ਇਕਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਇਕੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਇਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥
Eikaa baanee eik gur eiko shabad vichaar
There is one Banee, one Guru and only one SHABAD to Vichaar. (Pg 646, SGGS)
Guru Nanakji’s complete philosophy is found in every one of his shabads in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
Each shabad has a central idea and if it is put into practice, a person is able to complete his spiritual journey in one life time.
Each shabad is like a finger pointing towards God. All the shabads are like thousands of fingers pointing in the same direction. The aim of all the SHABADS is the same, and that is to guide us to see the unseeable and to merge with it.
ਯਾ ਜੁਗ ਮਹਿ ਏਕਹਿ ਕਉ ਆਇਆ ॥
Yaa jug mehi eaekehi ko aaeiaa
My only purpose of coming to this world is to find my way back to the Creator. (Pg 251, SGGS):
I am just like a drop of water that gets separated from the ocean and then has to take a long cycle back to reach to the source. Heat from the sun converts that drop of water into vapour in the sky which then condenses and falls back on the Earth as rain. It then follows the little stream into the river and after a long time finally reaches the ocean. It has no rest until it reaches back to the ocean.
Sometimes it gets stranded in the little puddle of water beside the river and loses its chance to reach the ocean. In that case it has to go through the process of evaporation and condensation again before it gets to the ocean.
Just like that drop of water that gets stranded in the small puddle of water and never ends up reaching the ocean for a long time, I also have got side-tracked from my goal many times in my journey back to merge with the Creator.
Guruji says on (Pg 251, SGGS):
ਆਵਨ ਆਏ ਸ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਮਹਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ ਪਸੁ ਢੋਰ ॥
Aavan aaeae srisatt mehi bin bhoojae pas dtor.
Srisatt refers to the material world. Bhoojae means to be able to figure out/solve the mystery. Pas dtor refers to animals.
In the line above Guruji says: If I have come to this world but am still ignorant as to the true purpose of my life, then my level of existence is still at the level of an animal although I may look like a human being. There was is no difference between me and the animals.
Animals are born, they eat, grow, reproduce and die. I am also doing the same thing. The animals were meant to live like that but I was created different. I was bestowed with a thinking mind. I was meant to use the mind to find my way back to the Creator. If I have not made any efforts in that direction then in the eyes of the Guru, I am no different from the animals because I have wasted my precious human life which was given to me as a blessing from GOD I have wasted it in useless pursuits.
I am like that drop of water that failed to reach the ocean. I will have to go back empty handed. I have forgotten my roots, the source from which I came.
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. The articles appear on Mondays and Thursdays.
* This is the opinion of the writer, organisation or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Asia Samachar.
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