A Long Journey – Cycle of Birth and Death!

In order to impart the Truth (ਸਚ) to us, all 35 contributors in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) have used terms that were already within the use and within the psyche of people of the time.

However, these terms (along with many more) have been used in the Gurbani as examples (ਹਵਾਲਾ), but explicitly with new meanings and understanding to fit the new spiritual paradigms of Sikhi or Gurmat (Giaan or Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS).

Included in these terms is cycle of Birth and Death (or coming and going…).

In short, as the Gurbani asserts, whatever Pujaaree groups (Pandit, Brahmin, Mullaan, Yogi, and so on) have written, the Gurbani rejects all of that:

  • ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਜੋ ਲਿਖਿ ਦੀਆ ॥ ਛਾਡਿ ਚਲੇ ਹਮ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਲੀਆ ॥੩॥: Whatever the Pandit and the Mullaan have written (the path of Karamkaand, Shariyat…), I have abandoned (all of that); I have not taken any of it ||3||. (sggs 1159).

Furthermore, the Gurbani is written at the level of the mind — it’s for the mind to reflect upon it, understand it, and then live its Wisdom in daily life, here and now, not after death!

In nutshell, the Gurbani is the mind’s Mirror, which reveals to a mind its true face (or its real condition or state) — its flaws, faults, defects, demerits, etc.

In addition, the Gurbani’s mirror shows our mind its conditioned nature tainted with false ego-sense (Haumai), deception, doubt, falsehood, fraud, hypocrisy or Pakhand, duality, Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, etc.).

Consider the following verse of the SGGS:

  • ਹਉ ਆਇਆ ਦੂਰਹੁ ਚਲਿ ਕੈ ਮੈ ਤਕੀ ਤਉ ਸਰਣਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥: I have come traveling a long distance, (now I am) seeking Your Sanctuary (ਆਸਰਾ). (sggs 763).

Does ‘Traveling a long distance’ mean the cycle of coming and going, or reincarnation, or repeated birth and death as falsely propagated by the corrupt and illiterate Pujaaree-Vaad?

NO — It’s not so according to the SGGS.

However, the illiterate and self-serving Sikh Pujaaree groups always relate it with a cycle of 84-Lakh (ਚਉਰਾਸੀ ਦਾ ਗੇੜ) as talked by the Brahmins or Pandits in their fake stories (ਗੱਪ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ).

That’s just a misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS) by the corrupt Pujaaree-Vaad in Sikhi. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth!

They follow Brahminical footsteps, and brainwash people misinterpreting terms like ‘Poorab Janam’, ‘Aavaa gavan’, ‘Janam Maran’, etc. For example:

  • ਪੂਰਬ ਜਨਮ ਕੋ ਲੇਖੁ ਨ ਮਿਟਈ ਜਨਮਿ ਮਰੈ ਕਾ ਕਉ ਦੋਸੁ ਧਰੇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਬਾਦਿ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਹੋਰੁ ਮਰਣਾ ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੈ ਜਨਮੁ ਜਰੇ ॥੯॥: (The results or consequences of) actions performed in life to date cannot be erased; don’t blame ‘birth and death’ (i.e., don’t blame anybody else). Without the Gur-Wisdom (Upadesh), life and death are vain; without the Gur-Shabad (Wisdom, Upadesh), life just burns (in Bikaar…). ||9|| (sggs 1014).

However, one skill the corrupt Pujaaree do seem to possess is how to make people fearful and greedy, and keep them as such for return business!

In fact, the status of these fraud Pujaaree groups remains because there is fear and greed in the minds of the people — fear of Paap and Punn, birth and death cycle or reincarnation, etc. And so fearful and greedy people seek refuge and do not speak against this fraud.

Fear and greed of any kind is considered the most effective method to control and exploit a people. Interesting thing is that the Pujaaree groups creating fear and greed is the very same groups who stand to benefit from providing people solutions to their fears and greed!

In fact, by ‘Traveling a long distance’ (‘ਬਾਟ’, ‘ਜਾਤ੍ਰਾ’, ‘ਲਖ ਚਉਰਾਸੀਹ’…), etc., the wisdom of the SGGS does NOT:

  • Support the Pujaaree’s concocted story of birth-death cycle of ’84-Lakh’ (ਚਉਰਾਸੀ ਦਾ ਗੇੜ), etc..
  • Or, it does not mean the distance from one’s home to a Gurdwara
  • Or, it does not mean the distance from one’s home to a Deraa (ਡੇਰਾ) or an Aashram
  • Or, it does not mean the distance from one’s home to a place of pilgrimage (or Teerath), and so on…

The Gurbani calls Kudarat (System-Rule-Law of Nature) or Hukam to be limitless. As such, Kudrat can NOT be limited to a finite number such as ‘8.4-Lakh’ — ‘ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕਰਮੁ ਨ ਕਹਣਾ ਜਾਈ ॥’!

