True meaning of the term “Rom Rom” used in Gurbani
QUESTION: Dassan Das ji, I have read that you reached a stage where your "rom-rom" was reciting God’s Name and that made me think that perhaps thats why its best to leave our roms untouched. In Amrit sanchaar, we are asked not to mutilate our "roms" ever. Perhaps this clause comes from "being natural" and committing our bodies to God. Girls deal with this clause differently.
ANSWER: When we say rom rom we mean every cell of our body and not the hair which you are referring to. Referring to rom rom as hair is a mis interpretation. Rom Rom naam simran doesn’t mean that all your hair starts to recite naam, it means that every cell of your body starts to vibrate with naam. Please read the gurprasaadi writings on rom rom naam simran posted on the website. Rom Rom naam simran is a very high spiritual stage, it comes when the sat sarovars are illuminated and activated with the naam amrit and entire body gets filled with the amrit and amrit starts to overflow from your body physically.
What is Bhikam Nadhi?
QUESTION: Satnaam and Dandauth to Akaal Purkh’s servants, Please explain what ‘Bhikam Nadhi’ that Gurbani talks about is?
ANSWER:Bikham Nadi is just the bhavsagar, this world of maya – the trap of maya and only naam given by a puran sant satguru has the divine power to ferry you across it.
QUESTION: Translating Gurbani,and doing full justice to it, thus becomes a task that can be undertaken only by such MahaPurakhs as have experienced the TRUTH themselves.In practice , however, the translations are done by lay persons armed only with a working knowledge of punjabi,hindi & english.The result is very often a transliteration which has little or no relation with what the Gurus intended.
ANSWER: Please read the Gurparsaadee writings on Gurbani on the website. Gurbani has come from mansarovar; to us every shabad when looked at takes us to the mansarovar; so to get a glimpse of the deep divine meanings of gurbani in all physical and practical divine senses you will have to take a dive into the mansarovar – nirgun saroop – param jyot puran parkash which is gurprasad and is available to those who souls who achieve param padvi and realize a puran jyot parkash in hirda. So the bottomline is naam simran, naam ki kamai, puran bandgi and seva to get glimpse of the mansarovar because that is how you can get puran jyot parkash in the hirda, win over the maya and achieve the param padvi. So in other words, true meaning of gurbani can only be explained by a puran sant-satguru. Only a puran sant-satguru, a puran brahm gianee has the permission from dhan dhan paar brahm parmeshar and has understanding to give the true meaning of gurbani to masses, anyone who have not reached that stage are not allowed to preach.
Just reading and listening to gurbani is not enough
QUESTION: Dassan Das Ji, I read the article on Just Reading and Listening to Gurbani Is Enough. I want to tell you a bit of my life and my experience of reading Gurbani. The thing is, I do not understand Punjabi very well. Since I was young I have been trying to read the banis because I’ve gotten the idea that its a good thing to do. However time from time I would get upset and not read it because I didn’t understand it. But my parents insisted that I continue reading it. It wasn’t until recently that I read the English translation and was shocked at how deep the meanings are and what I’ve been missing. Now I’m trying to do what the Gurbani says. Is it alright to continue listening and reading Gurbani if I don’t understand but I still try to follow it?
ANSWER: Listening to the gurbani and doing what the gurbani is saying is the key to success. Listening doesn’t mean hearing with your ears, listening means bringing it to your heart, trusting the shabad and then following the shabad in your daily life, this is what is called shabad ki kamai and those who do this become blessed. You are also absolutely right when you say that gurbani has very deep meanings – every shabad of gurbani takes you to the mansovar – nirgun saroop of dhan dhan paar brahm pita parmesar ji, there is no yardstick to measure the mansarovar, because it is infinite, but when you go into the mansarovar then you get a glimpse of its infiniteness and that is what happens to those who do gurbani and become gurbani by themselves – they go and rest deep into the mansarovar – one thing more to understand is that as your bandgi goes deeper and deeper, the meaning of gurbani goes even more deeper then your soul, body and mind go deeper and deeper into the infinite – mansarovar. So listening and doing gurbani is the key to success – at the same time guru pancham patshah ji with his great eternal blessings has very kindly told us that the highest service to God is meditating on naam – satnaam and it is naam simran that will bless you with naam simran, dhyaan – gurprasad of absorbing yourself into the mansarovar and complete divine wisdom about the mansarovar. This is when gurbani comes true to you and whatever gurbani says you will become that – Gurbani ki mahima – a puran braham gyani, a puran sant.
