English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 632

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Sorath mehalaa 9 |
Sathguru Teg Bahadur Sahibjee Maharaj today is explaining to us and giving examples. As Guru Arjan Devjee Maharaj explains on Ang 1192 of SGGSjee: sun saakhee man jap piaar - listen to the stories of the saints and the devotees and jap piaar - by inspired to meditate with loving devotion on Waheguru. Guru sahibjee Maharaj in today's hukamnama is going to give us many stories and Sathguru Patshahjee is saying to us that take inspiration from these stories and meditate upon the naam - that the point of the story being told, of Guru sahibjee relating to us in all these ways in which Guru Sahibjee, in which Waheguru jee, God saved devotees in the past and purified the sinners. The idea is to instill within us faith and to instill within that love in order that we to will meditate upon the lord. Guru sahibjee begins the shabad,

Man rae prabh kee saran bichaaro |
O my mind prabh kee saran bichaaro - contemplate, think about, understand and take this idea, this bichaaro into your mind that prabh kee saran - enter into the saran of Waheguru.

Jih simarath ganakaa see oudharee thaa ko jas our dhaaro |1| rehaao |
Now guru sahibjee begins to give us examples after giving us the crux of the shabad: prabh kee saran bichaaro - to contemplate the protection of Waheguru. Guru Sahibjee says jih simarath ganakaa see oudharee - by simrath - by meditating upon Waheguru Ganika - the prostitute was saved, was liberated. Thaa ko jas our dhaaro - take that Waheguru jee's jas - name, glory, virtue, remembrance our dhaaro - into your heart and embed it within the very heart of your soul.

Guru Sahibjee is giving us the example of Ganika here. Ganika's story is related to us in more detail by Bhai Gurdaas Sahibjee. For more information regarding Ganika we can look at this vaar by Bhai Gurdaas Jee. Bhai Gurdaas jee explains to us that:

Ganikaa paapan hoe kai paapaa dhaa gal haar parothaa|
Ganikaa was such a sinner - her job was as a prostitute and she accumulated so much sin that she was wearing sin around her neck as a necklace. That's how much sin she had gotten together, day in and day out working as a prostitute she had accumulated so much sin. Bhai sahib jee explains to us that,

Mehaa purakh aachaanachak ganikaa vaarr aae khalothaa|
One day due to some good actions of her past life, due to her blessed action of her past life a mehaa purakh - a great blessed soul found no other place of rest and stood in the courtyard of Ganikaa and asked for a place to spend some time to rest and for something to eat. Ganikaa served the saint; gave him food to eat and gave him place of rest. The saint saw that she was engrossed in evil ways. How did he do this? With him he had a parrot - a green bird which can still be found in Punjab - it's called a totta in Punjabi. He gave this parrot to Ganika and he said I cannot look after this parrot, you look after him. Everyday after having a bath yourself, bathe him as well and sit down every morning before the sun comes up and get him to repeat Raam Raam - the name of God. He said will you do this? And she said Yes. So everyday she would bathe and go up to the parrot and say bol raam raam - say the name of god. Everyday she did this, everyday! After doing this for many days, after doing this for much time, the day came when the name of god enshrined itself in her heart. She was purified, she gave up her sin, she gave up her sinful ways, she gave up her evil ways and she was cleansed from inside and out just by repeating the name of God. This is why the first command of SGGSjee is simply Jap - meditate! That one word Jap - which comes in the moolmantar at the beginning of Japjee Sahib, at the beginning of SGGSjee Maharaj. That simple command of Guru Naanak is jap - meditate, through meditation you'll realize. Through remembrance you'll realize your soul. Ganikaa was cleansed and purified from meditation. It is said by Bhai Gurdaasjee that when she died she was taken up to the heavens, she wasn't casted down in hell but instead taken up to the heavens by the angelic beings. All of her sins had been washed away. All of her character had been washed away. Internally her sins were purified and externally she gave up committing any more misdeeds.

Guru Teg Bahadur jee Maharaj is saying to us, look at her! Look at the One who saved her thaa ko jas our dhaaro |1| rehaao | - take his remembrance and enshrine it within your heart. Again going back to the first line,

Man rae prabh kee saran bichaaro | `Enter the protection of God and as He saved Ganikaa so He will save You.

Rehaao
Gurujee says, pause and think about this line.

