Using the example of the month of Vaisakh (pronounced “Vaisaakh“), the Gurbani tells us that Vaisakh can be really “Beautiful” (“Suhaavaa“: charming, attractive, pleasant…) for the mind (or soul) ONLY if the following condition is met!
Simply put: According to the Gurbani, that condition is: One must realize his Mool (Source, Jot, Hari, Raam, Gobind, Allah, Pure Presence…), within.
- ਵੈਸਾਖੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ਤਾਂ ਲਗੈ ਜਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਭੇਟੈ ਹਰਿ ਸੋਇ ॥੩॥: Vaisaakh is Beautiful and Pleasant, if Hari-Sant (Mool) is met (i.e., realized, within). ||3|| (sggs 134).
In order to exploit people, the Pujaaree-Group ( ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣਾਂ: Bhais, Ragis, Kathaakaar, Deraavaad-Sant, priest-class…) have created tremendous confusion about the term “Sant” in the above verse (and many more terms for that matter).
The term “Sant” in the above verse does not mean a Deraavaad-Sant or any embodied being.
Here the term “Sant” indicates one’s Mool (Source, Jot…), within.
The implication is that Vaisakh is “Beautiful” (Charming Attractive, Pleasant…) only for those soul-brides who realize their True Nature (Beloved: Mool), within.
In other words, without the Mool-realization, Vaisakh CANNOT be “Beautiful” for any soul-bride. In nutshell, this is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ).
However, as the Gurbani tells us, by forgetting her Mool (Source, Jot...), the soul-bride is attached to Maya.
- ਹਰਿ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਵਿਸਾਰਿ ਕੈ ਲਗੀ ਮਾਇਆ ਧੋਹੁ ॥: Forgetting her Mool, (the soul-bride) has become attached to he deceitful Maya (sggs 133).
As a tree branch separated from its root withers, similarly, a soul-bride separated from her Root (i.e., her Mool, Jot, Beloved, True Nature…) suffers and cannot have patience (solace, tranquility, composure, etc.)! This is the gist of the following verse!
- ਵੈਸਾਖਿ ਧੀਰਨਿ ਕਿਉ ਵਾਢੀਆ ਜਿਨਾ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਬਿਛੋਹੁ ॥: Vaisakhi dheerani kiou vadheeaa jinaa … (sggs 133).
In nutshell, celebrating Vaisakhi (pronounced Vaisaakhee) will be of avail only if we earnestly attempt to unite with our Mool (Source, Jot, True Nature…) by reconciling the mind through the Gur-Shabad (Consciousnesses of Shabad-Naam-Hukam, Brahm-Giaan, Divine Wisdom, Divine Virtues…). Baabaa Nanak Says:
- ਨਾਨਕ ਵੈਸਾਖੀਂ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਾ ॥੬॥: O Nanak! In Vaisaakh (the soul-bride separated from her Beloved) realizes the Mool whose consciousness remains (imbued in the Gur-) Shabad and the mind yields (to the Gur-Shabad). ||6|| (sggs 1108).
It is important to note that per the Gurbani there is no limitation of place or time for Simran or contemplation for a Sikh (learner, student of the Shabad-Guroo).
However — as the Gurbani reveals to us — a very “rare” one truly engages in Simran or meditation on “Hari” (Mool, Jot, Source, Pure Presence…)!!!!!!!!!!!
- ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਕੀ ਸਗਲੀ ਬੇਲਾ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਬਹੁ ਮਾਹਿ ਇਕੇਲਾ ॥: Any time is a good time to meditate (Simran). (But) amongst many, some rare one meditates on Hari (sggs 1150).
Baabaa Nanak made it very clear to the whole world that Reflection or contemplation (on Prabhoo, Gurbani, Shabad, Naam, Hukam…) does not need any special months, any special seasons, any special hours, any special moments (ਮੁਹੂਰਤ-Muhoorat)…
- ਮਾਹਾ ਰੁਤੀ ਸਭ ਤੂੰ ਘੜੀ ਮੂਰਤ ਵੀਚਾਰਾ ॥: (O Prabhoo!) You can be contemplated upon through all the months, all the seasons, all the hours, and all the moments (sggs 140).
- ਖਸਮ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਸੋ ਦਿਨੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥੨॥: That day (of one’s life) alone would be authentic (acceptable, approved, auspicious…), when (one) recognizes the Lord. ||2|| (sggs 349).
Happy Divine Vaisakhi Greetings!