The Supreme Reality or the Supreme Consciousness is characterized by Light (Joti, Jyoti, Jot, etc., which simply means Light.) in the Gurbani. This is also the belief of other most major traditions of the world.
The Gurbani also defines the Divine Lord or Parameshar (call it Allah, Bhagwaan, Truth ...) as Formless. He is beyond causation. See the Mool Mantra in the very beginning of the SGGS (Sri Guru Granth Sahib). Also, for example, consider the following verse:
Parameshar is the Consciousness Himself. This Conscious Principle is non-dual, Blissful and Eternal who enters into every aspect of the universe and also assumes the form of the individual Jeevaatmaan. It is Changeless because change can only be conceived within the parameter of time. It is defined in the Gurbani as Timeless -beyond the purview of time. Accordingly, It is also indicated to be without a beginning, middle, or an end because the begining, middle, or end can only be conceived within the confines of time-space-causation.
The Supreme Reality is beyond time-space-causation because nothing in the cosmos is separate from the Supreme Reality. As indicated in the Gurbani, the Supreme Reality has manifested this universe, first engendering time and space and then entering into them, which is the Essence of life and the Source of Bliss. Nothing in the body has the power to function without It.
Like other Eastern traditions (religious or spiritual), the Gurbani believes in downward causation Where Absolute Consciousness (call it God, the Lord, the Divine, Allah, Bhagwaan, Waheguru, Truth ...) is the Highest State of Being, followed by the mind and the body. Unlike the mind, the body is matter. Matter is divisible and has a location (time and space). This separation of body and mind is described in the Gurbani very clearly (and also other Eastern traditions).
As indicated in the Gurbani, in its Purest form, the mind (or soul) is the Image of the Divine Light (Joti-Svaroopa); it is Self-effulgent, ever fresh and young, full of Beauty and luster as gold. The word "Svaroopa" (or Saroop etc.) is made of two words, namely "Sva" and "Roopa". The first part "Sva" means "your own", and the second part "Roopa" means "true state, true image, true embodiment, etc.". We are That "Joti-Svaroopa" — the true image or true state of the Cosmic Consciousness prior to the movement of the false ego-sense (Haume). The true Dharma of the Soul (the True Self) is to abide in this Truth. The Soul has no other religion.
To sum up, Absolute Reality (the Lord...) is Light. The mind is the True Image of That Light (Joti-Svaroopa). To Realize That Light, we need to become like That Light. Unless and until we have become exactly like That Light, we cannot become One (join, meet, experience, etc.) with our Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot....). The Gurbani says:
Before further reflecting on linking with Light (the Lord, Truth, etc.), let's reflect on some qualities of light.
In the Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the equation e=mc², the speed of light is unchanging - constant. Constituted of photons, light has zero mass. As a result, the speed of light is not effected by the gravitational force. Because of light's zero mass, even the tremendous pull of the gravitational force of the so called "black hole" cannot affect the speed of light, only the direction is changed.
The implication here is that in order to link with Light, we need become mass-less.
That is, we need to unburden ourselves - we need to become weightless or lightweight.
Becoming weightless, lightweight, or mass-less does not mean to go on crash diet to become very very skinny (anorexic, etc.)!
The Gurbani talks about the "crushing load" of the false ego-sense (Haumai).
In other words, to become Light-Weight (or to become like Light) is the loss of the false ego-sense (Haume). Where does egotism acquire this "crushing load"? Ego's (Haume's) children include all passions (Bikaars) lust, anger, greed, attachments, pride (and their numerous variations such as jealousy, slander, selfishness, and so on). If you combine the load of all these evil passion (Bikaars) and their numerous variations, it ultimately becomes "crushing load".
The Gurbani urges us to remove all traces of this load. of egoism (Haumai) so that we can become a part and parcel of Cosmic work for which we were created and bring this sincerely in our conduct of life.
Once we unburden ourselves from this "crushing load" of our false ego-sense (Haumai), we become weightless, lightweight, mass-less, ਹਲਕੇ, ਹੌਲੇ, "ਹਰੂਏ ਹਰੂਏ", and so on. Consider the following Salok of Kabeer Sahib.
In this context, consider the following anecdote from the life of Baabaa Nanak. This little story gives us a glimpse into Baabaa Nanak's pure state of no-ego or no-Haumai (Bhaav of utmost humility, lightweightness, weightlessness, etc.).
In 1530, it is said that Baabaa Nanak, with his companion, Mardana, went to Multan (pronounced Multaan). At that time, the city was known for its many fake Sants, gurus, Pirs (Sufi priests), Fakirs, etc. They were afraid of some true one coming in their town and disillusioning crowds that worshipped them. Baabaa Nanak and Mardana stopped by the side of a river there and sat down in a garden outside the town. Because of his intensive traveling, Baabaa Nanak was well known there. Worried of Baabaa Nanak's presence there, it is said that the head of the spin masters (Pir Bahauddin of Multan) sent an emissary to meet Baabaa Nanak with a bowl of milk completely filled to the brim: too full to have another drop. Symbolically, implying that 1) the place was already full of Pirs and Fakirs and that there was hardly any room for more; 2) therefore he was not welcome there; 3) so he should move along. Baabaa Nanak knew the implication in the offer made! A true saint, as a rule, has no conflict or friction with anybody. Instead of boasting about himself, it is said that in utmost humility, Baabaa Nanak plucked a jasmine flower from the garden and gently placed it on the surface of the milk and returned the bowl to the Pir. The jasmine flower was a symbolic message in return, meaning that there was still room for one more - he would float as lightly as the flower and give fragrance to all of them. The Pirs and the Fakirs, finally, allowed Baabaa Nanak to enter the city. He gave them a sweet discourse. The proud and arrogant Pirs came to their senses and learnt humility.
In nutshell, becoming weightless, lightweight, or mass-less is the Inner Game, performed within the body through Sahaj Avasataa (Natural State of Being, ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਤਾ, ਜਾਗਰਤ ਅਵਸਤਾ, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ...). The Gurbani indicates, therefore, those who become the Gurmukhs (spiritual beings, Living Enlightened, etc.) only know what it means by weighing or being weighted.
— T. Singh
Updated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:53 PM (PST)
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