Ghost-Pret-Defined

Concocted by the crafty Pujaaree group and those who don’t believe in the Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani, etc., propagate Pakhand like ghosts and goblin (Bhoot-Pret).

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) does not believe in the existence of any power other than the One Divine.

  • ਸਰਬੰ ਸਾਚਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਦੂਜਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੋਇ ॥: There is only the One eternal Divine; there is no other at all. (sggs 660).

If there is “NO OTHER”, then how can there be ghosts? Then who is ghosts or goblin? We must find answer from within the Gurbani. In other words, As the SGGS asserts, the Gurbani should be understood from the Gurbani. So, let’s ask the SGGS!

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਜਾਤੀ ਜਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਰਤੇ ਰੰਗੁ ਲਾਇ ॥: Those who remain engaged in the love of the Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar), understand the Gurbani from the Gurbani. (sggs 1346).

Hence, as far as the mortal is concerned: Bhoot-Pret-Pasoo = Viratee (human nature).

To say it otherwise, the mind’s separation from Truth (Sach) = Animal-nature or Pret- nature or Pret-Joon-Life.

According to the SGGS, the man himself/herself becomes the ghost (Bhoot-Pret) while still living in the body! In other words, man himself is the biggest “Bhoot” (ghost, goblin)!

First off, The Gurbani asserts that any person overly attached to Maya is a ghost (Bhoot-Pret).

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਪਰੇਤੁ ਹੈ ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਾ ॥: Attachment to Maya, lust, anger, and egotism is the goblin (ghost, ਪ੍ਰੇਤ, ਭੂਤ…). (sggs 513).
  • ਕਲੀ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਿੰਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਅਉਤਾਰੁ ॥: O Nanak! In “Kalee” (a mental state of imagining or Phurne, doubt, hunger for Maya…), ghosts have taken birth (sggs 556).
  • ਕਲਿ ਮਹਿ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਰਾਮੁ ਨ ਪਛਾਤਾ ਸਤਜੁਗਿ ਪਰਮ ਹੰਸ ਬੀਚਾਰੀ॥ (sggs 1131).

Hence, all of us who are inflicted with Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, etc.) are ghosts (Bhoot-Pret)!

However, since we don’t want to be reponsible for our own corruption, we create ghosts (Bhoot-Pret) in the sky so that we can pass on our corruption to some other enntity in thin air!!

Further, the Gurbani tells us those of us engaged in wickedness also belong to the category of ghosts (Bhoot-Pret).

  • ਕਰਤ ਬੁਰਾਈ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਤੇ ਛਪਾਈ ਸਾਖੀ ਭੂਤ ਪਵਾਨ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Hiding from others, the mortal practices “Buraaee” (wickedness…), but (this “Buraaee) clings to him like a ghost. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 1202).

In other words, under the sway of Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride…), those who pick up strife and conflict and act like crazy are just goblins and ghosts.

  • ਦੁੰਦਰ ਦੂਤ ਭੂਤ ਭੀਹਾਲੇ ॥ ਖਿੰਚੋਤਾਣਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਬੇਤਾਲੇ ॥: Argumentive and terrifying demons of Bikaar reside within (a person who is under the spell of Maya). (These argumentative demons of Bikaar) stir up conflict and strife. (sggs 1031).

The implication is that if a person is attached to Maya then he cannot engage in true Bhagati.

  • ਕੁਟੰਬ ਜਤਨ ਕਰਣੰ ਮਾਇਆ ਅਨੇਕ ਉਦਮਹ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਭਾਵ ਹੀਣੰ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਬਿਸਰਤ ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਤਤਹ ॥੧॥: (People) make efforts for his family and puts in many endeavors for the sake of Maya. But they remain devoid of the Divine Bhagti. O Nanak! (Those who) forget Prabh (Mool, Source…) are like ghost. ||1|| (sggs 706).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਜਾ ਘਰ ਸਾਧ ਨ ਸੇਵੀਅਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ ਤੇ ਘਰ ਮਰਹਟ ਸਾਰਖੇ ਭੂਤ ਬਸਹਿ ਤਿਨ ਮਾਹਿ ॥੧੯੨॥: O Kabeer! Hearts, in which the “Saadh” (Inner Saadh — Mool, Hari…) is not served (by Giaan-Divine Wisdom; by obeying the Divine Hukam…);. those Hearts are like the cremation ground and demons dwell within them. (sggs 1374).

Hence, one disconnected from the Truth (ਸੱਚ), or separated from Naam, or broken away from his Mool (Source, Jot, Hari, Saadh, Raam, Gobind, Prabh, Allah…) is the ghost or goblin. Baabaa Nanak stresses that this ghost within our body ruins us.

  • ਜਤੁ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਸੀਲੁ ਨ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਪਿੰਜਰ ਮਹਿ ਕਾਸਟੁ ਭਇਆ ॥: You do not practice truth, abstinence, self-discipline or humility; the ghost within your skeleton has become (like a) dry wood. (sggs 906).
  • ਕਲਿ ਮਹਿ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਰਾਮੁ ਨ ਪਛਾਤਾ ਸਤਜੁਗਿ ਪਰਮ ਹੰਸ ਬੀਚਾਰੀ ॥: Those who have not realized Raam (Mool, Prabh, Source, ਮੂਲ…) are “Pret-ਪ੍ਰੇਤ” in “Kali” (mental state of imagination, strife, hunger for Maya…). Those who are established in “Satjugi” (the (mental state of Truth) are the supreme souls, (they) Reflect on (Raam, Hari, Mool…). (sggs 1131).

In nutshell, man’s duality (Doojaa-Bhaav) is his worst ghost. Like darkness and light, in nature both duality and non-duality coexists. But the Mayaic mind (Haumai) sees or transacts with duality only.

  • ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਭੂਤ ਸਭਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਾਏ ॥: Pret bhoot sabh doojai laae: All goblins and demons are attached to duality (wanderings in the love of Maya, ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਦੀ ਭਟਕਣਾ). (sggs 841).

Those attached to duality are also called Manmukhs in the Gurbani.

  • ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਫਿਰੈ ਬਿਲਲਾਦੀ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਖੁਆਈ ਹੇ ॥੩॥: The Manmukh (self-willed, one in material consciousness…) wanders everywhere, weeping and wailing; he is ruined by the love of duality (wanderings in the love of Maya, ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਦੀ ਭਟਕਣਾ). ||3||: (sggs 1044).
  • ਅੰਤਿ ਕਾਲਿ ਜੋ ਮੰਦਰ ਸਿਮਰੈ ਐਸੀ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਜੇ ਮਰੈ ॥ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਜੋਨਿ ਵਲਿ ਵਲਿ ਅਉਤਰੈ ॥੪॥: At the last moment, who thinks of mansions and if he dies in such thought, he (lives and his mind) is born as a Pret again and again (here and now). ||4|| (sggs 526).

Therefore, a Manmukh = a ghost or goblin.

But the Gurmukh (who is opposite of the Manmukh), lives in non-duality, for he is established in the Divine Wisdom of the SGGS. In other words, he has become Jeevanmukta (living liberated). He has realized his non-dual Joti-Sroop.

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋ ਮੁਕਤੁ ਕਹੀਐ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਬੰਧ ਵਿਚਾਰੇ ॥: One who becomes Spiritual being (Gurmukh) is said to be liberated, while the poor materialists (Manmukhs) are in bondage (sggs 796).

In other words, the darkness of ignorance is ghost in itself.

  • ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਪਿੰਜਰ ਮਹਿ ਦੂਖ ਘਨੇਰੇ ॥ ਨਰਕਿ ਪਚਹਿ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਧੇਰੇ ॥: (Those who live as) ghost in the body-cage, suffer all sorts of afflictions. Those who (thus live) in the darkness of spiritual wisdom, putrefy in hellish (existence). (sggs 1029).

the SGGS wants us to live Gurmukh Lifestyle, NOT like a ghost or an animal! However, living blind to the Wisdom (Gurmukh Lifestyle), one tends to believe false things to be true.

  • ਝੂਠੁ ਬਾਤ ਸਾ ਸਚੁ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਤੀ ॥: That which is false (we) deem it to be true. (sggs 185).

In nutshell:

Mortal + Divine Virtues (ਗੁਣ) = Divine, god-like, ਦੇਵਤਾ …
Mortal – Divine Virtues (ਗੁਣ) = ghost, goblin, Satan, Demin, ਰਾਖਛਸ …

Hence, the Gurbani asserts that so long the Divine (i.e., the Divine Virtues, ਗੁਣ — ਸਤ, ਸੰਤੋਖ, ਦਯਾ, ਧਰਮ, ਧੀਰਜ — Truth contentment, compassion, Dharma, patience) is with the body, the mortal will be happy.

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਣ ਕਾਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਢਹਿ ਢੇਰੀ ਤਨੁ ਖੇਹ ॥੧॥: Without the Divine Virtues, the body is of no avail; (in the end) it will (spiritually) crumble into a pile of dust. ||1|| (sggs 20).
  • ਤਿਚਰੁ ਵਸਹਿ ਸੁਹੇਲੜੀ ਜਿਚਰੁ ਸਾਥੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ ਜਾ ਸਾਥੀ ਉਠੀ ਚਲਿਆ ਤਾ ਧਨ ਖਾਕੂ ਰਾਲਿ ॥੧॥: O body! As long as your companion is within (i.e., the Divine Factor – the Divine Virtue, ਗੁਣ), you will be happy. But when this companion departs (i.e., if Virtue remains unused), then the body mingles with dust. ||1|| (sggs 50).
  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਗੁਣ ਤੈ ਬਾਹਰੇ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਮਰਦੇ ਝੂਰਿ ॥੨॥: The Manmukh are devoid of the Divine Virtues. Bereft of the Naam, they (spiritually) die in frustration. (sggs 27).

Bhai Gurdaas Ji explains it with more examples as follows:

  • ਮਖਣੁ ਲਇਆ ਵਿਰੋਲਿਕੈ ਛਾਹਿ ਛੁਟੜਿ ਹੋਈ । ਪੀੜ ਲਈ ਰਸੁ ਗੰਨਿਅਹੁਂ ਛਿਲੁ ਛੁਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਈ । ਰੰਗੁ ਮਜੀਠਹੁ ਨਿਕਲੈ ਅਢੁ ਲਹੈ ਨ ਸੋਈ । ਵਾਸੁ ਲਈ ਫੁਲਵਾੜੀਅਹੁ ਫਿਰਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਨ ਢੋਈ । ਕਾਇਆ ਹੰਸੁ ਵਿਛੁੰਨਿਆ ਤਿਸੁ ਕੋ ਨ ਸਥੋਈ। ਬੇਮੁਖ ਸੁਕੇ ਰੁਖ ਜਿਉਂ ਵੇਖੈ ਸਭ ਲੋਈ ॥੧੨॥: When the butter is churned and taken out (of the cream), the butter milk (Lassi) is abandoned. When the juice of sugarcane is extracted out, nobody touches the bagasse. When the fast color of Rubia munjista is taken away then nobody cares for it even worth a penny. When the fragrance of flowers is exhausted, nobody wants them. When the Atman separates from the body, no companion of the body remains (nobody wants to keep the body in the house). It is clear to everyone that the apostate is like the dry wood (which can only be pushed into fire!). (Bhai Gurdaas, vaar 34, Paurhee 12).

How one can transform his animal or Pret nature? According to the SGGS — by bathing the mind in the pool of the Divine Wisdom of the SGGS:

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਚਰਨ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਪਰਸਿਆ ਸੇ ਪਸੁ ਪਰੇਤ ਸੁਰਿ ਨਰ ਭਇਅ ॥੨॥੬॥: (the mind of) Whoever realizes the Giaan (the Divine Wisdom) of the Satiguru, (that mind) is transformed from an animal (-nature) and a ghost (-nature) into an angelic being. ||2||6|| (sggs 1399).
  • ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲ ਸਿਉ ਲਾਗੋ ਹੇਤੁ ॥ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਬਿਨਸਿਓ ਮਹਾ ਪਰੇਤੁ ॥ (1149).
  • ਪਸੂ ਪਰੇਤ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਉਧਾਰੇ ਇਕ ਖਣੇ ॥ (sggs 963).
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4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. shaanu

    very intelectualy\spiritualy said Gur..

  2. Gurvinder singh

    According to Gurbani whole life (jivan) is amrit vela . Naam japna means always keeping in mind the qualities of God everytime even in the morning ,during the duty time /business hours eg. if a teacher is sincerely teaching the students than he/she is “naam jap reha hai” same is case if a bussinessman is not cheating the client than ” naam jap reha hai” but a pujari/Granthi is not guiding the sangat about gurbani and simply using “Guru ki golak” than” naam nahi jaap reha hai”
    waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh”

  3. Jagminder Singh

    A person once asked Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj that he was seeing ghosts and being possessed by them. Maharaj asked that person whether he woke up at amrit vela to do his simran and nitnem. He replied he never did nam japna or nitnem and maharaj then gave the bachan that he was in actual fact a ghost because, just like a ghost, devoid of spirituality and no connection with the divine, that person was living according to his mind and was living in material consciousness, not God-consciousness.

  4. Amar

    Waheguru ji ka khalsa, waheguru ji ki fateh.

    Good baani, hopefully I learn something from it.

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