English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 514


Salok ma 3 ||
Sathiguru Amar Das Jee Maharaj blessing with Hukamnama today. Sathiguru is telling us the greatness of meditating upon Waheguru Jee's Naam, on The Name of The Lord, on Waheguru mantra in this shabad today. Sathiguru Maharaj Jee is telling us to take the support of The Name of The Lord. As we find Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj tells us -

                                                                   sarab sukhaa banae thaerai oulhai ||
                                                        bhram kae paradhae sathigur kholhae ||1|| rehaao ||

sukhaa - we gain all pleasures from taking the support from God's Name, from putting our faith in The Name of Akal Purakh. Bhram kae paradhae, the veil upon our eyes of falsehood are taken away with The Grace of The True Guru. Sathiguru Amar Das Jee Maharaj begins with the salok -

Vaahu vaahu aap akhaaeidhaa gur sabadhee sach soe ||
Vaahu vaahu is the sound we make when we're impressed. When someone does something that is so amazing that there are no other words left to say, so we say vaahu, that's excellent. It's like saying wow, amazing, beyond words. Who is this vaahu vaahu for? This is for when seeing the greatness of Akal Purakh. As when Guru Nanak Dev Jee says on Ang 788 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj -

                                              vaahu khasam thoo vaahu jin rach rachanaa ham keeeae ||

Great, all hail to you, khasam, O my Lord Master God, jin rach rachanaa ham keeeae - who created this whole creation and made us. Hence this idea of vaahu vaahu being a word which is used to describe something that is beyond all other descriptions, just an amazing feeling being put through this word. Vaahu vaahu in this shabad also means the word Waheguru. O great wonderful Lord, O Guru, Who brings us from darkness into light, O God, You are great, You are beyond all descriptions, Sathiguru Jee, you take us from darkness into light. So both of these meanings work together in this line.

Sathiguru Jee begins this line, vaahu vaahu aap akhaaeidhaa. Wherever you see this vaahu vaahu together, it is talking about The Guru's Mantra Waheguru which is vaahu, which is beyond all description, which is so amazing that it's beyond all words. Sathiguru Amar Das Jee tells us, O Sikhs of The Guru, if Waheguru Jee blesses you with His own grace, aap - Waheguru Jee Himself, akhaaeidhaa, causes us Himself to speak the praises, to chant Waheguru, Waheguru with our tongues, and to taste this essence of Naam Simran. When we taste this essence of Naam Simran, this complete bliss and pleasure, we cry out Vaahu vaahu, O Waheguru Jee You are great, You are beyond all description. Gur sabadhee sach soe - through The Guru's shabad, through The Guru's mantra, which The Guru has blessed us with, sach soe - those Gurmukh piaare, those blessed souls who have meditated upon this, their soe, their glorious praises are sach, are forever true. They find that soe, that Waheguru Jee, Who is sach, Who is eternal.

Vaahu vaahu sifath salaah hai guramukh boojhai koe ||
Seeing the praises of God, seeing the greatness of God, and saying Waheguru Waheguru with each breath, is sifath, is meditation and salaah is singing the praises. Salaah in Arabic also means liberation. By singing the sifath, by singing the praises and meditating upon The Guru's mantra, The Waheguru mantra, salaah, we will achieve mukti. Guramukh boojhai koe. Maharaj says that the Guramukhs, those who follow The Guru are koe, are very rare. The Guramukhs, the ones who follow The Guru boojhai, they understand this, why? Because they are blessed with this understanding by The Guru.

Vaahu vaahu baanee sach hai sach milaavaa hoe ||
Vaahu vaahu - great, blessed, indescribable baanee sach hai. The Guru's baanee, The Guru's words are indescribable, they are sach, they are completely eternal. On the other side vaahu vaahu, to speak Waheguru Waheguru, that is the true speech (baanee meaning speech). They are the true and eternal words to chant. By chanting The Guru's baanee, by chanting The Guru's mantra, sach milaavaa hoe, we'll be milaavaa, we'll be united with the eternal truth of God, Waheguru.

