Deraa-Vaad Baabaas

First off, the Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) does NOT create SANTDOM or SAADHDOM or DERAA-VAAD or BAABAA-DOM!

As a matter of fact, the Gurbani (SGGS) is never specific to location, occasion, person, incident etc.

The Gurbani is also NOT meant to regurgitate useless Karamkaand (rituals, formalities, etc.) and concocted mythical narratives that already existed before the Gurus and Bhagats.

Hence, they never sanctioned any tradition like Sant-Hood or Baabaa-Hood or Deraa-Vaad, neither any initiation to be a Sant etc. They knew such practices would confuse the masses, and defeat the Unique and Revolutionary spirituality of Gurmat or Sikhi of Baabaa Nanak.

Instead, the SGGS creates GURMUKH MINDSETS — Bhagat, Daas or Jan — who live a divine Life of Wisdom and Virtues!

The negative impact of false ego-sense (i.e. Haumai) or pride develops in some people to an extent that (1) they are foolish enough to equate themselves to God; (2) declare themselves to be God; (3) pretend to have miraculous powers (Karaamaat), (4) expect followers worship them, and so on.

The brainwashed and blockheaded followers blindly follow their freeloading Baabaas or sants. Many a time foolishly and blindly call them to be the ‘Roop‘ (ਰੂਪ) of Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Nanak etc.!

Many boast their Baabaas or sants to be born as Nirankar or God! The list of such fraud and foolishness goes on and on!

But they are always reluctant to answer any convincing and logical argument of the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS.

Among Sikhs (learners or seekers), plenty of Derra-Vaad baabaas or sants of such hypocritical acts (Pakhand) can be found.

Aptly, the Gurbani calls them Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) meaning ‘fraudulent or conmen posing as Sants or spiritual persons.’

  • ਗਜ ਸਾਢੇ ਤੈ ਤੈ ਧੋਤੀਆ ਤਿਹਰੇ ਪਾਇਨਿ ਤਗ ॥ ਗਲੀ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਜਪਮਾਲੀਆ ਲੋਟੇ ਹਥਿ ਨਿਬਗ ॥ ਓਇ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ ॥੧॥ ਐਸੇ ਸੰਤ ਨ ਮੋ ਕਉ ਭਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਡਾਲਾ ਸਿਉ ਪੇਡਾ ਗਟਕਾਵਹਿ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਬਾਸਨ ਮਾਂਜਿ ਚਰਾਵਹਿ ਊਪਰਿ ਕਾਠੀ ਧੋਇ ਜਲਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਬਸੁਧਾ ਖੋਦਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਦੁਇ ਚੂਲ੍ਹ੍ਹੇ ਸਾਰੇ ਮਾਣਸ ਖਾਵਹਿ ॥੨॥ ਓਇ ਪਾਪੀ ਸਦਾ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਅਪਰਾਧੀ ਮੁਖਹੁ ਅਪਰਸ ਕਹਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੀ ਸਗਲ ਕੁਟੰਬ ਡੁਬਾਵਹਿ ॥੩॥ : (Freeloading/Pakhandi Sant/Sadh) they wear three and a half yard long loincloths, and triple-wound sacred threads. They wear rosaries around their necks, and glittering jugs in their hands. Just because of such religious paraphernalia they should not be called Sant of God — they are thugs of Baanaaras (i.e., religious conmen, cheats, robbers…). Fallen from human thinking, such pretentious so called Sant are not pleasing to me. Because, they rob their victims of not only their wealth, but also of their life which is like gulping down the entire tree instead of consuming just a branch. ||1||Pause|| They wash their pots and pans before putting them on the stove, and wash the wood before lighting it. (To show others how holy they are) they dig earth, and make two hearths – one for their use and he second for others to use. (But in their real life, they are so cruel) they rob their victims as if they devoured the whole person (i.e. exploit the gullible people and destroy their life). ||2|| Such sinners always keep roaming around (looking for more victims), but they call themselves “Aprass” (i.e. untouched by vices or any other person). They always live in arrogance and thus drown themselves (in vices) along with their family (i.e. those in their company also suffer for their deeds). ||3|| (sggs 476).
  • ਸਾਧੋ ਮਨ ਕਾ ਮਾਨੁ ਤਿਆਗਉ ॥ ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਦੁਰਜਨ ਕੀ ਤਾ ਤੇ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਭਾਗਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥:  O ‘Saadho‘ (i.e. those who call themselves Saadh / seekers but in reality are fraud)! Shed the egotistical pride of your mind. Abstain from lust and anger (i.e. all Bikaar) which is like being in the company of evil persons. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 219).

