By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION
The mind that is in the lower three states (Rajo, Thamo and Sato) of evolution is under the firm grip of Maaiaa and is very attached to the body and the creation. Because of its strong attachment to the body it experiences the following two emotions: Fear and insecurity.
No matter what it does it is not able to rise above these 2 negative emotions because deep down it knows that the day will come when this body will perish.
To overcome this fear and insecurity one starts saving more money, building more houses and increasing the bank balance. Instead of feeling more secure now, he feels even more insecure because now he sees the possibility of losing everything he has worked for all his life.
Guruji describes this condition as follows:
Eja bhoganth ganath moolang basantai sameep khaerae tathargetae sansaarae.
Nanak harakh sogang biapang.
Ega means goat. Boganth means to eat. Ganath means carrots. Moolang means reddish. Sameep means near. Khaerae means lion. Tathargetae sansaarae means the whole world is in this state.
Meaning: A goat is tied very near a lion and it is given all kinds of food that it relishes like carrots and radishes. Can the goat enjoy the food given to him under those circumstances?
Of course it can’t because of the constant fear of death right in front of it.
Guruji says the same is true of the whole of humanity. We live in fear and will die in fear unless we solve the puzzle that Guruji is telling us to solve.
ਆਵਨ ਆਏ ਸ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਮਹਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ ਪਸੁ ਢੋਰ ॥
Aavan aaeae srisatt maeh, bin boojhae pas door. (Page 251, SGGS)
Srisatt refers to the world. Bhoojae means to solve the mystery. Pas dtor means animals.
Meaning: If you have come to this world but have not been able to guess the true purpose of your life, then you are no different from the animals.
To lose our fear and insecurities our mind has to get out of the grip of MAAIAA (also spelt maya) and reach to the fourth state. We have to move from body – conscious state to soul/ atma conscious state. This is the destiny of every human being but it can only happen with the guidance of the Guru. The Gurus Bani shows us the way to disconnect from the perishable body and to build the connection with the Creator.
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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Day 14: Bondage of maaiaa (Asia Samachar, 10 Sept 2018)
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