Sukh Saagar

The Gurbani defines the Sukh Saagar and guides us to realize it, here and now.

Literally, “Sukh – ਸੁਖ” = Bliss, Peace, Joy, Happiness…
Saagar – ਸਾਗਰ” = Ocean, ਸਮੁੰਦਰ…
Therefore, Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) = Ocean of eternal Bliss, Peace, Joy, Happiness, ਸੁੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ…

Kabeer Sahib says I am absorbed in the Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ).

  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ ਮਹਿ ਰਮਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ॥੧੬॥:  Kabeer is immersed in the Ocean of Bliss. ||16|| (sggs 344).

In this context, we will try (through the Gurbani) to Reflect on:

1. What is this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) the Gurbani talks about?
2. Where is this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) located?
3. How can we all Experience (Realize…) this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ)?
4. What is it that inhibits us from Realizing this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ)?

What is this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ)?

According to the Gurbani, this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) is none other than the Paarbrahm, “Sach Khandi”, Hari Naam (ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ), Bhagati (Gurmat Bhagti = to attain Spiritual Wisdom or Aatam-Giaan of the Gurbani -ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਹਾਸਲ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੈ…), Gurmukhi Bibek Budhi, absorption of the mind in Chitt (ਚਿੱਤ), going beyond the three qualities of Maya,“Prabhu”, “Pooran Parmesaru”, Mool-abidance, Pure Awareness, True or Pure Nature (Jot-Saroop), Naam-Consciousness, Shabad-consciousness – “ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਬਦਿ”…etc.

  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਉ ॥: The Amrit Hari Naam (ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ) is the Sukh Saagar. (sggs 998).
  • ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੋ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਦ ਬਲਿਹਾਰ ॥੪॥੧੧॥੮੧॥: Nanak is forever a sacrifice to the Paarbrahm, the Sukh Saagar. ||4||11||81|| (sggs 46).
  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਤਾ ਸਹਸਾ ਸਗਲ ਮਿਟਾਇਆ ॥੧॥: When the Sukh Saagar Guru is realized (Gur-Giaan, Wisdom of the Gurbani…), then all doubts are dispelled. (sggs 626).
  • ਗਾਵਉ ਗੁਨ ਪਰਮ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ ਦੁਰਤ ਨਿਵਾਰਣ ਸਬਦ ਸਰੇ ॥: Sing the Glorious Praises of the most exalted Guroo, the Sukh Saagar, the Eradicator of wickedness (viciousness, sinfulness, corruption…), the fountain of the Shabad (ਉਪਦੇਸ, Aatam Giaan…). (sggs 1389).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਜਗ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਹੋਰ ਥੈ ਸੁਖੁ ਨਾਹੀ ॥: The Satiguru (the Gurbani’s spiritual Knowledge of Truth, ਸਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ…) is the Sukh Saagar in the world; (without the Satiguru) there is no other place of “Sukh” (Peace…). (sggs 603).
  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਕਉਲਾ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਲਾਗੈ ਪਗਿ ਓਹੈ ॥: Through the Gurmat (Teaching of the Gurbani), who obtains the Sukh Saagar of Bhagti; Maya and the spiritual powers fall at his feet. (sggs 492).

Where is this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) located?

According to the Gurbani, the Bhav Saagar (Maya, material world, ocean of ignorance, Bikaar, conditioned mind…) is within the Sukh Saagar.

  • ਭਵ ਸਾਗਰ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ ਮਾਹੀ ॥: Bhav saagar sukh saagar maahee: In the Sukh Saagar, there is the Bhav Saagar. (sggs 323).

In other words, the Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) is hear and now. It is not after death phenomena. Or, It is not to be found, “up there” or “there yonder”. It is to be Realized NOW, while living in this world, within (the interior of the Soul, Invisible Essence – Mool, Jot…).

For example, as the Gurbani asserts, if the Amrit Naam is the Sukh Saagar, where is this Naam located? The Gurbani says it’s located within:

  • ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ ਦੇਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਇਸ ਕਾ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮੁ ॥: The Naou Nidhi and the Amrit are in the Divine Naam. Within (to whom the Naam is sweet) the inner body (Dehee: Gupt Dehee, Nirakkar or soul within, Mool…) is its place of rest. (sggs 293).
  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਖੂਹਟਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਭਰਿਆ ਸਬਦੇ ਕਾਢਿ ਪੀਐ ਪਨਿਹਾਰੀ ॥: Deep Within this body is the well overflowing with the Amrit; the Water-carrier (Naam Japist or Spiritual Being) draws and drinks it through the Shabad (sggs 571).

Thus, as the Gurbani time and again reminds us, its all within, here and now!

  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਸੋ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਸੁਹੇਲਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥: (The Divine Virtues, Wisdom, Spiritual tranquility, Naam, Shabad, Amrit, Prabh, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਖ…) all that is within the Heart-Home; not outside. Who searches outside is deluded by doubts. By “Gur Parasaadee” (i.e., by the Grace of the Gur-Giaan, the Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani …), those who have Realized within are Happy (tranquil) inwardly and outwardly. ||1|| (sggs 102).

