Salok.
Firat firat prabh aa-i-aa pari-aa ta-o sarnaa-ay.
Nanak kee prabh bayntee apnee bhagti laa-ay.  1.

In this Astpadi, Dhan Dhan SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is very kindly giving us the divine wisdom about the Mahima of Ardas for GurParsaad.  If we have understood the meaning of GurParsaad it becomes easier to progress in Bandgi.  It is the Eternal blessings and Eternal grace of Akal Purakh.  GurParsaad is the key to spiritual success.  GurParsaad is the divine super power of the highest order.  It is the Infinite Divine Power that makes our spiritual progress possible.  There is no way that we can progress spiritually without the GurParsaad.  When this Infinite Divine Power of GurParsaad comes upon us, wonderful spiritual things start to happen inside us, such as our:-

·         thinking starts to change,
·         thoughts and actions start to change, 
·         Hirda starts to transform,
·         habits and outlook on life start to change for the better, 
·         trust and devotion develops,
·         love for God and for the entire creation springs up, 
·         Hirda begins to fill up with the divine qualities,
·         behavior starts to change for the better, 
·         Surat (mind) goes into Naam Simran, 
·         Bandgi process starts,
·         Bandgi account is opened in the Dargah, 
·         Bandgi goes into Karam Khand, 
·         Simran goes into Samadhi, 
·         Simran goes into Ajapa Jaap,  and
·         Bandgi goes onto the fast track.

Many of the Sangat who get blessed with the GurParsaad don’t work on developing it.  By taking it for granted they lose it.  There are only a few people who really save this GurParsaad and surrender themselves completely at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.  Such souls are one in tens of millions.  Only they move ahead on this path of Bandgi and reach the spiritual heights.  There are also many people who are not yet blessed with the GurParsaad.  However, some are moving towards gaining the GurParsaad by accumulating their Sat Karams, but most are just consumed in drinking the poison of the Rajo and Tamo aspects of Maya. 

Anyone who has not yet achieved Jivan Mukti has been wandering in the wilderness of Maya for an unknown period of time.  To give you a rough idea though, an ordinary person may have been wandering in this wilderness of Maya for over 200 lifetimes just as a human depending upon their individual deeds.  And outside these 200 or so human lifetimes how many millions of times have they wandered in the lives of other creatures?  It is believed that a human being is given three human lives in a row if he continues to do good deeds so he can carry on progressing.  But, if his deeds are bad then he goes back into the non-human life forms for an indefinite period of time.  There is no guarantee after that of gaining another human life.  So for most people it is true to say that they have been wandering in this wilderness of Maya or reincarnation for a very long period of time and have already wasted many human lives in the process.  The question to ask now if you are not yet Jivan Mukt is, “do I want to continue to wander in this wilderness of Maya or do I need to put a stop to this now?”  

The divine wisdom says that you have already drunk a lot of the poison of Maya and have suffered with all of the mental sicknesses and have been through a lot of trouble, pains and sorrows.  Divine wisdom says that it is now time to realize this Divine Truth and to stop drinking this poison of Maya and to start looking towards the achievement of GurParsaad.  Only this will put you on the divine path and replace the poison of Maya with the Amrit of Infinite Divine Powers of Akal Purakh. 

If you realize that you have been hit by Maya really hard and have been suffering for an unimaginably long period of time in the wilderness of Maya and that you now need to work on achieving GurParsaad, then the next step is to go to the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru and pray for GurParsaad.  When this prayer comes from within your Hirda with trust, faith, devotion and love then there is no reason why your prayer will not be heard.  Be persistent in your prayers, every day and every night multiple times during the day and night.  It may even be every five minutes, maybe every minute, maybe continuously, with trust, faith, devotion and love for the Gur and Guru.  Completely surrender yourself at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru with Tunn, Munn and Dhann.  When you do so there is no way that God will not come to your rescue.  He Himself will pave a path for you that will bring you the GurParsaad. 

Remaining at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru is Bandgi.  This brings you under the Chattar of the Gur and Guru and then no negative forces of Maya are able to harm you.  Your prayers should be for the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. 

Sharnagat Bhagti (remaining under the shelter of the Guru) is the easiest Bhagti.  Just by doing what the Guru tells you to, you make it.  Don’t question the Guru’s words.  Have no doubts about your Guru.  Just follow His Sat Bachans and be surprised at your incredible spiritual progress. 

The ones who start trying to find faults with the Guru don’t make it through.  The ones who doubt their Guru and don’t trust Him are not successful in their spiritual life.  Trust and devotion to the Guru makes our Bandgi very easy.  Innocence makes our Bandgi very easy.  The most innocent people make very fast progress on the spiritual path whereas the ones who remain in doubts and question the Guru are left behind. 

Many times the Guru may do something seemingly stupid, but it is actually just to test our trust.  Please don’t get carried away in doubting the Guru in that situation and be careful of what you think and say.  Otherwise, you can easily lose all you have strived so hard to collect so far. 

Trust is Bandgi, devotion is Bandgi, unconditional love is Bandgi and waging a war against Maya is Bandgi and winning Maya is Puran Bandgi.  This is all GurParsaad and the Mahima of GurParsaad that  takes us out of the wilderness of Maya and put us on to the path to Eternal Truth.  So please keep on praying for GurParsaad.  Ardas from your Hirda will pierce through to the Almighty and for sure bring you GurParsaad. 

Going into the Charan Sharan of Gur and Guru and complete surrender at their Sat Charans brings us the GurParsaad.  Giving up everything at the Sat Charans of the Gur and Guru with trust, devotion and love definitely fills our Hirda with Bairaag and this Bairaag pierces through Maya to reach the Almighty and brings us the GurParsaad.

Astpadi.
Jaachak junn jaachai prabh daan.
Kar kirpa dayvhu har naam.
Sadh junnaa kee maaga-o dhoor.
Paar Braham mayree sardhaa poor.
Sada sada prabh kay gun gaava-o.
Saas saas prabh tumeh dhi-aava-o.
Charan kamal si-o laagai pareet.
Bhagat kara-o prabh kee nit neet.
Ayk ot ayko aadhaar.
Nanak maagai naam prabh saar.  1.

SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is continuing to give us the Puran Braham Gyan about the Mahima of Ardas at the Charan Sharan of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar Ji and Dhan Dhan Guru. 

There is no difference between the Gur and Guru.  The Guru is the one who has already merged in Akal Purakh.  We have to become a beggar at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.  The Gur is Akal Purakh and the Guru is the Sadhu, the Puran Sant, the SatGur, the Puran Braham Gyani, the Puran Khalsa.  The Guru is the one who has achieved Param Padvi.  The Guru is the one who has been through the Puran Bandgi process and has achieved Jivan Mukti and has been authorized by the Almighty to deliver the Amrit to the masses. 

Becoming a beggar at the Sat Charans of a Sadhu is the key to achieving GurParsaad.  Sat Charans of a Sadhu are the source of Amrit.  That is why surrendering at the Sat Charans of a Sadhu cleanses our mind and Hirda and makes it eligible for retaining the Amrit.  Filling our mind and Hirda with utmost humility and humbleness and becoming a Bhikhari (beggar) at the Sat Charans of a Sadhu brings Amrit inside us.  Whenever we get a chance to do so, please kiss the feet of a Puran Sant.  Clean His Charans with our beard or hair.  Take the dust of His shoes and put it on our forehead.  Take a bath with the dust of His feet mixed in the water. 

It is a Divine Truth that the Sat Charans of a Sadhu have infinite Parkash and by dedicating our self at His Sat Charans brings Gareebi into our Hirda.  This humility and humbleness brings Amrit inside us even without doing anything else.  Humbleness and humility enhance our innocence and this innocence wins us the Amrit and our mind goes into instantaneous Naam Simran – Ajapa Jaap. 

Wherever there is a Puran Sant sitting, take it for granted that that place is no less than the Dargah and there is a continuous shower of Amrit available under His Chattar.  Our trust, devotion and love for a Sadhu brings us GurParsaad and fills our Hirda with Amrit and the divine qualities. 

