English Hukamnama Katha-Ang 773.1


Raag soohee mehalaa 4 shanth ghar 1
Today's hukamnama is by Siri Guru Raamdaasjee Maharaj and this hukamnama is the shabad which is read at the Sikh engagement ceremony. This hukamnama is talking about how the soul merges with Waheguru and Siri Guru Raamdaasjee Mahraj has painted a beautiful picture of a whole marriage ceremony going on between the soul and between Waheguru Sahibjee. Satguru Maharaj has shown the place the Guru, the place of sangat and place of Gurbani in this ceremony and how everything works together. So through this image of a marriage ceremony Satguru Maharaj is painting within our minds the image of the soul merging into Waheguru and in Gurbani, again and again, the soul is called the soul bride and Waheguru is called the husband Lord. How the soul bride is joined together with the husband Lord, through the Grace of the Guru - that is the story that Satguru Raamdaasjee is telling us today. This shabad comes from that engagement ceremony which is called the kurmayee. Raag Sohee - raag which is colored in love, soohee literally means the raag coming from sooha color - the deep crimson color of a newly wedded bride's wedding dress, meaning this raag is colored in that deep divine love. In shanth - in four parts, ghar 1 - to be sung in the first house of rhythm and tune.

Ik oankaar sathigur prasaadh |
There is One eternal creator, nourishor and destroyer of the world, of the whole universe within whose divine will the whole world, the whole universe - everything that is created is created, nourished and destroyed and who is forever Sat - who is forever eternal and found through gur prasaadh - through the Grace of divine Guru.

Sathigur purakh milaae avagan vikanaa gun ravaa bal raam jeeo |
To translate the last bit which will come up again and again in the shabad - bal raam jeeo means - I am bal - I am a sacrifice to my beloved raam jeo - to that beloved Lord who pervades through all hearts, who is everywhere. So that part will always means, when it comes up, I am a sacrifice to my Lord Waheguru. Sathigur purakh milaae - Satguru Raamdaasjee Maharaj is saying please unite me with the Sathigur - with the True Guru, purakh - who is completely perfect. Unite me with the True Guru who is completely perfect. Purakh also means: pu means hell and rakh meaning the one who can save - that Waheguru who can save me out of any hellish situations - that True Guru milaae - unite me with that True Guru. Meeting with that True Guru what is meant to be done? Sathiguru patshahjee tells us meeting with the True Guru avagan vikanaa gun ravaa. When we meet with the True Guru, when we go to see sathguru Granth Sahibjee Maharaj what are we meant to try and do there? Avagan vikanaa - vikanaa means to give up - we are meant to give up our vices, our faults, our bad qualities - we are meant to give that up and gun ravaa bal raam jeeo and we are meant to ravaa - imbue our mind, color of mind with the virtues of Waheguru, with the praises of Waheguru, with the praises of True Guru. So Sathguru patshah is teaching us what what we are meant to do when we are meeting with the Guru. What we are meant to is we are meant to give up our faults and take on the virtues of the Guru, sing the virtues of the Guru - bal raam jeeo - as I've explained before bal raam jeo meaning I am sacrifice to you O Waheguru, O Sathgurujee, O Lord God I am a sacrifice to You. So the aim of meeting the True Guru should be to give up our vices and take up Guru's virtues and sing the Guru's virtues and by singing them become one with the Guru. Then Sathgurujee says,

Har har naam dhiaae gurabaanee nith nith chavaa bal raam jeeo |
Dhiaae - meeting the True Guru I've been blessed with Naam and I now dhiaae - the har har naam - the name of Hari, that Waheguru, Hari meaning the One who brings everyone into life, makes everyone, nourishes everyone. That Waheguru who nourishes everyone I meditate upon His name. Gurabaanee nith nith chavaa bal raam jeeo - with my tongue I continue to chavaa - repeat nith nith -repeat day in and day out the gurbanee - the words of the Guru. Some people ask what is the point of reading nitnem everyday? What is the point of reading the same banis again and again and again? The reasons for reading these same banis again and again is given in the next line. I'll just explain it slightly now, by reading gurbani again and again and again and again - at least one line will go into our head. It's so hard to explain something to this mind. We read gurbani yet we go back to the same ways again of anger, of desires, of greed. To combat that anger and the panj chor which are inside us at all times: kaam - desire, krodh - anger, lob - greed, moh - attachment and ahankaar - ego. They are attacking us every day, day in and day out - every minute of every day therefore the Guru has given us these panj banis, this naam simran - our defences. Imagine if you are incharge of a castle and that castle was being attacked everyday and you just sat around and said, O I don't want to defend it. No! the Guru has given us the tools to defend ourselves - the armory and therefore we must take those tools and fight the battle everyday. That's why we read panj banis everyday because Guru Gobind Singhjee says in the rehitnaamey: Khalsa so jo karey nith jang - that person is Khalsa - within and without, that person is pure who fights the battle daily.