In fact, the status of these ‘Baanaaras Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) Sants, Saadh or Baabaas remains because they inject greed and fear in the minds of gullible and ignorant followers — fear of pre-1469 concocted concepts of after physical death or afterlife, God, Paap Punn, Sutak (pronounced Sootak-ਸੂਤਕ), Hell and Heaven, Religion, Dharma, Ghosts or Bhoot Pret, cycle of reincarnation (Avaa Gavan), ritual bathing, Tirath or pilgrimage, Kirtan (ਕੀਰਤਨ), Bhagti, Jum Doot, Dharma Raj, Chitr Gupt etc. which have been rejected in the SGGS!

Furthermore, being fearful and greedy, people who seek refuge at these Deraas and do not dare speak out against them!

As a matter of fact — throughout the period of the Gurus (1469 – 1708) — no Sikh was ever called a Sant or referred to with the title of ‘Sant‘.

Created by the British Raj, a class of Sants slides into Sikhi about beginning of the 19th century.

In fact, many of the original heads of Deraas in Punjab were veterans of the British army in India!

Apparently, they were supported by the British Raj for the main purpose of (1) distorting, tainting and corrupting the Sikhi of Baabaa Nanak, and (2) to divide Sikhs to weaken them for easy control of the VAST Punjab province, which (during the British Raj, NOT now) stretched from Himachal Pradesh in the east to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the west!

In the singular sense, Gurbani uses the word ‘Sant’ or ‘Saadh‘ to refer to God and the Guru. In the plural sense, it refers to ordinary Sikhs (learners or seekers). Gurbani further refers to a ‘group or class’ of people who call themselves ‘Sants‘ as conmen (fraudulent and of bad intent). The Gurbani calls them ‘Benares Kay Thugs’ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’).

However, invariably, when people — specially of Indian origin — see somebody claiming to be a holy man, with peculiar external religious paraphernalia, they fall on his feet. He may be a first-class thief under his outer covering, but nonetheless he is revered!

On account of our lack of BECOMING the Gurbani (SGGS), and our fear and greed, we readily accept anyone who says ‘I am God‘, ‘I have seen God’, ‘I will show you God’, ‘I can give you son – ਦੁਧ ਪੁਤ’, ‘I can improve your business’, ‘I can fulfill all your desires‘, ‘I can help you win lawsuit’, ‘I can make you wealthy’, ‘I can make you rich’, and so on.

These days, if someone without education just wants to live a luxurious life (ਐਸ਼ਪਰਸਤੀ) as a freeloader (ਵੇਹਲੜ) in the society, he becomes a Sant or Baabaa and setup a Deraa!

There are various reason people chose this lifestyle —  lazy-bums, fugitives, hooligan lifestyle, illiteracy, lack of skill and education, hiding from the law, vote-banks for corrupt leaders and politicians etc. In fact many disguised in the dress (ਭੇਖ, ਬਾਣਾ) are hardcore criminals running from the law!

A well paying business indeed, wherein there need not be any investment and therefore, it is a safe activity of ‘all gains and no loss’! Also, there is no need to toil!

Consider the following verses of Bhatt Bhikhaa Ji (whose Bani is included in the SGGS). He mentions spending one year searching for a true Sant, but could not find one. He saw many ‘Saadh‘ and Pandits. But he found them to be sweet talkers on the outside, but full of Maya‘s corruption on the inside (i.e., fraud…). Finally, he gave up his search and came to the Guru Sahib.

