Bhagats and Worldly People Cannot be in Alliance

Gurbani is the mirror of of our mind. It shows our mind its real nature, Soch (thinking), attention, tendency, habit, quality, temperament, character etc.

NOT at the physicals level but at the level of the mind, Bhagats (i.e. Gurmukhs, Daas, Jan…) and the worldly people (i.e. Manmukhs-Saakat-Mayadhaaree are of the opposite nature. Their mental dispositions are incompatible.

In short, a Bhagat (Gurmukh, Daas, Jan…) is that person who understands the Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature) and follows the Hukam. To the contrary, a worldly person is opposite of the Bhagat.

Accordingly, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) teaches us that — at the level of the mind — between Bhagats and the worldly people there can never be any true alliance (connection, union, link, association, etc.) for their mental dispositions are incompatible.

  • ਭਗਤਾ ਤੈ ਸੈਸਾਰੀਆ ਜੋੜੁ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਆਇਆ ॥: There can never be true alliance or connection (of nature, thinking, habits etc.) between the Bhagats (Gurmukh, Daas, Jan etc.) and the worldly people. (sggs 145).
  • ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਦਾਸ ਸਿਉ ਸਾਕਤ ਨਹੀ ਸੰਗੁ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਬਿਖਈ ਓਸੁ ਰਾਮ ਕੋ ਰੰਗੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਮਨ ਅਸਵਾਰ ਜੈਸੇ ਤੁਰੀ ਸੀਗਾਰੀ ॥ ਗਾਡਰ ਲੇ ਕਾਮਧੇਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਪੂਜੀ ॥ ਜਿਉ ਕਾਪੁਰਖੁ ਪੁਚਾਰੈ ਨਾਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਬੈਲ ਕਉ ਨੇਤ੍ਰਾ ਪਾਇ ਦੁਹਾਵੈ ॥ ਗਊ ਚਰਿ ਸਿੰਘ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਾਵੈ ॥੨॥ ਸਉਦੇ ਕਉ ਧਾਵੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਪੂੰਜੀ ॥੩॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਿ ਚੀਤ ॥ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਹਰਿ ਸਾ ਮੀਤ ॥੪॥੯੧॥੧੬੦॥ : A Saakat (Unenlightened mind or thought process) does not associate with a spiritually Enlightened person. (Because) the ‘Saakat‘ is caught in the clutches of sensuousness, while the spirituality Enlightened person is imbued with the love of God. ||1||Pause|| There association would be like an untrained person riding a decorated mare, or an impotent man trying to seduce a woman. ||1|| There association would be like a person trying milk a bull by putting a cord around its legs, or a person trying to chase a lion while riding a cow. ||2|| There association would be like worshipping a sheep mistaking it for ‘Kamdhenu‘, or a person going to market to buy merchandise without any money. ||3|| Nanak, realize God’s Naam in the mind. Remember the Creator who is like a Best Friend. ||4||91||160|| (sggs 198).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ਸਿਉ ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਅੜੈ ਡੁਬੈ ਹਕਿ ਨਿਆਇ ॥: According to the True Justice (of Hukam: System-Rule-Law of Nature…), a Manmukh who fights or conflicts with the Gurmukh sinks (in the ocean of the worldliness – ਸੰਸਾਰ-ਸਮੁੰਦਰ – i.e., the boat of his life sinks in the waves of Bikaars) (sggs 148).

To impart Wisdom to us, the Gurbani inquires as to who is a worldly and who is a Bhagat?

  • ਕਵਨੁ ਸੈਸਾਰੀ ਕਵਨੁ ਸੁ ਭਗਤਾ ॥ ਕਵਨ ਸੁ ਦਾਨਾ ਕਵਨੁ ਸੁ ਹੋਛਾ ਕਵਨ ਸੁ ਸੁਰਤਾ ਕਵਨੁ ਜੜਾ ॥੬॥ Who is worldly, and who is a Bhagat? Who is wise, and who is shallow? Who is aware, and who is ignorant? ||6|| (sggs 1081).

In the next breath, the Gurbani answers as follows:

  • ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸੈਸਾਰੀ ਹੁਕਮੇ ਭਗਤਾ ॥ ਹੁਕਮੇ ਹੋਛਾ ਹੁਕਮੇ ਦਾਨਾ ਦੂਜਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਅਵਰੁ ਧੜਾ ॥੭॥: In Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature), one is worldly, and one is Bhagat. In Hukam, one is shallow, and one is wise. There is no other side except Hukam. ||7|| (sggs 1081).

The Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS teaches us to become Bhagat (Gurmukh, Daas, Jan…).

  • ਸਚੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦ ਪਿਆਰਿ ॥: True Bhagti consists of love for the Gur-Shabad (i.e., life of the Shabad-Giaan, Wisdom, Upadesh, Virtues…). (sggs 158).


  1. Welcome to the Gurbani Blog Terseem Ji!

    The Gurbani says: ਏਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਬੁਝਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥੫॥: Eko Naam Hukam hai Nanak satgur deeaa bujhaai jeeou||5|| (sggs 72).

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