Who can Say That the Guru is Dead?

The Gurbani declares that the Guru never dies.

Then, isn’t celebrating death anniversaries of the Gurus contrary to the Gurmat (the Teaching of the Gurbani…)?

However, starting from the so called “Takhats“, all Gurdwaras, and Deraas elaborately celebrate death anniversaries of the Gurus throughout the world!

It seams like the majority of us (99.9 percent category) – again starting from the Deraas, “Takhats” and Gurdwaras all over the world – don’t much bother to find out as to what the Gurbani has to say about this practice in Sikhi.


  • 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).

Due to Bharam -Jaal (doubts, Mayaic consciousness, Dubidhaa, etc.), those who still believe the Guru is dead, some more verses from the Gurbani follow:

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਜਾਗਤਾ ਹੈ ਦੇਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: The Satiguru is the Vigilant (Watchful, Wide-Awake, etc.) Divinity. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 479).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧੩॥: My Satguru is Everlasting (Immortal, etc.); He neither comes nor goes (i.e., beyond birth and death). He Himself is the Imperishable Being (Eternal, Parmeshar, Parmaatam, Prabh, Mool, Jot, etc.) who, pervades among all ||13|| (sggs 759).
  • ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਦ ਜੀਵੈ ਨਹੀ ਮਰਤਾ ॥: Brahm Giaanee ever lives and never dies (sggs 273).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਸੰਤ ਮੂਏ ਕਿਆ ਰੋਈਐ ਜੋ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਰੋਵਹੁ ਸਾਕਤ ਬਾਪੁਰੇ ਜੁ ਹਾਟੈ ਹਾਟ ਬਿਕਾਇ ॥੧੬॥: O Kabeer! Do not cry at the death of a Saint. He is just going back to his own Home (i.e., Mool, Source…). (If you want to cry,) Cry (at the death of) the Saakat (wretched Mayadhaaree), who is sold from store to store (i.e., who wanders…). ||16|| (sggs 1365).
  • ਭੂਲੀ ਭੂਲੀ ਮੈ ਫਿਰੀ ਪਾਧਰੁ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਪੂਛਹੁ ਜਾਇ ਸਿਆਣਿਆ ਦੁਖੁ ਕਾਟੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਉਤ ਹੀ ਠਾਇ ॥: Bhoolee bhoolee mai phiree paadharu kahai n koi. Pooshahu jaai siaaniaa dukhu kaatai meraa koi. Satiguru saachaa mani vasai saajan ut hee thaai (sggs 1087).

The Gurbani says that the Satigur pervades in His Sikhs (“ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਵਰਤੈ”: Gursikhaa andar satigur vartai, sggs 312 and 317). Now, if we still celebrate death anniversary of the Satigur, it means we are also dead!! That means, if He is dead, then the Satigur cannot be within His Gursikhs. Isn’t it? Further the Gurbani reminds us that nobody is empty or devoid of Satigur (“ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਖਾਲੀ ਕੋ ਨਹੀ…”: Satigur te khaalee ko nahee…, sggs 850). It means, if He is dead, then we devoid of the Satigur! Isn’t it?

Let alone the Gurus, even when an ordinary person leaves his/her 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!

Ironically, the same Bhais, Ragis, Gurdawara-cometees, etc., turn around and organize elaborate celebrations of death anniversaries of the Gurus!! Isn’t it obvious they are doing it just for the Golak (money)? What a fraud!

In fact this is no more than body-consciousness (ਸਰੀਰ ਦਾ ਮੋਹ, ਮਾਇਆ ਦਾ ਮੋਹ, ਪਰਾਈ ਮਤ, ਮਨ ਮਤ, ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮਤ …): living at the level of the body (Maya). This is not Gurmat. This is Mayaic or Mayadhaaree lifestyle (ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਜੀਵਨ).

  • ਬੁਝੁ ਰੇ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਮੂਆ ਹੈ ਕਉਣੁ ॥: Understand (inquire…), O wise-man, who has died. (sggs 152).


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6 Comments Leave a comment

  1. 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!!

  2. 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,

  3. 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}

  4. 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]

  5. Vikram Singh

    Thank you for so truthfully presenting the Gurmat!

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