saath na chaalai bin bhajan bikhi-aa saglee chhaar.
har har naam kamaavanaa naanak ih Dhan saar. ||1||
Dhan Dhan Satgur Sachey Patshah Ji Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj is very kindly continuing to giving us these divine and priceless jewels of Puran Braham Gyan about the Mahima of Naam, Mahima of Puran Bandgi, Mahima of a Sant, and above all Mahima of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar Ji.
Any divine wisdom that comes from a Satgur is Puran Braham Gyan. Any divine wisdom that comes from a Puran Sant is the Puran Braham Gyan. Any divine words that come from a Puran Brahmgiani is Puran Braham Gyan. Any divine Shabads that are recited by a Puran Khalsa are Puran Braham Gyan. These divine words are the word of God. These words are Gurparsaad, therefore we are bound to be SAT and will come true when followed with Sachee Shardha, Sachee Preet and Sachaa Vishvaas. This is a divine truth so when we follow these divine words and do whatever we tell us to do then the rewards are unimaginable.
Satguru Ji is telling us the Mahima of Naam Dhan and of collecting the Naam Dhan, which is the real divine treasure. This is the only divine treasure that will go with us when we leave this physical body or when our physical body’s death comes. The collection of Naam Dhan will diminish all of our sins and our Hirda will be washed away with this Amrit of Naam Dhan and will be cleansed of our mental sicknesses.
These mental sicknesses are chronic in nature and have been responsible for making our mind and Hirda full of the scum of Maya’s Rajo and Tamo attributes. An ordinary person is drenched in this scum. This scum is like quick sand as it doesn’t let us come out but keeps pulling us under the more we try to escape. These chronic sicknesses are basically the Panj Doots and desires.
The Panj Doots and desires govern the life of an ordinary person. An ordinary person is so weak minded that he lets his mind operate under the influence of these rulers. Yes, the Panj Doots and desires rule over us and we do whatever we tell us to. In this way we are our real Gurus. Following the Panj Doots and desires is like drinking the poison of Maya. That is why, due to constant drinking of these poisons of Maya, our mind and Hirda have become chronically sick.
Many people think that Maya is just money. This is a dangerous illusion as Maya is not just money, there are three attributes of Maya:-
First one is Tamo. Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Ahankaar.
The second one is Rajo. Asa, Trishna, Mansha or desires.
The third one is Sato. This is connected with Sat Karams such as Daya, Dharam, Santokh & Sanjam.
If we watch our daily deeds and look at them more closely and conduct an analysis of them in light of this divine wisdom then we find that all our deeds fall under these attributes of Maya.
Many people wonder how are the deeds are influenced by Maya. Let us look at it more closely. Starting with Kaam. When we see an attractive person and our mind develops a thought of lustful behaviour, then this means that our mind has been overpowered by the Doot of Kaam. Regardless of if us actually put that lustful thought into action or not, our mind does get effected by that thought. This lustful thought is considered as a sin in divinity. A sin committed by our mind. But if we physically indulge in that kind of a lustful behavior then that is a sin committed with our mind and with all our five senses and our five limbs. This is defined as a criminal act – an Asat Karam both on the part of our mind and our body. It is recorded as a sin in our account and becomes a basis for our future destiny.
Continued lustful behavior like this makes us a slave of the Doot of Kaam and forces us to repeat our lustful behavior on a daily basis resulting in a mental disorder leading to a chronic condition of our mind which makes us a habitual offender.
Let us consider the Doot of Krodh. Most of us suffer from this mental sickness. Just watch our daily deeds and see how many times in a day we become angry or lose our temper. Many times our behavior shows anger hence we are being attacked by this Doot of Krodh. Continued behavior with anger on a daily basis makes us a habitual offender and over a period of time we do become a slave of the Doot of Krodh. This again becomes a chronic mental sickness with the passage of time.
Lobh means greed and any deeds performed under the influence of greed are also called Asat Karams. When we watch our daily deeds and conduct a self evaluation we be able to figure out how many times during a day our behavior was controlled by this Doot of Lobh. Collection of money or worldly possessions beyond our needs is called Lobh. And how many of us don’t do so? This kind of behavior is a constant thing in our daily lives. We consistently and constantly keep on working to collect money and worldly things thinking that we need it in future, without really even knowing what will happen in future. Many us justify it by saying, “we are doing it for the children”. This collection of money and worldly possessions and property is carried out by fair or foul means and reflects a greedy behavior. A life spent in this struggle and constant manipulations will definitely make us a slave of this Doot of Maya and will lead to this chronic mental sickness which we call as Lobh.
The next more powerful Doot is Moh. This means attachment with relationships, money, worldly possessions and properties. Attachment is due to the fear of losing relationships, properties and possessions. If we closely look at our inside and ask this question “am I suffering with the fear of losing?” we find that yes we are constantly living in this fear of losing something or the other.
This fear of losing is called attachment or Moh. This constant fear of losing makes us mentally sick. This is another chronic condition and we become a slave of the Doot of Moh.
The next most important Doot is the Ahankaar. This means ego, which is also called Haumai in Gurbani. The Doots of Krodh and Ahankaar complement each other. Whenever ego gets hurt we become angry, or whenever we are angry our ego is being hurt. This ego physically means me, my and mine, which leads us to believe that we are just a physical body and not a soul. Our belief is that everything that happens to us, our family and around us is due to us. Therefore, whenever somebody goes against our thinking, doing or desires, our ego is hurt and we retaliate with anger.
If we watch our daily life closely we find that our ego gets hurt on a very frequent basis. This repeated hurt to our ego makes us even more and more egotistic and we indulge in other silly behavior to prove our view points. This consistent and continued egoistical behavior makes us a slave of the Doot of Ahankaar which leads to this chronic condition which makes us mentally sick of ego.
In this way all of the Panj Doots rule our mind and our physical senses on a constant and consistent basis. They make us really mentally sick as we are continuously working under their directions. Therefore, these Panj Doots become our Gurus.
