ਭਗਤਿ - BHAGTI

ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਤਿ ਤੂੰ ਲੇਹਿ ਇਆਨੇ ॥ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ਬਹੁ ਡੂਬੇ ਸਿਆਨੇ ॥:
Gur kee mati toon lehi iaane.
Bhagti binaa bahu doobe siaane
(sggs 288).

In nut shell, for a Sikh, Bhagti (also spelt Bhakti ) is to recieve the Gur-Giaan (Gurmat....).

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਤਿ ਤੂੰ ਲੇਹਿ ਇਆਨੇ ॥ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ਬਹੁ ਡੂਬੇ ਸਿਆਨੇ ॥: You ignorant fool, take the Gurmati (i.e., Divine Wisdom or Aatmic-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad); without (this) Bhagti, even many clever have drowned (in perplexity). (sggs 288).

True Bhagti (for lack of better word in English, Bhagti = Devotion) kills false ego-sense (Haume). It's the underlying theme of all scriptures. In essence, Bhagti is the way of knowing onself (Atamic-Giaan). Therefore, its main objective is helping sincere seekers to attain Purity of the mind by Understanding Aatm-Giaan; for behind the mansion of the mind stands the Supreme Lord! Purity of mind is also called by many other names such as annihilation of mind (ego or Haume), quieting of mind, absorption of mind, conquering of mind, attaining serene equipoise, Sahaj Avasthaa, and so on. Simply put, it is godly life (the Gurmukh Lifestyle). It springs from Awareness of One's godly Nature (Joti-Svaroopa).

Thus, Bhagti is not just repetition of some "Mantra" or singing of devotional songs, but it is to understand, or Realize, or attain, or know Gurmat, Aatmic-Giaan, Gur-Giaan... through sincere Shabad-Vichaar.

Simply put: Bhagti means acting spiritually in accordance with Hukam (Divine Will or Divine Law...). It is the science for Self-realization, which brings about Divine Union, in love, between the individual or unit consciousness (Jeeva) and the Infinite Consciousness. A true devotee (Bhagat or Gurmukh) becomes softhearted (loving and compassionate, humble), satiated (contentment in all situations), ripened or pure, free from attachments to the sensory world and related baser desires, and full of wisdom. He has no enemies, he sees God in all etc.

  • ਧੁਰਿ ਭਗਤ ਜਨਾ ਕਉ ਬਖਸਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਗਤਿ ਭੰਡਾਰਾ ॥: Dhuri bhagat janaa kaou bakhasiaa hari amrit bhagati bhandaaraa (sggs 733).
  • ਸਭ ਕੈ ਮਧਿ ਸਗਲ ਤੇ ਉਦਾਸ ॥: Sabh kai madhi sagal te oudaas: Live in the midst of all, and yet detached from all (sggs 296 ).
  • ਕੋਟਨ ਮੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੋਊ ਨਾਰਾਇਨੁ ਜਿਹ ਚੀਤਿ ॥੨੪॥: Kotan mai Nanak kou narainu jih cheeti ||24|| (sggs 1427).

Bhagti is said to be the most simple, practical, sublime, direct, suitable, relatively easy, immediate, and effective process of linking with one's Mool ("Joti-Svaroopa") within. As mentioned in the Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS), without true Bhagti, there is no real joy to be found in the world. In nutshell, pure Bhagti is to become a Gurmukh (Spiritual Being, Brahm-Giaanee, etc.) in this life.

  • ਸੁਖੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਰੇ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ॥: Sukhu naahee re Hari bhagti binaa: There is no Happiness without Bhagti (sggs 210).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਜੁਗ ਚਾਰੇ ਹੋਈ ॥: Guramukhi bhagati jug chaare hoee (sggs 122).
The sincere display of one-pointed conscious and unwavering Bhagti is effective way of Realizing one's Mool (Source, Jot...), the Divine Grace the state of selflessness, desirelessness or egolessness, etc. Furthermore, the practice of this path is not the monopoly of a particular caste or creed, particular race or color, particular religion or group, gender or age, or one's education or status in life. Uneducated persons or householders toiling while living a truthful life, can, through this medium, attains the highest state of Spiritual Perfection. To put it otherwise, through sincere Bhagti, we all can Realize the sacredness of human life and employ this awareness for the higher purpose of living the nobler life to make it a successful mission in this very life, here and now.
  • ਭਗਤਿ ਭਾਇ ਤਰੀਐ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਭਗਤੀ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਸੀ ਛਾਰੁ ॥: Bhagti bhaayi tareeai sansaaru. Binu Bhagti tanu hosee shaaru (sggs 290).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤੀ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੩॥: Nanak bhagti Naam samaai ||3|| (sggs 289).

