ਤੂ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਵਸਹਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਾਉ ਨ ਬੁਝਹਿ ਗਵਾਰੀ ॥:
Too hiradai gupatu vasahi dinu raatee teraa bhaaou n bujhahi gavaaree:
(O Lord) You dwell, hidden, within the Heart day and night;
but the fools do not understand how to Love You. (sggs 617).

Is God "there yonder"? Is He "up there" somewhere? Does he live somewhere on a mysterious planet or a kingdom beyond the stars? Or, is there a separate God of Sikhs, a separate God of Muslims, a separate God of Hindus, a separate God of Christians, and so on? Some wonder if He really exists! "If He exists, where does He live?", others may ask.

The address of God is contained in the Gurbani. It is available to anyone and everyone interested; free of charge! All we need do is just look it up with love, faith, earnestness, willingness, and sincerity!

To find someone in a town, we at least need three things: (1) name of that person, (2) his address, and (3) a road map to get to his place without being lost. Without this basic information, one is sure to become bewildered. In such frustration and confusion, he may think that the person he is looking for does not exist! On the contrary, the person does exist; however, the seeker pretending to be searching him does not know where to find him! Similarly, the Lord, or our Mool (Source, Origin, Jot...), does exist. If one does not find Him, it's because he is searching Him in the pitch darkness of his ignorance, with a blind sense-infatuated mind.

  • ਠਾਕੁਰੁ ਸਰਬੇ ਸਮਾਣਾ ॥: Thaakur sarbe samanaa: The Lord is all-pervading everywhere (sggs 51).
  • ਸਭੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ਹੈ ਸਭੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ਹੈ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਈ ॥: Sabh Gobind hai sabh Gobind hai Gobind bin nahee koee: God is everything, God is everything; without God, there is nothing at all (sggs 485).

In spite of the Gurbani's such assurance, many of us think to the contrary because we do not know His Name (Giaan, Divine Knowledge...), His address, and a road map leading to His Place. 

According to the Gurbani, the Lord is Agmaa (inaccessible), Agam (unreachable or unapproachable), Apaaraa (unrivaled or incomparable), Agochar (incomprehensible), Alakh (invisible), Abhevaa (inscrutable), Beant (infinite), and Athaahaa or Agaadh or Agaah (unfathomable), etc. To the contrary, the mortals are said to be silly, foolish, ignorant and meritless. Still we mortals goes to the extreme to make the Almighty the subject of our mental speculations, worldly cleverness, and material logic; thinking that God can be found, accessed, comprehended and approached through our external and superficial acts such as nonsense beliefs, rituals, and garbs. No one can realize the Divine Presence within through this mental circus, says the Gurbani.

  • ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਅਪਰੰਪਰ ਦੇਵਾ ॥ ਅਗਮ ਅਗੋਚਰ ਅਲਖ ਅਭੇਵਾ ॥: Paarbraham aprampar devaa. Agam agochar alakh abhevaa: The Supreme Lord is Infinite and Divine; He is Inaccessible, Incomprehensible, Invisible and Inscrutable (sggs 98).
  • ਸਗਲੇ ਕਰਮ ਧਰਮ ਜੁਗ ਸੋਧੇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਨ ਪ੍ਰਬੋਧੇ ॥: Sagle karam dharam jug sodhe. Bin naavai ih man na parbodhe: I have studied the religions and rituals of all the ages. Without the Name, this mind is not awakened (sggs 913).

Thus, the Transcendental Being is not the object of our perception (body), emotions (mind), or thoughts (intellect). This is the reason He is indicated to be Unthinkable, Inaccessible, Unapproachable, Unrivaled or Incomparable, Incomprehensible, Invisible, Inscrutable, Infinite, Unfathomable, and so on. Consequently, he is declared to be the Supreme.

Subtle is God's Name and His address. So is the road map leading to His Home! In order to see (Darshan) or realize such a subtle Supreme Substance, one need to prepare himself. Then and only then one can ascertain His real whereabouts (Pataa), the True Home. In this context, this Gurbani Reflection will attempt to reflect on the following:

  • God's Name
  • God's Home Address
  • Road Map to God's Home
God's Name

His Name is Truth (ਸਚ). This life-giving Supreme Truth is only One, and everything is filled with His glory. There is no difference between a Sikh Aatmaan, a Christian Aatmaan, A Muslim Aatmaan, a Hindu Aatmaan, a young Aatmaan, an old Aatmaan, a rich Aatmaan, a poor Aatmaan, and so on. There is no such thing as a separate God of Sikhs sitting up there in Sachkhand, a different God of Hindus residing in Goloka, a separate God of Christians "up there" in His Kingdom, a different God of Muslims living in some far off Heaven, etc. The All-permeating Supreme Factor is One without-a-second. His is in all beings just as the butter is hidden in the milk, and the fire is hidden in the wood.

