Gaavai ko taan hovai kisai taan.
Gaavai ko daat jaanai neesaan.
Gaavai ko gun vadi-aa-ee-aa chaar.
Gaavai ko vidi-aa vikham veechaar.
Gaavai ko saaj karay tan khayh.
Gaavai ko jee-a lai fir dayh.
Gaavai ko jaapai disai door.
Gaavai ko vaykhai haadraa hadoor.
Kathnaa kathee na aavai tot.
Kath kath kathee kotee kot kot.
Daydaa day laiday thak paahi.
Jugaa jugantar khaahee khaahi.
Hukmee hukam chalaa-ay raahu.
Naanak vigsai vayparvaahu. ||3||
Blessed Satguru (Truth Guru) incarnate Nanak Patishah Ji (Guru Nanak Ji), benevolently provides to all humanity the complete divine knowledge about the praiseworthiness of worshipping Sat Paar Brahm Pita Parmeshwar (True Creator of the Universe). Those who understand the essential truth about the entire divine knowledge in the praise of the Mool Mantra (the Original Mantra) and dwell in the meditation of God, i.e., do Simran (meditation of God) and enter the Hukam (the realm of His Commands) by receiving the Gurprasad (the Eternal Blessings and Eternal Grace) of the Name (meaning God), Simran of His Name, serving in His Name, completely submitting to Him and serving the humanity, only they can observe and experience the Taan (Might) of the Blessed True Creator and Father of the Universe. Taan implies great strength, ability, great power, all arts and skills, grandeur of Amrit, grandeur of His blessings, grandeur of Gurprasad and grandeur of the Timeless Being. The person who can feel the Taan of the Blessed Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is one who immerses himself in this Taan, i.e., is absorbed in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, is engrossed in his Creation, blends with the Formless, erases his self and frees himself of Maya (the material temptations) and absolves himself from the cycle of births & deaths, grasps the cosmic knowledge and the essential knowledge, receives the nectar of self-realisation, and receives the top stature to become a saint-hearted person. It is a rare soul that gets the ability to sing praises of the Taan. It is a most beautiful soul that immerses itself in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and thus becomes the Taan, becomes the praise of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself, and only this extremely beautiful soul is able to sing the praises of Taan. Such a saintly hirdha which is immersed in the supreme and saintly soul sings the praises of only Supreme Transcendent Lord’s Taan forever. It is for us common people to understand that it is an extraordinary soul that serves this Taan, blends with the Taan and can sing praises of the Taan. This is the essence of the word “Ko” (Gaavai “ko” taan hovai kisai taan). Gurbaani (the words of God) tells us that only one in tens of millions of souls is able to completely submit to God and become one with the Timeless Being. It is not that a common person cannot receive this Gurprasad. Certainly every person is capable of receiving this Gurparsaad. To receive Gurprasad is a birth right of every person. That we are born as a human being is the proof that we have been offered this divine right to receive the Gurprasad. It is also a fact that a great number of persons receive this Gurprasad, but the problem lies in serving and looking after this Gurprasad. Failing to take care of it, many people lose the Gurprasad, while only a rare person completes his tryst with Sach Khand (the realm of Truth) and completes his devotion. An ordinary person kneels before Maya. Ordinary people fail the tests of Maya, leave the Bandagi (worship and submission before God) mid-way, and revert back into their old lives.
In the same way that Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is eternal and infinite; his boons are also infinite and endless. In the same way that Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar’s Taan is eternal and infinite; his gifts are also endless and infinite. Only the soul that effaces itself and is merged with this eternally infinite grand power gets the blessings of this eternally infinite bounty. The whole mankind is busy in the worldly needs, like when one follows his religion or performs a good deed; he or she first puts up his or her requests before the Timeless Being. Among all humanity, anybody doing a little bit of prayer or Simran does so with a premise that his dreams will be fulfilled. Anybody praying to God is doing it with a mind full of earthly desires. Bandagi cannot take place among desires. Bandagi cannot be done with a selfish intent. Bandagi in desires is like bargaining with God; that I’ll do His prayers in exchange of Him fulfilling my desires. Bandagi is not putting up demands. Bandagi lies entirely in giving; offering our body, our mind and our wealth at the feet of our Guru (the teacher) is Bandagi. When we offer our entire self with body, mind and wealth at the feet of our Guru, we are blessed with His infinite and boundless kindness, we receive Gurprasad, and by serving and looking after Gurprasad we blend with the eternal and infinite Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Only then we realise the grandeur of His eternal and limitless gifts and are blessed. Only after reaching this stage we fully learn of the grandeur of his eternally boundless bounty, and then we serve Him and sing His praises. Therefore we pray to all humanity to do itself a favour and cease asking and demanding. As is written in your destiny as per the divine laws of Karma, so is what you’ve got, are in the process of getting, and will get in future. Altering your destiny is possible only through receiving Gurprasad and serving it and taking its care. Freedom from the ways of Karma is possible only through receiving Gurprasad and serving it till His Name enters your hirdha. As a person goes deeper into Simran, he or she starts realising his or her dreams even without asking. This is the divine promise of beloved Satguru- Prabh key Simran kaaraj Poore (Do Simran of God, and receive fulfilment). Those who immerse themselves in Simran, receive honour at the Divine Court- Prabh key Simran Dargeh Maan (Simran of God gives recognition in the divine court), merge with the Eternally Infinite (God), become the true look of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself, and enjoy the grandeur of his endless, infinite boons.
As Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is eternal and infinite, so is the grand treasure of His extremely charming virtues. That is why Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has been called by Satgurus with a perfect name of “Guni Nidhan” (“Treasure of Virtues”). These supreme virtues are the truly great powers of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. These highest virtues are as boundless as Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar Himself. There are no limits to these absolute virtues. Blessed Satguru incarnate Nanak Patishah Ji (Guru Nanak Ji) has described and praised these highest virtues in the Mool Mantra. We have had a glimpse of these paramount virtues in the description of Gurprasad in the Mool Mantra. Let’s make a true and essential fact clear: each and every word of Gurbani is like taking a dip in the Mansarovar (Akal Purakh is an unlimited sea, Mansarovar, of divine qualities and divine powers. This Mansarovar is the Origin from where our soul has been created. This Mansarovar is also called the Gur Sagar or the Nirgun Saroop of Paar Braham Parmeshwar. Every creation has emanated from this Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh. our existence is only due to this connection to the Mansarovar. Mansarovar is the One which is providing life in this physical body, “Jaat meh jyot, jot meh jata.” Jaat means the physical body. Jyot is the Mansarovar and Jataa is Akal Purakh. The above line means that the physical body resides within the Jyot/Mansarovar. And the Jyot/Mansarovar resides within Akal Purakh.), and Mansarovar is depthless, the deeper we go, the deeper it appears, and makes us realise that we have understood absolutely nothing. And how can we even understand because in front of the infinite, our wisdom is zero and we know nothing. We are of very little significance, and everything is made and done by the Creator. This really is Gurprasad. And it is on account of Gurprasad that even the writings about Gurprasad are like a mere glimpse of the Mansarovar. So all of us in this Sat Sangat (meeting of the true followers), let us dwell some more on the supreme virtues of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar does not think about our vices. There is no end to our faults and there is no end to the supreme compassion of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Hence Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar forgives our sins without dwelling upon them. All we need to do is to realise our sins and to acknowledge them. The moment we own up to our vices in our hirdha ( spiritual heart), we are instantly forgiven by Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Be our sins ever so grave, Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar does not deliberate upon those sins, those vices before forgiving us, and by forgiving us He provides us another opportunity to choose the right way for our lives. So think about the supreme virtue of this supreme power, and ask yourself if Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar’s compassion knows any limits? The extent of His compassion is as immeasurable as the depth of the Mansarovar. The supreme power possessing such compassion is boundless, infinite. The great power of His unbound compassion is complemented by His great capacity to forgive, which again is limitless and infinite. Like His compassion, does His kindness have any limits? Does the faith have any limits? Does the humility have any limits? Does love have any limits? Does trust have any limits? Does courage have any limits? Does amiability have any limits? As the Mansarovar has no limit and no defined boundary, thus are all these supreme virtues limitless and without boundaries. In these supreme virtues lies that eternally boundless Supreme Power (God). All of these supreme virtues are extremely beautiful, and it is an absolute truth that the beauty of these supreme virtues is limitless too. Those who observe and experience this absolute truth, and those who realise these supreme virtues in their hearts, call Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar as the “limitless, extraordinary, extreme beauty”. And it is also a beautiful and essentially true fact that, by giving us births as human beings, Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has also bestowed upon us these supreme virtues.
Just think – are we not capable of being compassionate? Do we not have the capacity to forgive? Is it that if someone hurts us, we can’t forgive him? The difference between an ordinary person and a saint-hearted person is that an ordinary person doesn’t forgive the wickedness of another being, but harbours a feeling of revenge and looks for an opportunity to get even. This way, an ordinary person gets more and more entangled in the fetters of Karma. But a saintly- hearted person would forgive, would do the wrongdoer a favour, and would pray for him that Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar bestows true wisdom upon him. Therefore only a saintly-heart serves this great divine virtue of compassion and the virtue of this great divine power and obliges the whole humanity by describing the grandeur of this virtue.
Let’s do some more reflection and think hasn’t Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar given us the capacity to love? Certainly we have been blessed with this great and boundless capacity. We can love each person at every moment. Because of this divine capacity, we have the ability at each moment to expand this blessing endlessly. By utilising this divine ability, we can become amiable, become single-vision and become indistinguishable with the Timeless Being. “Nirvair” or lack of animosity or amiability towards others is a supreme and divine virtue of the Timeless Being. By practising this supreme capacity of true love, you can make Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar appear in your heart. But on the contrary the whole mankind, instead of loving, is burning itself in the fires of envy and enmity. Hate is all-prevalent. Everyone is busy in putting the others down. Each family is engaged in a Mahabharta (a great ancient war) like wrath. In place of this divine capacity to love, all of humanity is destroying itself by being slave to devastating powers of maya i.e. rage, hate, jealousy and animosity. In this divine infinite strength of love lies the power to make Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar appear in your heart. Hence the saying in Gurbani – “Jin Prem Kiyo, Tin Hi Prabh Paayo- The one who loves, finds God”. On the other hand, the destructive tendencies such as hate, jealousy and malice are ruining and destroying the entire humanity. It is entirely true that these days the cause of all the problems of the humankind is nothing but the pervasiveness of these evil tendencies. It is entirely true that the cause of all domestic strife and sufferings is nothing but these evil tendencies. Even the cause of the physical and mental sicknesses of all the humanity are these devastating tendencies. Those who do pure and good deeds never suffer from physical or mental ailments. Therefore only a saint-hearted person, who is single-vision and without malice, serves this great divine virtue of compassion and the virtue of this great divine power and favours the whole humanity by explaining the grandeur of this virtue.
Let’s reflect some more hasn’t the Timeless Being bestowed upon us the great strength to be humble. Can we not use this supreme strength to fill our hearts with kindness and dress them up with humility? Certainly we have the capability to utilise this divine strength to fill our hearts with kindness and humility and make the Timeless being appear in our hearts. Extreme humility and simplicity of heart is the key to the Dargah (Divine court). This divine virtue of humility is powerful enough to kill your egos and bring you out of the cycle of births and deaths. Kindness and humility is the Braham Astra (the ultimate weapon) to kill the ego. The end of ego is the liberation from the cycle of births & deaths. Therefore a saintly-heart is the heart that kills its ego, dresses up in simplicity, turns itself into the dust of the feet of the entire Creation and achieves the complete divine knowledge and the highest Amrit, the highest level of enjoyment and Eternal happiness and, living in kindness and extreme humility, preaches and sings praises of the Supreme Divine Power (God).
Similarly the great great Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has given us births as human beings and has bestowed upon us the divine virtues of faith and trust. Complete faith in our Guru is Bandagi. Complete trust upon our Guru is Bandagi. An eternal and infinite divine power lies in these divine & powerful virtues of faith and trust. Those who submit themselves completely to their Guru with love, faith and trust, place their bodies, their minds and their wealth at the feet of their Guru, they become indistinguishable from Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar by receiving the Gurprasad – of the Name, of Simran in His Name, of service in His Name, and of complete Bandagi. On reaching this beautiful stage they do great and grand favours to the entire humanity, and sing praises of these supreme virtues.
In a similar way Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has eternal virtues and supreme powers, which are indescribable. This is merely a small attempt to describe and praise some of his divine virtues. But one who becomes a saintly-heart has his heart filled with these supreme virtues of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, and it takes a rare and uncommon person to sing in praise of these supreme virtues and divine powers.
Only those who are completely immersed in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar realise the entire cosmic knowledge. Only those who have merged with the Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar receive the Gurprasad of the entire cosmic knowledge and of the entire essential knowledge and drink in the Atamrus Amrit (nectar for soul, the highest Amrit, the highest level of enjoyment). It is just one person in tens of millions, who receives this “arduous”, i.e., extremely hard-to-get divine treasure and distributes this divine supreme treasure to the entire mankind and sings in its praise.
