Who can Say the Guru is Dead?

In the life of a true Sikh, everyday is a Gurpurab if he lives his daily life by the Wisdom (Vitues…) of the Guru (ਜੀਵਨ ਵਿਚ ਗੁਣਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਮਾਈ)! Which is “rare”! However, what happens in reality is to the contrary – worthless rituals, empty Kirtans, elaborate Langars, and so on!

  • ਸੇਵਕ ਸਿਖ ਪੂਜਣ ਸਭਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਸਭਿ ਗਾਵਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਊਤਮ ਬਾਨੀ ॥ ਗਾਵਿਆ ਸੁਣਿਆ ਤਿਨ ਕਾ ਹਰਿ ਥਾਇ ਪਾਵੈ ਜਿਨ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਆਗਿਆ ਸਤਿ ਸਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਮਾਨੀ ॥੧॥ : All the Sevak (attendant…) Sikhs come to worship (at the Guru’s Door); they sing the sublime Divine Bani (of Wisdom). But the singing and listening is approved by “Hari” (Mool) of only those who accept the Wisdom of the Satigur as True. ||1|| (sggs 669).

First off, who is the Guru in Sikhi? The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) affirms: (1) Giaan (Wisdom) is the Guru, (2) it’s the consciousness (Surat-ਸੁਰਤ) or the mind that needs to become a Sikh (ਸਿਖਿਆਰਥੀ, or a learner, or a student of the SGGS).

  • ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਚੇਲਾ ॥: The Shabad (i.e. Giaan or Wisdom is my) Guroo. Abidance of (my) Consciousness or the mind is the disciple (of the Shabad-Guroo). (sggs 943).
  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਮੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ਬਿਬੇਕੋੁ ॥੪॥੫॥: Says Kabeer, I have found that Guru, whose Name is “Bibek(u)” (Wisdom, Discerning Intelligence…). ||4||5|| (sggs 793).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Guru is my Giaan (Knowledge or Wisdom…), the Guru is (ever) within my Heart; this is my meditation (Dhiaan, Reflection, contemplation …). (sggs 864).
  • ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨਾਮ ਰਤਨੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥: The Jewel of Giaan (Wisdom) is obtained from the Guru (sggs 1044).

Gur or Satgur is “Giaan”, which is “Abinaasee”

“Giaan” = Wisdom, Knowledge, Bibek, etc.
“Abinaasee” = Imperishable, everlasting, immortal, undying, indestructible, etc.

The SGGS proclaims that the Satgur (Knowledge of Truth – ਸਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ…) is “Abinaasee”. The SGGS further asserts that the Satgur abides in the mind of  everybody (“ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ”), but needs to be Awakened by churning the Gurbani!

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧੩॥: My Satguru is Everlasting (Immortal, etc.), who neither comes nor goes. The Satguru is Imperishable (immortal), and pervades within all. ||13|| (sggs 759).
  • ਸਚੁ ਸਚਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਅਮਰੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰਿਆ ॥: Certainly, the true Satiguru is immortal for he holds on to Hari (i.e., Mool-abidance…) within his Heart. (sggs 310).
  • ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਦ ਜੀਵੈ ਨਹੀ ਮਰਤਾ ॥: Brahm Giaanee ever lives and never dies (sggs 273).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਇ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਨਹੀ ਮਰਨਾ ॥੪॥੬॥੯॥: Become the Gurmukh, and you shall never have to die again. ||4||6||9|| (sggs 872).

“Who can say the Guru is dead?”

The Guru’s physical body-frame made of five elements may have gone, but the Guru’s Wisdom is not absent because the heir SGGS apparently has already assumed the status of the Giaan-Guru! Hence, the SGGS asserts the Guru (Giaan or Wisdom…) never dies.

Ponder this statement, this proclamation, “ਸੁ ਕਵਣੁ ਕਹੈ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਮੁਯਉ – WHO CAN SAY THAT THE GURU IS DEAD?”!

  • ਮਿਲਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਗਦ ਅਮਰ ਗੁਰ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਾਮਦਾਸੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਹਿ ਗਯਉ ॥ ਹਰਿਬੰਸ ਜਗਤਿ ਜਸੁ ਸੰਚਰ੍ਯ੍ਯਉ ਸੁ ਕਵਣੁ ਕਹੈ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਮੁਯਉ ॥੧॥: Gur Angad Sahib meeting Gur Nanak Sahib; Gur Amardas Sahib meeting Gur Angad Sahib, and Gur Raamdas Sahib meeting Guru Amardas Sahib, (they all) immersed in the Lord (ਹਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਲੀਨ ਹੋ ਗਏ). Says Harbans! The Glory (of the Guru) has propagated (spreaded, etc.) all over the world; who can say that the the Guru is dead? (i.e., the Guru Lives forever – ਜਾਗਦੀ ਜੋਤਿ)||1|| (sggs 1409).
  • ਸਿਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਿਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਿਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਤਿ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕਹਿਆ ਮਾਨੁ ਨਿਜ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਸਚੁ ਜਾਨੁ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੁ ਇਹੈ ਨਿਸਿ ਬਾਸੁਰ ਹੋਇ ਕਲ੍ਯ੍ਯਾਨੁ ਲਹਹਿ ਪਰਮ ਗਤਿ ਜੀਉ ॥ : The Satiguroo is lasting, or permanent (“Sati” = which is true is past, present, and future). Accept that the true Mantra is to comply with the Gur (-Giaan or Wisdom…); this is your own Inner Treasure. (With this Mantra of Gur-Giaan or Wisdom – ਉਪਦੇਸ, ਸਿਖਿਆ, ਸਲਾਹ) night and day, you will enjoy Happiness and obtain supreme “Gati” (expansion-development-progress-blooming of intellect or Budhi). (sggs 1403).

The SGGS further asserts that Sach (ਸੱਚ, Truth) never gets old, never dies!

  • ਸਚੁ ਪੁਰਾਣਾ ਨਾ ਥੀਐ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਮੈਲਾ ਹੋਇ ॥: The Truth does not grow old; the Divine Naam is never soiled (defiled, etc.). (sggs 1248).

The Guru never dies because he lives in the Sikh mind

Wisdom of the Gurbani (Gurmat, Giaan or Knowledge, Upadesh orthe Way of the Sikhi of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS) is for the mind (Surat-ਸੁਰਤ). For, as mentioned above, it’s the mind that needs to become a Sikh!

  • ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਵਰਤੈ ਚੁਣਿ ਕਢੇ ਲਧੋਵਾਰੇ ॥: The Satiguru (Knowledge of Truth – ਸਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ, Wisdom…) prevails among His GurSikhs; when assayed, (Saakat – who are disconnected from Truth…) are sorted. (sggs 312).

Clearly, the people who celebrate death anniversaries of the Gurus have their own minds dead to the Wisdom of the Gurbani. Instead, they have become gurus themselves! For example, look at the illiterate and corrupt Pujaaree groups in Sikhi, Deraavaad or Santvaad in Sikhi, and so on.

A Sikh who understands the Gurmat as is and applies the Gur-Wisdom to his daily life, the SGGS claims that Sikh’s mind is never empty or devoid of his Guru. The bright light of a candle never ceases to shine once another candle has been lit by its flame (of Giaan or Wisdom).

