Mind That Gives Up Hunger For Maya Realizes Its Mool

The Gurbani tells us that our mind is Joti-svaroopa.

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

Although the mind is Joti-svaroopa, but when it comes under the influence of Maya (duality-stricken, Bharam or doubt-ridden, illusioned…) it becomes the seat of Jeeva’s all troubles (Dukha-ਦੁਖ). While connected to Maya, it remains disconnected from its True Nature (Mool, Source, Joti…).

The Gurbani never gets tired of Instructing this rebel mind to give up its love or hunger for Maya. Why? Because, so long this mind is attached to Maya, or so long it desires to enjoy Maya (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀ ਭੁੱਖ), it cannot remember or recognize its True Nature (Mool, Joti, Source…).

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਲਾਲਚਿ ਅਟਿਆ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਹਿ ਮੂਲਿ ॥: O dear (Jeeva)! Contained in or filled with the longing for Maya, (Paarbrahm) does not come into (those Jeeva’s) mind at all. (sggs 641).
  • ਭੁਖ ਵਿਆਪੈ ਬਹੁ ਬਿਧਿ ਧਾਵੈ ॥: Bhukh viaapai bahi bidhi dhaavai (sggs 98).
  • ਮੂਲੁ ਨ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਸਾਚਿ ਨ ਰੀਝਹਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੩॥: Mool n boojhahi saachi n reejhahi bharami… (sggs 1024).

The mind attached to Maya creates waves (“ਤਰੰਗਾ-Tarangaa“): desires, wanderings, disturbance, restlessness, Phurne or thoughts, imaginations, greed, hunger for Maya…

  • ਮਨਹਿ ਬਿਆਪਤ ਅਨਿਕ ਤਰੰਗਾ ॥: Mind is troubled by so many waves (sggs 759).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਇਸੁ ਮਨਹਿ ਨਚਾਏ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਕਪਟੁ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੪॥: Maya mohu isu manahi nachaae… (sggs 122).

In other words, the mind attached to Maya instead of its True Nature (Mool, Joti-Svaroopa…) wavers or flow like Maya – oscillating, roaming, wandering, unstable, ਹਵਾ ਵਾਂਗ ਘੁੱਮੀ ਜਾਣਾਂ, etc. That is, the waves created by Maya (“ਤਰੰਗ”, “ਲਹਰਿ”… ) give rise to force of Phurne or thoughts in the mind. These Phurne or thoughts continuously rise and flow in the Mayaic mind, making it restless, illusioned, doubt-ridden…

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਡੋਲੈ ਬਹੁ ਬਿਧੀ ਮਨੁ ਲਪਟਿਓ ਤਿਹ ਸੰਗ ॥: Maya wavers many ways, the mind clings to this (Maya, also wavers many ways). (sggs 258).
  • ਹੋਰੁ ਵਣਜੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਵਾਪਾਰੀਏ ਅਨੰਤ ਤਰੰਗੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਮਾਇਆ ॥: Horu vanaju karahi vaapaareeae anant tarangee… (sggs 165).

However, there are no such waves or flow in its Mool (flow of thoughts or Phurne, disturbance, restlessness, Phurne, ਅਡੋਲਤਾ…), for the Mool remains Pure, Unstained, or Unattached (i.e., remains “ਨਿਰਲੇਪਾ”, ” ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ”, “ਅਲਿਪਤੋ”…), beyond the influence of Maya.

  • ਸਭ ਕੈ ਮਧਿ ਅਲਿਪਤੋ ਰਹੈ ॥: Sabh kai madhi alipato rahai (sggs 294).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਨਿਰਲੇਪਾ ॥੫੪॥ ॥: Nanak paarbrham nirlepaa (sggs 261).

How can we mortals, then, end Maya’s waves? According to the Gurbani, we can accomplish it by making the mind trace its steps back to its Unwavering Mool (Joti…), which is free of Maya’s deception (trap, duplicity, enticement, illusion, doubts (ਭਰਮ), etc.: ” ਛਲੁ”):

  • ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਦਾਨੁ ਬ੍ਰਤਕਾਰੀ ॥ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤਿ ਤਰੰਗ ਤਤੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੩॥: Night and day, the Naam is (my) giving in charity and fasting. Reflecting (contemplating, Vichaar…) on the Essence (Mool, Source…), satisfaction (contentment…) from the waves (of Maya is obtained). ||3|| (sggs 1331).
  • ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਤਾ ਛੋਡੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੇ ਲਾਹੇ ॥੨॥: (Those who quaff the Nectar of Naam, their individual) light blends into the Divine Light, then (their) greed or race for Maya ends. ||2|| (sggs 351).
  • ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੀ ਭੁਖ ਜਾਇ ॥: Gur sabadee hari mania vasai maya kee bhukh jaai (sggs 1413).
  • ਹਰਿ ਸੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਨਹੀ ਛਲੈ ॥: Hari sangi raate maya nahee chhalai (sggs 201).

The Gurbani tells us that this is possible through the Shabad-Vichaar. In other words, the Gurbani’s Message is directed for the Mayaic or Manmukh Mind to transcend Maya and become the Gurmukh. For the Gur-Shabad is the death knoll for the Maya’s waves. End of the Maya’s waves result in end of the mind’s waves.