  • ਰਹਿਓ ਸੰਤ ਹਉ ਟੋਲਿ ਸਾਧ ਬਹੁਤੇਰੇ ਡਿਠੇ ॥ ਸੰਨਿਆਸੀ ਤਪਸੀਅਹ ਮੁਖਹੁ ਏ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮਿਠੇ ॥ ਬਰਸੁ ਏਕੁ ਹਉ ਫਿਰਿਓ ਕਿਨੈ ਨਹੁ ਪਰਚਉ ਲਾਯਉ ॥ ਕਹਤਿਅਹ ਕਹਤੀ ਸੁਣੀ ਰਹਤ ਕੋ ਖੁਸੀ ਨ ਆਯਉ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਗੇ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਹਉ ਕਿਆ ਕਹਉ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਦਯਿ ਮਿਲਾਯਉ ਭਿਖਿਆ ਜਿਵ ਤੂ ਰਖਹਿ ਤਿਵ ਰਹਉ ॥੨॥੨੦॥: I have been searching for Sants; I have seen so many ‘Sadh’. (Also seen) Sannyaasees, penitents and sweet-tongued Pandits. Although I wandered around for a year, but no one could satisfy me (solace, ਤਸੱਲੀ…). I have heard people say and preach, but seeing their way of life (Rahat), I am not at all pleased. What can I say about the qualities of those people who are engaged in other than Naam, (i.e., love of Maya)? (sggs 1395).

Bhagat Kabeer Jee also makes similar observation. He says whom I go to release myself, I find them bound by all sorts of chains themselves (false ego-sense or Haumai, Bikaar, craftiness etc.)!!

  • ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਨੇ ਅੰਧਾ ॥ ਜਾ ਪਹਿ ਜਾਉ ਆਪੁ ਛੁਟਕਾਵਨਿ ਤੇ ਬਾਧੇ ਬਹੁ ਫੰਧਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Without Hari (Mool, Source), the spiritually blind ones are gone astray in doubt. And those, to whom I go to find release – they themselves are bound by all sorts of chains. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 334).

To Maintain their luxurious life (ਐਸ਼ਪਰਸਤੀ) as a freeloader (ਵੇਹਲੜ), these Deraa-Vaad Sants or Baabaas have distorted the UNIQUNESS of the Gurbani and its distinct goals, and thus reduced the Sikhi of Baabaa Nanak to a mere mundane business (‘ਰੋਟੀਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ’ ਧੰਧਾ; ‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’ )!

  • ਕਰਤੂਤਿ ਪਸੂ ਕੀ ਮਾਨਸ ਜਾਤਿ ॥ ਲੋਕ ਪਚਾਰਾ ਕਰੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮਲੁ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਛਪਸਿ ਨਾਹਿ ਕਛੁ ਕਰੈ ਛਪਾਇਆ ॥: Although; human in name or creed, but actions are that of animalistic nature. But day and night he exhibits or shows off to people (that he is a human – ਬੰਦਾ)! Outside (on his body) he wears religious dress but in his mind is the filth of Maya. However he cannot conceal the filth of his mind with (outwardly wearing religious robes, cunningness, pleasing people etc.). (sggs 267).

The Gurbani debunks their conduct or life-style (ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਰਤੂਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਬੋਲਦੀ ਹੈ)!

Deraa-Vaad is neither supported nor encouraged in the Gurbani.

According to the Gurbani, the Real ‘Deraa‘ (ਡੇਰਾ) is Within — Mool-abidance, divine Life, Gurmukh MINDSET, Realization of the Creator Within etc.).

Fittingly, the Gurbani (SGGS) tells us that the worldly Deraas are not the real Deraas for they are fleeting, perishable etc.

The Gurbani also tells us that the value of the real Deraa — which is beyond these fleeting worldly Deraa — is known only to those with the Gurmukh Mindset inculcated through churning the Gurbani via Shabad-Vichaar:

  • ਡਡਾ ਡੇਰਾ ਇਹੁ ਨਹੀ ਜਹ ਡੇਰਾ ਤਹ ਜਾਨੁ ॥ ਉਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕਾ ਸੰਜਮੋ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਨੁ ॥ ਇਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕਉ ਸ੍ਰਮੁ ਕਰਿ ਘਾਲੈ ॥ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਤਸੂ ਨਹੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਚਾਲੈ ॥ ਉਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕੀ ਸੋ ਮਿਤਿ ਜਾਨੈ ॥ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਪੂਰਨ ਭਗਵਾਨੈ ॥ ਡੇਰਾ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਸਚੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਜਨ ਨਹ ਡੋਲਾਇਆ ॥੨੯॥: Daddaa (a letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet): This worldly Deraa (ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਡੇਰਾ) is not your (True Deraa); (therefore) know that Deraa (which is True-ਸਚਾ ਡੇਰਾ). Through the Shabad of the Guru, understand the technique of getting established in that Deraa (which is true). Man works hard for the sake of this worldly Deraa. But (upon death) not even a particle of this (worldly Deraa) goes with him. Only he knows the worth of that Deraa who (develop) Perfect Perspective (ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿਕੋਣ, ਨਜਰੀਆ, point of view…). (That) Permanent Deraa is obtained connecting with the Gur-Giaan or Wisdom. O Nanak! Those Jan (Daas, Bhagat, Gurmukh, etc., who obtain that true Deraa, their minds) do not wander (after these perishable worldly Deraa). ||29|| (sggs 256).