  • ੴ : Ik Oankaar: There is One God (sggs 1).
  • ਸਾਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਾਚੁ ਨਾਇ ਭਾਖਿਆ ਭਾਉ ਅਪਾਰੁ ॥: Saachaa sahib saach naai bhaakhiaa bhaaou apaar: True is God and His Name — speak it with infinite love (sggs 2).
This Truth, the All-pervading Consciousness is to be understood as distinct from, and beyond the physical equipment constituted of the body, mind and intellect. As external and superficial things are merely the play of material vehicle made up of the body-mind-intellect personality, the Divine Substance is beyond their reach or apprehension. It is so as the body can't comprehend the Infinite Reality because He is not the object of senses or perception; the mind can't either because God is not the object of emotions; and the intellect can't comprehend as well because He is not the object of cognition. He can be Realized by the Divine Knowledge (ਸਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ...) attained through the Shabad-Vichaar.
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕਿਨੈ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਥਕੇ ਵੀਚਾਰ ॥: Bin satgur kinai na paaiaa kar kar thake veechaar: Without realizaing the True Guru within (Self-realization), no one finds the Divine. People have grown weary of thinking about it (sggs 1420).
  • ਤੂ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਵਸਹਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਾਉ ਨ ਬੁਝਹਿ ਗਵਾਰੀ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਿਆ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਵੈ ਗੁਣ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੨॥: Too hiradai gupaut vasahi dinu raatee teraa bhaaou n bujhahi gavaaree || Satgur purakh miliaa prabh pragatiaa gun gaavai gun veechaaree ||2||: (O Lord) You dwell, hidden, within the Heart day and night; but the fools do not understand how to Love You. Meeting with the Almighty Satgur ( ਸਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ, Divine Knowledge...), the Lord is revealed; by Reflecting on His Virtues, sing His Glorious Praises. ||2|| (sggs 607).
God's Home Address

His home address is Within one's own body, the Cave of the Heart within (Spiritual Heart, Spiritual Center, Home, ਘਰ...). He is in our Aatmaan, and our Aatmaan is in Him. His One Light resides equally within all beings just as the fragrance resides in the flower, and one's reflection is seen in the mirror, and steady clean water.

  • ਇਸੁ ਗੁਫਾ ਮਹਿ ਇਕੁ ਥਾਨੁ ਸੁਹਾਇਆ ॥: Is gufaa mahi ik thaan suhaaiaa: There is Beautiful Place within this Cave of the Heart (sggs 126).
  • ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਬਸਤ ਰਿਦ ਮਹਿ ਖੋਰ ॥: Pritam basat rid mahi khor: My Beloved lives in the Cave of my Heart (sggs 1121).
  • ਇਸੁ ਗੁਫਾ ਮਹਿ ਅਖੁਟ ਭੰਡਾਰਾ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਸੈ ਹਰਿ ਅਲਖ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥ ਆਪੇ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੈ ਆਪੇ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਆਪੁ ਵੰਞਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥: Is gufaa mahi akhut bhandaaraa. Tis vich vasai hari alakh apaaraa. Aapae gupat paragat hai aapae gur sabadee aap vannajaavaniaa ||1||: Within the Cave of Heart (inside the body), there is an Inexhaustible Treasure. Within this cave, the Invisible and Infinite Lord abides. He Himself is hidden, and He Himself is revealed; He is realized through the Gur-Shabad. ||1|| (sggs 124).
  • ਆਪੁ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਘਰਿ ਵਸੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥: Aap pachhaanai ghari vasai haumai trisnaa jaai: By recognizing his own Self, man abides in his own Home Within, and his ego and desire depart (sggs 57).
  • ਆਤਮ ਮਹਿ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਾਮ ਮਹਿ ਆਤਮੁ ਚੀਨਸਿ ਗੁਰ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ॥: Aatam mahi Raamu Raam mahi aatamu cheenasi Gur beechaaraa
What is this Cave of the Heart?

