The Egg of Doubt Must Burst

Man’s repeated suffering is indicated to be due to doubts (“ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ”, “ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਜਾਲੀ”, ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ, ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…).

For the instinctive mind to become Enlightened, or for the deluded intellect to become Awakened (to the Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Divine Knowledge, Gurmat, Gur-Giaan…), the Gurbani says that the egg of doubt (“ਆਂਡਾ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ” – moss, grating, or net of doubt-“ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ”, “ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਜਾਲੀ”, ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ, ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) must burst.

Therefore, Bharam (doubt) has to be destroyed in order to destroy or aanihilate the deluded mind.

  • ਫੂਟੋ ਆਂਡਾ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਭਇਓ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥: Footo aandaa bharam kaa manahi bhaio pargaasu: (With the Gur-Giaan) the egg of doubt (shell of doubt, wnadering of Maya – ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) has burst; the mind is Enlightened (Illumined-ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ, Aatm-Giaan…). (sggs 1002).

One cannot be a Sant (saint), a Saadhoo (Holy person…), or a Spiritual Teacher, etc., if there is doubt (Bharam) in his mind.

  • ਅਭਿਆਗਤ ਏਹ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਜਿਨ ਕੈ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਭਰਮੁ ॥: Abhiaagat eh n aakheeahi jin kai mann mahi bharam: Whose mind is doubt-ridden cannot be called Abhiaagat (those Sant, Saadhoo or the Holy people who call themeselves just guest in this world, but their minds are filled with doubt). (sggs 1413).

In fact, Kabeer Sahib has used very stern words for such people who call themeselves Guroos, Spiritual Teachers, Sant, Saadhoo, Holy, etc., but their minds are filled with doubt.

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਾਇ ਮੂੰਡਉ ਤਿਹ ਗੁਰੂ ਕੀ ਜਾ ਤੇ ਭਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥: Kabeer maai moonadou tih guroo kee jaa te bharamu n jaai: O Kabeer! Shave (the head of) the mother of that guroo, through whom doubt is not dispelled. (sggs 1369).

So, a Spiritual Teacher (Guroo…) has to be thorough. That is, he cannot have any doubt (Bharam). If his own mind is filled with doubt (Bharam), he cannot be a good teacher, and consequently, such drowning teacher will drown his disciples as well.

The Gurbani is Such a doubt-free Guroo, through whom we can have our doubt removed as well, provided we are willing, earnest, and sincere to engage in the Shabad-Vichaar to cultivate Giann (Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Divine Knowledge…).

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਭਰਮੁ ਨ ਚੂਕਈ ਨਾ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਜਾਇ ॥੬॥: Binu sabadai bharamu n chookaee naa haoumai vichahu jaai ||6||: Without the Shabad, doubt is not dispelled, and egotism is not eliminated from within. ||6|| (sggs 67).

Clearly, in order to destroy Haumai (false ego-sense), first Bharam (doubt) must be destroyed. It’s not other way around.

Bharam (doubt) relates to our Mool (Joti-Svaroopa). Once the Bharam (doubt) is destroyed, then Haumai gets destroyed. How?

With the Grace of the Giann (Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Divine Knowledge…) both Bharam (doubt) and Haumai (false ego-sense) are destroyed. If Bharam (doubt) is destroyed, Haumai is also destroyed. Furthermore, Giaan also destroys our Mayaic Karma or deeds.

  • ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ ਨਾਸੁ ॥: Gur parasaadi bharam kaa naasu: By the Grace of the Gur (Grace of the Gur-Giaan…), doubt is dispelled. (sggs 294).
  • ਗਿਆਨੁ ਭਇਆ ਤਹ ਕਰਮਹ ਨਾਸੁ ॥੩॥: Giaan bhaiaa tah karmah naas ||3||: With the Divine Knowledge (ਉੱਚ-ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ) ends the deeds (Mayaic efforts) ||3|| (sggs 1167).
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  1. Gurpreet Singh

    Sat Sri Akaal Dr. T. Singh ji
    You have rightly said that Man’s repeated suffering is indicated to be due to doubts and due to such doubts Dhaarmic con-artists exists and poor and novice people go to these self styled Godman(BABA) for the pursuit of divine knowledge.
    It is a practical thing which is not only applicable to gurmat gyan but also equally applicable to all disciplines of life. After going through such article i am also getting the answers to my doubts.
    Thanks and regards
    G.S.

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