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date: 07 August 2020

nadar (‘glance’ of kindness) 

A Dictionary of Sikh Studies

Pashaura Singh

The term signifies grace as *Vāhigurū’s free and sovereign act of self-disclosure. Vāhigurū imparts grace when his glance falls upon the beneficiary. The nature of grace is such that it is a matter of divine free choice that does not depend upon any kind of previous growth in spirituality. The Sikh Gurūs have repeatedly emphasized the idea that Vāhigurū’s gifts are not ultimately dependent upon the merit of the individual, and no amount of austerity can force it out of his hands. If Vāhigurū chooses to withhold his gracious glance from a particular person, there can be no hope of liberation for him/her. Ultimately, divine grace is a mystery that is absolutely beyond human reasoning and calculations.... ...

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