Then, according to the Gurbani, what does it mean?

It’s the mind — not the body — that’s born every moment and then dies every moment!

In other words — depending on the state of one’s mind at a given moment — the Gurbani is referring to continues coming and going the mind ridden with doubt, fear, attachment, Haumai (false ego-sense), Bikaar, etc. 

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਕੇਤੜਿਆ ਜੁਗ ਭਰਮਿਆ ਥਿਰੁ ਰਹੈ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਜਾਇ ॥: (Man’s) this mind wanders through so many states; it does not remain stable and it continues coming and going. (sggs 513).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਡੋਲੈ ਬਹੁ ਬਿਧੀ ਮਨੁ ਲਪਟਿਓ ਤਿਹ ਸੰਗ ॥: Maya wavers many ways, the mind clings to this (Maya, also wavers many ways). (sggs 258).
  • ਭੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਭੈ ਮਰੈ ਭੀ ਭਉ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਹੋਇ ॥: Birth and death happen in fear; and this fear exists in the mind (sggs 149).
  • ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਮਨ ਮੋਹੁ ਬਢਾਇਓ ॥: Attachment (worldly love), the root of birth and death, is  increased in the mind. (sggs 250).

How so? For example, depending on the situation, when the lusty mind dies, it may be reborn the very next moment as a greedy mind, or an angry mind, or an attached mind, or an haughty or arrogant mind, or a jealous mind, or a stubborn mind, or a corrupt mind, or an ignorant mind, or a wise mind, or a merciful mind, or a contented mind, or an enemy, or a friend, or a slanderer, and so on.

This nonstop cycle of birth and death of the mind continues all day along, everyday!

Hence, in nutshell, re-birth is of one’s nature (ਸੁਭਾ), here and now, NOT after death of the body-frame!

  • ਭਰਮੇ ਭੂਲਾ ਸਾਕਤੁ ਫਿਰਤਾ ॥ ਨੀਰੁ ਬਿਰੋਲੈ ਖਪਿ ਖਪਿ ਮਰਤਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: A Saakat (one separated from his Mool, Wisdom, Virtues…) wanders astray in doubt. He churns water (only), and on account of this useless effort, he continuously wastes away his life and thus continuous experiences death (of his spiritual life). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 739).

In other words, it’s the restless and rambling ego-mind that is born and dies every moment while transacting with the outside world —sometimes with dominant dog mentality; sometimes with dominant pig mentality; sometimes with dominant donkey mentality; sometimes with dominant crow mentality; sometimes with dominant snake mentality; sometimes with dominant elephant mentality; sometimes with dominant deer mentality; sometimes with dominant camel mentality; sometimes with dominant monkey mentality; sometimes with dominant frog mentality; and so on. The Gurbani makes it very clear:

  • ਗੁਰ ਮੰਤ੍ਰ ਹੀਣਸ੍ਯ੍ਯ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੰਤ ਜਨਮ ਭ੍ਰਸਟਣਹ ॥ ਕੂਕਰਹ ਸੂਕਰਹ ਗਰਧਭਹ ਕਾਕਹ ਸਰਪਨਹ ਤੁਲਿ ਖਲਹ ॥੩੩॥: That mortal who lacks the Gur-mantra (Guru’s counsel, advice, Wisdom, Upadesh, ਸਲਾਹ), cursed and fallen (depraved, polluted…) is his life. That wicked person is a dog, a pig, a jackass, a crow, a snake (in this very life, here and now, not after death). ||33|| (1356).
  • ਪਰ ਧਨ ਪਰ ਤਨ ਪਰ ਤੀ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਪਰ ਅਪਬਾਦੁ ਨ ਛੂਟੈ ॥ ਆਵਾ ਗਵਨੁ ਹੋਤੁ ਹੈ ਫੁਨਿ ਫੁਨਿ ਇਹੁ ਪਰਸੰਗੁ ਨ ਤੂਟੈ ॥: Others’ wealth, others’ bodies(others’ wive), others’ slander, and others’ infamy or reproach – (these Bikaars) do not go away. (For the sake of Bikaar, at the level of the mind, a person) is born and dies again and again (i.e., every second or moment – many times a day…), and this theme never ends. (sggs 971).

