English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 471

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Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee is speaking to us today in Aasa Raag, and the Hukamnama today is in Aasa Raag from Aasa Di Vaar. When Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj was ten years old, the time came when according to the Hindu traditions of the family, Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee's respected father Baba Kalu Jee organised a Janaeoo ceremony, a sacred thread ceremony for Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj. The family belonged to the Kshatree, the warrior caste, and it was required that a sacred thread be put around the neck of the infant male around the age of ten within this caste, as a sign of becoming part of the caste, of becoming what is called in the Hindu tradition, a Dwij - second born, an initiation type of ceremony. One thing to clear up here is that when people say Guru Nanak Dev Jee belonged to this religion, or to that religion. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj is the form of that formless Waheguru. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj did not belong to the Hindu or Muslim faith. Through this story in history, Guru Nanak Dev Jee showed that they were the form of That Formless Waheguru, of That Creator Lord. Guru Nanak Dev Jee showed that they had come onto this earth to show the path of Waheguru. When the time came, the pandit, the Hindu holy priest, Pandit Hardyaal was called, a special square enclosure was set up, it was made sacred by various verses from the Hindu scriptures. Everything was set up and there were goats ready to be slaughtered for the feast. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj came and sat down, and inquired what was about to happen. When Pandit Hardyaal was about to put the Janaeoo, the sacred thread of the Hindu religion around Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj's neck, Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj stopped the pandit saying Pandit jee, priest, listen to what I have to say first. Then, Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj sang these divine words which we have in front of us today. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj refused having that thread around his neck, and He said -

Dhaeiaa kapaah sa(n)thokh sooth jath ga(n)dtee sath vatt ||
O priest, make dhaeiaa, make compassion and kind-heartedness and love for all beings the kapaah, the cotton. Sa(n)thokh sooth - make the thread of sa(n)thokh, of contentment, of peace. Jath ga(n)dtee - the knot that you're going to tie the thread together with, make that of loyalty and modesty. Sath vatt, and the twist that will twist together this thread, make that out of sath, out of integrity. Make compassion the cotton, make contentment and harmony the thread, make modesty and loyalty your knot, and make truth and integrity the twist.

Eaehu janaeoo jeea kaa hee th paaddae ghath ||
This is the janaeoo, this is the sacred thread to wear around your jeea, around your soul. Hee th paaddae ghath. If you have this, O paaddae, O priest, if you have this kind of thread, then ghath, then put it around my neck. But, if you do not, then do not put this thread which can break around my neck.

Naa eaehu thuttai naa mal lagai naa eaehu jalai n jaae ||
The scared thread which I am talking about Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj said. Of compassion, loyalty, truth, naa eaehu thuttai - it can never break. The cotton one the pandit will put around my neck will break within a year, two years, whenever. Naa mal lagai, the thread you're trying to put around my neck will get dirty, but the thread of loyalty, compassion, contentment and truth can never be stained. Naa eaehu jalai, your thread can get burnt, but Guru Nanak Dev Jee said nothing can burn through the truth, nothing can burn through modesty, nothing can burn through compassion, nothing can burn through contentment. N jaae - it can never be lost. But, your thread can be lost.

Dhha(n)n s maanas naanakaa jo gal chalae paae ||
Guru Nanak Dev Jee said that that maanas, that human being is blessed, jo gal chalae paae, who paae - who wears this around their gal - their neck.

Choukarr mul anaaeiaa behi choukai paaeiaa ||
At this point, Pandit Hardyaal went quiet. But there were many other priests there, and they said why aren't you putting this on. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj says for the mul, for the price of choukarr, meaning for pennies, the lowest amount of currency. For four pennies you buy this thread, anaaeiaa, and you put it around you. Behi choukai paaeiaa, you sit in the choukai, you sit in an enclosure and you put it on.

Sikhaa ka(n)n charraaeeaa gur braahaman thhiaa ||
O Brahmans, O Hindu priest, you whisper your incantations, your mantras, your verses into the ears of people. Gur braahaman thhiaa, you say that you've become their Guru, their spiritual teacher.