  • ਗੁਰ ਦੀਪਕੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਸਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਬਲੀਆ ਜੀਉ ॥: (Let) the lamp of the Gur-Wisdom burn steadily in the mind. (sggs 173).
  • ਜੇ ਕੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੇਤੀ ਸਨਮੁਖੁ ਹੋਵੈ ॥ ਹੋਵੈ ਤ ਸਨਮੁਖੁ ਸਿਖੁ ਕੋਈ ਜੀਅਹੁ ਰਹੈ ਗੁਰ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਚਰਨ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਧਿਆਏ ਅੰਤਰ ਆਤਮੈ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥ ਆਪੁ ਛਡਿ ਸਦਾ ਰਹੈ ਪਰਣੈ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਕੋਏ ॥ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸੁਣਹੁ ਸੰਤਹੁ ਸੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਸਨਮੁਖੁ ਹੋਏ ॥੨੧॥: If a Sikh turns (as “Sunmukhu”) to the Guru (i.e., whose mind – NOT body – remains connected with the Gur-Giaan or Wisdom, ਅੰਦਰੋਂ ਮਨ ਕਰਕੇ, ਸਰੀਰ ਕਰਕੇ ਨਹੀ). (That Sikh) remembers the Gur-Wisdom in his Heart, and maintains it within his mind. Renouncing selfishness and conceit, Gur-Wisdom remains always his Support (ਟੇਕ), and he does not consider anyone except the Gu-Wisdom (as his Support). Says Nanak! Hear, O Satsangees, such a Sikh can remain as “Sunmukhu” (i.e., his mind united to the Wisdom of the Guru). (sggs 919).

Clearly, if a Sikh does not apply the Gur-Wisdom and Virtues to his daily life (the Gurmukh Lifestyle), then he is not a Sikh! Isn’t it?

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਮਤਿ ਆਵੈ ਸੋ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਮਾਹਿ ਸਮਾਨਾ ॥: (One who) imbibes (accepts…) the Wisdom (intellect, understanding, sense, Bibek-Budhi…) of the Satigur’s Teachings, is absorbed into the Satigur (he permeates into the Satigur’s Teaching…). (sggs 797).

Hence, if the crafty Pujaaree system and their gullible followers still believe the Satiguru is dead and go on celebrating anniversaries, it means the Wisdom of the Guru is also dead in their mind! Isn’t it?

When the SGGS proclaims that no Sikh’s mind is devoid of the Satigur, it’s a good fortune, an honor and a privilege. Also, it’s a responsibility and duty to live the Guru’s Wisdom (Giaan) as it is. Falsehood cannot propagate the Truth.

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਖਾਲੀ ਕੋ ਨਹੀ ਮੇਰੈ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਮੇਲਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥: None is devoid of the Satigur; (Satgur – Knowledge of Truth – ਸਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ, Wisdom…) unites with my Mool within. (sggs 850).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਉਤ ਹੀ ਠਾਇ ॥: When the Satiguru (Sach Daa Giaan, Knowledge of Truth, etc.) abides within the mind, then the “Sahib” or Mool is (also) seen at the same place (that is, within…) (sggs 1087).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਦਾ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ ॥: My Guru is always with me, near at hand (sggs 394).

Let alone the Gurus, even when an ordinary person leaves his/her physical body, we routinely hear Bhais or Ragis singing this Shabad during the “Bhog” ceremony – “ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ਰੇ ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ॥”:Kaounu mooaa re kaounu mooaa, sggs 885. They chose this Shabad to make the point to the mourning family, friends and relatives gathered in the “Bhog” that in fact nobody dies!

  • ਪਵਨੈ ਮਹਿ ਪਵਨੁ ਸਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਜੋਤੀ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਲਿ ਜਾਇਆ ॥ ਮਾਟੀ ਮਾਟੀ ਹੋਈ ਏਕ ॥ ਰੋਵਨਹਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਕਵਨ ਟੇਕ ॥੧॥ ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ਰੇ ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ॥ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਮਿਲਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ਇਹੁ ਤਉ ਚਲਤੁ ਭਇਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ …: (When someone is declared as dead, from the body which is made of five elements) wind merges into the wind. The individual light or fire blends into the Light (Universal Energy). Earth becomes one with the earth. What support is there for the one who is lamenting (i.e., the one who laments does so because of doubts and attachment) ? ||1|| O, who has died, who has died. Meeting a Brahm-Giaanee (Brahm-realized, the Gurmukh…), inquire (Vichaar, deep search) into this; (upon inquiry or Vichaar, you will know that) this is just an movement (self-moving spectacle, show, ਖੇਡ, ਤਮਾਸ਼ਾ, etc.). ||1||Pause|| … (sggs 885).
  • ਪਾਂਚ ਤਤ ਕੋ ਤਨੁ ਰਚਿਓ ਜਾਨਹੁ ਚਤੁਰ ਸੁਜਾਨ ॥ ਜਿਹ ਤੇ ਉਪਜਿਓ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਲੀਨ ਤਾਹਿ ਮੈ ਮਾਨੁ ॥੧੧॥: O wise and clever (man)! Know that (your physical body) is made up of the five elements. O Nanak! Believe that (this physical body) will merge back into (these five elements). ||11||(sggs 1427).