This Heart (Spiritual Center…) is also indicated in the Gurbani by many names such as: Intuitive Wisdom, Dasam Duaar (“ਦਸਮ ਦੁਆਰਾ”-Tenth Gate), Nij Ghar (“ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ”), Begampura (“ਬੇਗਮ ਪੁਰਾ”), Sachkhand (“ਸਚ ਖੰਡਿ”), Gaganpuraa (“ਗਗਨ ਪੁਰੁ”, “ਗਗਨ ਮੰਡਲ”), Sookh Mahal (“ਸੂਖ ਮਹਲ”), Ratan Kotharee (“ਰਤਨ ਕਮਲ ਕੋਠਰੀ”), Baikunth Nagar (“ਬੈਕੁੰਠ ਨਗਰੁ”), Param Purakh Kee Ghaatee (“ਪਰਮ ਪੁਰਖ ਕੀ ਘਾਟੀ”), Sunn Guphaa (“ਸੁੰਨ ਗੁਫਾ”-Cave of Silence), Sunn Srovar (“ਸੁੰਨ ਸਰੋਵਰਿ”-Pond of Silence…), Sunn Mandal (“ਸੁੰਨ ਮੰਡਲਿ”-Sphere of Silence), Sukh Aasan (“ਸੁਖ ਆਸਨ”-Seat of Peace), Heart Lotus (“ਹਿਰਦੈ ਕਮਲੁ”), True Temple (“ਸਚੁ ਮੰਦਰੁ”, “ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਮੰਦਰੁ”, “ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ”, “ਸੁਖ ਮੰਦਰਿ”…), Innermost Light of us (“ਅੰਤਰਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਪਾਸਾਰਾ”), Inner sacred shrine of pilgrimage (“ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤੀਰਥੁ”), Aatam Teerath (“ਆਤਮ ਤੀਰਥਿ”), Beautiful Abode or Place (“ਥਾਨੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ”), Grih (“ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ”), etc.

