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English: Ajai

Alternate: Ajay (different meaning than Ajai)
Gurmukhi: ਅਜੈ
Hindi: अजै

Meaning: noun: King Aja, the father of Dasharath and grandfather of Sri Rama. (used in Gurbani as an example of a lesson from King Aja's story) See Message below.

Punjabi Pronunciation 🗣

Spiritual Significance 📖

ਅਜੈ ਸੁ ਰੋਵੈ ਭੀਖਿਆ ਖਾਇ॥ ਐਸੀ ਦਰਗਹ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਜਾਇ॥
ajai su rovai bheekhiaa khaa-i. aisee daragah milai sajaa-i.
King Aja cries when he eats (the manure he gave as) charity.
Such is the punishment received from the dargah (court?) Divine.
Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 953

Message:  From A Word A Though

The verse makes reference to a legend related to King Aja. Once a sadhu came to him and asked for some alms. The king was inspecting his horses in the stable. He did not pay any attention to the sadhu. When the sadhu repeated his request, the king out of his arrogance and rage gave some manure to him. The sadhu took the manure and preserved it. After a while, it increased as other people piled manure over it.

After some time, circumstances changed for the worse and the king had to leave his kingdom and live in the jungle. Coincidently, he went to the same sadhu and asked for some food. The sadhu offered him the manure, from the heap, he had received as alms. The king realized his blunder and regretted his mistake and arrogant behavior.

The lesson from the story is that we reap what we sow. If we carry out a wrong action, we have to face the consequences also.

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