We are very fortunate to be blessed with the divine powers of trust, devotion and unconditional love.  By using these divine powers we enhance them within our self and eventually these divine powers  become infinite.  All of the divine qualities are divine powers.  And these divine powers are as infinite as the infiniteness of the Almighty.  The Almighty is the Infinite Divine Power, therefore, it is the Divine Truth that all of His divine qualities, His divine powers, are also infinite including trust, devotion and love. 

Praying at the Sat Charans of a Sadhu brings us the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva and paves our way to Sach Khand.  When our trust, devotion and love cross the fine line and our Hirda goes into Bairaag then we achieve GurParsaad.  When we go into Naam Simran with GurParsaad then our Hirda begins to transform.  Depending upon our level of dedication and surrender, our Hirda fills up with the divine qualities of a Suhaagan and we become a Suhaagan. 

The one whose Bandgi goes into Karam Khand becomes a Suhaagan.  The one whose Simran goes into Ajapa Jaap means He has been accepted as a Suhaagan in the Dargah of Akal Purakh.  As a Suhaagan keeps on collecting Naam Dhann, Naam will keep on bringing all of the divine qualities inside the Hirda and eventually the Hirda becomes Beant, an infinite Hirda and a Sat Hirda and a Suhaagan will now become a Sada Suhaagan. 

Sada Suhaag is Param Padvi, Sada Suhaag is Puran Tat Gyan, Sada Suhaag is Puran Braham Gyan.  All of these infinite divine treasures are achieved just by giving up our self at the Charan Sharan of Gur and Guru.  All of these infinite divine treasures are achieved by complete surrender at the Sat Charans of a Sadhu.  These infinite divine treasures are achieved by dedicating our self at the Charan Sharan of a Sadhu with Sachee Preet, Sachee Shardha and Sacha Vishvaas. 

The GurParsaad of Naam is the basis and foundation of the entire creation.  The entire creation is  from this origin.  Therefore, there is only one Infinite Divine Power and this Infinite Divine Power can only be achieved with GurParsaad.  The GurParsaad can be achieved by giving up everything at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.  The GurParsaad can only be achieved by becoming a beggar full of with humbleness, humility, trust, faith, devotion and love at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru. 
 
Prabh kee darisat mahaa sukh ho-ay.
Har ras paavai birlaa ko-ay.
Jin chaakhi-aa say junn tariptaanay.
Puran purakh nahee dolaanay.
Subhar bharay paraym ras rang.
Upjai chaa-o sadh kai sang.
Paray sharan aan sabh ti-aag.
Antar pargaas an-din liv laag.
Badbhaagee japi-aa prabh so-ay.
Nanak naam ratay sukh ho-ay.  2.

The Mahima of GurParsaad is beyond description.  The GurParsaad is the Infinite Divine Power and so is the Mahima of GurParsaad.  The GurParsaad is achieved by focusing on Sat Karams and by continuous and persistent Ardas with a complete surrender with Tunn, Munn and Dhann and with trust, faith, devotion and love at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.  This GurParsaad is the Drisht of Akal Purakh, which is nothing but all of the Infinite Divine Powers of Akal Purakh.  All of the infinite eternal treasures are hidden in this Drisht of Akal Purakh Ji.  The Mahima of the Drisht is beyond description, it is infinite, so how anything that is infinite can be described? 

The Mahima of this divine Drisht can only be physically experienced and felt when we are blessed with receiving it.  The Drisht of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar is so powerful that it takes us into Naam Simran and into Samadhi instantaneously.  This means that our Simran goes into Ajapa Jaap and our Bandgi goes into Karam Khand.  With this divine Drisht our Bandgi goes into the fast track and we are eventually blessed with the eternal and everlasting happiness as our mind goes into complete silence and we are blessed with the Suhaag and then Sada Suhaag.  So the Mahima of this divine Drisht is that it makes us the Mahima of Akal Purakh, which is Sada Suhaagan. 

Out of all of those who are blessed with GurParsaad there are only a few fortunate ones who really treasure this GurParsaad and move on this path to Eternity.  There is only one in tens of millions who achieves the ultimate – the Almighty.  The reason for this is that all of the others cannot or don’t surrender themselves completely at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.  Their dedication, trust, faith, devotion and love for the Gur and Guru is questionable.  Their realization that by going to the Charan Sharan of the Guru is the same as going into the Dargah of Akal Purakh is questionable.  Their minds are still in doubt or illusions about the Infinite Divine Powers of the Gur and Guru.  They don’t give their Tunn, Munn and Dhann to the Guru.  They don’t comply with these mandatory divine laws of Bandgi that is why they don’t understand the divine importance of GurParsaad.  In this way they lose the GurParsaad for now and will have to work to regain it at some later point in time and space. 

The ones who achieve GurParsaad and focus on Naam Simran and Naam Ki Kamai achieve Puran Awastha (Supreme Status).  Param Padvi is the Puran Awastha (State of Perfection).  Puran Awastha is also called Atal Awastha (Totlly Stable State).  The ones who lose the GurParsaad do so because their trust is there only as long as it is not shaken by any doubts, illusions or delusions.  As soon as they allow their trust to be shaken, it means there is no trust and that is the reason for them falling back.  But, when we reach the Puran Awastha then our trust is Puran too and will never be shaken no matter what happens around us.  This trust allows us to cross all limits and become infinite.  Our infinite trust makes us a winner.  This trust is Bandgi.  Devotion is Bandgi and love is Bandgi.  As long as our trust, devotion and love for the Guru is there we are progressing in Bandgi, as soon as our trust is shaken, our devotion and love will also be shaken and blocks our progress in Bandgi.  So please be careful and never let your trust in your Guru be shaken.  Just keep on enhancing it until it reaches that level when you are blessed with Puran Tat Gyan.  Once you reach that level in your Bandgi then you can never fall back.  That is called Atal Awastha.  Our trust for our Guru is Atal, our devotion for Guru is Atal, our love for Guru is Atal. 

When we reach Puran Awastha then our Hirda goes into Sat Santokh – complete divine contentment and all of our desires diminish.  The Panj Doots give birth to desires and prompt you to fulfill your desires, which is a continuous and never ending process.  There is no end to your desires.  One after the other they keep on popping up and keep you wandering in the wilderness of Panj Doots forever.  There is only one way to get out of the desires or end your desires and that happens when your Hirda goes into Sat Santokh – complete contentment.  Only then does there remains no desire.  This divine power of Sat Santokh is achieved only by those who become Puran Purakh.  When there are no desires left and the Hirda goes into Sat Santokh then there is nothing that can shake your trust, devotion and love for the Guru, and this divine blessing is available only to a Puran Purakh.  Therefore, the Hirda of a Puran Purakh is always and forever filled with the infinite trust, infinite devotion and infinite love for their Gur and Guru. 

The Sadhu is a Puran Purakh.  The Sant is a Puran Purakh.  The SatGur is a Puran Purakh.   The Braham Gyani is a Puran Purakh.  The Khalsa is a Puran Purakh.  When we go into the Sat Sangat of a Puran Purakh we feel the spiritual thirst.  We feel the divine thirst to meet God, the divine thirst to see God, the divine thirst to realize God completely and to become one with Him.  This divine thirst is called Chaao, the divine excitement that we feel within our self.  When this Chaao is felt by us then we feel like dedicating our self at the Charan Sharan of the Puran Purakh.  We feel like giving up everything at the Charans of this Puran Purakh.  We feel like giving our Tunn, Munn and Dhann at the Charans of this Puran Purakh.  All of these are divine signs that now we are ready for GurParsaad.  Then our trust, devotion and love for this Puran Purakh awakens within us.  When this divine feeling comes inside us then seize that moment and act upon that feeling.  If we do so then we are blessed with GurParsaad.  We should take full and complete advantage of this Chaao and do what our inside is telling us to do.  That is our inner Hukam. 

