By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION
ਸੋ ਜਾਗੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ॥
So jaagai jis Sathgur milai
One who meets the Guru awakens to the reality of the Universe. (SGGS 1128)
There are two kinds of human development:
- Development without the guidance of the Guru.
- Development with the guidance of the Guru.
In the development without the guidance of the Guru, the highest state of mind a person is able to reach is Sato Gun. People in this category are highly refined and well educated. They practice many good virtues but are not able to able to let go of their arrogance. They remain egoistic because their mind is still under the grip of MAAIAA.
The cause of bondage is their EGO .
Jag bhandee mukathae HAU maaree. (SGGS 412)
Jag refers to the whole of Humanity.
Bhandee means to be in bondage. Mukathae means to be liberated. HAU is ego.
The whole of humanity is in bondage because of their ego. Without Guruji’s guidance people do not get this realisation. A person awakens when with the Guru’s blessings he starts reading and contemplating on the SHABAD. He recognises that his real enemy is inside him. He stops fighting with the people around him and focuses all his energy to fight the most powerful enemy inside him.
If he carries on this fight, then one day will come when his ego vanishes and he is able to experience the God (Har) who was always there inside him.
Guruji says only those who are awake and aware at all times are able to connect to this essence of reality.
Once this happens he is able to differentiate between the following: Parkirt shodai Tath pechaanae.
Parkirt is creation. Tath is Creator. He is able to let go of the creation and connect to the Creator.
As long as the 5 vices are dominant in us we are bounded by the creation (Maaiaa, money, properties, family, etc).
When the 5 vices are subdued in the mind through the Guru’s teachings, then the attachment to these things decreases and the connection to the Creator becomes stronger. Now one is able to connect to the Life Force Energy (LFE) inside him. He is also able to see the LFE in the whole creation.
This LFE is the TATH that projects itself through Form. There are many forms but the LFE running through all Form is ONE.
Just as the light manifests itself through a bulb, the LFE manifests itself through the body.
When a person is able to see the ALIVENESS in himself and also in the creation, he has reached the fourth state of the mind called TURIA AVASTHA (Chautha Padh).
In this state true BLISS is experienced. Bliss has no opposite, therefore it lasts forever.
Everything else comes in pairs. Love/hate. Happiness/ sadness, etc.
Bliss is called SEDA SUKH. This bliss can only be experienced through the guidance of the Guru.
The ultimate fruit of human life is to become like God and merge with Him.
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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