Attal bhaeiou dhraaa jaa kai simaran ar nirabhai padh paaeiaa |
Bhagat Dhruu, Guru Sahibjee is saying, became attal - became immortal through simran, through mediation upon God. Ar nirabhai padh paaeiaa - He achieved the state of nirbhai - no fear, fearlessness. Sathguru Patshahjee, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibjee is giving us second example. Again we can find this story in Bhai Gurdaas jee dian vaaran. Bhai Gurdaas jee tells us of Dhruv - who was a five year old child and he was a son of a king. Bhai Gurdaas jee begins their vaar with:

Dhruv hasadhaa ghar aaeiaa kar piaar pio kusharr leethaa|
The Bhagat Dhruv at the age of five, after playing with his friends, came back to the palace and was laughing and ran into the lap of his father. His step mother pulled him out, snatched him out from the lap of his father and said if you want to sit in the lap of your father you should've been my son. He went crying to his mother and he said mother, are you a maid, are you a servant or are you a queen? His mom said I am a queen but I am getting dishonored and disrespected, why? - Because I haven't meditated upon God. She could've instilled anger, fear and hatred into Bhagat Dhruv's heart but she didn't. She said look son, it's because I didn't meditate upon naam, I didn't do naam simran. Dhruv asked her how can I win over the kingdom? How can I make all my enemies into my friends and she said then you must meditate upon god. At the age of five, he left the palaces, went to jungles and he met the holy man Narad. Narad muni instructed him to meditate upon Naam - the name of God. One day after many years after meditating his father came and offered the whole kingdom which was near where the current day Agra and Mathura are in India, to Dhruv. Not only was he offered the kingdom but through meditation Bhagat Dhruv transcended all worldly kingdoms and entered into the kingdom of God. He entered Braham Gyaan - complete knowledge of God and we are told in Gurbani:

Raam japo jeea aisae aisae | dhra prehilaadh japiou har jaisae |1|
Meditate upon God like this - like Bhagat Dhruv and Bhagat Prahalad meditated upon God. Guru sahibjee is giving us the example of that five year old and saying look at that five year old! Through meditation he was made immortal and fearless. Again going back to the line at the beginning,

Man rae prabh kee saran bichaaro |
Guru jee is giving us these examples so that we enter into the protection of God.

Dhukh harathaa eih bidh ko suaamee thai kaahae bisaraaeiaa |1|
In this way my suaamee - my lord harthaa - destroyed the dukh - the pain of Dhruv and sin of Ganikaa. Thai kaahae bisaraaeiaa - why have you forgotten him, that great lord, who saved Ganikaa and made Dhruv immortal? Now comes the third example,

Jab hee saran gehee kirapaa nidh gaj garaah thae shoottaa |
The Gaj - the elephant was shoottaa - was saved from the garaah - from the crocodile when he entered into the saran - the protection of kirpaa nidh -the ocean of mercy, the ocean of grace - Waheguru. Now the story of the elephant is as thus. There were two brother and one day a saint called Chadarakmuni was meditating in the jungle. One of the brothers rode into that part of the jungle that the saint had looked after; all the flowers and all the plants, on a elephant and when one of the brothers came there on an elephant Chadarakmuni was sitting there and meditating. One of the brother rode around the whole of that garden, whole of that garden and trashed everything. Chadarakmuni when he opened his eyes said, O being, O human, O man, you evil being, you trashed all of these plants and for doing this, for destroying God's beauty you'll become an elephant in your next life. Next day when Chadarakmuni went to do ishaan - went to have his early morning bath, the other brother hid in the water - underwater. When Chadarakmuni put his feet into the water, he got hold of the ankle of Chadarakmuni and Chadarakmuni cried out O there is a crocodile, O there is a crocodile. Then he came out of the water laughing at Chadarakmuni and Chadarakmuni said for doing this in your next life you will become a crocodile.

Another story linked to this is that there were two brothers, when their father died, the older brother took all the share of inheritance and gave a pittance next to nothing to the younger brother. The younger brother said to the older brother that you'll become an elephant in your next life - you greedy soul. The older brother looked back to the younger brother and said that if I will become an elephant then you'll become a crocodile. The younger brother laughed and said, I'll hunt you down in the next life. If I am going to be a crocodile I will hunt you down! One day that day came when the elephant went into the swamp where the crocodile lived and when the elephant went into the swamp the crocodile wrapped it's jaw's around the elephant and dragged him down deeper into the water. The elephant at this point, the only thing above the water was its trunk and in its trunk it grabbed hold of a flower which was floating on the surface of the water and held it up to the skies, to the heavens and said in its heart that, O God, only You can save me now! It is said that at that point, God sent down a divine weapon called the Sudarshan chakar - which is like the one we see that Singhs wear on their Dastaar - on their turbans. It's like that - it's a divine weapon and it is said that God freed the elephant from the clutches of a crocodile using the Sudarshan chakar. Gurujee is saying to us, O human being that elephant was chootta - was saved from the garah - from the crocodile by remembering God, in the same way You can be saved. Gurujee is saying to us, if we relate it to us the elephant is our mind - we are the elephant and the swamp is of this world. Within this world there is a crocodile of ignorance and that ignorance of spiritual wisdom, that ignorance of love, that ignorance of forgiveness, that ignorance of God, it wraps itself around us and it drags us down. But Gurujee is saying to us all we have to do is take the flower of faith into our trunk, hold it up and pray to Waheguru - ask for the protection. Again going back to the beginning - the first line of the shabad:

