The Gurbani repeatedly Teaches us that the “Harmandir” is within the human body. The Gurbani tells us that deep in the Heart, there resides the same One Lord in the Heart of the each and everyone of us -the “Harmandir” of each and everyone of us, within.
But, the Gurbani asserts that this True Harmandir within can only be revealed by the Aatm-Giaan (Spiritual Wisdom, self-Knowledge, etc.). Since the Manmukh (the follower of the untruth, perverse, corrupt, Saakat, Mayadhaaree, foolish, ignorant, etc.) does not care about the Aatm-Giaan (through the true Shabad-Vichaar), he looks for everything outside.
- ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਏਹੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਹੈ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਰਤਨਿ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਮੂਲੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਨੀ ਮਾਣਸਿ ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥੨॥: This body is the “Harmandir” (Hari’s Temple, but this secret) is revealed by the Jewel of the Divine Wisdom (Aatm-Giaan, Brahm Giaan, Divine Knowledge …). The Manmukhs do not know their Mool (Origin, Source, Root…); (on account of this ignorance, they) do not believe that the “Harmandir” is within the human (body). ||2|| (sggs 1346).
It’s not only strange, but also tragic and unfortunate that most of the Sikh writers, researchers, scholars (Pundits, ਵਿੱਦਵਾਨ), Bhais, Raagees, Kathaakaars, etc., ignore this very valuable Truth of the Gurbani. Why, we must ask? Is it the Golak (money!)?
Why is it that the Manmukhs “do not believe that the “Harmandir” is inside the body”? It is because – on account of the false or conditioned intellect (ਮਿਥਿਆ ਮਤ) – the foolish Manmukhs are unable to discern the true from the false (or real from the unreal or ਸੱਤ from the ਅਸੱਤ, etc.). The Gurbani asserts that to discern (recognize, determine, distinguish, etc.) “the true from the false”, one has to become the Gurmukh (the follower of the Truth; one who has Realized the Gur-Giaan or Aatm-Giaan, etc.).
- ਮੂਰਖ ਸਚੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਮਨਮੁਖੀ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥: The fools do not know the Truth; these Manmukhs waste their lives. (sggs 467).
- ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਟੇ ਖਰੇ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥: By becoming the Gurmukh, (one) distinguishes the true from the false. (sggs 942).