5. Maya

“Maya is COMPLEXITY, it’s best to be SIMPLICITY… only GURU’S  kirpa can help us achieve this.”   Baba Ji




Omni Present, Infinite Part of the Only Creator and the Only Doer, Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar is His Nirgun Saroop, Param Jyot, Puran Parkash, 

·         which is beyond the boundaries of time and space,
·         which has no shape size or color,
·         which is self created and self supported,
·         which never dies and is never born, was always present and will always be present everywhere,
·         which cannot be seen with the normal human eye,
·         which can only be seen with the Divine Eye,
·         which can only be experienced and felt with in inside,
·         which can only bee felt and experienced in Smadhee and Sun Smadhee,
·         which can only be realized with full commitment and belief,
·         which can only be met with complete surrender to Him and the Guru,
·         which can’t be seen with the five human senses,
·         which can only be achieved through Gur Parsaadee Gur Kirpa – Eternal Blessings and Gur Parsaadee Naam – Ik Oankaar Satnaam,
·         which can be easily realized in the Gur Sangat of a Puran Sant Satguru, a Puran Braham Gyani, Amrit Ka Data, Puran Purakh Vidhata.


Such an unlimited Eternal Power – Dhan Dhan Shree Paar Braham is beyond the three qualities of Maya. Shape, size and color; everything else is Maya, anything that is visible with the human eye due to its size, shape and color is nothing but Maya.


A deep understanding of this divine wisdom is absolutely necessary and mandatory for a merger in to the Braham Parkash Dhan Dhan Shree Satnaam Paar Braham Parmesar. The winning over the Maya is mandatory divine law to become one with Almighty, to obtain the Param Padvi, and to become a Puran Sant Satguru, a Puran Braham Gyani, a Khalsa.


The salvation while living in this world is the salvation from Maya – Mukti from Maya, winning over the Maya, and having a control over the Maya. The biggest enemy of the Sants and Bhagats has been defined as Maya in Gurbani:


·         Maya is the biggest road block in the way of spirituality;
·         Maya is the biggest and most serious hurdle between our soul and the Almighty;
·         Maya will try to distract us from moving on this path to Sach Khand at every moment.


Everything that is visible with the naked eye is defined as Maya. Be it a material object, or our own human body, our family members, for that matter anything that has shape, size and color is the Maya.


Let us try to understand what is the mode of operation of Maya, how it works, and how exactly it hinders our soul from moving on the path to Sach Khand.


There are three properties of the Maya that needs to be understood for developing a complete understanding of the mode of operation of Maya, and how it affects and acts as a major roadblock in between us and the Almighty. These three qualities of the Maya were also produced by Akal Purakh.


Basically Maya is the creation of Dhan Dhan Akal Purakh Jee, which runs the normal person’s life, only the Puran Sants are not under Maya, they always remain one with Akal Purakh, and Maya serves them instead of directing them.


Maya remains under the feet of such Puran Sants, Puran Braham Gyanis.


There are three distinct properties (Gun) of Maya:


Tamo Gun are:


Panj Doots
–        Kaam lust;
–        Krodh anger
–        Lobh greed
–        Moh family attachments and
–        Ahankaar – ego;
Raj – worldly positions;
Joban – attractions due to bodily beauty;
Dhan – money;
Maal – material things;
Roop – beauty;
Rus – taste of tongue;
Gandh – smell;
Spursh – feel of touching something exciting:


Rajo Gun are:
Asa – desire;
Trishna – a deeper desire; thrust for worldly things; desperation to own something,
Mansha – desire;


Sato Gun are:
Daeyaa – kindness,
Santokh – contentment,
Dharam – religion,
Jat – control over lust,
Sat – the truth.


Most people consider Maya only as money, which is untrue, everything is Maya as explained above, so please remove this illusion from your mind that money is only Maya and whatever is visible is Maya and operates as explained above.


The soul which concentrates and operates under the Sato Guns of the Maya, eventually is eternally blessed and gets involved in the Gur Parsaadee Game, then does Puran Bhagtee, and breaks all barriers of Maya, wins over Maya and goes back to the Infinite Part of the Braham, becomes one with Braham.


There is no price for Infinity, nobody can buy it with whatever, except pure, pious and unconditional love, sacrifice and service to Him, and only such a soul understands His Puran Hukam and speak the complete truth, see the truth, hear the truth and serve the truth.


Let us look at some of the Shaloks from Dhan Dhan Shree Guru Granth Sahib Jee that tell us the story of Maya’s three qualities as described above;



 thrihu gun ba(n)dhhee dhaehuree jo aaeiaa jag so khael ||
The three qualities hold the body in bondage; whoever comes into the world is subject to their play.




All the deeds of a normal person are bonded with in the three qualities of Maya, all the actions and reactions, daily routine and daily life of a person operates under these three qualities of the Maya; (Tamo Gun, Rajo Gun and Sato Gun), and this is how every one is engaged in the play of the Maya, and this is how the entire world is playing in the hands of Maya.


 thrihu gunaa vich sehaj n paaeeai thrai gun bharam bhulaae ||
In the three qualities, intuitive balance is not obtained; the three qualities lead to delusion and doubt.




We can never obtained a balance of mind as long as we are being played at the hands of Maya, means our mind control is not possible as long as we are operating under these three qualities of Maya; all our illusions, delusions and doubts are due to the influence of these three qualities of Maya.


 roop n raekh n ra(n)g kishh thrihu gun thae prabh bhi(n)n ||
He has no form, no shape, no color; God is beyond the three qualities.