How can this Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) Be Realized?

The Gurbani says we all can realize the Sukh Saagar here and now by becoming the Gurmukh.

But, who is the Gurmukh? In nutshell, a Gurmukh is the follower of the Gurmat (the Gurbani’s Teaching…) or Truth (“ਸਚ”) …

  • ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Hari Naam is the Sukh Saagar; it is obtained by becoming the Gurmukh. (sggs 29).

In nutshell, in order to Realize the Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ), here and now, we need to become Nanak-like, Kabeer-like (i.e., Bhagat, Daas, Jan, Gurmukh...).

What is it that inhibits us from Realizing this Sukh Saagar

According to the Gurbani (NOT according to the fool-o-sophy), the reason we cannot Experience the Sukh Saagar (ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰ) is that we “do not love the Shabad” (ਸਾਨੂੰ ਗੁਰ-ਸਬਦ/ ਗੁਰ-ਉਪਦੇਸ/ ਸਬਦ-ਗਿਆਨ ਚੰਗਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਲੱਗਦਾ).

  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਭੂਲੇ ਬਿਖੁ ਲਗੇ ਅਹਿਲਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਭਾਇਆ ॥੭॥: The Manmukhs (self-willed, perverse…) go astray, and being attached to the poison (of Maya, Bikaar…), waste their rare life in vain. The “Hari Naam” is forever the Sukh Saagar, (but the Manmukhs) do not love the Shabad. ||7|| (sggs 565).

In Manmukhtaa (the Manmukh lifestyle), we use the Gur-Shabad to just offer lip-service, ritualistic or robotic reading of the Gurbani without Understanding it through the Shabad-Vichaar, filling the Golak, offer Mayaic prayers (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀਆਂ ਅਰਦਾਸਾਂ, which is totally contradictory to the Teaching of the Gurbani)…

Diligent Shabad-Vichaar makes the Light of Understanding (Light of the spiritual Knowledge of the Gur-Shabad) enter where previously we have been in darkness (of ignorance), and open the entrance to the Sukh Saagar, here and now!

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  1. shammi wadhwa

    sir i have started to read your artciles which are really fascinating and full of knowledge and of course there is Lord’ grace upon you that you are able to understand gurbani in true sense. just let me know the meaning of Hirdey Kamal Bigassia means ulta hirdey kamal seedha ho gaya……i know it is the instance of inner avastha, but with the help of gurbani, you can share with me….

    • Thank you Sammi Ji for your kind words.

      let me know the meaning of Hirdey Kamal Bigassia

      Very briefly:
      kamal pragaas: ਅੰਤਰਿ ਕਮਲੁ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸਿਆ: ਅੰਤਰਿ or Antari => within; ਕਮਲੁ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸਿਆ or Kamal Pragaasiaa => Heart Enlightened with the Divine Knowledge (ਗਿਆਨ ਅਵਸਤਾ – Giaan Avastaa…)…
      P.S.: this was also posted in response to the comment you left at the post entitled “Common Sense Is Not Common Anymore“. Probably you did not subscribe to followup comments on that post. If you did you would have been automatically informed of the followup comments there. You can subscribe to followup comments to any comment you post at same form you use to leave a comment.

  2. shammi wadhwa

    Sir thank you for your reply, but my question is when can we achieve that state of HIRDEY KAMAL BIGASSIA…..or how can be that opposite flower becomes upwards or how to be enlightened with divine knowledge.

  3. shammi wadhwa

    Thank you so much Veer Ji for updating my knowledge. I have just started to learn Punjabi to read SGGS and let see how Lord can take me further.
    I just want to know how can we understand the meaning of various words in SGGS, as these words have differenent meaning at different places. Like Dhan is also called as Wife, Money and Maya or Amrit Naam.
    But how can we know which meaning at which place ?
    And if i start reading SGGS, then how to understand the meaning of sentences written by Guru Sahibaan as we are not into that state or could you suggest some books, where these meaning has been elaborated by learned person.