  • ਜਿਤੁ ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਵਸੈ ਸੋ ਗ੍ਰਿਹੁ ਸੋਭਾਵੰਤਾ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਈ ਕਿਨੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜੰਤਾ: Jitu grihi vasai so grihu sobhaavantaa. Gurmukhi paaee kinai viralai jantaa (sggs 370).
  • ਬੇਗਮ ਪੁਰਾ ਸਹਰ ਕੋ ਨਾਉ ॥ ਦੂਖੁ ਅੰਦੋਹੁ ਨਹੀ ਤਿਹਿ ਠਾਉ ॥: Begam Puraa sahar ko naaou (sggs 345).
  • ਸੁੰਨ ਗੁਫਾ ਮਹਿ ਆਸਣੁ ਬੈਸਣੁ ਕਲਪ ਬਿਬਰਜਿਤ ਪੰਥਾ ॥੧॥: Sunn giphaa mahi aasanu baisanu kalap bibarjit panthaa (sggs 334).
  • ਹਿਰਦੈ ਕਮਲੁ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸਿਆ ਲਾਗਾ ਸਹਜਿ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Hirdai kamalu pragaasiaa laagaa sahaji dhiaanu (sggs 26).
  • ਦਸਮ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਅਗਮ ਅਪਾਰਾ ਪਰਮ ਪੁਰਖ ਕੀ ਘਾਟੀ ॥: Dasam duaaraa agam apaaraa param purakh kee ghaatee (sggs 974).
  • ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਸੋਈ ਆਖੀਐ ਜਿਥਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਜਾਤਾ ॥: Har mandaru soee aakheeai jithahu hari jaataa (sggs 953).
  • ਪ੍ਰਥਮੇ ਤਿਆਗੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ॥ ਦੁਤੀਆ ਤਿਆਗੀ ਲੋਗਾ ਰੀਤਿ ॥ ਤ੍ਰੈ ਗੁਣ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਦੁਰਜਨ ਮੀਤ ਸਮਾਨੇ ॥ ਤੁਰੀਆ ਗੁਣੁ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧ ਪਛਾਨੇ ॥੨॥ ਸਹਜ ਗੁਫਾ ਮਹਿ ਆਸਣੁ ਬਾਧਿਆ ॥ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪ ਅਨਾਹਦੁ ਵਾਜਿਆ ॥ ਮਹਾ ਅਨੰਦੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ ਪ੍ਰਿਅ ਸਿਉ ਰਾਤੀ ਧਨ ਸੋਹਾਗਣਿ ਨਾਰਿ ॥੩॥: Prathme tiaagee haumai preet ... (sggs 370).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਪਾਏ ਵੀਚਾਰਾ ॥ ਸੁੰਨ ਸਮਾਧਿ ਸਚੇ ਘਰ ਬਾਰਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਨਾਦੁ ਸਬਦ ਧੁਨਿ ਸਚੁ ਰਾਮੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਇਦਾ ॥੧੭॥੫॥੧੭॥: Satgur te paae veechaaraa. Sunn samaadhi sache ghar baaraa. Nanak niramal naad sabad dhun sach raamai naam samaaidaa ||17||5||17||: From the True Guru, (the person who) obtains (the Lord's) contemplative meditation (Reflection, Vichaar, ਸਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ, etc.), he dwells in Truth in His Celestial Home, the Primal State of Absorption in Deepest Samaadhi (ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ, the State devoid of Mayaic thoughts, etc.). O Nanak, (that person ever remains absorbed in) the immaculate sound current of the Naad and the Transcendental vibratory sound current of the Shabad. (he ever remains absorbed in) the True Name of the Lord (Aatam-Giaan, Divine Knowledge...). ||17||5||17|| (sggs 1038).
  • The only beauty that lasts is the beauty of the Heart – Rumi
A person can not see his reflection in a dirty and unsteady water, or in a mirror covered with dust. Similarly, one cannot see God's reflection or Effulgence Within a filthy Heart contaminated with false ego: evil passions such as Kaam (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (emotional attachment), and Ahankaar (self-conceit), enviousness and stubborn mindedness (and their numerous variations).
  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਸੋ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਸੁਹੇਲਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥: (The Divine Virtues, Wisdom, Spiritual tranquility, Naam, Shabad, Amrit, Prabh, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਖ...) all that is within the Heart-Home; not outside. Who searches outside is deluded by doubts. By "Gur Parasaadee" (i.e., by the Grace of the Gur-Giaan, the Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani ...), those who have Realized within are Happy (tranquil) inwardly and outwardly. ||1|| (sggs 102).
  • ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੯ ॥ ਕਾਹੇ ਰੇ ਬਨ ਖੋਜਨ ਜਾਈ ॥ ਸਰਬ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਸਦਾ ਅਲੇਪਾ ਤੋਹੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਮਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਪੁਹਪ ਮਧਿ ਜਿਉ ਬਾਸੁ ਬਸਤੁ ਹੈ ਮੁਕਰ ਮਾਹਿ ਜੈਸੇ ਛਾਈ ॥ ਤੈਸੇ ਹੀ ਹਰਿ ਬਸੇ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਘਟ ਹੀ ਖੋਜਹੁ ਭਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਏਕੋ ਜਾਨਹੁ ਇਹੁ ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਬਤਾਈ ॥ ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਆਪਾ ਚੀਨੈ ਮਿਟੈ ਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ ॥੨॥੧॥: Why do you go looking (for the Divine) in the forest? (The Divine) dwells within all (still, He) ever remains unstained (from Maya. He ) even abides within you. ||1||Pause|| As the fragrance abides in the flower and the reflection in the mirror, so the Divine dwells uninterrupted (in all. Hence) O Brother! Search for Him within your Heart ||1|| Within and without, know that there is but One Divine. This is the understanding the Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom) has imparted unto me. O Daas Nanak! Without Realizing one’s own self (Original, Essential, or True Nature, etc. – ਆਪਣਾ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪਰਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, etc.), the moss of doubt (ignorance of one’s True Nature, etc.) is not eradicated (from the mind) ||2||1|| (sggs 684).
  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਆਰਸੀ ਕੋਈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੇਖੈ: Ih mann aarsee koee Gurmukh vekhai: This mind is like a mirror (or looking-glass, through which we can see our Originality, Authentic Nature, Aatmic Jeevan, etc., but); how rare are those who, by becoming the Gurmukh (spiritual beings), see themselves in it. (sggs 115).
  • ਐਸੋ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਇ ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀ ॥ ਜੈਸੇ ਦਰਪਨ ਮਾਹਿ ਬਦਨ ਪਰਵਾਨੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਬਸੈ ਘਟਾ ਘਟ ਲੀਪ ਨ ਛੀਪੈ ॥ ਬੰਧਨ ਮੁਕਤਾ ਜਾਤੁ ਨ ਦੀਸੈ ॥੧॥: Aiso Raam re antarjaamee ...: Such is the Sovereign Lord, the Inner-knower; He sees everything (within everybody) as clearly as one’s face reflected in a mirror.||1||Pause|| He dwells in each and every Heart; no stain or stigma (of Maya) sticks to Him (that is, He is ever Immaculate). He is liberated from bondage (of Maya); He is not seen (in bondage).||1|| (sggs 1318).
This outer world of plurality, cognized by our limited material vehicle of body-mind-intellect, is all a play of names-and-forms upon the Supreme Self, the One Infinite Consciousness or the One Unconditioned Substratum. That One Homogeneous whole is the Changeless in changing phenomena, like the gold is the real self in ornaments, the ocean is the real self in waves, the clay is the real self in pots, the thread is the real self in pearls or beads, the sun is the real self in rays, and the moon is the real self in reflections of waters of many pitchers.
  • ਤੋਹੀ ਮੋਹੀ ਮੋਹੀ ਤੋਹੀ ਅੰਤਰੁ ਕੈਸਾ ॥ ਕਨਕ ਕਟਿਕ ਜਲ ਤਰੰਗ ਜੈਸਾ ॥੧॥: Tohee mohee mohee tohee antar kaisaa. Kanak katik jal trang jaisaa ||1||: You are me, and I am You—what is the difference between us? We are like gold and the bracelet, or water and the waves ||1|| (sggs 93).
  • ਸਗਲ ਬਨਸਪਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਬੈਸੰਤਰੁ ਸਗਲ ਦੂਧ ਮਹਿ ਘੀਆ ॥ ਊਚ ਨੀਚ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੀਆ ॥: Sagal Banaspati mahi baisantar sagal doodh mai gheeyaa. Ooch neech mahi joti samaanee ghat ghat maadhayu jeeyaa: Just as the fire is contained in all firewood and butter is contained in all milk; so too is God’s Light contained in the high and the low; God is in the Hearts of all beings (sggs 617).
Road Map To God's Home