Hence, as explained by the Wisdom of the SGGS, death of the physical body-frame is just a transformation, or a change  – all five elements just merge back into their respective sources, and the cycle continues. So, the Gurbani asks:

  • ਬੁਝੁ ਰੇ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਮੂਆ ਹੈ ਕਉਣੁ ॥: Understand (inquire…), O wise-man, who has died. (sggs 152).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਜਾਗਤਾ ਹੈ ਦੇਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: The Satiguru is the Vigilant (Watchful, Wide-Awake, etc.) Divinity. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 479).
  • ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਦ ਜੀਵੈ ਨਹੀ ਮਰਤਾ ॥: Brahm Giaanee ever lives and never dies (sggs 273).

Bharam-Jaal: illusion

Now, isn’t the celebration of death anniversaries of the Gurus contrary to the Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS…)?

Let’s face it — today’s Sikhi is Pujaareevaad. A bitter truth:

  • ਜੇ ਕੋ ਬੋਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਕੂੜਾ ਜਲਿ ਜਾਵਈ ॥: If someone speaks the Truth, the false (one) is burnt (irritated). (sggs 646).

However, starting with the so called “Takhats“, Gurdwaras, Pujaaree groups, Deraavaad, etc., elaborately celebrate death anniversaries of the Gurus! To fill their Golak by misguiding simpletons, they organize elaborate Nagar Kirtans, propagate pilgrimage or Yaatraa, and so on — a Bharam -Jaal (doubts, Dubidhaa, Mayaic consciousness, Karamkaand or rituals, etc.).

In order to misguide simpletons and keep them confused, they constantly invent new stories (ਗੱਪ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ), new rituals, new religious paraphernalia, and so on — everything the SGGS urges us not to do! Thus, whatever the self-serving Pujaaree system  propagates in the name of the Gurus, or the Gurbani, or the Gurmat is apparently contrary to the Wisdom of the SGGS.

Apparently, the Pujaaree groups have taken the Sikhi and the Gurmat back to the Brahminical Pujaaree system from which we were freed by the Gurus and the Bhagats. Isn’t it obvious they are doing all this just for the sake of “Golak” — money, business, bread, ਰੋਟੀਆਂ, ਧੰਧਾ, ਦੁਕਾਨਦਾਰੀ, etc.?

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਲੋਭੁ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਹਲਕਾਏ ॥: Within (Pujaaree) is greed, and they wander around like mad dogs. (sggs 372).

Fretting and fuming in fear of losing “Golak” (money, business, bread, ਰੋਟੀਆਂ, ਧੰਧਾ, ਦੁਕਾਨਦਾਰੀ, etc.), it’s the same corrupt Pujaree group that contemptuously called Baabaa Nanak  “Bhootanaa” (ਭੂਤਨਾ, spirit), “Betaalaa” (ਬੇਤਾਲਾ, demon), “Vechaaraa” (ਵੇਚਾਰਾ: wretched, helpless, poor, etc.), etc. They also called Baabaa Kabeer “Bauraanaa” (insane, mad, foolish…). Here are Baabaa Nanak and Baabaa Kabeer’s own words:

