6. The Meaning Of the Word ‘Amrit’

O Nanak, there is only One Amrit;  there is no other Amrit at all.
O Nanak, the Amrit  is obtained within the mind, by Guru’s Grace.

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Guru Angad Patshah Ji has very kindly presented the deep divine definition of  “Amrit” in this verse. The word “Amrit” is two wrods : “A” – “Mrit”.  “Mrit” means

·         the one that is dead,
·         which is perishable,
·         which has a limited life and will diminish when the life is over,
·         which is under the control of the cycle of time and space,
·         which takes birth in time and space and vanishes or dies when the life is over,
·         and the one who dies will also take birth,
·         so that means which is revolving in the cycle of life and death,
·         which takes birth and dies when the time limit ends to take rebirth and so on.


The Shabad “A” means


·         No,
·         means which doesn’t die,
·         which is beyond time and space,
·         which is beyond the cycle of life and death,
·         which is never born and nor dies.


The Shabad “Ek” in this Shalok :

·         refers to the Ek Oankaar,
·         the One as defined in Mool Mantra,
·         the Only Doer.
“Nanak Amrit Ek Ha”  therefore mean that there is only “ONE” such entity

·         Who  is “Amrit”,
·         Who is Ajunie as stated in the Mool Mantra and
·         Who is the Ek Oankaar, Akal Purakh, Paar Braham Parmesar Himself.

Everything else is “Mrit”.

There is no such other entity which is “Amrit”.   Only the Almighty, is “Amrit”.
Everything else, whatsoever it may be is “Mrit”.

Therefore, the word “Amrit” is not just a word, it is :

·         the identity of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar,
·         the Naam of Dhan Dhan Nirankaar, and nothing less, 
·         the Naam of the Nirgun Saroop Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar,
·         the Naam of Param Jyot Puran Parkash – divine light
·         the divine music – Anhad Shabad of Dhan Dhan Sat Purakh:


The unstruck sound current of the Shabad vibrates and resounds in the Tenth Gate;
the Amrit Naam trickles down there. ||2||
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Therefore, only God Himself is the “Amrit” and nothing less than that is “Amrit”.  Everything else is “Mrit”.

This “Amrit” is the one defined in the Mool Mantra by Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji:

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.


This is what Jap Ji is telling us to meditate on: Jap:

True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||

This is the only one which was Truth, is Truth and will remain Truth forever in all ages to come.  It has been the Eternal Truth since inception of the universe and will remain Eternal Truth for all ages to come. And is the Eternal Truth now.

This means that only that entity which exists forever, has been in existence forever, will remain in existence for all ages to come, is the only Eternal Truth.  And this Eternal Truth is the “Amrit” as defined in the Mool Mantra.


This means that according to Jap Ji Sahib we should be meditating on this Mool Mantra.


How fortunate we are to be born as a human being.  This “Amrit” resides within us.  This means that our human life is existent only due to this “Amrit”:


The life in us is due to this “Jyot” – Light of God only.  The moment this Jyot is pulled by the Almighty, our body becomes dead.  The breathing and blood flow in our body is due to this Jyot only.  And after the Jyot leaves, the body becomes just a piece of dirt, it becomes lifeless, becomes a hazard for the others, so it has to be cremated.


The Jyot in the real sense is the life or the Eternal Truth.  So this Eternal Truth is inside our body, because mind is a part of our body.  Infact body is the mind.  Body does whatever mind tells it to do.  And mind is operated by our own wisdom, which in turn is operated under the three qualities of Maya: Rajo Gurn, Tamo Gun and Sato Gun.

The world “Munn” or “Mind” is a very tricky one to understand, we will give you a simple explanation what does “Munn” means, it consists of two words: M and N.  

M means me, my, mine and

N means No. 


Where there is no me, my and mine, the entity becomes a Jyot.  Means when the existence of me, my and mine ends that is the point when this becomes Jyot:


O my mind, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light –
recognize your own origin.

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As long as the word M is in existence the Jyot is hiding inside.  As soon as the word M disappears the Jyot becomes Param Jyot.  This means that all our existence (body) is due to our own mind and as soon as the mind vanishes, means the ego, Ahankaar, Haumai vanishes, the existence becomes Jyot Saroop, it becomes a Param Jyot.  And that is the “Amrit”.


But this “Amrit” is Gur Parsaad.  Meaning the Jyot will become a Param Jyot only by Eternal Blessings of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar.  The discovery of this Jyot within ourselves is the Gur Parsaad.  When we understand the existence of this “Amrit” with in ourselves, this Gur Parsaad is either given by the Almighty or a Puran Sant, a Puran Braham Gyani, a Puran Sant Satguru, the one who has merged Himself in the Param Jyot and has become a Pargatyeo Jyot Himself can only enlighten us from inside and activate the Jyot inside us:


The Amrit Naam is within the True Guru.
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The True Guru gives His Sikh the wealth of the Naam.
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Without the Saints, there are no other givers.
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And then by doing Bandgi we can make this Jyot brighter and purer to the extent that it becomes a Pargatyeo Jyot.  The “Amrit” kills our Haumai, desires and brings the Maya under our control.  The Panj Doots don’t control us anymore, they become our servants.  Rhat is the stage of complete realization and merger in to the Almighty, when the soul becomes one with Almighty.


Dassan Das (Slave Of God’s Slaves)