Our inner Hukam is the Hukam which our inner Jyot is telling us to do.  We are being offered an opportunity to board the divine boat to Eternity and we should not miss this divine boat.  The Guru is the divine boat to the Dargah, and the ones who board this divine boat are ferried across to the Dargah.  The ones who miss this boat are left back to wander in the wilderness of Maya.  The ones who board this divine boat are blessed with GurParsaad.  This divine boat is GurParsaad, this divine boat is the Chattar of a Puran Purakh, which will save us from every attack of Maya during our Bandgi process and will take us all of the way through to the Puran Awastha. 

That is the divine beauty of a Puran Purakh.  He makes us like Himself.  He transforms our Hirda into a Sat Hirda and make us the Mahima of Akal Purakh.  So the ones who board this divine boat and go under the Chattar of a Puran Purakh are very fortunate as only they progress in their Bandgi.  They are absorbed in Naam, they go into Samadhi, Naam goes into their Rom Rom, all of their Bajjar Kapaats are opened, their Dassam Duaar is opened, all of the Sat Sarovars are enlightened with Naam and they achieve the highest level of eternal happiness and divine peace.  Their Mahima is beyond description as they become Puran Purakh by themselves.  Therefore, please keep doing Ardas in your mind all of the time for GurParsaad to make your human life worthwhile.

Sayvak kee mansaa pooree bha-ee.
SatGur tay nirmal mat la-ee.
Jan ka-o prabh ho-i-o da-i-aal.
Sayvak keeno sada nihaal.
Bandhan kaat mukat junn bha-i-aa.
Janam maran dookh bharam ga-i-aa.
Ichh punee sardhaa sabh pooree.
Rav rahi-aa sad sang hajooree.
Jis ka saa tin lee-aa milaa-ay.
Nanak bhagti naam samaa-ay.  3.

Along with the poison of Maya’s Rajo and Tamo aspects, there is another major road block in our spiritual progress and that negative force is called Bharam.  Bharam means the doubts, illusions and delusions that our mind is filled with.  As long as our mind is influenced by these doubts, illusions and delusions we cannot progress in our spirituality.  These doubts, illusions and delusions give birth to Dubidha – duality. 

Duality means that there is something else other than God.  When these thoughts, that there is something other than God, take over our mind it side tracks you from the Divine Truth..  The worst thing you can do is to doubt GurMat.  That is why you are carried away by the Sansarik Mat – worldly wisdom, or your own Mat – self wisdom or DurMat – which is the bad wisdom.  Any negative force that takes you away from the Divine Truth is DurMat.  As long as you are wandering in the wilderness of the Panj Doots and desires you are operating under the DurMat. 

The Panj Doots and Trishna are the biggest DurMat.  Trishna is a never ending stream of desires.  When one desire is fulfilled it gives birth to another desire which is even bigger than the previous one.  In this process you lose your mind, soul and body.  You are lost in this never ending stream of desires, which is called Trishna.  Trishna is never quenched whilst you keep operating in this way.  Therefore, Sansarik Mat, MunnMat and DurMat leads to the Bharams, illusions and delusions and thus forms one of the biggest road blocks on your way to Divinity. 

Bharams give birth to negative questions in your mind.  Questions about the validity of GurMat and the Gur and Guru.  Living in Bharams means the mind starts to question what your Puran Sant is telling you to do.  The mind questions the divine words of your Puran Sant Puran Braham Gyani.  All of these negative thoughts lead you further into the wilderness of Bharams, illusions and delusions until you become completely lost.  The lost ones don’t believe that GurBani is the Eternal Truth.  They  question the validity of what is written in GurBani and remain far from the Divine Truth.   

However, as soon as our Bharams, illusions and delusions are washed away we come out of duality and all of our questions are answered from within and our mind goes into complete peace.  The end of Bharams, illusions, delusions and Dubidha is achieved by GurParsaad.  With this GurParsaad our own wisdom – MunnMat, Sansarik Mat and DurMat is replaced by GurMat. 

The source of GurMat is the SatGur.  When you dedicate and surrender completely at the Sat Charan Sharan of the SatGur then you achieve this GurParsaad.  The end of Bharams, illusions, delusions and Dubidha from your mind is a very good sign and paves your way to Divinity.  Your spiritual progress goes onto the fast track and all of your mental sicknesses – Panj Doots and desires, are washed away.  All of your sins are washed away and your soul becomes weightless.  Your soul is relieved of the weight of your past Karams.  Past sins.  Your past Asat Ki Karni.  Your poison that you have been drinking for ages under the influence of Panj Doots and Trishna is replaced with Amrit.  All of the shackles of Maya, Maya Key Bandhan, are broken and you are freed.  Your soul is freed from the cycle of death and birth.  This freedom from the shackles of Maya is called Jivan Mukti. 

Your soul that has been separated from the Nirgun Saroop of the Infinite Divine Power Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar Ji, goes back and merges with this Infinite Divine Power.  Your consistant and persistant Ardas at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru is in this way answered by the Gur and Guru and your desire to achieve GurParsaad is fulfilled.  You are blessed with the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva and your desire to achieve the divine wisdom – Puran Braham Gyan is granted under the Chattar of the SatGur. 

SatGur is very kind and when you go to His Charan Sharan and pray for GurParsaad after giving up everything at His Sat Charans then there is nothing that prevents Him from giving you the GurParsaad.  This GurParsaad is the source of:-

·         Jivan Mukti,
·         GurMat,
·         Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva,
·         Chad Di Klaa,
·         Sada Sukh,
·         Suhaag and Sada Suhaag. 

This GurParsaad is:-
 
·         the weapon to defeat Maya and to breaking all of the shackles of Maya,
·         the way to make us single vision – Ik Drisht and will take us out of duality, Dubidha, Bharams, illusions and delusions,
·         everything,
·         the Infinite Divine Power,
·         Himself Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar Ji. 

This GurParsaad is available to those who go to the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru.

So ki-o bisrai je ghaal na bhaanai.
So ki-o bisrai je kee-aa jaanai.
So ki-o bisrai jin sabh kichh dee-aa.
So ki-o bisrai je jeevan jee-aa.
So ki-o bisrai je agan meh raakhai.
Gur parsaad ko birlaa laakhai.
So ki-o bisrai je bikh tay kaadhai.
Janam janam ka tootaa gaadhai.
Gur poorai tat ihai bujhaa-i-aa.
Prabh apnaa nanak junn dhi-aa-i-aa.  4.

Dhan Dhan SatGur Pancham Patshah Ji is very kindly continuing to bless us with the Puran Braham Gyan about the Mahima of GurParsaad and the source of GurParsaad. 

We have spoken earlier briefly about the Bharams, Dubidha, illusions and delusions that are responsible for our little or no spiritual progress.  These Bharams, Dubidha, illusions and delusions can only be removed by the Poora Guru, the one who has Param Jyot Puran Parkash in His Hirda and His Hirda is a Sat Hirda.  His Hirda has earned the complete internal compliance, the compliance of defeating Maya and has gone beyond the three aspects of Maya.  He is the one who has earned the Puran Sachyari Rehat.  The one who has achieved Puran Tat Gyan.  The one who has achieved Puran Braham Gyan and only such a soul can take us to this level.  Such a soul is the source of the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva.  Complete surrender at the Charan Sharan of Gur and Guru and focusing on GurParsaad is the real divine life, so the one who gives us this divine life, should never be forgotten. 

Our Karni is being constantly watched against the yard stick of Sat.  Everything we do or perform is being judged and weighed on Sach Di Takdi.  When we focus on Naam, Bandgi and Seva, we are being watched by God sitting inside us.  When we follow the Panj Doots and desires and perform under their influence and drink this poison, then once again we are being watched constantly by the Infinite Divine Power sitting inside us.  Whatever we sow now so shall we reap in the future.  Therefore, why should we indulge in those deeds which are poisonous?  Why not focus on the deeds that will bring us Amrit? 