QUESTION: Almost everybody is pronouncing Sassa in Gurbani as Sasha.
Guruji has never put Sashaa in Gurbani, are we disrespecting Gurbani by not reading it properly.
ANSWER: The real divine pilgrimage is the internal pilgrimage, the real divine compliance is internal compliance, winning over maya completely, winning over your mind, the outside things don’t help, pointing fingers at others doesn’t help, pointing finger at our ownself will help a great deal. Accepting our own misdeeds and sins will help a great deal. So please dont indulge yourself in an untrue discussion like this one, that is the munmatt and not gurmat, utmost humbleness, kindness, forgiveness, fearlessness is the gurmat. So please focus on satnaam simran, clean yourself up from inside first and then you will reach a stage where you will be able to help others.
Love is the True Religion
QUESTION: I am a student of comparative religion and I am an Interfaith Minister. I used to be an Orthodox Christian priest. For many years I have read Japji Sahib (off and on)and I can find no reason at all to disagree with Sikh Dharma. I am not Indian… I am an american and I have not been (till now) interested in formal Sikh practise, but I am finding myself very much wanting to come closer to Guru. What should I do?
ANSWER: There is only one religion that is the true eternal religion – and that is the eternal truth – God himself, all others are man-made and this is religion nothing but love, and in eternal truth there is unconditional love and in such a love there are no boundaries or any kind of discrimination, in true divine love there is no division or hatred, in such a love there is no limit, there is no dimension, there is no depth because it is infinite, it can’t be measured or quantified – it is infinite as God is infinite and contained there in are the divine qualities of – Devotion, Trust, Faith, Commitment, Humbleness, Kindness, Fearlessness and so on – and all these divine qualities are also infinite in nature as well and this divine love and divine qualities when filled in your heart make it the place where God comes in resides forever. These infinite qualities when filled in your heart will make it infinite too and you will become one with God and this is the real divine religiong – Everything is man-made, false and untrue.
QUESTION: Would you not say that Sree Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj is perhaps a source of all the wisdom that we may need, since when we do ardas and are blessed with a hukamnama then we are often given guidance on how to live our lives?
ANSWER: It is true that Gurbani is a source of all the divine knowledge available to all of us however it doesnt become your widom until you practise it in your daily life, the highest hukam is the naam hukam and every hukamnama leads to the naam – naam simran, naam ki kamai, puran bandgi, seva, parupkaar and maha parupkaar. Every shabad leads you to the mansarovar – nirgun saroop, you dont need to take a hukamnama everyday, it has become a tradition, where people just hear it and it is over, how many of us actually work on a hukamnama, infact people just call it a hukamnama and dont take it as hukamnama because if we did then we would be bringing it into practise, because if we just listen to God’s order again and again and dont put it into practise then we are deaf and dumb because we hear it over and over again and still dont follow it. Gurbani is to be practised to be earned not by just hearing it and reading it even a million times if its not practised.
Bhagtee(Loving Devotional Worship) is infinite
QUESTION: When does our bhagtee end?
ANSWER:There is no end to Bhagtee – it is infinite too like God, so we are and we will always be short of touching the depth of divinity. After the naam goes into the entire body and you become one with God then your serving others becomes your Bhagtee, helping others to do the same thing becomes your bhagti and this continues for all ages to come, no end to that. When you become part of infinite then you also become infinite, so where is question of end? There is no end. Then the continuous stage of eternal bliss and sitting in that stage helping others becomes your bandgi. Everything that happens is under the will of God, saying otherwise is ego – so crossing the fine line means the line of ego and when that happens there is no end, then there is only God and God everywhere and in everyone.
