English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 534


Raag dhaevagandhaaree mehalaa 5 ghar 4
Dhan dhan Siri Guru Arjan Devjee Maharaj is blessing us today. Sathiguru Maharaj speaks in dhaevagandhaaree raag and the shabad is in the 4 ghar - the fourth house of singing and rhythm. Sathiguru Sahibjee begins the shabad with manglacharan, with the introduction,

Ik oankaar sathigur prasaadh |
There is One Eternal Light, Akaal Purkah Waheguru God who is the creator, nourisher and destroyer of the whole world, who is forever sat, who is eternal and is found through the parasaadh - through the grace of the Eternal Guru.

Sathiguru Patshahjee today is talking about the external and internal shows of faith. Sathiguru Patshahjee is talking about what is going on inside us. So gurmukh piaareo the first line is,

Karath firae ban bhaekh mohan rehath niraar |1| rehaao |
Some people wander around and they are wearing bhaekh - which means they are wearing the outer robes, outer clothes of religion - whatever that may be. I remember Siri Guru Granth Sahibjee Maharaj's baanee is for the whole world. It's eternal baanee, eternal truth. Many people wander around externally dressed as spiritual teachers or spiritual beings, religious beings. Gurmukh piaareo this word ban that comes up in the first line, some people have translated this as forest; that some people are wandering around the forests with religious robes on. But Bhai Sahib bhai Veer Singh jee has translated this as places of pilgrimages in their pothi santhiya Siri Guru Granth Sahibjee, in the 7th pothi, upon page 3332 of that pothi, bhai sahib jee explains this word that ban is related to water, so this is talking about places of pilgrimage. So if we take it as forest or as places of pilgrimage, people wear external robes of religion and they are walking around at these places of pilgrimages trying to attract followers but that mohan rehath niraar. That mohan - enticer, Lord God, that Waheguru who is fascinating, who is amazing remains niraar - literally means out of their reach, beyond them. Although they are dressed outwardly as religious scholars, as holy men but those people really haven't got any grasp of Akaal Purakh, of Waheguru, of Lord God. They haven't got any experience. They have the external robes to try and get people to follow them. Why is that? Sathiguru Sahibjee says pause and think about this today, in the rehaao line. Sathiguru Sahibjee blesses us in the next tuk of the shabad and Sathiguru Patshahjee talks about these people who are wandering around at the places of pilgrimages.

Kathan sunaavan geeth neekae gaavan man mehi dharathae gaar |1|
Kathan sunaavan - they sit and preach, they perform religious sermons, geeth neekae gaavan - they sing beautiful songs, man mehi dharathae gaar - but inside them internally, man here is talking about your internal, what's going on inside, what we in English call the mind or the spiritual body within. Dharathae means there is a build up of gaar - gaar refers to dirt but Bhai Sahib Bhai Veer Singh jee has explained that gaar is talking about dirt which builds up at a bottom of a pond, dirt, the mud which is building up at the bottom of the pond. When we look at the top of the pond the water looks clean, it looks so clean that it looks drinkable but when we put our foot into the water we realize that this pond is full of dirt when our foot sinks into the dirt. What Guru Sahibjee is saying is that although those people look tranquil, look clear, look transparent, it looks as if they have spirituality, it looks as if they are pure, it looks as if they are close to the Lord but if you truly spend time with them, you look beyond the outward shows you see that there is gaar - there is mud. Gaar has been translated as other scholars as the filth of ego. That inside there is this filth of ego which hasn't been removed by the outward shows.

Ath sundhar bahu chathur siaanae bidhiaa rasanaa chaar |2|
Ath sundhar - they may look very beautiful, ath meaning most, sundhar meaning beautiful, bahu chathru siaanae - they may be very clever, very wise and educated, bidhiaa rasanaa chaar - their tongue may look beautiful, may be embellished with bidhiaa - with education. They may know the worlds' entire philosophies. They may have such education that whenever they speak they look beautiful but Guru sahibjee tells us what is the path of Sikhi. If we ask Maharaj if this isn't the path then what is the path and Maharaj jee tells us,

Maan moh maer thaer bibarajith eaehu maarag khanddae dhaar |3|
If you want to walk upon the path of khanddae dhaar - the double edged sword, Sikhi is the maarag - is the path of double edge sword, Khalsa is born out of double edged sword and in the hands of Khalsa like Baba Deep Singh jee we see them wielding the double edged sword and inside them there is a double edged sword of naam - gianai ki badhani - Guru Gobind Singhjee says in Krishan Avtaar - the weapon of spiritual knowledge. Eaehu maarag khanddae dhaar - walking upon this double edged sword, what does it mean? Guru Sahibjee says maan - pride of yourself, maer thaer - the thoughts of this belongs to me, this belongs to you, the thoughts of this is my enemy, this is my friend, moh - attachment to material goods, bibarajith - these are all banned, these all have to be forsaken, these all have to given up - this is the maarag of khanddae dhaar - of the double edged sword. Who can walk on that fine path, fine meaning bareek - that thin edge, someone who is equally so humble that they they've given up the weight upon their head of ego, the weight upon their head of pride, the weight upon their head of enmity, the weight upon their head of attachment. Only person who is also bareek, who is also so humble and doesn't carry any of that baggage, only that person can walk upon that path.

Kahu naanak thin bhavajal thareealae prabh kirapaa santh sangaar |4|1|31|
Sathiguru Patshahjee says, don't give up hope hearing this, don't think that this is out of your reach, think bhavajal thareealae - there are those who have been liberated from this ocean of fear, how? - with prabh kirapaa - the grace of God, grace of Waheguru santh sangaar - go into the company of the saints, go into the company of gursikhs who meditate upon Guru, who meditate upon Waheguru, who read the baanee of Siri Guru Granth Sahibjee and live their life according to that, go into the sangat, what will happen? You will also be carried across, you'll also be liberated.
So sangat jee Sathiguru Arjan Devjee Maharaj is talking about the external displays in this world and Maharaj jee is saying do not let your pond be filled up with gaar. Truly follow the words of Siri Guru Amardaasjee Maharaj, jeeahu niramal baaharahu niramal | - have internal and external purity.

Maan moh maer thaer bibarajith eaehu maarag khanddae dhaar |3|
Kahu naanak thin bhavajal thareealae prabh kirapaa santh sangaar |4|1|31|

Waheguru jee ka Khalsa, Waheguru jee ki Fateh!


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