Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab, Sikhi Art, Sikh Art, Paintings, Punjab Art, Bhagat Singh Bedi

Mystical Painting of the Golden Temple in Moonlight

The body is Hari Mandir, the temple of Hari. He created it and dwells within it. Through the Guru’s teachings, those who connect to Hari within, are merged into him.

Bhagat’s spiritual painting depicts the radiant Golden Temple under the bright full moon and cool night sky. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the impatient crowd, there is one sikh who sits apart, in eternal patience. The people are giving importance to getting into the temple, whereas this man gives importance to what the temple stands for.

In front of the Harmandir Sahib, the man sits in deep meditation absorbing the scene and becoming one with it. He watches Hari’s hukam in action, and intuitively enters a peaceful state. He remains near the edge of the hukam as he sits at the edge of the pool and the steps.

Golden Temple Moon, Amritsar, Punjab, Harmandir Sahib at Night, Harimandir, Hari Mandir, Darbar Sahib, Meditating, Man, Naam Simran, Moon, Baba Attal Rai Gurudwara, Boonga, by Bhagat Singh

Golden Temple – Meditations Under the Moon

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We know the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab as Hari Mandir, more commonly as Harmandir Sahib, however in Guru Granth Sahib, it is the body that is referred to as Hari Mandir. So you could say this painting actually shows two Hari Mandirs.

In Guru Granth Sahib, 1059, Guru Amar Das ji says –

ਕਾਇਆ ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਆਪਿ ਸਵਾਰੇ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਵਸੈ ਮੁਰਾਰੇ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵਣਜਨਿ ਵਾਪਾਰੀ ਨਦਰੀ ਆਪਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਦਾ ॥੪॥
The body is Hari Mandir, the temple of Hari. He created it and dwells within it. Through the Guru’s teachings, those who connect to Hari within, are merged into him.

The body itself becomes Hari Mandir when Hari comes to reside. And Hari fully comes to reside in the body only when the mind recognizes the Hukam taking place. In this manner, the spiritually exalted man meditates on the edge between past and future, on that which is happening right now, the Hukam of Hari.

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