Hence, a mortal’s mind lacking Bhagti (Wisdom, Virtues,  Naam, or the Gurmukh Lifestyle…) remains deformed and perplexed to the end (‘ਅੰਤਿ ਕਾਲਿ’). As a result, it’s as that person is living a Joon or life as a snake, prostitute, pig, goblin, dog, jackass, crow, camel, frog, monkey, elephant, deer, and other animals (ਪਸੂ ਜੂਨ), again and again (‘ਵਲਿ ਵਲਿ ਅਉਤਰੈ’!

  • ਜਿਨਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨ ਸੇਵਿਓ ਸਬਦਿ ਨ ਕੀਤੋ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਓਇ ਮਾਣਸ ਜੂਨਿ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਨਿ ਪਸੂ ਢੋਰ ਗਾਵਾਰ ॥ ਓਨਾ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਸਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਨ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥: Those who do not serve the Satiguru (Knowledge of Truth) through Reflection on the Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar, Gur-Giaan or Wisdom, Upadesh…), do not call them human beings; they are (just like the) foolish dead animals. They have neither spiritual Knowledge nor contemplation within (Giaan Dhiaan); they have no love and affection for “Hari” (i.e., Mool, Prabh, Jot…). (sggs 1418).
  • ਮੈ ਪਤਿ ਕੀ ਪੰਦਿ ਨ ਕਰਣੀ ਕੀ ਕਾਰ ॥ ਹਉ ਬਿਗੜੈ ਰੂਪਿ ਰਹਾ ਬਿਕਰਾਲ ॥: I have not followed the Divine Way (Divine Wisdom), nor have I done good deeds. (As a result, my Original Jot Saroop) got deformed and remains perplexed. (sggs 24).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ ਪਸੂ ਭਏ ਬੇਤਾਲੇ ॥੬॥: Without understanding, people become beast (-nature) and demon ||6|| (sggs 224).
  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਵਿਣੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੂੜਿਆਰ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਬੇਤਾਲਿਆ ॥ ਪਸੂ ਮਾਣਸ ਚੰਮਿ ਪਲੇਟੇ ਅੰਦਰਹੁ ਕਾਲਿਆ ॥: Manmukh are devoid of the Naam (Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…); they deal with falsehood and wander about like demons. (In reality) they are animals, wrapped up in human skin and are black (corrupt, Bikaaree…) from within. (sggs 1284).

The aim of the SGGS is to freeze this wandering mind bring about cessation of its movement or the vicious cycle of its birth and death, and help the deluded mind trace its steps back to its True Nature (Jot Saroop), Here and Now and move it out of the Bhav Saagar and usher it into the Sukh Saagar.

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਭੂਲਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਫੇਰੇ ॥: (The Wisdom of the Bani) turns the deluded mind around (sggs 118).
  • ਗੁਰ ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਬੁਝਾਵੈ ॥: (O Yogi) Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom) is cold like ice (cooling, soothing, that) puts out the fire (of the mind — desires, Trishnaa, Maya…). (sggs 411).
  • ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਕਟੀਐ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਗੁ ॥: When the diseases of Haumai or false ego-sense and doubt are cast out (by applying the Wisdom of the SGGS); there is no coming and going (i.e., the movement of the Haumai mind freezes). (sggs 47).

Thus, it’s the mind that has to become human and stable by staying linked with the Gur-Wisdom, Virtues, Truth (ਸਚ), Naam, or Hukam (Universal Energy, Law of Nature). Otherwise, it will be living at the level of animal-consciousness — daily passing through countless animal-like lives, here and now, not after death!

  • ਕਰਤੂਤਿ ਪਸੂ ਕੀ ਮਾਨਸ ਜਾਤਿ ॥ ਲੋਕ ਪਚਾਰਾ ਕਰੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮਲੁ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਛਪਸਿ ਨਾਹਿ ਕਛੁ ਕਰੈ ਛਪਾਇਆ ॥: (Although one born from human category) belongs to the human specie, but his deeds are that of animals. (However, he) day and night humbugs or show off to people (that he is a human, ਬੰਦਾ…)! Outside (on his body) is the religious dress but in his mind is the filth of Maya. (However, the filth of the mind) cannot concealed by trying to conceal it with (outwardly wearing religious robes). (sggs 267).
  • ਆਖਾ ਜੀਵਾ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਉ ॥: I come alive (Aatmak Jeevan-ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ) as I practice (Naam – Virtues, Wisdom, Truth…). Upon forgetting (Virtues, Wisdom, Truth…), I die (spiritual death-ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ). (sggs 9 & 349).

