"Gagan MeinThaal"Aarti of Guru Nanak be adopted as World Environment Day Anthem by UNESCO
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Gagan mein thaal is an Aarti (prayer) which was recited by first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev.This Aarti is the divine song of the whole Universe.
In this prayer Guru Nanak Dev has visualised the entire universe decorated as a prayer platter on the altar of the almighty. It is originally written in Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script).Text of the aarti is given below in Roman Script:
"Gagan mein thaal, rav chand deepak bane,
Taarka mandal janak moti dhoop malay aan lao,
Pawan chavro kare sagal ban raai phulant jyoti kaisi aarti hoye,
Bhavkhandana teri aarti.anhat sabad bajant bheri kaisi aarti hoye,
Bhavkhandana teri aarti."
It means - The entire sky is the prayer-platter, the sun and the moon are the lamps, the stars and the constellations are the pearls and jewels. The air coming from the sandal laden Malay mountain are the incense, air is the sacred fan, entire flora of the earth are the flowers..... oh... what an aarti is it of you ! o destroyer of fear ! This is the most beautiful recitation and description of the celebration of nature of the whole Universe hence most appropriate to be adopted as the "World Environment Day Anthem".
Ravindranath Tagore's opinion
Famous poet of India Rabindranath Tagore , who has written the National Anthem of India described this Aarti as the anthem not only for the world, but for the entire universe.[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagan_mein_thaal]
Expected Local and Global Outcome and Impact
This Aarti/prayer which presently is sung as part of (not performed with platter & lamps etc.) daily evening prayer in each of the Gurudwars of Sikh community including Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar will invite Global level mass attention if adopted as World Environment Day Anthem. It will enlightened and integrate the inner souls of masses with whole Universe and help in promotion ,preservation and celebration of nature and environment.
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