Corrupt and the Best of the Best Men

It is repeatedly indicated in the Gurbani that there are only two different groups of people living together on earth:the Manmukhs and the Gurmukhs.

The Gurbani asks us to become the Gurmukhs and live a Divine Life.

The Gurbani talkls about the corrupt men (the Manmukhs), and the best of the best men (the Gurmukhs) in the following Gur-Shabad:

  • ਸਾਰਾ ਦਿਨੁ ਲਾਲਚਿ ਅਟਿਆ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਰੇ ਗਲਾ ॥ ਰਾਤੀ ਊਘੈ ਦਬਿਆ ਨਵੇ ਸੋਤ ਸਭਿ ਢਿਲਾ ॥ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਦੈ ਸਿਰਿ ਜੋਰਾ ਅਮਰੁ ਹੈ ਨਿਤ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਭਲਾ ॥ ਜੋਰਾ ਦਾ ਆਖਿਆ ਪੁਰਖ ਕਮਾਵਦੇ ਸੇ ਅਪਵਿਤ ਅਮੇਧ ਖਲਾ ॥ ਕਾਮਿ ਵਿਆਪੇ ਕੁਸੁਧ ਨਰ ਸੇ ਜੋਰਾ ਪੁਛਿ ਚਲਾ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਆਖਿਐ ਜੋ ਚਲੈ ਸੋ ਸਤਿ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਭਲ ਭਲਾ ॥ ਜੋਰਾ ਪੁਰਖ ਸਭਿ ਆਪਿ ਉਪਾਇਅਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਖੇਲ ਸਭਿ ਖਿਲਾ ॥ ਸਭ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਣਤ ਬਣਾਵਣੀ ਨਾਨਕ ਭਲ ਭਲਾ ॥੨॥: Saaraa dinu laalachi atiaa manmukhi hore galaa…: The Manmukh (self-willed perverse, who does not follow the Gurbani’s Teaching…) is occupied with greed all day long, talks about otherthings (i.e. except the Naam…). At night, he is overcome by fatigue (due his occupaton with greed and related activities during all day along), and all his nine senses (ਇੰਦੀਆਂ) become sluggish (ਢਿੱਲੇ). Over the head of such Manmukh (controlled by his lustful propensities-ਵਿਛੇ ਦਾ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਗੰਦੇ ਆਚਰਨ ਵਾਲਾ…) is the order of the woman; he ever gives them (shower them with) good (many gifts). (Such) men who (are controlled by their lustful propensities-ਵਿਛੇ ਦੇ ਮਾਰੇ ਹੋਏ ਗੰਦੇ ਆਚਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ…) act according to the orders of women are corrupt, filthy and foolish (of corrupt intellect, devoid of Bibek-Budhi, unwise…). Such corrupt men (ਕਾਮੀ, Manmukh…) engrossed in lust (lustful propensities, ਕਾਮ-ਵਾਸਨਾ, ਵਿਛੇ-ਵਾਸਨਾ…), consult their women and walk accordingly. One who walks as the Satgur tells him to (ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦੇ ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ), is the true man, the best of the best. (The Lord) Himself created all women and men; the Lord Himself plays the entire Play. O Nanak! You (O Lord!) created the entire creation, (You are) the best of the best. ||2|| (sggs 304).

As indicated in the foregoing Gur-Shabad and throughout the Gurbani, the Manmukh is a corrupt person. For he follows the dictate of his Bikaars (e.g., lustful propensities, etc.).

Just as an elephant (Maigal-ਮੈਗਲ) intoxicated with Kaam (lust) gets trapped, similarly the Manmukh overwhelmed and blinded with Kaam (lust) will follow any order, do or say anything to get his Kaam-Vaasanaa gratified, though momentarily.

  • ਮੈਗਲਹਿ ਕਾਮੈ ਬੰਧੁ ॥ Maigalahi kaamai bandhu (sggs 838).

In nutshell, the Manmukh is the denier or resistant of the Gurmat (“ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਤਿ” ਦਾ ਵਿਰੋਧੀ , the opposer of the Gurbani’s Teaching…) or Truth (“ਸਚ”); he is full of Bikaar (ਬਿਕਾਰੀ ਬੰਦਾ, Mayadhaaree…); he is disconnected from his Mool (Source, Origin Truth…); his mind is free to escape through his defiled senses and run after sense-objects; his Akal (intellect) follows his mind’s dictates; he remains uncontended; he remains in love with Maya -ਮਾਇਆ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ; he is doubt-ridden and duality-ridden; he is “Mugadhu Gubaaru” (ਮੁਗਧੁ ਗੁਬਾਰੁ-foolish…); he is the self-willed (ਮੱਨਮਤੀਆ); and so on.

Also, as indicated in the foregoing Gur-Shabad and throughout the Gurbani, one who walks as the Satgur tells him to (ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦੇ ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ), is the true man, the best of the best.

In other words, the one who follows the Gurmat (ਗੁਰਮਤ-Aatam Giaan or Divine Knowledge of the Gurbani) is the true, and best of the best men.

Such men are also called the Gurmukhs in the Gurbani.