Gurabaanee sadh meethee laagee paap vikaar gavaaeiaa |
The Guru's words are sad - forever and ever, in that person's mind who reads gurbani forever and forever, in their mind they laagee - they feel that gurbani is meethee - gurbani is sweet. The more you read gurbani the more you will want to read more. Dr Bhai Veer Singhjee says the sign that you are progressing spiritually is that when you say Waheguru once and you feel like saying it again. When you read Japjee Sahib once you feel like reading it again and again and again - that is a sign that you are progressing spiritually. Paap vikaar gavaaeiaa - those people who take joy out of reading gurbani - who take sweetness out of reading gurbani their paap - their sins, vikaar - all of their vices within are gavaaeiaa - are destroyed.

Houmai rog gaeiaa bho bhaagaa sehajae sehaj milaaeiaa |
The rog - the disease of haumai - of ego has gaeiaa - has left and bho bhaagaa. When ego leaves then bho - all fear bhaagaa - all fear runs away. It is only when we have the ego of I that we live in fear. When we realize that all is Waheguru then there is no ego - therefore there is no fear. Sehajae sehaj milaaeiaa - through that Grace of the True Guru I've been milaaeiaa - I've been put into a state of sehaj - that Waheguru whose form is sehaj - sehaj means spiritual bliss, a point of living where the being is not affected by worldly happiness or sadness - that is sehaj. Gurujee is always in state of sehaj and has blessed that soul with a state of sehaj as well - a state of spiritual understanding, poise and spiritual peace.

Kaaeiaa saej gur sabadh sukhaalee giaan thath kar bhogo |
The kaaeiaa - this body and within the body, what is there which we are made up of? We are made up of four main layers, what are those layers? Those layers are the 1) sareer - the body which we do things, we do actions, 2) Bani - the words which we speak, 3) the thoughts which go through our mind and 4) aatmaa - the true reality - our soul. Guru Sahibjee says these four layers have been gur sabadh sukhaalee - have been adorned with Guru's words. Guru Sahibjee gives the image of a saej - a bed. This bed of four layers within me of my body, my words, my minds and my soul - that whole bed has been adorned with the Guru's words. With my body I carry out the Guru's seva, with my mind I think of the Guru - I meditate upon the Guru, with my tongue I repeat the Guru's Words and with my aatmaa I wait for that moment where I will be united with the Lord. Sukhaalee - I've been adorned with that giaan thath kar bhogo - when that understanding is given by the Guru then I have that union with Waheguru.

Anadhin sukh maanae nith raleeaa naanak dhur sanjogo |1|
That soulbride who gets that tath - gets that essence, gets that wisdom of bharam gyaan - complete understanding of the Lord, Anadhin sukh maanae - day and night that person enjoys eternal peace and is nith raleeaa - and is always in pleasure, is always in joy. Naanak dhur sanjogo - Gurujee says this is through the sanjogo - the preordained destiny of that soul. This jogo - this union with that Waheguru has been ordained from dhur - from the court of the God.

Sath santhokh kar bhaao kurram kurramaaee aaeiaa bal raam jeeo |
Satguru Patshahjee now talks of the union with the Guru and the engagement of the soul. So Guru Sahibjee says that the Sikh - the soul bride must have sath - have truth, the Sikh must go to the Guru with Sath - with truth within, go to that Guru who is full of santok, who is full of contentment, who is full of true satisfaction. Kar bhaao -have love in your heart. Kurram kurramaaee aaeiaa bal raam jeeo - because the Guru who is the father of the soul bride has come to unite through engagement - through kurramaaee - the soul bride to the Lord. Indeed Satguru Patshahjee is saying to us that Wahegurujee, Satgurujee - Guru Granth Sahibjee Maharaj has blessed that soul bride, the Gurmukh with the qualities of sath - truth, santokh - spiritual contentment and bhaao - true love. Guru has arranged the union of this soul with the eternal Lord, with Waheguru. Sathguru Patshahjee goes on to tell us more about the spiritual engagement:

Santh janaa kar mael gurabaanee gaavaaeeaa bal raam jeeo |
Now we ask the Guru who is wedding party made up of? Satguru Patshahjee says that the wedding party is made up of the saints - the saints are ones who unite us with the Guru. Gurabaanee gaavaaeeaa bal raam jeeo - what happens in that wedding party? What are the songs which are sung, Guru Sahibjee says Gurabaanee gaavaaeeaa. The saints instruct us that we must sing the gurbani again and again, bal raam jeo - I am sacrifice to you, O Lord.

