2. Our Souls Are Ghosts


The very existence of our souls in this dark age of  Kalyug, which doesn’t do Naam Simran,  has been described not as a soul but as a ghost – Jinn – Bhootna.

The soul which is not moving on the path to divinity, is described as ghost in the Gurbani. The souls which have already been filtered out through previous ages and have achieved the salvation have become Dhan Dhan.  The remaining souls are like a dump of garbage that has been involved in the cycle of life and death in this dark age of Kalyug.  We all form a part of this scum and garbage in this age of utmost darkness –  we cant put it more bluntly than that.

The darkness around our soul is the creation of our own mind and wisdom, which is governed by the Panj Doots – five vices.  Our soul and mind is burning in the fire of desires of owning worldly comforts – Asa, Trishna, Mansha, and involving ourselves in the heinous Dargahi crimes of doing Nindya, Chugli and Bakhili of others, without paying any attention in putting our own house in order.

This is an absolute truth and need to be understood by us all in order to make our current life worthwhile and save our birth as a human.  We can do this by working and moving on the path to discovering the Truth, to achieve salvation and be relieved of the cycle of life and death.

For understanding it better and also for the sake of developing a confidence in these divine truths let us look at the following Shalok of Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji on Page 556 of the Shabad Gyan Guru Saroop – Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:



salok mehlaa 1.
kalee andar naankaa jinnaaN daa a-utaar.
put jinooraa Dhee-a jinnooree joroo jinna daa sikdaar


Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar Akal Purakh is addressing Guru Nanak Patshah Ji In His Primal Words (Turqi Bani).    God is telling Him that in this Dark Age of Kalyug where ever He looks, He sees only Ghosts – Jin Bhoots – means all the souls are those of such entities, which are known as Ghosts – Jinn Bhoots (as known in Punjabi).  The son has a soul of a Ghost – Jin Bhoot, the daughter is also a soul of a ghost – Jin Bhoot and what to talk of the spouse, she is the leader of the Ghosts – Jin Bhoots.


This means that if the mother is a bad soul and that of a Ghost – Jin Bhoot, then such a womb will give birth only to such souls, which are of Ghosts – Jinn Bhoots, and that is what is happening in this Dark Age of Kalyug.


All such souls are drenched and buried in the scum of  mental sicknesses due to five vices  and are burning in the fire of desires for worldly things, which have made these souls very selfish and delineated them completely from the Almighty.  What can bring these souls back to achieve their real objective of salvation is the Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam. In a nutshell, those souls which are without Naam are defined as the Ghosts – Jinn Bhoots.


It is worth mentioning here that there are a lot of such souls wandering in the universe, which due to their misdeeds in the previous lives have been heavily punished by the Dharam Raj and are punished to remain for a long time to remain as actual Ghosts – Jin Bhoots.  When their tenure of punishment finishes, which in some cases runs into thousands of years, then they are again given a chance to salvage themselves by coming back to human life. 


In the above Shalok  of Gurbani the word Jinn means such souls are taking birth all over and every soul seen is the soul of a Ghost – Jinn Bhoot.


This divine knowledge is also supported by another Shalok of Asa Di Vaar on Page 468 of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, by Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah JI, as under:

salok mehlaa 1.
sach kaal koorh varti-aa kal kaalakh baytaal.
bee-o beej pat lai
ga-ay ab ki-o ugvai daal.
jay ik ho-ay ta ugvai rutee hoo rut ho-ay.
naanak paahai baahraa korai rang na so-ay.
bhai vich khumb charhaa-ee-ai saram paahu tan ho-ay.
naanak bhagtee jay rapai koorhai so-ay na ko-ay. ||1||


The truth has disappeared from the world due to the dirt of all kinds of sins that are being committed by us in this dark age of Kalyug.  The darkness of the Kalyug has driven all the divinity out of our souls.  We are so distracted from the effects of these sins that we are committing them daily in our lives.  Our soul and mind has been covered by a thick layer of darkness.   A dark layer created by the mental sicknesses under the influence of five vices and the fire of desires for achieving all kinds of worldly things under the influence of Maya.   This dark layer around our soul and mind has extinguished the Divine Light – Jyot inside us, due to which our souls have become like Ghosts – Jinn Bhootnas.


Due to this darkness around the divinity and divine light inside us, we have restored to all kinds of sins and misdeeds.  Our actions and reactions have made us look like Ghosts – Jin Bhoots. The divinity and divine light can be ignited only with Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam.   In the absence of such eternal treasure of  Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam, we have degraded our souls so much under this darkness of Kalyug, that we are all looking like Ghosts.


The souls which have seeded the Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam in their Hirda have been able to protect divine light – Jyot inside them.  They have earned the objective of their human life, which is salvation – getting out of the cycle of life and death.  Others are lost in the darkness of this dark age because they have not been able to seed their inside with the seed of Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam.   Satnaam is the source , the seed : The Beej.  Meaning  the Beej Mantra which is the Mool Mantra and which defines the Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam. 


The distractions and doubts of the mind, under the influence of five vices and the fire of desires,  are responsible for splitting the seed from the soul and mind.  This means delineating the divine light – Jyot from Almighty, and prevents the plant of divinity to grow inside our soul and mind. 


Just like a sliced seed will never be able to become a plant. The mind and soul have been damaged so much and ruined by these distractions and doubts – Dubidha and Bharams, that it is unable to provide a place for the seed  – Beej – Naam – to be planted and let it grow.


This is the reason when many of us take a long time to get to the control of mind, whereas some others go in to Samadhi very soon and are able to win over their minds in a shorter time.  Those souls have less of the  scum of darkness surrounding their divine light – Jyot.  It gets ignited sooner than others, whose soul is more Ghostly in nature.


The divinity grows faster in such souls which are more committed to the Almighty and surrender everything to the Guru and take the Gurmat, leaving their own wisdom out.   Just like a plant will grow better in the right environment, the soul also grows in divinity with a full and complete commitment and belief and with concerted effort in that direction.


The divinity and spirituality will grow inside our soul and mind only if we are God fearing and are committed to the Almighty with concerted effort and hard work.  Under such circumstances, when the seed – Beej – Gurparsadi Naam – Satnaam has been planted inside our mind and soul, nothing will distract our soul and mind and we will be able to complete our Bandgi with great ease and become an enlightened soul in this dark age of Kalyug


In a nutshell we can say that our soul, without gurparsadi naam  "Satnaam" , is like a ghost – jinn bhoot, and if we have been blessed with a gurparsadi naam – satnaam, and we are making concerted efforts with full belief and commitment and have completely surrendered ourselves to the guru and braham then nothing can distract us and we will keep on growing the divinity and spirituality inside us and will eventually achieve salvation.


Dassan Das