The foundation of Parmaarath is vairaag. Guruji says vairaag is the first step and a prerequisite in the journey towards God.
Why is vairaag important in our spiritual journey?
There is only ONE thing that can separate us from God and that is called maa-ei-aa. There is only ONE thing that can save us from maa-ei-aa and Guruji says that one thing is vairaag:
Bin Vairaag na shootas Maa-ei-aa. (SGGS 330)
ਬਿਨੁ ਬੈਰਾਗ ਨ ਛੂਟਸਿ ਮਾਇਆ ॥੧॥
Meaning: Without vairaag one cannot escape maa-ei-aa. The bondage of maa-ei- aa is so strong that without vairaag we are not able to release ourselves from its clutches. But the reality is very few of us have Vairaag in our lives.
Since this is the first step of the spiritual journey, therefore, our efforts should be on how to bring more vairaag into our lives.
We can learn from the Buddha how he brought vairaag into his life. Buddha saw three things in his life and it filled his heart with so much vairaag that made him leave all the comforts that life had to offer and go in search for a way to end all suffering.
What were those 3 things that affected him? Old age, sickness and death. He saw people suffering from these ailments and decided that he is going to find a way out of it. He did not want to undergo all that suffering.
What about us? How are we going to go about having vairaag ?
We are fortunate that Guruji has written many SHABADS in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) that can produce vairaag in our lives if only we read and contemplate on them. But unfortunately many of us always choose to read only the feel good shabads and some of us will even scold the Giani for reading such shabads that invoke vairaag in us.
The reality is we need to read these shabads to awaken us to walk on the path of spirituality.
Example of the lines that can help us to bring vairaag into our lives:
Aavath eikaelaa jaath eikaelaa.
Hum thum sangg jhoothae sabh bola. (SGGS 1005)
ਆਵਤ ਇਕੇਲਾ ਜਾਤ ਇਕੇਲਾ ॥
ਹਮ ਤੁਮ ਸੰਗਿ ਝੂਠੇ ਸਭਿ ਬੋਲਾ ॥
Meaning: I came alone into this world and when I leave, I will go alone. False is all this talk of me and you being together forever.
Khaanaa peenaa hasana souna visar gaeiaa hai marna. (SGGS 356)
Meaning: Eating, drinking, laughing, sleeping I have forgotten about dying.
Jae so variaa jeevanaa bhee tan hosee khaeh. (SGGS 1380)
ਜੇ ਸਉ ਵਰ੍ਹ੍ਹਿਆ ਜੀਵਣਾ ਭੀ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਸੀ ਖੇਹ ॥੪੧॥
Meaning: Even if I could live for hundreds of years, finally my body will still turn to dust.
By contemplating on such lines frequently the reality will eventually set into our subconscious mind and we would be able to give the right direction to our lives.
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.
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