This article will provide some insight in to the truth regarding the word “Gur Parsaadee”, which has been very frequently used by us.
Infact there are two divine words: “Gur Parsaad” and “Gur Parsaadee”, which we will be attempting to explain in the following text. The divine word “Gur Parsadee” has been presented about 219 times in Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. “Gur Parsad” has been used 709 times in Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, starting with the very first verse – Mool Mantra:
Ik-Onkar Sat Naam Karta Purakh Nirbhau
Nirvair Akal Murat Ajuni Saibhan Gur Parsaad.
One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear.
No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru’s Grace.
The word Gur means Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar and the word Parsaad means the Eternal Blessings, the combined divine meaning of “Gur Parsaad” therefore is the Eternal Blessings of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar.
ik-oNkaar sat naam – which is the Naam of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar – has the following qualities : karta purakh nirbhaU nirvair akal mURAT ajUNI saibhaN. And attaining to these is achieved with the gur parsaad.
This means that the Naam of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar and all His Divine Qualities are achieved only through His own Eternal Blessings. Ik Oankaar Satnaam is therefore a Gur Parsaad.
This has been further evident from the following divine words that Ik Oankaar Satnaam can only be achieved by Gur Parsaad – Eternal Blessings of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar.
One Universal Creator God.
Truth Is The Name.
Creative Being Personified
By Guru’s Grace:
One Universal Creator God.
Truth Is The Name.
By Guru’s Grace:
There are two ways to receive the GurPrasadee Naam:
1) Direct from God:
Akal Purakh Himself gives His Gur Parsaad Naam to some extremely eternally blessed souls like
- Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah,
- a Puran Sant Satguru,
- a Pargatyeo Jyot Puran Braham Gyani;
2) Direct from Guru:
For others, a Puran Sant Satguru is the source of this Gur Parsaad – Eternal Blessing. Just like Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah was a source of this Gur Parsaad for Bhai Sahib Bhai Lehna Ji. Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Angad Dev Ji, and this continued until Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji And subsequently other Pargatyeo Jyot Puran Braham Gyanis. Puran Sant Satgurus have been blessed with the spiritual powers and authorized by Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar to eternally bless their Gursangat with this Gur Parsadee Naam. Similarly the Pargatyeo Jyot Puran Braham Gyani, a Puran Sant Satguru of today has the Gur Parsaadee Naam and being so is authorized by Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar to shower these Eternal Blessings on His Gursangat. This has been very nicely presented in the following Shalok of divine wisdom:
One Oankar, the primal energy,
realised through the grace of the divine preceptor
The divine essence of both these words “Gur Parsaadee” and “Gur Parsaad” is same. The word “Parsaad” signifies the Eternal Blessing (Noun) and “Parsaadee” signifies when the Eternal Blessings have been showered on our soul (Verb and sometimes Adjective).
There is a great divine significance of these words in Puran Bhagtee. It is a mandatory divine law as defined in the Braham Gyan of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which signifies the essence of the entire spiritual ladder which is used by a soul with Gur Parsaadee Naam towards the completion of the journey to the Sach Khand, to meet the objective of this human life and to meet the Almighty and be one with Him, merge with Him, and become a Param Padvi Puran Braham Gyani, a Puran Sant Satguru, a Pargatyeo Jyot Jivan Mukt.
It is very essential for us to understand the meaning of this divine word for Puran Bhagtee. The spiritual journey can’t be completed with out the Gur Parsaad. All the fine steps from Karam Khand to Sach Khand can only be completed by Gur Parsaad. The Bhagtee can’t be completed without Gur Parsaad, it is mandatory to be Eternally Blessed by the Almighty directly or through a Puran Sant Satguru for achieving the completion of Bhagtee. That is why this divine play to meet the Almighty is called a Gur Parsaadee Game.
For understanding this Gur Parsaadee Game we will very humbly suggest the Gursangat to try and learn this divine wisdom and work towards the achievement of this Gur Parsaad in order to achieve the objective of our current life – which is achieving salvation; Jivan Mukti. Let us look at some of these Shaloks of divine wisdom and try to learn from them what they are telling us, how this Gur Parsaadee Game works, and what does it do:
By Guru’s Grace, He abides in the mind, and egotism is driven out.
