English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 641


Sorath mehalaa 5 ghar 2 asattapadheeaa
Sathiguru Sahibjee, Guru Arjan Sahibjee is explaining to us today. Maharaj Sahibjee is talking to us in the sorath ragini, in the ghar 2 - in the second house of beat and rhythm, asattapadheeaa - this shabad has asatt - eight padheeaa - parts to it. Padheeaa literally means feet, so eight parts make up this shabad. Sathiguru Sahibjee begins with the mangalacharan,

Ik oankaar sathigur prasaadh |
There is One eternal creator Lord Waheguru who is pervading through all, who is forever Sat - forever true and is found through the prasaadh - through the grace of the Guru. Sathiguru Maharaj Sahibjee begins the shabad, Sathiguru Maharaj Sahibjee says,

Paath parriou ar baedh beechaariou nival bhuangam saadhae |
Some people, Maharaj Sahibjee says paath parriou - in this case it means to read over the vocabulary and to study the grammer - the viakarun of religious scriptures. Many people spend their lives studying away, Sathiguru Patshahjee says, the grammar of the Vedas - of the Hindu holy scriptures, of other holy scriptures, beechaariou - and sit there debating these, not taking the essence but debating. Sathiguru Maharaj jee says if you are just reading in order to debate, paath parriou ar baedh beechaariou - why are you reading that paath? Why are you reading through those scriptures, ar baedh beechaariou - just to get the beechaariou - just to get something worth debating out of it? Sathiguru Maharaj jee says nival - nival means to clean your nostrils and other bodily organs, internally cleanse yourself with water by pushing through these, internally trying to cleanse these. Bhuangam saadhae - to control your bhuangam - the kundalini energy which is a snake like energy from the base of the spine all the way up to the last chakar - to the last spiritual center in our body. Guru Sahibjee says people read holy scriptures just in order to debate, just to get one over another people, just out of ego, just so that they can say I've read this many. Maharaj jee says nival - by pushing water through the orifices of your body do you think you'll be able to clean out the sins which are inside you? Do you think you'll be able to clean out the ego which is inside you? bhuangam saadhae - if you try and control the kundalini energy at the base of your spine - if that is the focus of your life, simply doing these things, then Guru Sahibjee says,

Panch janaa sio sang n shuttakiou adhik ahanbudh baadhae |1|
But you cannot be saved from the sang - from the company of the panch janaa - the five who dwell with you, your five companions, who are they? Desires, ego, anger, attachment and greed. You cannot be shuttakiou - you cannot be liberated from them, these five just by simply reading scriptures in order to get into debates or reading scriptures just for your own ego. By cleaning away insides with water, it will not clean the filth of the mind. Bhuangam saadhae - by trying to control the energies within your body you will not be able to control you mind, you will not be able to control these passions adhik - instead what will happen? Adhik ahanbudh baadhae - you'll be tied down by great amount of ahanbudh -by great amount of ego, ahan budh - two words put together, budh means that understanding, ahan means of ego. Your understanding will be completely ego centered, not Guru-centered. Guru Sahibjee says,

Piaarae ein bidh milan n jaaee mai keeeae karam anaekaa |
O my beloved Sikhs, O people of the world ein bidh Milan n jaaee - this is not the bidh, this is not the path, the way of milan with Waheguru. mai keeeae karam anaekaa - I've performed countless of these actions. Guru Sahibjee is speaking to us, but look how great the Guru is, the Guru never says O look you are like this, this is the badness in you, you know! Guru Sahibjee takes our sins upon themselves. Of course Maharaj Sahibjee has never gone through any of these rituals, of course Maharaj sahibjee hasn't taken out any of these actions, of course they haven't done nival or any of these things. But Maharaj Sahibjee is explaining to us just like when a teacher teaches his class A B C he may be a BA degree holder, he may be a post graduate but when he teaches his kids he says A B C; A for apple, B for banana, C for Cat and why is this? Do you think he doesn't know? Of course he knows but to explain to those children he has to go through those motions as well. In the same way Guru Sahibjee is saying mai keeeae karam anaekaa - look how great the Guru is, taking our sins, taking our mistakes upon themselves just to explain to us and calling us piaarae - beloved.

