The Gurbani uses the term “Sootak (ਸੂਤਕ)”, which indicates impurity…

The Gurbani tells us that the entire world is burning with Sootak!

  • ਸੂਤਕੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਭਖੈ ਜਗੁ ਖਾਇ ॥: The world is consumed by the fire of Sootak (impurity). (sggs 413).
  • ਸਭੋ ਸੂਤਕੁ ਜੇਤਾ ਮੋਹੁ ਆਕਾਰੁ ॥ ਸੂਤਕੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਪਉਣੈ ਪਾਣੀ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ ਮਰਿ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰ ॥੨॥ ਸੂਤਕੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਪਉਣੈ ਪਾਣੀ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ ਸੂਤਕੁ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਜੇਤਾ ਕਿਛੁ ਖਾਹਿ ॥੩॥: Sabho sootaku jetaa mohu aakaar

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Chewing Iron!

The Gurbani compares the spiritual path (the Gurmukh Lifestyle, the Divine Life) to chewing iron with the teeth of wax!

  • ਮੈਣ ਕੇ ਦੰਤ ਕਿਉ ਖਾਈਐ ਸਾਰੁ ॥: How can iron be chewed with the teeth of wax? (sggs 943).

It is so, because, as the Gurbani aptly describes,

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The Gurbani Says People Are Not Interested In The Divine Knowledge

There is the expression to the effect that “knowledge is power”.

But the question is: What kind of Knowledge is true power?

For one, any knowledge that’s divisive, that does not give one the sense of Oneness with all beings, is susceptible for abuse. History is brimming with examples of such knowledge in which knowledge as power has been abused.

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The Gurbani Says First Accept Death!

The Words of the Gurbani reveals the Truth. Therefore, the Gurbani is a valid means of the Divine Knowledge that provides direct Experience of one’s Mool (Source, Joti Saroop…), within.

Before we step on the Way of the Gurbani, the Gurbani commands us to “first” accept death (“ਪਹਿਲਾ ਮਰਣੁ ਕਬੂਲਿ”) — Death of the doubt-ridden mind,

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Dying Through The Shabad

The Gurbani time and again tells us that without annihilation of the Mayaic mind, we cannot Realize our Mool (Source, Joti Saroop...), within.

And, without the immediate Divine Knowledge (Aatam-Giaan…), we cannot transcend the Mayaic mind.

According to the Gurbani, complete annihilation of the relativist consciousness (which is the product of the Mayaic or doubt-ridden mind) comes about when one dies in the Shabad.

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