If we also look at desires, we find that we are always surrounded by a never ending stream of desires and we constantly keep on working to meet our desires with fair or foul means. Basically, our mind is burning in the fire or desires, a continuous stream of desires. When one desire is fulfilled then we feel happy, but this happiness is short lived as more desires are born and when one is not fulfilled then we are disappointed. A continued stream of disappointments leads our mind into depression and this depression becomes a chronic disease for us. These Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya are called the “bikhi-aa saglee”, the poison that we drink every day and on a constant basis, and by doing so we are filled with this poison and absorbed in this poison. This poisonous behavior carves our future destiny accordingly.
When the soul leaves the body then it carries the weight of these poisonous deeds and we continue to carry this poison for an indefinite period of time, until we are blessed with the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva.
How do us achieve this Gurparsaad? This Gurparsaad is achieved by focusing on the third attribute of Maya and that is the Sato Attribute. When we do so then we start to neutralize the effect of Asat Karams and start collecting Sat Karams and when our Sat Karams reach a level where we out weigh the Asat Karams then a time comes when we are blessed with the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva.
The collection of Sat Karams is accelerated when we start watching our daily deeds and start to eliminate the Asat Karams performed under the Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya. Therefore, Sat Karams will lead our way to the Gurparsaad of Amrit. However, leaving ourself at the mercy of the Rajo and Tamo attributes will keep us drinking the dangerous poison of Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, Ahankaar and keep us burning in the fire of desires.
The Amrit will cure us from these chronic mental sicknesses. It will take all of the poison out and fill our mind and Hirda with infinite divine power. It will lead us to making our soul weightless and hence achieve Jivan Mukti. Wereas drinking the poison of Rajo and Sato attributes and living a life as a slave of the Panj Doots will keep us doing the same henaviour until the time we start focusing on the Sato attribute of Maya.
Therefore, leaving the slavery of Rajo and Sato attributes and focusing on Sat attributes will pave our way to the Gurparsaad and that is what we are being told to do in this divine Shabad.
The Gurparsaad of Naam is the real divine treasure, this divine treasure is so powerful that it will help us to defeat Maya and go beyond the three attributes of Maya and merge with Akal Purakh. The power of Naam is infinite divine power, it transforms us from inside out. It makes our Hirda a Sat Hirda and brings us Jivan Mukti. Therefore, we should be focusing on Naam Simran and collection of this eternal treasure, as Naam is the real divine treasure that will always and forever remain with us. This eternal treasure has infinite divine power.
Everything has emanated from the Naam and Naam is the basis and foundation of every creation. Naam Ki Kamai is the real divine Kamai that is why Naam Simran has been defined as the highest service of Akal Purakh for an ordinary person. Leaving Rajo and Tamo poisons and collecting Sato Amrit is the key to success. Collection of Amrit will make us amrit and we be able to go beyond Maya and become one with Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar Ji and that is why we have been blessed with this human life.
sant janaa mil karahu beechaar.
ayk simar naam aaDhaar.
avar upaav sabh meet bisaarahu.
charan kamal rid meh ur Dhaarahu.
karan kaaran so parabh samrath.
darirh kar gahhu naam har vath.
ih Dhan sanchahu hovhu bhagvant.
sant janaa kaa nirmal mant.
ayk aas raakho man maahi.
sarab rog naanak mit jaahi. ||1||
Dhan Dhan Satguru Sachey Patshah Ji Arjan Dev Ji is continuing to give us the Puran Braham Gyan regarding the Mahima of Naam Simran. Akal Purakh is infinite and so are His divine powers. In the same way His Naam has infinite divine powers, the ones who are blessed with this Gurparsaad and dedicate themselves to Naam Simran go back and merge in the infinite Akal Purakh.
There is so much divine power in Sat Naam Simran that when we keep on collecting this eternal treasure of the highest order, a time comes when we become “Bhagwant.” This means we become Sat Roop Sat Hirda and our Hirda and the entire body goes into Naam Simran – Ajapaa Jaap – Rom Rom Naam Simran. We get completely filled with a never ending stream of Amrit and our mind goes into complete silence.
When we are blessed with the Gurparsaad from a Sant and we dedicate ourself to Naam Simran then we go into deep meditation, which is called Smadhi and then into Sunn Smadhi. This transforms our mind into a completely thoughtless stage and it goes into complete silence. When our mind goes into complete silence then God appears within our own self. Complete peace is another name of God and at this stage God has no choice but to appear in us in all physical senses. This is when we feel and experience the presence of God everywhere.
The Sat Sangat of a Puran Sant will take us into Smadhi and Sunn Smadhi. Where a Puran Sant sits has been called the same as the Dargah of Akal Purakh and there is a constant Amrit shower available at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant. Where there is a Puran Sant sitting, the Mansarovar – Gursagar – Amrit Sarovar is right there and there is no effect of Maya under His Chattar. Therefore, the ones who completely surrender themselves at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant with Tunn Munn and Dhan and with trust, faith, devotion and love go into Smadhi instantaneously. Naam goes into the Surat and Hirda in a very short period of time.
Doing Naam Simran while sitting in the Sat Sangat of a Puran Sant our Simran is counted in the Dargah. So when we are sitting in the Sat Sangat of a Puran Sant then in addition to listening to His divine words, because those words are for us as well to follow, we should also concentrate on Naam Simran and realize the benefit of sitting in the Dargah.
The Naam is the basic foundation of every creation including us. We have also been born from Naam. The divine truth is that our soul is the divine power which has been separated from the Infinite due to our destiny carved by way of our own Karni in the past of this life as well as all previous lives.
Naam Simran will remove this distance between us as a soul and the infinite divine power and make we one with this divine infinite divine power. The highest service of Akal Purakh for an ordinary person is Naam Simran, therefore, ignore everything and dedicate ourself to Naam Simran.
Many people engage themselves in doing Nitnem in the early morning hours and have been doing so for a long time. Some have even been doing it for their whole life, but still feel that they have not reached anywhere spritually. The main reason for the very slow or very minimal spiritual progress is their belief that just by reading Gurbani on a daily basis, they will be able to advance spiritually. However, the divine truth is that just by reading Gurbani nothing much is going to happen. This is just a ritual and performing rituals do not have much meaning in the real divine sense. The only way we be able to advance spiritually is by doing what Gurbani is telling them to do. And the most important thing Gurbani tells us to do is to dedicate ourselves to Naam Simran.