God is Pure Consciousness. For one to attain union (Yoga) with Him, one must also become Pure through Bhagti. For example, if one wants to enter the medical practice, he must meet certain requirements. Similarly, if one wants to enter God's Transcendental Abode, there is a qualification to be met he must be free of material contamination (egoism).

What is this material contamination? Simply put: The material contamination is none other than unrestricted sense gratification. As mind controls the senses, it also becomes impure. As indicated in the the Gurbani, one with impure senses or mind is unfit for God-realization.

  • ਮਨੁ ਮੈਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਿਰਮਲਾ ਕਿਉ ਕਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Mann mailaa sach nirmalaa kiou kar miliaa jaai (sggs 755).
To become qualified to enter the Divine Kingdom within, we need to free ourselves from inner impurity. The question is: How? To this end, the Men of Light and the true scriptures have suggested different methods with one aim: To prepare the mind for God-realization by freeing it from Maya and its tentacles such as baser desires, fears, doubts, ignorance, selfishness, and so on. In this context, this Gurbani Reflection will attempt to reflect on the following:
  • Why Bhagti?
  • Culmination Of Bhagti
  • Khaalsaa And Sikh Defined
  • Bhagti - A Royal Path To God Realization
Why Bhagti?

In "Kali", there is only one royal road to liberation from material bondage. (ਤੀਨੌ ਜੁਗ ਤੀਨੌ ਦਿੜੇ ਕਲਿ ਕੇਵਲ ਨਾਮ ਅਧਾਰ ॥੧॥: Teeno jug teeno dirre kali keval naam adhaar. sggs 346.)

The Supreme Lord possesses innumerable powers (Shakti). Out of which the Spiritual Shakti is the main one. We all are part and parcel of God's Spiritual power. Dwells in this body is the Spirit Soul, whose Essential Nature is the same as of God — Sachidaanand. The word Sachidaanand is made of three Sanskrit words: Sat, Chit and Anand. Sat means Truth or Eternal, Chit means full of Knowledge or Pure Consciousness, and Anand means Bliss Absolute.

  • ਸਦਾ ਸੱਚਿਦਾਨੰਦ ਸਰਬੰ ਪ੍ਰਣਾਸੀ ॥ Sadaa sachchdaanand sarabam pranaasee ||: Thou art ever Lord Truth, Consciousness and Bliss (Guru Gobind Singh Jee, Jaap Sahib).
  • ਸਤਿ ਸੁਹਾਣੁ ਸਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਚਾਉ ॥: Sat suhaan sadaa man chaayu (sggs 4).
As indicated by the Gurbani, The Supreme Lord cannot be won over without Bhagti. No wonder the Lord is said to be under the control of His Bhagat!
  • ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਮਨੁ ਪਤੀਆਇਆ ॥: Prem Bhagti Prabhi manu pateeyaayaa (sggs 686).
  • ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਪਿਆਰੁ ਹੈ ਜੇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਰੇ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥: Hari bhagti Hari ka piyaaru hai je gurmukhi kare beechaaru (sggs 28).
  • ਤੂ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੈ ਵਸਿ ਭਗਤਾ ਤਾਣੁ ਤੇਰਾ ॥੧੦॥: Too bhagtaa kai vasi bhagtaa taanu teraa ||10|| (sggs 962).
Culmination Of Bhagti

Now, the question is: How one can acquired this most precious of all attainments - Bhagti? To attain admission in a university, one has to meet some qualification. Similarly, to attain Bhagti, one has to acquire some essential Divine qualities (ਵਿਣੁ ਗੁਣ ਕੀਤੇ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥: vinu gun keete bhagti n hoi - sggs 4). These qualities may include, but not limited to, discrimination, mental control, physical control, self-withdrawl, endurance or forbearance, faith, equanimity, intense yearning for liberation from material bondage, etc. Once engaged in Bhagti with faith, conviction, sincere endeavor and longing, all other Divine qualities follow. Apparently, Bhagti devoid of Spiritual Wisdom (Aatam-Giaan, Gurmat...) is duality.

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਹੀਣੰ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਪੂਜਾ ॥ ਅੰਧ ਵਰਤਾਵਾ ਭਾਉ ਦੂਜਾ ॥: Giaan heenan agiaan poojaa. Andh vrtaavaa bhaaou doojaa (sggs 1412).

Our mind gives us the greatest problems to our progress in Bhagti. A mind in control is in tune with the Self (God, Satguru, Self, etc.). However, a mind out of control is slave of desires and fear, running wild to gratify the senses. Thus, the mind full of worldly desires is the main impediment that blocks our progress in Bhagti. Therefore, an annihilated mind, devoid of material desires and ego-sense (ignorance of the real Self), is essential for God-realization. In fact, the Gurbani declares that without restraining baser desires we can not even begin Bhagti!

  • ਆਦਿਤ ਕਰੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਆਰੰਭ ॥ ਕਾਇਆ ਮੰਦਰ ਮਨਸਾ ਥੰਭ ॥: Aadit kare bhagti aarambh. Kaya mandar mansaa thamb (sggs 344).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਮਨ ਮੂਏ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥: Binu man mooe bhagati n hoi (sggs 1277).
  • ਮਨਿ ਮੈਲੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Mani mailai bhagti n hovaee Naamu n paya jaai (sggs 159).
  • ਹਉਮੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਨ ਬੁਝਿਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Haumai vichi bhagati n hovaee hukamu n bujhiaa jaai (sggs 560).
  • ਏਹਾ ਭਗਤਿ ਜਨੁ ਜੀਵਤ ਮਰੈ ॥: Ehaa bhagati janu jeevat marai (sggs 365).

True Bhagti is devoid of any type of desires. Therefore, a true devotee does not desire anything other than to serve the Supreme Lord. As long as desires reside in the mind, until then the true Bhagti is unlikely to manifest in it.

  • ਰਾਜੁ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲਾਰੇ ॥: Raaju n chaahaou mukti n chaahaou mani preeti charan kamlaare (sggs 534).
  • ਧਰਮੁ ਅਰਥੁ ਸਭੁ ਕਾਮੁ ਮੋਖੁ ਹੈ ਜਨ ਪੀਛੈ ਲਗਿ ਫਿਰਥਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਸੋ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ਹਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਜਿਸੁ ਬਡਭਾਗ ਮਥਈ ॥: Dharmu arthu sabhu kaamu mokhu hai jan peechhai lagi firthaee ||1||Rahaaou||. So hari hair naamu dhiaavai hair janu jisu badbhaag mathaee (sggs 1320).

There is a saying to the effect that one becomes like the company he keeps. To develop the interest for Divine Name (Divin Knowledge, Aatam Giaan, Shabad, Hukam...), one has to constantly seek the Spiritual Company (of the Sach-Truth) within and without. It's beneficial to associate with those who have similar interest and are at the same wavelength. If one plants a bramble tree, he should not expect mangos from it! If he does, he will be frustrated and disappointed in the end. Similarly, if we seek demoniac association (Kusang or worldly company) within and without, we should not expect our consciousness to become Spiritualized. Simply put: If we seek demoniac company, our consciousness will become demoniac. On the other hand, if we seek Divine Association, our consciousness will become Divine.

God is whole and perfect. Similarly, our bodies are also completely equipped for Spiritual-realization because they are enlivened by the the same complete and perfect Eternal Factor. We are supplied with all the necessary equipments; all we have to do is utilize them as intended to vibrate the Shabad or Naam within.

  • ਭਗਤਿ ਹੇਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਤਰੰਗਾ ॥: Bhagti heti gur Sabadi trangaa (sggs 1042).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਦਾ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਏ ਏਹਾ ਭਗਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਭਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੭॥: Gur kai Sabadi sadaa Hari dhiaaye ehaa bhagti Hari bhavaniaa ||7|| (sggs 122).
  • ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਪਾਏ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੩॥: Sabadi marai bhagti paaye janu soi ||3|| (sggs 159).
  • ਬਾਣੀ ਵਜੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵਜਾਏ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਥਾਇ ਪਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੫॥: Banee vajai Sabadi vajaaye gurmukhi bhagti thaai paavaniaa ||5|| (sggs 122).
Bhagti is a powerful cleansing process. By vibrating the Shabad in our bosom, all nine gates become purified, and then we enter the mystic "Tenth Gate". But, what does it mean by "purification of senses" and the opening of  the "Tenth Gate"? Purification of senses means the ceasing of their material demands for sense gratification, and opening of the Tenth Gate means becoming linked with the Mool within (Source, Origin...).
  • ਨਉ ਦਰਵਾਜੇ ਕਾਇਆ ਕੋਟੁ ਹੈ ਦਸਵੈ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਰਖੀਜੈ ॥ ਬਜਰ ਕਪਾਟ ਨ ਖੁਲਨੀ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਖੁਲੀਜੈ ॥ ਅਨਹਦ ਵਾਜੇ ਧੁਨਿ ਵਜਦੇ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਣੀਜੈ ॥ ਤਿਤੁ ਘਟ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਚਾਨਣਾ ਕਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੀਜੈ ॥: Naou darvaaje kaaiaa kotu hai dasavai gupat rakheejai. Bajjar kapaat n khulanee gur Sabadi khuleejai. Anhad vaaje Dhuni vajade gur sabadi suneejai. Titu ghat antari chaananaa kari bhagti mileejai. (sggs 954).
Such devotee after attaining proper Divine Knowledge (Gur-Giaan, Gurmat...) transcends through stages. For example, the devotee (Bhagta) may become completely intoxicated and lost in the Love Divine. Due to this intoxication or Naam Khumaaree, he behaves beyond the usual mode and attitude of worldly people, thereby such people brand him "mad" or "crazy". But he feels no shame or reserve (Look Laaj). Other times he may even become totally still.

In this context, the best example can be given of Baabaa Nanak. People would call him "spirit", "demon", "crazy", "insane", etc.  If people can call Baabaa Nanak by such names, then what to speak of us! But this sort of worldly nonsense did not cause Baabaa Nanak to give up Bhagti.

  • ਕੋਈ ਆਖੈ ਭੂਤਨਾ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਬੇਤਾਲਾ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਆਖੈ ਆਦਮੀ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਵੇਚਾਰਾ ॥੧॥: Koyee aakhai bhootana ko khai betaala. Koyee aakhai aadamee Nanaku vechaaraa. ||1||: (For not following the worldly ways-ਦੁਨੀਆ ਦੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਡੂੰਘੀਆਂ ਸਾਂਝਾਂ ਨਾਹ ਪਾਣ ਕਰ ਕੇ) Some call (Nanak) a ghost; some call (Nanak) a demon. Some call (Nanak) Vechaara (ਵੇਚਾਰਾ: wretched, helpless, poor, etc.) ||1||. (sggs 991).
Bhagat enjoys intuitive peace, quietude, Absolute Silent (egolessness) both within and without. Fee of the pair of likes and dislikes (duality), he becomes like a tree, feeling no difference whether somebody sits underneath it or cuts it, that is, whether somebody praises him or insult him. He simply remains unconcerned about mundane affairs.

He plunges deeper and deeper into Aatam-Giaan and Realizes his True Nature as "Joti-Svaroop". He then ever revels in his True Self, and ever drink in the Ambrosial Nectar (Amrit or Immortality), endless Anand (Bliss), peak of satisfaction, Sahaj, etc. This state of his cannot be described in words or made to an order.

  • ਸੂਰਜ ਕਿਰਣਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਜਲ ਕਾ ਜਲੁ ਹੂਆ ਰਾਮ ॥ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਲੀ ਸੰਪੂਰਨੁ ਥੀਆ ਰਾਮ ॥: Sooraj kirini mile jal kaa jalu hooaa Raam. Jotee joti ralee sampooranu theeaa Raam (sggs 846).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਹਜੁ ਹੈ ਮਨੁ ਚੜਿਆ ਦਸਵੈ ਆਕਾਸਿ ॥ ਤਿਥੈ ਊਂਘ ਨ ਭੁਖ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੁਖ ਵਾਸੁ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਵਿਆਪਤ ਨਹੀ ਜਿਥੈ ਆਤਮ ਰਾਮ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸੁ ॥੧੬॥: Gurmukhi antar sahaj hai manu charriaa dasavai aakaas ... (sggs 1414).
Khaalsaa And Sikh Defined

Who is qualified to be called a Sikh or Khalsa (pronounced Khaalsaa)? How can one become a true Sikh or Khaalsaa? Literally, the word Sikh means a spiritual disciple. The word Khaalsaa comes from Khaalas - or khalas - meaning Pure. According to the Gurbani, the Sikh or Khaalsaa is defined as he who is imbued in an unadulterated Bhagti, and thus have become internally Pure and linked to his Mool within (Source, Origin...).

  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਜਨ ਭਏ ਖਾਲਸੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਜਿਹ ਜਾਨੀ ॥: Kahu Kabeer jan bhaye Khaalse prem bhagti jih jaanee: O Kabeer! Those persons become ਖਾਲਸੇ (Khaalse) who have realized the Prema Bhagti (Perfect Understanding of the Gur-Shabad, Gurbani, or Gur-Giaan…). (sggs 655).
  • ਸੋ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਜਿਸੁ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਿਲਾਇ ॥: So guroo so sikhu hai bhaaee jisu jotee joti milaaee: O Brother! He is the Guroo and he is the Sikh, who has merged his light in the Light (i.e., who has become one with his Mool…). (sggs 602).
  • ਸੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਸਖਾ ਬੰਧਪੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਜਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਭਾਣੇ ਵਿਚਿ ਆਵੈ ॥ ਆਪਣੈ ਭਾਣੈ ਜੋ ਚਲੈ ਭਾਈ ਵਿਛੁੜਿ ਚੋਟਾ ਖਾਵੈ ॥: So sikhu sakhaa bandhapu hai bhaaee ji gur ke bhaanae vichi aavai ...: O brother! He alone is a Sikh, a friend, and a relative, who walks in the Way of the Gur-Will (Divine Hukam, Bhaanaa, Gurmat, the Gurbani's Giaan or Wisdom...). (sggs 601)..
Thus, as we can see, one does not become a Sikh or a Khaalsaa by just taking birth in a Sikh family. These names represent the state of Higher Spiritual Realization one has to experience within. Hence, a Sikh or Khaalsaa is not a question of heredity, family of birth, ancestry, race, region, social status, caste, creed, education, titles, religion or any peculiar external appearance of a person; it is a question of Self-realization!

This is how the names Sikh and Khaalsaa are defined by the Eternal Word of the Gurbani (SGGS); accordingly, this is what matters the most. Also, the definition of Khaalsaa provided in the following verses of Guru Gobind Singh Jee conforms with the definition provided in the SGGS.

  • ਪੂਰਨ ਜੋਤ ਜਗੈ ਘਟ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਖਾਲਸ ਤਾਹਿ ਨਖਾਲਸ ਜਾਨੋ ॥: Pooran jot jagai ghat main tab Khaalas taahi Nakhaalas jaano: One becomes Pure (i.e, Khalsa…) only when he realizes Complete Light of the Lord within; otherwise know him to be an impure one (Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, Dasam Granth, 1350).
  • ਆਤਮ ਰਸ ਜਿ ਜਾਨਹੀ ਸੋ ਹੈ ਖਾਲਸ ਦੇਵ ॥ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਹਿ, ਮੋ ਮਹਿ, ਤਾਸ ਮਹਿ, ਰੰਚਕ ਨਾਹਨ ਭੇਵ ॥: Aatam ras ji jaanahee so hai khaalas dev. Prabh mahi mo mahi taas mahi ranchak naahan bhev: He who has realized the True Nature or Subtle Essence of the Soul (i.e., Joti-svaroopa, Pure Consciousness, Lord's Sublime Essence, Joy of the Soul, etc.) within is alone the godly Khalsa - Pure Being (Sarab Loh Granth).
Thus, anybody in the world can become a Sikh or Khaalsaa, "here" and "now", provided one's bosom is immersed in pure Bhagti, and one is perfectly established in the Mool within (Source, Origin...). No other worldly qualification or Karamkaand matters.
  • ਭਗਤਿ ਭਾਇ ਤਰੀਐ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਭਗਤੀ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਸੀ ਛਾਰੁ ॥: Bhagti bhaai tareeai sansaaru. Bin Bhagti tanu hosee shaar (sggs 290).
  • ਸਾਚ ਬਿਨਾ ਕਹ ਹੋਵਤ ਸੂਚਾ ॥: Saach bina kah hovat soochaa (sggs 269).
  • ਜੇ ਜਾਣਸਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੰ ਕਰਮੰ ॥ ਸਭਿ ਫੋਕਟ ਨਿਸਚਉ ਕਰਮੰ ॥: Je jaanasi Brahamam karmam. Sabhi Fokat nisachau karmam (sggs 470).
  • ਕਰਮ ਕਰਤ ਬਧੇ ਅਹੰਮੇਵ ॥: Karam karat baadhe ahammev (sggs 324).
  • ਭੇਖ ਵਰਨ ਦੀਸਹਿ ਸਭਿ ਖੇਹ ॥: Bhekh varan deesahi sabhi kheh (sggs 352).
  • ਮੈ ਅਵਰੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਪੂਜਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਵਸਿ ਰਹੇ ॥ ਭੇਖੁ ਭਵਨੀ ਹਠੁ ਨ ਜਾਨਾ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਸਚੁ ਗਹਿ ਰਹੇ ॥੧॥: Mai avaru giaan n dhiaanu poojaa Hari Naamu antari vasi rahe. Bhekhu bhavanee hathu n jaanaa Nanakaa sachu gahi rahe ||1|| (sggs 843).
Bhagti: A Royal Path To God-Realization

