Mannai maarag thaak na paa-ay.
Mannai pat si-o pargat jaa-ay.
Mannai mag na chalai panth.
Mannai dharam saytee san-bandh.
Aisaa naam niranjan ho-ay.
Jay ko man jaanai man ko-ay. ||14||
The blessed Satguru (Truth Guru) incarnate the true Nirankar Roop (the embodiment of Formless One, i.e. God in human form) Nanak Patshah Ji (Guru Nanak Ji) with great benevolence imparts the Puran Braham Gyan (complete divine wisdom) of the supremely powerful state of “Mannay” (“Believing”) upon the entire humanity.
It is a completely true fact that everyone’s life is full of problems. A common person faces problems at every step of one’s life. These problems and difficulties make one unhappy and hold one from attaining one’s goal in life. A common person faces these problems in one’s daily life while attempting every task and at every step. These problems and difficulties turn one’s life into hell. The main cause of these problems and difficulties is one’s own past deeds. It is the Vidhan (laws) of Karma (destiny determined by one’s good and bad deeds) that puts these problems and difficulties in one’s daily life. This is why the blessed Satguru incarnate Nanak Patshah Ji has said: “Nanak Dukhiaa Sab Sansaar” (“O Nanak, the whole world is unhappy”). It is the Asat Karams (untruthful deeds, deeds against Sat) from one’s past and from one’s previous births that take the form of sorrows, distresses, problems, difficulties and hardships and present themselves before one. Endlessly facing these pains, woes, troubles, trials and tribulations one loses the mental balance and falls prey to dangerous mental illnesses and physical ailments.
One whose Birti (consciousness) belongs to the Rajo (desires) and Tamo (lust, anger, greed, attachments and pride) attributes of Maya acquires Sanskars (customs and tendencies formed from social and cultural influences) that have the Rajo and Tamo qualities in them. Meaning thereby that those who are slaves to the lust, anger, greed, attachments, pride and Trishna (desires), their very nature acquires these Rajo and Tamo qualities. Therefore they, whose deeds are steeped in Rajo and Tamo qualities, their future life is full of sorrows, distresses, torments, stresses and strains. In the entire humanity the majority are the people who live the life of Rajo and Tamo tendencies, implying that their Rajo and Tamo tendencies are predominant while their Sato (piety, divinity, contentedness, patience) tendencies are insignificantly small. Only a very small number of people live the life of Sato Birti, meaning only a very few people focus their attention upon doing Sat Karams (the deeds of Sat, truthful deeds). Therefore the conduct of a person forms the basis for one’s Sanskars. As is the conduct, thus becomes one’s Birti. As is the Birti, thus become one’s Sanskars. As are the Sanskars, so are one’s deeds. As are the deeds, thus becomes one’s destiny. As is the destiny, so is one’s future.
Those who have their Sanskars built upon Sato Birti, Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar (Truth, the Transcendent Lord and Creator of the Universe) is kind upon them and they attain the divine and powerful states of “Suni-ai” (“Listening”) and “Mannay” and enter Bandagi (submission before God). Those who are unified with Naam (the Name – representing God and all His Creation) and are absorbed in Naam Simran (meditation upon Naam) and Naam Di Kamai (Naam in practice in one’s life) begin to have all their tasks fulfilled. This is a promise by Satguru. Therefore Satguru incarnate the Fifth Patshah the blessed Sri Arjun Dev Ji has made it clear in Sukhmani Bani (the composition by Satguru the Fifth Patshah Sri Arjun Dev Ji, comprising of 24 Astpadis):
“Prabh Kai Simaran Kaaraj Poorai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 263)
Such persons have all their sorrows, pains, troubles, difficulties and hardships come to an end.
