“Paani pran pavan bandh rakhe chand suraj mukh diye ;

Maran jeevan ko dharti dinee etey gunn visrey”(SGGS Ang: 877)

ਪਾਣੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਣ ਪਵਣਿ ਬੰਧਿ ਰਾਖੇ ਚੰਦੁ ਸੂਰਜੁ ਮੁਖਿ ਦੀਏ ॥

ਮਰਣ ਜੀਵਣ ਕਉ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੀਨੀ ਏਤੇ ਗੁਣ ਵਿਸਰੇ ॥੨॥

(Binding together water and air He infused the breath of life into the body, and created the lamps of the sun and the moon ;

To die and live therein He gave us the earth, but we have forgotten these blessings)

Just imagine, that a NASA mission was leaving the Solar System when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photo of Earth across a great expanse of space.

The attached video’s accompanying words spoken by Sagan, and written almost 25 years ago, are still relevant today, sensitively felt, brilliantly spoken.


Manjeet Singh


October 19, 2019