English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 727

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Thilang baanee bhagathaa kee kabeer jee
Thilang raga, this is the bani, the immortal Divine Words of the bhagaths, of the devotees of The Lord, and the shabad is by Kabeer Jee. The shabad begins,

Ik oankaar sathigur prasaadh l
There is One Eternal Nourisher, Creator, Destroyer of this world, Waheguru, Who pervades through all, Who is the Light in all, and Who is found through the prasaadh, through the grace of the sath, the Eternal Guru. Bhagath Kabeer Jee begins the shabad today,

Baedh kathaeb eifatharaa bhaaee dhil kaa fikar n jaae l
The uthaanaka, the context which is attached to this shabad is that a Hindu priest, a Brahman, and Qazi, a Muslim priest were arguing over their religious scriptures, and they came to Bhagath Kabeer Jee and they asked whose religious scriptures are greater. That is the story, that is the uthaanaka which is attached to this shabad. However, on a wider level Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee is talking to us today, and he's talking to all of those people who are arguing about The Lord, who are arguing, this is better, no that is better, these people can't do this, they cannot go here, and of all those little minute arguments and those differences which we are putting between our fellow human beings. Bhagath Kabeer Jee is talking about all those in this shabad. Baedh kathaeb eifatharaa bhaaee - baedh - Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, kathaeb - the scriptures of Islam, and the other scriptures, those of the Jews, bhaaee - O brothers, notice that Bhagath Kabeer Jee doesn't call them by their respective religious titles, as O Qazi, Muslim preist, or O Brahman, O Hindu priest. Instead Bhagath Kabeer Jee says bhaaee, brothers, showing the brotherhood of mankind. The concept of the shabad is there within that one word, bhaaee - O brothers of mine. The word eifatharaa has been translated by many different scholars in many different ways. Eifatharaa can mean a jungle according to some scholars, to others it can mean an entrapment, an ensnarement, to others it can mean reading your own meaning into something that's called eifatharaa, and it also means to exaggerate something. What Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee is saying is bhaaee, O brothers, simply by sitting down and reading through these scriptures again and again, again and again, looking for differences, for arguments, looking for points to confront others with, dhil kaa fikar n jaae - fikar meaning anxiety, the stress which is upon your dhil, your heart, n jaae, cannot depart, cannot leave. Eifatharaa also means to do something under false pretence. When you read these religious scriptures, Bhagath Kabeer Jee is saying you're not looking for the True Essence, you're simply looking for more ammunition for your argument. Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee says that this false pretence that you put on of reading these religious scriptures, by not understanding the True Essence, the true concept of the scriptures, dhil kaa fikar n jaae, the fikar, the anxiety upon your heart cannot go, cannot jaae, cannot depart. If you get trapped in the prison, the cage, the jungle of simple debating over religious scriptures, Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee says this is not the way of removing that fikar, that anxiety, that stress within you. If you're reading the religious scriptures in such a way that you're only looking for points of argument, Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee says that you have made that reading false in itself.

Ttuk dham karaaree jo karahu haajir hajoor khudaae l 1 l
Ttuk dham means even for a second of your dham, of your breath, even for the tiniest amount of time, karaaree jo karahu, jo - if you were to, karahu - centre youself in karaaree - this amazing state of samaadhee, complete state of concentration upon The Lord, even for a second, even for an instant, haajir hajoor khudaae, you will realise that khudaae - Lord God is haajir hajoor - ever present, with you at all times, inside you and all around you. Sri Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj Jee says in 'Akaal Ustat', in the Sri Dasam Granth, eaek chith jih eik shin dhiaaeiou kaal faas kae beech n aaeiou, that person who meditates with full single-minded concentration, even for an instant, even for a second who meditates upon The Lord, is not ensnared by the noose of death around his/her neck. This is the same thing that Bhagath Kabeer Jee is telling us, that if you were to leave behind all of these false debates, all of these false pretences, and you were to meditate upon The Essence of The Lord, if you were to attach yourself in meditation with Waheguru, even for ttuk dham, even for the tiniest amount of time, you will have that realisation, you will be blessed with that spiritual wisdom, that spiritual knowledge, that experience.

Bandhae khoj dhil har roj naa fir paraesaanee maahi l
Bandhae, notice this that Bhagath Kabeer Jee is calling both of them, from both faiths, again not O Hindu priest or O Muslim priest, but bandhae, O human beings. Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee's words echo those of again Akaal Ustat by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee, maanas kee jaath sabai eaekai pehichaanabo, understand that all human beings are one. So, Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee uses this word bandhae, O human beings, khoj - search, your dhil - your heart. If we ask when are we meant to do this, Bhagath Kabeer Sahib Jee says har roj - har means every, roj means day, every day. Bhagath Jee explains to us O human being, search your dhil, your heart every day, search through and think, what good have I done today, what bad have I done today. Sit down, take out that time to truthfully evaluate your actions, your thoughts, and to truthfully evaluate what's going on in your life. Naa fir, and then you will not go again into paraesaanee, into anxiety, you will not wander in confusion, and doubt. Bhagath Jee says to us, O human beings, sit down, truthfully look within, That Lord God abides within you, search for Him within you, and when you find Him, all of your confusion, all of your doubts will be removed.