“Prabh Kai Simaran Kabahu Na Jhoorai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 263)
“Prabh Simarat Kachh Bighan Na Laagai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 262)
“Prabh Kai Simaran Dookh Jam Nasai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 262)
“Prabh Kai Simaran Dukh Na Santaapai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 262)
The only essential and divine complete truth to keep in mind is when one performs Bandagi or a Sat Karam, one mustn’t demand anything in return. Bandagi doesn’t brook demands; demands make it a selfish act, and a business dealing with Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Those who perform their Bandagi sans demands have all their tasks fulfilled on their own and have all their pains, strife, difficulties, hardships and hurdles come to an end; because it is a promise by Satguru. Therefore they, who place their entire trust upon the Guru’s words (Guru implies one who has accomplished Bandagi and attained Jeevan Mukti, and is divinely ordained to lead others on the path of Bandagi and Mukti)and dedicate their entire selves at the Guru’s feet with complete faith and love, attain this supremely mighty state of “Mannay” and carrying on with their service achieve an end to their sufferings, woes, difficulties, troubles and obstacles; and all their tasks begin to get accomplished automatically. All the deeds by such people turn into Sat Karams and their vices are eradicated. Naam casts illumination in one’s Hirdha (Hirdha or Hirdha Kamal denotes one of the seven Sat Sarovars located near heart, part of one’s spiritual being) and purifies it; Naam casts illumination in all seven Sat Sarovars (the seven sources of Amrit, or of the spiritual energy inside the human body), and permeates and purifies every pore of the body. All Bajjar Kapats (the divine doors that when opened, channel Amrit into the body and establish contact between the human being and Akal Purakh) are opened; and thereby all deeds turn into Sat Karams and Hirdha becomes brimful with divine virtues. This causes all the destructive vices to be ended.
A common person spends one’s entire life slaving under Maya (under Rajo and Tamo tendencies) and wastes one’s life in pursuit of worldly comforts and status. One pushes oneself to limits trying to acquire worldly titles, worldly reign, domination over others and honour and pride. But it is a complete truth that all worldly titles, dominations and powers over others, and the worldly glory, are short-lived. Time changes it all. A royalty today is a pauper tomorrow, and vice versa. All these are nothing but the illusions of Maya, and the humans with their ignorance of these illusions of Maya are all the time sinking further in this swamp. Human beings are bogged down in this swamp of Maya for births after births, and continue to plunge deeper.
Those who conduct themselves as per Sato Birti are rewarded with Gurprasad (the Eternal Bliss and the Eternal Grace), attain the supremely powerful states of “Suni-ai” and “Mannay” and are unified with Naam. Such people carry on with their Naam Di Kamai, accomplish their Bandagi and acquire Puran Braham Gyan (the entire divine wisdom) and Puran Tat Gyan (the entire divine knowledge and understanding of the divine ways). Such humans are divinely ordained by Dargah (the Divine Court) to serve in the path of Parupkars (selfless acts for benefaction of humanity) and Maha Parupkar (guiding others on the path of Bhagati and Jeevan Mukti) and, walking on the path of Parupkar and Maha Parupkar, they are divinely blessed to be acclaimed in the entire world. Their deeds of Maha Parupkar glorify them in all directions. Such great beings who are divinely commissioned by Dargah to serve have their glory spread in all directions by the Hukam (the Divine Order) of Dargah. The honour of such great beings is spread throughout the Creation by the Hukam of Dargah. This is why the Gurbani (God’s words) says:
“Jo Prabh Apanee Sevaa Laaiaa. Naanak So Sevak Deh Dis Pragataaiaa”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 285)
“Jis No Bakhshai Sifat Saalaah. Naanak Paatshaahi Paatshaah”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 5)
The above is meant to signify that one mustn’t care for the worldly titles, and instead pay attention to one’s Sato Birti, so as to attain Gurprasad and make a success of one’s life.
The human life is scarce, and its only objective is to attain Jeevan Mukti (deliverance from the cycle of life & death, salvation). Those who lead the life of Sat (the Eternal Truth, God Himself) are blessed with Gurkirpa (the divine grace) and they receive Gurprasad and attain the divinely powerful state of “Mannay”. People all over the world are born in different communities and, following the customs and histories of their communities, employ different ways to worship the Akal Purakh (the Timeless Being, the Immortal Being, God), their Pirs (holy person) and Paigambars (prophets, seers), or various gods and goddesses. Almost the majority choose to worship and please their one supreme deity, so as to receive the deity’s grace and aid in overcoming their pains, sufferings, troubles, hardships and impediments, in fulfilling their desires and in making their life pleasurable. But this majority is unaware that the best worship is that of Akal Purakh, and only the worship of Akal Purakh can grant them Jeevan Mukti. Even those who realize that the success of their lives depends upon their attaining Jeevan Mukti stay ignorant of the fact that it is only the Bandagi of Akal Purakh that can get them Jeevan Mukti. The blessed Satguru incarnate Nanak Patshah Ji with infinite kindness bestows this Puran Braham Gyan upon the entire mankind that the humanity has only one objective, and that objective is to assimilate with the blessed Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Therefore to assimilate with Sat Par Brahm Pita we must go in Bandagi of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, and not in the worship of any other deity. With worship of other deities one cannot obtain Jeevan Mukti. Therefore those who are able to reach this eminently mighty state of “Mannay” come to firmly grasp this absolutely true divine fact that the trick to achieving Jeevan Mukti lies in the Bandagi of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. There is only one path that leads to the attainment of Jeevan Mukti, and that path is the Bandagi of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Therefore those who achieve the divinely mighty state of “Mannay” soundly grasp this true fact; and therefore by dint of complete Bandagi they attain the Param Gat (supreme state, also called as Param Padvi or the highest spiritual status).
