Intellect Must Awaken to Divine Knowledge

Where can the Divine Knowledge (Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom, Gurmati ….) be found? How can it be cultivated?

It (this pure Knowledge of the Truth, ਸਚ…) is to be found in the Gurbani.

In fact, we are given this Gurbani for this very purpose.

In other words, the purpose of reading/listening the Gurbani is to understand it through diligent Shabad-Vichaar, and suck the Divine Knowledge out of it.

ਗਿਆਨ ਮਤਿ = Gurmati, Gurbani

With ਗਿਆਨ ਮਤਿ (Gurmati), one becomes the Gurmukh – “ਸਬਦਿ ਗਿਆਨੀ” (ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਰਚੈ ਸੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਗਿਆਨੀ ॥: Gurmukhi parachai su sabadi giaanee, sggs 941).

But unfortunately, the Gurbani has been confined to and made an object of worship (like an idle), or keep it wrapped in expensive clothes (Rumaalaas), or read it in ritualistic manners (Akhand Paths, Nit-Nem, and so on), display it on expensive Palkis, endless empty bowing (ਹਰ ਪਾਸੇ ਤੇ ਥਾਂ ਮੱਥੇ ਟੇਕਣੇ), perform Mayaic prayers in front of it, fill Golaks (money) on its name, etc. Bigger the foolishness or ego, bigger the ostentation (ਅਡੰਬਰ)!

This ia all Brahmani Mati (ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮਤ). The so called Sants follow this Brahmani Mati in their Deraas. With the exception of ” ਧੋਤੀ ਟਿਕਾ ” (loin cloths and ritual frontal marks to foreheads), they practice Brahmani Mati (ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮਤ) in everything else they do. These Deraas are no more than the dens of mammon worshippers – Mayadhaaree, Manmukhs, Saakat, Thug… (ਓਇ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ ॥੧॥: Oi har ke sant n aakhahi baanaarasi ke thug, sggs 476). This is what they teach to their foolish followers. No surprise the Bhais, Ragis, etc., conduct themselves in this way in the Gurdawaras because they are the product of these Deraas (ਡੇਰੇ)!

Like Brahmins/Pandits, they spread falsehood and deceive people (ਪਾਹਨ ਬੋਰੀ ਪਿਰਥਮੀ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਪਾੜੀ ਬਾਟ ॥੧੩੭॥: Paahaan boree pirathamee pandit paarree baat ||137||, sggs 1371).

The Gurbani is given to us so that we can churn it (through Shabad-Vichaar), and get the butther of Aatam-Giaan (Gurmati) from it. And thus make our intellect (Budhi) Awaken to the Divine Knowledge.

  • ਉਪਜੈ ਸਹਜੁ ਗਿਆਨ ਮਤਿ ਜਾਗੈ ॥: Sahaj wells up within (Natural state of Being, ਅਡੋਲ ਅਵਸਥਾ, ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਥਾ…), the Intellect awakens to Spiritual Wisdom (ਗਿਆਨ ਵਾਲੀ ਬੁੱਧੀ). (sggs 92). 

The intellect, which is not awakened to the Gurmati is Kubudh (“ਕੁਬੁਧਿ”-) or Durmat (” ਦੁਰਮਤਿ “) – evil intellect, corrupt nature, depraved, stupid, wicked, foolish, intellect fallen to the perpetual slumber of Maya, etc..

  • ਤਤੁ ਨ ਚੀਨੈ ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਜਲਿ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਵਿਛੁੜਿ ਚੋਟਾ ਖਾਇ ॥ ਮਾਨੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਸਭੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਿਆਨ ॥: The Manmukh (self-willed, ਮਨ ਦੇ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਤੁਰਨ ਵਾਲਾ ਮਨੁੱਖ, etc., who) does not understand the Essence (ਤਤ ਵਸਤੂ, ਤਤ ਗਿਆਨ, Essence of Reality-ਅਸਲੀਅਤ- or Divine Knowledge that is contained in the Gurbani), burns (in Maya, evil passion-ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਵਿਚ…). (Because of his) evil-mindedness, (he remains) separated from (his Mool, Truth…) and suffers. (One who) accepts the Divine Hukam, he is blessed with all Divine Virtues and total Spiritual Wisdom. (sggs 944). 

And how can we eradicate the evil intellect (Kubudh), and make it awaken to the Gurmati?

  • ਕੁਬੁਧਿ ਚਵਾਵੈ ਸੋ ਕਿਤੁ ਠਾਇ ॥: Where is that place, where corrupt intellect is destroyed? (sggs 944). 
  • ਕੁਬੁਧਿ ਮਿਟੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਿ ॥: Corrupt intellect is wiped out by Reflecting the Gur-Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar). (sggs 944).

Otherwise, what’s the use of reasoning and intellectuality, and reading Gurbani and listening to its recitations if it does not usher one in Viveka-Budhi, Total Spiritual Wisdom or Aatm-Giaan, all Divine Virtues, etc.? What’s the use of talking about religion, Dharma, spirituality, and Truth if not lived (ਅਮਲ)?

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