English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 401-402


Hukamnama Sahib today is in Aasa Raag on Ang 401 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, by Satguru Arjun Dev Ji Maharaj.

Aasa Mahalla 5 Ik Oankaar Satgur Prasad
Satgur Arjun Dev begins this Shabad with Ik Oankaar, Satgur Parsaad; there is One Eternal Waheguru, Lord God, who is Oankaar, the Creator, the Nourisher, and Destroyer of all. Within whose 'kaar', within whose 'Hukam' within whose command the whole world is. Who is forever 'Sat' forever Eternal and is found, is realised through the 'parsaad', the grace of the True Guru

Aasa ghar 10 Mahalla 5
The shabad is in Aasa Raag, to be sung in the tenth house, Mahal 5, by Satgur Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji.

Jis no tu asthir kar maneh tay pahun do daahaa ll
Satgur Paatshaah Ji is telling us today, many times we have a false idea of something. We have an idea in our head, and the reality is different to that idea. And Guru Sahib Ji is saying, in the same way, O human being, in the same way your imagination differs from reality is, 'jis no tu asthir kar maneh'- you have 'maneh'- you have accepted, 'maneh' means to think, to believe. You think that this body is 'asthir'- means immovable, eternal. You think that you'll live forever, that you'll forever- 'tay pahun do daahaa'- 'pahun' means a guest, a traveller. That body which you have, O, human being it just travels, 'do daahaa'-means two days. What is he saying to us? Guru Arjun Dev ji Maharaj Ji is telling us O, human being, you live in this world like you are never going to leave. We live in this world thinking that the things we are buying are going to remain forever, or will remain forever, our bodies will remain forever, that's the way we plan our lives, but Guru Sahib Ji says that, remember, you are a guest in this world, you've been blessed with human life, and a guest is invited into the house, and in the same way, we've been invited into this world, in the human life. Such a valuable, such a precious human life that even the angels are crying out for, Gurbani tells us. You've been given this beautiful world to live in, and you've been given this beautiful body with which to live. Respect all, love all.

Putr kalatr greh sagal samagree sabh mithia asnaahaa ll
'Putr kalatr greh sagal samagree, sabh mithiaa asnaahaa'- Guru Sahib Ji is telling us to respect, to live amongst, to be thankful for what we have, but all these things that we think are going to remain with us forever, our 'putr'- our sons and daughters, 'kalatr'- our partners, 'greh'-our homes, 'sagal samagree'- all of the things which go in our homes, all of the things we are associated with, wealth. 'Sabh mithiaa'- all of them are 'mithiaa'- means something which is going to break away one day. All of them are going to fall away one day, all of those things are going to meet their end one day, whether it's today or tomorrow. All of those things will perish-sons, daughters, partners, houses. All that is created will, in the end, perish. 'sabh mithiaa asnaah'- all your 'asnaah'- all your attachments to these things, thinking that they will remain with you forever, is false -it will not remain.

Ray mann kya kareh hai haa haa ll
'Ray mann'- O, my mind, 'kya kareh hai haa haa'- O, my mind, 'kya kareh'- why are you doing, 'hai haa haa'- means laughing. Now what is Guru Arjun Dev Ji Maharaj saying to us? Guru Ji is saying, what type of laughing is Guru Ji talking about? The same thing that Kabir Ji is talking about when Kabir Ji says, 'Kabir garab na keejeeai'. Kabir Ji is telling us the type of laughter that Guru Arjan Dev Ji talking about. Because sometimes when we read the translations we get a bit confused, why is Guruji talking about laughter? But if you read Bhagat Kabir Ji's words, Bhagat Kabir ji says, "Kabir'-O, Kabir, 'garab na keejeeai'- 'garab'-means ego, Means, do not become egotistical. 'Rank na haseeai ko-ay'- and this is the laughter that Kabir Ji is talking about, do not laugh at those who are less fortunate than you, those who have less materialistic wealth than you. 'haseeai'- means to laugh, 'rank'- those who are less fortunate. 'Ajahu sunao samunder meh'- at the moment your boat is still in the sea of the world, 'kya jaanhu kiaa ho-ay'- who knows, when you are laughing at someone else, because they're drowning in this world, and what I mean by drowning is, they might be going through a family difficulty, or they might be going through a material difficulty, or a spiritual difficulty. Whatever you're laughing at someone for, 'ajahu sunao samundar meh'- your own boat is still in the sea, how can you laugh at someone when you don't know if you're going to get to the shore or not. When you don't know whether you're going to drown or be saved or not. That is the laughter that Guru Arjan Dev Ji is talking about. 'Ray mann-O, my mind, 'kya kareh hai haa haa'- why do you laugh at those who are less fortunate, why do you laugh at the bad fortune of others? Why do laugh thinking that what you have is going to remain forever.

