ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ - O NANAK! THERE IS ONLY ONE AMRIT

ਜਿਨ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਤੇਰੇ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਤੇ ਰਤੇ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਦੂਜਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਮਨੈ ਮਾਹਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਪੀਤਾ ਰੰਗ ਸਿਉ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਕਉ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਆਦਿ ॥੧॥:
Jin vadiaaee tere Naam kee te ratte mann maahi. Nanak Amritu
eku hai doojaa Amritu naahi. Nanak Amritu manai maahi paaeeai gur parsaadi. tinhee
peetaa rang siou jinh kaou likhiaa aadi
|| 1|| (sggs 1238).
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What is that one Knowledge (Giaan), which is worth having? As per the Gurbani, Brahma-Giaan would be the answer. For all other knowledge can only be a burden on the soul.

  • ਕਥਨੀ ਕਥੀਐ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨ ॥੧੫॥ kathhanee kathheeai breham giaan ||15|| Speak the speech of God's spiritual wisdom. ||15|| (sggs 344).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਆਪਿ ਪਰਮੇਸੁਰ ॥੬॥: Nanak Brahm Giaanee aap Permesur ||6||: O Nanak! The Brahm Giaanee himself is the exalted Lord ||6|| (sggs 273).
  • ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਕੀ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਬਰਸੀ ॥ breham giaanee kee dhrisatt anmrith barasee ||: Amrit rains down from the glance of the Brahm Giaanee (sggs 273).
  • ਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਕਿਛੂ ਨ ਸੂਝੈ ॥: Giaan vihoonaa kishoo n soojhai: Without spiritual wisdom, (one) understands nothing at all. (sggs 1044).

However, this leads to an another question: how does one acquire Brahma-Giaan? Of course, by treading the right path, one may say.

Which, yet gives rise to an another question: What is the right path? On account of our personal biases and fancies of our Haumai (false ego-sense), what seems right to one may not seem right to someone else.

But, for a Sikh (a learner of the Gurbani), the right path is that which is shown by the Gur-Shabad (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS). Bowing down in front of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) is to bow down to the Brahma-Giaan that is present in the SGGS.

According to the Brahma-Giaan of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ( SGGS), there is only One Amrit. And that One Amrit is the Naam ("ਨਾਮੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ"), Gur-Shabad ("ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਬਦੁ"), Shabad-Vichaar ("ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ"), Divine Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad ("ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ"), Treasure of the Divine Virtues ("ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਗੁਣੀ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ"), and so on.

Therefore, this ONE Amrit the SGGS talks about is "Niraakaaree", hence it's for the mind to drink through Shabad-Vichaar — it's NOT for the tongue or the mouth. Because, it's the mind that must become "Khalas" (Pure) !

  • ਝਿਮਿ ਝਿਮਿ ਵਰਸੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਧਾਰਾ ॥ ਮਨੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਸੁਨਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ॥: (Those who have found or realized their Mool within) the uniform stream of Amrit rains (within them). The mind drinks it in hearing and reflecting on the Shabad (sggs 102).

O Nanak! there is only One Amrit - "ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ"

"Amrit" is a Sanskrit word that literally means "without death", "no death", "immortal", etc. The SGGS declares That Amrit is ONLY ONE which confers stable Spiritual Life (ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ), Cosmic Awareness, Universal Awareness, Naam Awareness, Shabad-Surti, Joti Saroop, Mool-Abidance, Gurmkh-hood, Divine Life, Divine Wisdom or Divine Virtues, Infinite Bliss, etc.

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਦੂਜਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥: O Nanak! O Nanak! There is only One Amrit (i.e, the Naam-Amrit for the soul to drink in); there is no other Amrit at all (sggs 1238).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨॥: O Nanak! The Shabad alone is the Amrit; it is obtained by becoming the Gurmukhs. ||2|| (sggs 644).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਬਦੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਹਰਿ ਬਾਣੀ ॥: The Shabad is Amrit; the Hari Baanee is Amrit (sggs 119).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਦ ਮੀਠਾ ਲਾਗਾ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਸਾਦੁ ਆਇਆ ॥: The Amrit Naam is always sweet; it is tasted through the Gur-Shabad (sggs 559).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨੀਰੁ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਮਨ ਮਜਨੁ ਅਠਸਠਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਸੰਗਿ ਗਹੇ ॥: The man, who bathes in the ambrosial water of the Divine knowledge takes with him the merit of bathing at the sixty-eight holies (sggs 1328).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਨਦਰੀ ਪਾਈਐ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਗੁਣੀ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ॥੨॥: O Nanak! By the Grace, one is blessed with the Amrit of the Treasure of the Divine Virtues. ||2|| (sggs 851).
  • ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਦਾਰੂ ਏਹੁ ਲਾਏਹੁ ॥: The Divine Naam is Amrit - take this healing medicine! (sggs 554).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਤੁ ਪੀਤੈ ਤਿਖ ਜਾਇ ॥: The Guru's Shabad is Amrit; drinking it in (the Guru's Shabad), thirst (of Maya) is quenched (sggs 35).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਮਹਲੁ ਨ ਜਾਪਈ ਨਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਫਲ ਪਾਹਿ॥: Without the Gur (i.e., Wisdom of the SGGS, Jeev) cannot behold the Mansion (of one's Divine Self - Mool), nor is the Amrit Fruit (of Giaan or Divine Wisdom) obtained (sggs 66).
  • ਜਿਹਵਾ ਰਤੀ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਚੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਰਸਿ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਇ ॥: The tongue absorbed with the True Shabad drinks in the Amrit with taste, Reflecting on the Divine Virtues (sggs 36).