To this point, we know His Name, and we know His address. Now, how one can get from here to There: the "Thaan Suhaaiaa" Within? According to the Gurbani, it's relatively simple. Because with a good road map provided to us by the Gurbani, one can easily get to the Destination ("Nij Ghar") without wasting any undue time!

  • ਮਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਬੈਲੁ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਪੈਡਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਨਿ ਭਰਿ ਡਾਰੀ ॥: Man kar bail Surti kar paindaa giaan goni bhar daaree: My mind is the bull, and awareness is the road; I have filled my packs with spiritual wisdom, and loaded them on the (mind) bull (sggs 1123).
In simple terms, the clear and concise road map leading to the All-embracing Spirit that the Gurbani has given us is "Awareness". As indicated in the Gurbani, we can attain Pure Awareness by intuitively dwelling on the Shabad or Naam — listening (Suno), reflecting or deliberating (Socho-Vichhaaro), intuitive understanding (Samajho), remembering or believing (Manno), and practicing (Karo).
  • ਆਤਮ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਆਤਮ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰਾ ਹੇ ॥੭॥: Aatam Raam Raam hai aatam Hari paaeeai Sabad veechaaraa he ||7||: The soul is God, and God is the soul; by engaging in the Shabad Vichaar, God is found ||7|| (sggs 1030).
  • ਗਤਿ ਅਵਿਗਤ ਕੀ ਸਾਰ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਬੂਝੈ ਸਬਦੁ ਕਮਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੧੩॥: Gati avigat kee saar n jaanai boojhai Sabad Kamaaee he ||13||: One does not know the quintessence or difference between higher or ascending spiritual state ("ਗਤਿ" = ਉੱਚੀ ਆਤਮਕ ਅਵਸਥਾ, ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ, ਮੋਖ, salvation, etc.) and descending spiritual state ("ਅਵਿਗਤ" = ਢਹਿੰਦੀ ਆਤਮਕ ਅਵਸਥਾ, ਅਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ, ਬੰਧ, bondage, etc.); this is understood only through the practice of the Shabad ||13|| (sggs 1025).
Thus, God's Name, His address, and the road map leading to His Home Within is explained to us by the Gurbani. If one is genuinely serious in his pursuit of this Supreme Truth, then, as the Gurbani says, he needs to break the bonds of material consciousness of evil passions (Maya, Haume...). The knowledge of the Divine (Aatam-Giaan) only kindles in the bosom of those who remain subject to His Hukam (Eternal Law or Will). The golden key to all of this is abiding in Shabad-Vichaar in the Cave of the Heart.
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਨ ਪਾਈਐ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇ ॥੨॥: Bin Shabdai Pir na paayeeai birathaa janam gavaayi ||2||: Without the Shabad, one does not find her Divine Beloved, and her life wastes away in vain ||2|| (sggs 31).

— T. Singh

Updated on Sunday, October 26, 2014 7:40 PM (PST)

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