The Sword Of The Satguroo

According to the SGGS:

The sword of the Satguroo (“Satiguroo Kaa Kharragu“-“ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਖੜਗੁ”) => Satguroo’s Wisdom or Giaan: the Divine Knowledge of the Shabad-Guroo

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਖੜਗੁ ਸੰਜੋਉ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੈ ਜਿਤੁ ਕਾਲੁ ਕੰਟਕੁ ਮਾਰਿ ਵਿਡਾਰਿਆ ॥: The sword and armor of the Satguroo is Hari Bhagti; whereby, (he has) smitten and removed the thorn of “Kaal” (thoughts, fear of death…). (sggs 312).

Three words are very significant in the foregoing verse: (1) “Satiguroo (“ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ”), (2) “Kharragu” (“ਖੜਗੁ”); and (3) “Bhagti(“ਭਗਤਿ”). Let’s try understand them THROUGH THE GURBANI.

(1).  “Satiguroo” (“ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ”), in the foregoing verse,  simply => Shabad-Guroo

  • ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਚੇਲਾ ॥: The Shabad is (my) Guroo. Abidance (“ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ” – focus, perseverance, etc, of my) Consciousness is the disciple (of This Guroo) (sggs 943).
  • ਪੂਰੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਸੁਣਾਇਆ ॥: Poorai satguri sabadu sunaaiaa (sggs 129).

(2).   “Kharragu” (“ਖੜਗੁ”: sword, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ, ਤਲਵਾਰ …) is used in the Gurbani as a metaphor for the Divine Knowledge (Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom, etc.). Because, the darkness of ignorance can only be dispelled in the Light of the Giaan. In other words, the All-pervading Divine Presence (Mool, Jot…) within can only be experienced with the help of the Spiritual Wisdom.

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਹਥਿ ਦੀਨਾ ਜਮਕੰਕਰ ਮਾਰਿ ਬਿਦਾਰੇ ॥: In the hands of (whosoever) the Satgur has placed the Sword of Spiritual Wisdom, (he) has overcome and killed the “Jamkankar” (has rended the danger of death to his spiritual life). (sggs 574).

Thus, the Gurbani urges us to take up the Giaan Kharrag – the sword of the Divine Knowledge (i.e., Brahm-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad…). Because, without applying the Brahm-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad, a Sikh (student or learner of the Gur-Shabad…) cannot hope for any Spiritual Unfoldment. According to the Gurbani, mere talk, mere reading of the Gurbani, or mere “Bhekh” (religious garbs, symbols…), etc., will not do the trick! In nutshell, the Gurbani urges us to take up the Sword of the Gur-Giaan (Naam, Shabad, Gurmat, etc.) to slay the doubt-ridden mind.

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਲੈ ਮਨ ਸਿਉ ਲੂਝੈ ਮਨਸਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਸਮਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੩॥: Taking up the Sword of the Spiritual Wisdom, struggle with the mind, and (all Mayaic desires, thoughts, ਫੁਰਨੇ, ਖੋਟੀ ਮਨਸਾ, etc., ) born of the mind are nipped within the mind. ||3|| (sggs 1022).
  • ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਅਤਿ ਖੜਗੁ ਕਰਾਰਾ ॥: From the “Gur”, I have obtained the supremely powerful sword of the Spiritual Wisdom (sggs 1087).

This “Giaan Kharrag” is the Sword of Aatmaa. Because, Aatmaa can ONLY wear the sword of the Spiritual Wisdom (Giaan…).

  • ਮਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਆਤਮ ਦੇਵ ਦੀ ਖੜਗਿ ਜੋਰਿ ਪਰਾਕੁਇ ਜੀਅ ਦੈ ॥: The “Gur” implanted the Almighty Sword of the Teachings (ਸਿੱਖਿਆ…) to illuminate the Divine Soul (ਆਤਮ ਦੇਵ…). (sggs 966).