In the same breath, the SGGS declares "There is no "Doojaa" ("ਦੂਜਾ" = "second"). In other words, to consider otherwise would be duality "Doojaa Bhaav". The SGGS talks extensively about duality — the principle of "two-ness, plurality, illusion (Maya), subject-object relationship, and so on. This ONE AMRIT changes us from the interior – inside-out.

  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਆ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਦੂਆ ਤੀਆ: (The Gurmukh who) drinks the Amrit (Naam) given by the Satguru, does not know any other second or third (sggs 1034).

The SGGS tells us that the rain of Amrit (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਦੀ ਵਰਖਾ) is Experienced within the Dasam Duaar (mind) when one abides in Mool.

  • ਉਲਟਿਓ ਕਮਲੁ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਧਾਰ ਗਗਨਿ ਦਸ ਦੁਆਰਿ ॥: Through the Reflection on Brahm (Mool), the heart-lotus reverses (i.e., turned away from Maya). Also, in the Sky of the Tenth Gate (mind), Amrit trickles down. (sggs 153).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਵਰਖੈ ਅਨਹਦ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ ਮਨ ਤਨ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਾਂਤਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥: (On account of the) Anhad Bani (Naad...), the Amrit rains down continually; (with that) the tranquility enters the mind and the body (i.e., sense organs). (sggs 105). 
  • ਨਿਰਮਲ ਜੋਤਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ॥ ਪੀਵਤ ਅਮਰ ਭਏ ਨਿਹਕਾਮ ॥: The Light of the Amrit Name of the Lord is Immaculate and Pure. Drinking it in, one becomes Immortal and free of desire (sggs 866).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿਐ ਧਾਵਤੁ ਥੰਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਿਆ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਆਏ ॥: Meeting the Satiguru, the restless mind (ਭਟਕਦਾ ਮਨ) is held steady; it comes to abide in its own Home (Tenth Gate, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਵਸਥਾ ...). (sggs 441).
  • ਧਾਵਤੁ ਥੰਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਿਆ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਐ ਦਸਵਾ ਦੁਆਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਤਿਥੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਸਹਜ ਧੁਨਿ ਉਪਜੈ ਜਿਤੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਗਤੁ ਥੰਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਿ ਰਹਾਇਆ ॥: The outgoing, restless mind, upon meeting the Satgur(Giann or spiritual Knowledge of the SGGS), attains the Tenth Gate. There, (the mind eats) the Amrit-food (Naam) and the Sahaj Dhuni emanates (within, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ ਦੀ ਰੌ ਦਾ ਚੱਲ ਪੈਂਣਾ); (in that state) the world (worldly delusion or attachment) is held spell-bound by the Shabad (sggs 441).
  • ਨਿਰਮਲ ਜੋਤਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ॥ ਪੀਵਤ ਅਮਰ ਭਏ ਨਿਹਕਾਮ ॥: The Light of the Amrit Naam is Immaculate. Drinking it in (undrstanding it and living it in daily life), one becomes Immortal and free of desires (sggs 866).

Why there is "only One" Amrit? Because there is only "One" Divine ("Ik" or "Ek"). "One" is the fundamental principle of Sikhi. It has to be like this as there is One Parameshar (ੴ ) - no second (or "Doojaa"). The Gur-Shabad never gets tired of reminding this truth to us.

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਦੁਹੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਹੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥: O Nanak, the True Lord is the One and only (i.e. non-dual); (however) Sansaar (the place of repeated suffering) is in duality (sggs 950).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਅਉਰੁ ਨ ਸਚਾ ਭਾਲਿ ॥੨॥: Nanak sachaa ek hai ouru n sachaa bhaal ||2||: O Nanak, there is only One True Lord; do not bother to search for any other as True || 2 || (sggs 1243).