Dristt daykh jaisay harchandouree ik raam bhajan lai laahaa ll Rahaao ll
Everything you see with your eyes, is like 'harchandouree'- is like a mirage. Everything that is visible is going to, one day, fall away. 'Ik Raam bhajan lai laahaa'- Take the 'laahaa'- take the profit of the only thing which is eternal, which is the 'bhajan'- the meditation upon Raam, upon the Name of God. 'Rahaao'- Guru Sahib Ji says pause, and think about this today.

Jaisay bastar dayh ouddhaanay din doay chaar bhoraahaa ll
Like those 'bastar'- those clothes you 'ouddhaanay'- you wear upon your 'dayh'- body, 'din doay'- in a few days, 'chaar'- 'doay chaar'- two days, four days, in a few days, 'bhoraahaa'- they start to disintegrate. The clothes which you wore as a child do not fit you now and the clothes you wear as a youth you won't wear as an elder. The clothes you bought a month ago, or even a year ago, the shoes you bought, the trousers, or whatever it is that you've bought- they get dirty, or they get a cut in them, or something happens. In any way they are disintegrating, in the same way Guru Ji says that this body which your soul is within is like those clothes. Your soul is wearing this body for a few days, and it is disintegrating day by day, we're getting closer to the day we're going to leave this Earth, we're getting closer to the death.

Bheet ouuparay kaytak dhaaeeai ant ourko aahaa ll
How long can you 'dhaaeeai'- run upon a 'bheet'- meaning a wall. Many times we've seen young children running along the top of a wall on the way to school or wherever they are. 'Ant ourko aahaa'- in the end, you come to the 'ourko'- meaning the end of this wall. What do you have to do? You have to jump off. In the same way, we're running along this wall of life, and one day we are going to have to jump, and we can either jump and hit the concrete upon the floor, or we can jump into the arms of the Guru. It's our choice. This life is like a wall, and we have that choice.

Jaisay ambh kunddh kar raakhiou parat sindh gal jaahaa ll
Just like salt put into a container full of water, we put it into a 'kunddh'- a container of water, what happens to that salt? 'gal jaahaa'- it disintegrates. In front of our eyes, we see this lump of salt go from a solid lump of salt into nothing. In the same way, you see this body, and in a matter of seconds, when we die, it doesn't half an hour, it doesn't take an hour- that's it. At that moment precisely we disintegrate. In the same way, this body disintegrating and that day is going to come, when that person who we used to call out to will close their eyes forever.

Aavag aagiaa paarbarahm kee outth jaasee muhat chasaahaa ll
When the Command comes from God, the 'aagiaa'- the Command from God, 'outth jaasee muhat chasaahaa'- 'outth'- you will rise up and leave. What will rise up and leave? Your soul will part from the body, 'muhat chasaahaa'- and it won't take more than a second, an instant. 'muhat chasaahaa'- is talking about an instant, the amount of time it takes you to open and close your eyes. In that time, the soul will leave the body.

Ray mann laykhai chaaleh laykhai baiseh laykhai laidaa saahaa ll
And Guru Piaario, Guru Sahib Ji says, think about this 'ray mann '- O, my mind, 'laykhai chaaleh'- all of your steps are being recorded, 'laykhai baiseh'- when you sit down, that is being recorded too. 'laykhai laidaa saahaa'- According to the 'laykhaa', that is how you breathe. All of your breathes are being recorded. And another way of looking at this, all of your steps, all of the places you sit, all of the breaths you take- they are all numbered as well. When the time comes to leave this world, you won't be able to buy more breathes, you won't be able to say, "Oh, I need another 50 breaths". No one can sell you that.

Sadaa keerat kar Nanak har kee oubaray Satgur charan outtaahaa ll
And for all of these reasons, Guru Arjan Dev Ji says, today 'sadaa keerat kar'- forever and forever sing the 'keerat'- the praise of Waheguru. 'Nanak Har kee'- Satgur Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj says, of who? Of Hari, of Waheguru. And what will happen? 'oubray Satgur charan outtaahaa'- if you take the 'outtaahaa'- the support, if you take and grab a hold of the shelter, the protection of the Eternal Guru's 'charan'- the Eternal Guru's feet- what is that? The Shabad. If you grab hold of the 'outt'- the protection of the Guru's Shabad, of the Guru's Baani, then you will 'oubray'- you will truly be liberated. So Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj is today telling us that this world is finite, that this world is all perishing. Not just us, but everything around us. But if there is an eternal Truth in this world, it is God's Name. And those who attach themselves to that Name of God, to that Satnaam, merge in with that Eternal Waheguru.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh !


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