Hukam and Dynamic Universe

This universe is dynamic – ever changing. Nothing here stays forever. Everything we see is changeful, fleeting, impermanent, ephemeral, perishable, or disappearing. Nothing our physical eyes can see in it is ageless.

  • ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿਮਾਨ ਹੈ ਸਗਲ ਮਿਥੇਨਾ ॥: All that is seen is an illusion (sggs 1083).
  • ਜੋ ਦੀਸੈ ਸੋ ਉਪਜੈ ਬਿਨਸੈ ॥: Whatever is seen, originates and gets destroyed (sggs 352).

The Gurbani tells us there is the ageless Hukam (Divine Order; Cosmic Order; Law of Nature, Universal Energy, etc.) that pervades everywhere in the Universe.

The thought of “Hukam” is very essential part of the the Gurbani’s Teaching (Gurmati – (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS). Accordingly, Baabaa Nanak made it very clear in the outset of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) that everything and everybody is subject to the Divine “Hukam“, whether we know it not.

  • ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥: Everyone is subject to Hukam; no one is beyond (exempt or outside of) Hukam. (sggs 1).
  • ਲੇਖੁ ਨ ਮਿਟਈ ਹੇ ਸਖੀ ਜੋ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਕਰਤਾਰਿ ॥: O mate! Law of Nature cannot be canceled (annulled, wipe out…). (sggs 937).

Other aspects of the Divine “Hukam” as indicated in the Gurbani include: (a) Universal Energy;  (b) beyond any mundane description;  (c) all- pervading;  (d) Law of Nature; (e) Naam; (f) Shabad; (g) Truth (Sach);  …

  • ਸਭੁ ਹੁਕਮੋ ਵਰਤੈ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥: The Hukam pervades everywhere, and all are contained in Hukam. (sggs 1188).
  • ਹੁਕਮੇ ਆਡਾਣੇ ਆਗਾਸੀ ॥: By the Hukam, the sky is spread above. (sggs 1037).
  • ਏਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਬੁਝਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥੫॥: O Nanak! The Satigur has given this understanding that One Naam is the Hukam. ||5|| (sggs 72).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੮॥: Through the Guru-Shabad, recognize the Hukam. ||8|| (sggs 223).
  • ਹੁਕਮੁ ਬੂਝੈ ਸੋ ਸਾਚਿ ਸਮਾਣਾ ॥: One who understands the Hukam is absorbed in Truth. (sggs 1270).

Hence, to live Hukam is to live according to the Virtues and Giaan (Wisdom) — using our senses or physical receptors according to the Gurmati. Those who live the Hukam are called Gurmukhs (the followers of Truth, Hukmi Bandaa…).

  • ਮਾਨੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਸਭੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਿਆਨ ॥: (One who) accepts the Divine Hukam, he is blessed with all Divine Virtues and total Spiritual Wisdom. (sggs 944).

Those who don’t live the Hukam or oppose (ਵਿਰੋਧ) the Hukam are called Manmukhs (the deniers of Truth, whose mind escapes through senses and run after sense-objects or whose Akkal (intellect) follows the mind’s dictates, ਮਾਇਆ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਿਆ…).

These two different groups of people live together on earth. However, the Gurbani asks us to become the Gurmukhs and live the Hukam:

  • ਚਾਲਹਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ॥: Chaalahi Gurmukhi hukami rajaaee, sggs 227).

But how can one do the Lord’s “Hukam“? To be abided in “Hukam” is accepting life as it presents to oneself. It is simply saying “Yes, I accept”. In other words, it is just accepting one’s all joy and suffering as with even mindedness…

  • ਸੋਈ ਸਿਆਣਾ ਸੋ ਪਤਿਵੰਤਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਲਗੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਜੀਉ ॥: Only that person is wise and honorable, unto whom the Hukam seems sweet (sggs 108).

We reap what we sow. This is the Law of Nature (Hukam…). Hence, the Gurbani tells us that the man himself is responsible for calamity or joy in life – he cannot blame anybody else for it. We harvest exactly what we sow in the field (“Khet“) of life or body. After all, our actions are the louder expressions of our thoughts!

  • ਜੋ ਮੈ ਕੀਆ ਸੋ ਮੈ ਪਾਇਆ ਦੋਸੁ ਨ ਦੀਜੈ ਅਵਰ ਜਨਾ ॥: Whatever I did, for that I have suffered; I don’t blame anyone else (sggs 433).
  • ਜੇਹਾ ਬੀਜੈ ਸੋ ਲੁਣੈ ਕਰਮਾ ਸੰਦੜਾ ਖੇਤੁ ॥: (Body is the) field (of man’s Karma); whatever (he) sows so does (he) reap (sggs 134).
  • ਪਾਇ ਕੁਹਾੜਾ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਗਾਫਲਿ ਅਪੁਨੈ ਹਾਥਿ ॥੧੩॥: ||13|| An imprudent (senseless, inattentive, stupid, ਲਾ-ਪਰਵਾਹ…) strikes his own foot with the axe by his own hand ((ਭਾਵ, ਆਪਣਾ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਕਰ ਲਿਆ). ||13|| (sggs 1365).

We all are endowed with Vivek-Budhi (an innate sense of right and wrong, discerning intellect, discriminating intellect…). Animals lack it. This is what separates us humans from animals. Therefore, we humans carry tremendous responsibility to abide by the Hukam.

In nutshell, to live, accept or do the Hukam is simply living according to the Gurmati (Gur-Giaan, Divine Virtues or Wisdom of the Gurbani…) — using the senses or physical receptors according to the Gurmati

To put it otherwise, to abide in the Divine Hukam is, in essence, the same as to be connected to the Shabad, Naam, Bani, Virtues, Giaan (Wisdom), etc. In other words, understanding of Hukam is the Realization of Shabad, Naam, Bani, etc. 

  • ਸਚਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਣਿਆ ॥: True is the Divine Hukam, and it is known to the Gurmukh (sggs 144).

But, as the Gurbani tells us, to realize the Divine Hukam, one has to give up mind’s Hukam (Mann matt-ਮੰਨ ਮੱਤ, ਮੰਨ ਦੀ ਮਰਜੀ) and become the Gurmukh.

  • ਹੁਕਮ ਕੀਏ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਦੇ ਰਾਹਿ ਭੀੜੈ ਅਗੈ ਜਾਵਣਾ ॥: One may issue one’s heart desired commands (ਅਪਣੀ ਮਰਜੀ, ਅਪਣੀ ਇਛਾ, ਅਪਣੀ ਰਜਾ, ਅਪਣਾ ਭਾਣਾਂ, ਮਨ-ਮੰਨੀਆਂ ਹਕੂਮਤਾ…) here, but (he will) have to take to the narrow path hereafter (i.e pay for his mind’s own Hukam…). (sggs 470).

2 replies on “Hukam and Dynamic Universe”

Satkar jog gurmukh T.Singh ji
Everybody (manmukh) is running after obtaining so-called mysterious Naam from Pakhandi Babas(Sant,Guru) and they are just en-cashing this by telling them reciting(repeating) some wordly name. O pagal logo ki nahi gurbani vich, sara gyan bhareya pya hai lor hai sirf khojan di, gurbani-vichar di. Everything about NAAM is written in this article.

Gurpreet Singh

Thank you for the wonderful comment Ji.
ਸੋ ਐਸਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਮਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਜੋ ਸਭਨਾ ਉਪਰਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਚਲਾਏ ॥ (sggs 89).

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