Sharing In Virtues

The Gurbani cites an example of the honey bee that focuses on the nectar of flowers, and collects only honey (“ਮਧੁਪ ਮਖੀਰਾ”)!

Similarly, we are asked by the Gurbani to focus on collecting the Divine Virtues in life (Divine Qualities, ਆਤਮਕ ਗੁਣ, ਦੈਵੀ ਗੁਣ…). For only Virtues can be conducive to the Divine Life (the Gurmukh-nature-Lifestyle). In fact, the Gurbani tells us that Bhagti (“ਭਗਤਿ”), or obtaining the Spiritual Wisdom (Aatm-Giaan) of the Gurbani is not even possible without Virtues!

  • ਵਿਣੁ ਗੁਣ ਕੀਤੇ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥: Without acquiring Virtues, Bhagti can not be performed (sggs 4).
  • ਗੁਣ ਵੀਚਾਰੇ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਗੁਣ ਮਹਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥: Gun veechaare giaanee soi... (sggs 931).
  • ਫਲਗੁਣਿ ਅਨੰਦ ਉਪਾਰਜਨਾ ਹਰਿ ਸਜਣ ਪ੍ਰਗਟੇ ਆਇ ॥: Phalguni anand oupaarjaaa… (sggs 136).

Devoid of the Divine Virtues, the Gurbani indicates one remains in a Mayadhaaree mentality — mammon worshipper!

  • ਗੁਣ ਵਿਹੂਣ ਮਾਇਆ ਮਲੁ ਧਾਰੀ ॥ ਵਿਣੁ ਗੁਣ ਜਨਮਿ ਮੁਏ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀ ॥੩॥: (Those) without Virtues, bear the filth of Maya (in their minds). Without Virtues, the egotistical takes birth and dies. ||3|| (sggs 367).
  • ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਅਤਿ ਅੰਨਾ ਬੋਲਾ ॥ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਸੁਣਈ ਬਹੁ ਰੋਲ ਘਚੋਲਾ ॥: Mayadhaaree ati annaa bolaa… (sggs 313).

Accordingly, the Gurbani time and again reminds us to share in the Divine Virtues only.

  • ਸਾਝ ਕਰੀਜੈ ਗੁਣਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਛੋਡਿ ਅਵਗਣ ਚਲੀਐ ॥: Share Virtues; (in this way, one can) walk (on the Path of Spiritual Life by) abandoning faults (from within himself). (sggs 766).

The Gurbani, however, cautions us of the pastime of our Mayaic mind — that likes collecting demerits!

  • ਲੋਕੁ ਅਵਗਣਾ ਕੀ ਬੰਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੈ ਗੰਠੜੀ ਗੁਣ ਨ ਵਿਹਾਝੈ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਗੁਣ ਕਾ ਗਾਹਕੁ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਕੋਈ ਹੋਇ ॥: People tie up bundles of demerits; no one deals in Virtues. O Nanak! Rare is the purchaser appropriator of Virtues. (sggs 1092.

Now, the question is: Why some in life just tie up bundles of demerits (faults, Bikaars, ਅਵਗਣ…) instead of Virtues, and some get rid of them?

  • ਇਕਨੀ ਬਧੇ ਭਾਰ ਇਕਨਾ ਤਾਖਤੀ ॥੧੦॥: Ikanee badhe bhaar ikanaa taakhatee (sggs 142).

The Gurbani indicates Haumai or egoistic mind enjoys being absorbed in Mayaic qualities (Rajo, Tamo, and Sato) instead of Virtues! So, the problem is our deluded mind:

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਨੁ ਜਾਨੈ ਸਭ ਬਾਤ ਜਾਨਤ ਹੀ ਅਉਗਨੁ ਕਰੈ ॥: O Kabir! The mind knows everything and knowingly it commits demerits (sggs 1376).
  • ਤ੍ਰੈ ਗੁਣ ਵਰਤਹਿ ਸਗਲ ਸੰਸਾਰਾ ਹਉਮੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਪਤਿ ਖੋਈ ॥: Trai gun varatahi sagal... (sggs 604).

Where there is Haume (false ego-sense), there is the consummate enemy called lust (Kaam). Where there is lust, there is the compelling, coercive materialistic desire of indulging in Maya or sensory temptations.

The Gurbani tells us that Jeeva (individual beings) are brimful with demerits ( ਅਵਗੁਣ / ਅਉਗਨ ). The Gurbani also tells us that Virtues abide within Jeeva as well. By becoming the Gurmukh, one can obtain Virtues from the Inner-Srovar (“ਸਰੀਰਿ ਸਰੋਵਰਿ”) via churning the Gurbani (Shabad-Vichaar...).

  • ਅਵਗੁਣੀ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਗੁਣ ਭੀ ਵਸਹਿ ਨਾਲਿ ॥: (The mortal) is overflowing with demerits, but Virtues dwell within him as well. (sggs 936).
  • ਸਰੀਰਿ ਸਰੋਵਰਿ ਗੁਣ ਪਰਗਟਿ ਕੀਏ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਥਿ ਤਤੁ ਕਢੀਏ ॥੪॥੫॥੫੭॥: The body-ocean yields Virtues. O Nanak! By becoming the Gurmukh, who churns this ocean (through Shabad-Vichaar), discovers Essence (ਤੱਤ ਗਿਆਨ…). ||4||5||57|| (sggs 367).

Two things are clear from the above verses: 1) demerits are foreign to our soul (external, unnatural, not inherent, etc.). And 2) Virtues are native (inherent, natural, etc.). For one’s Mool — the Treasure of all Virtues — is ever present within!

The message of the Gurbani centers on one’s own improvement or self-development — becoming the Gurmukh (who accepts Hukam, ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬੰਦਾ…) through the Bhagti of the Shabad-Vichaar.

  • ਜਿਨ ਗੁਣੁ ਪਲੈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਮਾਣਕ ਵਣਜਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥: O Nanak! They alone purchase the gem (Naam…) who have Virtue in their purse (i.e., Heart). (sggs 948).
  • ਮਾਨੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਸਭੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਿਆਨ ॥: (One who) accepts the Divine Hukam, he is blessed with all Divine Virtues and total Spiritual Wisdom. (sggs 944).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋਈ ਬੂਝੈ ਗੁਣ ਕਹਿ ਗੁਣੀ ਸਮਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥: Gurmukhi hovai soee boojhai… (sggs 110).
Sharing In Virtues was last modified: January 9th, 2015 by T. Singh
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  1. Prakash s bagga

    I think one should FOCUS on NAAMu only…..Virtues are the fruits resulting from focusing on
    NAAMu.

  2. Trilochan Singh Duggal

    Gurbani is eternal package with full of virtues, provided one believes and live accordingly. Gurmukhs who remain dedicated and submitted to God’s WILL surely could enlighten others if one chooses to develop one’s mind. Such is one device to help eradicate indwelling egoist nature. It is true to quote that a man is known by the company he keeps, but one must ensure that he is in the company of the true God lovers; fake groups are common so one must be aware of.

  3. Trilochan Singh Duggal

    Bhai Sahib T. Singh jio,
    Your efforts are meaningful and the Gurbani messages come out clear. Those who read and understand may one day in life would realise what they have had missed out. To enlighten someone with GUR-SHABAD is the best gift ever that one could offer. Please keep it up, it is helping us all.

    • T. Singh Post author

      Thank you Bhai Sahib Jeeo!
      Our lives are interwoven with the thread of Divine Presence within (Mool, Jot…). Thus, we are all in it together, learning from each other.

  4. sukhwant singh

    Yes it is very much true that we have to gain virtues. Man has to gain/develop those virtues /qualities which are in GOD. In Mool Mantar :-
    ੴ – indicates that we have to try to attain virtue of Unity.
    ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ – indicates that we have to try to attain virtue of Truth/truth full life
    ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ – indicates that we have to try to attain virtue of honest earning
    ਨਿਰਭਉ – indicates that we have to try to attain virtue of fearless (because GOD
    has no fear & He is also fearless)
    ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ – indicates that we have to try to attain virtue of No Enemy(because GOD
    has no enemy)
    ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ – indicates that we have to try to become Example/Picture of truth
    ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ – indicates that we have to try for freedom from life/ Birth or death
    ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ – Above virtues will come by Grace of GURU,
    if anyone attains/gets above virtues/qualities he/she becomes GOD
    ਹਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਹੋਇਆ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਹਰਿ ਇਕੇ

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