Camel-Mind

From ignorance comes the perception of individuality (false ego-sense, Haumai…). Thus, as indicated in the Gurbani, unaware of his true purpose of life, a Saakat or a  Manmukh passes his life gratifying his senses. Consequently, he ends up doing everything contrary to the Teaching of the Gurmat (Aatam Giaan of the Gur-Shabad…). On account of doubts (Bharam), he entertains the wrong notion that his material body is his Mool (Source, Origin, Jot…). This false or mistaken identity is the seed of mental delusion, whose nature is conceptualization (ਮਾਇਕੀ ਫੁਰਨੇ…).

Being slave of the sensory apparatus, a Saakat’s or a Manmukh’s emotional attachment to the sense-objects makes his mental conditioning more and more dense.

Such sense-blind mind who does not know its Mool within (Jot, Source…) is likened to a camel.

  • ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਪਿਆਰਿਆ ਵਿਚਿ ਦੇਹੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥: Man karhalaa mere piaariyaa vichi dehee joti samaali: O my dear beloved camel-like mind, take care of the Divine Light that dwells within the body (sggs 235).

The habit of wandering around is peculiar about the camel. Similarly, the Manmukh-mind wanders around as well. Those who search for their Mool (Source, Origin, Jot, Parmeshar…) places other than their inner Home are compared in the Gurbani with a wandering street-dog, or with a deer who is unaware of the musk-scent present in his body but roams around searching for it in the bushes…

In lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, selfishness, ignorance, etc. (i.e., corruption of Bikaars, “filth”…) the mind also wanders around as the camel. Worldly attachment is so strong that despite the suffering, we do not want to give it up.

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲੇ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭਵਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭਾਲਿ ॥: Antar nidhaanu man karahale bhrami bhavahi baahari bhaali: The Treasure (Naam) is deep within, O camel-like mind, but you wander around outside in doubt, searching for it (sggs 235).
  • ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਅਤਿ ਨਿਰਮਲਾ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਆਇ ॥: O camel-like mind, you were very pure (as the Mool…); now the filth of egotism has come and attached to you. (sggs 234).

Another thing that is peculiar about the camel is, while wandering around, it eats thorny bushes or thorny trees (e.g., ਕਿੱਕਰ, etc.) even though they make its mouth bleed!

Similarly, the mind of a Saakat or a Manmukh indulges in sense gratification even though his body and mind suffer because of it!

  • ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਵੀਚਾਰੀਆ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਫਾਥਿਆ ਮਹਾ ਜਾਲਿ ॥: O camel-like mind! Become Vichaarvaan (ਵਿਚਾਰਵਾਨ, thoughtful, Reflective, sensible…), the Manmukh (self-willed) are caught in the great net (of Maya…). (sggs 234).

The Divine Life of the Gurmat (based on the Aatam Giaan of the Gur-Shabad…) is the path that leads inwards, where all wanderings or searching ends.

  • ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਪਿਆਰਿਆ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣਾਇ ॥: Man karahalaa mere piaariaa ek gur kee sikh sunaai: O my dear beloved camel-like mind, listen only to the Teachings of the Guru (ਗੁਰੂ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ, Gur-Giaan…). (sggs 234).

Accordingly, the Gurbani asks the camel-like mind to become the Gurmukh (the follower of the Truth-ਸਚ…).

  • ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਗੁਰਿ ਮੰਨਿਆ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਇ ॥: Man karahalaa guri manniaa gurmukhi kaar kamaai: O camel-like mind, assent (consent…) the Guru, become the Gurmukh, and act (as instructed by the Gur-Shabad, ਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਦੱਸੀ ਹੋਈ ਕਾਰ…). (sggs 234).
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  1. Darshan Singh Pritam

    ‘Gurbani’ is a deep ocean of knowledge. With demonstration of numerous examples of our world around us, ‘Gurbani’ Guides the Mankind. Now this depends upon the person He/she wanted to be a Gurmukh or Manmukh.
    What we see in Sikh society,, most people are struck with examples in stead of knowledge given in the particular ‘Shabad’ to make us under stand the deep sense of ‘Gurbani’.
    Thanks veer jio, you are doing a brilliant Sewa for mankind.
    Thanks.

    • Tahnk you Veer Darshan Singh Pritam Jio for taking time to share your Vichaar. Also, Thank you four your kind words and encouragement.

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