Naanak vaahu vaahu karathiaa prabh paaeiaa karam paraapath hoe ||1||
Naanak, Sathiguru Amar Das Jee Maharaj says vaahu vaahu karathiaa prabh paaeiaa. By singing the praises of Waheguru, by chanting The Waheguru mantra, paaeiaa - you will find, prabh - That Lord God. Karam paraapath hoe - only through the karam, only through the blessings, only through the grace of God and The Guru, paraapath hoe - can Waheguru Jee be found. As Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj tells us in the Mool Mantra, that Waheguru Who is Ik Oankaar, Who is The eternal One, Who is The creator, nourisher, destroyer of all, Who is sath - eternal, Who is Naam, Who is known throughout the world, Who is karathaa - The creator of all, Who is purakh - Who is pervading through all, Who is nirabho - beyond fear, Who is niravair - beyond enemity, Who is akaal - immortal, beyond kaal, beyond time, beyond death, Moorath - Guru Jee says moo - I, am in love, rath - I have love for That Waheguru. Ajoonee - Who is beyond birth and death, saibhan - Who is self-illuminated, Who doesn't depend upon anyone. That Waheguru Who is all of these qualities is found through Gur Prasaadh, is found through The Guru's grace. That is what Maharaj Sahib Jee is saying in this tukk today as well.

Ma 3 ||

Sathiguru Amar Das Jee Maharaj goes on to say -

Vaahu vaahu karathee rasanaa sabadh suhaaee ||
That rasanaa, that tongue which sings the praises of God, that rasanaa which sings Waheguru Waheguru day and night, is suhaaee, is blessed with the sabadh. Nothing else comes out of that rasanaa, only the sabadh. Day and night, only Waheguru Waheguru, whether they're getting up, whther they're going to sleep-

                                                           oot(h)ath bait(h)ath sovath naam ||
                                                             kahu naanak jan kai sadh kaam ||

- getting up, bait(h)ath - sitting down, sovath - sleeping, naam - they meditate upon The Naam again and again.

Poorai sabadh prabh miliaa aaee ||
Through the poorai, through the perfect shabad, through the Waheguru mantra, prabh miliaa aaee, you will be miliaa, you will be united, aaee, you will come to meet, Waheguru, The Lord God.

Vaddabhaageeaa vaahu vaahu muhahu kadtaaee ||
Vaddabhaageeaa - those who have great fortunes, vaahu vaahu muhahu kadtaaee. Waheguru Jee gets them to chant, The Guru gets them to chant vaahu vaahu, Waheguru Waheguru, The Guru gets them to chant the glorious praises of God. Vaddabhaageeaa can also mean those from whom the idea of vadd, of being great, the idea of being better than others has bhaageeaa, has run away. So from those who have been blessed, and their ego has departed, vaahu vaahu, they cry out vaahu vaahu, Waheguru Jee You are great, they taste this essence of divine bhagtee. Muhahu kadtaaee, this comes out of their mouths, flowing out itself.

Vaahu vaahu karehi saeee jan sohanae thinh ko parajaa poojan aaee ||
Those who cry out these praises of The Lord, those who chant the Waheguru mantra, saeee jan sohanae, those jan, those humble persons are sohanae, are blessed. Thinh ko parajaa poojan aaee. The world comes to worship them. Not just the parajaa of this world, but of many worlds, those who we can and cannot see with these eyes, all of the angelic beings come to praise them.

Vaahu vaahu karam paraapath hovai naanak dhar sachai sobhaa paaee ||2||
Maharaj Jee says that to sing the praises of Waheguru, to chant is only paraapath, is only found through karam. Karam here means the grace, the blessings of The Guru. Maharaj Jee says those who have meditated upon this mantra, who have met The Guru, who have been blessed with this mantra, dharr sachai - in the court of The Lord, in the court of truth, sobhaa paaee - they are honoured, they are blessed.

