Day 14: Bondage of maaiaa

As long as we remain in these lower state of mind, we are under the control of a very powerful negative force called MAAIAA....As a result of this grip we are deceived into thinking that the only reality is what we can see with our eyes  and feel with our senses. - SURINDER KAUR SOHAN SINGH

0
149

By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

 

ਮੈ ਤਾਂ ਨਾਮੁ ਤੇਰਾ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥

ਤੂੰ ਦਾਤਾ ਕਰਣਹਾਰੁ ਕਰਤਾਰੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

Mai thaan naam thaera aadhhar

Thoon dhaathaa karanehaar karathaar  (Pg 354, SGGS)

Guruji says, O God, You are my only system of support (Aadhhaar) because:

  • You are the giver of everything that I have ever received (Dhaataar).
  • You are the doer of everything that is happening in my life (Karanehaar).
  • You are the Creator of everything that exists in this Universe (Karathaar).

Guruji says this with great conviction as He is able to see the invisible hand that is doing everything. Guruji calls this invisible force NAAM.

If this question is put to us: Who is your system of support? What will our answer be?

Many of us will most likely say: Parents, siblings, wife, husband, relatives, friends, etc. A few among us might mention GOD but not with the same conviction as Guruji.

Why is that so? The reason for this is our state of mind. Most of us are at a lower state of mind. At the lower state of mind we are not even convinced that God really exists.

As long as we remain in these lower state of mind, we are under the control of a very powerful negative force called MAAIAA. At the lower level, maaiaa (also spelt as maya) has a tight grip on our minds. As a result of this grip we are deceived into thinking that the only reality is what we can see with our eyes  and feel with our senses. Beyond that nothing exists. As God cannot be seen, therefore many of us are convinced that He does not exist.

As long as the mind remains in this lower state, it manifest the following characteristics:

– It is very attached to its physical body because it believes that its existence depends only on the physical form. It tries its best to preserve its physical form. This state of existence of the mind is called body-conscious state of existence. This is a lower level of existence.

The characteristics of the mind in this state is as follows: A person will be very egoistic, selfish, arrogant, greedy, lustful etc.

This state of mind remains until a person gets the realisation through the messages of the Gurus that he is much more than what he can see. There is something inside him that survives his body. He is an eternal being. There is a life force energy inside him. He then begins his journey inwards with the guidance of the Guru. As he moves inwards, a transformation begins in his mind and he starts losing his selfish nature. It starts manifesting the attributes of the life force energy inside him.

The characteristics of this life force energy are as follows: Peaceful, Blissful, Joyful, Calm, Benevolent, Kind, Compassionate and brimming with Unconditional Love.

This is a higher level of existence and it is called soul- conscious state of existence. (Soul is a word commonly used in English to refers to the atma / life force energy / Consciousness)

The 3 states of minds  that exists at the lower level and are under the influence of MAAIAA are called: Tamo gun, Rajo gun, and Sato gun.

When a person is able to rise above these 3 levels and reach to the 4th level he is released from the bondage of MAAIAA.

(To be continued).

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.

 

RELATED STORY:

Day 13: Banee, Guru and shabad vichaar (Asia Samachar, 6 Sept 2018)

Day 12: Sweetness and humility (Asia Samachar, 3 Sept 2018)

Day 11: What does meditation/simran really mean in Sikhi? (Asia Samachar, 30 Aug 2018)

 

[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs / Punjabis in Asia. How to reach us: Facebook message or WhatsApp +6017-335-1399. Our email: editor@asiasamachar.com. For obituary announcements, click here]

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY