Saturday, October 28, 2006

Waheguru

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ॥ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹਿ॥

First of all, I'd like to introduce to Sangat Jee the thuk:


ਕਹੋ ਕਬੀਰ ਗੂੰਗੈ ਗੁੜ ਖਾਇਆ॥
ਪੂਛੇ ਤੇ ਕਿਆ ਕਹੀਐ ॥4॥7॥51॥
(ਅੰਗ 334)

Let's leave it at that for now.

Waheguru. So simple to say, isn't it? Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguruuu, Waheguru, Waheguru…Waheguru Jee. It is endless. He is endless. Yet we cannot bring ourselves to speak His name during our lives, which in turn will waste away.

So what is God, what is Eesar? Pramaatmaa, Bhagvaan, Rabh, Parbrahm? Allah, Waheguru? These Names are all for One Being, but Who is 'It', Which is this Being that no one can live without? Can we ever truly understand?

WaHeGuRu is an essence. 'He' is an Idea. The Creator of these things, He Himself is love and compassion, hatred and fear, beauty and what we call ugliness. Extravagance and simplicity, He is happiness and sorrow, panic and security.

But is He not also concrete? Is He not something we may feel – touch?

This brings me to "understanding God", as we put it. We oversimplify things, as they are in no way as easy to understand as we make them out to be. How do we describe God? How can I, an unworthy fool, make any sense of the Lord God? I could not do it in a lifetime of a thousand years, let alone within the confines of a handful of minutes. The more one speaks, the less one accomplishes.


ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ ਮਹਲਾ 1 ॥

ਕੋਟਿ ਕੋਟੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਆਰਜਾ ਪਵਣੁ ਪੀਅਣੁ ਅਪਿਆਉ ॥
ਚੰਦੁ ਸੂਰਜੁ ਦੁਇ ਗੁਫੈ ਨ ਦੇਖਾ ਸੁਪਨੈ ਸਉਣ ਨ ਥਾਉ ॥
ਭੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਹਉ ਕੇਵਡੁ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਉ ॥1॥
ਸਾਚਾ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੁ ਕਨਜ ਥਾਇ ॥
ਸੁਣਿ ਸੁਣਿ ਆਖਣੁ ਆਖਣਾ ਜੇ ਭਾਵੈ ਕਰੇ ਤਮਾਇ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਕੁਸਾ ਕਟੀਆ ਵਾਰ ਵਾਰ ਪੀਸਣਿ ਪੀਸਾ ਪਾਇ ॥
ਅਗੀ ਸੇਤੀ ਜਾਲੀਆ ਭਸਮ ਸੇਤੀ ਰਲਿ ਜਾਉ ॥
ਭੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਹਉ ਕੇਵਡੁ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਉ ॥2॥
ਪੰਖੀ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਜੇ ਭਵਾ ਸੈ ਅਸਮਾਨੀ ਜਾਉ ॥
ਨਦਰੀ ਕਿਸੈ ਨ ਆਵਊ ਨਾ ਕਿਛੁ ਪੀਆ ਨ ਖਾਉ ॥
ਭੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਹਉ ਕੇਵਡੁ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਉ ॥3॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਕਾਗਦ ਲਖ ਮਣਾ ਪੜਿ ਪੜਿ ਕੀਚੈ ਭਾਉ ॥
ਮਸੂ ਤੋਟਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਲੇਖਣਿ ਪਉਣੁ ਚਲਾਉ ॥
ਭੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਹਉ ਕੇਵਡੁ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਉ ॥4॥2॥
(ਅੰਗ 14)

Can you imagine, going through such things – living for millions of years on nothing but air, seeing neither the moon nor the sun, sleeping not even long enough to see a dream, being hacked to pieces again and again, and ground into the finest powder – and still not being able to realize God? Well, this is the truth. We can allow all these things to happen to us, to clear time for searching, we can do all these things to ourselves, but they do not matter, it is all a waste.

