Man minus ego becomes Godlike

A computer virus infects the computer and ruins it. To bring the computer back to its original state, removal of the virus and cleansing of any damage done by it is necessary.

Similarly, ego (Haumai) – which is the virus (“ਰੋਗੁ”) of the mind – ruins the mind.

  • ਮਨ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਹੈ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭੂਲੇ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਦੁਰਜਨਾ ॥: Man antar haumai rog hai bharam bhoole manmukh durjanaa (sggs 301).

Therefore, to bring the mind back to its Original, Natural State of Being, removal of this ego (Haumai) virus is necessary to cleanse the mind.

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰੀ ॥: Ih mann nirmal hayumai maaree (sggs 1049).

The Gurbani tells us that Jeeva (individual being) without ego (Haumai) becomes Godlike.

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ॥੮॥੪॥: O Nanak, subduing egotism, one is absorbed into God. ||8||4|| (sggs 231).

Simply put: What it means is that while the mind is infected with ego (Haumai), nobody can Realize his true Mool (ਮੂਲ, Origin, Source, Reality, Truth…).

  • ਹਉਮੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਪਾਏ ॥: No one finds God through egotism. (sggs 646).

Not only that, the Gurbani tells us that so long there is ego (Haumai) in the mind, the Mool (ਮੂਲ, Origin, Source…) cannot be Realized regardless of the how much religious paraphernalia one applies to decorate his body-frame with (body is Maya). Why? Because, as the Gurbani says, Parmeshar is neither impressed nor pleased by our outward displays.

  • ਹਉਮੈ ਕਰਤ ਭੇਖੀ ਨਹੀ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥: Haumai karat bhekhee nahee jaaniaa (sggs 226).
  • ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਨ ਕਾਹੂ ਭੀਨ ॥: Baahari bhekh n kaahoo bheen (sggs 269).

Here is the Gurbani’s proof of those who become Godlike (“ਹਰਿ ਜੇਹਾ”, “ਆਪਿ ਪਰਮੇਸੁਰ”… ) after crucifying the ego (Haumai).

  • ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਸਮਾਇਆ ॥੪॥: Jan Nanak haumai maari samaaiaa ||4|| (sggs 1376).
  • ਰਾਮ ਕਬੀਰਾ ਏਕ ਭਏ ਹੈ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਸਕੈ ਪਛਾਨੀ ॥੬॥੩॥: Raam Kabeeraa ek bhaye hai koi n sakai pachhaanee||6||3|| (sggs 969).
  • ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਸੋ ਹਰਿ ਜੇਹਾ ॥ ਭੇਦੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਹੁ ਮਾਣਸ ਦੇਹਾ ॥: Hari kaa saevaku so hari jehaa. Bhedu n jaanahu maanas dehaa (sggs 1076).
  • ਆਪੁ ਗਇਆ ਤਾ ਆਪਹਿ ਭਏ ॥: Aapu gaiaa taa aapahi bhaye (sggs 202).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਆਪਿ ਪਰਮੇਸੁਰ ॥੬॥: Nanak Brahm Giaanee aap Parmesur ||6|| (sggs 273).
  • ਜਿਨ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਜਿਨ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਮੇਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਜੀ ਤੇ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਰੂਪਿ ਸਮਾਸੀ ॥: Jin seviaa jin seviaa meraa Hari jee te Hari Hari roopi samaasee (sggs 11).
  • ਜੋ ਤੁਧੁ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਸੋ ਤੂਹੈ ਹੋਵਹਿ ਤੁਧੁ ਸੇਵਕ ਪੈਜ ਰਖਾਈ ॥: Jo tudhu sevahi so tuhai hovahi tudhu sevak paij rakhaaee (sggs 758).
  • ਜੋ ਜਨੁ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਰਾਤਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋਈ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਬਿਧਾਤਾ ॥੫੧॥: Jo jan Naam niranjan raataa. Nanak soee purakh bidhaataa ||51|| (sggs 943).

In nutshell, the seed of the mind is ego (Haumai), and the Gurbani is the ego (Haumai) breaker. The Gurbani tells us that – by becoming the Gurmukh -this seed can be and must be roasted in the fire of Shabad-Vichaar (Aatam-Giaan of the Gurbani…).

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਤਤੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ॥: Gurmukhi hovai su giaanu tatu beechaaai haumai sabadi jalaaye (sggs 946).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਨੁ ਜੀਤਾ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ॥: Gurmukhi manu jeetaa haumai maari (sggs 946).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ॥: Gurmukhi Nhaumai sabadi jalaaye (sggs 942).
  • ਹਉ ਹਉ ਕਰਦੀ ਸਭ ਫਿਰੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਹਉ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥: Haou haou karadee sabh phirai binu sabadai haou n jaai (sggs 426).

Clearly, 1) God of the Gurbani is not separate entity from the Jeeva, 2) God of the Gurbani is not “up there” or “there yonder”, 3) instead, He is within, here and now…

Man minus ego becomes Godlike was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by T. Singh
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  1. Gurpreet Singh

    Excellent ji !!!
    Main karda haan ya main kuch kar sakda haan je eh Bharam(shanka) mit gayi te jaan leya ki jo hunda hai sab hukam naal hi hunda hai ta phir baki de sare bikar aape hi door ho jande ne ji.

    Na ho kiya na kar saka na kar sake sharir
    jo kuch kiya so har kiya bhayo kabir kabir…

    regards
    Das Gurpreet Singh

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