Calculated Relationship With the Guru /God

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਤੀ ਗਣਤ ਜਿ ਰਖੈ ਹਲਤੁ ਪਲਤੁ ਸਭੁ ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਗਇਆ ॥ ਨਿਤ ਝਹੀਆ ਪਾਏ ਝਗੂ ਸੁਟੇ ਝਖਦਾ ਝਖਦਾ ਝੜਿ ਪਇਆ ॥: Satigur setee ganat ji rakhai halat palat sabh tis kaa gaiaa: One who enters into a calculated relationship with the True Guru loses everything, this world and the next. (Since nothing is in his control) He grinds his teeth (ਕਚੀਚੀਆਂ ਵੱਟਦਾ ਹੈ) continually and foams at the mouth (like a rabid dog); screaming in anger (ਖਪਦਾ ਖਪਦਾ, at the end), he perishes (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ-death of his spiritual life) (sggs 307).

Example of a calculated relationship would be like “If you do this for me then I will do this for you.”

For example, “if you cure my sickness”; “if you improve my business … “; “if you give me more wealth …”; “if you help me win case in the court … “; “if you help my children pass their exams … “; “if you help me pass my driving test ….”; and so on.

“Then I will perform Akhand Paath or Saadhaaran Paath or Sukhmani Sahib Paath” or some sort of Paath; “Then I will offer Rumaalaa” or “Langar” or “Parsaad” or “donation”; and so on.

Isn’t this what most of us (if not all) witness routinely in our Gurdwaras, specifically when Bhais (priest) perform Ardaas! Usually, Bhais reads from a big list containing names of those who paid them or the Gurdawara, in return for favors from God. In order to secure return-business, these shameless priests or Bhais will say or read anything to please their host!

Just think, for example, if someone does not know how to drive an automobile properly, then why the Satguru / Waheguru wants to grant that person a driving license? So that he can go out and kill people on the road!!

What a joke! Totally contrary to the Gurbani’s position. This fits the popular expression “blind leads blind”. This sort of stuff gives rise to many questions. Such as, are these Bhais really aware of the Gurbani’s sublime message? Is the Conduct of Sikh priest-class any better than their counterparts (from other religions – whose practices have been repeatedly repudiated by the Gurbani)?.

  • ਝੂਠਾ ਮੰਗਣੁ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ਮਾਗੈ ॥ ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਮਰਤੇ ਘੜੀ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ॥ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਜੋ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਸੇਵੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਕਹਣਾ ॥੧॥: Jhoothaa managan je koee mangai. Tis kau marte gharhee na laagai …: One who asks for a false gift (perishable things – ਨਾਸਵੰਤ ਪਦਾਰਥਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ), will not take even an instant to die (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ – death of his spiritual life). But one who continually serves the Transcendent, meeting the Guru, he is said to have become simple or free of wiles (ਅਡੋਲ, free of Maya’s cravings, free of desires, etc.). ||1|| (sggs 109).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਮਨਹੁ ਨ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਮਾਂਗੈ ਦੰਮਾ ਦੰਮ ॥ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਹੀ ਕਰੰਮ ॥੧॥ ਮਾਇਆ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਚਲਈ ਕਿਆ ਲਪਟਾਵਹਿ ਅੰਧ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਚਰਣ ਧਿਆਇ ਤੂ ਤੂਟਹਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਬੰਧ ॥੨॥: Maya manhu na veesrai mangai dumma damm || So prabh chit na avayee Nanak nahee karmam ||1|| Maya saath n chalee kiaa lapataavahi andh || gur kae charan dhhiaae thoo thoottehi maaeiaa bandhh ||2||:(That person) whose mind does not forget Maya, and ask for (more and more) Maya each and every breath, who does not remember God, O Nanak, (know that) he is unfortunate (ਉਸ ਦੇ ਭਾਗ ਚੰਗੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ) ||1|| O blind (Jeeva)! Maya will not go along with you, so why do you cling to it? Meditate on the Guru’s Feet, and the bonds of Maya will be cut away from you ||2|| (sggs 1093).