The real way of Dharam (the divine, seeking union with God) is the way of Sat. The spiritual essence of Dharam is to merge with the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Dharam is not be confused with ‘religion’, and is not being a Sikh, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Bodh, Jain or any other, as the word is commonly known and understood. Dharam has a deeper, infinite and eternal sense. Please read and fully grasp the following divine wisdom to understand what Dharam really implies:
So that we are worthy of understanding the true and divine meaning behind the word Dharam, let’s pray to the Parmatma (the supreme soul, God) the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar who is Agam (one who cannot be perceived by the five human sensory functions), Agadh (illimitable, immeasurable), Agochar (one that needs a divine sight to be perceived and experienced), Aprampar (one who has no dimension or boundary), Anant (infinite), Beant (eternal), supremely merciful, supremely compassionate and a Guru. The word Dharam is misunderstood by all religious institutions, societies and missionaries and is being misrepresented to the world. Let’s try and understand this word Dharam and remove the confusions created by the religious institutions, societies and by the public at large by understanding its basis. The basis of “Dharam” is:
* Puran Braham Gyan
* Gurmat (God’s wisdom or counsel)
* The divine definition
* The ever-existential element in the word “Dharam”
* Element of divine and element of Truth
* And all that the Guru Sahiban (Patshah Ji’s), Sants, Bhagats (devotees), Braham Gyanis (possessing divine wisdom) understood, practised, described, wrote, propagated and bestowed upon mankind.
Every word in Gurbani is divinely immense, contains Puran Braham Gyan; and either conveys the divine truth about the existence of Sat Par Brahm Parmeshwar, or describes the magnificence of the Naam of the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar; or is a praise in His divinity; or is a praise in the divinity of the Sants, Bhagats, Braham Gyanis, and Satgurus. Every word in Gurbani is like the Puran Braham Gyan banishing the darkness from our minds and souls. And with the Puran Braham Gyan in it, every word bestows divine enlightenment upon us.
It is for these qualities that each word in Gurbani is called as Shabad Guru (Wisdom as an embodiment of God). The word ‘Dharam’ too implies the Guru. Every word in Gurbani:
* Has the supreme truth, the Puran Braham Gyan hidden inside;
* Describes the eternity, immensity and profundity of Akal Purakh;
* Is eternal, infinite as Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself; and
* Is an inseparable part of the almighty all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
The word ‘Dharam’ demonstrates the divinely infinite existence of Par Brahm Parmeshwar. A Sant Hirdha (saintly hearted) is a person who observes the essence of ‘Dharam’ and makes as a part of oneself: the existence of this divine essence, the eternal truth hidden inside it and the Puran Braham Gyan hidden inside it. By observing ‘Dharam’ in one’s daily life one becomes a Pargateyo Jyot (a manifested divine light, a soul that becomes the pure divine light of God Himself) and becomes one with the almighty all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar; becomes indistinguishable from the almighty all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
For the majority and for common people the word ‘Dharam’ implies the force that has a deep influence: on their particular community (such as Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians) or on the community in which they are born; on their parlance; on their family, customs and rituals, and even on their dietary habits.
In this way, the word ‘Dharam’ for most people implies the customs and practices of a particular community. These (customs and practices) are employed to govern one’s social values, religious conduct and lifestyle in general. One takes birth in a family and is raised in accordance with the culture and the atmosphere surrounding the family. The family has affiliations with a particular community. And thus it is the community that is responsible for shaping one’s character, behaviour, viewpoints, religious values and other social conduct, and the intellectual values and thoughts.
