Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale tells a story of a Singh who proved to be a true Sikh and kept alive the popular saying “Mann Neevaan, Matt Ucchee.”
When many Sikhs refused to marry a blind woman, a Amritdhari GurSikh stood up to ask for her hand in Anand Karaj. The two were blessed with 2 children and a great example of humanity.
Maan neeva maat uchi (Punjabi: ਮਨ ਨੀਵਾਂ ਮੱਤ ਉੱਚੀ) is a quotation from the third part of the Sikh Ardas; The phrase is in two parts – “Maan Neeva” and “Maat Uchi”; the words ‘neeva’ and ‘uchi’ are opposites. “Neeva” means “low” and “Ucha” means “high”. The words “Maan” and “Maat” are related closely to the mind.
This phrase underlines an underlying and highly important concept in Sikhism; the first term “Maan Neeva” literally means “mind low” and highlights the concept of living ones life in humility and in subservience to the Almighty God; a Sikh must discard his or her ego and live a life of humbleness without vanity and snobbishness.
The second term “Maat Uchi” means “morality high”; this second term highlights the concept of living a life which adheres to high moral values and high spiritual principles. So here, the Sikh is asked to live a life of high moral standards with discipline, self-control and virtues endowed; refraining from lowly deeds and keeping away from sinful actions and thoughts.