Meaning of Niranjan
QUESTION: I have seen this word ‘Niranjan’ used in Gurbani. I wanted t know the meaning of this word and what does it stand for.
ANSWER:The word “Niranjan” consists of two parts “Nir” which means Beyond and “Anjan” which means darkness of the human mind consisting of the five thieves and desires therefore the word “Niranjan” means someone who is beyond the three qualities of Maya, who is such an entity – a complete saint, satguru, a puran brahm gyani, a puran khalsa, a sada suhagan.
Meaning and Importance of Sat Sangat
QUESTION: How important is it to attend Sat Sangat? What are benefits of Sat Sangat?
ANSWER: The meaning of Sangat means “company of people” therefore the meaning of Sat Sangat would mean company of holy people who are dedicated to God. Therefore, it is simple, as we can say, in a company of a sinner, we can become sinners, in company of a smoker, we are likely to pick up their habits as well so in a company of the devotees of God, it will enhance our love and devotion for God, it will help motivate us to walk towards him. Also, physical presence of God (Naam Amrit) can be felt in the company of sat sangat and this amrit has an unmeasurable benefit to us. We are able to share our experiences and learn from others which helps us progress onto spirituality. We are able to a lot of things that can wash away our ego and bringing divine qualities in our heart such as love, humbleness by serving the sangat with food, by doing dandauth bandhana, by confessing our misdeeeds etc, all these acts wash away our ego and selfishness and bring humbleness and love in our heart.
Destiny – Bhaag
QUESTION: Is life pre-destined and human mind pre-programmed? From birth to death, everything that happens in one’s life e.g. happiness, suffering, success, failure, marriage, seperation, are all of these pre-ordained. If everything is pre-destined then where does religion fit in? If it is not in your destiny to do truthful deeds than how can you do anything better?
ANSWER: Basically, you write your own destiny, you are the creator of your own destiny, whatever actions you perform now will decide your destiny in the future. What you sow is what you reap is the law of the nature. Therefore, in order to get a destiny of truthful deeds and get closer to the Almighty, you need to concentrate on your present – today and work on making it truthful and how can you make yourself truthful? By practising Gurbani in your daily life – by serving and loving others, by meditating on EkOnkaar Satnaam, by refraining yourself from the negative forces (ego, lust, anger, greed, attachment and desires) and serving the Almighty – Satnaam. So please concentrate on present and work on making it truthful and keep praying to God for gurprasaad of Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva and your future will start to become brighter.
Pahul – Traditional Sikh Initiation Ceremony
QUESTION: Could you kindly enlighten me about meditation. Is it important that one must be baptised or "Amritshuck", before following the path of truth?
ANSWER:There is nothing known as baptism in Gurbani. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a Puran Braham Gyani himself, a living god on earth and he gave the gurprasaad of amrit to the five loved ones who came forward and surrendered themselves completely at the charans of the Guru – basically they gave their body, mind and wealth to the Guru so the Guru with his utmost kindness gave them the gurprasaad of amrit and transformed them into Khalsa and called them Satgur Pura therefore in divine sense, only someone who is at that stage, who is a living God on earth has the power and authority to give amrit to others, anything less than cannot do so. In regards to your question to meditation, Meditation is a Gur Parsaad for that matter Naam Amrit is the first GurParsaad, Naam Simran is the next Gur Parsaad, Puran Bandgi is the next higher level of Gurpasaad and then Seva is still higher level of Gurprasaad, this entire game is a Gurprasaadi Khel – because there is nothing that you can do or capable of doing because there is one – Karta Purakh – One doer and everything happens in his hukam, so it is his hukam that makes things happen. So please keep on praying for the Gur Parsaad of naam, puran bandgi and seva and you will for sure make it one day.
“Sat” is the naam
QUESTION: I cannot concentrate well while repeating ‘Waheguru’ in my mind.So,please help me realize the true Naam.