Man rae prabh kee saran bichaaro |
All we have to do is cry out for that protection and God will bless us with Sudarshan Chakar - the divine weapon of His naam and it will cut away all of the entanglements of this world that are pulling us down into this swamp. So Guru sahibjee says,

Mehamaa naam kehaa lo barano raam kehath bandhan thih thoottaa |2|
How can I barano - how can I describe the mehamaa - greatness of naam - of God's name. It goes beyond all description. Raam kehath bandhan thih thootta - by meditating upon raam - name of god all of your prisons and cages and all of your chains and entanglements will be broken. Gurujee goes to give us the last example:

Ajaamal paapee jag jaanae nimakh maahi nisathaaraa |
Guru Sahibjee says the whole world knows that Ajaamal was a sinner and even he was saved within an instant. The story of Ajaamal goes thus - that Ajaamal was the son of a Hindu priest, a Brahaman - a high cast Braham. He used to study from another Brahama - another Hindu priest. A short way of getting from his house to his teacher's place was through a bazaar - through a marketplace where a baisva - where a prostitute lived. The long way was going around and avoiding that market. His teacher and his father both used to say to him that never go through that market, always take the long way. Whilst he was learning he always took the long way and never went through the market.

One day when he came to age, 18-19 years old, he was summoned by the king to perform katha - to perform religious discourse in the court. Both his teacher and his father warned him that do not sit in the court of the king after you've performed your discourse, after you've performed your sermon. Do your teachings and leave because in the court of kings many things go on. When he was about to pack up his religious scriptures and leave he decided to wait a while. He forgot what his father and what his teacher had said. Into the court of the king came a dancing girl - a prostitute and she danced. He watched this dance and his mind was engrossed with lust. Following her afterwards he walked through the marketplace where all the prostitutes lived. Hearing this the king said, O, my priest has been defiled, he can no longer be the priest of the royal family and he was kicked out of the kingdom. That slave girl, that dancing girl, that prostitute whom he had seen dancing, who he went looking for, she also left and they were both banished and they had to live in the wilderness. When they were living in wilderness all they could eat was wild animals. They used to capture wild animals and eat them. One day a holy man knocked on their door and said I need shelter and food for the night. So all they had was chickpeas. They made chickpeas for the holy man and served him. Holy man asked him his story and Ajaamal told him and he said when your seventh son is born name him Narayan - the name of Lord, one of names of God. Ajaamal said, ok I'll do this. When Ajaamal was about to die he started calling out 'Narayan Narayan Narayan Narayan' - because he was calling out for his son. But whilst he was calling out for his son suddenly his focus on his death bed shifted from his son to god and he started calling out to god. In that last minute, in that last instant he called out to god and god saved him and he did not have to suffer through reincarnation. He was not taken down into the hells. It was said that he was taken up to the heaven by angelic beings. Sathguru Patshahjee gives us his example as well and says,

Ajaamal paapee jag jaanae nimakh maahi nisathaaraa |
Even the whole world knew him to be a sinner, but he was saved in an instant by attaching his focus, by attaching his consciousness to god. Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibjee says,

Naanak kehath chaeth chinthaaman thai bhee outharehi paaraa |3|4|
Remember that Waheguru who gives you everything you desire for and thai bhee outharehi paaraa - even you will be saved and you should be carried across this ocean of the world. The main basis of this shabad is the first line:

Man rae prabh kee saran bichaaro |
O my mind, no matter what our pain is, no matter what our torments are; spiritual, physical or mental - the only place, the only way of gaining true eternal peace is through the name of God and that is what Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibjee is telling us today through the story of Ganikaa - the prostitute who was saved and was liberated, who gave up her evil ways, through the story of Bhagat Dhruv, through the story of elephant and the crocodile and through the story of Ajaamal.

May Guru Sahibjee do grace upon us so that we take those stories and we understand them for what they are and we understand and take inspiration that if God can save Ajaamal, Ganikaa, Gaj -the elephant, Waheguru jee was the One who made Dhruv immortal then we must also grab hold of God's name and take it within our hearts for it will save us.

Ajaamal paapee jag jaanae nimakh maahi nisathaaraa |
Naanak kehath chaeth chinthaaman thai bhee outharehi paaraa |3|4| 

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh!

 

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