Our perspective on life:
Pranee jaanai eihu than maeraa.
Bahur bahur ouaahoo lapattaera. (SGGS 180)
ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਜਾਣੈ ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਮੇਰਾ ॥
ਬਹੁਰਿ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਉਆਹੂ ਲਪਟੇਰਾ ॥
Praanee means mortal being. Than means our body. Meaning: The mortal being claims this body as his own and clings to it very tightly.
He not only clings to his body but also to many other things of the world believing that all of it belongs to him. At the moment we all do this thinking that this world is a permanent place for us and everything in our possession is ours.
Reading Guruji ‘s Bani our belief system gets a jolt and is shaken.
Mitthhia than, dhan, kuttanb sabaaeiaa. (SGGS 268)
ਮਿਥਿਆ ਤਨੁ ਧਨੁ ਕੁਟੰਬੁ ਸਬਾਇਆ ॥
Mitthhiaa means something that is false. Kuttanb means family. Meaning: Guruji says the body, the wealth that we have accumulated and also our family members are all false. False means that it does not belong to us.
We all know this to be true because we see people leaving everything behind when they leave this world and yet we do not accept this as a reality for ourselves.
Eihu jag dhhooeae kaa pehaar.
Thai saacha maania kih bichaar? (SGGS 1187)
ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਧੂਏ ਕਾ ਪਹਾਰ ॥
ਤੈ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਾਨਿਆ ਕਿਹ ਬਿਚਾਰਿ ॥੧॥
Jag means the world. Dhhooeae means smoke. Pehaar means hill. Meaning: This world is like a hill of smoke. It vanishes in an instant. What makes you think that everything you see is real and belongs to you?
A person who starts contemplating on Gurbani faces this dilemma one day in his life:
Kis naal keechai dhosathee sabh jag chalanhaar. (SGGS 468)
ਕਿਸੁ ਨਾਲਿ ਕੀਚੈ ਦੋਸਤੀ ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਚਲਣਹਾਰੁ ॥
Dhosathee means friendship. Chalanhaar means passes away. Meaning: If everything in this world is going to pass away or be destroyed then with whom shall I form a lasting relationship.
Looking deeply into this brings about a realisation/awakening that things are not really the way it seems to be. This realisation whereby our outlook towards the world slowly changes gives birth to vairaag.
This realisation is the first step. This is not self realisation or enlightenment. Self realisation is the last step in the journey. This vairag becomes more intense and gives rise to jagiasa.
Jagiasa is the quest that begins to find the ultimate reality of ourselves. Jagiasa leads a person to become a true and earnest seeker. He puts all efforts to arrive at the TRUTH of this existence.
This seeker is called a jagiasu. A jagiasu is a person who has realised the fakeness of everything in this world and desires something more real and permanent and turns to the Lord and says:
Baba bikh dhaekhia sansaara.
Rakhia karahu gusaaee maerae mai NAAM thaera aadhaar. (SGGS 382)
ਬਾਬਾ ਬਿਖੁ ਦੇਖਿਆ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥
ਰਖਿਆ ਕਰਹੁ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਮੇਰੇ ਮੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਤੇਰਾ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Bikh means poison. Aadhaar means support. Meaning: O father, I have realised that attachment to this world of MAAIAA-ei-aa is nothing but poison because it causes a lot of pain and suffering to everyone. Save me O Lord of the Universe. Your NAAM is my only true support.
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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