  • ਲੋਗੁ ਕਹੈ ਕਬੀਰੁ ਬਉਰਾਨਾ ॥: People say that Kabeer has gone insane (for he rejects  Karamkaand…). (sggs 1158).
  • ਕੋਈ ਆਖੈ ਭੂਤਨਾ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਬੇਤਾਲਾ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਆਖੈ ਆਦਮੀ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਵੇਚਾਰਾ ॥੧॥: (For not following the worldly ways…) Some call (Nanak) “Bhootanaa” (a ghost…); some call “Betaalaa” (demon…); Some call “Vaechaara” (wretched, helpless, poor…). ||1|| (sggs 991).
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  1. Kirpal Singh

    Guru Nanak Sahib is describing his Guru as follows:-
    ਗੁਰੁ ਪਉੜੀ ਬੇੜੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੁ ਤੁਲਹਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਉ ॥ (Guru Nanak Sahib, GGS. 17).
    The Guru is the Ladder, the Guru is the Boat, and the Guru is the Raft to take me to the Lord’s Name.

    Here Guru Nanak Sahib says that the one who is a ladder, boat and raft is my Guru to guide me to know the God/Almighty.

  2. Tejinder Kaur

    Veer T. Singh, Very nice Gurbani Blog. First sharing through own mind and then sharing with other brothers and sisters. This is what Sikhi is. It has become impossible task for Sikhs to understand. Most of the Sikhs leave the first one and put all their efforts on the second one and become “Egoistic”. Those Sikhs think they are doing sewa without serving to their self. If one is hungry, how they can serve properly to the guest. Yes, they can serve for a while by keeping their self hungry, but soon they will be sick or die or frustrate or angry with the same humanity. In nut shell, Shabad Guru says, “Mun Jeetay, Jug Jeet “.

    For topic, what you think who Guru is? I am also learning and finding answers through Gurbani.
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

  3. ravinder singh

    1-Aad sach,jugad sach,hai bhi sach ,Nanak hosi bhi sach.2-Aad gureh nameh,jugad gure nameh,satgure nameh, shri gurudeve nameh.3-Aad ant ekai avtara soi hi guru samajiyo hamara,

  4. Saroop S.

    ਬਿਲਕੁਲ ਠੀਕ!
    ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰਿਆਂ ਤੇ ਤਖਤਾਂ ਤੇ ਜੋ ਹੋ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਇਹ ਸਭ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ ਦਾ ਖਿਲਾਰਾ ਹੈ । ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ ਗੁਰਮੱਤ ਤੇ ਉਲਟ ਹੈ – ਗੁਰਮੱਤ ਸੱਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ ਝੂਠ ਦਾ (ਲਾਲਚ, ਪਖੰਡ, ਕਰਮਕਾਂਡ, ਭੇਖ, ਮਾਇਆ, ਹੇਰਾ-ਫੇਰੀ, ਚਲਾਕੀ, ਧਰਮ ਦੇ ਸਹੀ ਰਸਤੇ ਨੂੰ ਲੋਭ ਦੀ ਖਾਤਰ ਤੋੜਨਾ-ਮਰੋੜਨਾ, ਆਦਿਕ) ।
    ਪਾਹਨ ਬੋਰੀ ਪਿਰਥਮੀ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਪਾੜੀ ਬਾਟ ॥੧੩੭॥ {ਪੰਨਾ 1371}

  5. gurmit singh

    The Gurmat needs to be rescued from the anti-Gurmat practices – unmeaning rituals, dogmas, empty Bhekh, Jhooth or falsehood, Pakhand or hypocrisy, fraud, mammon worshiping, etc.

    Thank you for truthfully and boldly presenting the Gurmat AS IS!

    ਇਹੁ ਸਚੁ ਸਭਨਾ ਕਾ ਖਸਮੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਬਖਸੇ ਸੋ ਜਨੁ ਪਾਵਹੇ ॥ [ਪੰਨਾ 922]

  6. Vikram Singh

    Thank you for so truthfully presenting the Gurmat!

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