Non-Gurmukh Nature

In the previous post – with the guidance of the Gurbani – we looked at the Gurmukh-Nature.

Here the Gurbani indicates to us the nature of a Non-Gurmukh person.

  • ਤੁਮੀ ਤੁਮਾ ਵਿਸੁ ਅਕੁ ਧਤੂਰਾ ਨਿਮੁ ਫਲੁ ॥ ਮਨਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਵਸਹਿ ਤਿਸੁ ਜਿਸੁ ਤੂੰ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਹੀ ॥: Tumee tumaa visu aku dhatooraa nimu phalu. Mani Mukhi vasi tisu jisu toon chit n aavahee: (sggs 147).

In the foregoing verse, the nature of a non-Gurmukh is compared with these five:

ਤੁਮੀ (Tumee): Bitter melon or gourd

ਤੁਮਾ (Tumaa): Colocynth

ਅਕੁ (Aku): Swallow-wort or colotropis procera

ਧਤੂਰਾ (Dhatooraa): Thorn-apple

ਨਿਮੁ ਫਲੁ (Nimu Phalu): Nimm fruit or the seed of aza-dirachta

One thing common in these five is that they all are very bitter.

Similarly bitterness signifies the nature of those who do not remember the Lord – the Manmukhs, Saakats, etc.

The bitterness of the gourd, colocynth, colotropis procera, thorn-apple and the seed of aza-dirachta, abides in the mind and mouth of those, who do not remembers God (ਜਿਸ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੇ ਚਿੱਤ ਵਿਚ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਨਹੀਂ ਵੱਸਦਾ)!

In other words, thinking and speech of such people are bitter (ਭਾਵ, ਮਨ ਵਿਚ ਕੁੜੱਤਣ ਤੇ ਮੂੰਹ ਵਿਚ ਕੌੜੇ ਬਚਨ).

Bitter thoughts and speech begets bitter and poisonous actions.

  • ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਚੇਤਹਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਵੀਚਾਰਹਿ ਇਹੁ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਕਾ ਆਚਾਰੁ ॥: Naam na cheetahi sabad na vichaarahi ih manmukh kaa aachaar: The conduct of the Manmukh is that he does not think of the Divine Naam, and he does not contemplate the Shabad (sggs 508).
  • ਜੋ ਹਲਾਹਲ ਸੋ ਪੀਵੈ ਬਉਰਾ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਾਨੈ ਕਰਿ ਕਉਰਾ ॥ ਸਾਧਸੰਗ ਕੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਨੇਰਿ ॥: Jo halaahal so peevai baouraa. Amrit naam jaanai kar kaouraa. Saadh sang kai naahee ner: The demented fool drinks in the deadly poison, while he believes the Amrit Naam to be bitter. He does not even approach the Holy association (sggs 180).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਕਉਰਾ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਮੀਠੀ ॥ ਸਾਕਤ ਕੀ ਬਿਧਿ ਨੈਨਹੁ ਡੀਠੀ ॥ ਕੂੜਿ ਕਪਟਿ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਿ ਰੀਝਾਨਾ ॥ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੁਨਤ ਜਨੁ ਬਿਛੂਅ ਡਸਾਨਾ ॥੨॥ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਝੂਰੈ ॥ ਮਨਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਕਬਹਿ ਨ ਉਸਤਤਿ ਕਰੈ ॥ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਦਾਤਾਰੁ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਸਿਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਨ ਕਰੈ ਗਵਾਰੁ ॥੩॥: Amrit kaouraa bikhiaa meethee …: Amrit (i.e., Divine Naam) seems bitter, and poison sweet. Such is the condition of Saakat (one separated from Truth), which I have seen with my own eyes. He is fond of falsehood, fraud and egotism. If he (i.e., Saakat — separated from Truth) hears Divine Naam (i.e., Divine Knowledge, Giaan…), he feels like he has been stung by a scorpion ||2||. He continually yearns for Maya… (sggs 892).
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