It doesn’t take any complex study to figure out how you are performing in your day to day deeds.  Just focus for a few minutes at the end of the day on what you did.  What was positive and what was negative.  Keep in mind that all of your deeds are being watched and are graded by the divine power within yourself.  This kind of daily analysis will give you the opportunity to relfect upon your deeds and allow you to focus more and more on truthful deeds.  You can at least be truthful with yourself and do a truthful analysis of your own deeds.  You don’t need to tell anybody else if you don’t want to.  However, accepting your misdeeds at the Charan Sharan of a Puran Purakh and His Sat Sangat will do wonders for your Hirda.  Your Hirda will be cleansed instantaneously.  It does require a lot of courage to do so, but if you do this then the rewards will be unbelievable.  Just do it and enjoy the divine blessings. 

However, the reality is that very few come forward to do so.  This is nothing but ego.  Your ego wont let you accept your misdeeds at the Charan Sharan of a Puran Purakh and His Sat Sangat.  However, these are the practical things that GurBani tells us to do, which admitedly are very hard to do, but if done then they do bring instantaneous rewards in terms of spiritual cleansing.  Since it is only a few rare souls that do so that is why GurBani says that there is only one in tens of millions who will be able to achieve  the GurParsaad and become one with Almighty. 

If you keep in mind that you are constantly being assessed, then your focus will be more and more on Sat Ki Karni and this will bring you the GurParsaad.  This GurParsaad will take you out of the scum of Maya.  This GurParsaad will save you from drinking the poison of the Panj Doots and from burning in the fire of desires.  This GurParsaad will wash all of your sins and bad deeds as well as taking you out of the cycle of birth and birth, in which you have been reincarnating for a very long period of time and bring you the reward of salvation. 

This can happen only in the Sat Sangat of a Puran Purakh.  This can only happen under the Chattar of a Puran Purakh.  The ones who give up everything at the Sat Charans of a Puran Purakh are blessed with GurParsaad.  Therefore, the One who gives us everything and takes good care of us, the One who has given us this human life to realize our real divine status, should never be forgotten.

Saajan sant karahu ih kaam.
Aan ti-aag japahu har naam.
Simar simar simar sukh paavhu.
Aap japahu avrah naam japaavhu.
Bhagat bhaa-ay taree-ai sansaar.
Bin bhagti tunn hosee chhaar.
Sarabh kali-aan sookh nidh naam.
Boodat jaat paa-ay bisraam.
Sagal dookh ka hovat naas.
Nanak naam japahu guntaas.  5.

Dhan Dhan SatGur Sachey Pancham Patshah Ji is urging us to focus on Naam, Naam Simran and Naam Ki Kamai.  The entire GurBani is the Mahima of Naam, Naam Simran and Naam Ki Kamai.  This is the highest Kamai (earning) we can dedicate our self to.  There is no Kamai better or bigger than Naam Ki Kamai.  Therefore, please leave our own wisdom – MunnMat, Sansarik Mat – worldly wisdom and DurMat – bad wisdom and dedicate your self to Naam Ki Kamai.  If you do have a desire for anything, please desire only for Naam Ki Kamai, just like the Sants who are always and forever absorbed in Naam Ki Kamai.  In the same way, SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is urging us to be absorbed in Naam Ki Kamai on a continuous basis. 

Naam Ki Kamai brings us Param Sukh – divine happiness, which comes when our mind and Hirda go into complete peace – Sunn Samadhi.  The highest level of divine happiness, the never ending eternal happiness, everlasting peace in mind and Hirda comes only when you focus on Naam Ki Kamai.  Not only  should you focus on Naam Ki Kamai, but you should always be encouraging and helping others to dedicate themself to Naam Ki Kamai. 

Naam Ki Kamai paves your way to Jivan Mukti.  Naam Ki Kamai ferries you across the world of Maya and take you all the way to Dargah.  When you focus on Naam Ki Kamai then your mind, Hirda, soul and body are transformed completely.  Your mind is replaced with Naam and becomes a Jyot Saroop (embodiment of Divine Light).  Your Hirda becomes a Sat Hirda.  Your soul and body becomes completely purified as Naam drives out all of the Doots.  All of your Bajjar Kapaats are opened.  Your Dassam Duaar is opened and a permanent connection is formed with the Nirgun Saroop.  All of your Sat Sarovars are activated and illuminated with Naam and your entire body is filled with Amrit. 

Our trust, faith, devotion and unconditional love for Naam is the key to the Dargah.  Trust, devotion and love is the language of Bandgi.  Trust, devotion and love is the langauge of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar Ji.  Trust, devotion and love is Bandgi.  Trust, devotion and love defeats Maya and  takes us beyond Maya and merges us with Akal Purakh. 

Please, always and forever keep in mind, that without Naam Ki Kamai, this physical body is nothing but a garbage generating machine.  Our body is a conversion machine, it converts all of the food we eat into garbage.  Our skin sweats, our underwear gets soiled, our hair gets oily, our breath gets bad, we urinate and defecate a few times a day – if we don’t clean our body every day then we will defintely start to notice how much filth we generate.  But, at the same time we have been gifted with this divine power of using this body for doing Naam Simran and collecting Naam Ki Kamai.  Therefore, instead of drinking the poison of the Panj Doots and Trishna, using this body for collecting Naam Ki Kamai and filling it up with the divine qualities and Amrit is the right thing to do.  By concentrating on Naam Ki Kamai we not only help our self, but eventually we are able to help the entire human race. 

Our Seva of humanity brings peace to the masses.  Wherever we go or wherever we live or stay the entire surrounding environment becomes peaceful and fills with Amrit and benefits from our presence.  Naam Ki Kamai makes us the Mahima of Naam.  Naam Ki Kamai  makes us Mahima of Akal Purakh.  Naam Ki Kamai make us what SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji wants us to become. 

We are then able to absorb the poison of hundreds and thousands of people and give them Amrit and make their lives peaceful and filled with Amrit.  Our Naam Ki Kamai diminishes the pains and sorrows of the masses and unites them with Naam.  The entire creation benefits from our Naam Ki Kamai.  Our Naam Ki Kamai makes us a source of GurParsaad and enables us to deliver this GurParsaad to the masses and make their life successful. 

Naam Ki Kamai fills our Hirda with all of the divine qualities and Infinite Divine Powers.  The Mahima of Naam Ki Kamai is beyond description.  This was just a glimpse of what happen to us when we focus on Naam Ki Kamai.  Therefore, this is our humble request at the Shri Charans of the Sangat or whosoever reads this GurParsaadi writing is to please dedicate yourself to Naam Ki Kamai and help the rest of the creation along with serving the Master.

Upjee pareet paraym ras chaa-o.
Man tunn antar ihee su-aa-o.
Naytarahu paykh daras sukh ho-ay.
Man bigsai sadh charan dho-ay.
Bhagat junnaa kai man tunn rang.
Birlaa ko-oo paavai sang.
Ayk basat deejai kar ma-i-aa.
Gur parsaad naam jap la-i-aa.
Taa kee upmaa kahee na jaa-ay.
Nanak rahi-aa sarabh samaa-ay.  6.

Surrendering completely with Tunn, Munn and Dhann at the Sat Charans of a Sadh ignites the Jyot inside us.  Our birth in the human life is due to this Jyot, which is inside us.  In a normal person this Jyot is hidden within and is kept like that due to the influence of Maya – Panj Doots and Trishna.  This Jyot comes to the forefront only when we go beyond Maya – then it takes over and appears as Param Jyot Puran Parkash. 

Working under the influence of Panj Doots and Trishna your body has become so corrupted that the Jyot doesn’t want to appear as per the command of the Infinite Divine Power, the divine laws.  For the Jyot to appear in within you, you need to be cleansed and purified. 

When we go at the Charan Sharan of a Sadh then we are blessed with GurParsaad and this GurParsaad – which is the Infinite Divine Power cleans us up from inside and purifies us from inside to make a place for this Jyot to appear.  Washing the Charans of a Sadh will ignite this Jyot inside us.  Drinking the water after washing the Charans of a Sadh will do wonders to our spiritual life.  Taking a bath with the Charan Dhool of a Sadh will clean us from inside and will purify our mind, soul, Hirda and body.  All of our sins are washed away, all of our bad deeds are pardoned.  All of our misdoings are forgiven.  All this  contributes to the transformation of our mind and Hirda.  Our mind and Hirda is then filled with the Puran Parkash. 

