English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 536

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. Hukamnama today is on Ang 536 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj by Guru Teg Bahadur Ji in Dayvgandhaaree Raag.

ik-oNkaar satgur parsaad
Satgur Guru Teg Bahadur Ji is blessing us with Hukamnama today. Satgur Ji begins the Shabad with the manglacharan the beej mantar there is one eternal, all creating, all destroying, all nourishing Akkal Purakh Waheguru, who is found through the grace, parsaad of the sat, the eternal Guru, through the grace of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj, Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj.

raag dayvganDhaaree mehlaa 9
Raag DayvganDharee Raag, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Maharaj, the ninth life of Sri Guru Nanak. Satgur Maharaj was asked the question that we ask many times, we always ask but my mind does not listen. What can I do to make my mind listen? And the Sikhs asked Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and Guru Ji recited this Shabad. Within this Shabad Guru Maharaj Ji themselves remember this is the way the Guru teaches us. Guru does not shout down. Guru Ji instead like a most loving, gentle father, takes our avgun upon themselves. Takes our bad qualities and centers this Shabad around talking to their own mind but really Guru Maharaj Ji is talking to us. But out of their caring, out of their love, out of their Grace they talk to their own mind. And that is one of the most beautiful qualities of the Guru. The way the Guru always teaches to themself but they are really talking to us.

yeh man naik na kahi-o karai.
Satgur Maharaj Ji says yeh man this mind; yeh means this, man means mind, yeh means not even a tiny bit, not even a small amount, kahi-o means what I tell it to do and karai means to do. This mind does not do a tiny bit what I tell it to do. I tell it to get up at Amrit Vela but it says no I want to sleep. I tell it not to slander but it says no I want to slander.

seekh sikhaa-ay rahi-o apnee see durmat tay na tarai. ||1|| rahaa-o.
I have been trying to sikhaa-ay teach seekh - true instructions; I have been trying to teach it the true instructions, the true path, apnee see and I have been trying in my own way, apnee see means my own way to give instruction, to put on right path. Guru Teg Bahadur Ji is saying that I have instructed in my own way to follow the right path, but my mind durmat tay na tarai, na tarai it does not stop from durmat evil mindedness, from being centered around durmat. mat means intellect, thinking. On one side there is gurmat, wisdom centered around Guru, intellect which is centered around the Guru, thinking which is centered around the Guru but on the other hand there is durmat, dur means which takes you du-ur far away, that type of wisdom, thinking that takes you far away from Akaal Purakh, far away from God. That is called durmat which takes you far away. Satgur Maharaj Ji says through my actions, through my teachings, through any of my own instructions I cannot control this mind. And that is one realization that we must come to. gurparsaad bharam kaa naas that through the Guru's Grace our doubts are taken away. That is what means to be baliharee to give up your own strength, to say my strength does not work, I cannot control this mind, cannot bind it down through my own endeavors, it is only through the Grace of God. So in that apnee see Guru Ji is teaching us a very great thing to give up our ego. raha-o Guru Ji says pause and think about this today.

mad maa-i-aa kai bha-i-o baavro har jas neh uchrai.
My mind has gone crazy, bha-i-o baavro, with the mad intoxication of maya. How do we get intoxicated? How does intoxication take place? Intoxication takes place when there is a hole in our heart or there is something we are lacking in our lives and we look for that. We look for some place to rest or we look for some place to escape through intoxicant. The real hole in our heart is the separation from Akaal Purakh but we ignore that but instead we try to fill the hole with material goods; with cars, clothes, all sorts of material things, such as that. Whatever it may be, it does not have to be a house, or a car, or clothes Maya is that part of illusion which takes us away from Akaal Purakh. mad maa-i-aa kai bha-i-o baavro And we look for this intoxication, we look for this escapism in Maya, in this world. But what happens? It only leads to more pain. Just like an alcoholic looks for escapism in alcohol but ends up hurting himself or herself even more. In the same way we are looking for escapism in this material world. But when we die we realize none of this is going to go with us, we become baavro, we become insane and have no place to rest. har jas neh uchrai and we do not uchrai speak of, we do not chant the jas, the praise of Hari, Waheguru.