The Gurbani says that the Naam-Amrit alone is sweet, and that this is "the only immaculate Truth in the world".

  • ਏਕੋੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਮੀਠਾ ਜਗਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਸਚੁ ਸੋਈ ॥: The Naam-Amrit alone is sweet and that is the only immaculate Truth in the world (sggs 1259).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਅਮਿਉ ਰਸੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ॥: The Bani is Amrit; its taste is Amrit-sweet. The Divine Naam is Amrit (sggs 963).  
  • ਜਿਨੀ ਆਤਮੁ ਚੀਨਿਆ ਪਰਮਾਤਮੁ ਸੋਈ ॥ ਏਕੋ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਿਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਫਲੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੋਈ ॥੬॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਫਲੁ ਜਿਨੀ ਚਾਖਿਆ ਸਚਿ ਰਹੇ ਅਘਾਈ ॥ ਤਿੰਨਾ ਭਰਮੁ ਨ ਭੇਦੁ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਰਸਨ ਰਸਾਈ ॥੭॥: Those who understand their own Soul, Realize Parmaatam.. The One (Parmaatam) is the Tree of Amrit (ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ-ਰੂਪ ਫਲ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ-ਰੁੱਖ), which bears the fruit of Amrit. ||6|| Those who taste the Amrit-fruit remain satisfied with Truth. They have no doubt or sense of separation - their tongues taste the divine taste. ||7|| (sggs 421).

However, our false ego-sense or Haumai does not and cannot recognize Unity or Oneness. Because, by very its nature, the egotism or Haumai dwells in duality (two-ness, Doojaa Bhaav, Maya). So it has to create or see duality where there is none. The Gurbani reminds us that with Haumai or egotism the duality only increases.

  • ਹਉਮੈ ਬਿਆਪੈ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਫੈਲੁ ॥: Afflicted by egotism, duality only increases (sggs 893).

On account of duality, the SGGS says people don't understand what the real Amrit is. The SGGS also reveals to us that only the Gurmukh knows the real Amrit.

  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਦਾ ਵਰਸਦਾ ਬੂਝਨਿ ਬੂਝਣਹਾਰ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਬੁਝਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਰਖਿਆ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰਿ ॥: Amrit rains down continually; (but only those) understand this who are capaable of understanding (ਇਸ ਭੇਤ ਨੂੰ). Those who have become the Gurmukh, understand this (ਇਸ ਭੇਤ ਨੂੰ), (they) keep the Lord's Amrit enshrined within their Hearts (sggs 1281).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਸੇਵੀਜੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਜੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਲਾਵਹਿ ਸਹਜਿ ਧਿਆਨੋ ॥: One drinks Amrit by serving the Guroo (through the Shabad-Vichaar and living it)the Guru and drinks in the Amrit (Amrit of Your Naam), to him (the Guroo) causes to meditate intuitively (Giaan Avasthaa, Natural State of Being...). (sggs 777).

Where is this One Amrit located?

The SGGS has already told us (1) what the One Amrit is. Now, the SGGS tells us (2) exactly from where we all can obtain it (i.e., realize it).

It's all within — continually raining down!

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਮਨੈ ਮਾਹਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ॥: O Nanak! (This Naam) Amrit is within the mind (of everybody, but it is), obtained by "Gur Parsaadi" (Grace of the Gur-Giaan, Wisdom...). (sggs 1238).

We are told by the SGGS that within each of us is the well filled with the Amrit. Consider the following verses (and many more in the SGGS). They are very straightforward and self-explanatory.

  • ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ ਦੇਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਇਸ ਕਾ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮੁ ॥: New Treasure of Amrit is the Divine Naam. Within (to whom the Naam is sweet) the inner body (“Daehee-ਦੇਹੀ” = “Daehee Gupat- ਦੇਹੀ ਗੁਪਤ”, Nirakkar or soul within, Mool…) is its place of rest. (sggs 293).
  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਖੂਹਟਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਭਰਿਆ ਸਬਦੇ ਕਾਢਿ ਪੀਐ ਪਨਿਹਾਰੀ ॥: Deep Within this body is the well overflowing with the Amrit; the Water-carrier (one engaged in Naam-Jap or understanding the Gur-Shabad) draws and drinks it through the Shabad (sggs 570).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਾਖੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਪੀਵਤ ਹੀ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ਭਇਆ ॥: (Gurbani) is Amrit Baanee; by drinking it (i.e., Realizing the Shabad or Naam), one becomes proofed (sggs 360).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਾ ਰਸੁ ਆਇਆ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਨਾਉ ॥੧੮॥: One comes to enjoy the Essence of the Amrit (ਨਾਮ-ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਦਾ ਸੁਆਦ), when the Naam gets enshrined in the mind. ||18|| (sggs 1092).
  • ਬਿਖੈ ਬਨੁ ਫੀਕਾ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਰੀ ਸਖੀਏ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਹਾ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਓ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਰਸ ਚਾਖੇ ਬੁਡਿ ਗਈ ਸਗਲੀ ਸੁਖੀ ਨ ਹੋਵਤ ਜੀਓ ॥: Renounce the tasteless water (of Maya, Bikaar...); O my companion (Budh, soul), drink in the "Mahaa Ras" (supreme Amrit Naam). Without the taste of this "Ras") (Amrit Naam), all have drowned (in Maya, Bikaar...), and their souls have not found happiness (sggs 802).