Doing Gurbani in the real life is the key to our spiritual success and not just reading. Dedicating ourself to Naam Simran will saturate our Hirda with Charan Kamals – Sat Charans and will transform it to a Sat Hirda and that is what is important and that is what we need to do. Dedicating ourself to Naam Simran will bring us the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. This Gurparsaad will cure our mind and Hirda of all the mental sicknesses caused by the sustained influence of Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya and will help us to focus on the Sato attribute of Maya. This will spiritually uplift us and eventually take us beyond Maya and merge us into the Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh.
Gurparsaad is the one and only cure of all of our accumulated sins from all the previous lives and also the chronic mental sickness of Panj Doots and desires. Curing our mind and Hirda of these mental sicknesses is a mandatory divine law for us to achieve Jivan Mukti. The Gurparsaad is available under the Chattar of a Puran Sant. The Gurparsaad is available at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant. The words of a Puran Sant are Sat Bachans and the Gurparsaad. The fortunate ones who take these words into the Hirda and stay focused on these divine words achieve the spiritual goals.
Achieving the Gurparsaad and focusing on Naam Simran and Naam Ki Kamai is the divine gift. By focusing on this divine gift we can make our life sublime and achieve Jivan Mukti.
The Mahima of Naam Ki Kamai is that we become a Sat Hirda and when that happens, we too become the Mahima of Akal Purakh.
jis Dhan ka-o chaar kunt uth Dhaaveh.
so Dhan har sayvaa tay paavahi.
jis sukh ka-o nit baachheh meet.
so sukh saaDhoo sang pareet.
jis sobhaa ka-o karahi bhalee karnee.
saa sobhaa bhaj har kee sarnee.
anik upaavee rog na jaa-ay.
rog mitai har avkhaDh laa-ay.
sarab niDhaan meh har naam niDhaan.
jap naanak dargahi parvaan. ||2||
Dhan Dhan Pancham Patshah Ji has been so kind upon all of us. He has given us this piece of divine wisdom through which he is telling us the Mahima of Naam Dhan and the source of the Naam Dhan.
Naam Dhan is a priceless treasure. This eternal treasure has infinite powers. One of the divine benefits that is achieved by dedicating ourself to the Naam and collecting this priceless treasure is that we can find a place in the Dargah of Akal Purakh. This is a divine promise that is being made to us by the Guru. Every Shabad of Gurbani is a promise to us. If we do what the Shabad is telling us to do we are sure to achieve that status as this is the Guru’s word and there is no way that it will not come true to us.
The only thing that we need to do is dedicate ourself completely, surrender ourself completely to the Guru and follow His words with trust, devotion and love. An ordinary person is always running to make money, gain worldly possessions, accumulate wealth, build properties and that too by fair or foul means.
Even for such a person who is busy in collecting wealth, there is no worldly treasure bigger than Ridhis and Sidhis, which can be achieved by dedicating themself to the Naam. Ridhis and Sidhis is Maya and come to surrender to us when our Bandgi goes into Karam Khand. There are some people who do fall into the trap of using the Ridhis and Sidhis. They block any further progress in their Bandgi. However, for an ordinary person, who is busy collecting wealth, a good motivating factor is to at least dedicate themselves to Naam Simran just to achieve the Ridhis and Sidhis. In this way at least they will do Naam Simran and will not indulge in the unfair means of collecting wealth. And who knows, it may work out good for them in the long run.
Another benefit for them of dedicating themself to Naam is that their problems will start to disappear and things will start to fall in place for them. This motivates them further to focus more on Naam and in this way he will benefit both in accumulating Sat Karams as well. His life will become trouble free and problem free.
This is a divine truth that the ones who are looking for Chaar Padarath: Dharam, Moksh, Arth and Kaam should go to the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant. Dharam means Naam and Naam Ki Kamai, Naam Ki Seva. Moksh means Jivan Mukti. Arth means money or wealth and Kaam here doesn’t mean lust, it means the Kamna – the fulfilling of desires. But, please keep in mind that we already get enough money from God so that we can live comfortably and only those desires will be fulfilled which are fair and just. Therefore, it makes all the sense in the world to go to the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant and serve Him and try to please Him with our Seva. When He is pleased than we can be very easily blessed with Chaar Padarath. At the same time please don’t ask for anything when we go at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant, just do whatever He tells us to do as this is the only way that He can be pleased and His pleasure will change everything for us.
An ordinary person is always keep on looking for happiness, with an illusion that his worldly achievements will bring him happiness, and in this pursuit he keeps on working day and night to achieve recognition as well as happiness. These deeds may be doing good to others, helping others, or serving the society or the humanity in general. And by doing so every one of us keeps on finding happiness in our daily life in whatever we do. We constantly keep on trying to win praise among in the society, family and friends. All such deeds that we perform in our daily life for winning praise and recognition among the other people, are performed due to our ego. If we get recognition and praise then we feel good and happy but when that doesn’t happen that we get angry and disappointed. We get angry and disappointed because our ego is hurt. All this is done to satisfy the ego and how can satisfaction of ego bring happiness to us? The happiness we feel is short lived and after that again the same story begins. Therefore, if we are looking for an everlasting divine happiness and divine respect then there is only one way and that is dedicate ourself to the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant and pray for the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. When we completely surrender ourself at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant then there is no way that we not be blessed with the Gurparsaad. Our trust, faith, devotion and love will reward we this eternal divine peace and happiness.
The real divine happiness is in becoming a Sat Hirda, by winning over Maya and our own mind and going into Sehaj Smadhi, Atal Awastha, where we can never be disturbed by anything that may happen around us. This is called Sat Chit Anand. When we become Sat Hirda then we become Mahima of Akal Purakh then who is able to stop our Mahima from spreading in all directions?
