Calculated Relationship With the Guru or Rabb

Example of a calculated relationship would be like ‘If you do this for me, then I will do this for you.’

For example, ‘O Guru or Rabb Ji! if you cure my sickness’; ‘if you improve my business’; ‘if you give me more wealth’; ‘if you help me win case in the court’; ‘if you help my children pass their exams’; ‘if you help me pass my driving test’ etc., ‘then I will perform Akhand Paath or Saadhaaran Paath or Sukhmani Sahib Paath or offer Rumaalaa, serve Langar, offer Parsaad, donation’; and so on.

Or, ‘O Guru or Rabb Ji! ‘if I count beads on you name, then you will have to do this and that for me’!

Isn’t this what most of us (if not all) witness routinely in Gurdwaras, specifically when Bhais (priest) perform Ardaas!

Usually, Bhais reads from a big list containing names of those who paid them or the Gurdawara, in return for favors from the Guru or Rabb. In order to secure return-business, these shameless priests or Bhais will say anything to please their host!

Just think, for example, if someone does not know how to drive an automobile properly, then why the Guru or Rabb wants to grant that person a driving license? So that he can go out and kill people on the road!

What a joke! The corrupt Pujaaree-Vaad and gullible and greedy people who follow them have made mockery of the Baabaa Nanak’s Gurmat or Sikhi.

This sort of nonsense is totally contrary to the Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS…). But, unfortunately, the corrupt and illiterate Pujaaree system has hijacked the Baabaa Nanak’s Sikhi and has totally tainted it.

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਤੀ ਗਣਤ ਜਿ ਰਖੈ ਹਲਤੁ ਪਲਤੁ ਸਭੁ ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਗਇਆ ॥ ਨਿਤ ਝਹੀਆ ਪਾਏ ਝਗੂ ਸੁਟੇ ਝਖਦਾ ਝਖਦਾ ਝੜਿ ਪਇਆ ॥: One who enters into a calculated relationship with the Satigur loses all ‘Halat’ (external Mayaic world…) and ‘Palat’ (Inner spiritual world, Heart….). He grinds his teeth (ਕਚੀਚੀਆਂ ਵੱਟਦਾ ਹੈ) continually and foams at the mouth (like a rabid dog); screaming in anger (ਖਪਦਾ ਖਪਦਾ, at the end), he perishes (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ-death of his spiritual life). (sggs 307).

Baabaa Nanak warns us about calculations or counting in the very outset of the SGGS, which is invariably misinterpreted by the illiterate and scheming Pujaaree-Vaad:

  • ਪਾਤਾਲਾ ਪਾਤਾਲ ਲਖ ਆਗਾਸਾ ਆਗਾਸ ॥ ਓੜਕ ਓੜਕ ਭਾਲਿ ਥਕੇ ਵੇਦ ਕਹਨਿ ਇਕ ਵਾਤ ॥ ਸਹਸ ਅਠਾਰਹ ਕਹਨਿ ਕਤੇਬਾ ਅਸੁਲੂ ਇਕੁ ਧਾਤੁ ॥ ਲੇਖਾ ਹੋਇ ਤ ਲਿਖੀਐ ਲੇਖੈ ਹੋਇ ਵਿਣਾਸੁ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਵਡਾ ਆਖੀਐ ਆਪੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਆਪੁ ॥੨੨॥: (All the Vedas say in unison) ‘There are millions of underworld and millions of skies. (Countless sages) are tired of searching for the last of them, but could not find. The books of Abrahamic religions: Islam, etc.) ‘There are a total of eighteen thousand universes, the origin of which is one essence’. (But the truth is that the words ‘thousands’ and ‘millions’ cannot be used in the number of Nature). An account of the Nature (Hukam, System-Rule-Law of Nature, ਕੁਰਤ ਦਾ ਬਿਧਾਨ) can be written only if there is an account! (This account cannot be done at all, while doing the accounting) the account itself is finished. O Nanak! (The Rabb) who is being called great (in the whole world) knows Himself (i.e., Rabb’s expanse is beyond mundane calculations or counting). (sggs 5).
  • ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਹੈ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਹੀ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਜਾ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਪਾਇ ਤ ਕਹੀ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਸਰੈ ਸਰੀਅਤਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ ਕੈਸੇ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਪਾਰੁ ॥: (Rabb-Universal Energy) is pervasive in KUDRAT (Nature), it cannot be valued. Even if one tries to find the value, the value cannot be stated. people think of only religious laws and regulations (i.e., man-made antagonistic adherents, external religious rituals, dogmas, formalities or Karamkaand, etc.). But, how can they find the other side (of life) without understanding (the true purpose of life)? (sggs 84).

However, the Karamkaand (Rituals, formalities…) propagated by the crafty and illiterate Pujaaree-Vaad fits the popular expression ‘blind leads blind‘.

  • ਝੂਠਾ ਮੰਗਣੁ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ਮਾਗੈ ॥ ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਮਰਤੇ ਘੜੀ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ॥ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਜੋ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਸੇਵੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਕਹਣਾ ॥੧॥: One who asks for a false gift (perishable things – ਨਾਸਵੰਤ ਪਦਾਰਥਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ), will not take even an instant to die (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ – death of his spiritual life). But one who continually serves the Transcendent, meeting the Guru, he is said to have become simple or free of wiles (ਅਡੋਲ, free of Maya’s cravings, free of desires, etc.). ||1|| (sggs 109).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਮਨਹੁ ਨ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਮਾਂਗੈ ਦੰਮਾ ਦੰਮ ॥ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਹੀ ਕਰੰਮ ॥੧॥ ਮਾਇਆ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਚਲਈ ਕਿਆ ਲਪਟਾਵਹਿ ਅੰਧ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਚਰਣ ਧਿਆਇ ਤੂ ਤੂਟਹਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਬੰਧ ॥੨॥: O Nanak! That person whose mind does not forget Maya, and who (instead of Naam: Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…) asks for (more and more) Maya each and every breath, who does not remember Prabh, (know that) he is unfortunate. ||1|| O blind (ignorant Jeeva)! Maya will not go along with you, so why do you cling to it? Contemplate the Gur-Wisdom, and the bonds of Maya will be cut asunder. ||2|| (sggs 1093).

Guru Arjan Sahib says:

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਕੈ ਘਰਿ ਕੇਵਲ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੪॥੪॥: In the Nanak’s (Inner) Home, there is only Giaan or Wisdom (i.e., Naam). ||4||4|| (sggs 1136).

The following Shabad depicts Baabaa Nanak’s incalculable relationship with the Divine and his Ardaas (prayer):

  • ਤੂ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਦਾਤਾ ਦਾਨਿ ਮਤਿ ਪੂਰਾ ਹਮ ਥਾਰੇ ਭੇਖਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਮੈ ਕਿਆ ਮਾਗਉ ਕਿਛੁ ਥਿਰੁ ਨ ਰਹਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਦੀਜੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਿਆਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਬਨਵਾਰੀ ॥ ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਗੁਪਤੋ ਵਰਤੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਦੇਖਿ ਨਿਹਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਮਰਤ ਪਇਆਲ ਅਕਾਸੁ ਦਿਖਾਇਓ ਗੁਰਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਸੋ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਅਜੋਨੀ ਹੈ ਭੀ ਹੋਨੀ ਘਟ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਦੇਖੁ ਮੁਰਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੨॥ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਕਉ ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਬਪੁੜੋ ਇਨਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਵਿਸਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਤ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਸਾਕਤ ਬਾਜੀ ਹਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਬੰਧਨ ਤੋੜਿ ਨਿਰਾਰੇ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਗਰਭ ਮਝਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗਿਆਨ ਰਤਨੁ ਪਰਗਾਸਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥੮॥: O Prabh (present within: Mool, Jot Saroop…)! You are the perfect giver (of DAAN), we are beggars (of Naam at your door). What can I ask you? Nothing lasts forever. O Hari! Give me (only) Naam so that I may love Naam. ||1|| … (sggs 597).

Furthermore, the Gurbani stresses that ‘everything’, including Rabb (Saahib, Sajjan, Gobind, Hari, Raam, Prabh, Mool, etc.) is within all of us. Therefore,  who seeks outside is deluded or doubt-ridden.

  • ਭੂਲੀ ਭੂਲੀ ਮੈ ਫਿਰੀ ਪਾਧਰੁ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਪੂਛਹੁ ਜਾਇ ਸਿਆਣਿਆ ਦੁਖੁ ਕਾਟੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਉਤ ਹੀ ਠਾਇ ॥: Confused and deluded (for a long time – ਬਹੁਤ ਚਿਰ ਤੋਂ ਖੁੰਝੀ ਹੋਈ), I wander around, but no one shows me the straight Way (right or clear Path – ਪੱਧਰਾ ਰਾਹ). I keep wandering and asking the clever people, if there is there anyone who can rid me of my suffering. When the Satiguru (Sach Daa Giaan, Knowledge of Truth, etc.) abides within the mind, then the “Sahib” or Mool is (also) seen at the same place (that is, within…) (sggs 1087).
  • ਸਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਵਸਿਆ ਮਨਿ ਸੋਈ ॥: The True Saahib (Rabb) dwells within the mind; the mind that realizes this blends into (Rabb). (sggs 420).
  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਸੋ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਸੁਹੇਲਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥: (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. By ‘Gur Parasaadee’ (i.e., by the Grace of the Gur-Giaan, the Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani …), those who have Realized within are Happy (tranquil) inwardly and outwardly. ||1|| (sggs 102).

Clearly, since ‘everything’ – including Rabb – is within, one’s prayer then must be personal – directed within as well, not outside to a third-party.

Not only that, Baabaa Nanak says that we do not even need to speak to the Guru or Rabb. Because, even without speaking, the Guru or Rabb knows what’s cooking in our heads (‘ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਸਭੁ ਸੋਇ’). For Rabb or Satgur is within.

  • ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲਿਆ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਕਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਕੀਚੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਏਕੋ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਸਬਦਿ ਕਰੇ ਪਰਗਾਸ ॥੫੮॥ : (Since Rabb is within) Rabb knows everything, to whom else can prayers be made (besides him)? O Nanak! Rabb is present in every body, the (Gur-) Shabad brings illumination (of spiritual Life – ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦਾ) ਚਾਨਣ). ||58|| (sggs 1420).
  • ਬਹੁਤਾ ਬੋਲਣੁ ਝਖਣੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਸਭੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: (Without Wisdom) to prattle much is all the vain. (Because) without our saying, everything is known to the Rabb. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 661).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧੩॥: My Satguru (Sachaa Giaan or true Wisdom) is always there, everywhere, which neither comes nor goes. The Satguru is imperishable, and pervades within all. ||13|| (sggs 759).

Hence, in short, its foolishness to play number game (calculations, counting…) with the Guru or Rabb. Because the Gurbani tells us the Guru or Rabb to be beyond mundane calculations — ‘ਅਗਣਤ-Incalculable’: beyond mundane counting. This is the Gurbani’s (Gur Shabad) edict:

  • ਗਣਤੈ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਨ ਪਾਈਐ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਰਮੀਤਾ ॥: The Divine cannot be obtained by counting; the mortal wanders in doubtMaya, duality etc. (sggs 510).

There is no counting or calculations for the one who has become the Gurmukh; because he knows he is not separate from the Divine. He thus relieves himself of all egoistic or mental calculations through the constant abidance in his Jot Saroop.

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਗਲੀ ਗਣਤ ਮਿਟਾਵੈ ॥: The Gurmukh erases all calculations (sggs 942).

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