kar parpanch jagat ka-o dahkai apno udar bharai. ||1||
Not just this insanity which is upon us we commit parpanch, parpanch means deception. We deceive those around us. jagat ka-o dahkai, dahkai literally means to rob, to cheat. We rob and cheat this world; some people do it with spiritual guises, trying to look spiritual but not spiritual. Some people do it in material world through cheating and lying in the business world. And Guru ji is saying this is the root of why your mind is not still. apno udar bharai If you are going to bharai fill up your udar, your stomach with that wealth which is gained through ill means then your mind is also going to carry that disease.

su-aan poochh ji-o ho-ay na sooDho kahi-o na kaan Dharai.
su-aan poochh Just like the tail pooch of the su-aan, su-aan means a dog; jio as it ho-ay na sooDho, as it cannot be sooDhoo, straightened. This is a very common example in Punjabi context. Satgut Guru Teg Bahadur Ji is saying just like the tail of the dog cannot be straightened, does not matter how much you try to straighten, as soon you try to straighten it with your hands the bend comes back in again. In the same way I have tried to straighten my mind through my own endeavors but it cannot be done. kahi-o na kaan Dharai. Now this is a very important thing to understand. Our mind, our spiritual body, does it have kaan - ears? No. But Guru Ji is saying that it will not Dharai, give me its kaan, it will not give me its ears to what I am saying, kahi-o na. What does this mean? It means even though we are listening with our external ears our mind is not listening. It is a very very big thing to understand. It's not saying that we cannot listen without our ears, the sounds are going in, when we hear Guru's words as well, we talk to ourselves the sounds are going in but our mind is not accepting it. Guru Ji is teaching us the true path of listening. The true path of listening is what Guru Nanak Dev Ji says in paath of Japji Sahib, nanak bhagtaa sadaa vigaas sunai-aa dookh paap ka naas that listening which will take away our dookh, our pain, our paap, our sins. That is when our ears are listening and our mind is listening and receiving that. And in the end Guru Teg Bahadur Ji is giving a solution of Gurmat, Guru's wisdom.

kaho naanak bhaj raam naam nit jaa tay kaaj sarai. ||2||1||
kaho naanak Guru Teg Bahadur Ji says, bhaj raam naam nit; bhaj - meditate upon and run into the sanctuary, protection of day and night. So whenever you are inflicted by desires, anger, greed, ego, at that moment, straight away, whether it is mentally in your mind, whether it is with your tongue or your body run into the protection of the Guru. Mentally at that point just chant Waheguru, Waheguru, Dhan Guru Nanak, whatever it is. Mool Mantar, it could be oodaaray apaaray, at that point whatever it is just bhaj run into the protection of raam naam nit. And the underlying here is nit day in and day out, everyday. You cannot just say, o I am going to read this much Japji and tomorrow I am not going to do anything. No, nit. Guru Ji says that just as a battle is ongoing, the battle in your mind is ongoing, and if you give up even on one day then the mind will take over. Guru Ji is saying even though your mind is not coming into your control, even if you are feeling all these things, do not give up your battle, do not put down your sword, your sword within. Do not give up, and as soon you give up, your mind will topple you over. Day in and day out meditate; meditate again and again and again. Run into the Guru's protection mentally, physically and spiritually. jaa tay kaaj sarai And through this all your kaaj sarai, affairs, entanglements of your mind, all of this will untangle. All of the cages that hold you down will be broken open. kaaj sarai All of your affairs, things in your mind will be sorted out, all of the mess will be sorted, everything. But Guru Ji says nit, day in and day out, daily practice. Gurmat is not talking about the practice you do one day and then leave it. Guru's wisdom is not one a day faith; this is day in and day out. khalsa so jo karai nit jung That person is truly pure, truly a Khalsa who engages nit in the jung, daily in the battle; the everyday battle within our mind with negative thoughts and evil thoughts. Guru Teg Bahadur Maharaj is giving us the guarantee jaa tay kaaj sarai. If you meditate day in and day out, if you meditate everyday you run into the protection of the word of the Guru then all of the entanglements of your mind, all the mess in your mind will be sorted out, all will be resolved.

su-aan poochh ji-o ho-ay na sooDho kahi-o na kaan Dharai ||
kaho naanak bhaj raam naam nit jaa tay kaaj sarai ||

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa ! Waheguru ji ki Fateh !

 

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