As an example: a child born in a Sikh family becomes a Sikh. Were the child born in a Hindu family, he or she would have been a Hindu. Then he or she would have been raised to a different set of religious values and practices. The child would grow with the values of the particular community: social conduct, social norms and conventions, language, cuisine, dress and similar other practices. The child is taught to be part of a particular sect. The child will grow to have customs and practices which are different than in other communities. Every community denominates itself, such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam and many others.
The division in society, or to put it better the division of humanity by different communities, is man-made. The division of the mankind in these different communities is of man’s own making. This division isn’t the making of the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, nor is it any part of the Puran Braham Gyan. Puran Braham Gyan goes to the extent of saying:
“hindoo turak kou raafajee imaam saafee,
maanas kee jaat sabai ekai pehchaanabo”
(Tva Prasad Kabit Page 41, Guru Gobind Singh Ji)
In the true essence of divinity and spirituality, and according to Gurmat and the Puran Braham Gyan, these man-made walls are eternally untrue. The only eternal truth is the humanity and the human life, the most beautiful and precious creation of the Creator.
It is an eternal truth that every human is born of the same Jyot (the divine light within, soul) and that is the Jyot of Parmatma (the supreme soul, God).
“Aval Aleh Noor Upaaiaa Kudarat Kay Sab Bandai. Ek Noor Tay Sab Jag Upajiaa Kaun Bhalai Ko Mandai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 1349)
“Ek Noor” is the Creator Himself, and we are all born of the same Creator; the whole universe is created from “Ek Noor” or “Sat” and this creation is ceaselessly continuing.
“Mool Sat Sat Utapat”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 284)
Therefore division of humanity on the basis of communities is out of question. When the Creator of the universe created us all in the same human form; when the Creator gave us all the same identity of a human being; then where is the question of dividing us by man-made communities or ‘Dharams’?
Therefore there is only one ‘Dharam’ and that is the almighty all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself; and He is the one making all the laws and the rules according to which a human being must mould one’s life and all one’s deeds, actions and reactions. The divine constitution made by the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is the set of divine laws that he has made for us human beings. The foundation – on which the reign of the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is built; or His own foundation; and the basis of His most beautiful and invaluable creation that is humanity – is Sat.
That all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is the epitome of ‘Sat’ because He Himself is the ever-existent Sat. Only the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is one that is Sat. Everything else is transient and a part of Maya. Only the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is one that is beyond the Trigun Maya (Maya of the three attributes that are Sato – the goodness viz. charity, compassion, contentment, Rajo – the desires viz. hopes, expectations and yearnings, and Tamo – the vices viz. the Panj Dhoots). All the divine rules and laws made by the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar for the human beings direct one to transcend the Trigun Maya and assimilate oneself in the eternal Sat; direct one to stay away from the three attributes of Maya and to become like the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself. This is the true and the all-encompassing meaning of ‘Dharam’.
* To be like the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is Dharam.
* To be a Puran Sachyara (absolutely, divinely truthful) is Dharam.
* To be worthy of seeing, speaking, hearing, acting and serving Sat is Dharam.
* To be a human in the true essence of eternal Sat (as the Jyot of a Child) is Dharam.
* To be one with the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar at all times is Dharam.
* To be absorbed in the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is Dharam, and this Dharam is the ever-existent truth.
The true Dharam dwells in the mind and soul of one who has transcended beyond the three attributes of Maya. The word ‘Dharam’ therefore shows us that Akal Purakh Himself is the definition of Dharam; “Sat Tat Anaad Sat” (“Sat is the essence of divine, and Sat is ever-existent”), and therefore to become like the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar one must become a Sachyara. Only a Puran Sachyara Hirdha is beyond the Trigun Maya.
The Creator is one, and we are all born of the same Creator. Therefore the division of society on the basis of communities is absurd when the Creator has created everyone as a human and nothing else. When the Creator has given us all the same identity as ‘the human race’ then where does the question of religious divisions arise? Therefore there is only one Dharam – the almighty all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself – and He is the one who has created laws and rules that a human being must follow in life, deeds, actions and reactions.