Please be sure to understand that when we say Parkash we really physically see this Parkash, it is not just said in GurBani, it happens to us physically and our body is filled with this divine Jyot and Parkash and we can physically see this Divine Light.  Therefore, please do what GurBani is telling us to do and enjoy everything that GurBani says will happen to us.  All this really happens, it is not any illusion, it is a Divine Truth. 

Sadh Sangat is the Sangat where there is a Puran Purakh sitting.  Sat Sangat is the Sangat where there is a Sat Hirda sitting and dedicating our self to such a Sangat opens up our divine doors and the divine love and devotion springs up in our mind, Hirda, soul and body.  We fill with Sachee Preet and Sachee Shardha and a lot of excitement for the Gur and Guru, for the Sat Sangat, for the Sadh Sangat.  Going to Sat Sangat becomes our top priority and we are united with Naam and our mind goes into peace. 

GurParsaad takes your mind into Ajapa Jaap.  Naam travels by itself all over your body.  Your Sat Sarovars are illuminated and spring up with Amrit all over your mind, Hirda, soul and body.  You may be blessed with the Darshans of the SatGuru Sahibs, Braham Gyanis, Sants and Bhagats.  You may be blessed with all kind of divine visions.  Everytime you go into the Sat Sangat you go a step higher on the spiritual ladder.  Your Preet and Shardha keeps on increasing everytime you do Darshans of your Guru.  Your mind, Hirda, soul and body become a pot full of Amrit.  Not only that, the Amrit starts to flow out from this pot and when that happens you are able to help others.  Therefore, the Mahima of those who are absorbed in Naam is beyond description. 

God is the kindest of all.  His kindness is infinite too, just like Him.  All of His divine qualities are infinite and when we surrender to Him or a Sadh then His kindness is showered upon us and we are blessed with the GurParsaad.  This is the GurParsaad that takes us to Dargah. 

Divinity is beyond description.  He is omnipresent, so He is present in each one of us as well and we will be able to realize Him with this GurParsaad.  Therefore, please keep on praying for GurParsaad until you achieve it.  Keep in mind that it is a rare soul who treasures the GurParsaad and goes into Puran Bandgi.  So please understand that when you are blessed with GurParsaad it will awaken your fortune.  Don’t take it lightly and seriously follow the words of the Guru.  There are a lot of people who are blessed with GurParsaad, but only a rare one who treaures it.

Prabh bakhsand deen da-i-aal.
Bhagat vachhal sada kirpal.
Anaath naath gobind gupaal.
Sarabh ghataa karat partipaal.
Aad purakh kaaran kartaar.
Bhagat junnaa kay paraan adhaar.
Jo jo japai so ho-ay puneet.
Bhagat bhaa-ay laavai man heet.
Ham nirgunee-aar neech ajaan.
Nanak tumree sharan purakh bhagvaan.  7.

SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is continuing to describe the Mahima of GurParsaad.  When we are blessed with the Infinite Divine Power of GurParsaad, all of the divine qualities are also blessed to us under the Chattar of GurParsaad.  Basically, God wants us to become like Him so essentially all those divine qualities that are contained in the Gunni Nidhaan Dhan Dhan Sachey Patshah Ji Paar Braham Parmeshwar Ji,  are blessed to us as well as a part of the Infinite Divine Power of GurParsaad. 

SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is very kindly giving us the Puran Braham Gyan about some of these divine qualities.  Forgiveness is one of His divine qualities.  Once we turn our life around towards the Gur and Guru and give up everything at their Sat Charans, then all of our misdeeds from this life and all previous lives will be forgiven.  All of our sins from this life and all previous lives are forgiven instantaneously.  Our spiritual progress is directly proportional to how much we surrender to the Gur and Guru.  Forgiveness is one of the Infinite Divine Powers as there is no end to His limits of forgiveness.  Basically, He forgives anything and everything that is even beyond our imagination.  In fact, He doesn’t look at our bad qualities at all – Awgun.  All He looks at is how much dedication we have towards the Gur and Guru.  How much we have given up at the Charan Sharan of the Gur and Guru and we are rewarded accordingly in terms of our spiritual progress. 

In the same way He would like us to fill up our Hirda with this divine quality of forgiveness.  He doesn’t want us to look at anybody’s bad qualities and bad Karni.  So if anybody does anything wrong to us, just forgive them.  There is no limit to forgiveness.  No matter what kind of crime, we should be able to forgive the criminal.  We should only be looking at how we can do good to others and not retaliate in the same way if somebody does anything harmful to us.  Anybody who does so will have to bear its fruits according to his Karni, but we should not build our destiny by getting involved in negative deeds.  Therefore, forgiveness is the best thing to do.  In this way we build our good destiny and we avoid generating another bad Karam to be reaped in future.  We want to end our Karams and this is how we can do it.  So always be forgiving to whatever may happen around you or to you and fill up your Hirda with this divine quality of forgiveness. 

Similarly, kindness is another divine quality that God wants us to focus on.  There is no limit to His kindness.  He can give us anything, so much so that He can even give us His Throne.  He can give us the kingdom of Chaudha Lok Parlok.  So please don’t ask for anything.  Who knows what He will give us when He is pleased with us.  And if at all He asks us what we want then either say, “Naam, Bandgi and Seva” or don’t say anything, or humbly say, “I don’t need anything.  You have already given me everything, what more do I need?”   He has infinite love for those who do His Bandgi and dedicate themselves to His Bandgi. 

Mercy is another divine quality, an Infinite Divine Power that is a part of His eternal treasures.  Is there any limit to mercy?  Can we measure mercy?  Is it possible to gage the depth of mercy?  The Divine Truth is that mercy is an Infinite Divine Power.  By being merciful to others and the entire creation we will never be prompted to do anything wrong to others.  We will always do good to others.  When we do only good to others then there is no way that God will not be pleased with us and take us in His lap.  Kirpa is the divine name for mercy, kindness, forgiveness and all His divine qualities. 

Anaath Kaa Naath is another divine quality of God.  Basically, we are all Anaath.  As long as we are Duhagans and not Suhaagans, we are Anaath, means without any Master.  But, just look at His kindness, mercy and forgiveness, He still takes care of us.  Everything that we have and we need for living is provided by Him.  And above all He waits for us to come back to Him with open arms without looking at our countless misdoings and sins. 

Gobind means the Lord of the Universe and Gopaal means the one who sustains the entire universe.  Pratipaal means the nourisher of all of us.  He sustains us by providing us with everything that we need for existence in this world.

Aad Purakh means the Primal Being, the One who is the Origin of every creation.  The creation is called the creation because of the Creator, Kartar.  He is the only Doer,  Karta Purakh.  Look at this divine quality of being Karta Purakh.  The ones who focus on this divine quality are blessed with killing their Haumai.  The ones who find it difficult to fight with their ego and Ahankaar, or the ones who have too much Haumai, we request them to focus on “Sat Naam Karta Purakh” Simran.  This Simran will kill their Haumai and will fill their Hirda with Gareebi Ves – utmost humility and humbleness. 

God lives and appears in every breath of a Bhagat.  God lives and appears on a continuous basis in His Bhagats.  God Himself is Bandgi, God Himself is Naam, God Himself is Naam Ki Kamai, God Himself is GurParsaad.  Therefore, the ones who are absorbed in His Naam and GurParsaad become Puneet – are purified, their Hirda goes into Puran Sachyari Rahat, complete internal compliance, compliance of defeating Maya, compliance of Atam Ras Amrit, Braham Gyan Amrit.  

To become Puneet, purified, so that God can live in you on a continuous basis, and accept you as His Bhagat, this should be your Ardas at every moment.  This Ardas will do wonders for you.  This is our divine promise to you:-
“We are ignorant fools, lowest of the low, Loonharami (traitor), Gunehgaar (great offender), Nirguniaar (of no good qualities).  We are Maha Pakhandi (great hypocrite), Maha Paapi (great sinner), Maha Kaami (full of lust), Maha Lobhi (full of greed), Maha Mohi (full of attachment), Maha Ahankaari (full of ego) and we have come to Your Charan Sharan (Holy feet shelter) with pressed palms and with Kottan Kot Dandauth (countless prostrations) at Your Pawan Charans (pure holy feet). 