Therefore, Baabaa Nanak tells us:

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸਦਾ ਅਰਾਧਿ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਜਾਂਹਿ ਮਰਿ ॥੧੭॥: O Nanak! Always adore the Naam (Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…), you will not die ever (spiritual death-ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ). ||17|| (sggs 1363).

The Manmukh-mind is deceitful, wicked, Bikaaree (stuck in lust, anger, greed, etc.), denier of Truth, egoistic, deluded, illusioned, ignorant, conditioned, and so on. Hence,  reincarnating every moment in this very life.

  • ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਆਵੈ ਜਾਇ ॥: The “Manmukh” (mind-orientations) die and the same is reborn (sggs 19).

Accordingly, the Gurbani reminds us that the mind’s cycle of birth and death will continue  until the mind continues to live foolishly instead of the Gur-Wisdom — target of a Sikh in life (Sikh = ਸਿਖਿਆਰਥੀ, a learner, a student of the Gur-Giaan or Wisdom)!

So, the SGGS time and again reminds us that ‘NOW‘ (‘ਅਬ’) is the time!

  • ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਸੋਈ ਅਬ ਸਾਰੁ ॥: Whatever you have to do – now is the best (time) to do it.  (sggs 1159).
  • ਅਬ ਮੈ ਕਉਨੁ ਉਪਾਉ ਕਰਉ ॥ ਜਿਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਨ ਕੋ ਸੰਸਾ ਚੂਕੈ ਭਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਪਾਰਿ ਪਰਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ … ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਪਛਾਨਉ ਤਬ ਹਉ ਪਤਿਤ ਤਰਉ ॥੨॥੪॥੯॥੯॥੧੩॥੫੮॥੪॥੯੩॥:: What effort should I make, now? By the help of which my mind’s ‘Sansaa’ (uncertainty, anxiety, fear, apprehension; doubt, suspicion, etc.) may be ended, and I may cross the world-ocean (Bhav Saagar)? … Says Nanak!  Recognize glory of ‘Prabh’ (i.e., Mool, Jot Saroop, Pure Nature, Virtues, Wisdom…); for only then can I, the degraded (mind), can cross (the world-ocean). ||2||4||9||9||13||58||4||93|| (sggs 685).

Once the mind regains its True Nature (Jot Saroop) through Bhagti, it stops behaving like animals. Instead, it starts behaving like a real human being. Then and only then a person becomes a real human, in real human body!

  • ਤਬ ਇਹ ਮਾਨਸ ਦੇਹੀ ਪਾਈ ॥: Then, understand to have obtained this human body. (sggs 1155).

Conquering of the Manmukh-Saakat-Mayadhaaree mindset is conquering of the long journey (‘ਬਾਟ’, ‘ਜਾਤ੍ਰਾ’, ‘ਲਖ ਚਉਰਾਸੀਹ’, coming and going…). The Gurbani says we can conquer the worldly mindset by becoming the Gurmukh. A Gurmukh mind is fearless and free of doubt, attachment, Haumai, Bikaar, etc.

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਖਾਏ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੨॥: Who becomes the Gurmukh does not die (i.e., he escapes from the death of his Spiritual Life); (he) is not consumed by (Spiritual) death. (Because) the Gurmukh remains absorbed in the Truth. ||2|| (sggs 125).

In nutshell, when the mind becomes established in the Gur-Wisdom through the sincere Shabad-Vichaar or churning the Gurbani, it becomes frozen and its wanderings (ਭਟਕਣਾਂ, coming and going birth and death…) stop.

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਜਨਮੇ ਗਵਨੁ ਮਿਟਾਇਆ ॥: As (the mind) Awakened to the True Wisdom (i.e., Satgur – ਸਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ), wandering (of the mind) ended (sggs 940).
  • ਫਾਹੇ ਕਾਟੇ ਮਿਟੇ ਗਵਨ ਫਤਿਹ ਭਈ ਮਨਿ ਜੀਤ ॥: When one conquers his (own) mind, victory (Fatih-”ਫਤਿਹ”) is obtained; (Maya’s) snares are cut (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਦੇ ਬੰਧਨ ਕੱਟੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ); and one’s (Mayaic-ਮਾਇਆ ਪਿਛੇ ਭਟਕਣਾ) wanderings cease. (sggs 258).

