Not Liable For Change

The Gurbani says we are THAT — “Joti Saroopu-ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”!

The Gurbani reminds us that we as “Joti Saroopu” (“ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”) are not separate from the Supreme Reality. Therefore, the Gurbani never gets tired of reminding us this truth:

  • ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥: Thus says Nanak – O mind! Your “Saroopu” (nature, identity…) is “Joti” (Divine Light). (O mind!) Recognize your Mool (Source, Jot, Origin…) ||5|| (sggs 441).
  • ਆਤਮ ਮਹਿ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਾਮ ਮਹਿ ਆਤਮੁ ਚੀਨਸਿ ਗੁਰ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ॥: Aatam mahi Raamu Raam mahi aatamu cheenasi Gur beechaaraa: Raam is in every Soul, and each Soul is in Raam. This is realized through Reflecting on the Gur-Giaan (Divine Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad…). (sggs 1153).

Our Mool (Source, Reality, Jot, Raam, Gobind, Hari, Allah…) is Changeless — not liable to change.

  • ਨਾ ਓਹੁ ਬਢੈ ਨ ਘਟਤਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਅਕੁਲ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਏਕੈ ਭਾਇ ॥੩॥: (Brahm) does not increase or decrease. (Brahm) is without lineage, Immaculate (beyond Maya’s influence), and ever remains the same (i.e., not liable to change). ||3|| (sggs 343).
  • ਤੂੰ ਜੁਗੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਏਕੋ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਤੂੰ ਏਕੋ ਜੀ ਤੂੰ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਸੋਈ ॥: Tun jug jug ekai… (sggs 11).
  • ਵਡਾ ਨ ਹੋਵੈ ਘਾਟਿ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥੨॥: Vadaa n hovai ghaati n jaai (sggs 9).

Thus, according to the Gurbani, it’s an error to identify with the gross body (Maya…), which is liable to constant change — the body is born, gets old, and ultimately dies.

  • ਸਾਕਤ ਨਿਰਗੁਣਿਆਰਿਆ ਆਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥ ਰਕਤੁ ਬਿੰਦੁ ਕਾ ਇਹੁ ਤਨੋ ਅਗਨੀ ਪਾਸਿ ਪਿਰਾਣੁ ॥: O Saakat (i.e., devoid of Virtues…)! Recognize your own Mool (Source, Jot…)! This body is made of blood and semen (i.e., this body you are so proud of is not your Mool…). Remember it will be consigned to fire (of pyre in the end). (sggs 63).

When we feel with a total conviction that we are THAT — which is not liable to change — then we are with the Whole (“Saabatu-ਸਾਬਤੁ“), Indivisible, Total, or Intact Consciousness.

  • ਨਦਰਿ ਤਿਨਾ ਕਉ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਿ ਸਾਬਤੁ ਲਾਏ ਰਾਸਿ ॥: O Nanak! The Divine Grace is to them who have preserved their Spiritual Wealth “Saabatu” (Intact…). (sggs 1238).
  • ਇਸੁ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਮਹਿ ਕੋਈ ਜਾਗਤੁ ਰਹੈ ॥ ਸਾਬਤੁ ਵਸਤੁ ਓਹੁ ਅਪਨੀ ਲਹੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Who remains Awake (Aware, Alert, Conscious-ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਤਾ) in this (Inner) House are rare. (Whosoever remains Awake within) receives the Whole Thing (Intact, ਅਸਲੀ ਸਰੂਪ…). ||1||Pause|| (182 sggs).

The Gurbani asks us to silently observe this feeling (every breath – “ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ”). If we constantly (every breath – “ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ”), by and by we come to realize that we (as Jot Saroop, Mool...) are different from the gross body-frame and its activities (Maya). Thus constantly observing breath will keep the mind under constant watch or vigilance. As a result, the mind ceases to wander around.

If we don’t, then the Gurbani tells us our consciousness will break:

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਕਾਇਆ ਕਾਚੀ ਕਾਰਵੀ ਕੇਵਲ ਕਾਚੀ ਧਾਤੁ ॥ ਸਾਬਤੁ ਰਖਹਿ ਤ ਰਾਮ ਭਜੁ ਨਾਹਿ ਤ ਬਿਨਠੀ ਬਾਤ ॥੨੨੨॥: O Kabeer! The Kaaiaa is (like) a raw (ਕਾਚੀ: ਕੱਚੀ, unripe, crude, clay-built) pot (i.e., the racing mind attached to Maya is Kachaa-ਕੱਚਾ…). If you wish to keep it Intact (Total, Whole – free of Bikaars, Maya…), then Unite (Join…) Raam (the Inner, “Aatam Raam”); otherwise, it will break (ਵਿਅਰਥ ਹੀ ਬਿਨਸ ਜਾਏਗੀ) ॥੨੨੨॥. (sggs 1376).

The Gurbani tells us that this delusion of identification with the gross body cannot be broken without being Awaken to our True Nature. In other words, the Gurbani teaches us that without being “Whole” (“Saabati Dil”), there can be no Spiritual Realization.

  • ਸੇਖ ਸਬੂਰੀ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਕਿਆ ਹਜ ਕਾਬੇ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਕਬੀਰ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਦਿਲ ਸਾਬਤਿ ਨਹੀ ਤਾ ਕਉ ਕਹਾਂ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥: O Shaikh! If you are without contentment, then there is no (spiritual benefit) of going to Mecca. (Because) O Kabee! Without the Intact or Pure Heart one cannot realize Mool (sggs 1374).

The Spiritual Beings who have realized their True Identity or Intact Status are called “Gurmukh” in the Gurbani. The opposite of Gurmukh is Manmukh (self-willed, Saakat, Mayadhaaree...). In other words, a Gurmukh is a person situated at the platform of Undivided Consciousness (“Saabat-ਸਾਬਤ“). To the contrary, a Manmukh is a person infected with divided consciousness — false ego-sense (Haumai), Mayaic or doubt-ridden intellect, etc.

The Gurbani is Brahm-Vichaar. Therefore, it speaks at the level of the Aatmaa (Soul, Mool, Jot – Niraakaar…) not at the level of the gross body-consciousness (Maya). In fact, the Gurbani does not promote the body-consciousness at all (Maya, falsehood…). To the contrary, the Gurbani wants us to transcend or go beyond the body-consciousness (Maya, falsehood…). Because the body-consciousness makes us neurotic.

Therefore, to understand and appreciate the Gurbani’s Divine Wisdom, we have to go beyond the body-consciousness (Maya…).

  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਸੋਇ ਰਹੇ ਸੇ ਲੂਟੇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਾਬਤੁ ਭਾਈ ਹੇ ॥: O Brother! The Mnmukhs remain asleep (in Maya consciousness), and are plundered. Who have become Gurmukhs remain Intact (Undivided Consciousness…). (sggs 1024).

Thus, the content of the Gurbani is esoteric Knowledge (Brahm-Giaan) recorded for the purpose of reflection and contemplation (1) to break the false identity, (2) and to realize the True Identity — realization of one’s Mool (Source, Origin, Jot…), within.

Not Liable For Change was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by T. Singh
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  1. Prakash S Bagga

    Joti Saroopu-ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”! is the reference for a specific FORM . In this context SUPREME REALITY
    also exist as the same FORM. Thus SUPREME REALITY can not be said to be FORMLESS as we normally understand.

  2. J

    Very nice.

    Thank you T Singh Ji.

    :-)

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