In the previous pauri we have talked about the chronic mental sicknesses of Panj Doots and desires. There is no way to cure our mind and Hirda from these chronic mental sicknesses other than the Gurparsaad of Naam Dhan. We may try other means to control our Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Ahankaar, but we never be able to eliminate them from our mind and Hirda. In the same way, we may do many other things to eliminate our desires, but our mind will never go into full contentment.
There is only one way that we be able to win over the Panj Doots and eliminate our desires and that is by collection of the Gurparsaad of Naam Dhan, the most priceless infinite divine power, as only this infinite divine power can defeat Maya and there is nothing else that can beat Maya down.
Naam is the prescription for all our mental sicknesses. Gurbani is the prescription for all the distortions of our mind. Naam and Gurbani are the eternal prescription for curing our mind and Hirda from all the distractions, Panj Doots, desires and all of the bad qualities and habits. These have been making us suffer for ages throughout our past lives and this life. Only Naam and Gurbani can bring our mind the eternal peace and transform our Hirda into a Sat Hirda and bring us Jivan Mukti. So please focus on Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. This will bring the eternal, divine and never ending happiness.
man parboDhahu har kai naa-ay.
dah dis Dhaavat aavai thaa-ay.
taa ka-o bighan na laagai ko-ay.
jaa kai ridai basai har so-ay.
kal taatee thaaNdhaa har naa-o.
simar simar sadaa sukh paa-o.
bha-o binsai pooran ho-ay aas.
bhagat bhaa-ay aatam pargaas.
tit ghar jaa-ay basai abhinaasee.
kaho naanak kaatee jam faasee. ||3||
Please sit down for a few moments and notice how fast the mind runs. It moves from one thought to another within a fraction of a second. Our mind is constantly talking. It is continuously thinking. It is engaged in a never ending stream of thoughts. Probably the only time our mind goes into rest is when we are in deep sleep. But, when we are awake then we are continuously talking to our own self. This is a divine truth that our mind almost never goes into peace, our mind never goes into rest while we are awake.
Just as we need to rest our body after a long day’s work we also need to bring our mind to rest after a continuous days thinking. There is no worldly power that can bring our mind to complete rest. But there is one divine power that can bring our mind to rest and that is the infinite divine power that is present in Naam Simran.
Har Simran Meh Aap Nirankaraa.
This is a divine promise that the Guru makes with us, that when we focus on Naam Simran then the infinite divine power of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar will take over our mind and will bring it to eternal peace.
When we concentrate on Naam Simran then due to the infinite divine power of the Naam, then all the talking of the mind and the thoughts that our mind is otherwise busy in, will be replaced by Naam. And in this way we are thinking and talking only Naam in our mind.
Elimination of all other absurd thinking and thoughts will be replaced by Naam. Even when we are not focused on Naam, our mind slowly will go to focus only on Sat Karams. The thoughts will be purified and will be focused only on Sat Ki Karni. In the same way, when we focus on Naam Simran every day in the morning and evening sessions, then we start to enjoy it more and more. Our mind starts experiencing more and more stability and peace and our thoughts become purified. Naam Simran along with listening to Gurbani starts to bring the Gurbani inside us. This means that we start to understand Gurbani from within and we become motivated to do what we now truly understand. Our thirst for meeting God becomes deeper and we become motivated to focus more and more on Naam Simran.
While staying engaged in this process and collecting the Sat Karams, we make ourself eligible for the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. Our destiny then takes us to a source of this Gurparsaad, which will be a Puran Sant a Puran Brahmgiani and we become blessed with the Gurparsaad.
Then as we continue to focus on Naam Simran under the Chattar of a Puran Sant our Bandgi goes onto the fast track and we are blessed with the Karam Khand and we go into Smadhi and Sunn Smadhi and our Bandgi will start to collect Naam Dhan in the Dargah of Akal Purakh Ji.
Complete surrender at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant will do wonders in our spiritual life and we keep on going higher and higher every day. We have wonderful spiritual experiences, such as Guru Darshans, seeing Parkash, seeing Jyots, out of body experiences, listening to Kirtan, listening to Panch Shabad Anhad Naad music, Darshans of Brahmgiani Mahapurakhs, and so on.
Different people have different kinds of spiritual experiences. This will take us to Ajapaa Jaap Naam Simran and Rom Rom Naam Simran. All our Bajjar Kappaats will be opened, all our Sat Sarovars will be enlightened and activated, our Dassam Duaar will be opened and our body will be filled with Amrit. We physically hear Naam going on in our body and Amrit flowing all over our body. With these divine things happening to us, we be blessed with the divine wisdom as well and we start to take a glimpse of the depth of Gurbani. We start to have all those experiences that are written in Gurbani. Gurbani comes true for us and we become what Gurbani wants us to become.
The current age we are living in is called the Kal Yug. This means the age of darkness. The darkness which is influenced by the Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya and desires. Kal Yug is being ruled by the Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya. Everyone is burning in this fire of Kal Yug which is Panj Doots and the fire of desires. The Gurparsaad of Naam Amrit will extinguish this fire of Kal Yug for us and our mind and Hirda will be saved from burning in this fire of Kal Yug. By defeating Maya and going beyond Maya, we become fearless. In this way we become detached internally from all the worldly relationships, worldly possessions, properties and wealth that we have collected. We are blessed with the Gurparsaad of the divine wisdom which take us out of attachments and leads us beyond Maya to become one with the Almighty.
