We are given this Divine Gurbani, which spares no effort in trying to save us, but the majority of us (over 99.9 percent) remain unresponsive. Why?

The reason is of the nature of a paradox. It is the Gurbani that gives us Giaan (Divine Knowledge, Spiritual Wisdom, Aatam-Giaan …). But to understand the Gurbani, we need Giaan!! This is the paradox.

Thus, there seems to be no way out for human beings.

However, the Gurbani tells us there is the way. For example, the Gurbani says:

  • ਸਾਧ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਪ੍ਰਗਟੈ ਸੁਗਿਆਨੁ ॥: Saadh kai sangi prgatai sugiaanu (sggs 271).

In the foregoing verse, the term “Saadh Kai” (ਸਾਧ ਕੈ) and “Sangi” (ਸੰਗਿ) are pretty significant. The term “Saadh Kai” essentially indicates by disciplining, by preparing, by controlling, by conquering, by annihilating, by purifying it of Maya’s pollution or conditionings…

The term “Sangi” essentially indicates “a companion”. Now, who is the companion of who?

Summing up, here the Gurbani is calling out our intellect (Budhi) to mend its “Sangi” – the doubt-ridden mind. For our mind is the “Sangi” or “a companion” of our Budhi (intellect). Then, the Gurbani guarantees us of manifestation of the excellent Spiritual Wisdom [(“ਸੁਗਿਆਨੁ” ==> ਸੁ (excellent…) + ਗਿਆਨੁ (Spiritual Wisdom)].

  • ਸਾਧ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਪ੍ਰਗਟੈ ਸੁਗਿਆਨੁ ॥: Saadh kai sangi prgatai sugiaanu (sggs 271).
  • ਸਾਧ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਪਾਏ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਧਾਨ: Saadh kai sangi paae naam nidhaan (sggs 271).

Why mind? Because, It is the mind that is inflicted with the “Sootak” of duality (Doojaa Bhaav, etc.). It’s the mind that has become “black” with the filth of Bikaar, “Klank” (ਕਲੰਕੁ)… So, the Gurbani tells us that our real business is with our mind.

  • ਮਨ ਕਾ ਸੂਤਕੁ ਦੂਜਾ ਭਾਉ ॥: Man kaa sootaku doojaa bhaaou (sggs 229).
  • ਜਨਮ ਜਨਮ ਕੀ ਇਸੁ ਮਨ ਕਉ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਕਾਲਾ ਹੋਆ ਸਿਆਹ ॥: Janam janam kee isu man kaou malu laagee kaalaa hoaa siaah (sggs 651).
  • ਮਮਾ ਮਨ ਸਿਉ ਕਾਜੁ ਹੈ ਮਨ ਸਾਧੇ ਸਿਧਿ ਹੋਇ ॥: Mamaa man siou kaaju hai man saadhe sidhi hoi (sggs 342).

As far as the external Satsang (Sat = Truth; and Sang = Association…) goes, it will be the subject a separate post.


  1. The Gurbani says:
    • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥: (The Divine Virtues, Wisdom, Spiritual tranquility, Naam, Shabad, Amrit, Prabh, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਖ…) all that is within the Heart-Home; not outside. Who searches outside is deluded by doubts (sggs 102).

    A few possibly related: http://www.gurbani.org/gurblog/o-wandering-mind-come-home/

  2. If I’m not mistaken then everything in Gurbani is about the self and all internal with yourself? I don’t believe that anything in Gurbani is leading us to outside of ourself. The mind trains the mind to look into itself to realize it’s connection to the Divine so it works for the best interest of the self rather than wondering around in the outer world. Do I understand this correctly??

  3. I fully agree with ..
    But to understand the Gurbani, we need Giaan!! This is the paradox.
    I believe that the basic reason for this Paradox is that we are still to understand from where and How to understand Gurbanee. Unless this way is known ,clarified and accepted by all
    then only this Paradox can be elliminated oyjerwise this is going to be there for times to come


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