Ouhu muaa ouhu jharr paeiaa vaethagaa gaeiaa ||1||
Guru Nanak Dev Jee says ouhu muaa, when that person dies, ouhu jharr paeiaa, and their thread falls off, it burns, vaethagaa gaeiaa, they leave this earth, their soul departs without the thread. What use is that thread to me that's going to stay here. Another way of looking at this - ouhu muaa, their Guru dies. The Guru that they've made, the braahaman dies at some point, the thread that the braahaman has put around their neck, ouhu jharr paeiaa, that even falls away. Vaethagaa gaeiaa, that person goes away without a thread around their neck again. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj is telling us my Guru is forever. Sathigur mera sadhaa sadhaa, our Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj, our respected Guru, our beloved Guru, is eternal. They are beyond birth and death. They will never leave us.

ma 1 ||
Guru Nanak Dev Jee goes on -

lakh choreeaa lakh jaareeaa lakh koorreeaa lakh gaal ||
When more people were protesting, Guru Nanak Dev Jee said you wear these threads but what do you do? Lakh choreeaa - you commit thousands of robberies. Lakh jaareeaa - you commit thousands of acts of adultery. Lakh koorreeaa, you give thousands of false accounts. lakh gaal - you swear at others, you abuse others.

lakh t(h)ageeaa pehinaameeaa raath dhinas jeea naal ||
lakh t(h)ageeaa - you deceive others to get money. Pehinaameeaa - this means you do things away from people, that you don't want other people to find out about, misdemeanours which you do and you don't want anyone else to know. Raath dhinas - day and night, raath means night, dhinas means day, jeea naal. Jeea means other beings. You commit so many bad acts against so many other beings and you think this thread will save you.

Thag kapaahahu katheeai baamhan vattae aae ||
The thread that is made out of kapaahahu, is made out of cotton, baamhan vattae aae, the baamhan comes and vattae, threads it together and puts it around your neck -

Kuhi bakaraa ri(n)nih khaaeiaa sabh ko aakhai paae ||
You ri(n)nih, you cook bakaraa, goats. Guru Sahib Jee is saying you're killing these living beings and khaaeiaa, eating them. Sabh ko aakhai paae - everybody says please pour me out a plate of this, paae, paa deo eh mainu. Another way of interpreting this is sabh ko aakhai paae - everyone says wear this thread. You're killing these living beings and asking me to wear this thread.

Hoe puraanaa sutteeai bhee fir paaeeai hor ||
Hoe puraanaa, when it becomes old, sutteeai - we're going to throw it away. Bhee - again, paaeeai hor, then we get another. Guru Sahib Jee says you put one thread on, when that gets old you throw it away and put another on.

Naanak thag n thuttee jae thag hovai jor ||2||.
Guru Nanak Dev Jee says naanak thag n thuttee, Sathiguru Maharaj Jee says that thag, that thread would not thuttee, would not break, jae thag hovai jor, if that had any type of spiritual power. Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj is saying wear the spiritual thag around your soul, of contentment, compassion, modesty, loyalty, truth.

Ma 1 ||
Guru Nanak Dev Jee continues -

Naae ma(n)niai path oopajai saalaahee sach sooth ||Naae ma(n)niai - Believing, meditating upon The Name of God you will gain path - honour. Path oopajai means the threads of the cotton plants. Repeating The Name of God is putting those seeds in the ground. Sach sooth, that will give you the true sacred thread around your neck.

Dharageh a(n)dhar paaeeai thag n thoottas pooth ||3||
Dharageh a(n)dhar paaeeai, when you go into the court of The Lord Waheguru, thag n thoottas pooth, that blessed thag, that blessed pooth, that thread will never break. What thread? The thread which is made out of God's Name, that thread which is made out of Waheguru Waheguru, out of that meditation, that thread of honesty, truth, contentment, loyalty.

Ma 1 ||

Thag n ei(n)dhree thag n naaree ||
Thag n ei(n)dhree, there is no sacred thread for your organs, around each organ, you do not wear scared threads. Guru Nanak Dev Jee is especially talking about the sexual organ here. Guru Nanak Dev Jee says that when you commit misdemeanours, when you commit acts of adultery, where is your thread gone then? Thag n naaree. You say this is an initiation ceremony but you don't even put on a thag, a sacred thread around the women. Women aren't allowed to wear the sacred thread. What type of spirituality is this? Half of humanity is barred from your sacred thread. How can you do that? That is why in The Guru's house, we have Amrit both for men and women, gaatraa around the neck of both men and women.