Fearlessness is a very important and a mandatory divine quality. It is a divine power that leads our way to the everlasting eternal happiness. This divine quality makes us eligible for delivering the truth to the masses. Without being fearless we are not able to serve and deliver the truth to others. But by becoming fearless our desire to achieve Sada Sukh – eternal happiness forever, is be achieved. This puts our mind to rest and silence. Our Puran Bandgi brings Param Jyot Puran Parkash into our Hirda and we are blessed with Jivan Mukti. We are relieved from reincarnating in the cycle of birth and death, because our Hirda is transformed into a Sat Hirda. God appears in our Hirda and soul and all our physical senses and Panj Indrees will come under Puran Hukam.
tat beechaar kahai jan saachaa.
janam marai so kaacho kaachaa.
aavaa gavan mitai parabh sayv.
aap ti-aag saran gurdayv.
i-o ratan janam kaa ho-ay uDhaar.
har har simar paraan aaDhaar.
anik upaav na chhootanhaaray.
simrit saasat bayd beechaaray.
har kee bhagat karahu man laa-ay.
man banchhat naanak fal paa-ay. ||4||
This is a divine truth that when we move on the Bhagti Marg and progress towards our Puran Bandgi then a stage comes in our Bandgi when we are blessed with Puran Tatt Gyan. This is also called Puran Braham Gyan. Whenever we refer to the divine wisdom in these Gurparsaadee writings we mean Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan. This is also called Atam Rus Amrit, which is called the highest level of the Amrit. The Atam Rus Amrit is available only to Puran Sant, Puran Brahmgiani, Puran Khalsa or a Satgur. In the is pauri Satguru Ji has called such a soul “Jan Saachaa”.
With the achievement of the Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan our Bandgi is accepted as Puran in the Dargah and we be blessed with the Gurparsaad to deliver the truth to the masses. We become authorized by our Guru or Akal Purakh to go out and serve the masses with this Gurparsaad. Only then are we able to deliver this divine wisdom – Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan to the Sangat.
Anybody who is below this level of Bandgi is not authorized to deliver the Gurparsaad to the Sangat. Also until we reach this level in our Bandgi we are not authorized to preach to the Sangat as we don’t yet have the Gurparsaad, because only the Gurparsaad can help the Sangat. So below Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan we are not a “Jan Sachaa” but we are a “Kaacho Kaachaa” and as long as we are a “Kaacho Kaachaa”, means as long as our Bandgi is not blessed as Puran by the Dargah, we are counted as fake or incomplete in the Dargah and not authorized to deliver the Gurparsaad to the Sangat so we will remain reincarnating in the cycle of death and birth.
Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan brings Jivan Mukti – Salvation. We attain it by giving up everything at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant. Then we pave our way to Jivan Mukti as we are rewarded with the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva. This Gurparsaad paves our way to salvation. When our Bandgi reaches the Puran Tatt Gyan or Puran Braham Gyan stage, it takes us out of the cycle of death and birth.
This human life is the most precious gift that we have been awarded with. It is not wrong to say that this human life is a priceless gift given to us. Only in a human life can we be blessed with the divine power to reach this level of spirituality which Satguru Ji has called Puran Tatt Gyan.
Basically, we consider this human life itself a Gurparsaad as well. So losing this human life without making any spiritual advancement will be like committing spiritual suicide. Gurbani does call the one who has not engaged in Naam Simran as self suicidal – Atam Ghati.
Praan is the soul and the basis or the foundation of this soul is God Himself. By forgetting about our own foundation and indulging in those acts which are all false, doesn’t make any sense. Our own foundation is the eternal divine truth and that is Naam. By ignoring our own foundation and letting become weak eventually causes it to collapse and leaves us nowhere. That is why it is suicidal to ignore Naam which is our own foundation.
We should be working to make our own foundation stronger, and the divine truth is that we can make it infinitely strong as the divine power of Naam is infinite. We are very fortunate that being born as a human being we have also been blessed the divine power to focus on Naam and make our own foundation infinitely strong. This will make us remain in existence forever, then we never die, we remain in the Dargah forever.
Everything else we do in our life will not help us to make our foundation stronger and will go to waste, or will carve our future destiny accordingly. So why stay focused on waste? Why not focus on collecting the real divine treasure of Naam. Doing Naam Ki Kamai will for sure fulfill all of our needs and all of our problems will disappear. All of our mental sicknesses will be cured. Our mind will go into peace and we are able to realize all the benefits presented in the First Ashtpadi of Sukhmani Bani.
Another very important point to understand is that the divine wisdom – Puran Tatt Gyan doesn’t come by reading many religious books. Puran Tatt Gyan is also not achieved by reading Gurbani on a daily basis. Puran Tatt Gyan is also not achieved by any other means such as doing Yoga and other religious rituals. Puran Tatt Gyan comes from within when our Bandgi or Simran reaches that level after all our Bajjar Kappaats are opened, Dasam Duaar is opened, Sat Sarovars are enlightened with Naam, Kundalini is awakened, and our Hirda is blessed with Puran Jyot Parkash and our Bandgi is accepted in the Dargah. Therefore, for reaching this level of spirituality we have to focus on the eternal treasure of Naam, the Gurparsaad.
sang na chaalas tayrai Dhanaa.
tooN ki-aa laptaavahi moorakh manaa.
sut meet kutamb ar banitaa.
in tay kahhu tum kavan sanaathaa.
raaj rang maa-i-aa bisthaar.
in tay kahhu kavan chhutkaar.
as hastee rath asvaaree.
jhoothaa damf jhooth paasaaree.
jin dee-ay tis bujhai na bigaanaa.
naam bisaar naanak pachhutaanaa. ||5||
The ones who are united with the Naam are very fortunate, but the ones who are not united with the Naam are very unfortunate. Naam brings infinite fortune for us whereas without Naam we just be left without this infinite fortune, which means nothing but repenting after wards.
Many people are living in this illusion that old age is for Naam Japnaa and that now while being young, they should work and focus on the collection of wealth and properties. Their entire effort is directed towards gathering materialistic things and bringing up their families and meeting their needs. This kind of an attitude or thinking is totally wrong. While being busy in living this kind of a lifestyle we are basically working under the influence of Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya and collection of wealth and properties etc is nothing but drinking the poison of Maya on a continuous basis. It makes us mentally sick with chronic diseases of the Panj Doots: Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, Ahankaar and desires.
By the time we reach old age we are badly drenched in the scum of Maya and as a result along with these mental sicknesses, physical health also becomes so bad that we get only focused on regaining our health. Look around and notice how many people who are now senior citizens but don’t take blood pressure medications? Or don’t take medication for high sugar levels? And so many other physical diseases? Therefore, under bad physical health there is hardly any opportunity left to work on spiritual health. Therefore, there is no age for Naam Japna. The sooner we dedicate ourself to Naam Japnaa the better it is for us.
