

Ten thousand souls at langar

Redouble reverence

Magellan circumnavigates the globe

Ten Gurus bless a holy shrine

Four doors to face four cardinal directions

A bird, a breeze may venture there

But any woman, man or child

Any station, any caste, 100 different faiths

Descend the marble stairs

To the temple on the pool

Magellan sails to grasp the world

The Guru walks a million steps

And builds one shrine with many doors

To welcome you


March 2, 2010

Conversation about this article

1: Gurmeet Kaur (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.), March 02, 2010, 10:26 AM.

Ah! Your words transport me to Darbar Sahib! Thanks, Michele. I love the Darbar Sahib as is, but I do long to see the original form, how the Gurus built it - without the gold and all. There must be art works/pictures depicting the orginal archictecture somewhere. Someone ... please share.

2: Sukhdeep Singh (New Delhi, India), March 02, 2010, 1:25 PM.

Enjoyed the poem. Through worldly and mundane facts and figures, you somehow weave a peaceful and visual image of the heavenly place. Thank you!

3: Girish Advani (Cameroun), March 02, 2010, 6:10 PM.

Ramdas sarovar naahte sub utrey paap kamaate/ Nirmal hoye kar isnaana gur poorey heeney daana.

4: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), March 02, 2010, 6:35 PM.

What a lovely, deft piece. In a few lines, you have transported us to "Harmandar Sajaya". Here is Man's journey described by Guru Nanak in just one line. Can you beat that: "Karh pakee kurh bhajai/ binsa-aa-ay chalai ki-aa maan" - "When the crop of life has matured, it bends, breaks and perishes; why take pride in that which comes and goes?" [GGS:76]

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