Dandouti Bandan

“ਡੰਡਉਤਿ ਬੰਦਨ” – Dandouti Bandan:

Conditioned, Mayaic, Bikaaree, or Haumai (ego) mind is called crooked, twisted, ਬੱਲ …

For the nature of such a conditioned mind is to remain curled, crooked, twisted, or coiled like a snake or a dog’s tail.

  • ਸੁਆਨ ਪੂਛ ਜਿਉ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਸੂਧੋ ਕਹਿਓ ਨ ਕਾਨ ਧਰੈ ॥: Suaan poosh jiou hoi n soodho kahio n kaan dharai (sggs 536).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਬਿਰਹੁ ਭੁਯੰਗਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਬਸੈ ਮੰਤੁ ਨ ਮਾਨੈ ਕੋਇ ॥: Kabeer birahu bhuyangamu mani basai mantu n maanay kooi (sggs 1368).

The mind that behaves like a dog’s tail is the one that remains immersed in empty rituals, unmeaning rites, outwardly superficial Mayaic show of religion and spirituality, Bikaars (lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride (along with their countless variations like slander, enviousness, stubborn mindedness, selfishness, enviousness …), and so on.

The Gurbani urges us to straighten this twisted mind like a straight Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff). The Gurbani tells us to bow down and pray to the all-powerful Parmaatam within with the mind that has become straight like a Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff). (ਡੰਡਉਤਿ ਬੰਦਨ ਅਨਿਕ ਬਾਰ ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਸਮਰਥ ॥: Dandouti bandan anik baar sarab kalaa samarath. sggs 256).

Here the Gurbani is indicating to us that the real bowing down (Dandouti Bandan – ਡੰਡਉਤਿ ਬੰਦਨ) is not done with the physical body.

  • ਸੀਸਿ ਨਿਵਾਇਐ ਕਿਆ ਥੀਐ ਜਾ ਰਿਦੈ ਕੁਸੁਧੇ ਜਾਹਿ ॥੧॥: Sees nivaaeiai kiaa theeai jaa ridai kusudhe jaahi ||1|| (sggs 470).

But, (1) bowing down and praying must be directed to the all-powerful Parmaatam within with (2) the mind that has become straight like a Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff). Hence, the Gurbani’s emphasis is on the Inner bowing down to the Mool (ਮੂਲ) within. Because, as the Gurbani says:

  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥: Sabh kishu ghar mahi baahari naahee. Baahari tolai so bharami bhulaahee (sggs 102).

This “ਜੁਗਤਿ” (Jugati – way, tact, skill, maneuver …) is hinted in the onset of the SGGS, that is, the mind has to become straight like a Dandaa. (ਜੁਗਤਿ ਡੰਡਾ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ॥: Jugati dandaa parateeti. sggs 6).

The mind becomes straight like a Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff) only after it has been killed (annihilated, dead, controlled, conquered…).

Just as a snake becomes straight only after its death, similarly, the mind becomes straight like a Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff) after it is annihilated.

So long there is an iota of life left in a snake, it will still remain coiled and not become straight. Similarly, if there is any crookedness (Bikaars, Mayaic consciousness, false ego-sense …) left in the mind, it will not become straight like a Dandaa (ਡੰਡਾ – stick, staff).

Only the Gurbani’s Giaan (Aatam-Giaan, Gurmat …) can keep the mind straight. (ਗਿਆਨ ਕਾ ਬਧਾ ਮਨੁ ਰਹੈ: Giaan kaa badhaa manu rahai. sggs 469).

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