When we are a little kid we are not so much into Maya. It is a divine truth that a new born baby is united with God, but as the baby grows in an environment operating under the influence of Panj Doots and desires, the baby is effected badly and loses all its spirituality. But, still at young age we are not as much effected by Maya as we are when we grow older and get more and more into Maya. Therefore, the sooner we dedicate ourself to the Naam Japnaa the better and easier for us to do so.
Our earlier in life dedication to Naam Japna will help us to stay away from being influenced by the Rajo and Tamo attributes, the negative powers of Maya and we are able to progress in our spirituality faster than if we postpone it to be done in old age. In this way we are blessed earlier on in our life with this divine wisdom that nothing else except the eternal treasure of Naam will go with us when death comes.
We also become blessed with this divine wisdom that all the collection of wealth and properties is not going to be by our side when death comes. Worldly wealth and properties are nothing more than a commodity that has been given to us to live our life comfortably and move on with our spiritual progress towards the union with God.
All of our relationships, our family and friends are just in the Karam Kand and are not real. We are together just to pay our dues according to our destiny and we are unable to go with each other when death comes. Nothing, whatsoever it may be, will go with us when death comes. That is why it is all false.
Our collection of wealth and properties is all false as it doesn’t prevail. The only thing that prevails is the eternal truth and that is Naam Dhan. Only Naam Dhan will prevail and will go with us. Only Naam Dhan is the eternal treasure that will transform our Hirda into a Sat Hirda and bless us with a never ending happiness and Jivan Mukti.
Worldly positions, worldly kingdom and everything that comes with these worldly positions, including power to rule, facilities and perks that come with these worldly positions, are all false as they do not prevail when death comes. All this is nothing but a net of Maya, or web of Maya and we become like a spider who will never be able to leave this web of Maya and dedicate to Naam Japnaa. While being stuck in this web of Maya we have totally forgotten that One who has given us all these positions, kingdom, and associated comforts, wealth and properties, relationships and above all this human life. This means that we have totally forgotten about the infinite divine power that is behind all this and the power that has given we this human life to serve and deliver the truth and not to serve Maya. This false, foolish and purposeful ignorance on our part will lead us eventually to repent that we have wasted our life by being stuck in this web of Maya. Therefore, in order to avoid this later repenting we should wake up and dedicate ourself to Naam Japnaa now without delaying anymore. This is the real divine treasure that will pave our way to unite with God.
gur kee mat tooN layhi i-aanay.
bhagat binaa baho doobay si-aanay.
har kee bhagat karahu man meet.
nirmal ho-ay tumHaaro cheet.
charan kamal raakho man maahi.
janam janam kay kilbikh jaahi.
aap japahu avraa naam japaavhu.
sunat kahat rahat gat paavhu.
saar bhoot sat har ko naa-o.
sahj subhaa-ay naanak gun gaa-o. ||6||
Satguru Sachey Patshah Ji Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj is very kind on all of us that he is telling us the Mahima of Gurmat, Mahima of Sat Naam, Mahima of Rehat – internal compliance, the way we should be living our life and how we can benefit from this divine wisdom.
Gur Ki Mat is the key to our spiritual success, which is also called Gurmat. Gurmat is Gurbani. Gurmat is the word of the Satguru. Gurmat is the word of Akal Purakh. Gurmat is the word of a Puran Sant. Gurmat is the word of a Puran Brahmgiani. The ones who reach that level in spirituality and achieve the Param Padvi and are called a Satgur, Puran Sant, Puran Brahmgiani or a Puran Khalsa. Then all the senses and Karam Indrees come under the Puran Hukam of Akal Purakh and we go into a continuous Smadhi, which is also called Sehaj Smadhi. Then while in Sehaj Smadhi whatever they utter or say is in Puran Hukam and is called the world of God and that is Gurmat in addition to the Gurbani. Whatever they say is nothing different from what Gurbani says because whatever they say is the Puran Braham Gyan – divine wisdom. That is why their words are called Sat Bachan and they come true to us when applied to our daily life. So ignoring the words should not be an option for us. Following the word will be a divine blessing.
Similarly following Gurbani or doing what Gurbani says is doing Gurmat in our real life will be a divine blessing. Those who have done it have realized and transformed the Hirda to a Sat Hirda, and the ones who have not done it should give it a try and see what happens to the spiritual life. Rather than just reading Gurbani put it into practice on a daily basis and then see the difference.
Many people complain that we have been doing Nitnem for a long time, some of us probably reading Gurbani for our lifetime but without any or very little spiritual progress. The main and only reason for not making any spiritual progress is not practicing Gurbani is our daily life. We strongly appeal to those people to focus on doing Gurbani and see the difference with the own physical senses. We make a divine promise that if we do Gurbani then there is no force that can stop us from becoming Gurbani. This means nothing can stop us from becoming what Gurbani says, namely that we are sure to transform our Hirda into a Sat Hirda and become the Mahima of Gurbani.
True Devotion, Sachee Shardhaa, is a very important and mandatory requirement in Bandgi process. Our dedication and surrender is not complete without this divine quality of devotion. Devotion brings us the Gurparsaad. Devotion brings us the Gurparsaad of Bandgi and Seva. Actually devotion is Bandgi, devotion is dedication, devotion is surrender, without devotion there is no spiritual progress. It should come from inside of our Hirda, the thirst for seeking the eternal truth, the thirst for discovering the eternal truth – Sat. Devotion is the foundation of the Bandgi. Without devotion Bandgi is not possible. Devotion is a divine gift so please keep on praying for this divine gift until our Hirda gets filled with this divine quality, this divine power.
Make friends with the mind. By making friends with the mind we make it stop doing all the negative thinking and we are able to focus on devotion and Bandgi. As long as our mind is involved in negative thinking it is not doing us any good. When our mind becomes our friend then it will start listening to us as a soul and we become able to focus more and more on Bandgi. As long as our mind is indulging in negative thinking and wrong doings it is our enemy as its actions are hurting us. As we don’t want our mind to be our enemy, friendship with our mind is a good deal, it will benefit us tremendously.
