English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 792

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Soohee kabeer jee ||
Bhagat Kabeer Sahib Jee is talking to us today in Soohee Raag. Bhagath Jee begins the shabad-

Thharehar ka(n)pai baalaa jeeo ||
Baalaa means my young, child-like soul, jeeo meaning the soul, baalaa meaning like a child. This soul who has spent all of the life simply in childish games, in the game of collecting together worldly wealth. That childlike soul, that soul is ka(n)pai, is shaking, thharehar, is trembling. Thharehar literally means, tthare meaning a thaal, which means a plate, and within that plate there is har, har means a diamond. Just like if you place a pearl, a diamond within a plate, just as it keeps moving along from one side to the other, just like it doesn't keep still, in the same way my soul is shaking and trembling that much. What does it mean? If we think of it this way, there's a plate with a very round pearl inside it, any movement around that plate makes the pearl move, a slight shaking around. Within our body, there's the pearl of our soul, there's the plate of our body. Any movements, when you're shaking it, what are the movements? The movements of our mind, the desires, the movements of anger, the movements of hatred, the movements of all of these thoughts, they are shaking my soul inside. Also, my own progression, my movement towards death, my realisation that death is coming, that is shaking up my insides.

Naa jaano kiaa karasee peeo ||1||
Naa jaano - I do not know, kiaa karasee peeo. The realisation is dawning that death is coming, that this body will not remain forever, and I do not know kiaa karasee peeo. My peeo, my beloved, Husband Lord, my Waheguru, my Lord God, I've not established a connection with God, I've not fallen into the protection of The Guru, and been united with The Lord. At this point, the soul is scared, trembling, shaking, and thinking what will happen after I die? Where will I go? What will happen to me? What will my Husband Lord, what will my Waheguru Jee do with me? So, this shabad is talking today from that perspective of the soul that has suddenly realised that life is passing away, that death is coming close, and is thinking what can I do now? at that point, Bhagat Sahib Kabeer Jee gives us a beautiful hand to hold onto. Bhagat Kabeer Jee says -

Rain gee math dhin bhee jaae ||
Rain gee, yes, the night has gone, math dhin bhee jaae - but do not let the dhin, the day fall away as well, do not let the day be wasted as well. What does that mean? Rain gee - in the darkness of ignorance, all of your past life, all of what you've spent up until this point, all of that darkness is gone. Now you have this realisation, now that your heart is trembling thinking of this thought of all that you have wasted, math dhin bhee jaae - do not let the brightness of this realisation go. You have realised that you are on this earth for a finite length of time, that you haven't got a great amount of time, that one day you are going to have to leave this abode, then O soul, do not that day, that dawning of that day, that brightness of that understanding fall away. Guru Sahib Jee, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is talking to us here, Bhagat Kabeer Sahib Jee is talking to us, to those people who have heard Gurbani, and who say we believe in Gurbani, and Gurbani tells us that one day you're going to leave. If one day you are going to leave, if you have that brightness of Gurbani in your life, do not let it pass away, that day, that dawning.

Bhavar geae bag bait(h)ae aae ||1|| rehaao ||
That darkness, like bhavar, like bumble bees, geae - has gone, bag bait(h)ae aae. The whiteness, bag means the colour of the white crane has come, that dawning within your life. Another meaning of this, rain gee, that the night of your youth has passed. Math dhin bhee jaae, do not let the day, the dawning of your old age pass away without meditation. Bhavar geae, your dark hairs which were dark and black like the bumble bees have gone, bag, white, crane like hairs, grey hairs have come upon your head. Do not let this old age pass away. Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee says rehaao - pause and think about this.

Kaachai karavai rehai n paanee ||
Bhagat Kabeer Jee is trying to instil this realisation within us. Kaachai means unbaked, karavai means pot. So if we have a pot made out of unbaked clay, which hasn't been cooked but is just the wet clay, rehai n paanee, paanee - water cannot stay within that pot. In the same way, this body, this pot is like an unbaked pot. The paanee, the water of our breath will not remain in this forever. One day this pot will dissolve, one day we are all going to pass away to die.

Ha(n)s chaliaa kaaeiaa kumalaanee ||2||
When the ha(n)s, when the swan like soul chaliaa - goes, leaves it's body, kaaeiaa kumalaanee, then this kaaeiaa, this body will kumalaanee - means to wither, to fall away, to decay.

Kuaar ka(n)niaa jaisae karath seegaaraa ||
Bhagat Jee says that my life has been spent, kuaar ka(n)niaa jaisae karath seegaaraa, like a soul who is unmarried, like a bride who is unmarried, like a young girl who is unmarried. Kuaar ka(n)niaa means an unmarried girl who has no husband. It's like her decorating herself, her decorations only have meanings -

Kio raleeaa maanai baajh bhathaaraa ||3||
Baajh means without, bhathaaraa means husband. Without her husband, how can she maanai, how can she enjoy raleeaa, the pleasures of these decorations? In the same way, without The Guru, without accepting The Guru's Word, without acecepting The Guru's rehat, The Guru's code of conduct, The Guru's math, The Guru's wisdom, The Guru's path, without accepting The Guru's amrit, without accepting The Guru's pathways, we may adorn ourselves in many ways, we may do many outside rituals, external rituals, but baajh bhathaaraa - without having The Guru in our life, none of these rituals gain us anything.

Kaag ouddaavath bhujaa piraanee ||
Ouddaavath means driving away, kaag means crows, bhujaa means my arm, piraanee means to be painful, to be tired. What does this mean? One meaning is this, that these last lines are saying to us that the person who is engaged in kaam, krodh, lobh, moh, ahankaar, is engaged in ego, desires, attachment, that they spend their lives driving away these crows of attachment, of desires, being attacked by these crows of desires and greed.

kehi kabeer eih kathhaa siraanee ||4||2||
without you Waheguru, kehi kabeer eih kathhaa siraanee. Kabeer Jee says this is the kathhaa, the story of how the life ends. Another understanding of these last two lines is Kaag ouddaavath bhujaa piraanee. This is an ardas, this is a prayer to Waheguru Jee, O Lord God, kaag ouddaavath. To make crows fly away is a very old Punjabi and Indian culture ritual. It is said that in expectation of her husband, the wife would send the crows flying away from her rooftop, and tell them to bring the news of her husband. In the same way Bhagat Jee says that now in this state of realisation, I've realised that my life is passing away, and now I'm sending away those crows' messages to You O God. Bhujaa piraanee - I cannot keep sending them away for long because my arm is tired, my body is going to fall away, it's going to perish. Kehi kabeer eih kathhaa siraanee. Kabeer Jee says I have put before You O God the story of how my whole life has passed away. Please come and save me at this moment. I'm sending out messages to You O God. I've shown You, I've told You how my siraanee life story has gone, how it's passed away. This is an ardas, a prayer to God, please O God, come and save me now, please save me and take me into your embrace. So guramukh piaareyo, today's Hukamnama Sahib is telling us rain gee math dhin bhee jaae. Whatever our age is gone in darkness and ignorance, let us take this realisation, this dawn of light into our lives.

Kaag ouddaavath bhujaa piraanee ||
kehi kabeer eih kathhaa siraanee ||4||2||

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh.

 

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