Haumai- Ego is the worst enemy, which can only be cured when the Gur Parsaadee Naam – Sat Naam goes in to the mind, highest level of Gur Parsaad is the Gur Parsaadee Naam – Ik Oankaar Satnaam, and only this Naam can cure the most serious mental sickness of Ahankaar – Haumai – Ego; this mental sickness has been defined as the one which is responsible for keeping us in the cycle of life and death, and this can only be driven out of our soul and mind by Gur Parsaad, and what is Gur Parsaad – is the Ik Oankaar Sat Naam.
By Guru’s Grace you shall be saved.
Through the Word of the Guru’s Shabad,
you shall cross over the terrifying world-ocean of poison. ||1||Pause||
The entire world is a sea of poison, the entire world is nothing but Maya, which keeps us involved on a continuous basis in worldly affairs, and only a Gur Parsaadee Gur Shabad can save us from this sea of poison, and what is the Gur Parsaadee Gur Shabad has already been presented in the Mool Mantra.
By Guru’s Grace, one remains
blended with the True Name of the Creator. ||3||
The merger with the Almighty, the Doer is only achieved through Eternal Blessings. The absorption of our soul in the True Naam of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar is only through the Gur Parsaad – Eternal Blessings. This is the spiritual stage of a soul when the Gur Parsaadee Naam goes in to the every bit of the soul and body, it becomes a completely truthful entity, it becomes one with the Almighty, and this process is Gur Parsaadee, this is a spiritual stage that comes in Sach Khand.
By Guru’s Grace, He dwells in the mind,
and one remains immersed in His Name.
The Naam goes in to the mind only with Gur Parsaad, that is why it is called Gur Parsaadee Naam, this is a very high spiritual state of the soul and body when the Naam goes in to the mind – Surat, this stage comes in Karam Khand, when one goes in to Smadhi and then Sun Smadhi, this is where the real Gur Parsaadee Game begins, the real Bhagtee starts, the Bhagtee account is opened in the Dargah of Akal Purakh, and this stage comes only with Gur Parsaad as described earlier in this text, either directly by Akal Purakh, or by the Eternal Blessings of a Puran Sant Satguru.
By Guru’s Grace, understanding comes,
and then the Door of Liberation is found.
The understanding – Tat Gyan, of divine wisdom comes only with Eternal Blessings, and with this divine understanding of the Gur Parsadee Game the door to liberation is found, and the door to liberation is Sach Khand, there is no liberation – salvation – Jivan Mukti below Sach Khand, so the door to the Sach Khand is a Gur Parsaadee Khel.
By Guru’s Grace, your face shall be radiant.
Chanting the Naam, you shall receive the benefits
of giving charity and taking cleansing baths.
The person whose face is radiant has been relieved of the Panj Doots, Asa Trishna and Mansha – all desires, the one who has won over his mind. Such a soul is the one who is Eternally blessed with Naam and earns the service of the Truth – Akal Purakh with a bath in the Amrit – Puran Parkash Param Jyot, this cleansing bath relieves him of the effects of the Panj Doot and desires.
It is very difficult to explain each and every verse with the Shabad Gur Parsaad and Gur Parsaadee in the Gurbani, however, the meaning underlying is the same, the path to Sach Khand, the path to the discovery of truth, the path to become completely truthful person and be able to serve the truth, the winning over of the mind, winning over Panj Doot and the desires, to become one with Almighty, to obtain Param Padvi, is a Gur Parsaadi Khel.
In the end let us take a few minutes and do a self evaluation as to where do we stand in light of the above divine wisdom.
Are we involved in the Gur Parsaadee Khel or not?
Do we have Gur Parsaadee Naam – Ik Oankaar Satnaam?
Are we moving on the path of Puran Bhagtee with Eternal Blessings?
Will we be able to achieve salvation – Jivan Mukti and ake use of our current human life?
We are confident that once you start analyzing yourself in light on above divine wisdom, you are sure to find a way out, and there is only one way out – Gur Parsaadee Naam Ik Oankaar Satnaam, which can be Eternally Blessed on you by a Puran Sant Satguru, a Pargatyeo Jyot Puran Braham Gyani.
The Gursangat of such an enlightened soul will definitely be able to bring you closer to the Almighty.
Dassan Das (Slave Of God’s Slaves)