We dedicate our Tunn (body), Munn (mind) and Dhann (wealth) at Your Sat Charans (feet of Truth).  Please help us.  Please show us the right path.  Please take us under Your Charan Sharan.  Please accept us under Your divine Chattar (aura). Please forgive us for our misdoings and sins.  We will follow Your divine words from now onwards and will live the way You want us to live.  We will do what You want us to do.  Please bless us with Your GurParsaad and accept us as Your Suhaagan (happy wife).” 

Sarabh baikunth mukat mokh paa-ay.
Ayk nimakh har kay gun gaa-ay.
Anik raaj bhog badi-aa-ee.
Har kay naam kee kathaa man bhaa-ee.
Baho bhojan kaapar sangeet.
Rasnaa japtee har har neet.
Bhalee so karnee sobhaa dhanvant.
Hirdai basay puran gur mant.
Sadhsang prabh dayh nivaas.
Sarabh sookh nanak pargaas.  8.20.

The Mahima of GurParsaad is beyond description.  One of the divine benefits of GurParsaad is that He will make a place for us in the Dargah of Akal Purakh.  This is the Divine Truth explained in the Shabad Sarabh Baikunth.  Baikunth is Dargah.  Therefore, when our Bandgi is blessed as Puran Bandgi, Param Padvi, Puran Braham Gyan, Puran Tat Gyan, Param Jyot Puran Parkash, we are always and forever sitting in the Dargah of Akal Purakh. 

The Puran Sant, Puran Braham Gyani, SatGur and a Puran Khalsa is always and forever sitting in the Dargah.  Physically they may be anywhere, but spiritually they are always and forever present in the Dargah.  It is believed and it is the Divine Truth that these souls tie both ends together – one end of Dargah with the other end on Earth.  They are present everywhere – Omnipresent, as they have merged in Akal Purakh.  With this divine blessing comes the Mukti from Maya and Jivan Mukti. 

In fact, Jivan Mukt is a Sant Hirda.  Jivan Mukt is a Sat Hirda.  Jivan Mukti comes while living on this Earth.  A lot of people live in this illusion that Jivan Mukti comes after physical death, that is not true.  Jivan Mukti comes while living on this Earth.  It doesn’t come after physical death, however, it does come with the death of Haumai and defeating Maya. 

Mukti from Maya is Jivan Mukti.  Mukti from Maya comes by defeating Maya and going beyond Maya.  Bandgi is basically doing the Mahima of Akal Purakh.  Doing Naam Simran is performing Akal Purakh Ki Mahima.  Doing GurBani is doing Akal Purakh Ki Mahima.  By doing the Mahima of Akal Purakh comes Jivan Mukti and a place in Dargah.  With GurParsaad comes infinite divine treasures, never ending peace of mind, everlasting eternal happiness and wonderful glories and all of the divine qualities.  The most important thing is that these divine gifts become ours forever and we never lose them. 

With this we are also blessed with the divine gift of, “Har key naam ki katha.”  This means that now we understand GurBani.  This divine gift also becomes ours forever.  Please keep in mind that GurBani is,  “Har key naam ki katha”  and we are now blessed with power to preach as we have been blessed with a very deep and divine understanding of GurBani. 

GurBani is the language of Sach Khand and it has come from Sach Khand, therefore, for a normal person it is not possible to feel the depth of this Gyan Sarovar.  But, as our Bandgi progresses, our understanding of GurBani improves and when we are blessed with Puran Braham Gyan then GurBani  becomes very clear. 

With this GurParsaad comes the Seva by Maya.  Maya becomes our servant, Panj Doots and Trishna becomes our slaves.  All of the Ridhis and Sidhis become our slaves.  With this GurParsaad comes Ajapa Jaap and Rom Rom Naam Simran, and as a part of this blessing our Rasna goes into Ajapa Jaap, which means that every cell of our Rasna along with every cell of every other part of the body also vibrates with Naam.  It doesn’t mean that we are physically reciting the Naam with our Rasna, but that our Rasna by itself will keep on vibrating with Naam on a continuous basis. 

Our Karni becomes Sat Ki Karni and we continuously serve the Truth and deliver the Truth.  Our glory manifests all over, in all directions, in the entire universe. 

Puran Gur Mant is another way of saying Gur Manter.  And the Gur Manter is Naam – Sat Naam and our Hirda will be filled with this Amrit.  Puran Gur Mant is the Naam of Akal Purakh – Sat Naam and not the Guru Manter Vahiguru.  As explained by Bhai Gurdass Ji, Vahiguru is the Guru Manter that praises the SatGurus of the four Ages.  Whereas Sat Naam is the Gur Manter.  Bhai Gurdass Ji has very kindly explained the Manter or Gur Manter Sat Naam and the Guru Manter Vahiguru in His Vaars.  Please take some time to read the following to clear any doubts about this. 

Sat Naam Ka Manter (The Sat Naam Manter) By Bhai Gurdass Ji

Bhai Gurdass Ji had Anant, Beant GurKirpa and GurParsaad of Guru Amar Dass Patshah Ji, Guru Ram Dass Patshah Ji, Guru Arjun Dev Patshah Ji and Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji.  He was a Braham Gyani and a great scholar.  He was given the honor to write the first copy of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji called the Adi Granth.      
Bhai Gurdass Ji’s Bani was written in the form of 40 Vaars (chapters) and highly regarded by Guru Pancham Patshah Ji.  He called it,  “The Key To The GurBani.”  This basically means that Bhai Gurdass Ji had very kindly explained the key divine laws, the Dargahi Kanoons of Puran Bandgi, in his verses in simple words.  Once you understand these verses then it becomes easy to understand the GurBani.

Bhai Gurdass Ji very kindly wrote these Vaars to explain the Divine Truth about what He experienced physically in relation to GurBani.  He explained His divine understanding of GurBani in an easy to understand language.  Bhai Gurdass Ji’s Bani has also been regarded as the next level of GurMat after Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Dassam Patshah Ji’s Bani.  Since Bhai Gurdass Ji was under the direct blessings and Chattar of Guru Arjun Dev Sahib Ji, there is no reason not to trust His Bani as being GurMat as well.

Bhai Gurdass Ji has very kindly explained the divine importance of the Shabad “Sat Naam” and Shabad “Sat” right at the beginning his Vaars.  Here is the first Pauri of the first Vaar.

Namaskaar gurdev ko sat naam jis manter sunayeaa.
Bhavjal vichon kadh key mukt padarath mahi samaayeaa.
Janam maran bhao katteyaa sansaa rog viyog mitaayeaa.
Sansaa eh sansaar hai janam maran vich dukh sabaayeaa.
Jam dand seron naa uterey sakat durjan janam gawaayeaa.
Charan gahey gurdev key sat shabad dey mukt karaayeaa.
Bhao bhagat gur purab kar naam daan ishnaan dreydaayeaa.
Jeha beeu teha fal paayeaa.

Bhai Gurdass Ji has very clearly explained that Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji very kindly brought the “Sat Naam” Manter from the Dargah for us.   When Guru Nanak Patshah Ji went under water for three days at Sultanpur Lodhi in the river Bayyee.  On his return He announced the Mool Manter, “Ik Oankaar Sat Naam Karta Purakh Nirbhao Nirvair Akal Murat Ajuni Saibhun(g) GurParsaad.”    Then said Jap, meaning recite this Mool Manter because he announced that this Mool Manter is, “Aad Sach.  Jugaad Sach.  Hai Bhi Sach Nanak Hosi Bhi Sach.”    The center point of the Mool Manter is the Shabad Sat and that is why he called the Shabad Sat the Naam – Sat Naam..  