ANSWER: Satnaam is the true naam and not Waheguru. “Sat” is the naam and Waheguru is the praise of Satnaam.Everything has emanated from Sat – Nirgun Saroop – Param Jyot Puran Parkash and has to go back to merge with the “Sat”, so “Sat” is the naam, “Sat” is the Guru, “Sat” is Gurbani, “Sat” is the supreme being – infinite timeless immortal God so from now onwards start reciting Satnaam with devotion, love, faith and trust
Divine Rehat (Real Code of Conduct)
QUESTION: Are outside compliances ready on this path of truth? Do we have Rehat (set of rules) to become a true sikh?
ANSWER: The real compliance is inside compliance – Anderlee Rehat – Rehat of Completely truthful heart is the real divine rehat. Outisde compliance alone never has and never will bring any spiritual gians, the real spiritual gains come from the inside compliance – compliance of keeping the 5 thieves under control and eliminating the desires. Duality is outside the Sach Khand – Realm of Truth means “IK Drisht – single vision” – Duality never takes you to the sach khand – Ek Khand is Sach Khand – Puran Sachyara hirda is where God lives and is the real divine Sach Khand – so duality should vanish to make your heart a place for Ekonkaar Satnaam – One God to reside forever. So the outside compliance such as religious dresses, code of conduct means nothing if one hasn’t been cleaned up from the inside, it just becomes a show which only boosts the ego further.
The Real Holy Place
The only holy place in divine sense is the Heart where 1 God resides, a heart of a complete saint. In sukhmani sahib, we are clearly told by Guru Sahibans that “out of all the places, the supreme place is the heart where God resides”. A heart becomes a holy place only after it becomes completely truthful and beyond the three attributes of Maya (Rajo, Tamo and Sato). When the heart becomes a sant hirda and completely truthful then the Puran Jyot Parkash resides in such a heart. Such a person can transform othes – Paras stone can turn iron into gold but cant make it paras – But a saint can transofrm an ordinary soul into a saint soul – A saint can make you like him – this happens when you give your body, mind and wealth to such a saint, complete surrender to the sant brings about such a change in any person.
Giving to others
Giving is a strength, giving is a super power, giving is sacrifice, giving is kindness, giving is humbleness, giving is practising love in your daily life, giving is the Gur Parsaad and you are fortunate to be blessed with this power of giving – Shakti of giving – Kala of giving – so please make use of this super power of giving and take advantage of this super power you are blessed with, by giving you will achieve the highest of infinite treasures of the Akal Purakh – Immortal Being. Not a bad deal at all, is it?
QUESTION: I believe reading all the historical books in the world and becoming engaged in history does not defeat our ego and give us enlighment, its about what we do in our present that can help us.
ANSWER: Enlightment doesn’t come by reading books, the Tatt Gyaan doesn’t come by reading Gurbani or any kind of scriputers, Tatt Gyan is a Gur Parsaad and cit comes from within when the Gyan Netar opens, when all the bajjar kappaats open, and that happens only when you completely surrender to the Gur and Guru – again giving, giving and giving your body, mind and wealth with devotion, unconditional love, trust and faith. Enlightment is a Gur Parsaad and comes from the one’s who are the custodians of this Gur Parsaad – Puran Sant, Satguru, Puran Brahm Gyani, a Puran Khalsa.
Panch Shabad Anhad Naad (Divine Music)
QUESTION:What is Panch Shabad Anhad Naad that Gurbani talks about? I have been hearing some sounds in my ears.
ANSWER: The divine music that Gurbani describes – Panch Shabad Anhad Naad is not heard in the ears, it is not a Kanni rus, it is the real divine amrit that is heard in the Dassam Duaar (Tenth Gate) “Anhad Shabad Dassam Duaar Vajjyeaa Taa Amrit Naam Chuaayeea Thaa” and this divine music is heard on a continous basis – Akhand Kirtan – that is what it is – non-stop continous stream of music and this is a very high levels of Gur Parsaad which comes in when the Bandgi goes into Karam Khand and all the Bajjar Kappaats are open including Dassam Duaar, when all Sat Sarovars are activated and ulluminated and the Amrit – Naam Simran goes into Rom Rom (each cell of the body) and the entire body gets filled with amrit.