Pourree ||

Bajar kapaatt kaaeiaa garrh bheethar koorr kusath abhimaanee ||
Within this kaaeiaa, within this body, there are bajar kapaatt, there are massive rigid doors, almost like iron doors of this body. Maharaj Jee says this body itself is like a garrh, like a fortress. What is in this garrh? There are five kosh, five different states which the being is in. We think we have just this physical body, but no, within we have these spiritual bodies, which are called the panj kosh, the praanmae kosh, that body which is sustained by breath, annmae - that which is sustained by food, manmae - which is centred around the mind, gyaanmae - which is centred around knowledge, and anandmae - which is centred around bliss. And so, this fortress has many different compartments within it, many different rooms within it. There are big doors, almost iron doors, bajjar kapaatt doors which cannot be moved. And what is that? It is the veil of falsehood which is what Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee says in Japji Sahib, kiv koorrhai tuttai paal - the veil of koorhai, of falsehood which is within this body, how can it be opened? Koorr kusath abhimaanee, because of these doors and because of the intricacies of this fortress, the being is full of koorr - of falsehood, kusath - with those actions which are harmful, abhimaanee - with ego.

Bharam bhoolae nadhar n aavanee manamukh a(n)dhh agiaanee ||
Bhoolae - deluded, in bharam - in doubt, nadhar n aavanee - they never open their eyes, they can't see because they're in this darkness of bharam, of doubt. What is bharam? Bharam means to believe something to be what it's not. If we see a rope at night, and we believe it to be a snake, when the morning comes we see it was just a rope, and the fear was unfounded. This is what bharam is. Sathiguru Paatshah Jee says that seeing this world, we think that it's true, nadhar n aavanee, we do not see the actual truth, manamukh a(n)dhh agiaanee; because we are following our minds, manamukh, a(n)dhh, and we have the darkness around us of agiaanee, of spiritual ignorance.

Oupaae kithai n labhanee kar bhaekh thhakae bhaekhavaanee ||
Through these oupaae, through these external efforts which we do, like going to pilgrimages externally, and keeping cleanliness, not speaking, all these things, n labhanee - you cannot find Akal Purakh in this way. Kar bhaekh thhakhae bhaekhavaanee. Even the bhaekhavaanee the founders of bhaekh, of all these different religious robes and garments, they are thhakhae, they are tired and they haven't found The Lord. Maharaj Jee says there's only one way -

Gur sabadhee kholaaeeanih har naam japaanee ||
Only through The Guru's sabadh, kholaaeeanih, can these doors be opened, can the paal - the veil of falsehood be taken away. Har naam japaanee. Maharaj Sahib Jee says, for this reason meditate upon The Naam, The Name of The Lord.

Har jeeo a(n)mrith birakh hai jin peeaa thae thripathaanee ||14||
Har jeeo - Waheguru Jee, is the birakh - the tree, of a(n)mrith, of immortality. Waheguru Jee is The One in whose protection we can go and we are blessed with the shade of liberation. That type of tree with the fruit of spiritual knowledge. Jin peeaa, those who have drunk, and with their tongue have meditated, and while meditating with our tongue it slowly goes inside. Like when we eat food, we eat with our mouth but it goes inside us. Maharaj Jee says -
rasanaa naam japahu thab mathheeai ein bidhh a(n)mrith paavahu II

With your rasanaa, with your tongue, naam japahu, meditate . ein bidhh - in this way, a(n)mrith paavahu - you will find immortality, when The Naam goes inside.

Jin peeaa, those who have meditated upon The Guru's mantra day and night, thae thripathaanee they have been satisfied. All of the fires within them of desires, anger, lust, they've all been put out with The Guru's grace.

Gur sabadhee kholaaeeanih har naam japaanee ||
Har jeeo a(n)mrith birakh hai jin peeaa thae thripathaanee ||14||

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh.


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