English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 489

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Goojaree mehalaa 1 ||
Sathiguru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee Maharaj is speaking to us today in this hukamnama sahib. The context around the history of this hukamnama sahib is that this shabad was recited by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee in a conversation that they had with a group of holy men who were wandering saadhus. The saadhus were asking Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj whether they knew the extent of Waheguru, whether they could find the anth on Waheguru. Sri guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj replied with this shabad. Goojaree mehalaa 1, in Goojaree raagini by Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj.

Naabh kamal thae brehamaa oupajae baedh parrehi mukh ka(n)t(h) savaar ||
Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj talks here of a puraanic story, that story which is found in the mythology of India. Brehamaa is regarded as the demi-god who carried out creation. Sathiguru Maharaj sahib Jee in answering those saadhus talks to them with examples that they could understand. Sathiguru Maharaj Sahib Jee takes the example of Brehamaa. Brehamaa oupajae - was created from the kamal - the lotus which blossoms from the naadh - the navel of Vishnu. So, according to the puraanic story, Brehamaa was created from that lotus. Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj says that Brehamaa recited the baedh, the four Vedas, the four scriptures of the Hindu religion. Mukh ka(n)t(h), ka(n)t(h) means without looking at any paper, without looking at anything else, that's what it means to read from ka(n)t(h). It literally means from your own heart, from within. So, from within him he sung the four baedhs. Savaar - means decorating them, embellishing them in various ways. That naabh kamal, that lotus from which Brehamaa was made, can be understood to represent Maya, this illusion. It is through this illusion that all bodies are created, that the story of being born and dying comes forth. So, that Brehamaa who is created through the lotus, which comes from the navel of Vishnu, there is a story which is particulalarly connected with Brehamaa.

Brehamaa got stuck in ego and said as I'm the only one here, (this is before the creation of the world) I must be self existent, I must be the Almighty. In this ego he received an answer. It is said spiritually that no, you were created from this lotus. Brehamaa got an idea in his head that if he could kick the lotus with his foot and bend the stem of the lotus, then it would show that he was greater and more powerful than the lotus. So, Brehamaa kicked it once, kicked it twice, the third time he kicked it, he was enveloped by the stem of the lotus, he was taken back into the lotus, and descended within that lotus. It is said for 18 jugs, 18 periods of time, many many years, and at that time he did prayers to God and said O I realise, I am created, and I will also perish. Then, another 18 jugs, another 18 jug time span, then he came out of that stem. All in all, he was in that darkness for 36 jugs. Now what is the point that Guru Sahib is putting across to those saadhus? What is Maharaj Sahib Jee saying to us? That even people who regard themselves as great as Brehamaa, who got entangled in their ego, what does ego lead to? Ego leads to darkness within. That's what Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee is explaining. You cannot go out to find the extent of how great Waheguru is.

Thaa ko a(n)th n jaaee lakhanaa aavath jaath rehai gubaar ||1||
Thaa ko, of That Waheguru, no one can lakhanaa - can find out the a(n)th, the end, the limit of God. Those who have tried, aavath jaath - they've come upon this Earth and they've left. Rehai - they remain in gubaar - in darkness. The main point of that puraanic story that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj is relating to today is that even Brehamaa who considered himself the most learned and primal being, and considered himself to be greater than all, even he was enveloped by the darkness of ego. Guru Maharaj is talking to us and saying, be warned that ego only leads to being enveloped, only falling into darkness.

Preetham kio bisarehi maerae praan adhhaar ||
How can I bisarehi, how can I forget my preetham, my beloved Lord, mere praan adhhaar, the One Who is the adhaar, the support of my praan, my breath of life. Sathiguru Maharaj Sahib Jee is saying to us, O beings of the world, do not forget Waheguru. Forgetting Waheguru only leads us into darkness.

Jaa kee bhagath karehi jan poorae mun jan saevehi gur veechaar ||1|| rehaao ||
By doing bhagathee, by doing meditation upon Waheguru, jan - the humble servants are poorae - are completely made perfect. Their sins are washed away and they merge in with that perfect Waheguru. Those mun, those sages, those jan, those humble beings, those saints, saevehi, serve Waheguru, serve the Lord through gur veechaar - through understanding The Guru's veechaar, The Guru's wisdom, The Guru's teachings, The Guru's understanding, The Guru's mat. Rehaao - Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj says pause and think about this. Kio bisarehi maerae praan adhhaar? Preetham! Kio bisarehi maerae praan adhhaar. Keep this in your mind. Sathiguru Nanak Dev Jee is saying how can I forget That Waheguru Who is the support of my breath of life?