Haar pariou suaamee kai dhuaarai dheejai budh bibaekaa | rehaao |
Maharaj sahibjee says, if we ask Maharaj well I've done all of these things how can I get true peace of mind then? How can I get union with the Lord that I've been begging for? Maharaj jee says haar pariou - first fall at and haar - with complete surrender; surrender all of your ego, all of your clever tricks - everything before the Guru suaamee kai dhuaarai - at the door of the Guru. Through the Guru, dhuaarai means the door of the Guru, through the Guru, through your suaamee, through your Lord master, through Siri Guru Naanak Devjee dheejai budh bibaekaa - the Guru Himself, look how great the Guru is! The guru lived the life of Bhai Lehna Jee, Baba Lehna Jee to show us how to haar pariou - how to lose our clever tricks. When Guru Naanak Devjee said climb up a tree and shake it and sweets will fall down Bhai Lehna jee never questioned it. When Guru Naanak Devjee threw the pot which was in their hands into the mud, Bhai Lehna jee never questioned them when Guru Naanak Devjee said go and get it. To this point even when Guru Naanak Devjee Maharaj dressed wildly and went into the jungles and according to the writings of Kavi Santokh Singhjee in Siri Guru Naanak Prakash, Guru Sahibjee kept a stick with them and beat away some of the Sikhs, even then Bhai Lehna Singhjee was there, haar pariou is the way to learn.

If you want something to learn then learn from the life of Guru Angad Devjee about how to be a true Sikh. Learn from the life of Siri Guru Amardaasjee Maharaj - 12 years serving the Guru in the ripe old age of their 70s and 80s - in that age when people can't even walk around, bringing water for Gurujee's ishnaan every morning in pitch black darkness. There weren't street lights back then. That is the way of haar pariou - to lose yourself at the feet of the Guru, through the seva of the Guru, through the selfless service of the Guru - suaamee kai dhuaarai dheejai budh bibaekaa - the ardhaas of the Sikh should be please bless me with bibaek budh - with that consciousness, with that understanding of bibaek - of true spiritual wisdom, that I can discern, that I can know what is right and what is wrong O my Guru. Please bless me so that I may know the path - pause and think about this - Guru Sahibjee is saying.

Mon bhaeiou karapaathee rehiou nagan firiou ban maahee |
Maharaj Sahibjee gives more examples. Mon bhaeiou karapaathee rehiou - you may have become a monee - a silent sage and within the house of the Guru spiritual scholars have described four types of silence. 1. Gung mon: which is from birth. Some people are born and unfortunately they cannot speak. 2. Kaath mon: they try and be quiet like the trees. They don't speak, they give up speaking themselves and they think that this will make their mind quiet. 3. Jar mon: because of some sort of illness someone speaks less or gives up speaking. 4. Giaan mon: this has been described by Siri Guru Granth Sahibjee chupai changaa naanakaa - I would rather be quiet, says the Guru, vin naavai muhi gandh - without the Name of the Guru everything else is dirt, everything else is filth.

That is the true time to be quiet: jithai bolan hariae, Guru Granth Sahibjee says, where by speaking you will lose the profit of the Naam, where you will lose out, where by speaking you will simply engage in nindiya, where by speaking you are simply engaging in slander, thithe change chup - it's better to be quite there. There is mon in the house of the Guru but there is only giaan mon - spiritual silence; knowing when to be queit, knowing when to speak. When the sangat is doing keertan that is not the time to be quiet that's the time to sing along.

When we are talking about the praises of the Guru that's the time to talk but when people are slandering each other that's the time to be quiet. So Guru Sahibjee says like the trees you try to be quiet but you cannot quieten your mind chupai chup n hovee jae laae rehaa liv thaar, Guru Naanak Devjee tells us in Japjee Sahib - by keeping your mouth shut you cannot shut off your mind from this world. Karapaathee rehiou - you've even given up eating out of bowls, you are saying that I'll just eat out of my kar - out of my hands. Nagan firiou ban maahee - you live in the ban - in the jungle nagan - not wearing any clothes. Maharaj Sahibjee is saying that by simply doing these actions you will not receive liberation.