And, according to the Gurbani, the real proof of Spiritual Wisdom is the annihilation of Haumai (false ego-sense and all its faults: lust, anger, greed, etc.).

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤਤੁ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰੇ ॥: (Who reflects on the Shabad: Shabad-Vichaar) Within (him) “Tatt Giaan” (ਆਤਮ ਗਿਆਨ, Spiritual Wisdom…) awakens, (and with the help of this “Tatt Giaan”, he) kills his ego (sggs 128).

(3).  “Bhagti (“ਭਗਤਿ”) for a Sikh, according to the Gurbani, is to learn the Gurmat – to obtain the true Understanding of the Gurbani through the Shabad-Vichaar, and then remember that understanding and live it in daily life (i.e., the Gurmukh Lifestyle) …

Because, as the Gurbani tells us, without this Bhagti we will be drowned in the ocean of Maya, duality, doubts, thoughts, desires, ਫੁਰਨੇ, ਕਲਪਨਾ…

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਤਿ ਤੂੰ ਲੇਹਿ ਇਆਨੇ ॥ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨਾ ਬਹੁ ਡੂਬੇ ਸਿਆਨੇ ॥: You ignorant fool, take the Gurmati (i.e., Divine Wisdom or Aatmic-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad); without (this) Bhagti, even many clever have drowned (in perplexity). (sggs 288).
  • ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਨੁ ਖਟਿਆ ਭਗਤੀ ਭਰੇ ਭੰਡਾਰਾ ॥: Gurmatee Naamu dhanu khatiaa bhagtee… (sggs 140).

However, the Gurbani says only  “rare” ones obtain this “Gurmati Bhagti” (“ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਗਤਿ”).

Because, selfless Love is very rare, sincere willingness is very rare, earnestness is very rare, true commitment is very rare, right living is very rare, correct practice of Bhagti is very rare, clarity of vision is very rare, sincerity and goodwill is very rare, truthful or righteous conduct is very rare…:

  • ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਨਹੀ ਲੀਨੀ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਪਤਿ ਖੋਈ ॥ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਪਾਵੈ ਜਨੁ ਕੋਈ ॥੧॥: Gurmati nahee leenee … (sggs 879).

Thus, Bhagti is the Gurmukh Lifestyle (the Divine Life), which springs from Awareness of One’s True Nature (Joti-Svaroopa), Divine Virtues (ਗੁਣ), etc. In essence, as the Gurbani indicates, Bhagti is essentially in becoming permeated in the Naam (Shabad, Hukam, Aatam-Giaan…).

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤੀ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੩॥: Nanak bhagti Naami samaai ||3|| (sggs 289).

And the Naam – as defined by the Gurbani – is none other than the Giaan-Padaarath (the Divine Knowledge, Gurmat, Shabad-Giaan …):

  • ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੋ ਦੇਇ ਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇ ॥: Gur Giaanu padaarathu naamu hai … (sggs 759).
  • ਰਾਜਾ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਮੋਰਾ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Raajaa Raam Naamu moraa Brahm Giaanu … (sggs 1159).
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4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Dharam Avtar Singh

    Thank you for the work you’re doing. I learn so much from reading your

  2. Prakash S Bagga

    From the contents of the blog it becomes quite clear that •ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਖੜਗੁ
    is HARiNAAMu. as envisaged in Gurbanee.

    • Yes Bhai Sahib Jio!
      Thank you!
      • ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਿਨੀ ਆਰਾਧਿਆ ਤਿਨ ਕੇ ਦੁਖ ਪਾਪ ਨਿਵਾਰੇ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਹਥਿ ਦੀਨਾ ਜਮਕੰਕਰ ਮਾਰਿ ਬਿਦਾਰੇ ॥: Hari Hari Naamu jinee aaraadhiaa tin ke dukh paap nivaare. Satiguri Giaan Kharragu hathi deenaa jamakankar maari bidaare (sggs 574).

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