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Understanding the Gurbani from the Gurbani

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) asserts that the Gurbani can ONLY be understood FROM the Gurban!

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਜਾਤੀ ਜਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਰਤੇ ਰੰਗੁ ਲਾਇ ॥: Bani of the Gur (Satigur) is understood from the Gur (Satigur, by) those who lovingly remain attuned to the Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar). (sggs 1346).
  • ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਜਪਿ ਅਨਦੁ ਕਰਹੁ ਨਿਤ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ॥੧॥: O mortal! Understanding the Bani of the Perfect Gur (Satigur), be ever in Bliss (Aatmak Aanand). ||1|| (sggs 616).
  • ਪੋਥੀ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ ਕਾ ਥਾਨੁ ॥ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਗਾਵਹਿ ਗੁਣ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਪੂਰਨਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: “Pothee” (SGGS-Adi Birh) is the Abode (ਸਰੂਪ, Place, etc.) of Parmeshar (i.e., Place to Realize “Parraatam”). By understanding the Giaan (spiritual Knowledge of the “Pothee”), Aatmaa is strengthened and begins to live Virtues (Giaan). (sggs 1226).
  • ਆਤਮਾ ਪਰਾਤਮਾ ਏਕੋ ਕਰੈ ॥ ਅੰਤਰ ਕੀ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮਰੈ ॥੧॥: When Aatmaa (soul) and Praatmaa (our Chetan Mool) are turned into one (i.e., PooranBrahm), (then) the inner duality become extinct within (sggs 461).

Thus, the “Pothee” Sahib provides us with the Giaan (spiritual Knowledge) of the PooranBrahm.

Following the above Instruction of the SGGS, our attempt (ਛੋਟਾ ਜਿਹਾ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ, ਯਤਨ)  here is  to understand the Way or Wisdom of the Gurbani (SGGS) directly from the Gurbani (SGGS),  NOT from the illiterate and corrupt Pujaaree system (Pujaaree-Vaad, Bipar-Vaad, Pakhand-Vaad, priest or Pujaaree group — Raagees, Bhais, Kathaakaar, preachers, Deraavaad sant or Baabaas, etc.).

  • 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).

This is not a commercial website

  • We decided to keep this entire Website non-commercial since its inception in 1993. For we are not interested in using the Gurbani or Dharma as a mundane business (“ਰੋਟੀਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ”, ਧੰਧਾ) as many are doing just that in the guise of Sikhi.
  • This Website is not meant to make presentation of corrupt politics, rituals (Karamakaand), dogmas, etc.,  which have no place in the Divine Teaching of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
  • Hence, this Website is  not for those who use the Gurbani, Dharma, or religion as a mundane business, or who like their understanding (Soojh-Boojh) of the Gurbani and Spirituality watered down.
  • This Website is for those who have become aware that there is more to the Gurbani than the routine ritualistic and robotic reading or hearing of the Gurbani from the self-serving Pujaaree system.

“Why do you write?”

  • The author is neither a scholar nor a writer and nor interested in being one. He does this Website to understand the deeper meaning and Message of the Gurbani (SGGS) through the Gurbani (SGGS) — to teach himself, NOT others. 
  • While reading the Gurbani (SGGS) and reflecting on it, he writes it down so that he can remember or refer back to later.
  • Some seekers may also find all this of some spiritual value; in that spirit he shares on this Website (“Vand Shaknaa“). Specifically, because, he knows some will come and correct him.

The Gurbani asserts:

  • ਭੁਲਣ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਅਭੁਲੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਰਤਾਰੁ ॥: Everyone makes mistakes; only the “Guroo Karataar” is infallible. (sggs 61).

So, nothing is perfect, including this. If you know how to say the Gurbani’s meaning more clearer, please share (“Vand Shaknaa“) in the comment section of each post.

Note on gender

It’s only for the ease of writing, we use a pronoun “He”. Also, the term “Man” is to be understood in its generic sense, including both woman and man, unless the context indicates otherwise.

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