When our mind goes into devotion and Bandgi then it is basically replaced by Naam and divine Jyot and so it is purified completely. The same purification process works for all our senses and and Hirda. Slowly the entire body is corrected by Amrit and becomes a Kanchan Dehi.
The real divine compliance is the internal compliance – Anderlee Rahat. This compliance is the compliance of complete transformation of our Hirda to a Sat Hirda – Puran Sachyari Rahat. This internal compliance is winning over Maya and going beyond Maya. The internal compliance is the achievement of Atam Rus Amrit. Listening to Gurmat, living the Gurmat and earning the internal compliance as above explained will bring we Jivan Mukti.
SAT is the Naam of Akal Purakh and this Naam is the basis of every creation. Everything has emanated from Sat Naam and by doing Sat Naam we become Sat and go into a Sehaj Awastha – a continuous Smadhi. Those who go into this Sehaj Awastha are forever absorbed in the Mahima of Akal Purakh and are one with Him and become the Mahima of Akal Purakh themselves. They are themselves absorbed in Naam and keep on working to unite others to the Naam. Sat Naam Amrit washes all the sins of all previous lives, and takes all the mental sicknesses, pains and sorrows away and brings we Jivan Mukti.
gun gaavat tayree utras mail.
binas jaa-ay ha-umai bikh fail.
hohi achint basai sukh naal.
saas garaas har naam samaal.
chhaad si-aanap saglee manaa.
saaDhsang paavahi sach Dhanaa.
har poonjee sanch karahu bi-uhaar.
eehaa sukh dargeh jaikaar.
sarab nirantar ayko daykh.
kaho naanak jaa kai mastak laykh. ||7||
Haumai, which is our ego, has been called a deep mental sickness. Haumai has been described as the poison which kills us spiritually. Haumai is responsible for our repeated reincarnation. Out of the Panj Doots Haumai is the most dangerous one. The Panj Doots live inside our body. Doot of Kaam lives in the lower portion of our body in the organs area. The Doot of Krodh lives in our stomach are. The Doots of Lobh and Moh live in our chest area. The Doot of Ahankaar or Haumai, which is the most dangerous lives in our head area.
The Doot of Haumai makes us believe that we are just a body and have nothing to do with anything else. It makes us totally ignorant of the divine truth that we are a soul and not the body and that the body exists only because of the soul, which is the infinite divine power.
Haumai makes us believe that we do everything ourself and there is no Karta Purakh. Basically, Haumai is responsible for our separation from the Almighty. Haumai is responsible for keeping us reincarnating through the cycle of death and birth.
The most important divine power and divine quality that will kill our Haumai is humility and humbleness and our trust that everything that happens or is done is in Hukam or according to the will of God. Our trust that there is only one Doer. That everything is done by the infinite divine power. That this infinite divine power is the Creator and operator of every creation.
Our Hirda will be filled with humbleness and humility by :-
· doing Dandaut to the Guru and the Sangat,
· by dusting the shoes of Sangat and applying this dust to our forehead,
· by considering ourself as the lowest of the lowest,
· by calling ourself Neechan Key Atneech,
· by calling ourself a Loonharami,
· by considering everything above us.
Becoming Sagal Ki Reena, means becoming the Charan Dhool of the entire creation. It is the key to fill our Hirda with this divine power of humility and humbleness. Focusing on the Mahima of Akal Purakh will kill our Haumai. The highest level of Mahima of Akal Purakh is in doing His Naam Simran. Therefore, please dedicate to this highest service of Akal Purakh and focus all our energies in Naam Simran. This paves our way to kill our Haumai and fill our Hirda with the divine power of humility and humbleness and makes us Sagal Ki Reena – Charan Dhool of the entire creation.
Include this in our daily Ardaas to the God:
“Please make me Sagal Ki Reena. Please make me the Charan Dhool of the entire creation. Please make me the slave of the entire creation. Please make me the slave of Bishta Kaa Kira.”
This prayer will clean our Hirda and head and will fill them with humility and humbleness and we are saved from drinking this poison of Haumai on a daily basis.
One of the basic reasons for our Haumai is our own wisdom and the worldly wisdom that we follow in our day today performances. As long as we continue to do so we not be able to kill our Haumai. The remedy to this is to leave aside our own and worldly wisdom and follow the Gurmat. Gurmat is nothing but Gurbani. It is the Mahima of Akal Purakh. It is the Mahima of Akal Purakh’s Naam. It is the Mahima of Satguru, Sant, Bhagat, Khalsa and Brahmgiani. It is Puran Braham Gyan and by following Gurbani we ourself will become the Mahima of Akal Purakh.
The most precious divine gift we have been blessed with the wealth of our breath. We should not be wasting this divine wealth by spending it in Asat Karams. We should be using this wealth of breaths for collecting the priceless eternal treasure of Naam Dhan. We should not be spending this divine wealth of our breaths in buying poison of Maya: Rajo and Tamo Birti. We should only be spending this wealth in collecting the more divine wealth, it is infact not spending the divine wealth by focusing on Naam Dhan, it is truly multiplying our divine wealth by focusing on the eternal treasure of Naam Dhan. Therefore, collection of Naam Dhan is the best deal we can have and should be only trading our breaths with Naam Dhan.
Every time we inhale and exhale, every moment should be spent in collecting the divine wealth of Naam Dhan. Most people take a literal meaning of the Saas Giraas Simran as repeating Naam while inhaling and exhaling our breath, but that is not the divine truth. There is no way that we be able to repeat with every inhale and exhale. Therefore, the true divine meaning of Saas Giraas Simran is that none of our breath should go without Simran, and that is only possible when we go into Ajapaa Jaap – auto pilot. When our Simran goes into that stage when the Naam Goes into our Surat Hirda and Rom Rom then the infinite divine power takes over and we are blessed with a nonstop continuous Simran in our Rom Rom. Therefore, to reach that stage of Naam Simran, which is Gurparsaad, we are taken by our own destiny at the Sat Charans of a Puran Sant. When we completely surrender at His Sat Charans with Tunn, Munn and Dhan with trust, devotion and love then we are blessed with the Gurparsaad and this Gurparsaad will take us into Ajapaa Jaap.