The divine laws that the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has made for the human race form His divine constitution. ‘Sat’ is the eternal truth that is the whole foundation of His reign, of Himself, and is the basis of this magnificent and priceless human race. He is the quintessence of Sat, as He is Sat Himself. Only the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is one who is Sat. Everything else is ephemeral and a part of Maya. Only the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is one who transcends beyond the Trigun Maya. The divine laws and edicts of the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar from beyond the Trigun Maya direct the human race to merge with the eternal Sat; direct us to avoid the Trigun Maya and be like Him. This is the true and divine essence of Dharam. To be like Him is Dharam; to be Sat is Dharam; to be a Sachyara is Dharam. To be worthy to see, speak, hear, act and serve Sat is Dharam. To be a human in the true sense of the eternal Sat (like the Jyot of a newborn) is Dharam. To be one with the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar at all times is Dharam. To be absorbed in the all-accomplished Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is Dharam, and this is an eternal truth. The true Dharam resides in the mind and soul that are beyond the Trigun Maya. In this way the word ‘Dharam’ demonstrates that Akal Purakh Himself is the definition of Dharam, of “Sat Tat Anad Sat” and therefore, to be like the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, is to become a Sachyara. A Puran Sachyara human being is –
* True inside out,
* Without ostentations,
* Without delusions,
* Without hypocrises,
* Without hatred, and
* Ik Drisht (seeing all as equal, non-discriminatory),
The true and divine meaning of Dharam is that Dharam is a scale of Sat and eternal Truth and nothing else and is a scale to measure the eternal Truth.
The Sukhmani Bani says:
“Sarab Dharam Meh Sresht Dharam. Har Ko Naam Jap Nirmal Karam”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 266)
It (Dharam) makes one turn oneself into Sat Saroop (a divine soul, true inside out) of the divine Dharam, where the all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar makes His home. In the light of the above discourse, the true essence of Dharam is obtaining Braham Gyan directly from Parmatma, and not dividing the society into man-made religions. The word ‘Dharam’ is the essence of Sat. Dharam implies assimilating in the essence of Sat and becoming a Sat Roop (Sat in a human form). The word ‘Dharam’, implies the divine rules, customs and supreme laws of the essence of Sat, that we must submit to and serve under:
* The infinite reign of the almighty – Dargah
* The reign of the eternal Sat – Dargah
* The reign of spirituality – Dargah
* The reign of Braham (divinely infinite) – Dargah
These divine laws are in existence since the beginning of the Creation. These divine laws are in existence even now, and will remain in force till eternity. Those who submit to these laws become worthy to enjoy the Dargah of Akal Purakh, and to enjoy the bliss of the eternal Dharam.
These divine laws are defined in Gurbani very clearly and superbly. These were practised by the Guru Sahiban, Sants (saints) and Bhagats, and are propagated to be practised by the entire humanity. These divine laws are depicted in Sri Guru Granth Sahib as ‘The Constitution of the Reign of the Infinite”. The entire Gurbani is nothing but definition of these divine laws, and describes them in great details.
For easy understanding and without going into the detailed version of Gurbani, we have put together some of these divine laws and placed them in Mansarovar Puran Param Jyot Puran Param Prakash (Mansarovar – the eternal source of divine powers, the source of all life, Akal Purakh Himself; Puran Param Jyot – the divine light, God Himself; Puran Param Prakash – the perfect brightness of the supreme light, His aura; taken together implies that these laws are being placed below with greatest possible reverence to Akal Purakh). These divine gifts are available for the whole humanity. These are the same for all of us. These never change. These will remain forever and have been mentioned below:-
1. Complete faith, belief, trust, devotion, love, unconditional and unrequited worship, affection and conviction in Gur (God), Guru and Gurbani.
2. Complete dedication to Gur and Guru: with body, mind and all worldly possessions.
“Tan Man Dhan Sab Saup Gur Ko Hukam Manniai Paaiai”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 918)
“Tan Man Dhan Arapee Sabho Sagal Vaariai Eh Jind”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 47)
Guru is infinitely kind and infinitely compassionate. If you heed His words and devote 10% of your earnings to Guru, He will add another 90% from His own. Just picture the benefits to you if you devote more than 10%. There is another entirely true fact that it is beyond our capacity to offer anything to Guru, He is Complete, and He owns all treasures. Therefore remitting Dasvandh (10% of the earnings for charity) is in fact paying it to oneself, because it is going to immensely benefit oneself. Barring only a few, almost every Jigyasoo (the curious, the seeker of divine truth) in the Sangat (congregation, multitude) remains bereft of Gurprasad by not remitting Dasvandh. Dasvandh begets one the Gurprasad, begets one the Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Di Kamai, Puran Bandagi (complete surrender before God) and Seva (humble and selfless service to others).
3. Dedicate 10% of your time to Guru, devote Amrit Vela (early hours) to Naam Simran.
“Prabh Kaa Simaran Sabh Te Oochaa”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 263)
This is the best dedication to the almighty all-accomplished Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and the only way of cleansing the inside of one’s mind and of thereby carrying one beyond the three aspects of Maya. This is the one and only way to attain victory over mind; to vanquish the five thieves – the Panj Dhoots (lust, anger, greed, attachments and pride) – and to decimate the desires; and to thoroughly triumph over Maya. Thus remitting Dasvandh automatically opens the doors of Dargah for you. Dasvandh begets boundless divine benevolence. Those remitting more than Dasvandh get on the fast track to acquiring Chad Di Kalaa (the Eternal Bliss). Naam imbues their Hirdhas very soon. Dasvandh is the most significant part of one’s Bandagi. Dasvandh is a divine decree. Dasvandh is a mandatory requirement of dargah and those complying with it attain Jeevan Mukti. Those who serve by giving Dasvandh will attain honour at Dargah, and no force can come in their way.
4. Always pray for the grant of Gurprasad. This divine strength has been bestowed upon all humans by the all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and by employing this divine strength you can ensure that nothing untoward will come to pass in your destiny. Whatever happens is as determined by the Hukam (the Divine Constitution) of the all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. The designed purpose of Patmatma will prevail come what may. Only by acquiring Gurprasad one can lead a trouble-free existence while following His will. Gurprasad begets Naam inside you. It leads you towards Jeevan Mukti.
5. Always see Sat, hear Sat, act Sat and serve Sat. This is the best service to the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
6. Show humility when interacting with other:
“Aapas Ko Jo Jaanai Neechaa. Sou Ganiai Sabh Te Oochaa”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib 266)
And always believe that everybody else is greater than you. Keep your mind upon uplifting yourself. Do not point fingers at others. Point the finger at yourself. Criticize none but yourself. Humility is the only weapon to kill ego. Extreme humility and a Hirdha wrapped in simplicity is the invitation to Akal Purakh the all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar to manifest in it. The extreme humility of the inner self is the key to the reign of Akal Purakh, the key to Dargah of Akal Purakh.
7. Stop using ‘I, Me, Myself’ in your conversations. Always bear in mind that your existence is because of the life-element inside you, and the eternal Jyot inside you. The all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is inside you. Always regard your inner life-element, which is the element of Sat and the element of divine, as having a place higher than your physical self. Always recognize the divine element inside you, which is your true identity, and only use ‘We’, ‘Us’ and ‘Ours’ in your conversation.
8. Confess and own up to your sins and wrongdoings. Acknowledging your crimes in a full Sangat absolves you of your sins and cleanses your inner self. Confessing your wrongs, sins and misdeeds will make you a Sachyara, and will take you closer to the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
9. Never involve yourself in criticism, slander, malice or jealousy.
10. Never hurt anyone’s feelings. Your unconditional love to every creation of Him demonstrates your love to Him. His Nirgun Saroop (the infinite divine power that is beyond the three attributes of Maya), which is the Mansarovar (the eternal source of divine powers, the source of all life) and Amrit Sagar (an ocean of Amrit – our essence or the life-element or soul, another name for Mansarovar) has no place for hatred for anyone. Unconditional love, devotion and sacrifice are the language that the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar speaks and appreciates. Serving the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar with love, sacrifice and devotion will take you near Him.
11. Never worry about anything. Always thank the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar for all that He has given, and is giving you. Be content with what you have and what you are getting. Desires are the root cause of all troubles.