Thatt theerath sabh dharathee bhramiou dhubidhaa shuttakai naahee |2|
Thatt theerath - you may live on the river-bank, on the site of pilgrimage, sabh darathee bhramiou - you may wander over the whole dharathee - the whole world.Dhubidhaa shuttakai naahee - but your dhubidhaa - that sense of duality which is within you, that attachment to this illusion of the world shuttakai naahee - you will not be liberated from that. You can only be liberated from dhubidhaa - from that duality by meditating on IkOangkaar - that One eternal Lord. Guru Sahibjee goes on to explain that later in the shabad,

Man kaamanaa theerath jaae basiou sir karavath dharaaeae |
Why have you gone to the theerath? Why have you basiou - why have you picked up your things and why are you living at this site of pilgrimage? Guru Sahibjee says man kaamanaa - simply for your mind's desires. Even when you go to these places of pilgrimage you are still following what your mind says, you are not listening. The idea of going to places of pilgrimage, the idea of going to Siri Harmandir Sahibjee, Siri Hazoor Sahibjee, Siri Patna Sahibjee - the idea of going to these places is to learn the history of the Guru, to attach ourselves to the keertan, to the ithihaas - to the history, to learn something, to listen to the katha that happens at those places - to learn something, to do seva of the sangat. But Guru Sahibjee says that if you go to those places and you just focus upon the kaamanaa - the desires of your mind then what happens?

Guru Maharaj Sahibjee goes on to say sir karavath dharaaeae - there was a pilgrimage called Kansi and before British rule in India there use to be a karavath - there use to be a saw and the priest at Kansi said that anyone who kills themselves with this saw will go to heaven. So many innocent people killed themselves. What was the catch? O you have to give us all of your money, all of your clothes, your wife - everything that belongs to you, your land and then kill yourself with the saw and you'll go to heaven. These thugs were looting people and when the British took over that place they outlawed that, they banned it. But Guru Sahibjee says,

Man kee mail n outharai eih bidh jae lakh jathan karaaeae |3|
In this way, in this method you cannot outharai - you cannot take off the mail - the dirt of your mind jae lakh jathan karaaeae - even if you try and do this thousands of times - lakh times.

Kanik kaaminee haivar gaivar bahu bidh dhaan dhaathaaraa |
If you give away bahu bidh - many different things and you become dhaan dhaathaaraa - you become a giver and you give away all of these things in dhaan, what things? Kanik - gold, kaaminee - your wife, your partner, haivar - horses, gaivar - elephants - simply by giving all of these and thinking oh I will achieve liberation, no!

Ann basathr bhoom bahu arapae neh mileeai har dhuaaraa |4|
Even by giving ann - food away, basathr - clothes away, bhoom - by giving land away, bahu - many of these arapae - giving them away neh mileeai har dhuaaraa - this is not the dhuaaraa - this is not the path of mileeai - of uniting with Hari, of uniting with Waheguru. This is not the path of ending up at the door of the Guru. The Guru says yes these are all blessed things but if you are going to give something away in charity, there is a saying in Punjabi, if you give with your left hand don't even let your right hand know you've given. What does that mean? Don't give something and then go around the whole town saying, oh I gave this to the Gurudwara, I gave this to this. Then what you've given simply adds to your ego. You are meant to give selflessly. Don't give an announcement to the whole world oh I've given this. Maharaj jee says this is not the giver, you are meant to lose yourself. Aap gavaaeeai thaa sahu paaeeai - if you give up yourself, your sense of I then you'll find your husband Lord.

Poojaa arachaa bandhan ddanddouth khatt karamaa rath rehathaa |
Many people worshipped idols, did pooja of them, arachaa is to sprinkle water over them, bandhan ddanddouth - bowing down again and again, lying down like a stick is called ddanddouth khatt karamaa rath rehathaa - you've got rath - you are attached to khatt karamaa - six types of rituals; external rituals. But why are you doing these things, Maharaj jee says?

Ho ho karath bandhan mehi pariaa neh mileeai eih jugathaa |5|
Each of these things you do you wash it away by just doing ho ho - by saying yes, I did this, I did that, this is mine, that is mine, I gave this, I did this. Ho ho karath bandhan mehi pariaa - doing this you pariaa - you fall into the entanglements of your ego. Neh mileeai eih jugathaa - this is not the jugathaa - this is not the method of mileeai - of uniting in with Waheguru.

Jog sidh aasan chouraaseeh eae bhee kar kar rehiaa |
You may achieve sidhees - miraculous powers, through Jog - through Yoga you may do the 84 asans - the eighty four postures. Eae bhee kar kar rehiaa - you may do these again and again - kar kar rehiaa meaning again and again.