Rav sas dheepak jaa kae thribhavan eaekaa joth muraar ||
Rav meaning moon, sas meaning sun, dheepak meaning all the other light in this world. Whether it's the stars, whether it's electricity, all of that which is considered to bring light, jaa kae - that all belongs to That one Waheguru. Thribhavan - all the three worlds, through all of this, powering all of this, running through all of this is the eaekaa joth, the One Light of Waheguru. muraar - of That WaheguruWho is the destroyer of demons. Which demons? The demons of lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego. Another way of understanding this is rav sas, that person who has sas, the moon of bairaag, of unattachment to this world, and rav, the shining light of bibek - of true understanding, dheepak - the person who has these lights in their life, they realise that That Waheguru is thribhavan - is pervading through the three states of consciousness that the world are in. Jaagrath - being awake, supan - dreaming and sukhopath - dreamless sleep. Through all of these, Waheguru is pervading. That eaekaa joth, that One Light is pervading through all , That Waheguru Jee, Muraar, destroys the demons within them, destroys demons of desire and ego.

Guramukh hoe s ahinis niramal manamukh rain a(n)dhhaar ||2||
The guramukh - the Guru centred being, ahinis - day and night is niramal meaning nir - without, mal meaning filth. However, the manamukh, the mind centred being, their whole life passes as a(n)dhhaar - in a blinding darkness of rain, this night. They do not have the light of the moon of bairaag - of unattachment, or the sun of bibek, of true wisdom in their life.

Sidhh samaadhh karehi nith jhagaraa dhuhu lochan kiaa haerai ||
The sidhhaas, the yogic beings practice many samaadhhis, many types of practices to focus their concentration, karehi - they do these again and again, nith - day in and day out, they do jhagaraa - they debate these things. What is it that they debate? Dhuhu lochan kiaa haerai - who is the one who sees through these two eyes? We all see with our eyes, but who is truly sitting inside and watching? Who is the silent witness? That's the question that they ask again and again, and we can see these questions in the Sidhh Gosht, the bani of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj where they go through and debate with the sidhhaas. Another understanding of this line is dhuhu - that person who has duality in their lochan, in their eyes, who has love for Waheguru but also material, he's divided in between. He's attached to the world, and yet looking the other way as well. Maharaj Jee says kiaa haerai - what can that person see? One who is always full of duality, of this love of this world, what can that person see? That person cannot see Waheguru. another understanding of this line is dhuhu lochan - with the two eyes of bairaag and bibek, what is it that people with these two eyes see? Kiaa haerai - what can they see? What do those guramukhs, those Guru-centred beings see? Sathiguru Maharaj Sahib Jee goes on to say -

A(n)thar joth sabadh dhhun jaagai sathigur jhagar nibaerai ||3||
Those who cannot see, even a(n)thar, even within them there is that joth, there is that light, that light doesn't go. For those who can see, a(n)thar joth, they can see within them, that light is there. If we ask Maharaj Sahib Jee that those who cannot see this light how is it found? Maharaj Sahib jee says sabadh dhhun jaagai - if you are jaagai - if you are awakened through the dhhun, through the melody, through the sound, through the vibration of the sabadh, of The Guru's words, The Guru's bani, The Guru's mantra. Then what happens? Sathigur himself jhagar nibaerai - takes away the jhagar, all of the conflicts in you. It's the sabadh, it's meditation upon The Guru's sabadh which will take away all of the doubts and conflicts which are in our minds. Then, we will see the joth within.

Sur nar naathh baea(n)th ajonee saachai mehal apaaraa ||
Waheguru Jee you are beyond the sur, the angels, the nar - the human beings, the naathh - the nine sages. You are beant, you are beyond them. Ajoonee - you are never born and never die. Those who enter into the saachae mehal - the true house, the true state of being. What is the true house? The saadhsangat. Those who go into the saadhsangat, they find apaaraa, they find Waheguru Who is limitless. Those who meditate upon Waheguru, they find the true state of being, the turiaa avasthaa, the fourth state of being. The world is in jaagrath sleeping, supan - dreaming and sukhopath - dreamless sleep, but there is a fourth way of living. This is called turiaa avasthaa, brehamgyaan which we call, complete knowledge of The Lord. In this true state, apaaraa, they find Waheguru.

Naanak sehaj milae jagajeevan nadhar karahu nisathaaraa ||4||2||
Naanak - Guru Nanak Dev jee Maharaj says, through sehaj - spiritual wisdom, it also means a state of being where there is no happiness or sadness, where there is no enemy or friend, in that state of being, milae - they are united with jagajeevan - the life of this world Waheguru. we sould always keep this ardas upon our lips, nadhar - through Your nadhar, through Your Grace, karahu nisathaaraa - please save us, and please bless us with this state of sehaj, that we may meditate upon You and find You within us, find that a(n)thar joth within us.

Sur nar naathh baea(n)th ajonee saachai mehal apaaraa ||
Naanak sehaj milae jagajeevan nadhar karahu nisathaaraa ||4||2||

Waheguru Jee Ka khalsa Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh.

 

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