Naam is beyond religion, caste and colour
Sat means Divine Truth and that is the Naam – God is represented by the eternal truth, never changing, remains same, not perishable, stable and is infinite, no dimension, no depth, no boundries – same for the entire creation, same for every man-made race (human race is the only race though created by the creator), so it is for the entire human race, we will say for the entire creation, because it is not only humans that can do meditation, it is the entire creation that is based on the Naam, for the entire creation the foundation is Naam, the Naam of the creator. So when there are no boundries that means there are no Hindus, Muslims, Christians or Jews – it is the human race. So naam is same for the entire creation – for the entire human race – eternal truth – and God himself is defined by his naam and that is Sat – Truth, divine truth.
Death (Physical Death and Death of Ego)
There are two types of death that we need to understand, the first death is the death of the physical body and the second one is the death of Ego – Ahankaar. There are a certain number of swaas breaths that you are provided to live in your current body which is called wealth of breaths. Please keep in mind that life element in your physical body is your Atma – which is called the soul and this soul is a part of Nirgun Saroop – so it also called the Jyot and this Jyot operates your body, all your senses and limbs work because of this jyot inside you and as soon as this jyot is withdrawn upon spending the wealth of breaths then the physical body dies, which is the first kind of death. When the Jyot leaves the body, the physical body dies. If you did not achieve salvation through complete self-realisation while you were in the body, then you continue to recycle in reincarnations according to your deeds which are carried over to your new life with your soul.
The second kind of death is the death of Ego which leads you to full awareness (divine wisdom) about your existence as a Jyot, a soul, or Atma and not physical body, which is perishable and only you as a soul prevail, you as a Jyot prevail forever because you go back in merge in the Nirgun Saroop. This death brings you salvation and frees you out of the cycle of birth and death process forever. The death of Ego will only take place when you go through the puran bandgi process, then you win over maya completely, you win over the Panj Doots – Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Ahankaar and all your desires are eliminated then you win over the Maya, at this point your mind is eliminated and is replaced by divine wisdom, Puran Braham Gyan and your heart gets filled with all the divine qualities, your heart gets filled with Puran Jyot Parkash and all your senses and actions come under the direct control and direction of this Param Jyot – this is also called the salvation stage or complete self-realisation stage. At this stage, you see and physically sense that everything that happens inside you and around you is done by divine super powers and there is nothing that your physical body does, there is just one super divine power that is behind everything and that this super divine power is running the entire universe. When this happens then that is called the death of Haumai, death of Ahankaar, death of ego and by doing so you can achieve the salvation.
How to understand true meaning of Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh Holy Scripture)
QUESTION: Please let me know how i can understand meaning of Guru Granth Sahib Ji deeply.
ANSWER: Gurbani is a language of Sach Khand where it has come from. Gurbani came to the Guru Sahibans, Sants and Bhagats who were in sach khand, so how can a common person who is living his life in Dharam Khand or below understand Gurbani? It is like a fourth grader trying to solve a rocket science problem which is not possible. So in order to understand Gurbani more deeply, you have to dedicate yourself to Naam Simran “Prabh Key Simran Gyan Dhyan Tatt Budh – These are some of advantages of Naam Simran according to this verse from Sukhmani Sahib, so when you dedicate yourself to Naam Simran you will start to get the Gyan – divine wisdom from within your ownself because that is where Guru Sahibans got it from. Naam will start flowing inside your heart and eventually you will reach the Braham Gyan stage and when this happens the divine wisdom will start to come from your inside and not by reading scriptures. This is when you have earned what Gurbani is saying because you practically experience Gurbani in all the physical senses and Gurbani becomes your own wisdom. When this happens you become a puran Sant, Satguru, living God on earth because you have physically earned Gurbani, you have become Gurbani.