12. Practise seeking forgiveness for all your wrongdoings, sins and misdeeds in your daily conversations. This is a way to control your anger. Wherever is a feeling of forgiveness, the all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself is present there. Pardon is a divine virtue and fills you with compassion. All divine virtues combine to make you strong-hearted. You will never regard anyone with hatred or aversion. You will become Ik Drisht. You will become Nirvair (hate-less, without enmity), which is the most significant amongst the divine virtues. Forgiveness frees you of anger. Anger and ego complement one another. Ego is the cause of anger, ego breeds anger. These two are the harbingers of mental diseases; forgiveness will make them your slaves, and they will never again cause you any suffering.
13. Paying Dasvandh out of your earnings towards charity makes you get rid of greed. Your acts of greed will start diminishing and will eventually come to an end. Your Hirdha will be full of compassion; will be full of love and sacrifice; and you will become an aid to those in need and in distress. As a result you get rid of the greed, which is an even more serious mental ailment.
14. Regard your family and friends, your parents and your children as part of the Sangat, and help and serve them as much as and with the same feeling with which you help and serve the Gur Sangat (congregation seeking divine, in presence of Gur or Guru). Shower them with the same love and hospitality that you shower upon the Gur Sangat. This will abolish attachments from your Hirdha and will fill it with the divinely profound love, and with feelings of sharing, selflessness and sacrifice.
15. Except for your wife, regard every woman as your sister, mother and daughter; and except for your husband, regard every man as your brother, father and son. This will remove your feeling of lust. This will rid you of a grave mental disease. It (the lust) is a serious mental affliction; follow the above principal and you will be cured; you will be rid of lust.
16. Do not reminisce about the events in the past, do not let them weigh upon your mind, and be done with them; do not brood over your future; remain set in your present and remain true in your present. Use the present to engage yourself in true and only true deeds. Once your present is true, the future will be true too. As a result the adverse influences of your past deeds will be erased. The truthful deeds will determine your destiny. Stick with the truthful deeds to better your future. If your present is true, it will result in a fruitful and splendid future.
17. Follow Gurbani in your everyday life; every tiny bit that you can understand of it. Practise it in its eternal sense in everyday life. Gurbani is the panacea for all your troubles and your mental and physical disorders. “Naam Di Kamai” and practice of Gurbani will eradicate all the banes of your mind, body and soul; will cleanse them of the grime of Maya. Evaluate your everyday deeds in the light of Gurbani, and make a continuous endeavour to amend them. These divine virtues are eternal. Adorn your inner self with these priceless jewels of divine virtues. These will cleanse and purify you from inside and from outside. As a result you will become a Puran Sachyara, and Sachyar (Absolute Truth – as God Himself) will become a permanent part of your Hirdha.
18. Immerse yourself in Seva with devotion and love. Do a selfless service. Aid the poor and the needy. Care for the destitute. Care for the sick. Care for your family, lovingly and devotedly. Always bear in mind that the best service that one can offer the all powerful, all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is Naam Simran; and when you put all the above virtues in practice with Naam Simran in Hirdha, it brings you boundless rewards, and as a result your life turns into a:
* Life of honour;
* Life in eternal bliss;
* Life of happiness;
* Life of endless eternal blessings;
* And as a result all your spiritual dreams become true.
You will become a Sant Hirdha; you will attain Jeevan Mukti; and you will realize the purpose of your life, which is to become one with the almighty all-accomplished Parmatma the blessed Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar; and this is the true Dharam. This can happen only with the divine blessing of the Gurkirpa of Gurprasad, and only they, who have attained the supremely powerful states of “Suni-ai” and “Mannay”, can receive this blessing of Gurprasad. Such persons are forever united with Dharam. Meaning, those who attain such states and accomplish their Bandagi are assimilated in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
Please bear this divinely true essential fact firmly in mind that Gurkirpa (divine grace) is showered upon tens of millions, but it is a rare human being that truly serves and looks after this Gurkirpa and Gurprasad. The name “Sat Naam” (“Truth as a manifestation of God”) given to Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is beyond the Trigun Maya, and supremely forceful. Therefore “Sat Naam” carries immense force. Those who do Simran of “Sat Naam” are blessed by this divine force, and this blessing makes them succeed in life. But such persons are one in tens of millions. Therefore if you are one amongst those who are bestowed with this blessing, do serve it with your whole body, mind and possessions, and do not let it go in vain. The service and care of this blessing has the capability of securing honour for you at Dargah. The service and care of this blessing has the capability of making you assimilate in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.