Gurbani Says Fire the Bomb of Wisdom

Yes, Bhagat Kabeer Sahib urges us to actuate the bomb of Giaan (“ਗੋਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ“). But how? He explains we must:

  • Make “Prem Paleetaa” (ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਲੀਤਾ) or Divine Love the fuse (Prema Bhagti – perfect understanding of the Gurbani or Gurmat…)
  • Make “Surati” (ਸੁਰਤਿ) the cannon or the rocket (ਸੁਰਤਿ – Chit, Awareness, Divine Understanding, Aatam Giaan, Surati linked to its Mool within…)
  • Be established in Sahaj Avastaa (Natural state of being, ਸਹਜ, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ, ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਤਾ…)

With that setup, there happens the explosion of the bomb of the Spiritual Wisdom within (“ਗੋਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ“- bomb of Aatam-Giaan…).

Then, in one shot, this bomb of the Gur-Giaan conquers (ਜਿੱਤ ਲੈਣਾਂ, ਸਫਲ ਹੋਣਾਂ, ਕਾਮਯਾਬ ਹੋਣਾਂ) the fortress of Maya, duality, deluded mind, doubts (ਭਰਮ), ignorance, Haumai, Bikaars

  • ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਲੀਤਾ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਹਵਾਈ ਗੋਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਚਲਾਇਆ ॥ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਅਗਨਿ ਸਹਜੇ ਪਰਜਾਲੀ ਏਕਹਿ ਚੋਟ ਸਿਝਾਇਆ ॥੪॥: Make the Divine Love the fuse (gun-cotton, torch …), and Surati (ਸੁਰਤਿ – Chit, Awareness, ਮੂਲ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜੀ ਹੋਈ…) the Havaaee (ਹਵਾਈ-moving in the air, ਹਵਾਈ ਤੋਪ, rocket …); (then) actuate the bomb of Spiritual Wisdom (Divine Knowledge, Aatam-Giaan …). In Sahaj Avastaa (Natural state of Being, ਆਤਮਕ ਅਡੋਲਤਾ, ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਤਾ…), lit the fire of Brahm Giaan, and conquer (the fortress) in one shot. (sggs 1161).

An another term related to “Prem Paleetaa” (ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਲੀਤਾ) is “Prem Patolaa” (ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਟੋਲਾ):

  • ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਟੋਲਾ ਤੈ ਸਹਿ ਦਿਤਾ ਢਕਣ ਕੂ ਪਤਿ ਮੇਰੀ ॥: Prem patolaa tai sahi ditaa dhakan koo pati meree (sggs 520).

Other term related to the bomb of Giaan (ਗੋਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ) is “Giaan Kharrag ” (ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ- ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ ਦੀ ਤਲਵਾਰ, the Sword of Spiritual Wisdom/Divine Knowledge/Aatam Giaan – ਪੀਰੀ ਦੀ ਤਲਵਾਰ…).

The “Giaan Kharrag” is the Sword of the Aatmaa. For Aatmaa can only wear the sword of the Giaan (Wisdom, etc.). The sword of the steel is not for the Aatmaa (Divine Soul – “ਆਤਮ ਦੇਵ”); for the Aatmaa cannot wear a steel sword. The sword of steel is only for the gross body, which, according to the Gurbani, is Maya (Koorr-ਕੂੜ, fleeting, perishable, temporary, etc.).

  • ਮਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਆਤਮ ਦੇਵ ਦੀ ਖੜਗਿ ਜੋਰਿ ਪਰਾਕੁਇ ਜੀਅ ਦੈ ॥: Mati gur aatam dev dee kharrag jori paraakui jeea dai (sggs 966).

As time and again indicated in the Gurbani, mere talk, mere reading of the gurbani, mere Bhekh (religious garbs…), mere Karamkaand, etc., will not do the trick! Accordingly, they are all rejected by the Gurbani.

In nutshell, the Gurbani urges us to take up the Sword of the Giaan (Naam, Shabad-Vichaar, Aatm-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, Gurmat, etc.) and conquer the fortress of Maya, duality…

  • 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 (ਮਨ ਦੇ ਵਿਚ ਹੀ ਮੁੱਕ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ). ||3|| (sggs 1022).
  • ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗ ਪੰਚ ਦੂਤ ਸੰਘਾਰੇ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਜਾਗੈ ਸੋਇ ॥: (The person who) With the sword of the Spiritual Wisdom kill the five demons (i.e., ego and all its faults – lust, anger,greed, etc.), (he) remains Awake and Aware because of the Gurmat (Teaching of the Gurbani…). (sggs 1414).
  • ਕਾਢਿ ਖੜਗੁ ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਕਰਾਰਾ ਬਿਖੁ ਛੇਦਿ ਛੇਦਿ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਜੈ ॥੩॥: Drawing out the Mighty Sword of the (ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨ) Gur’s Spiritual Wisdom, cut (ਵੱਢ ਵੱਢ ਕੇ) the poisonous (snake of Maya); and (thus one can) drink in the (Spiritual) Essence (ਆਤਮ ਰਸ, ਨਾਮ ਰਸ, ਗਿਆਨ ਰਸ …). ||3|| (sggs 1324).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਹਥਿ ਦੀਨਾ ਜਮਕੰਕਰ ਮਾਰਿ ਬਿਦਾਰੇ ॥: In the hands of (whosoever) the Satigur has placed the Sword of Spiritual Wisdom, (he) has overcome and killed the messenger of death (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ ਦਾ ਖਤਰਾ ਮੁਕਾ ਲਿਆ-has ended the danger of death to his spiritual life). (sggs 574).

Another related term is “Giaan Anjan” (ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ – collyrium of Spiritual Wisdom, ਗਿਆਨ ਰੂਪੀ ਸੁਰਮਾ, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਰਮਾ…).

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਨਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: (The Spiritual) Collyrium of the Wisdom is recognized through the Gur-Shabad (applying it Mool is realized). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 221).

The term “Pachhaaniaa” (ਪਛਾਨਿਆ) in the foregoing verse indicates that this “Giaan Anjan” (ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ) is meant to be recognized, realized, comprehended, understood, etc., through the sincere Shabad-Vichaar. In other words, “Giaan Anjan” (ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ) is not something that can be purchased like a mundane object from a shop or from a person. It will require self-efforts (i.e., Shabad-Vichaar).

With the explosion of the Giaan-bomb (“ਗੋਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ”) within, one becomes established in the Sukh Saagar (“ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ”), beyond the three worlds (“ਤੀਨ ਭਵਨ”).

  • ਤੀਨ ਭਵਨ ਨਿਹਕੇਵਲ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥: Teen Bhavan nihakeval Giaanu (sggs 414).
  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Hari Naam is the Sukh Saagar; it is obtained by becoming the Gurmukh. (sggs 29).
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