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Sahib - Lord


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Sahib, or Sahab is a term of respect meaning sir, lord, master, a chief or ruler, as well as husband or God, and can also refer to the owner or possessor of property.

In British Colonial times the term Sahib or Sahab was used by Indian natives to address European gentlemen.

In Sikhism the term Sahib is used as a suffix and confers respect or reverence:
  • When addressing members of sangat scriptures:
    Bhai Sahib - Lord Brother
    Singh Sahib - Lord King
    Siri Singh Sahib - Supremely Revered Master
    Sahiba - Lady
  • To revere any of the ten gurus, Sikhism's holy scripture, or when referencing almighty God:
    Guru Sahib - Enlightening Lord
    Guru Granth Sahib - Enlightening Lord of Scripture
  • Designates respect when referencing religious items:
    Siri Sahib - Lord-like Great Sword
    Nishan Sahib - Lord-like Insignia Banner or Flag
    Pothi Sahib - Lord of the Sacred Book
  • Infers respect or reverence in reference to selections of scripture:
    Anand Sahib - Lord-like Bliss
    Sukhmani Sahib - Lord-like Tranquility
  • Implies respect and reverence when referring to a sacred shrine, place of worship or location:
    Darbar Harmandir Sahib - Court of the Lord's Temple
    Gurdwara Sahib - Door of the Enlightening Lord

Sahib may also be a prefix designating respect or reverence:

  • Sahibzada (sahibjada) - Son of a Lord or Ruler.
    Sahibzadi (Sahibjadee) - Daughter of a Lord or Ruler.
    Sahibzade (Sahibzadey or Sahibjadey) - Plural form, sons of a Lord, Ruler, or Guru.

Pronunciation: Saa - hib (aa sounds like awe) (i in hib sounds like bib)
Alternate Spellings: Sahab
Common Misspellings: Sahb

The word Sahib appears countless times throughout the scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib referencing the Divine Enlightener or Almighty God.

  • "Saachae saahib sabh gun aougan sabh asaah ||1||
    All Virtues are in our True Lord and Master; we are utterly without virtue." ||1|| SGGS||17
  • "Sachaa saahib sevee-ai sach vaddi-aa-ee dae-e ||
    Serve your True Lord and Master, and you shall be blessed with true greatness." SGGS||30
  • "Sadaa sadaa kar chaakaree prabh saahib sachaa so-e ||2||
    Forever and ever, work for God; He is our True Lord and Master." ||2|| SGGS||44
  • "Agam agochar saahibo jeeaaan kaa parnaa ||
    The Inaccessible and Unapproachable Lord and Master is the Support of His beings." SGGS||323
  • "Jaachik mangai nit naam saahib karae kabool ||
    If the beggar begs for the Lord's Name every day, his Lord and Master will grant his request." SGGS||323
  • "So saahib rehiaa bharpoor ||
    That Lord and Master is pervading everywhere." SGGS||330
  • "Saahib hoe da-i-aal kirpaa karae apunaa kaaraj savaarae ||
    When the Lord and Master is kind and grants His Grace, then her affairs are all resolved." SGGS||333
  • "So paatisaahu saahaa pat saahib naanak rehan rajaaee ||1||1||
    He is the King, the King of Kings, the Emperor of Kings! Nanak lives in surrender to His Will." SGGS||348
  • "Vaddae maerae saahibaa gehir ganbheeraa gunee geheeraa ||
    O my Great Lord and Master of Unfathomable Depth, You are the Ocean of Excellence." SGGS||349
  • "Andhee duneeaa saahib jaan ||1|| rehaao ||
    The world is blind; our Lord and Master is All-seeing." ||1||Pause|| SGGS||349
  • "Maerae saahib ho keetaa taeraa ||
    O My Lord and Master, I am created by You." SGGS||357
  • "Saachae saahib alakh abhaev ||
    O True Lord and Master, You are unknowable and mysterious." SGGS||376
  • "Jaa toon saahib taa bho kaehaa ho tudh bin kis saalaahee ||
    Since You are my Lord and Master, what is there for me to fear? Other than You, who else should I praise?" SGGS||382
  • "Gun nidhaan saahib man maelaa ||
    My mind has met with my Lord and Master, the treasure of excellence." SGGS||383
  • "Bakhas lai-hu saahib prabh apanae laakh khatae kar phaero ||1||
    Please forgive me, O Lord God Master; I have committed thousands of sins and mistakes." ||1|| SGGS||618
  • "Bolae saahib kai bhaanai ||
    I speak according to the Will of my Lord and Master." SGGS||629
  • "Andin saahib sevee-ai ant Chhaddaa-ae so-e ||
    Night and day, I serve my Lord and Master; He shall save me in the end." SGGS||660
  • "Saachaa saahib sach too merae saahaa taeraa keeaa sach sabh hoe ||
    O True Lord and Master, You are truly my King; whatever You do, all that is True." SGGS||670

Translations by Dr. Sant Singh Khalsa.

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