As indicated in the few previous posts, the human mind that conducts itself at the animal (e.g., elephant, monkey, frog…) level is crazy.

The Gurbani urges us to look into our crazy mind and ask:

  • ਮਨ ਰੇ ਕਹਾ ਭਇਓ ਤੈ ਬਉਰਾ ॥: Mann re kahaa bhaio tai bouraa: O mind, why have you gone crazy? (sggs 220).
  • ਸੁਣਿ ਬਾਵਰੇ ਤੂ ਕਾਏ ਦੇਖਿ ਭੁਲਾਨਾ ॥: Sun baavare too kaaye dekh bhulaanaa: Listen, O crazy man: gazing (upon the world: Maya), why have you gone astray (ਜੀਵਨ-ਰਾਹ ਤੋਂ ਭੁਲਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ)? (sggs 777).

The words of the Gurbani are abrupt, concise, direct, immensely profound but simple, terse yet potent — cutting to the core and wasting no effort on non-essentials. These deep yet plain words are able to trigger shifts in our Mayaic or egocentric consciousness, producing pointed and fine intellect (Bibek Budhi) coupled with conviction and faith about our True Identity – leading to intense and direct abidance in our Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot…), right here where we are. The Truth revealed in the words of the Gurbani is thus meant to annihilate our outgoing senses or body-consciousness and jolt us into Awareness of our Original Nature (Joti-Svaroopa).

  • ਸੋ ਬਉਰਾ ਜੋ ਆਪੁ ਨ ਪਛਾਨੈ ॥ ਆਪੁ ਪਛਾਨੈ ਤ ਏਕੈ ਜਾਨੈ ॥੪॥: So baouraa jo aap na pachaanai. Aap pacchaanai ta eko jaanai ||4||: Man is crazy without knowing himself (Mool-realization…). When he knows himself (ਆਪਣੇ ਅਸਲੇ ਦੀ ਪਛਾਣ, the Reality of his Being, his True Nature, etc.), only then he comes to know the One (All-pervading Truth). ||4|| (sggs 855).

What makes the mind crazy is the mental confusion or psychic disturbances resulting from psychological conditionings — relativist consciousness (Mayaic Budhi…), false ego-sense (Haume), or Mayaic Budhi. Everything is only subsequent to this modification of the consciousness.

For example, according to the Gurbani, the mind that is gone crazy (due to modification of its Joti-Svaroopa) does not abide in the Gur-Shabad (Gurnat: Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom…).

  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਮੁਗਧ ਗਾਵਾਰੁ ਪਿਰਾ ਜੀਉ ਸਬਦੁ ਮਨਿ ਨ ਵਸਾਏ ॥: Manmukh mugadh gaavaaru piraa jeeou sabadu mani n vasaaye: The Manmukhs are foolish and crazy, O my dear; they do not enshrine the Shabad within their minds (sggs 247).

Crazy mind is like “Sekhnaag” (Shesnaag). After feeding on milk, Naag (snake) only increases its poison. Similarly, even after readig the Gur-Shabad (Gurmat: Aatam-Giaan…), the crazy mind remains full to the brim with Manmat (ਮਨਮਤ or self-will…). As a result, it cannot realize its Mool (ਸੇਖਨਾਗਿ ਤੇਰੋ ਮਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਨਾਂ ॥੧॥, sggs 691).

Such crazy mind devoid of the Gur-Shabad (Gurnat: Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom, Divine Knowledge…) does not contemplate the Hari Naam fearlessly (ਰੋਜੀ ਦਾ ਸਹਿਮ, ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀ ਭੁੱਖ…).

  • ਨਿਰਭੈ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਹਰਿ ਭਜੇ ਮਨ ਬਉਰਾ ਰੇ ਗਹਿਓ ਨ ਰਾਮ ਜਹਾਜੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: O crazy mind! Why don’t you Bhaj (join, serve, Japa, contemplation, etc., on the Mool…) fearlessly (ਸਹਿਮ ਛੱਡ ਕੇ) the Lord, and why don’t you embark upon the Lord’s Boat (i.e., the Lord’s Sanctuary, ਆਸਰਾ…). ||1||Pause||

Reflections on the Divine Naam or Divine Qualities (ਸਿਫਤ-ਸਲਾਹ) enable us to dwell on Higher Virtues (ਗੁਣ) and Ideals and approximate the crazy mind more and more to its Mool within.

As the parrot is caught in a trap (consisting of “Nalaanee“), the crazy mind also gets caught in the trap of Maya.

  • ਜਿਉ ਨਲਨੀ ਸੂਅਟਾ ਗਹਿਓ ਮਨ ਬਉਰਾ ਰੇ ਮਾਯਾ ਇਹੁ ਬਿਉਹਾਰੁ ॥ ਜੈਸਾ ਰੰਗੁ ਕਸੁੰਭ ਕਾ ਮਨ ਬਉਰਾ ਰੇ ਤਿਉ ਪਸਰਿਓ ਪਾਸਾਰੁ ॥੩॥: Jiou nalanee sooataa gahio man baouraa re maya ih biouhaar …: Like the parrot caught in the trap (by sitting on the Nalanee), O crazy mind, you are trapped by the affairs (ਵਰਤਾਰਾ, ਸਲੂਕ) of Maya. Like the weak dye of the safflower, O crazy mind, so is the expanse of this material world (i.e., temporary, fleeting, etc.). ||3|| (sggs 336).

Consequently, such crazy mind gets absorbed in Mayaic corruption (Bikaar: lust, etc.). The Gurbani urges it to escape from the trap of craziness (Maya)…

  • ਬਿਖੈ ਬਾਚੁ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਚੁ ਸਮਝੁ ਮਨ ਬਉਰਾ ਰੇ ॥: Bikhai baachu hari raachu samajhu man bouraa re: So escape from corruption and immerse yourself in the Lord; take this advice, O crazy mind. (sggs 335).

The Gurbani asks how this crazy and stupid mind be rescued?

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਮੁਗਧੁ ਕਹਹੁ ਕਿਉ ਰਹਸੀ ॥: Ihu manu mugadhu kahahu kiou rahasee: Tell me, how can this stupid mind be rescued? (sggs 415).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੈ ਮਨੁ ਨਹੀ ਠਉਰਾ ॥: Binu gur sabadai manu nahee thaouraa: Without the Gur-Shabad (ਗੁਰ-ਸਬਦ ਵਿਚ ਜੁੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ), the mind finds no rest (stillness, abidance, ਟਿਕਿਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਰਹਿ ਸਕਦਾ…). (sggs 415).


  1. mann reh kaun kumat teh leenee……this is a beautiful shabad in Gurbani where we are reminded about….what are YOU doing here….you have been given this very keemti human being life form after many many births and deaths….do not waste your opportunity to meet the almighty….. but YOU have become totally enveloped by MAYA, and you must act NOW before it’s too late.

  2. Thank you Veer Jiou for sharing your Vichhar.
    ਬਾਵਰ ਸੋਇ ਰਹੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (sggs 406).
    ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਕਮਲਾ ਰਗੜੈ ਲੁਝੈ ॥ (sggs 1418).

  3. Thanks again for yet another Gurbani-rich, wisdom-packed piece. Shabad is truly the one-madicine-for-all-ailments. I remember listening to this line from a shabad — “Bin Shabdai sab jag bauraana” … the whole world will go crazy without ‘shabad’.

    Deep regards.

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