Living in the hukam is the secret to a peaceful and harmonious life.
HUKAM means the COMMAND of GOD which is manifested in the Universe as the Laws of Nature. These Laws are operating on everything that exists in the whole Universe.
Guruji says all of Creation is subjected to these Laws. No one is above these Laws.
ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥
Hukamai Andar Sabh Ko Baahar Hukam Na Koe. – SGGS, Pg 1
Every atom in the Universe has been programmed to follow these Laws. Therefore the whole of Creation is following these Laws and there is harmony in the Universe.
The planets, the solar systems, the galaxies are all moving in their orbits. The plants and animals are also following their individual programmes. If in their programming is written grass as their food, they eat only that. They follow exactly as they have been programmed. The plants also follow their programming, giving flowers and fruits according to the seasons.
Human beings have also been programmed to follow this Hukam but with one major difference. They have been bestowed with a thinking mind that gives them the option of either going with the programming designed for them OR rejecting it and following their own path.
Guruji reminds us to use this option wisely:
ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥
Hukam Rajaaee Chalanaa Nanak Likhia Naal – SGGS, Pg 1
Use your thinking mind and try to understand the Hukam which has been written inside you by the Creator. Once you have understood it, you will get the realisation that WISDOM is in following this Hukam. If you choose to reject it, then you will have to face the consequences.
ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਿਲਣੈ ਕੀ ਏਹ ਨੀਸਾਣੀ ॥
Prabh milanai kee eaeh Neessani.
ਮਨਿ ਇਕੋ ਸਚਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਣੀ ॥
Man eiko Sachaa Hukam Pashhaanee – SGGS, Pg 106
“A person who recognises the Command of the True Lord in his mind and follows it in his life is ready for the union with GOD.”
Following the Hukam brings peace and harmony into our lives. Rejecting it gives rise to strife and anxiety.
Example: First Universal Law is the Law of Oneness.
This Law states that the source of the whole Universe is ONE.
A person who accepts this Law, accepts all human beings as equal because they have the same light in them. He will only radiate LOVE to everyone. Hatred for the other will not arise in him.
Most of humanity has rejected this Law as we all identify ourselves with our race, religion, status, nationality etc. As a result most of our actions are to promote these differences. Highlighting our differences create strife and anxiety.
Highlighting our similarities create LOVE and UNDERSTANDING.
Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh is a Malaysia-based Gurbani enthusiast. This is an edited version of her regular articles shared within a circle of fellow Sikhi seekers. This articles will appear on Mondays and Thursdays.
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