So the bottom line is to focus on Naam Simran and reap the infinite rewards of Naam Simran.
What is Sehaj Samadhi?
QUESTION: I want to know what is Sehaj Awastha, please explain to me.
ANSWER: Sehaj Awastha is a very high spiritual stage – this is Atal Awastha – This is Jivan Mukt Awastha. It comes when Naam goes into Rom Rom, all the Sat Sarovars are illuminated with Satnaam, all the divine doors are opened, and panch Shabad Anhad Naad is heard in the Dassam Duaar on a continous basis. Basically, this happens when the soul goes back and merge in the Nirgun Saroop of Dhan Dhan Paar Brahm Pita Parmeshar Ji, A sehaj heart is puran sant heart and the soul is enlightned with Puran Braham Gyan – complete divine knowledge. Sehaj Hirda is the one for whom Sukh and Dukh is same, Gold and sane is same, who imbibes in himself all the divine qualities and becomes a never seperable part of the infinite. A sehaj hirda is beyond the three attributes of Maya. A Sehaj heart is the one who is internally compliant of winning over the five thieves (lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego), who has become desireless, who has won over the mind and maya completely. A Sehaj awastha is a Gur Parsaad of a very very high order – and always is absorbed in Naam and is Naam Ka Daata, a daata of the Gur Parsaad.
Inside Compliance vs. Outside Compliance
QUESTION: This is the famous verse of Guru Nanak Dev Ji where he compares the outside compliance rituals to the true divine inside compliance. Please could you give us a deeper meaning of these verses. These are on page no. 471 on Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
“Make compassion the cotton, contenment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.
This is the sacred thread of the soul, if you have it, then go ahead and put it on me, It does not break, it cannot be soiled by filth, it cannot be burnt or lost….”
ANSWER: This piece of divine wisdom is from the Bani “Asa Di Vaar” and has been given to us by Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Patshah Ji. This divine wisdom is very deeply related to the outside compliance vs the inside compliance. Guru Nanak Patshah Ji is talking about Janeyoo – the sacred thread that is worn by Hindus when they get baptized here. When one of the pandit wanted to baptise Guru Nanak Dev Ji according to the traditions that were prevailing during that time, Guru Nanak Dev Ji very kindly blessed him with divine wisdom to make his life website and also to help the entire humanity to make their lives sublime. Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak dev ji is telling us that instead of wearing a thread of cotton, which has no divine value, we should wear a divine thread full of divine qualities, a thread that comprises of the divine qualities – Daiaa (Kindness) a infinite divine quality which we have been blessed with the the capability to exercise and practise everyday in our life which is like the cotton of the thread. The next divine quality is Santokh – contenment, no desires or a being desireless, fill your heart with contenment which is again an infinite divine quality and this is like the the thread formed from the cotton). The next divine quality is Jat which means become lust free, to win over the lust and this forms the knot to the thread before you start twisting it to make like a stronger rope shape), and then the next one is to become “Sat” – merge with the “Sat” and become part of the infinite, union with God (Sat is the twist to the thread which makes it a rope shape and that is worn around your body. So twisting of Sat means going into Satnaam Simran, collect Satnaam Ki Kamai, and then Puran Bandgi and merge with Sat, become one with God. So, this is the real divine thread that should be worn which means go merge and unite with God by earning all the divine qualities and filling up your hirda with all these divine qualities, once that happens then this sacred divine thread so formed will never disintegrate, it cant be destroyed, it cant be burnt, it will not be influenced by maya. Those people who wear this divine thread of divine qualities and become Sat are Dhan Dhan. The material thread made from cotton just by reading a few instructions has no divine value. It is just a tradition, an outside tradition and nothing else. The real divine meaning of the Shabad “Baraahamin – Brahmin” is the one who is merged in Paar Brahm Parmeshar Ji, who has merged in Akal Purakh and such a soul is the real Guru – the divine Guru and not the one who can read a few mantras and read instructions to others. So in a nutshell, this piece of divine wisdom is to tell us to abstain from external compliance and work on getting the internal compliance.
