O Black Deer!

The instinctive, Haumai or Mayaic mind is also called “black deer” by the Gurbani.

As indicated in the Gurbani, our mind has been accumulating Malla (Bikh, Sootak; inner filth, inner dirt, inner scum, inner pollution, inner impurity, falsehood, duality or Doojaa Bhaav…) over and over again. Covered with the countless layers of this Malla, our mind has become “pitch black”, and as a result, it is unable to see its own Illumined State or Divine Nature (Joti-Svaroopa).

  • ਜਨਮ ਜਨਮ ਕੀ ਇਸੁ ਮਨ ਕਉ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਕਾਲਾ ਹੋਆ ਸਿਆਹ ॥: Janam janam kee isu man kaou malu laagee kaalaa hoaa siaah (sggs 651).

The mind’s “filth” that has made it “pitch dark” include: lust, anger, greed, worldly attachment, pride, and their countless variations such as enviousness, stubborn mindedness, hatred, animosity, fear, falsehood, selfishness, quarrel, slandering, cruelty, wickedness, prejudices, cheating, lying, hypocrisy, deceptiveness…

  • ਤੂੰ ਸੁਣਿ ਹਰਣਾ ਕਾਲਿਆ ਕੀ ਵਾੜੀਐ ਰਾਤਾ ਰਾਮ ॥ ਬਿਖੁ ਫਲੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਚਾਰਿ ਦਿਨ ਫਿਰਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਤਾਤਾ ਰਾਮ ॥ ਫਿਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਤਾਤਾ ਖਰਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਨਾਮ ਬਿਨੁ ਪਰਤਾਪਏ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਜੇਵ ਸਾਇਰ ਦੇਇ ਲਹਰੀ ਬਿਜੁਲ ਜਿਵੈ ਚਮਕਏ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਬਾਝੁ ਰਾਖਾ ਕੋਇ ਨਾਹੀ ਸੋਇ ਤੁਝਹਿ ਬਿਸਾਰਿਆ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਚੇਤਿ ਰੇ ਮਨ ਮਰਹਿ ਹਰਣਾ ਕਾਲਿਆ ॥੧॥: Toon suni haranaa kaaliaa kee vaarreeai raataa raam…||1|| (sggs 438).

How can this Malla – that has made the mind black – be removed? According to the Gurbani, it can only be removed when the mind gets deeply cleaned and colored with the untainted Love of the Naam (Gurbani’s Giaan, Gurmat, Aatm-Giaan, Shabad-Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom…):

  • ਓਹੁ ਧੋਪੈ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੈ ਰੰਗਿ ॥: Ohu dhopai naavai kai rang (sggs 4).

For this, as time and again indicated in the Gurbani, we need to become the Gurmukh (follower of the Truth, whose mind is linked to Antar-Aatmaa or whose Akal – ਅਕਲ – follows Gurbani and restrains the mind instead of following the mind, Sach Santokhee, his state is that of “Ik Mann Ik Chit“, ਮਾਇਆ ਵਿਚ ਉਦਾਸੀ, one established in Viveka-budhi, ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਦੀ ਸੋਝੀ ਹੈ…) – ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਫਿਰਿ ਮੈਲੁ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੪॥: Gurmukhi manu nirmalu firi mailu n laagai gurmukhi sahaji samaavaniaa ||4||. (sggs125).

O Black Deer! was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by T. Singh
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  1. Gurpreet Singh

    Satkar jog gurmukh T. Singh ji
    First of all i bow to such digitally gurmukh web sites by visiting which i feel as if am having a darshan of a bhrahm-gyani and getting the divine knowledge (shabad-vichar, gurmat-vichar, atam-gyan, tat-gyan, gurbani-reflections ) from him.
    Our main aim of life (janam padarath ) is to attain that resonance frequency(anahad-nad, shabad-dhun,Naam) where frequency of black dear mind (mann di ichha/hukam/bhana) meets the frequency of chit (antaratma/akaal purakh di ichha/hukam/bhana) taan andar Gagan Damama apne aap hi vajega te asi vi ‘ik’ da hi roop ho jawange.
    I am extremely thankfull to gurbani.org from where ii get the link of sachkhojaceademy.org which has made me speechless and quenched my thirst for searching the truth about gurbani.
    Charan charan gur ek painda jai chal satgur kot painda aage hoe let hai…

    Asli sikh bano te sikhi kamao because “SIKHI SIKHYA SHABAD-VICHAR”
    Gurbani di vichar(reflections on gurbani) karke tat- gyan lena hi asli sikhi hain te ohi alsi sikh/gurkumh te khalsa hai.
    Regards
    Gurpreet Singh

    • T. Singh Post author

      Thank You for commenting on this post and for your kind words!

      As our lives are interwoven (One Jot in all …) , we all are together on this journey, learning from each other.

      As a beginner student, I am learning along with you.

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