It’s like racing along the razor’s edge!!
- ਚਾਲਾ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ਭਗਤਾਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਬਿਖਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਣਾ ॥ ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਤਜਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਬੋਲਣਾ ॥ ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ ॥: The devotees’ lifestyle is unique and distinct; they follow the most difficult path. They renounce greed, avarice, pride and desire; they do not talk too much.
Because the lotus rises from impurity (unclean water) to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity.
The individual consciousness does the same on its path to enlightenment as the so-called impurities of unenlightened thinking gradually fade.
In the Eastern scriptures, the Inner Awareness, the Inner (or Spiritual) Heart is depicted as the Lotus Flower (Kamal-ਕਮਲ).
The sense of time-space-causation arises when the illusioned mind (engrossed in “Parpanch“: engrossed in duality or affairs of this illusory or fleeting material world, deception, ostentation, trick…) is in movement from past to future. In other words, the illusion of time-space-causation comes into being only if we hold on to the memory of the past and anxiety of the future.
The Gurbani says we are THAT — “Joti Saroopu-ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”!
The Gurbani reminds us that we as “Joti Saroopu” (“ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”) are not separate from the Supreme Reality. Therefore, the Gurbani never gets tired of reminding us this truth:
- ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥: Thus says Nanak – O mind!
When the Truth that has not been personally experienced, one can not grasp it directly. However, with the help of analogies, similes, allegories, metaphors, figurative or mystic representations and illustrations, the Truth becomes relatively easier to grasp. Such methods have extensively been used in the Gurbani SGGS.
One of the examples used in the Gurbani is that of “ladles” (ਕੜਛੀਆ).