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Almighty is beyond these three qualities of Maya, there is no shape size or color of Shree Paar Braham Parmesar. His Nirgun Saroop, which is the infinite part of Braham, is just a Unique Divine Light; Param Jyot; Puran Parkash, Jyot Saroop, which can’t be seen with a normal human eye, but can only be seen with a Divine Eye – Div Drishtee.


Anything that has a shape, size or color and is visible runs under the control of Maya, and it’s mode of operation falls under the three qualities of Maya – Tamo Gun, Rajo Gun and Sato Gun.


 aasaa manasaa dhooo binaasath thrihu gun aas niraas bhee ||
Hope and desire have both been dispelled; I have renounced my longing for the three qualities.


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All the desires, desperation to own worldly comforts can only be dispelled from our inside, if we understand how Maya controls all our deeds, how Maya is controlling our daily life, and by denouncing these three qualities of Maya. Breaking our bondage with the Maya is mandatory to win over the Maya.


 thrihu gun mehi varathai sa(n)saaraa ||
The world is under the influence of the three qualities.


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The entire world is being run by these three properties of Maya, everything that is visible is operating at all the times under the influence of Maya.


 thrihu gun oupajai binasai dhoorae ||
Trapped by the three qualities, people come and go, far from the Lord.


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Our departure and distance from the Almighty is due to our soul being trapped in the Maya, this is the reason for our continuation in the cycle of life and death, means as long as we are under the control of Maya, we will continue to remain in the cycle of life and death and will not be able to achieve salvation.


 thrihu gun a(n)thar khapehi khapaavehi naahee paar outhaaraa hae ||14||
In the three qualities, they are destroyed; they cannot cross over to the other side. ||14||


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As long as we are trapped in this loop of Maya, we will never be achieve the salvation, we will never be able to meet the Almighty, means we will have to break the barriers of Maya to merge in the Infinite Part of the Braham, which is the Nirgun Saroop.


 sagal biaadhh mittee thrihu gun kee dhaas kae hoeae pooran kaam ||1|| rehaao ||
All the diseases of the three gunas – the three qualities – are cured, and tasks of the Lord’s slaves are perfectly accomplished. ||1||Pause||


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When we break the barriers of the Maya, and all our mental sickness are cured then only we can meet the Almighty. When we win over Maya, then only we will be able to achieve salvation.


In the end we will make a humble request to all the readers and listeners, all the Gursangat, to kindly spend some time in self evaluation of our deeds in light of above divine wisdom and find out where do we stand now and where do we have to go, with this analysis and affair self assessment, we will definitely be able to find a way out of this loop of Maya, we will be able to break these barriers of Maya and be able to unite with the Param Jyot Nirgun Saroop Akal Purakh.


The solution to this problem of cycling inside the Loop of Maya, means the cycle of life and death, remaining under the control of Maya for ever, is the Gur Parsaad and Gur Parsaadi (for understanding the meaning of these divine words please read our article "GUR PARSAAD AND GUR PARSAADI"), which has been described in the Braham Gyan of Dhan Dhan Shree Guru Granth Sahib Jee in hundreds of Shaloks.


But every one can’t be blessed eternally right away, because it is all pre destined depending upon our deeds in the previous lives, if our good deeds – Punn Karams, from previous lives and also in this life have accumulated to that level when the Gur – Akal Purakh is pleased and He recognizes them and this is the point when our Gurparsaadi Game begins, at this point Akal Purakh blesses us eternally by Himself, which is done to a very rare soul like Guru Nanak Patshah Ji, or with the Gur Parsaadi Gur Sangat of a Puran Sant, a Puran Braham Gyani, like Bhai Lehna Ji was blessed with the Gursangat of Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji, and so He became Guru Angad Dev Ji with the Gur Parsaadee Gur Kirpa of Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji.


Only such a Puran Sant Satguru can give us Gur Parsaadi Naam – Ik Oankaar Satnaam, and can eternally bless us, can open our Bajjar Kapaats, and enlighten us with the Gur Parsaadi Prabh Jyot, can make us Suhagan and Sada Suhagan, by helping us complete our Bhagtee, and bless us with Braham Gyan by opening of the Dassam Duaar, and help us achieve the salvation, win over Panj Doots and eventually win over Maya completely, and obtain the Param Padvi, thus break the Loop of Maya and go back in to the Infinite part of the Infinity – Braham.


We have been very fortunate to be a part of this Gur Parsaadi Game under the eternal blessings of Dhan Dhan Baba Ji, this is how we have been able to break this Loop of Maya and merged in Dhan Dhan Shree Paar Braham Parmesar.


Since this is a Gur Parsaadee Game and every body’s deeds are different and so is their fate and soul, so in order to be a part of the Gur Parsaadee Game, we should all pray to the Almighty to eternally bless us with His Gur Parsaadi Gur Kirpa, and keep on doing the Naam Simran, listening Gurbani and understanding Gurbani, practicing Gurbani in our daily life, earning humbleness, and follow all the mandatory divine laws, such as complete surrender to the Guru, and we will definitely be one day blessed with the Gur Parsaadi Game and so with Gur Parsaadi Gur Sangat and Gur Parsaadi Naam – Ik Oankaar Satnaam.


Dassan Das