Guru Arjan Sahib says:

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਕੈ ਘਰਿ ਕੇਵਲ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੪॥੪॥: Nanak kai ghar kaeval naam ||4||4||:There is only Naam in Nanak’s Home (inner Home, Heart, etc.) ||4||4|| (sggs 1136).

The following Shabad depicts Baabaa Nanak’s uncalculated relationship with his Satguru – God – and his uncalculated Ardaas (prayer) to Him:

  • ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥ ਤੂ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਦਾਤਾ ਦਾਨਿ ਮਤਿ ਪੂਰਾ ਹਮ ਥਾਰੇ ਭੇਖਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਮੈ ਕਿਆ ਮਾਗਉ ਕਿਛੁ ਥਿਰੁ ਨ ਰਹਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਦੀਜੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਿਆਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਬਨਵਾਰੀ ॥ ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਗੁਪਤੋ ਵਰਤੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਦੇਖਿ ਨਿਹਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਮਰਤ ਪਇਆਲ ਅਕਾਸੁ ਦਿਖਾਇਓ ਗੁਰਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਸੋ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਅਜੋਨੀ ਹੈ ਭੀ ਹੋਨੀ ਘਟ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਦੇਖੁ ਮੁਰਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੨॥ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਕਉ ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਬਪੁੜੋ ਇਨਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਵਿਸਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਤ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਸਾਕਤ ਬਾਜੀ ਹਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਬੰਧਨ ਤੋੜਿ ਨਿਰਾਰੇ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਗਰਭ ਮਝਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗਿਆਨ ਰਤਨੁ ਪਰਗਾਸਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥੮॥: Sorath mahalaa 1 || Too prabh daataa daan mat pooraa ham thaare bhekhaaree jeeou (sggs 597).

Furthermore, the Gurbani stresses that “everything”, including the Satguru and God (Saahib, Sajjan, Saajan, and so on) is within. And that who seeks outside is deluded or doubt-ridden.

  • ਭੂਲੀ ਭੂਲੀ ਮੈ ਫਿਰੀ ਪਾਧਰੁ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਪੂਛਹੁ ਜਾਇ ਸਿਆਣਿਆ ਦੁਖੁ ਕਾਟੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਉਤ ਹੀ ਠਾਇ ॥: Bhoolee bhoolee mai phiree paadhar kahai na koi. Pooshahu jaai siaaniaa dukhu kaatai meraa koi. Satgur saachaa mani vasai ut hee thaai (sggs 1087).
  • ਸਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਵਸਿਆ ਮਨਿ ਸੋਈ ॥ ਆਪੇ ਦੇ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ਦੇ ਤੋਟਿ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥੩॥: Sachaa saahib mani vasai vasiaa mani soi. Aape de vdiaaeeaa de tot na hoee ||3||: The True Saahib (God) dwells within the mind; the mind that realizes this blends into Him. He Himself grants greatness; His Gifts are never exhausted. ||3|| (sggs 420).
  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਸੋ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਸੁਹੇਲਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥: Sabh kishu ghar mahi baahari naahee. Baahari tolai so bharami bhulaahee. Gur Parasaadee jinee antari paaiaa so antari baahari suhelaa jeeou ||1|| (sggs 102).

Clearly, since “everything” – including the Satguru and God – is said to be within, one’s prayer then must be personal – directed within as well, not outside to a third-party.

Not only that, Baabaa Nanak says that we do not even need to speak to the Satguru / God; even without speaking, knows what’s cooking in our heads (“ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਸਭੁ ਸੋਇ”). Because, according to the edict of the Gurbani, He is within.

  • ਬਹੁਤਾ ਬੋਲਣੁ ਝਖਣੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਸਭੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Bahutaa boolanu jhakhanu hoi. Vin bole jaanai sabhu soi ||1|| Rahaaou|| (sggs 661).
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