Nij Bhagtee

ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ ਸੀਲਵੰਤੀ ਨਾਰਿ ॥: Nij bhagtee seelvantee naar: (sggs 370).

ਨਿਜ (Nij) = own, personal, ਆਪਣੀ, ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਦੀ, ਆਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਕੰਮ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ, beneficial to Aatmaa

ਭਗਤੀ (Bhagtee) = generally seen translated in English as Devotion…

Thus, ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ (Nij bhagtee) = One’s own devotion, ਆਪਣੀ ਭਗਤੀ (i.e., ਆਪਣਾ ਜਾਪ ਆਪੇ ਜਪਣਾ – ਕਿਸੇ ਹੋਰ ਦੀ ਭਗਤੀ ਨਹੀ ਕਰਨੀ), the devotion of the Self by the Self…

The Gurbani says:

  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਚੰਚਲ ਮਤਿ ਤਿਆਗੀ ॥ ਕੇਵਲ ਰਾਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਨਿਜ ਭਾਗੀ ॥੩॥੧॥੧੯॥: Kahu Kabeer chanchal mati tiaagee. Keval Raam bhagti nij bhaagee ||3||1||19||: Says Kabeer! I have renounced my restless intellect. (Now) only the Lord’s Bhagti (worship, devotion…) is my lot ||3||1||19|| (sggs 327).

Bhagat Kabeer Sahib tells us that he has given up his wavering disposition. Now only Raam’s (the Lord’s) deotion has fallen to his own lot (i.e., ਹੇ ਕਬੀਰ! ਹੁਣ ਤਾਂ ਨਿਰੀ ਰਾਮ ਦੀ ਭਗਤੀ ਹੀ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਿੱਸੇ ਆਈ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ). The Gurbani also asserts that Raam dwells within, in the Heart of each one of us (“ਸਭੈ ਘਟ ਰਾਮੁ ਬੋਲੈ ਰਾਮਾ ਬੋਲੈ ॥”, sggs 988).

The Gurbani is astonishingly consistent!

Consider this: the gurbani says that one’s own Bhagtee (“ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ”) is the most soothing (ਠੰਡ ਪਾਂਣ ਵਾਲੀ, ਸੀਤਲਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰਣ ਵਾਲੀ, bestower of Peace, Bliss, Divine Knowledge…) and Complete. Why? Because Raam is situated in the Heart of each one of us. In other words, the Gurbani tell us there is no need to worship any other entity outside (ਕਿਸੇ ਹੋਰ ਦੀ ਭਗਤੀ ਨਹੀ ਕਰਨੀ). Eessentially, this is: “ਆਪੇ ਗੁਰ ਚੇਲਾ” (ਵਾਹ ਵਾਹ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ, ਆਪੇ ਗੁਰੁ ਚੇਲਾ”).

  • ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ ਸੀਲਵੰਤੀ ਨਾਰਿ ॥ ਰੂਪਿ ਅਨੂਪ ਪੂਰੀ ਆਚਾਰਿ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਵਸੈ ਸੋ ਗ੍ਰਿਹੁ ਸੋਭਾਵੰਤਾ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਈ ਕਿਨੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜੰਤਾ ॥੧॥: Nij bhagtee seelvantee naar. Roop anoop pooree aachaar. Jitu grihi vasai so grihi sobhaavantaa. Gurmukh paaee kinai viralai jantaa: Nij Bhagti is akin to a sweet (natured-ਮਿੱਠੇ ਸੁਭਾਵ ਵਾਲੀ…) woman; whose beauty is incomparable, and whose character is perfect (complete). The House (of the Heart) in which (this woman) dwells is such a praiseworthy House (Beautiful, ਸੋਭਾ ਵਾਲਾ). But rare are those who, by becoming the Gurmukhi, attain (this woman-ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ or the state of Nij Bhagti) ||1|| (sggs 370).

Thus, the Gurmat is “ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ” (Nij Bhagtee).

It is to Understand onself; it is to Search or Realize one’s Mool or Source within (ਆਪਣਾ ਆਪ ਚੀਨਣਾ, ਆਪਣਾਂ ਆਪ ਖੋਜਣਾ, ਅਪਣਾਂ ਆਪ ਬੁਝਣਾ), and so on – Seelvantee Naar (“ਸੀਲਵੰਤੀ ਨਾਰਿ”).

  • 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).
  • ਇਸੁ ਮਨ ਕਉ ਕੋਈ ਖੋਜਹੁ ਭਾਈ ॥: Isu man kaou koee khojahu bhaaee (sggs 330).

Thus the Gurmat is totally different than all other worldly intellect or thoughts (ਸਭ ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਮੱਤਾ ਤੌ ਅਲਗ), because the advice of all other worldly believes (ਸਭ ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਮੱਤਾ) is to worship an outside entity.

To the contrary, the Gurbani does not want us to worship any outside entity. This is a huge difference!

Accordingly, the Gurbani repeatedly asks us to go within, look within, search within, find within, inquire within, contemplate within, be established within, Realize within…

Nij Bhagtee (“ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ”) is the most sweet, soothing and complete devotion.

Nij Bhagtee was last modified: May 25th, 2013 by T. Singh
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