Those who have merged themselves with Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and partaken in the Atam Rus Amrit are extremely rare. It is impossible to realise this essentially true fact that the law of the births and deaths is the divine rule made by Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and all creatures are borne and die within this all powerful law. According to the ways of Karma, and as per this law of the births and deaths, every creature wanders in different Juni’s (a juni is lifetime as a creature in particular specie) for an indeterminate length of time. This essence of the entire cosmic knowledge is realised only by the divine incarnates, Satgurus, all-knowledgeables in the entire cosmic knowledge, and true saints; and only these great personalities sing the praises of this all powerful law of the births and deaths.
Those who have merged themselves with Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and realised this divine essence in all its constructs are extremely rare. It is a divinely true essential fact that the Creator resides in every Creation. Only after one is granted a vision of the Timeless Being, and after one is merged with His divinely powerful Formless Form, can one feel the presence of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar in every Creation. One experiences this when one receives the unlimited supreme power of divine love. Thereafter one finds God in all Creation and in all creatures, one finds Nirgun (without attributes, God) in Sargun (with all attributes, again God), and Nirgun & Sargun becomes one with each other. These great personalities then sing the praises of Sargun-Nirgun.
No one has fully understood Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Tens of millions have reached the stage of total Bandagi, and have attained ultimate and supreme stature, and have become Incarnates, Satgurus, all-knowing of the cosmic knowledge and Khalsa (warriors, and followers in the path of Guru Ji), and earned a place at the Mansarovar. These God-like personalities, through strength of their complete Bandagi, have thrown light upon the divine rules of the Timeless Being, and have attempted to explain it through discourses. But no one till now has been able to fully grasp the mystery of the Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, nor will anyone ever be able to. Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is infinite, eternal; so how can one ever learn his secret? All our achievements are insignificant before the infiniteness and endlessness of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Therefore those who have assimilated themselves in Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar have proclaimed that they know nothing, and that the grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is eternal and endless, and beyond words. The grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is not expressed in words. The narration of the grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar makes itself apparent. When a great personality takes form in this world, in his or her form itself the narration of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar manifests itself. When a Satguru, an accomplished learner in the cosmic knowledge, a true saint is borne on earth, in his or her form the grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar reveals itself. His Incarnates, Satgurus, the all-knowing of the ultimate knowledge, true saints themselves are the manifestations of the grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar.
These supreme personalities are the only ones who can realise that Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar has been looking after all the 8.4 million species on earth, for all the ages, from the beginning of the Creation and doesn’t tire doing this. A creature wanders through a Juni receiving the boons of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, then ultimately tires out and meets its end, and the cycle repeats itself in its next births. From lives to lives, we have been partaking of the infinite storehouse of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar, but this divine treasure never runs out. As Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar is infinite and eternal, so is His storehouse. As per the laws of Karma, Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar provides us all material objects and conveniences so that we can live our lives, and we consume these offerings and eventually meet our ends, but His bounty never runs out. Here it is extremely important to learn this essential and true fact that, following the laws of Karma and as determined by the deeds in our previous lives; we are provided everything that we come to deserve, from these limitless stores. According to the laws of Karma, Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar continues to fulfil all our necessities, but all our desires are never fulfilled. Therefore what we receive is to be accepted as his benevolence and his grace; and to be truly contented with it is living under Hukam. This way we fill our hearts with contentment and extinguish our worldly desires. By not following it, a person spends his lifetime burning in the fire of his own desires, and instead of freeing himself from the bonds of Karma, gets more and more entangled in them.
This is a divine miracle that manifests itself in the true Hukam of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. The divine law of true Hukam is an all-powerful law. The construction and the operation of the entire Creation takes place in accordance with these divine laws of this Hukam. Every person who commits himself to these supremely potent laws will have his hirdha turn into a source of great powers, his hirdha attains eternity, and in eternity he is freed of all the worries, as all the five action organs and all sensory organs belonging to this person come under Hukam. Blessed Satguru incarnate of the Formless Nanak Patishah Ji has benevolently provided these priceless gems of this true and ultimate knowledge to the entire humanity. It is an earnest prayer to all mankind that they should follow these supremely potent and priceless gems of knowledge, and make their lives a success. Free your selves from the slavery of Maya, subject your selves to the laws of Hukam, and enjoy the everlasting divine pleasures provided by Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar. Become the grandeur of Sat Par Brahm Pita Parmeshwar and achieve endless and eternal enjoyment. Assimilate yourselves in Sat Par Brahm, and liberate yourselves from the cycle of births and deaths.