There is someone, however, who can tell us of our Beloved – our Satguru Ji. It is Guru Ji – and only Guru Ji – who can describe to us what Waheguru Maharaj is like. Guru Ji tells us of God, and what does He say?

Ik Oankar. He tells us, Satnam. We all know this, Kartaa Purakh, Nirbhau, Nirvair, Akal Murath, Ajooni Saibhan(g). He tells us right here what Waheguru Ji is! Aad Sach! Jugad Sach! Hai Bhi Sach! Nanak - Hosi Bhi Sach!

Still we ask, what is Waheguru? Alright, it is accepted His Name is true, that He is the Creator, that He is without fear and enmity, that He was True, is True, always and forever will be True. But what is He? Look at the Baani of Sri Jaap Sahib. Here even, Sachae Paatsaah Dhan Dhan Dhan Kalgidhar Dasmesh Pitha Ji has described Him extensively. Still we do not understand? Still we do not know?

Then what can mere mortals say about God that will explain Him to us, when we could not realize Him through His own words? For Guru Ji is God, God is Guru Ji, there is no difference,


ਗੁਰੁ ਪਰਮੇਸਰੁ ਏਕੋ ਜਾਣਿ॥
(ਅੰਗ 864)

or

Gur Parmesar Bhedh Na Bhaaee*

So when God Himself tells us of His endless qualities, why do we turn to other sources in attempts to understand Him? Why? Because we are incapable and unworthy. We are not yet at that avastha, the spiritual level, at which God is revealed to us. Countless many have tried and failed. Look at Sheikh Farid Ji even, who suffered interminably, searching for God, for Truth, for Enlightenment. Even then he did not stumble upon God through his own efforts, but realized the Creator only when He revealed Himself to him. One cannot even sing the praises of God through his own will. Yet we continue to try, only because God Himself causes us to search, to attempt. See how difficult it is? I've spoken for so long already, and not even scratched the surface.

God is indescribable. Guru Ji warns us of this. He says:


ਵਡੇ ਕੀਆ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਹਣਾ ਕਹਣੁ ਨ ਜਾਇ॥
(ਅੰਗ 475)

Our Pitha Ji tells us

ਅਦਿਸਟੁ ਦਿਸੈ ਤਾ ਕਹਿਆ ਜਾਇ ॥
ਬਿਨੁ ਦੇਖੇ ਕਹਣਾ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਾਇ ॥
(ਅੰਗ 222)

Without seeing Him, descriptions are useless. So what does the omniscient Being say? The One Who knows all, sees all, the One Who is all tells us of God. Guru Ji says of Him:

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ 1 ॥

ਤੇਰੇ ਬੰਕੇ ਲੋਇਣ ਦੰਤ ਰੀਸਾਲਾ ॥
ਸੋਹਣੇ ਨਕ ਜਿਨ ਲੰਮੜੇ ਵਾਲਾ ॥
ਕੰਚਨ ਕਾਇਆ ਸੁਇਨੇ ਕੀ ਢਾਲਾ ॥
ਸੋਵੰਨ ਢਾਲਾ ਕ੍ਰਿਸਨ ਮਾਲਾ ਜਪਹੁ ਤੁਸੀ ਸਹੇਲੀਹੋ ॥
ਜਮ ਦੁਆਰਿ ਨ ਹੋਹੁ ਖੜੀਆ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣਹੁ ਮਹੇਲੀਹੋ ॥
ਹੰਸ ਹੰਸਾ ਬਗ ਬਗਾ ਲਹੈ ਮਨ ਕੀ ਜਾਲਾ ॥
ਬੰਕੇ ਲੋਇਣ ਦੰਤ ਰੀਸਾਲਾ ॥7॥
ਤੇਰੀ ਚਾਲ ਸੁਹਾਵੀ ਮਧੁਰਾੜੀ ਬਾਣੀ ॥
ਕੁਹਕਨਿ ਕੋਕਿਲਾ ਤਰਲ ਜੁਆਣੀ ॥
ਤਰਲਾ ਜੁਆਣੀ ਆਪਿ ਭਾਣੀ ਇਛ ਮਨ ਕੀ ਪੂਰੀਏ ॥
ਸਾਰੰਗ ਜਿਉ ਪਗੁ ਧਰੈ ਠਿਮਿ ਠਿਮਿ ਆਪਿ ਆਪੁ ਸੰਧੂਰਏ ॥
ਸ੍ਰੀਰੰਗ ਰਾਤੀ ਫਿਰੈ ਮਾਤੀ ਉਦਕੁ ਗੰਗਾ ਵਾਣੀ ॥
ਬਿਨਵੰਤਿ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਦਾਸੁ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਤੇਰੀ ਚਾਲ ਸੁਹਾਵੀ ਮਧੁਰਾੜੀ ਬਾਣੀ ॥8॥2॥
(ਅੰਗ 566)

However, in this materialistic world, there are so many people who we describe with similar words, who we think are beautiful, graceful, pleasing, with perfect features. So long as we are trapped in the maaya of His creation, this description is useless to us, because we feel as if we can compare someone else to it. Not only this, but Guru Ji also gives us another beautiful description:

ਗੋਂਡ ਮਹਲਾ 5 ॥

ਅਚਰਜ ਕਥਾ ਮਹਾ ਅਨੂਪ॥
ਪ੍ਰਾਤਮਾ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਕਾ ਰੂਪੁ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਨਾ ਇਹੁ ਬੂਢਾ ਨਾ ਇਹੁ ਬਾਲਾ॥
ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਦੂਖੁ ਨਹੀ ਜਮ ਜਾਲਾ॥
ਨਾ ਇਹੁ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਨਾ ਇਹੁ ਜਾਇ॥
ਆਦਿ ਜੁਗਾਦੀ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ॥1॥
ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਉਸਨੁ ਨਹੀ ਇਸੁ ਸੀਤੁ॥
ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਦੁਸਮਨੁ ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਮੀਤੁ॥
ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਹਰਖੁ ਨਹੀ ਇਸੁ ਸੋਗੁ॥
ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਇਸ ਕਾ ਇਹੁ ਕਰਨੈ ਜੋਗੁ॥2॥
ਨਾ ਇਸੁ ਬਾਪੁ ਨਹੀ ਇਸੁ ਮਾਇਆ॥
ਇਹੁ ਅਪਰੰਪਰੁ ਹੋਤਾ ਆਇਆ॥
ਪਾਪ ਪੁੰਨ ਕਾ ਇਸੁ ਲੇਪੁ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ॥
ਘਟ ਘਟ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਜਾਗੈ॥3॥
ਤੀਨਿ ਗੁਣਾ ਇਕ ਸਕਤਿ ਉਪਾਇਆ॥
ਮਹਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਹੈ ਛਾਇਆ॥
ਅਛਲ ਅਛੇਦ ਅਭੇਦ ਦਇਆਲ॥
ਦੀਨ ਦਇਆਲ ਸਦਾ ਕਿਰਪਾਲ॥
ਤਾ ਕੀ ਗਤਿ ਮਿਤਿ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਪਾਇ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਤਾ ਕੈ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਇ॥4॥19॥21॥
(ਅੰਗ 868)

Again, we will fail to understand God through this perfect description, because we cannot relate to it. In this world, this society in which one's age, wardrobe, appearance at social events, money, and last name determine one's worth, how could we possibly understand that Being which is detached from all of these? Think – just ponder for a moment – can you possibly imagine anyone who is like this? Neither rich nor poor, beautiful nor ugly, happy nor sad. Someone who hates no one, and loves no one, has no enemies, but also has no friends, someone who is not angered by insults, nor pleased by compliments. Have any of you ever met anyone like that? If you have, please tell me so I may beg for the dust of the humble feet of such a beautiful being.

We still do not know what God is. We have been told that we cannot know, will not know – at least not through our own attempts. So why bother trying to understand? Do we question ourselves about others in our lives? Who is my mother, my father? My brother, my sister, my friend? Do we question what they do? No, we simply love them and let them do as they do. Do the same with God. We love our parents and we are grateful because they clothes us, feed us, house us, love, nurture, and care for us. Look around at your world and what God has given you. In fact, God is your world. Look at those things which we look past everyday. Earlier I spoke of God in His abstract form, but we overlook the fact that God is also 'concrete', per se. The obvious presence is Satguru Maharaj, Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. Then we see God in our family and friends, who shower us with love, and are our support. But what if we go beyond that?

For example, God is the sea, amazing and unpredictable, strong, fluid, which houses countless forms of life. Those are also God. How amazing He is! He creates and sustains the very life in which He resides, from the whale to the plankton it eats, the shark to the sea slug. God is the bird that sings in the early hours of the morning, and God is the worm it feeds to its children. God is the snake that eats the mouse, and the mongoose that eats the snake. God is the eagle, and the pigeon, the owl and the popinjay. The crow and vulture, as well as the lark and the nightingale. God is the lion, God is the ladybug, God is the sheep, and the dog that herds it. God is the grizzly bear which will fight to the death to protect its young cubs. So can we fathom our loving Father, our Merciful Creator, who is also the turtle which abandons its un-hatched offspring at the shore to fend for themselves at birth, to battle merciless predators… in which the essence of God also dwells? There is a drop of God in every being. Beautiful God is the spider we fear, the one so many of us scream upon seeing and kill everyday. And God is also the intricate web it weaves again and again and over again, because we tear it apart and sweep it away. God is even the rock this creature crawls upon, and the dust that lies beneath it, because every creator is a part of His creation. God is the beautiful lotus and the muddy water it floats upon, God is the thorny weed and the plants it steals nourishment from. God is the overbearing and useless simmal rukh, and the small and fragrant chandan tree. God is the cow and the one who worships it, and God is the pig and the one who shuns it. God is all and everything. He is you, He is me, He is those who have gone and those who will come.

God is the child that cries out at night when it awakens in the dark, and its mother is nowhere to be found. God is that mother, that blessed mother who carries the blessed innocence, the purity of God, in her arms, and nurses it, and shapes it and molds it, as she watches it grow, God is that daughter who must one day leave her home, and He is the father who on that day must give her away. God is so many countless things, from the ant to the elephant, the murderer to the charitable, the wheat that must make our daily meal, to the chicken we may slaughter for our tongue's pleasure. God is beautiful, True, perfect, supreme, the light and dark, loud and soft, everything that was, and ever will be.

God is the Husband Lord, and we must become worthy to be His soul brides. The faithful one who is pleased only when her Husband has accepted her, the one who desires nothing else at all but Him. God is the one who gives her such pleasure and joy that when her friends ask her of her Husband, of God, she has no answer for them.

He is our everything. Is it even possible to be anything more than that?

Those who realize God describe Him in words unknown to us fools who have not yet done so. They have found and enjoyed their Husband Lord, but we cannot understand, nor can they explain to us. It is truly like the mute who has tasted sugar, and he cannot speak the words with which to tell the world of the sweetness upon his tongue – all he can do is smile.

-Gupt

Author's note: the above was written to be used as a speech.


ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਾਧ ਸੰਗਤ ਜੀ ਬਕਸ਼ਨ ਜੋਗ, ਹੋਈਆਂ ਅਣਗਿਣਤ ਭੁਲਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਬੇਅਦਬੀਆਂ ਵਸਤੇ ਖਿੱਮਾ ਬਕਸ਼ਨ ਦੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾਲਤਾ ਕਰਨੀ ਜੀ।

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ॥ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹਿ॥

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* I couldn't find this tukk - can someone help me out please?

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