Now, how can this Amrit (nectar) be Prepared? The SGGS tells us exactly how!

As flowers of the Mahooaa tree is used to produce molasses to forment the wine, similarly, the SGGS urges us to produce the Molasses of Giaan (Wisdom) from the tree of the Dhiaan of the Gur-Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar):

  • ਗੁੜੁ ਕਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਧਾਵੈ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਣੀ ਕਸੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ ਭਾਠੀ ਭਵਨੁ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਕਾ ਪੋਚਾ ਇਤੁ ਰਸਿ ਅਮਿਉ ਚੁਆਈਐ ॥੧॥ ਬਾਬਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਤਵਾਰੋ ਨਾਮ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਸਹਜ ਰੰਗ ਰਚਿ ਰਹਿਆ ॥ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਬਨੀ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ ਸਬਦੁ ਅਨਾਹਦ ਗਹਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Make Giaan (Wisdom) your Molasses, and meditation (Consciousness or Surati attuned to the Naam) your flowers (of Mahooaa or Basia-latifolia tree, which are used to forment wine); let high conduct (good deeds, practice, etc.) be the fermenting bark. Make this body the furnace (used to make wine – ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਕੱਢਣ ਦੀ ਭੱਠੀ), and your love (Prema-Bhagti) the plaster (ਠੰਡਾ ਪੋਚਾ ਜੋ ਅਰਕ ਵਾਲੀ ਨਾਲੀ ਉਤੇ ਫੇਰਨਾ ਹੈ). In this way the Amrit (which bestows Eternal Life-ਅਟੱਲ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ) is distilled. ||1|| O Baabaa! The mind intoxicated drinking in this Naam (Amrit) remains absorbed in Sahaj (Natural State of Being). By fixing attention on God’s Love (Prema-Bhagti) day and night, seize the Anaahad Shabad {(i.e., ਸਬਦ ਨੂੰ (ਸਬਦ-ਗਿਆਨ) ਸਦਾ ਇਕ-ਰਸ ਆਪਣੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਟਿਕਾਈ ਰੱਖਣਾਂ…)} ||1||Pause||. (sggs 360).
  • ਭਇਓ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸੁ ਸਰਬ ਉਜੀਆਰਾ ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਮਨਹਿ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਇਓ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਪੀਓ ਮਨੁ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤਿਆ ਅਨਭੈ ਠਹਰਾਇਓ ॥੨॥: When the Guru's Spiritual Wisdom awakened in my mind, then the Divine Light illuminated within me, and I see that Light everywhere. Drinking (this Giaan) Amrit Naam my mind is satisfied (ਮਾਇਆ ਵਲੋਂ ਰੱਜ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ), and my fears have been vanquished. ||2|| (sggs 209).

The SGGS consistingly tells us as to what the Amrit is, but the SGGS also remind us that it is located within the body, here and now. For the Naam or Shabad to be located within, the Amrit also has to be located within as well. Because the Naam or Shabad is the Amrit, and the Amrit is the Naam or Shabad or Bani!

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਹੈ ਮਿਲਿ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ ॥੭॥: Within is the Treasure of the Shabad; (but) it is obtained by eradicating self-conceit (ਪਰੰਤੂ ਆਪਾ-ਭਾਵ ਤਿਆਗ ਕੇ ਮਿਲਦਾ ਹੈ) ||7|| (sggs 228).

Qualifying for this One Amrit

The SGGS consistently guides us to become the Gurmukh. The SGGS says: the "rare" "Gurmukhs obtain it".

