Poojaa (ਪੂਜਾ) = worship…
Not according to our self-willed mind or Manmukhataa, but according to the Gurbani what kind of Poojaa is “ਥਾਇ ਪਾਈ” – meaningful, useful, fruitful, beneficial, and so on?
The Gurbani answers this question by addressing to the so called saints.
- ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਸੰਤਹੁ ਏਹ ਪੂਜਾ ਥਾਇ ਪਾਈ ॥੫॥: By dying in the Shabad, the mind becomes Immaculate. O Saints! Such Poojaa is meaningful (acceptable, useful, etc.) ||5||. (sggs 910).
First, why the Gurban’s answer here is addressed to the sanits, not to the ordinary people?
Perhaps the reason is that the so called saints likely to misguide people, specifically the simpletons and unsuspecting people. They do this on account of greed; to maintain their lifestyle of being “freeloaders” on the society (ਮੁਫਤ ਦੀ ਰੋਟੀਆਂ ਕਾਰਣ…) ; such so called saints also lack complete Brahm-Giaan; and so on.
Second, what is “dying in the Shabad“?
In nutshell, dying in the Shabad is to be free from the menacing and the chronic disease of Haumai or egotism; it is to be free from the spell of Maya, duality, doubts (ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ), ignorance, Bikaars (lust, anger, greed, etc.), ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾ ਵਲੋਂ ਮਰਣਾਂ, ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਭਾਵ ਆਪਣੇ ਉੱਤੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਪੈਣ ਦੇਂਣਾ, ਸਬਦ ਨੂੰ – ਸਬਦ-ਗਿਆਨ ਨੂੰ – ਸਦਾ ਇਕ-ਰਸ ਆਪਣੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਟਿਕਾਈ ਰੱਖਣਾ; it is to become Living Liberated (Jeevanmukta) or dead while alive; it is to remain constantly (ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ: each and every breadth) linked to the Mool (Source) within – to be continually linked to the Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, Shabad-Surti, Naam Consciousness, etc., and live accordingly (i.e., the Gurmukh Lifestyle); and so on.
Thus, Poojaa is not what we generally understand by this word, for our perception of Poojaa is only that which we have collected from the dogmatic and complex ritualistic displays witnessed at religious places and religious ceremonies. This is a business or beggary at an altar! It is not in this sense that the term “Poojaa” is used in the Gurbani. Due to decadence of the True Essence of religions, the term “Poojaa” has lost its real meaning and significance, and has become, as a great one puts it: “synonym for a kind of soul-killing, character-running, and impotency-breeding.”
Now perhaps we can appreciate as to why the Gurbani asserts that only the Lord’s Name, Naam (Gur-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, etc.), is fit to be worshipped.
- ਜਪਿ ਮਨ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਅਰਧਾਂਭਾ ॥: O mind! understand the Raam Name; (this) Naam alone is worthy of adoration (sggs 1337).
In the above verse, the word “ਅਰਧਾਂਭਾ” (Ardhaanbhaa) is very significant. It simply means “worthy of worship or fit to be worshipped”. Thus, according to the Gurbani, Naam (“ਨਾਮ ਤਤੁ”, The Divine Essence, Gur-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, etc.) alone is worthy of Poojaa.
This is true Bhagati (devotion…).