Baanee gur gaaee param gath paaee panch milae sohaaeiaa |
Those people who have gaaee - who have sung the Guru's words they've param gath paaee - they've found the highest state of liberation. Panch milae sohaaeiaa - meeting the saints I was blessed.

Gaeiaa karodh mamathaa than naathee paakhandd bharam gavaaeiaa |
What is the first thing to leave by singing gurbani? Anger leaves first, then mamathaa than naathee - my attachment to this body has left. Paakhandd bharam gavaaeiaa - false rituals and doubts have all been lost.

Houmai peer gee sukh paaeiaa aarogath bheae sareeraa |
The pain of houmai - of ego has gone and sukh paaeiaa - I've found true peace. Satguru patshah is telling us that true peace can only be found when this pain of ego is removed from us and when this pain, this disease is removed then aarogath bheae sareeraa - our mind, body and soul become healthy, becomes free of disease. Aarog - literally means healthy.

Gur parasaadhee breham pashaathaa naanak gunee geheeraa |2|
By Guru's Grace I've breham pashaathaa - I've realized that Waheguru pervading through all. Naanak gunee geheeraa - that I've realized that Wahguru is the ocean of all virtues.

Manamukh vishurree dhoor mehal n paaeae bal gee bal raam jeeo |
Now satguru patshahjee in this third part of the shant tells us about the person who follows their mind. That manmukh - person who follows their mind is vishurree - is separated, why? Because he/she thinks that Waheguru is dhoor - but Waheguru is not dhoor, Waheguru is always with us, Guru Amar Daas sahibjee says in gurbani on Ang 429 SGGSjee, sadh sunadhaa sadh vaekhadhaa - Wahegurujee is always listening and Wahegurujee is always watching us at all times. But when we follow our mind we think that God is far away. Mehal n paaeae - in this confusion, in this doubt we do not find the mehal - we do not find the presence of god within us at all times. In this separation we bal gee - we burn at all times of my bal ram jeo, O my dear Lord.

Anthar mamathaa koor koorr vihaajhae koorr lee bal raam jeeo |
What is the nishaanee - what are the signs of someone who is following their mind. Within them they've attachment to koor - they have attachment to falsehood. Koorr vihaajhae - they only deal with falsehood and koorr lee - falsehood spiritually kills them within, bal raam jeo - Satguru Patshahjee says I am a sacrifice to You, O Lord, O Waheguru.

Koorr kapatt kamaavai mehaa dhukh paavai vin sathigur mag n paaeiaa |
When we kamaavai - when we practice in, when we deal with kapatt - in falsehood and koorr then mehaa dhukh paavai - we find the greatest pain. Vin sathigur mag n paaeiaa - without the True Guru, without the Grace of the True Guru we cannot find the path to the Lord.

Oujharr panth bhramai gaavaaree khin khin dhakae khaaeiaa |
The fool bhramai - wonders around on oujharr panth - oujharr means to be messed up completely in the darkness. On those paths which take us completely into darkness, Satguru Patshahjee says, khin khin dhakae khaaeiaa - dhakae literally means pushes and shoves - that soul who is following the mind always find themselves to be on the receiving end of pushes and shoves spiritually. Why? Because their mind never finds any place of rest.

Aapae dhaeiaa karae prabh dhaathaa sathigur purakh milaaeae |
But Satguru patshahjee gives up hope in these lines: Aapae dhaeiaa karae prabh dhaathaa - if wahegurujee blesses us with His Grace then sathigur purakh milaaeae - then even that soul - that manmukh can be united with the Satgur, with the True Guru - see how Gurujee is showing us true hope in this line.

Janam janam kae vishurrae jan maelae naanak sehaj subhaaeae |3|
Those beings that have been vishurrae - that have been separated from god from janam janam - from many lifetimes can be maelae - can be united with God. Naanak sehaj subhaaeae - this union happens with complete spiritual bliss, sehaj and subhaaeae - through the Grace of the True Guru, through His love.

