English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 550


Salok ma 3 |

Guru Sahibjee speaks in the Bihaagraa raag. Bihaagraa raag is the raag in which there is an extreme pain in the soul. The soul is in extreme pain and is looking for a way to find eternal peace. In this search for peace Guru Amardaas jee says,

Dharavaesee ko jaanasee viralaa ko dharavaes |
Dharavaesee means a holy man or a renunciate. Guru Sahibjee says, the person who jaanasee – who understands being dharavaesee, who understands the art of being completely unattached from the world is viralaa – is rare, viralaa ko dharavaes. There is only a few people on this earth, Guru sahibjee says, who truly understand what it means to be unattached, what it means to be a dharavaes – what it means to be a saint, what it means to be completely absorbed into God. Guru Sahibjee says,

Jae ghar ghar hantai mangadhaa dhig jeevan dhig vaes |
If the renunciate thinks that all life is about ghar ghar hantai mangadhaa – is about wandering from door to door, begging for food –mangadhaa, dhig jeevan dhig vaes – that renunciate’s life is cursed and his vaes – the clothes, the robes that he wears are cursed as well. What Guru Amardaasjee is saying is that being a renunciate is not about wandering from house to house begging for alms, being a renunciate is about renouncing your ego, your attachment, your lust, your desires, your greed, your hatred. Giving up clothes, giving up living in a house – that’s not a true renunciate,

Jae aasaa andhaesaa thaj rehai guramukh bhikhiaa naao |
Then Gurujee talks about what it is to be a true renunciate. Jae aasaa andhaesaa thaj rehai – what do you have to give up? Do you have to give up your house? No! Do you have to give up your family? No! Do you have to give up your clothes? No! What do you have to give up? You have to give up your aasaa – your hopes and desires and your andhaesaa – your anxieties, give up your hopes and desires, give up your anxieties and what bhikhiaa do you receive? What alms do you beg for? Guramukh bhikhiaa naao – the alms that the follower of the Guru begs for is the naao – is the name of the Guru. That is the true renunciate. Then what does Guru Amardaasjee says?

This kae charan pakhaaleeahi naanak ho balihaarai jaao |1|
What does Naanak do? This kae charan pakhaaleeahi – Naanak washes the feet of such a renunciate. Ho balihaarai jaao – He is a sacrifice to that renunciate who has given up hopes, fears, desires, anxiety and who has absorbed him/herself into begging for the charity of the naam from Akaal Purakh.

Ma 3 |

Naanak tharavar eaek fal dhue pankhaeroo aahi |
This part of the shabad can be understood in many ways. One understanding can be this: O Naanak this world is a tree – tharavar and fal dhue – there are two fruits that hang from this tree and there are 2 birds – pankhaeroo, what this means is that this world is like a tree, this world is the tree, pain and happiness are the two fruits which hang from this tree. There are two parts of the soul, which Gurujee is talking about – which are the birds.

Aavath jaath n dheesehee naa par pankhee thaahi |
Gurujee goes on to say, these are not birds who have par – who have wings, aavath jaath n dheesehee – these can’t be seen, the birds can’t be seen aavath jaath – coming and going. Naa par pankhee thaahi – these birds don’t have wings. What are these birds? These birds are two parts of the soul. Just as when the soul leaves the body, no one can see the soul leaving, when the soul enters the body, no one has seen that either. Then Gurujee goes on to explain,

Bahu rangee ras bhogiaa sabadh rehai nirabaan |
One part of the soul bahu range ras bhogiaa – one part of the soul enjoys all these pleasures, all these colors of the world but does the other part of the soul do? Sabadh rehai nirabaan – the other part of the soul remain unattached and remains attached to the shabad of the Guru. So Gurujee is describing two parts of our soul, the one part which goes towards our soul and the one part which is inside us which is begging for the naam.

Har ras fal raathae naanakaa karam sachaa neesaan |2|
In the last line of this mehalaa Gurujee says, that soul, that being who is har ras fal raathae – who is raathae – who is imbued and absorbed in the fal – the fruit, the essence of Waheguru, of Naam, of Hari, Guru Amardaasjee says karam sachaa neesaan – that soul has the sachaa neesaan – has the insignia, has the symbol of God’s grace shining upon him. Karam in this case means grace. That soul has God’s grace which enjoys the fruit of God’s name.

Pourree |

In the last part of the shabad Guru sahibjee says,

Aapae dharathee aapae hai raahak aap janmaae peesaavai |
Guru sahibjee Himself is the field, apai hai raakhak – Waheguru Himself is the farmer, Waheguru Himself is the one who grows the corn and grinds it down into flour.

Aap pakaavai aap bhaaddae dhaee parosai aapae hee behi khaavai |
Waheguru Himself cooks the corn, aap bhaaddae dhaee parosai - Waheguru Himself puts out the dishes, lays them out on the table, aapae hee behi khaavai - Waheguru Himself sits down to eat what has been made.

Aapae jal aapae dhae shingaa aapae chulee bharaavai |
Aapae jal - Waheguru Himself is the water, aapae dhae shingaa - Waheguru Himself is the one who gives the toothpick, shingaa is a type of toothpick which is used in Punjab. Aapae chulee bharaavai - Waheguru Himself fills up the water for people to wash out their mouth after eating.

Aapae sangath sadh behaalai aapae vidhaa karaavai |
Waheguru Himself calls the congregation to sit down, aapae vidhaa karaavai - Waheguru Himself bids them goodbye. What does Guru sahibjee says in the end,

Jis no kirapaal hovai har aapae this no hukam manaavai |6|
Upon that person, whom Waheguru Himself, upon whom Hari Himself kirpaal hovai – blesses with His mercy this no hukam manaavai – that person walks according to the hukam, according to the will of Waheguru.

So Gurujee has covered a vast range of topics starting with talking about renunciation and then going on to the soul bird which is inside all of us – the two halves and then in the end Guru Sahibjee is talking about Wahegurujee’s will and has blessed us with the understanding. Only those people who are blessed by Guru sahib grace can walk on the path of His will.

Dharavaesee ko jaanasee viralaa ko dharavaes |
Jae ghar ghar hantai mangadhaa dhig jeevan dhig vaes |

Waheguru jee ka Khalsa, Waheguru jee ki Fateh!


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