In order to instruct, explain or persuade us (ਸਮਝਾਣ ਲਈ), the Gurbani has used all sorts of examples of our world around us, including many animals.
However, the Gurmat (Giaan, Wisdom, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS…) is not meant for camels or other animals! Neither are the Gurdwara congregations (or any other religious congregation for that matter) meant for camels or other animals!
It’s for the human mind for learning and mends!
When the Truth that has not been personally experienced, one can not grasp it directly. However, with the help of examples, analogies, similes, allegories, metaphors, figurative or mystic representations and illustrations, idioms (ਮੁਹਾਵਰੇ), etc., the Truth becomes relatively easier to grasp. Such methods have extensively been used in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
From ignorance comes the perception of individuality (false ego-sense, Haumai…).
Consequently, he ends up doing everything contrary to the the Gurmat.
On account of doubts (Bharam), he entertains the wrong notion that his material body is his Mool (Source, Origin, Jot Saroop, True Nature…). This false or mistaken identity is the seed of mental delusion, whose nature is conceptualization (ਮਾਇਕੀ ਫੁਰਨੇ…).
Being slave of the sensory apparatus, a Saakat-Manmukh-Mayadhaaree’s emotional attachment to the sense-objects makes his mental conditioning more and more dense.
Such sense-blind mind who unaware of its Jot Saroop (True Nature…) is likened to a camel.
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਪਿਆਰਿਆ ਵਿਚਿ ਦੇਹੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥: O my dear beloved camel-like mind, take care of the Light (Giaan Knowledge…) that dwells within the body (sggs 235).
The habit of wandering around is peculiar about the camel. Similarly, the mind of a Manmukh-Saakat-Mayadhaaree wanders around as well.
Those who search for their Mool at places other than their inner Home are compared in the Gurbani with a wandering street-dog, or with a deer who is unaware of the musk-scent present in his body but roams around searching for it in the bushes…
Under the negative impact of Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, selfishness, ignorance, etc.) the mind also wanders around like a camel. Despite the repeated suffering, the worldly attachment is so strong that iy does not want to give it up.
- ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲੇ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭਵਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭਾਲਿ ॥: The Treasure (Naam) is deep within, O camel-like mind, but you wander around outside in doubt, searching for it (sggs 235).
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਅਤਿ ਨਿਰਮਲਾ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਆਇ ॥: O camel-like mind, you were very pure (i.e., Jot Saroop…); now the filth of egotism has come and attached to you. (sggs 234).
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਤੂੰ ਮੀਤੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਪਾਖੰਡੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਤਜਾਇ ॥: O camel-like mind, my friend; abandon hypocrisy and greed. (sggs 234).
Another thing that is peculiar about the camel is, while wandering around, it eats thorny bushes or thorny trees (e.g., ਕਿੱਕਰ, etc.) even though they make its mouth bleed!
Similarly, the mind of a Saakat-Manmukh-Mayadhaaree indulges in sense gratification even though his body and mind suffer because of it!
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਵੀਚਾਰੀਆ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਫਾਥਿਆ ਮਹਾ ਜਾਲਿ ॥: O camel-like mind! Become Vichaarvaan (ਵਿਚਾਰਵਾਨ, thoughtful, Reflective, Bibeki…), the Manmukh are caught in the great net (of Maya…). (sggs 234).
- ਪੰਚੇ ਰੁੰਨੇ ਦੁਖਿ ਭਰੇ ਬਿਨਸੇ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ॥੧॥: The five senses (of knowledge – eyes, ears, etc.) waste away through the love of duality; full of pain, they pine away. ||1| (sggs 19).
The Divine Life (Gurmukh Lifestyle) based on the Gurmat is the path that leads inwards, where all wanderings or searching ends.
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਪਿਆਰਿਆ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣਾਇ ॥: O my dear beloved camel-like mind, listen only to the Teachings of the Guru (Gur-Giaan or Wisdom…). (sggs 234).
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਤੂੰ ਚੰਚਲਾ ਚਤੁਰਾਈ ਛਡਿ ਵਿਕਰਾਲਿ ॥ ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਵਡਭਾਗੀਆ ਤੂੰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਰਤਨੁ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥: O camel-like mind, you are so fickle; give up your horrible cleverness. O camel-like mind, preserve (your) Jewel of Wisdom and fortunate. (sggs 235).
- ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲਾ ਗੁਰਿ ਮੰਨਿਆ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਇ ॥: O camel-like mind, assent (consent…) the Guru, become the Gurmukh, and act (as instructed by the Gur-Giaan or Wisdom...). (sggs 234).