Our destiny is the deciding factor of our fortune and we are responsible for carving our own destiny and building our own future depending upon our Karni. Sat Ki Karni will take us to Gurparsaad and Asat Ki Karni will leave we for drinking the poison of Maya’s Rajo and Tamo attributes. Sat Ki Karni will bring us back to life and ASAT KI Karni will take us deep into the scum of Maya – Rajo and Tamo attributes.
Collection of Naam Dhan will take us to the Dargah and will provide us with a permanent place in the Dargah and we are awarded with all the eternal treasures as well as never ending eternal happiness. This way with the Gurparsaad we reach that level of Bandgi where we be able realize the infinite divine power behind the entire creation. We become able to see and feel physically how every creation is being run by the infinite divine power – Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar Ji. Therefore, dealing in Naam Dhan and collection of Naam Dhan is the most rewarding business we can do.
ayko jap ayko saalaahi.
ayk simar ayko man aahi.
aykas kay gun gaa-o anant.
man tan jaap ayk bhagvant.
ayko ayk ayk har aap.
pooran poor rahi-o parabh bi-aap.
anik bisthaar ayk tay bha-ay.
ayk araaDh paraachhat ga-ay.
man tan antar ayk parabh raataa.
gur parsaad naanak ik jaataa. ||8||19||
Dhan Dhan Satgur Sachey Patshah Ji Shri Arjan Dev Ji is very kindly continuing to give us the divine wisdom – Puran Braham Gyan about the Mahima of Naam Japnaa and the Gurparsaad. Dhan Dhan Satgur Sachey Patshah Ji Shri Nanak Dev Patshah Ji has been so kind on us that the very first thing He said and described is the Mahima of Naam and the Gurparsaad. Please look at the Mool Mantra, the very first Shalok the Gurbani starts with is called the Mool Mantra. The one who understands the Mool Mantra will understand the entire Gurbani. Mool Mantra gives an excellent and complete definition of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar Ji. Therefore, there is no Mantra bigger or better or complete in itself than the Mool Mantra.
Mool means the basic foundation, the infinite divine power, that is the basic foundation of the entire creation, from where the entire creation has sprouted. Mantra means the one which will ferry us across to the Dargah. Mantra means Jo Munn Noo Tar Denda Hai and takes us to the Dargah of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Pita Parmesar Ji.
In the Mool Mantra it is defined that “Ik Oankar” is Sat and this Sat is the Naam, and this infinite divine power is the Karta Purakh, Nirbhao, Nirvair, Akal Murat, Ajunie, Saibhun and is a Gurparsaad. Gurparsaad is the infinite divine power and this infinite divine power is Sat, has been in existence since the beginning (beginning and end are unknown, only present is known and present means this moment), is prevailing now and will prevail in all ages to come.
The Naam as Sat Naam is therefore, defined in the Mool Mantra and there is no Mantra bigger or better or complete than Sat Naam. Therefore, the Gurparsaad of Naam, Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva is the only way to our spiritual success.
This Gurparsaad is the infinite divine power and will do wonders to our spiritual progress. This infinite divine power of Sat Naam will pave our way to the Dargah and we be able to achieve complete realization of Akal Purakh.
Jaap in Munn and Tunn is the Ajapaa Jaap and is achieved only and only by Gurparsaad. Jaap in Munn is the first stage of Ajapaa Jaap and is much more powerful than Jaap with Rasna. The Jaap in Tunn means the Rom Rom Naam Simran, every bit of our body vibrates with Naam, we physically feel these divine vibrations, these vibrations are easily felt in our hands, finger tips and other more sensitive areas of the body. These vibrations of the Naam in our body are experienced and felt when the Naam goes into our Hirda, our Kundalini is awakend and all our Sat Sarovars are activated and illuminated with Naam.
Kundalini Shakti works throughout our body and conducts the correction of our body. This divine Shakti removes all the pockets filled with negative energy and fills them with the divine energy, the cosmic power, the Amrit. This Shakti purifies our mind, Hirda, soul and body completely and makes it fit for the infinite divine power to stay in there forever. All the eternal treasures, Amrit and the Puran Braham Gyan is hidden inside our soul only, and with the correction and purification of mind, soul and body these divine treasures are uncovered and surface physically through our body.
The infinite divine power is realized by we within our own body and the Puran Braham Gyan and Param Jyot Puran Parkash appears from within our own soul. All these eternal treasures are hidden inside our soul only and the soul has the infinite divine power, the Gurparsaad just ignites the Jyot inside us and makes us realize all these eternal treasures which were already present within our ownself.
The correction process of our mind body and soul is the Bandgi process, and this Bandgi process is the Gurparsaad, and takes us through this correction process, correction of our mind, Hirda, soul and body. During this Bandgi process we focus on the Gurparsaad and dedicate ourself to Naam Simran, Naam Ki Kamai and Seva.
Naam is the infinite divine power and when we focus on Naam Simran then this correction process commences and works through our entire system – mind, Hirda, soul and body. This correction process is responsible for deleting all our sins from all the previous lives. This correction and purification process cures our mind, Hirda, soul and body of the Panj Doots and desires and this poison is replaced by the Amrit.
With the complete realization of the infinite divine power we are blessed with the Puran Braham Gyan and the spring of divine wisdom explodes from within our own self. We physically see and experience how this infinite divine power is creating and operating the entire creation. Therefore, please focus all our efforts at Naam Simran, Mahima of Naam, Mahima of Akal Purakh, Mahima of Sants, Bhagats, Satgurus, Brahmgianis, Jans, Gurmukhs and Gursikhs. This will pave our way to Gurparsaad and we be able to become the Mahima of Akal Purakh ourself and we be able to achieve our objective of this human life and our life will not be wasted drinking the poison of Panj Doots and desires.
God bless all with the Gurparsaad.