One Dog and Two Bitches

The Gurbani says that the man is accompanied by one dog and two bitches — greed is the dog, material and celestial desires are two bitches.

In the morning, they (i.e., dogs of all sorts of desires, avarice, and corruption) wake up with the man and start barking (practicing falsehood and deception in transacting with the outside world).

Baabaa Nanak says:

  • ਏਕੁ ਸੁਆਨੁ ਦੁਇ ਸੁਆਨੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ ਭਲਕੇ ਭਉਕਹਿ ਸਦਾ ਬਇਆਲਿ॥ਕੂੜੁ ਛੁਰਾ ਮੁਠਾ ਮੁਰਦਾਰੁ ॥ ਧਾਣਕ ਰੂਪਿ ਰਹਾ ਕਰਤਾਰ ॥1॥ ਮੈ ਪਤਿ ਕੀ ਪੰਦਿ ਨ ਕਰਣੀ ਕੀ ਕਾਰ ॥ ਹਉ ਬਿਗੜੈ ਰੂਪਿ ਰਹਾ ਬਿਕਰਾਲ ॥: Ek suaan due suaanee naal..: One dog (of greed) and two bitches (desires, avarice, ਆਸਾ, ਤ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨਾ, etc.) are with me. In the early morning, they (rise and) constantly bark (constantly engage in corruption, etc.). Falsehood is my dagger; through deception (ਠਗੀ), I eat the carcasses (of others wealth-ਪਰਾਇਆ ਹੱਕ, etc.). O Creator! I live as a wild hunter (ਭਾਵ ਭਯਾਨਕ ਅਤੇ ਨੀਚੁ-lowly and scary). ||1|| I have not followed good advice (of Yours – ਨਸੀਹਤ, ਸਿਖਿਆ), nor have I done good deeds (ਕਰਣੀ). I (ever so remain) deformed and horribly disfigured (ਡਰਾਉਣੇ ਵਿਗੜੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਾਲਾ) (sggs 24).

Apparently, our thoughts wake up even before we do! Thus, clearly, we are victims of our thoughts (instinctive or Haumai mind).

The moment we awake in the morning, we have different thoughts (dogs) taking control of our minds (this is barking of the dogs).

For example, If it is not lust, then it is anger. If it is not anger, it is greed. If it is not greed, it is emotional attachment. If it is not attachment, it is pride. If it is not pride, it is selfishness. If it is not selfishness, it is worry. If it is not worry, it is envy. If it is not envy… (thus goes the unending barrage of thoughts or Bikaars).

How can we know Peace (or Anand, Joy…) then? Not possible in this corrupt consciousness – conditioned mind or Haumai.

  • ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਲੋਭ ਮੋਹ ਅਭਿਮਾਨਾ ਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਨਹੀ ਪਾਈਐ ॥: Lust, anger, greed, emotional attachment and pride – (caught in them) Peace is not obtained (sggs 614).

To overcome these effectively, the Gurbani recommends Naam-Simran.

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਭਏ ਕੂਕਰ ਕਾਮ ॥: Bin simran bheae kookar kaam: Without (Naam-) Simran, one becomes like a dog (sggs 239).
One Dog and Two Bitches was last modified: May 17th, 2012 by T. Singh
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