Eih j dhuneeaa sihar maelaa dhasathageeree naahi l 1 l
Eih - this, j dhuneeaa - this world is sihar maelaa - just a magic fair, sihar maelaa means that type of magic show where someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat, saws people in half, and other such things. Bhagath Jee says dhasathageeree naahi, dhasathageeree means to hold something with your hand, there is nothing tangible that you can grab hold of, nothing eternal, everything is temporary, everything is moving, this is all just a game, it's all just a magic show of a magician. The only thing Eternal, the only thing which you can grab hold of is Akaal Purakh, is Waheguru. All of this world, Bhagath Jee says, is simply moving along and is temporary, just a magical show. That is what Bhagath Kabeer Jee is trying to make us understand today, that O human being, get attached to this world if you want to, but there is nothing to grab hold of. If you become attached to this world, you'll simply have to leave it one day, attach yourself to that One Lord God, Who when you merge in with, there is no separation again.

rehaao l
Rehaao - pause and think about this.

Dharog parr parr khusee hoe baekhabar baadh bakaahi l
Dharog means false, parr parr means by reading, and going through on a negative search again and again. We can look at this in two ways, looking through our own religious scriptures for things through which we can degrade others, negate others, from that false, khusee hoe, we get happy. Bhagath Kabeer Jee is talking about us, that what do we do? We simply read through looking with false, not looking for The Truth, not looking for The Essence, but simply for more mud to sling at others. This isn't simply at the level of two religious scholars, but in a worldly way. We're not looking for a positive way of affecting our own life, we're looking for more mud to sling at others. Another meaning is by calling other religions false, other faiths false, other religious scriptures false, and parr parr, by looking through our own and saying, ours is better than theirs, those types of things khusee hoe, they give us happiness. But what are we doing? We are arguing about things which are baekhabar, meaning to not know of. The argument, the baadh that we're having, bakaahi - that we're speaking about is about that which we haven't seen. We don't have the practical knowledge, we haven't sat down and attached ourselves to The Lord, instead we like to argue about Him. Instead of climbing over the garden wall, and smelling the roses, and enjoying the roses, and picking them up in our hands, we decide to fight over them, but we haven't seen them! In the same way, O human being, you're engaging in all these arguments, why don't you sit down and meditate, and join with That Eternal Lord Waheguru. Then, all of your arguments of the mind, all of your anxieties, all of your stress will depart.

Hak sach khaalak khalak miaanae siaam moorath naahi l 2 l
Hak sach - That eternally True Lord God Waheguru, Who is the khaalak, Who is the Creator of this whole khalak, this whole world, miaanae - pervades through all of His creation. The Creator Lord is within all of the creation. Bhagath Kabeer Jee is saying those that you are arguing with , those who you are pitting yourself against, Waheguru Jee is pervading through them as well. Siaam moorath naahi , That Lord is not tied down to one moorath, to one form. Siaam meaning the dark skinned one, as certain Hindu scriptures refer to Krishan Jee as the dark skinned one. Bhagath Jee is saying that Waheguru Jee is not simply in that one form, but pervading through all of the creation, not tied down to one form.

Asamaan miaanae lehang dhareeaa gusal karadhan boodh l
Asamaan - the space within you, what is the space within you? the Dasam Dwaar, the unseen 'tenth gate' which is within you, that spiritual door, miaanae - within that, lehang dhareeaa, dhareeaa means a river, a river lehang, flows through. Bhagath Jee is saying to us, take your bath, your gusal karadhan boodh, in this stream of nectar. What is Kabeer Sahib Jee talking about in this? That within you, there is a river of nectar, the river of the Lord, of the Name of the Lord. It's already within you, it's flowing within you. You simply have to take your mind and bathe in that. It's the same thing that Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj says in 'Jap Ji Sahib', suniaa manniaa man keethaa bhaao antharagath theerath mal naao. The theerath, the place of pilgrimage, that purifying nectar is within you. Simply, what do you have to do? Listen to the Guru's Wisdom, accept it and practice it throughout your life. That will be your cleansing bath.

Kar fakar dhaaeim laae chasamae jeh thehaa moujoodh l 3 l
Kar fakar, fakar means selfless service, dhaaeim - forever. Fakar also means sense of humility. Take this sense of humility, this sense of nimarthaa, this sense of selfless service and dhaaeim into your life forever. Laae - put on your eyes the chasamae - the glasses of spiritual wisdom and loving devotion. What will you see? Bhagath Jee says, jeh thehaa - in all places, here and there, within me and without me, moujoodh, That Waheguru is forever present. If you were to simply accept the Words of the Guru, if you were to attach yourself into the selfless service, and wear those glasses which give you the vision of loving wisdom, and loving devotion.

Alaah paakan paak hai sak karo jae dhoosar hoe l
Alaah, That Ram, That Waheguru, That Lord God is paakan paak, the purest of the pure. Sak, I would only doubt, karo - means to do, jae dhoosar hoe - if there was any other like Waheguru, but there is no other! As Guru Nanak Dev Jee tells us, "Ik Oankaar", there is only One Eternal Lord God, Waheguru. There is no other like Him.

Kabeer karam kareem kaa ouhu karai jaanai soe l 4 l 1 l
Kabeer - Bhagath Kabeer Jee says, karam kareem kaa - that through the karam, through the Grace of that kareem, of that Merciful Lord, ouhu karai - those who are blessed with the Grace of The Lord, jaanai soe - only they understand, only they jaanai, only they know this mystery, only they have realised that That Lord Waheguru is pervading through all. Only those know who are blessed with His Grace, with His mercy. Overall this shabad is telling us, give up this external throwing of mud at each other, and clean the mud which is within you. Then you will bathe in that pool of nectar, within that Light which abides within each and every one of us.

Alaah paakan paak hai sak karo jae dhoosar hoe l
Kabeer karam kareem kaa ouhu karai jaanai soe l 4 l 1 l

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh.