Know the Mool – Who Am I?

The Supreme Message of the Gurbani is (if we want to put it in words): Know Yourself, Recognize or Realize Your Mool (Origin, Root, Source, Reality, Truth – Joti-Svaroopa…). To recognize one’s Mool is to “Know oneself” – “who am I?”, ਆਪਣੇ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਪਰਖ, ਅਪਣੇ ਯਥਾਰਥ ਸਰੂਪ ਦੀ ਜਾਣ, ਅਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ (ਅਪਣੇ ਅਸਲੇ ਨੂੰ) ਪਛਾਣ ਲੈਣਾ…

  • ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥ (sggs 441).

The Gurbani says that the one who reflects on oneself is the sign of a real Giaani (a person of True Wisdom, the Gurmukh…).

  • ਆਪੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੇ ਸੁ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਹੋਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Aapu beechaare su giaanee hoee ||1||Rahaaou||: Who reflects ownself ( ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ, ਆਪਣੇ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਨੂੰ, ਆਪਣੇ ਅਸਲੇ ਨੂੰ ਵਿਚਾਰਦਾ ਹੈ – ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਪੜਤਾਲ) is truly Giaanee (Wise – ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ ਬੂਝ ਵਾਲਾ) ||1||Pause|| (sggs 152).

Why it’s important to know onself? The Gurbani tells us that without “knowing oneself” – ਆਪਣਾ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪਰਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, ਆਪਣਾ ਯਥਾਰਥ ਸਰੂਪ ਜਾਣੇ ਬਿਨਾ… – the conditioned mind cannot be freed from Bharam-Jaal (web of illusion, doubts, filth, wanderings, ignorance of one’s True Nature as Joti-Svaroopa, etc.).

  • ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਆਪਾ ਚੀਨੈ ਮਿਟੈ ਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ ॥੨॥੧॥: Jan Nanak binu aapaa cheenai mitai n bhram kee kaaee ||2||1||: O Daas Nanak! Without Realizing one’s own self (Original, Essential, or True Nature, etc. – ਆਪਣਾ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪਰਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, etc.), the moss of doubt (ignorance of one’s True Nature, etc.) is not eradicated (from the mind) ||2||1|| (sggs 684).

To know oneself externally is the superficial level of knowing. Because in knowing ourselves at the level of the mind, we cannot completely transcend Maya, Bikaar, etc . Therefore, to understand oneself merely at the level of the mind is not the peak of Aatm-Giaan. To become a true Giaanee (the Gurmukh), we need to engage in sincere Shabad-Vichaar, that will Awaken the Aatm-Giaan within.

Know the Mool – Who Am I? was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by T. Singh
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