  4. serfalmighty

    Thanks for your knowledge sharing, Sir. Kindly , please read the following and correct and guide me in the direction of understanding of Gurbani, so as to accomplish the real aim of Shabad Veechar. I am too new in this direction and want guidance free of rites and rituals, interests. This understanding has become possible because of the softwares describing SGGS with meaning free of interests and rituals.
    Because, writing this, I could express my feelings and thoughts to a better extent and sharing this might help me go in the right direction.
    Like it is stated, Sukh Sagar is a mental state of peace and bliss in the mind which is free from the overwhelming response to happiness and sadness by the Gurmukh who remains stable in all kinds of situations or circumstances.
    This is too easier to be said than to be done and further,it has to be stressed upon Peace and bliss rather than SUKH in punjabi literal meaning, as , myself too, always interpreted the word SUKH in Gurbani as to the happiness we get in all spheres of life, which I used to feel as being only addressed to the materialistic Sukhs . But now with further depth into the knowledge, it is understood that Sukh Sagar is simply the state of Bliss/Peace.
    To attain it, One needs to meditate on His NAME, follow his WILL, Control his senses/mind, imbibe in sat, santokh , daya, dheeraj, dharam( honesty, contentment, empathy, control, determination).
    Gurbani says we all will go, what stays is the Naam. To Accept what He does and that what we do is nothing is the best virtue of one’s life which will inculcate the five good virtues and will help control the five senses( the mind).
    Those who believe are also made to believe, by HIM and those who don’t are also by HIM. We are mere ant like creatures in front of HIM. We need to learn to live by His Will even in the presence of the materialistic world, also created by HIM. Its all the lifestyle that matters- that of a Gurmukh or a Manmukh.
    It is all His wish who lives and when and where and how he lives. “KUDRAT KAVAN KAHAN VEECHAR VAAREYAN NA JA EK VAAR JO TUDH BHAVAI SAAIN BHALIKAAR TU SADA SALAMAT NIRANKAAR”
    To follow His Will, we need to know the Will. To know the Will we need to connect with HIM. To connect we need to Meditate on His Name. To meditate on His Name , we need to believe in Him, fall in love with Him , Appraise Him, Sing his Praises, chant his Name, read and listen to his glory through the scriptures( Bani that exclusively does that, written by those who truely followed it).
    Realising and practizing this concept Guru Nanak Dev Ji simply summarized His Will as- “Kirat Karo, Naam Japo, Vand Chako”.
    The Mind that does the above stays in peace and poise, calm and blissful.
    As in the current era this has absolutely become “easier said than done”, as the majority has turned the other way round( that too, again with the Will of the Lord Almighty). What’s required is the Sadh Sangat- the company of those who practise these principles in their daily life . The company- good or bad has its effect of re- inforcement of the job being done collectively by the company as compared to the single isolated one.
    So, the true Company( (of the Gurmukhs) gives the strength and encouragement to follow the true principles. To live in Sadh Sangat is another pre requisite which is attained only by His Will, in those who understand the true essence.

    Thus, it is by the virtue of internet that I feel I found the true Sadh Sangat , the company which too feels and tries to practice the same.I am too new in this direction and thus ,want guidance. This understanding has become possible because of the re-inforcement by the softwares describing SGGS with meaning, free of interests and rituals.
    “Hum sar deen dyal na tum sar ab patiyaar kya keejai”
    ” Hum moorakh agiyaan giyaan kich naahi, Satgur te samajh padi man mahi”

    May GOD bless!!!

  5. YUDHVIR GREWAL

    may i humbly submit,yourcommentry is exellent ,covers all aspects of shabads &meanings,may i add, let us move towards experiencing the state of SUN SAMADHI,TURIYA AWASTHA,BE IN BLISS, ANAND MAI STATE which is missing. GURUS laid so much emphasis onDHYAN WIDHI,i fully appreciate your views on death anniversaries,kirtan,katha vachaks who have noclue as to what GURUS wanted to convey.

    WAHE GURU BLESS YOU FOR YOUR NISHKAM SEWA BILLOO BHAI

  6. YUDHVIR GREWAL

    HIRDEY KAMAL VIGASSA Please read my views for T S JI,GURUS ALWAYS EMPHASISED ON TRUE state of bhagat,SUNIEY GAVEY MAN RARHEYE BHAV. You have toexperience the state of NOTHINGNESS WITHIN,HOW DO YOU reach ? by dhyan vidhi,you got to learn T M /MEDITATION/SACH TAN PAR JANEY,JE RIDA SACHA HOI,SACH TAN PAR JANEY JE SACH PALE HOI.TRUTH CAN BEexperienced/can not be spoken/heard,when you speak your man/vichar/budhi soils SACH CHIT ANAND,IT IS A STATE OF BLISS ANAND PIYA MERI MAYE is exclamtion of being thoughtless/egoless/choiceless,YOU can learn meditation KAMAL (LOTUS)in its full exposure is what SHLOK is ref ering to YOUR STATE OF BLISS (ANAND) vigassa is full bloom. please read GURUBANI with total devotion and get to the depth of 2last lines to get essence of true ARTH
    WAHE GURU BLESS YOU SHAMMI WADHWA JI Billoo bhai

  7. Arvind Singh

    Thank you for illuminating about Sukh saagar through reference through Gurbani.

  8. Harvinder Singh

    Sukh Sagar can not be obtained until and unless we be one with the one. It is not a one day process. It can be obtained if we are continuously connected with Sewa, Simran and Satsang and we abide by the teachings of the True Master. Sukh Sagar is a state of mind when our desires have finished, even we do not have attachment with our body also and our consciousness has become pure.

    • Thanks Veer Harvinder Singh Ji for taking the time to respond! Welcome to the Gurbani Blog!

      Sukh Sagar is a state of mind when…

      Thank you Ji!

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