The Shabad Sat signifies the Amrit – Atam Ras – highest level of Amrit – Nirgun Saroop Param Jyot Puran Parkash of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmeshwar Ji.  This Shabad Sat means Truth and the Truth is the Naam of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar Ji.  A lot of the people and preachers interpret Sat Naam as Sacha Naam (true name), which is not the case.  When they say Sat Naam Vahiguru, they translate it as the true name is Vahiguru.  That is not correct.  Sat Naam means Sat is the Naam, Truth is the Name.   Also SatGuru gets translated as true Guru.  The preachers then make out that the Sikh Gurus are the true Gurus and all other Gurus are false Gurus, this spreads intolerance and even hatred in the masses.  SatGuru actually means Sat is the Guru.  Bani is Sat, so that is why it is Guru.   Bani is Sat that is why it is Nirankaar. Also any Hirda in which Sat resides is the Guru.

The Shabad Sat is the one which defines the most important and vital quality of Akal Purakh.  Sat means which never changes, remains stable and unchanged.  Everything else is changing with time because everything else is Maya and Maya has uncountable stages and changes with every second.  Sat never changes and has been Sat from the beginning, is so now and will remain so forever. 

Bhavjal is the vast sea of darkness caused by the influence of Maya.  A soul living under the influence of Maya – Panj Doots and desires, is like a stone lying in this deep sea of scum.  Bhavjal is the sea of the scum of Maya and covers the entire world. But, the Shabad Sat is beyond Maya.  Bhai Gurdass Ji writes that Sat is the Mukt Padarath.  This means the GurParsaad of the Manter of Sat Naam has the super divine power to take us out of the Bhavjal and back to the Mukt Padarath, the Nirgun Saroop of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmeshwar.  When that happens then we are relieved of the biggest pain and sorrow of birth and death.

Whilst living in this world we constantly face the fear of death and birth, which has also been called the highest level of sickness, Rog.  Being born and going through the same kinds of sufferings, pains and sorrows, good and bad moments, but no eternal happiness, no eternal bliss, living deep in the scum of Maya is the highest Rog.  If we don’t get the GurParsaad of Sat Naam and dedicate ourselves to achieving all the qualities described in the Mool Manter as above and become Sat Roop then we will be called Sakat (atheist) and Durjan (bad person) in the Dargahi evaluation and we will lose this precious human life, which was given to us by the grace of Almighty to become Sat Roop and to merge in Him.

We should therefore be very thankful to Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji who has very kindly given us the GurParsaad of the Shabad Sat, which when earned with dedication, commitment, belief, faith, trust, devotion and love will take us back to the origin – Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmeshwar.

The Divine Meaning Of The Vahiguru Manter By Bhai Gurdass Ji
 
Sathijug sathigur vaasadhaev vaavaa vishanaa naam japaavai.
Dhuaapar sathigur hareekrishan haahaa har har naam dhhiaavai.
Thraethae sathigur raam jee raaraa raam japae sukh paavai.
Kalijug nanak gur gobind gagaa gobind naam japaavai.
Chaarae jaagae chahu jugee panchaaein vich jaae samaavai.
Chaaro ashhar eik kar vahiguru jap manter japaavai.
Jehaa thae oupajiaa fir thehaa samaavai.
               
This Shabad by Dhan Dhan Bhai Gurdass Ji explains how the Shabad Vahiguru came into existence and what it really means.  Bhai Gurdass ji is saying that the first letter “V” in the Shabad Vahiguru, represents the Mahima – praise, of Lord Vishnu as a SatGur in Sat Yug.   Then Bhai Gurdass Ji says that the second letter “H” represents the Mahima of Lord Krishna as a SatGur in the Dwapper Yug.  Lord Krishna was and still is remembered as Hari-Krishan by the masses and this divine name gives us the letter “H” of the Shabad Vahiguru.  Then Mahima of Lord Ram as a SatGur in the Treta Yug gives the letter “R” in the Shabad Vahiguru.   Then Bhai Gurdass Ji describes the Mahima of Guru Nanak Patshah Ji as a SatGur in the Kal Yug as being Gobind – God Himself – Nirankaar, “Nanak Gur Gobind.”  This gives us the letter “G” in the Shabad Vahiguru.  This means that the Shabad Vahiguru represents all of the SatGurus – Vishnu, Ram, Hari-Krishan, and Nanak Gur Gobind from all four ages – Sat Yug, Treta Yug, Dwapper Yug and Kal Yug.

When we recite the Shabad Vahiguru we are praising these SatGurus.  Hence, the Shabad Vahiguru is not the Naam, but it is the Mahima of these SatGurus, the praise of these SatGurus.  The most important thing to understand here is that nowhere in his Vaars has Bhai Gurdass Ji said that Naam is the Shabad Vahiguru.  Even in this Pauri he has just called it a Manter, “chaaron ashhar eik kar vahiguru jap manter japaavai.”

Most people nowdays think of the Shabad Vahiguru as Naam, which is contrary to what Bhai Gurdass Ji has explained.  He has already explained in Vaar 1 Pauri 1 (see above) that the Shabad Sat Naam is the Manter that leads us to Jivan Mukti and beyond Maya.  The fact that the Shabad Sat is the Naam, Sat Naam, was announced by Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Patshah Ji in the Mool Manter.

The Divine Meaning Of Sat Naam Vahiguru Simran

In the Shabad Sat Naam Vahiguru, note that the Shabad Sat Naam leads the Shabad Vahiguru.  When we recite the Shabad Sat Naam Vahiguru then we mean that Sat is the Naam and the SatGurus Vishnu, Krishna, Ram and Nanak are the Mahima, praise, of this Naam. This means that when we do “Sat Naam Vahiguru” Simran then we remember the Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh and also His Mahima in terms of these SatGurus.  This also means that the Mahima of Akal Purakh are the SatGurus and they are the result of Naam. 

At the end of this verse, Bhai Gurdass Ji has said that when we recite the Shabad Vahiguru, we go back to the Origin, “Jehaa thae oupajiaa fir thehaa samaavai.”

Let us explain the process of how we go back to the Origin by reciting the Shabad Vahiguru. Akal Purakh came into existence first, then His Naam came into existence and then the Mahima came into existence – this is written in Asa Di Vaar, “Aapinay aap saajio aapeenaay rachiya nao.  Duyee kudrat saajia kar asan dita chao.”  This means that Naam is bigger than the Mahima and that the Mahima will lead us back to the Naam.  The Naam will in turn lead us back to Akal Purakh.  This is exactly what happened to us.  We started with Vahiguru Simran.  Then we were blessed with the GurParsaad of Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva, so Simran switched to Sat Naam Vahiguru.  Next it became just Sat Naam Simran.  Then it moved onto Sat Sat Sat Simran and eventually even Sat disappeared to no name, just complete silence, “Namastang Nirnaameh. – Greetings to the One who has no name,” as described by Dhan Dhan Dassam Patshah Ji in Jaap Sahib.  It is important to mention that when we say the Manter switched, it happened by GurParsaad as our spiritual stage changed.   What we recite is the Hukam we are automatically made to follow at a certain time, the key is the GurParsaad.

Vahiguru Is A Gur Shabad

"Vahiguru gur shabad lai piram piaa laa chup chalolaa."  Vaar 4.

"Vahiguru saalaahanaa gur shabad alaa-eae-aa."  Vaar 9.

"Vaedh kathaeb agochar aa Vahiguru gur shabad sunaayaa." Vaar 12

 

All these verses by Bhai Gurdass Ji highlight that Vahiguru is a Gur Shabad.  That is an absolute Divine Truth, because the Shabad Vahiguru is a part of the GurBani.  And GurBani is the:-

·         language of Akal Purakh
·         story of Akal Purakh – Akath Ki Katha,
·         Mahima of Akal Purakh,
·         Mahima of Naam,
·         Mahima of Sants and Bhagats, SatGurus and Braham Gyanis, Sadh and Junn.