Let’s remember what Bhagat Kabeer Jee tells us – the human birth DOES NOT happen gain and again!

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਾਨਸ ਜਨਮੁ ਦੁਲੰਭੁ ਹੈ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਬਾਰੈ ਬਾਰ ॥ ਜਿਉ ਬਨ ਫਲ ਪਾਕੇ ਭੁਇ ਗਿਰਹਿ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਨ ਲਾਗਹਿ ਡਾਰ ॥੩੦॥: O Kabeer! It is ‘Dulambhu’ (i.e., rare, unique, etc.) to obtain this human birth; it does not come again and again. It is like the ripe fruit on the tree; when it falls to the ground, it cannot be re-attached to the branch ||30|| (sggs 1366).

37 comments

  1. Okay, I think I do understand what Gurbani is saying. There is no such thing as an afterlife, but there is something we do during our life here on earth. We act of do things a certain way in which we become stuck in these lakh chourasee junes. By this Gurbani tells us when we become laalchi or greedy, them we become lobi or like a dog, in a sense that means we are in the state of a dog or a june of a dog.
    I know that in the Hindu religion they believe in an after life of reincarnation. But Gurbani focuses on what we are doing now because no one has seen the afterlife. According to Gurbani about the afterlife, it says Joti jot rali sampooran thia raam, Sooraj Kiran mile jal ka jal huwa raam. Just like how water is merged with water, the soul is also merged with the greater soul.
    My main point is that we have to be concerned with the life we are living now and making sure we are not falling the junes, and making sure we can get out of the vicious cycle of turning into those type of personalities.

  2. Yes, but do you mean to say that the soul move through one life to another every time we die?

  3. WJKKWJKF, I have a question I would like to ask. What did you mean when you say that the humans have been through 8.4 million junes to get the human life or form?

  4. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jee for taking the time to share Shabad-Vichaar. Welcme to the Gurbani Blog!
    As about quotations, the Gurbani is full of many more and very apt ones in this context, but all cannot be given from a space point of view.

  5. 1.ਫਿਰਤ ਫਿਰਤ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਆਇਆ ਪਰਿਆ ਤਉ ਸਰਨਾਇ I have come travelling a long distance, (now I am) seeking Your Sanctuary (ਆਸਰਾ).
    2.ਬਹੁਤ ਜਨਮ ਬਿਛੁਰੇ ਥੇ ਮਾਧਉ ਇਹੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੇ ਲੇਖੇ ॥
    For so many incarnations, I have been separated from You, Lord; I dedicate this life to You.
    3.ਬਹੁਤੇ ਫੇਰ ਪਏ ਕਿਰਪਨ ਕਉ ਅਬ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕੀਜੈ ॥
    I was wretched; I wandered through so many cycles of reincarnation. Now, Lord, please bless me with Your Grace.
    The journey not ends with death of body only, it ends with the death of all desires i.e. :-
    ਮਨੁ ਮਰੈ ਧਾਤੁ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਇ ॥
    When the mind is conquered, its turbulent wanderings are stopped/Journey ENDS.

  6. I think it is important to understand from where the journey of the SOUL starts and at what stages it ends. There are numerous forms of lives in the universe and HUMAN FORM is an EXCLUSIVE of all for the reason that in HUMAN FORM only the CRATOR (PRABHu) can be
    known thru GuRu this knowledge gives a great potential of getting out of numerous cycles of
    Births. As such the journey of SOUL can get terminated from any stage if it gets the meeting of
    GuROO…..Thus GuROO can meet in any form of life such is a great message from GurBaanee.