Guru and Disciple relationship
Guru is always and forever with you – Guru’s relationship is an eternal relationship and takes you in to the Dargah and until you merge in the Nirgun Saroop – The yard stick is your trust, devotion, love and how much you give yourselves to the Gur and Guru in terms of Tunn, Munn and Dhan. When you give yourselves completely then God becomes yours completely – There remains no difference.
Heaven and Hell
QUESTION: What is heaven and hell?
ANSWER: Heaven is the place where Devis and Devtas (Demi-Gods & Goddesses) reside, it is one step below the Dargah. Hell is Narak – where those souls who did really bad deeds go to bear the results before they are sent back into reincarnation.
QUESTION: Could you kindly explain more about reincarnation?
ANSWER: Reincarnation is going through birth and death cycle through 8.4 million species that exist in the universe. 8.4 million species is the creation with life in the universe, 4.2 million are in water – sea and 4.2 million on the earth. Trees and plants are also life bearing creations. Our soul has been on journey for millions of years until it gets blessed with this human life which is the top of the chain. This extra ordinary human body has been blessed super divine powers by God that give you ability to realise your true self that you are the soul and not the body and mind. If you attain self-realisation before physical death happens then you bo back to Dargah – Court of Immortal Timeless God and do not recycle in reincarnations anymore. Only in this human life, self-realisation is possible, that is why this life has been called priceless life in Gurbani and its very precious and we must focus on Naam Simran, truthful deeds and seva to get closer to the ultimate objective of this human life.
Is God Male
QUESTION: You mentioned in your experiences describing Akal Purakh as "He" and "Him" does this mean that it is a male? Does this now means that men are superior to women as Akal Purakh is described in the male gender? If this is true it throws all my Sikhi beliefs and values down into the drain for I have always considered the Supreme Being as being genderless. Please enlighten this ignorant fool.
ANSWER: God bless you with the GurParsaad of Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva. We are talking here about the spiritual world and not the material world – which is the world of Maya. We are talking of Puran Bandgi and not any worldly things, so please don’t get confused with the worldly meanings. According to GurBani, Akal Purakh is the only Nar – male, everybody else is called a Naari – female. Now this doesn’t mean any gender difference or so as pointed out by you, nor does it mean the superiority of one gender over the other gender.
In the spiritual world, the superiority is by the spiritual status and not by the gender used in worldly terms. Again keep in mind God is not male or female in the worldly terms but he is Nar – and everyone else is a Naari. When He accepts you as his beloved, then you become a Suhagan (happy wife). A soul becomes a Suhagan when it is instituted in Karam Khand (realm of grace) and then becomes a Sada Suhagan (wife forever) in Sach Khand after completion of the Bandgi.
A Sada Suhagan is a Puran Braham Gyani, a Sant SatGuru, a Puran Khalsa. So please don’t confuse the identity of Akal Purakh with worldly terms. Basically, Akal Purakh is Infinite, this means that:-
· His super powers are infinite,
· He is capable of doing anything unimaginable by the human mind,
· His Mahima is that He is Agam Agochar meaning that He cannot be seen or experienced by the five senses a normal person has. He can only be seen or experienced after the opening of the divine eye – the sixth divine sense.
Akal Purakh’s being Nar means He is Sarabh Klaa Bharpoor i.e.
· He has unlimited superpowers,
· He is of infinite nature,
· He has divine capabilities of doing anything and everything.
Your beliefs are based on worldly definitions and not based on divinity. Sikhi doesn’t mean to follow a set of rules laid down by some man made committees and organizations. Please feel free to ask any and every question that pops up in your mind. But the real thing is to concentrate on Naam Simran – Sat Naam Simran. When you start doing Sat Naam Simran for longer sessions then you will start understanding Gurbani in the true perspective. So please concentrate on Sat Naam Simran and you will do much better – this is our promise to you.