·         ·         ·         ·         ·        

So it is the Mahima and not the Naam.  Vahiguru has emanated from Naam, hence it is the Mahima of Naam.  For that matter the entire GurBani is a Gur Shabad.   But, the Gur Shabad Vahiguru contains the Mahima of the SatGurus of all four ages and when we recite the Shabad Vahiguru we remember the SatGurus of all four ages – Vishnu, Ram, Hari-Krishan, and Nanak.

We have also seen copies of some original Hukam Namas of various Guru Sahibs that were published in a book.  They have preached to the common Sangat to “Guru Guru Japna.” Meaning recite “Guru Guru” i.e. Vahiguru.  This shows that everybody didn’t get Naam right away from the Guru Sahibs.  There were probably a few fortunate ones who were blessed with the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Puran Bandgi and Seva.

Why didn’t the Guru Sahibs bless everyone with the GurParsaad of Naam right away?  Because, Vahiguru is the first step on the ladder and leads you to Naam.  Then Naam – Sat Naam, is the Gur Prasad that leads you and takes you to the Sat – the Nirgun Saroop and merges you with the Nirgun.  There is no Naam at that level.  When you merge into Akal Purakh then there remains no Naam.  When we started meditating in the early stages many a time another Shabad from GurBani would come within us and we would keep on meditating on that particular Shabad  and so on until we automatically switched to Sat Naam.  This is the sequence of the Hukam we were automatically made to follow, the key was the Gur Prasad.

1.        Vahiguru,
2.        Sat Naam Vahiguru,
3.        Sat Naam,
4.        Ik Oankaar Sat Naam,
5.        Sat Sat Sat, and
6.        then nothing.

The Shabad Vahiguru is called a Gur Shabad, but not the Naam. The GurParsaad of Naam is very difficult to handle for most beginners because it is so powerful.  It puts you on a real fast divine track where all of the spiritual experiences come really quickly, but also where the tests of Maya come in really hard.  That is exactly what happened to a lot of people in our Sat Sangat.  They went up so fast and then when the tests of Maya came, they failed miserably.  So that is the reason why the Braham Gyanis will tell most beginners to do Vahiguru Jap for a long time.  Then they will only give the Gur Prasad of Naam to a few rare ones who are ready to handle it.  They only exceptions are the ones who already have a lot of Bandgi from their past lives.   Their Braham Gyani will know that and give them the GurParsaad of Naam right away.

The Divine Meaning Of  Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vahiguru Ji Ki Fateh

The meaning of the Shabad Vahiguru has already been as explained by Bhai Gurdass Ji and it signifies the praise, so in short you can say Dhan Dhan.  Or if you want to go deeper and to a longer version then it is the praise, the Mahima of  the SatGurus in all four ages.   

The divine meaning of the Shabad Khalsa has already been explained several times and that is that a Khalsa is a Puran Braham Gyani.  So this Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vahiguru Ji Ki Fateh means that the Puran Braham Gyani is Dhan Dhan and is a winner. 

Winner of what?  The winner over Maya.  The winner over Panj Doots and desires.  The winner over His mind.  The winner of the Chaudha Lok Parlok.  The winner of the internal compliance.  The winner of the Puran Sachyari Rehat, the Anderli Rehat, the internal compliance.  So this Fateh is the praise of a Puran Braham Gyani.

The Gur Manter And Naam

Most people nowadays think that that Gur Manter is Vahiguru and that is the Naam.  They think we are twisting GurBani and have changed the Gur Manter to Sat Naam.  This is not true.  When we ask people why they think Vahiguru is the Gur Manter, they quote Bhai Gurdass Ji and say, “Vahiguru gur manter hai jap haumai khoee.”  However, after taking this Shabad in context of everything Bhai Gurdass Ji has said in other Shabads as explained above and in context of GurBani, we know that he means that Vahiguru is the Manter that praises the Gurus of the four Ages, so Gur Manter here actually means Guru Manter and not the Naam.

The divine truth is that Sat is the Naam and Naam is the Gur Manter.  As stated earlier, the fact that the Shabad Sat is the Naam, Sat Naam, was announced by Dhan-Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Patshah Ji in the Mool Manter.  The fact that the Gur Manter refers to the Naam is told to us be Dhan-Dhan Guru Arjun Dev ji here, “Gur manter avakhadh naam dheenaa junn nanak sankatt jon n paae.”   This means that the Gur Manter is called the Naam and only the Gur Manter of Naam can cure us of all the sicknesses.  This is on page 1002 of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Let us understand the true meaning of Gur Manter by taking a deeper dive into the Mansarovar.  First, we realize that the Shabad Gur Manter comprises of two Shabads – Gur and Manter.  The Gur used here means Akal Purakh and Manter means the Shabad which is given by Akal Purakh to lead us to salvation.  Manter means that which brings your mind under control.  In Punjabi we say “Munn nu taar deyndaa hai.”   This is the divine meaning of Gur Manter as used in this Salok, “Gur manter avakhadh naam dheenaa junn nanak sankatt jon n paae.” 

Let us dive a little bit deeper into this Salok.  The Gur Manter is Naam and only the Gur Manter of Naam can cure us of all the sicknesses.    What are these sicknesses?  They are the Panj Doots and desires.   These mental sicknesses lead to physical ailments.  So what can cure all of these ailments?  The answer is the Gur Manter of Naam.  Once we are cured of these mental sicknesses then we will be relieved of the biggest sorrow of the birth and death.  That means we will become Jivan Mukt – achieve salvation. So in this Salok, it has been very clearly explained that the Gur Manter is the Naam and Naam will lead us to salvation.

If we dive a little deeper still into the Mansarovar we gain further divine wisdom about where we get the Naam.  The Junn is the source of Naam.  Akal Purakh is addressing Dhan-Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah that the Junn is the source of Naam, which is the Gur Manter.  This will make us pure and pious by relieving us of the shackles of Maya.  This leads us to salvation and saves us from reincarnating through the biggest sorrow of birth and death. So with that said, this one Salok has the Puran Braham Gyan in itself.  It is telling us how we can achieve salvation.

Vahiguru is the Guru Manter and that will remain so, nobody can change it, but the Gur Manter is Naam – Sat Naam.  All we have tried to do is bring out this Puran Sat – divine truth to the masses and nothing else. This doesn’t mean that you cannot meditate on the Shabad Vahiguru, you can continue to do so until you get the Gur Prasad of Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva and then as we said you will automatically switch to Sat Naam Vahiguru and so on. So please remove that misunderstanding from your minds and be clear about the eternal divine truth that the Gur Manter is also called the Naam, that Sat is the Naam, that Sat is the Guru and that Vahiguru is the Guru Manter as described above and signifies the Mahima of Akal Purakh and His Bhagats, the Mahima of SatGur.

Now coming back to this Astpadi, the Infinite Divine Power of GurParsaad is available at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant Puran Braham Gyani, a SatGur, a Puran Khalsa, a Sada Suhaagan.  Therefore, SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is repeatedly telling us in GurBani to surrender yourself at the Sat Charans of such a soul who is a Sada Suhaagan.  Only a Sada Suhaagan can help you achieve the Suhaag and bless you as a Suhaagan.  The Suhaag will activate all of our Sat Sarovars.  The Suhaag will open all of our Bajjar Kapaats and our mind, Hirda, soul and body will be filled with Amrit.  Therefore, please dedicate yourself to Ardas for GurParsaad and save yourself from drinking the poison of Maya and become absorbed in the Amrit.

Now coming back to this Astpadi, the Infinite Divine Power of GurParsaad is available at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant Puran Braham Gyani, a SatGur, a Puran Khalsa, a Sada Suhaagan.  Therefore, SatGur Sachey Patshah Ji is repeatedly telling us in GurBani to surrender yourself at the Sat Charans of such a soul who is a Sada Suhaagan.  Only a Sada Suhaagan can help you achieve the Suhaag and bless you as a Suhaagan.  The Suhaag will activate all of our Sat Sarovars.  The Suhaag will open all of our Bajjar Kapaats and our mind, Hirda, soul and body will be filled with Amrit.  Therefore, please dedicate yourself to Ardas for GurParsaad and save yourself from drinking the poison of Maya and become absorbed in the Amrit.