Bhalakae thhuk pavai nith dhaarree ||
Guru Sahib Jee says nith - day in and day out, bhalakae means everyday, thhuk, spit is going into your dhaarree, into your beard. What does that mean? That means you're dishonouring yourself. Externally looking religious and internally committing all these misdemeanours and acts.

Thag n pairee thag n hathhee ||
Thag n pairee, you're not wearing a sacred thread around your feet against going to bad places. Thag n hathhee, you're stealing from others, there's no sacred thread around your hands.

Thag n jihavaa thag n akhee ||
Thag n jihavaa, you do not have a scared thread around your tongue, when you're lying about others and slandering others. Thag n akhee. When you're looking at others in evil ways, then you haven't got a sacred thread upon your eyes.

Vaethagaa aapae vathai ||
Vaethagaa, you're vaethagaa, you have no sacred thread. Your life is not within any type of maryaadaa, any type of rule, any type of regulation. Aapae vathai. You're sitting there and vathai, making threads for others.

Vatt dhhaagae avaraa ghathai ||
Vatt - twisting together cotton threads, avaraa ghathai, you put threads into necks of others. O priest, you're not even wearing a thread yourself.

Lai bhaarr karae veeaahu ||
You take bhaarr, you take money to arrange people's marriages.

Kadt kaagal dhasae raahu ||
You get out your kaagal, your horoscopes and you tell people the raahu, the ways they should live their lives according to the way the sun and the moon transit.

Sun vaekhahu lokaa eaehu viddaan ||
Guru Nanak Dev Jee says look at this viddaan, look at this strange thing that's happening in the world, O lokaa, O human beings.

Man a(n)dhhaa naao sujaan ||4||
Man a(n)dhhaa, he's blind, his mind is blind, he does not have any wisdom, naao sujaan, and people are saying he's great. People are calling him a wise man. Look at this, this is the world. Gurmukh piaareo, Guru Maharaj Jee is waking us up. Guru Jee is saying gurmukh piaareo, The Guru's Sikh, The Guru's disciple should be wearing a sacred thread upon his eyes, the sacred thread of truth, of modesty around his ears, not listening to anyone's slander, upon his tongue, not slandering anyone, upon his hands and not committing any misdeeds, upon his feet to make sure his feet never go along bad paths. Gurmukh piaareo, that is the sacred thread that we should wear.

Pourree ||

Saahib hoe dhaeiaal kirapaa karae thaa saaee kaar karaaeisee ||
If Saahib is dhaeiaal, is merciful, kirapaa karae thaa saaee kaar karaaeisee. Kirapaa karae - only when Waheguru Jee blesses us with Their kirapaa, with Their Grace, saaee kaar karaaeisee, do we commit to that seva. Only if Waheguru Jee blesses us with Their Grace can we perform Their seva.

So saevak saevaa karae jis no hukam manaaeisee ||
So saevak saevaa karae - that saevak, that servant performs service, jis no hukam manaaeisee - who Waheguru Jee himself blesses with the gift of accepting Waheguru Jee's Will, Waheguru Jee's hukam, Waheguru Jee's command.

Hukam ma(n)niai hovai paravaan thaa khasamai kaa mehal paaeisee ||
That gurmukh piaaraa who accepts the hukam, who accepts the command of The Guru, hovai paravaan - he is accepted, he is blessed. Thaa khasamai kaa mehal paaeisee. He will find honour in the court of The Lord.

Khasamai bhaavai so karae manahu chi(n)dhiaa so fal paaeisee ||
Khasamai bhaavai so karae, if you do what your khasam, what your husband Lord, what your Waheguru Jee wants, manahu chi(n)dhiaa so fal paaeisee. That person will find the chi(n)dhiaa, the fruits of their mind's desires. Whatever they ask for, they will get.

Thaa dharageh paidhhaa jaaeisee ||15||
They will go to the court of God paidhhaa, dressed in robes of honour, because they have got what Guru Nanak Dev Jee talked about in the shabad. Naae ma(n)niai path oopajai saalaahee sach sooth || Dharageh a(n)dhar paaeeai thag n thoottas pooth || Because they're wearing the true sacred thread of modesty, compassion, love, service and meditation upon God's Name.

Khasamai bhaavai so karae manahu chi(n)dhiaa so fal paaeisee ||
Thaa dharageh paidhhaa jaaeisee ||15||

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh.

 

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