The purpose of this life is to reestablish our lost relationship with our True Mool within (Source, Origin, our Unconditioned Consciousness...).

Bhagti is the El Camino or the Royal Road to Realizing this Spiritual Target of life. The process of Spiritual Realization is like a long chain. The stage of Pure Bhagti is the last link of this chain. The Gur-Shabad can guide us along the wai. We are time and again reminded by the Gurbani that without the Pure Bhagti, this precious and rare to attain human form will be a waste; only to suffer more. Therefore, we are urged to be vigilant against all types of impediments to Bhagti, because Maya's snaring nets are mighty charming!

  • ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ਮਰਿ ਮਰਿ ਰੁੰਨਿਆ ॥੨॥: Hari kee bhagti binaa mari mari runniaa ||2|| (sggs 398).
  • ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ਸਹਸਾ ਨਹ ਚੂਕੈ ਗੁਰੁ ਇਹੁ ਭੇਦੁ ਬਤਾਵੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Bhagti bina sahsaa nah chookai Gur ih bhed btaavai ||1||Rahaaou|| (sggs 830).
  • ਸੋਧਤ ਸੋਧਤ ਸੋਧਿ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਨਹੀ ਛੁਟਕਾਰਾ ॥: Sodhat sodhat sodh beechaaraa. Bin Hari bhagti nahee shutkaaraa (sggs 891).
To reach the perfectional stage of Pure Bhagti, both mind and body need to be integrated. This sought after integration can be achieved by training the mind and the body in accordance with the divine instructions of the Gurbani through the Shabad-Vichaar.
  • ਮਨੁ ਹਾਲੀ ਕਿਰਸਾਣੀ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਰਮੁ ਪਾਣੀ ਤਨੁ ਖੇਤੁ ॥ਨਾਮੁ ਬੀਜੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸੁਹਾਗਾ ਰਖੁ ਗਰੀਬੀ ਵੇਸੁ ॥ ਭਾਉ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਿ ਜੰਮਸੀ ਸੇ ਘਰ ਭਾਗਠ ਦੇਖੁ ॥: Manu haalee kirsaanee karnee saramu paanee tanu khetu. Naamu beeju santokhu suhaagaa rakhu greebee vesu. Bhaaou karm kari jammsee se ghar bhaagath dekhu (sggs 595).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਉ ਖੁਦਾਇ ਕਾ ਦਿਲਿ ਹਛੈ ਮੁਖਿ ਲੇਹੁ ॥ ਅਵਰਿ ਦਿਵਾਜੇ ਦੁਨੀ ਕੇ ਝੂਠੇ ਅਮਲ ਕਰੇਹੁ ॥੧॥: Nanak Naaou Khudaai kaa dili hachhai mukhi lehu. Awari divaaje dunee ke jhoothe amal karehu ||1|| ( sggs 140).

— T. Singh