In nutshell, a Gurmukh is the follower of the Gurmat (“ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਤਿ”, the Gurbani’s Teaching…) or Truth (“ਸਚ”); he has transcended Maya – he remains detached in the midst of Maya (ਮਾਇਆ ਵਿਚ ਉਦਾਸੀ); he is free of the false ego-sense (Haumai, ਆਪਾ ਭਾਵ, “ਮੈ ਮੈ”); he is free of doubts (ਭਰਮ) and duality (Doojaa-Bhaav, two-ness, ਦੁਚਿੱਤੀ…); he abides in the Divine Hukam (ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬੰਦਾ-ਅਮਲੀ ਜੀਵਨ, ਹੁਕਮੀ ਜੀਵਨ…); he is ever linked to his Mool within (ਮੂਲ: Source, Origin, Truth, Jot…) and ever remains so; he is contented in all situations (Satt-Santokhee); his mind is linked to Antar-Aatmaa; he restrains his mind instead of following his mind; he remains integrated in the state of “ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਇਕ ਚਿਤਿ ” – Ik Mani Ik Chiti; he is established in Bibek Budhi – ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਦੀ ਪੂਰੀ ਸੋਝੀ ਹੈ; his Akal (ਅਕਲ , wisdom, intellect, reason, etc.) he follows the Gurbani (Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad); he is Aatam Giaanee or Brahm Giaanee; he is established in Chauthaa Pada or Turiyaa Avasthaa (Tenth Gate, Sahaj Avasthaa – Natural State of Being; Sunn Samaadhi, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ, Shabad-Surti, etc.); he knows all the “Way of the soul” (“ਜਾਨੈ ਆਤਮ ਕੀ ਰਹਤ”, ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ…); he is the Jeevan Mukat (living Liberated or living Enlightened); he is the fully “Awakened” being who is established at Dasam Duaar (the Tenth-Gate, the Highest Plane of Pure Consciousness)…

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  1. Jasvinder

    Dear Respected T Singh Ji

    Gurbani tells us that over the head of a manmukh is the order of women, how do we know this means women in the physical sense, or does it have a mystical reference to the woman maya, who has us all walking to her order ?

    Please enlighten us.

    Kind Regards and best website for spiritual seekers looking to find the true wisdom in the Gurus teachings.


    • T. Singh Post author

      Overcome with lust (Bikaar), one is most likely to follow his animal-consciousness and transact in this world of things and beings at that level, or consult or seek counsel (ਸਲਾਹ) of beings at that level.
      • ਕਾਮਣਿ ਦੇਖਿ ਕਾਮਿ ਲੋਭਾਇਆ ॥: Kaamani dekhi kaami lobhaaiaa (sggs 1342).
      • ਕਾਮਵੰਤ ਕਾਮੀ ਬਹੁ ਨਾਰੀ ਪਰ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਜੋਹ ਨ ਚੂਕੈ ॥: Kaamvant kaamee bahu naaree par grih joh n chookai (sggs 672).
      • ਕਾਮਿ ਦਾਮਿ ਚਿਤੁ ਪਰ ਵਸਿ ਸੇਈ ॥: Kaami daami chitu par vasi seaee (sggs 226).

      In other words, when fascinated with lust (ਕਾਮ-ਵਾਸਨਾ ਵਿਚ ਫਸਿਆ), it is highly unlikely for anyone to seek the counsel of the Gur-Shabad!!

      In nutshell, enticed and blinded by the lustful propensities (attachment of the fleeting lusty pleasures rising from a purely flesh-fleshy biological function, attachment of Maya, etc.), one (i.e., Manmukh) will oppose the Hukam, Naam, Gurmat (ਗੁਰਮਤ-Aatam Giaan or Divine Knowledge of the Gurbani)…

      Accordingly, the Gurbani urges us to replace our fleshly nature (Manmukh lifestyle) with the Divine Nature (Gurmukh Lifestyle).

      Thank you Jasvinder Ji for taking time to comment on this post.

      Bhul Chuk Maaf Ji.

      • Unknown

        No one can enlighten others. You have to be free from all desires to be enlightened and this can not be achieved without the grace of Almighty. After reading all the scriptures and preaching the whole world people (so called Gianis) depart from this world without achieving anything.
        There is nothing to be achieved. It’s only the realisation that we are all one being Ek Onkar. He himself is manmukh and gurmukh. He himself created maya and then created the world. Maya created the separation (delusion) from the source of creation.
        You, T Singh and I are all same. Ek noor te sab jag upjio.
        We are in materialistic world and maya runs the show in His Hukam. He himself gives a very few that wisdom. “Nanak Gurmukh Janyae ja ko aap kare parkash”
        There is nothing to do to be enlightened. It is the realisation of His hukam (command) brings the ultimate peace.
        Remember that you are that pure consciousness but realise this truth that you are not there and He is everywhere.
        Finally, as Socrates said “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

        • T. Singh Post author

          No one can enlighten others. You have to be free from all desires to be enlightened…

          True Ji. But, as he Gurbani says, it will require spiritual efforts (“ਉੱਦਮ”) on our part:
          • ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਕਾਜੁ ਸਵਾਰੀਐ ॥੨੦॥: (So long there is breath-Praan) With own hands (with self-efforts, ਉੱਦਮ ਕਰ ਕੇ…), resolve your own affair yourself. ||20|| (sggs 474).
          • ਸਗਲ ਉਦਮ ਮਹਿ ਉਦਮੁ ਭਲਾ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਜੀਅ ਸਦਾ ॥: Of all self-efforts, the best self-effort is to persistently engage in Naam-Jap (Understanding the Gurbani’s Giaan…). (sggs 266).
          • ਉਦਮੁ ਕਰਤ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹੋਆ ॥: Oudamu karat manu nirmalu hoaa (sggs 99).
          • ਆਪੈ ਜਪਹੁ ਆਪਨਾ ਜਾਪ ॥੫॥: Aapai japahu aapanaa jaap (sggs 343).

          Thank you for taking the time to share Vichaar Ji.

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