We have learnt that vairaag brings about an awareness in a person. But does everyone who has the awareness reach to the next stage of jagiasa in his spiritual journey ?
The answer is not necessarily.
We can use everyday examples to understand this. Example: Most people are aware that obesity is detrimental to health but despite all efforts by the health authorities obesity is on the rise. The same is true of cigarette smoking and drinking. People are aware that these items can cause them great harm. Taxes on these items are increased regularly by the authorities to deter the people but the still the numbers abusing these things are on the rise.
Therefore having awareness about something is not enough for a positive change to occur.
To reach from vairaag to jagiasa (the stage of a true and earnest seeker), a person will need the following: vision, goal and a plan of action.
When a person has all the above and is mobilised into action only then will he reach the second stage of his spiritual quest.
A jagiasu then starts to look around for help to progress further and he soon comes across people who seem to have got what he is desiring. He then asks them these questions:
Kavan banee ree thaeree Laalee?
ਕਵਨ ਬਨੀ ਰੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਲਾਲੀ ॥
How did you manage to get this happy glow on your face?
Kavan rang thoo bhee gulaalee? (Rehao)
ਕਵਨ ਰੰਗਿ ਤੂੰ ਭਈ ਗੁਲਾਲੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Whose love has brought that Peace, Happiness, Joyfulness and Bliss on your demeanour?
These 2 lines are the first rehao of the SHABAD on page 384. It is in the form of a question.
There are 2 REHAOS in this SHABAD. When there are 2 REHAOS in any SHABAD, the first REHAO is normally in the form of a question and the second REHAO gives the answer to the question.
The second REHAO of this SHABAD is as follows:
Sun ree sakhi eih hamaree ghaal.
ਸੁਨਿ ਰੀ ਸਖੀ ਇਹ ਹਮਰੀ ਘਾਲ ॥
Listen O companions, I have made the right efforts to become pleasing to my beloved Lord.”
Prabh aap seegaar savaaranhaar.
ਪ੍ਰਭ ਆਪਿ ਸੀਗਾਰਿ ਸਵਾਰਨਹਾਰ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ਦੂਜਾ ॥੧॥੫੨॥
As a result of that efforts that I have made, GOD Himself has blessed, embellished and adorned me. (REHAO Dhooja)
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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