  7. Guru Arjav Ji advises (Sri Raag M. 5, GGS. 43-3):-

    ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਤੂੰ ਆਇਆ ਲਾਹਾ ਲੈਣਿ ॥ ਲਗਾ ਕਿਤੁ ਕੁਫਕੜੇ ਸਭ ਮੁਕਦੀ ਚਲੀ ਰੈਣਿ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਕੁਦਮ ਕਰੇ ਪਸੁ ਪੰਖੀਆ ਦਿਸੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਾਲੁ ॥ ਓਤੈ ਸਾਥਿ ਮਨੁਖੁ ਹੈ ਫਾਥਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਾਲਿ ॥ਮੁਕਤੇ ਸੇਈ ਭਾਲੀਅਹਿ ਜਿ ਸਚਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥੨॥ਜੋ ਘਰੁ ਛਡਿ ਗਵਾਵਣਾ ਸੋ ਲਗਾ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ਜਿਥੈ ਜਾਇ ਤੁਧੁ ਵਰਤਣਾ ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ਫਾਥੇ ਸੇਈ ਨਿਕਲੇ ਜਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਪੈਰੀ ਪਾਹਿ ॥੩॥ਕੋਈ ਰਖਿ ਨ ਸਕਈ ਦੂਜਾ ਕੋ ਨ ਦਿਖਾਇ ॥ਚਾਰੇ ਕੁੰਡਾ ਭਾਲਿ ਕੈ ਆਇ ਪਇਆ ਸਰਣਾਇ ॥ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚੈ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹਿ ਡੁਬਦਾ ਲਇਆ ਕਢਾਇ ॥੪॥੩॥੭੩॥: O mortal, you came here to earn a profit.What useless activities are you attached to? Your life-night is coming to its end. ||1||Pause|| The animals and the birds frolic and play-they do not see death.Mankind is also with them, trapped in the net of Maya.Those who always remember the Naam, the Name of the Lord, are considered to be liberated. ||2|| That dwelling which you will have to abandon and vacate-you are attached to it in your mind. And that place where you must go to dwell-you have no regard for it at all. Those who fall at the Feet of the Guru are released from this bondage. ||3|| No one else can save you-don’t look for anyone else. I have searched in all four directions; I have come to find His Sanctuary.O Nanak, the True King has pulled me out and saved me from drowning! ||4||3||73||

    Guru Nanak Sahib points to give up houmai (ego) in life in order to reach the destination:-
    ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ ਤਾ ਸਹੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਅਉਰੁ ਕੈਸੀ ਚਤੁਰਾਈ ॥ਸਹੁ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਦੇਖੈ ਸੋ ਦਿਨੁ ਲੇਖੈ ਕਾਮਣਿ ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਪਾਈ ॥ (Raag Tilang M. 1, GGS. 722-13): Give up your selfhood, and so obtain your Husband Lord; what other clever tricks are of any use? When the Husband Lord looks upon the soul-bride with His Gracious Glance, that day.

    “Gurbani eis jag mein channan” (let us immerse in the divine light of Gurbani with a humble Ardas asking for the right direction (sojhee). The need is to have trust and faith in ONE Waheguru “ਕੋਈ ਰਖਿ ਨ ਸਕਈ ਦੂਜਾ ਕੋ ਨ ਦਿਖਾਇ”.

  8. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for sharing Shabad-Vichaar.
    The Gurbani’s hint and edict here seems to be to realize our Mool (Source, Jot…), within.
    • ਮੂਲਹੁ ਭੁਲਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਏ ॥੨॥: (One who) has forgotten (his) Mool (Source, Jot…), (he) wastes away his life. ||2|| (sggs 664).
    • ਸਫਲੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਰਿਦੈ ਵਸਾਏ ॥: Fruitful is the life of those who, by becming the Gurmukh, recognize and enshrine “Hari” (Mool, Source, Jot…) in their Heart (sggs 513).
    Which, according to the Gurbani, is possible through the Guru (Wisdom or Divine Knowledge of the Gur-Shabad, Gur-Giaan, Gur-Updesh…).
    • ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਤਾ ਕੇ ਖੁਲ੍ਹ੍ਹੇ ਕਪਾਟ ॥ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਜੋਨੀ ਬਾਟ ॥੪॥: Meeting with the Guru, his doors (of the mind) open wide, and (then he) does not have to journey through the “Joni” again. ||4|| (sggs 1159).
    • ਗੁਰੁ ਭੇਟਿਆ ਹੈ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਦਾਤਾ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੀਈ ਹਮਾਰੀ ਸਫਲ ਜਾਤਾ ॥: I have met the Guru, the Bestower of salvation. “Hari” has made my journey fruitful (sggs 801).

  9. From Gurbaanee one also learns when and how this long journey is successful.
    This journey is successful only when one meets with the SAADHAA(GuROO)..GuR JOTi
    A quote in this context as
    “SAFAL SAFAL SAFAL BHAEE JATRAA ,AAVAN JAAN RAHE MILE SAADHAA”
    Rag Dhanasaree

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