Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reflections on Har Anand

I'm so happy with the spiritual name I was given, so I just felt I would like to do something creative with it. Being creative is a way for me to contemplate, it always have been.

I really like how "Har" is said to stand for the creative infinite force. It also means seed in the "Har Harey Hari Wahe Guru" mantra (the mantra that I'm meditating on every day). "Anand" means bliss, spiritual bliss, I found that it comes from the meaning to rejoice or to delight.

I think this is really beautiful because the name has so many meanings. I have the explanation given to me when I got the name, but I feel it's important to think about the meaning of a spiritual name yourself. The meaning of this name will change for me over time, experiences learned and spiritual insight will change it. That's the beauty of it.

When I think of the meaning of Har Anand, I think of the creative force as a way to reaching bliss. Not an egoistic creative force, but a creative force of kindness, spreading good feelings to people you meet. Har is the seed inside all of us, that means we can all reach anand, bliss.

I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on Har Anand.


  1. Sat Nam Har Anand Kaur!

    Congratulations on your new name! What a beautiful destiny your name reveals!

    Did you know that 'Har' is the most frequently mentioned name of God in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib? One could say that it's the most primal name of God...a seed (bij) mantra, just like 'Sat Nam'.

    The Guru mentions again and again things like "chant the name of Har, Har, Har" etc. Reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, you will notice this...Often, when the translations says things like 'Lord', 'God', etc. when you look up the actual gurmukhi word - it's 'Har'.

    According to Guru Dev Singh (master of Sat Nam Rasayan) 'Har' is a lover's name for the Beloved God. Lovers of God like this name because it means "God who steals or takes away" implying that God (Har) steals away the hearts of His servants. And fills their hearts with 'anand', bliss ;)

    Just wanted to share :)

    Blessings on your path,
    Gobinde Kaur.

  2. Thank you for sharing Gobinde Kaur! There is so much I don't know, I really like to know more so you writing this is a gift.

    Bliss and love to you!