To Overbear God

The following Shabad Teaches us as to how to overbear God.

  • ਪਉੜੀ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਘਿਣਾਵਣੇ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਬੇਦ ਪੜਾਵਣੇ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਈਐ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਧਰਤੀ ਧਾਈਐ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਕਿਤੈ ਸਿਆਣਪੈ ॥ ਨਾ ਤੂ ਆਵਹਿ ਵਸਿ ਬਹੁਤਾ ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇ ॥ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਤੇਰੈ ਵਸਿ ਅਗਮ ਅਗੋਚਰਾ ॥ ਤੂ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੈ ਵਸਿ ਭਗਤਾ ਤਾਣੁ ਤੇਰਾ ॥੧੦॥: Pourree. Naa too aavahi vasi bahut ghinaavane. Naa too aavahi vasi beda prraavane. Naa too aavahi vasi teerath naaeeai. Naa too aavahi vasi dharatee dhaaeeai. Naa too aavahi vasi kitai siaanapanai. Naa too aavahi vasi bahutaa daan de. Sabh ko terai vasi agam agocharaa. Too bhagataa kai vasi bhagtaa taanu teraa ||10||: (sggs 962).

The term “Vasi” (ਵਸਿ) in the above Shabad essentially = to overbear, to enchant, to charm, to fascinate, to enamor, ਰੀਝਾਣਾਂ, ਪ੍ਰਸੰਨ ਕਰਣਾਂ, ਵੱਸ ਆਉਣਾਂ, and so on.

The above Shabad also Teaches us how we cannot overbear God. So, before learning from the Shabad how to enamor God, let’s learn how we cannot enamor Him. The Above Shabad teaches us that God CANNOT be won over by any clever tricks of ours:

  • “ਘਿਣਾਵਣੇ”: By pleading, superficially supplicating (ਮੱਥੇ ਟੇਕਣਾਂ, ਮਾਇਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਾਂ, praying for material things…); by pretending to be humble (showing off humility…), ਦੀਨ ਹੋਕੇ ਬੋਲਣੇ ਨਾਲ, ਬਹੁਤੇ ਦਿਖਾਵੇ ਦੇ ਤਰਲੇ ਲੈਂਣ ਨਾਲ…
  • “ਬੇਦ ਪੜਾਵਣੇ”: By reading the Vedas (or any other religious text or Granth).
  • “ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਈਐ”: By bathing at the Tirath Asthaan (ਤੀਰਥ ਉਤੇ – places of pilgrimage).
  • “ਧਰਤੀ ਧਾਈਐ”: By roaming or wandering all over the earth (like wandering Yogis or Saadhoos).
  • “ਕਿਤੈ ਸਿਆਣਪੈ”: By any clever tricks – through any cleverness (ਚਤੁਰਾਈ-ਸਿਆਣਪ).
  • “ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇ”: By giving huge donations to charities – by giving lots of alms (ਬਹੁਤਾ ਦਾਨ ਦੇਣ ਨਾਲ).
  • and so on. 

Now, who can one enamor God? At the end of the Shabad, the Gurbani reveals to us this Truth:

The Lord who is indicated to be Inaccessible (ਅਪਹੁੰਚ), Unfathomable, Impenetrable, Unperceivable, Imperceptible to the senses or mental faculties (everyone is under His Power or Hukam) is  enamored by His Bhagat (the Gurmukh – the pious, devout, Brahm-Giaanee). He is the Strength (ਬਲ, ਆਸਰਾ) of His Bhagat (the Gurmukh, Brahm-Giaanee…). 

In other words, we will have to become the Bhagat (the Gurmukh…) to overbear the Lord. No other trick will work.

Now, who is Bgagat? The Gurbani defines the Bhagat (the Gurmukh) as follows:

  • ਸੋ ਭਗਤੁ ਜੋ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਇਆ ਰਾਮ ॥ so bhagath jo guramukh hovai houmai sabadh jalaaeiaa raam ||: Bhagat are those, who by becoming the Gurmukh through the Shabad burn away their ego (Haumai). (sggs 768). 

How can one become Bhagat? The Gurbani tells us exactly how anyone through the Bhagti can become a Bhagat, here and now – one can become Bhagat by becoming the Gurmukh through the Shabad (Naam, Shabad-Vichaar, Aatm-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, etc.):

  • ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਪਾਏ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੩॥: Shabadi marai bhagti paae janu soi ||3||: One who dies in the Shabad, obtains Bhagti ||3|| (sggs 159). 

Now, but what is to die in the Shabad? In nutshell, dying in the Shabad is to be free from the menacing and the chronic disease of Haumai or egotism; it is to be free from the spell of Maya, duality, doubts (ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ), ignorance, Bikaars (lust, anger, greed, etc.), ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾ ਵਲੋਂ ਮਰਣਾਂ, ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਭਾਵ ਆਪਣੇ ਉੱਤੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਪੈਣ ਦੇਂਣਾ, ਸਬਦ ਨੂੰ – ਸਬਦ-ਗਿਆਨ ਨੂੰ – ਸਦਾ ਇਕ-ਰਸ ਆਪਣੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਟਿਕਾਈ ਰੱਖਣਾ; it is to become Living Liberated (Jeevanmukta) or dead while alive; it is to remain constantly (ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ: each and every breadth) linked to the Mool (Source: Joti-Svaroopa, ਸਚ, Truth…) within – to be continually linked to the Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, Shabad-Surti, Naam Consciousness, the Treasure or Ocean of Virtues (ਗੁਣਤਾਸ, ਗੁਣੀ ਗਹੀਰ), etc., and live accordingly (i.e., Divine Life, the Gurmukh Lifestyle, ਸਚ ਦੇ ਗੁਣ-Virtues of Truth…).

To Overbear God was last modified: February 1st, 2011 by T. Singh
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  1. Karamjeet Singh

    Profound!!! And deep.

    So to overbear him, one needs to be a bhagat and to be a bhagat one has to ….

    “become Living Liberated (Jeevanmukta) or dead while alive; it is to remain constantly (ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ: each and every breadth) linked to the Mool (Source: Joti-Svaroopa, ਸਚ, Truth…) within – to be continually linked to the Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Brahm-Giaan, Shabad-Surti, Naam Consciousness, the Treasure or Ocean of Virtues (ਗੁਣਤਾਸ, ਗੁਣੀ ਗਹੀਰ), etc., and live accordingly (i.e., Divine Life, the Gurmukh Lifestyle, ਸਚ ਦੇ ਗੁਣ-Virtues of Truth…)”.

    I feel tempted to say that – the ‘Solution’ appears to be more complicated than the ‘Problem’. Maybe that’s why the ‘achievers’ are such a rarety.

    I am sure you have some ‘how to’ articles that dwell on the simplification of this Gurbani recommended solution. I guess all I am asking is as to which articles specifically deal with –

    How to become Living Liberated?
    How to remain constantly linked to the Mool within?

    Please provide reference to any articles addressing these two how-to’s.

    Regards.

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