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਲਹਰਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਨਿਵਾਰੀ ॥: Maya lahari sabadi nivaaree (sggs 1049).
  • ਜਲਤ ਅਨਿਕ ਤਰੰਗ ਮਾਇਆ ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨ ਹਰਿ ਰਿਦ ਮੰਤ ॥: Jalat anik trang maya gur giaan hari rid mant (sggs 508).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਮਾਰਣੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥੨॥: Nanak maya kaa maaranu sabadu hai gurmukhi…(sggs 853).

“Joti” becomes clear (apparent, revealed, exposed…) to those who become the Gurmukhs (Mool-realized…), whilst the Manmukhs (self-willed…) keep wandering in doubt.

  • ਜਾਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਜਾਤਾ ਅਕਲ ਕਲਾ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ਰਹਿਆ ॥: Jaati mahi joti joti mahi… (sggs 469) .
  • ਪ੍ਰਗਟੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਜਾਤਾ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਣੀ ॥: Pragatee joti joti mahi jaataa… (sggs 1111).
  • ਮਿਲਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਜੋਤੀ ਓਤਿ ਪੋਤੀ ਉਦਕੁ ਉਦਕਿ ਸਮਾਇਆ ॥: Mili brahm jotee oti potee… (sggs 549).
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9 Comments On This Post

  1. Karamjeet Singh

    Another rich, every-word-worth-contemplating piece!!!!

    The straight simply worded title “Mind That Gives Up Hunger For Maya Realizes Its Mool” itself set me thinking –

    Perhaps two ‘hunger routes’ exist to bridge up the gap between Mind and the ‘Mool’: the ‘hunger for Maya’ and the ‘hunger for the true Naam (Saache naam ki laage bhookh)’ and depending on which route one partakes, turns one into a Manmukh or a Gurmukh.

    Bhul Chuk Maaf

    Deep Regards
    Karamjeet Singh

  2. Perhaps two ‘hunger routes’ exist to bridge up the gap between Mind and the ‘Mool’: the ‘hunger for Maya’ and the ‘hunger for the true Naam (Saache naam ki laage bhookh)’ and depending on which the route one partakes, turns one into a Manmukh or a Gurmukh.

    Very well said! Thank you Veer jio for sharing your Vichhar.

  3. Karamjeet Singh

    On re-reading my comments above, I realised that I messed up a bit in properly conveying my thoughts.

    Let me refine it a bit.

    Two ‘hunger-paths’ seem to originate from our Mind – The Hunger-for-Maya and The-Hunger-for-Saacha-Naam (Saache Naam ki Laage Bhookh); and depending on which path we undertake, turns us into a Manmukh (landing nowhere worthwhile) or a Gurmukh (leading straight to the Mool).

    Bhul Chuk Maaf

    Deep Regards
    Karamjeet Singh

  4. Balwant Singh Seera

    Waheguru ji ka khalsa,Waheguru ji ki fateh!!

    Thanks a lot for an excellent article on giving up hunger for maya and realising our mool.
    I can say on the authority of Gurbani that its only Gurshabd that can bring contentment.Just as very strong concrete pillars hold and secure a huge mansion against all sorts of onslaughts from unfavorable weather conditions and situations ,exactly the same way , Guru ka shabd holds the mind in state of equipoise against all allurements of maya, and the mind then realises its mool.”jio mandar kau thamai thanman,tio gur ka shabd maneh asthanman”(sukhmani sahib)

    Balwant Singh Seera

    • Guru ka shabd holds the mind in state of equipoise against all allurements of maya, and the mind then realises its mool.

      Wonderful Jio! Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for sharing your Vichaar.
      • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਸਬਦਿ ਕਸਵਟੀ ਲਾਇ ॥ (sggs 87).
      • ਏਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹਿਆ ਅਉਧੂ ਨਿਕਸੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੨੪॥ (sggs 908).

  5. prakash.s.bagga

    It is true that Way to MAYA and WAY to NAAMu both are creations of Prabhu.And one can look at a Quote from Gurbanee as
    “JAISEE AAS TAESEE KA PURAK SAGAL GHATAAN KA ANTARJAAMEE” and
    Now this AAS is also thru the grace of PRABHu only.
    So one should always live with Gurbanee who knows when one is going to be graced.
    Prakash.S.Bagga

    • So one should always live with Gurbanee who knows when one is going to be graced.

      Thank you Vir jio for sharing your Vichaar.
      • ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ ਪਾਏ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਨਦਰੀ ਨਦਰਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਦਾ ॥: Giaan anjanu paaye gur sabadee nadaree nadari milaaidaa (sggs 1065).

  6. prakash.s.bagga

    One can look a Quote from Gurbanee as
    ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੧ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਰਮ ਬਿਰਖੁ ਫਲ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਫਲ ਵਿਸੁ ॥ ਸਭ ਕਾਰਣ ਕਰਤਾ ਕਰੇ ਜਿਸੁ ਖਵਾਲੇ ਤਿਸੁ ॥੧॥ {ਪੰਨਾ 1290}

    Prakash.S.Bagga

  7. prakash.s.bagga

    There is a very interesting Quote from Gurbanee which tells what kills the effects of MAYA.
    The Quote is as
    ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਮਾਰਣੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥੨॥ {ਪੰਨਾ 853}
    It would be woth knowing ਸਬਦੁ ?
    Prakash.S.Bagga

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