  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਵਰਸੈ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਕੋਈ ਜਨੁ ਪਾਏ ॥: When one is established in Sahaj (Sahaj-Avasthaa, natural state of being, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ..), the Amrit rains down (within him). How rare are those who by becoming the Gurmukhs obtain it (sggs 119).
  • ਅੰਦਰੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਭਰਪੂਰੁ ਹੈ ਚਾਖਿਆ ਸਾਦੁ ਜਾਪੈ ॥: One's inner being is overflowing with Amrit; tasting (Naam through the Gur-Shabad, its), flavor is known (sggs 1092).
  • ਭੀਤਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸੋਈ ਜਨੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਰਤਨੁ ਆਚਾਰ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: That Jan (Gurmukh, Bhagat, Daas) whose conduct is in harmony with the Jewel of the Gur-Shabad, obtains the Amrit (Naam). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 1256).

Who is a Gurmukh? Simply put, a Gurmukh is:

  • Giaanwaan – A Wise person who understands the Gur-Giaan (Wisdom of the SGGS) and lives it in daily life.
  • He possesses the Bibek-Budhi of the SGGS.
  • He possesses the point of view of the SGGS.
  • His mind so transformed, he thinks (ਸੋਚ), acts, and speaks in accordance with the Wisdom of the SGGS.
  • Liberated while still alive, he lives his entire life according to the Gur-Giaan (the Gurmukh Lifesyle), NOT according to the self-serving Pujaaree system.
  • He thus continuously revels in Sukh Saagar, Sachkhand, Mool, Paarbrahm, Aatam Teerath ...

The more one gets established in his True Nature (Mool), the more one drinks the Amrit (the Gurmukh Lifestyle). This is the Gurbani's edict:

  • ਜਿਉ ਜਿਉ ਸਾਹਬੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੇਉ ॥: By becoming the Gurmukh, the more the "Sahib" (Mool, source, Jot, True Nature...) abides within (my) mind, the more (I) drink in the Amrit (sggs 20).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਤੇਰੀ ॥ ਸੁਣਿ ਸੁਣਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਰਮ ਗਤਿ ਮੇਰੀ ॥: O Divine! Your Bani is Ammrit. By hearing and hearing it (i.e., by continuously listening, reading, understanding, and living it), my final beatitude happens (i.e., expansion-development-progress-blooming of my intellect or Budhi). (sggs 103).

In nutshell, the Amrit can be tasted or realized only by turning within. It is to die in the Shabad — the Gurmukh Lifestyle. The SGGS says that the Gurmukh enjoys this Amrit night and day by annhilating his false ego-sense (Haumai):

  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀ ਅਮਰਾ ਪਦੁ ਹੋਏ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਰਸੁ ਤਾਹਾ ਹੇ ॥੭॥: By drinking the Amrit (of Namm, Shabad, Giaan), one obtains the Immoral status (becomes immune to ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ), and enjoys the sublime essence (of the Amrit) through the Gur-Shabad. ||7|| (sggs 1056).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਭੋਗੇ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ॥: The Shabad-Vichaar (Reflection on the Gur-Shabad) is the sweet Amrit. By subduing ego, (the Gurmukh) enjoys it night and day (sggs 424).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਦ ਭੁੰਚੀਐ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਇ ॥: Ever drink the Naam-Amrit (Giaan-Amrit or Spiritual-Knowledge-Amrit); by becoming the Gurmukh perform this action (sggs 87).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵਹੁ ਸਦਾ ਚਿਰੁ ਜੀਵਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਅਨਦ ਅਨੰਤਾ ॥: Drink in the Amrit (of Remembrance or Union of "Hari" - Mool), may you always live (spiritual life - ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ). Remembrance of "Hari" (Mool) bestows Infinite Bliss (sggs 496).
  • ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਮਰਣੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਮੂਏ ਕਿਉ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੋਇ ॥: One who dies in the Shabad, will never again have to die. Without such a death, how can one attain Perfection? (sggs 153).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦੇ ਜੇ ਮਰੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਦੂਜੀ ਵਾਰ ॥:Who dies (death of egotism...) in the Gur-Shabad, then he does not die again (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ), a second time (sggs 1009).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਬਚਨੁ ਬਚਨੁ ਹੈ ਨੀਕੋ ਗੁਰ ਬਚਨੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪਾਵੈਗੋ ॥: The Satigur's Word (i.e., Gur-Shabad, ਬਚਨ) is the most Sublime. Through the Gur's Word (i.e., Gur-Shabad, ਬਚਨ), the Amrit is obtained (sggs 1311).

To the contrary, if we keep entertaining Manmukh lifestyle (opposite of the Gurmukh), our condition will be that of a deer who is known for searching musk (Kastooree) in the bushes. In reality, the musk is stored within the deer's body, but due to ignorance, the deer keeps searching it outside in the bushes! Similarly, even though the Amrit dwells within our body, we keep searching It in the gross objects of the outer world! 

  • ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਭਰਪੂਰੁ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਜਿਉ ਕਸਤੂਰੀ ਮਿਰਗੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਭ੍ਰਮਦਾ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ॥: As the body-house (the Soul, Heart, etc.) is brimful with the Amrit (Naam), still, because of the deluded mind, the self-willed Manmukh (perverse, one in material consciousness, etc.) does not recognize or experience it. (He is) like the deer, who does not recognize its own musk-scent (that is located within its own body); (but to find the musk-scent) it wanders around, deluded by doubt (sggs 644).

Hence, according to the SGGS, the process needs to begin from the interior — inside-out. In other words, external Karamkaand (rituals, dogmas, pilgrimages, ablutions, Akhand Paath, etc.) will not do the trick. The Wisdom of the Gurbani is meant to be understood and applied. In nutshell, according to the SGGS:

  • ਮਨ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਲੀਵਾ ਜੀਉ ॥: In the mind is the Amrit; It is obtained (quaffed...) through the Gurmat (the Way of life based on the Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGS). (sggs 175).
  • ਬਾਬਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਤਵਾਰੋ ਨਾਮ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਸਹਜ ਰੰਗ ਰਚਿ ਰਹਿਆ ॥: O Baabaa! The mind is intoxicated with the Naam, drinking in its Nectar. It remains absorbed in the Lord's Love . By drinking the Naam-Nectar, mind becomes intoxicated and easily remains absorbed in Sahaj (the Natural State of Being, Giaan-Avasthaa, the State of spiritual Knowledge, etc.). (sggs 360).
  • ਹਉ ਵਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ਵਾਰੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਮੰਨਿ ਵਸਾਵਣਿਆ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਹਾ ਰਸੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਆਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: I am a sacrifice, I am sacrifice, to those who enshrine the Amrit Naam within their minds. The taste of the Amrit Naam is very sweet! (One can) drink in this Amrit through the Gurmat (Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGS). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 124).

Shabad-Vichaar = Drinking the Amrit!

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥੧॥: O Nanak! (However, those who have) become the Gurmukh drink the Amrit by reflecting on the Shabad (sggs 646).
  • ਸੇਵਕ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਜਾਤਾ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਦਾ ਜਨ ਸੋਹਹਿ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਪਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੨॥: By becoming a Gurmukh (Spiritual Being...), the humble servant (of the Divine) comes to realize their Mool (Hari...). (By engaging in the) Amrit Naam, those humble beings look Beautiful forever (they beautify their life by engaging in the Naam that provides Spiritual Life). By following Gurmat (Teaching or Wisdom of the SGGS), the enjoy the sublime Essence (of Naam, Wisdom, Giaan...). ||2|| (sggs 126).

We sing /listen /read the following first thing in the morning, everyday (Aasaa Dee Vaar) that the mind which is agreeable or pleased with the GIAAN of the SGGS continually drinks the Amrit:

  • ਜਿਨਾ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਈਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਛਕਿ ਛਕੇ ॥: Those whose minds are pleased with the Gurbni (the Giaan or Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad), continually quaff the Amrit (sggs 449).
  • ਹਿਰਦੈ ਸੁਣਿ ਸੁਣਿ ਮਨਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਭਾਇਆ ॥ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਹਰਿ ਅਲਖੁ ਲਖਾਇਆ ॥੧॥: Constantly listening (Reflectin on the Gurbani) in the Heart, the Amrit (Naam. Giaan, Wisdom...) becomes pleasing to the mind. Through Gurbani, the Invisible Hari (i.e., Mool) becomes comprehended. ||1|| (sggs 366).

To hammer this Truth in our deluded minds, the SGGS gives us many apt examples. For instance, consider the following example of irrigating a poisonous plant with the Amrit of sweet water — the sweet water will not help change a poisonous plant in that it will still bear poisonous fruit.

  • ਜੇ ਸਉ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨੀਰੀਐ ਭੀ ਬਿਖੁ ਫਲੁ ਲਾਗੈ ਧਾਇ॥: Even if a poisonous plant is watered with sweet water ("Amrit Neereeai") hundreds of times, it still bears poisonous fruit (sggs 65).
  • ਪਸੂ ਮਿਲਹਿ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਖੜੁ ਖਾਵਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਦੇਹਿ॥: All praise to animals, they eat grass and provide sweet milk (sggs 489).
  • ਸੁਨੀ ਨ ਜਾਈ ਸਚੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਾਥਾ ॥ ਰਾਰਿ ਕਰਤ ਝੂਠੀ ਲਗਿ ਗਾਥਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: (The extrovert person) cannot hear the Truth – the Ambrosial Discourse. Attached to the false stories (i.e., man-made phony stories or Saakhee, he) engagges in arguement (with those who tell him the Truth). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 376).

The Satiguru (ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ - SGGS) is the Giver of the Amrit-Naam or Amrit-Giaan (Divine Wisdom, Soojg-Boojh...). Hence, the Satiguru is said to be the SROVAR ("ਸਰੁ-Saru", pond...) of the Amrit. It's the filthy mind that needs to bathe in this Srover of the GIAAN.

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਹੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਮੈਲੁ ਚੁਕਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: The Satiuru is the True pool of Amrit, bathing in it, the mind is washed clean of its filth (i.e., Bikaar-internal negatives...). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 113).
  • ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਾਰੇ ॥: Bani is (the embodiment) of the Guroo and the Guroo is (the embodiment of) the Bani. The Amrit is contained in the whole of Bani (sggs 982).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਤਿਵਾਦੀ ਜਿਤੁ ਨਾਤੈ ਕਊਆ ਹੰਸੁ ਹੋਹੈ ॥: The Satiuru, he Speaker of Truth, is the pool of Amrit; bathing within it, the crow (i.e., the ignorant or filthy mind) becomes a swan (i.e., enlightened, pure...). (sggs 493).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੁ ਵਡਭਾਗੀ ਨਾਵਹਿ ਆਇ ॥ ਉਨ ਜਨਮ ਜਨਮ ਕੀ ਮੈਲੁ ਉਤਰੈ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਨਾਮੁ ਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇ ॥: The Satiuru is the Pool of Amrit; the very fortunate ones come to bathe in this (pool of Satiguru: Naam, Shabad, Wisdom...). The filth of the repeatedly incarnating (mind) is washed away, and the Immaculate Naam is implanted (within their mind). (sggs 40).  
  • ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਸੋਈ ਜਨੁ ਪੂਰਾ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਆਖਿ ਸੁਣਾਏ ਸੂਰਾ ॥ ਕਾਇਆ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਭਾਇ ਸੁਭਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੪॥: Perfect (ਪੂਰਨ) is that "Janu" (Bhagat, Daas, Gurmukh) who dies through the Shabad.  The brave Satiuru utters and proclaims this.  Within "Kaaiaa (Inner body - Soul) is the true pool of Amrit; the mind drinks it in with the sense of Beautiful Love. ||4|| (sggs 1046).
  • ਲਾਹੌਰ ਸਹਰੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੁ ਸਿਫਤੀ ਦਾ ਘਰੁ ॥੨੮॥: The city of Lahore has become the pool of Amrit and the home of the Divine Praise (sggs 1412).

Baabaa Nanak in Raag Maaroo (ਰਾਗੁ ਮਾਰੂ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਘਰੁ ੫) tells us exactly who alone appreciate this Real Amrit (of Naam):

  • ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਜਾਗੈ ਨੀਦ ਨ ਸੋਵੈ ॥ ਸੋ ਜਾਣੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਵੇਦਨ ਹੋਵੈ ॥ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਕੇ ਕਾਨ ਲਗੇ ਤਨ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਵੈਦੁ ਕਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਕਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਿਫਤੀ ਲਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਲੇ ਕਿਸੈ ਬੁਝਾਏ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਕੀ ਸਾਰ ਸੋਈ ਜਾਣੈ ਜਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਾ ਵਾਪਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਪਿਰ ਸੇਤੀ ਧਨ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੁ ਰਚਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਤਥਾ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਏ ॥ ਸਹਜ ਸੇਤੀ ਧਨ ਖਰੀ ਸੁਹੇਲੀ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਤਿਖਾ ਨਿਵਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੨॥ ਸਹਸਾ ਤੋੜੇ ਭਰਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਏ ॥ ਸਹਜੇ ਸਿਫਤੀ ਧਣਖੁ ਚੜਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਰੇ ਸੁੰਦਰਿ ਜੋਗਾਧਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥ ਹਉਮੈ ਜਲਿਆ ਮਨਹੁ ਵਿਸਾਰੇ ॥ ਜਮ ਪੁਰਿ ਵਜਹਿ ਖੜਗ ਕਰਾਰੇ ॥ ਅਬ ਕੈ ਕਹਿਐ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਮਿਲਈ ਤੂ ਸਹੁ ਜੀਅੜੇ ਭਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥ ਮਾਇਆ ਮਮਤਾ ਪਵਹਿ ਖਿਆਲੀ ॥ ਜਮ ਪੁਰਿ ਫਾਸਹਿਗਾ ਜਮ ਜਾਲੀ ॥ ਹੇਤ ਕੇ ਬੰਧਨ ਤੋੜਿ ਨ ਸਾਕਹਿ ਤਾ ਜਮੁ ਕਰੇ ਖੁਆਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੫॥ ਨਾ ਹਉ ਕਰਤਾ ਨਾ ਮੈ ਕੀਆ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ॥ ਜਿਸੁ ਤੂ ਦੇਹਿ ਤਿਸੈ ਕਿਆ ਚਾਰਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਰਣਿ ਤੁਮਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੬॥੧॥੧੨॥: (The Dealer of the Naam-Amrit) Day and night, remains awake and aware (ਸੁਚੇਤ); he never sleeps (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਦੀ ਨੀਂਦ - slumber of Maya). He alone knows this (value of the Naam-Amrit), who feels the pain of separation from God, and who is pierced through with the arrow of (Divine) Love (ਪ੍ਰਭੂ-ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਦੇ ਤੀਰ). How can any physician (who only cures bodily illnessses) know the cure (of the pain of separation from God: ਬਿਰਹੋਂ-ਰੋਗ)? ||1|| Whom the True Lord links to His Praise, that rare one, by becoming the Gurmukh, understands (the value of Naam-Amrit - ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੀ ਸਿਫਤਿ-ਸਾਲਾਹ ਦੀ ਕਦਰ). He alone appreciates the value of the (Naam-) Amrit, (for he becoms) the dealer (ਵਾਪਾਰੀ) of this (Naam-) Amrit. ||1||Pause|| As the bride bears love to her Groom, similarly, the soul-bride (ਜੀਵ-ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ) fixes her consciousness on the Gur-Shabad. That soul-bride is joyously embellished with Sahaj (Natural State of Being, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ...); her hunger and thirst (of Maya) are dispelled (from within). ||2|| (That soul-bride who is established in Sahaj or ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ) and draws the bow of the Divine Praise, (that soul-bride) tears down skepticism and dispel doubt. (The soul-bride) dies (eradicates her Haumai or selfhood) by engaging in the Gur-Shabad and kills the mind (conquers her mind); and that Beautiful (soul-bride) becomes sustained (sheltered, supported) by the Divine Union (Union with her Mool: ਪ੍ਰਭੂ-ਮਿਲਾਪ ਦੇ ਆਸਰੇ ਵਾਲੀ). ||3|| Burnt by egotism (ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜ ਕੇ), one forgets the Lord from the mind. In the City of Death, (that person is) is struck with massive swords (i.e., suffers pains and pangs of being devoid of spiritual life - ਇਤਨੇ ਆਤਮਕ ਕਲੇਸ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਮਾਨੋ, ਖੰਡਿਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਤਕੜੀਆਂ ਚੋਟਾਂ ਵੱਜ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ). Then, even if (one) asks for it, (that person) will not receive the Naam; O soul, you (due to your own making, now) suffer terrible punishment. ||4|| Maya-attachment drops (Jeeva) in thoughts (imaginations, fancies...). (This way, O Jeeva, in the end) In the City of Death, you will be caught by the noose of Jamm (doubt, fear of death...). (You) cannot break free from the bondage of attachment, and so the Jamm will torture you. ||5|| (O Prabhoo!) I have done nothing; I am doing nothing now. The Satgur has blessed me with the Amrit Naam. What other efforts can anyone make, when You bestow (Your Amrit Naam)? Says Nanak! I have come to Your Sanctuary. ||6||1||12|| (sggs 993).

So, the SGGS urges us to pray for the True Wealth of the Amrit-Naam:

  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਨੁ ਮੈ ਧਨੁ ਦੀਜੈ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੪॥: Mai dhanu deejai Hari Amrit Naam ||4||: O Lord! Grant me the Wealth of Your Amrit Naam (ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ). (sggs 227).
  • ਇਕਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਇਕੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਇਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ ਸਚਾ ਸਉਦਾ ਹਟੁ ਸਚੁ ਰਤਨੀ ਭਰੇ ਭੰਡਾਰ ॥: (There is) One Bani, One Gur(u); (so) reflect on the One (Gur-) Shabad. (This) is the True Trade, the Treasures of Jewels (of Naam, Virtues, Wisdom…). (sggs 646).

However, the self-serving and corrupt Pujaaree system has tortured the Gurmat and Sikhi (the Way of life based on the Wisdom of the SGGS) with concocted Karamkaand and practices, promoting ignorance to confuse unsuspecting people. The self-serving Pujaaree group (Deraa-Vaad, Saadh-Vaad, Sant-Vaad, Ragis, Kathaakaar, etc. - ਠੱਗ) is succeeding in their alliances with management to convert Gurdwara programs into Brahamanic practices just like (or worse) the situation that existed when Baabaa Nanak appeared on the world scene. When it comes to Truth and Wisdom of the SGGS, most of them are a blank. They propagate "Naklee" (ਨਕਲੀ - false, counterfeit...) God, "Naklee" Dharma, "Naklee" Giaan...

— T. Singh
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