Vaddee aarajaa fir fir janamai har sio sang n gehiaa |6|
Through yoga - through controlling you may get a very long life but Guru jee says fir fir janamai - even then you do not give up your ego. This is not the path of giving up your ego. Fir fir janamai - you'll be born again and again har sio sang n gehiaa - you cannot attach yourself to the company of the Lord.

Raaj leelaa raajan kee rachanaa kariaa hukam afaaraa |
On the other hand you may attach yourself to leelaa - to pleasures of raaj - to kingly pleasures, driving around big cars, living in big houses, raajan kee rachanaa - adding to your collections, kings will add to their kingdoms, now days tycoons of an industry adding to their business empire. Kariaa hukam afaaraa - you think that your hukam is unchallengeable, you think that your words, your commands are unchallengeable? Well you've got another thing coming.

Saej sohanee chandhan choaa narak ghor kaa dhuaaraa |7|
Maharaj Sahibjee says you may have a saej sohanee - you may have a beautiful bed to lie on, sohanee also means a beautiful partner and chandhan choaa - your bed may be perfumed with sandalwood oil but narak ghor kaa dhuaaraa - but if this bed causes you to forget the amritvela - the immortal hours of nectar - the early morning, if in this bed all you do is fulfill your desires and all you do is attach yourself to your desires then it becomes the dhuaaraa - the door of ghor narak - the deepest hell.

Har keerath saadhasangath hai sir karaman kai karamaa |
After hearing all of the this the Sikhs say to Guru Arjan Devjee, Maharaj how can we be saved? Maharaj Sahibjee says, Har keerath saadhasangath hai sir karaman kai karamaa - O Sikhs of the Guru, O people of the world do you want to know the sir - the highest of all actions, the greatest of all action? Karaman kai karamaa - the highest of all actions is, Maharaj sahibjee says, har keertah saadhasangath hai - singing the praises of Hari, of Waheguru in the sangath - in the company of the saadhus - the holy Sikhs of the Guru, in the company of the Guru and the holy Sikhs of the Guru that is the greatest action. Sitting with them your ego will be washed away.

Kahu naanak this bhaeiou paraapath jis purab likhae kaa lehanaa |8|
Sathiguru Naanak Devjee Maharaj, the fifth Guru Nanak Guru Arjan Devjee Maharaj says, kahu naanak this bhaeiou paraapath - this is given, this is blessed upon that being, that being becomes paraa - beyond any dishonor, that being goes beyond the honor and dishonor of this world jis purab likhae kaa lehanaa - who is purab - who is preordained to received this.

Thaero saevak eih rang maathaa |
This is the rang - the color of intoxication of true love that Your servant is colored in O Waheguru.

Bhaeiou kirapaal dheen dhukh bhanjan har har keerathan eihu man raathaa | rehaao dhoojaa |1|3|
O great kirapaal - O merciful Lord, dheen dhukh bhanjan - the One who takes away the pain of the dheen - the lowly ones, bhanjan means to take away, har har keerathan eihu man raathaa - let my mind be raathaa - let my mind be imbued with, tell me to read Sukhmani Sahib again, to listen to more keertan, to say Waheguru again and again, to do two hours of simran, three hours of simran, give me that thirst inside that I may also say: aakhaa jeevaa visarai mar jaao, give me that saachae naam kee laagai bhookh - that hunger for Your Name that har har keerathan eihu man raathaa - that my mind may have the thirst for, that my mind may be imbued with the praises of Hari - of the nourisher of this world. Keerathan doesn't just mean getting a vaja out, keerathan can be you singing your Japjee sahib, keerathan can be you saying Waheguru, keerathan can be you walking along the path and singing a shabad again and again in love. Praising the God in all Its glory and form - that is keerathan, Guru Sahibjee says rehaao dhoojaa - this is the second point to think about in this day.
The first rehaao in this shabad tells us that fall in front of the Guru and ask for true understanding. The second rehaao tells us ask for true understanding and ask for a thirst for the Naam - these two things are the ultimate blessings in the house of Guru Nanak.

Thaero saevak eih rang maathaa |
Bhaeiou kirapaal dheen dhukh bhanjan har har keerathan eihu man raathaa | rehaao dhoojaa |1|3|

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh!

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