Gurbani Says Burn Mind’s Bikaar In Fire!

The Gurbani says identification of a Sikh (ਸਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਪਹਚਾਣ) is that he burns away his Bikaar (Haumai and its faults such as lust, anger, greed, attachment and pride, including their countless variations).

In other words, according to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), the Goal of a Sikh in life is to drive away all Bikaar, all negativity, all doubts (ਭਰਮ)…

  • ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਿਖੁ ਬਿਕਾਰ ਤੇ ਹਾਟੈ ॥: The Sikh of the Guru recoils (withdraws, ਹਟ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ…) from Bikaars (sggs 286).

Implication of this edict of the Gurbani (ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਫੈਸਲਾ) is that, regardless of one’s external “Adammbar” (“ਅਡੰਬਰ”: external religious displays, shows, pomp, ostentation…), one remains a phony Sikh until he has not regressed from Bikaar!

So, the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ) is: Burn all Bikaar in fire. But, what kind of fire?

  • ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਛੋਡੀਐ ਦੀਜੈ ਅਗਨਿ ਜਲਾਇ ॥: Let go lust, anger and greed, and burn them in the fire (sggs 519).
  • ਅਨਿਕ ਅਡੰਬਰ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੇ ਬਿਰਥੇ ਤਾ ਸਿਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਘਟਾਵਉ ॥: There are numerous “Addambar” of Maya. They are useless. (So) withhold (your) love from these (sggs 529).

Now, since Bikaar are not gross objects, they cannot be burnt in the gross fire that we know of! Then, what kind of fire is it that the Gurbani is talking about here?

It is the subtle fire of the Divine Wisdom (Brahm-Giaan…), which can roast the seed of Bikaar, doubts…

  • ਦਿਸਟਿ ਬਿਕਾਰੀ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਾਗੀ ਐਸਾ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥੨॥: Such is the (blessing of) Brahm Giaan (Divine Wisdom) that corrupt vision and corrupt thinking (wickedness, foolishness, block-headedness, ignorance…) run away. ||2|| (sggs 1339).
  • ਭਰਮ ਅੰਧੇਰ ਬਿਨਾਸ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੁਰ ਅੰਜਨਾ ॥: The Divine Wisdom (is such) collyrium that destroys the darkness of doubts (from the mind). (sggs 456).

The Gurbani tells us that this can be accomplished with proper Understanding (ਸੂਝ-ਬੂਝ) obtained through the Shabad-Vichaar and then constantly living that Brahm-Giaan (the Divine Wisdom, ਸੱਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ…) in our daily life. A person of Brahm-Giaan is called Brahm-Giaanee.

  • ਇਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਬਿਕਾਰੁ ਸੰਸੇ ਮਹਿ ਤਰਿਓ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ॥: This world is engrossed in Bikaar and doubts (cynicism…). Only the Brahm Giaanee is saved (from these).
  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਗਿਆਨ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥ ਉਸੁ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਕਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਨਾਸੁ ॥: There is no destruction (ruin, wreck, downfall…) of that Abode (Heart, the State of the Divine Wisdom, ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਥਾ…), within which the Light of the Divine Wisdom dawns (sggs 278).

This Divine Wisdom is called the “Kharragu” (“ਖੜਗੁ”: sword) of the “Satiguroo” (the Divine Guide, ਸੱਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ…) in the Gurbani. If Bikaar don’t get burnt in the fire of Prachand Giaan (ardent Wisdom, fiery Wisdom, keen Wisdom…), they will come back or not leave in the first place!

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਹਥਿ ਦੀਨਾ ਜਮਕੰਕਰ ਮਾਰਿ ਬਿਦਾਰੇ ॥: In the hands of (whosoever) the Satgur has placed the Sword of Spiritual Wisdom, (he) has overcome and killed the “Jamkankar” (has ended the danger of death to his spiritual life). (sggs 574).
  • ਗਿਆਨੁ ਪ੍ਰਚੰਡੁ ਬਲਿਆ ਘਟਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਘਰ ਮੰਦਰ ਸੋਹਾਇਆ ॥: Giaanu prachandu baliaa ghati chaananu ghar mandar sohaaiaa (sggs 775).

According to the Gurbani, it is this sword of the Divine Wisdom which can cut asunder the mind’s ignorance, Bikaar, doubt…

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਲੈ ਮਨ ਸਿਉ ਲੂਝੈ ਮਨਸਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਸਮਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੩॥: Taking up the Sword of the Spiritual Wisdom, struggle with the mind, and (all Mayaic desires, thoughts, ਫੁਰਨੇ, ਖੋਟੀ ਮਨਸਾ, etc., ) born of the mind are nipped within the mind. ||3|| (sggs 1022).
  • ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਜਗਤ ਪਰਜਾਰੈ ॥: The fire of corrupt thinking (wickedness, foolishness, block-headedness, ignorance…) is burning up the world (sggs 225).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਅਗਨਿ ਜਲੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ॥: The world is burning in the fire of Maya (hunger or love of Maya…). (sggs 1049).

The idea is to change the mind’s nature, which is there because of Durmat (corrupt thinking, wickedness, foolishness, block-headedness, ignorance…). Now, the question is: How can we acquire this subtle fire of Brahm-Giaan? The Gur-Shabad is here for our rescue: The Gurbani is given to us for this very purpose!

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਇਆ ॥: O Nanak! Ego has been burnt away through the Shabad (sggs 1189).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਇ ॥੪॥੪॥੧੬॥: O Nanak! Attachment to Maya is burnt away through the Shabad. ||4||4||16|| (sggs 1176).
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  1. Taranjit Singh

    Bahot khoob vichaar jio. Dhanvad aap ji da!

  2. balwant singh seera

    Very very educative article.There are two types of disciplines a gursikh has to observe-External and Internal.i.e.Baanna and Baanni.The internal discipline relates to following the life style as prescribed in gurbani and it helps in manitaining the exterrnal rahat of five Ks.

  3. Prakash S Bagga

    This Vichhar is wonderful in concluding the significance of THE ONLY SABADu as an ultimate tool for killing all types of Vikaars.

  4. Prakash S Bagga

    This Vichaar is wonderful conclusion about the significance of SABADu as the ultimate and the ONLYtool to kill all types of Vikaars.

    • SABADu as the ultimate and the ONLYtool to kill all types of Vikaars.

      Thank you Bhai Sahib Ji!
      • ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਤੁ ਪੀਤੈ ਤਿਖ ਜਾਇ ॥: The Gur-Shabad is the Amrit; drinking it in, thirst (of Maya) is quenched (sggs 35).

  5. B.S. Bhatti

    Veer Jee, tusin bahot changi vyakhya kiti hai jee. Bahut bahut dhanwad for such updates. Vaheguru Kirpa Kare.

  6. J

    Very nice T Singh Ji. Thanks !

  7. cs

    great ! thanks for sharing

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