Aaeiaa lagan ganaae hiradhai dhan oumaaheeaa bal raam jeeo |
In the old times, this is before the time of Sikhi, before the time of Satguru Patshahjee, people used to ask the pundits - the high cast priests to look into the stars and give them a date which would be good for the wedding ceremony but as Satguru patshahjee's Sikhs we do not believe in this ritual because Satguru Patshahjee tells us in gurbani that each day we are upon this earth is a blessing of the True Guru - each and every day is a blessing here. Guru Sahib is painting a picture that the soul bride is aaeiaa lagan ganaae - is counting down the days till that blessed moment comes of lagan - of attachment, of union with Waheguru. Hiradhai dhan oumaaheeaa bal raam jeeo - when that union happens then hiradhai dhan oumaaaheeaa - the soul/heart of the soul bride is filled with spiritual ecstasy, bal raam jeo - I am a sacrifice to wahegurujee.

Panddith paadhae aan pathee behi vaachaaeeaa bal raam jeeo |
Now gurujee talks in this line of panddith and paadhae but what does gurujee really mean by panddith and paadhae in this line? Guru Amardaasjee tells us in Malar raag on Ang 1261 of SGGSjee: So panddith jo thihaa gunaa kee pandd outhaarai - that person is a religious teacher, that person is truly a pandit who gives up and goes beyond the three qualities. What are the three qualities? Sato meaning meek or humble, rajo meaning kingly or political and tamo meaning the dark and evil. The panddith - the true religious scholar is the one who goes beyond these and merges in with God. In Sukhmani Sahib Siri Guru Arjan Devjee Maharaj tells us that: So panddith jo man parabodhai raam naam aatham mehi sodhai - that person is a panddith - a religious scholar who instructs his own mind, looks in his own mind, looks within himself and finds the name of Lord. So Guru Sahibjee is not talking about the panddhit as in the high cast priest. Guru Sahibjee is talking about those souls who have looked within them, searched and found the Lord. Panddith paadhae aan - those religious scholars who have searched within themselves, they've found the Lord they gather together. Pathee behi vaachaaeeaa bal raam jeeo - what is the pathee? Pathee literally means the paper which tells about astrology - that's not what gurujee is talking about here. Gurujee is saying that pathee - that paper, the religious scriptures, the true scholars, the true scholars get together and they look through the scriptures and they tell us that this is the life - this human life is the chance to meet Wahguru. Pathee behi vaachaaeeaa bal raam jeeo - they consult these scriptures and they tell us again and again that this is the time to meet Waheguru, I am a sacrifice to You O Lord.

Pathee vaachaaee man vajee vadhaaee jab saajan sunae ghar aaeae |
When they consult the scriptures then man vajee vadhaaee - my mind is filled with hope and bliss, jab saajan sunae ghar aaeae - when I've heard with my ears that my saajan - my Lord is coming into the house of my soul. When I read the gurbani, when I understood the Guru's words and I took virtues within me and I heard from the Guru that the person who takes virtues and meditates upon the Guru's words is then blessed with union with God, with Waheguru.

Gunee giaanee behi mathaa pakaaeiaa faerae thath dhivaaeae |
The gunee - those gurmukh pyaare, those beloved souls who are full of gun - who are full of virtue and giaanee - those that are full of spiritual wisdom they behi mathaa pakaaeiaa - they sat down and told me the true wisdom - to listen to the Guru's words, to accept the Guru's words and implement them within my life and they've pakaaeiaa - they've completely embedded this within my soul. Faerae thath dhivaaeae - this is how the marriage ceremony took place immediately. Faerae - means to move around, they moved around my soul from following the mind to following the Guru and then I realized the thath - the true essence of the Guru's words.

Var paaeiaa purakh aganm agochar sadh navathan baal sakhaaee |
I've found my var - my husband Lord who can save me from all hells, who can save me. He is purakh - He is completely pooran - perfect and aganm - inaccessible to the mind and is agochar - is beyond worldly senses. Sadh navathan baal sakhaaee - He is always embellished with youth which means that wahegurujee is nith navan - as Satguru Guru Nanak Devjee says on Ang 660 of SGGSjee: Saahib maeraa neeth navaa - my Lord is always new, every moment, every second. Baal sakhaaee - He is my friend from youth - he has always been with me and He is full of baal meaning strength, power.

Naanak kirapaa kar kai maelae vishurr kadhae n jaaee |4|1|
Satguru patshahjee says that through kirpa, through Wahegurujee's Grace I've been maelae - I've been united with my True Guru. Vishurr kadhae n jaaee - when this union happens there can never be vishurr kadhae n jaaee - there can never be separation ever again.

Var paaeiaa purakh aganm agochar sadh navathan baal sakhaaee |
Naanak kirapaa kar kai maelae vishurr kadhae n jaaee |4|1|

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh!

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