However, contrary to what the Gurbani says, these so called Sants or Saadh are so attached to the worldly Deraas (ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਡੇਰਾ) furnished with expensive cars, luxurious lifestyle etc.? Some are even contemplating having landing strips for private jets in their Deraas (probably some already have them)!

Clearly, to support their luxurious lifestyle (ਐਸ਼ਪਰਸਤੀ) of ‘freeloaders’ (ਵੇਹਲੜ ਲੋਕਾ ਦੇ ਅੱਡੇ, ਡੇਰੇ) in the society, they care less what the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS says. They care less becauser they are anti-Sikhi, or anti-Gurmat, or anti-Soch of Baabaa Nanak.

If they did care, then they would be living according to the Giaan (Wisdom, Upadesh…) of the SGGS.

Clearly, these ‘freeloaders’ (ਵੇਹਲੜ ) live a life of ‘Dhroh‘ (‘ਧ੍ਰੋਹ’=> deceit, to live freely off others and, in return, mislead them etc.).

The Gurbani indicates those engaged in ‘Dhroh’ are full of Bikaar (i.e. lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride….).

  • ਝੂਠ ਬਿਕਾਰ ਮਹਾ ਲੋਭ ਧ੍ਰੋਹ ॥: (The fool lives a life of) falsehood, Bikaar, immense greed and ‘Dhroh’. (sggs 267-268).

Thus under the influence of Maya or materiality the deluded mind nurses the defiled senses.

  • ਉਦੋਸਾਹੈ ਕਿਆ ਨੀਸਾਨੀ ਤੋਟਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਅੰਨੀ ॥ ਉਦੋਸੀਅ ਘਰੇ ਹੀ ਵੁਠੀ ਕੁੜਿਈ ਰੰਨੀ ਧੰਮੀ ॥ ਸਤੀ ਰੰਨੀ ਘਰੇ ਸਿਆਪਾ ਰੋਵਨਿ ਕੂੜੀ ਕੰਮੀ ॥ ਜੋ ਲੇਵੈ ਸੋ ਦੇਵੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਖਟੇ ਦੰਮ ਸਹੰਮੀ ॥੨੯॥ : What is the sign of a person who is always running after Maya? The proof is that such rat-race does not lack worldly materials for him. (HOWEVER, running around for the sake of mere Maya) confusion always prevails in his Mind and entrapped in the love for Mays, his sensory organs always create turmoil in his life. The seven companions (senses: two eyes, two ears, one nose, one mouth and one sex organ) always create commotion in his mind for the sake of short lived worldly pleasures. He earns lot of worldly wealth but remains miserable because whatever he earns, he does not share with others. ॥29॥ (sggs 1412).

Instead of searching our ownself we accept Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) who come along claiming to be holy men.

Such Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) and swindlers are pullulating nowadays every where in the world. If not alert and aware, one can be easily distracted, cheated, trapped and snared into their net of Bharam-Jaal or Maya-Jaal (traps of illusion, delusion…).

Since they are anti-Gurmat, Baabaa Nanak asks everybody to be on the alert — he disapproves their lifestyle saying ‘ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ – don’t ever touch their feet’ (i.e. don’t follow their example in life, or don’t follow their lifestyle).

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਗਾਵੈ ਗੀਤ ॥ ਭੁਖੇ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਘਰੇ ਮਸੀਤਿ ॥ ਮਖਟੂ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਕੰਨ ਪੜਾਏ ॥ ਫਕਰੁ ਕਰੇ ਹੋਰੁ ਜਾਤਿ ਗਵਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਪੀਰੁ ਸਦਾਏ ਮੰਗਣ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥: Someone sings the hymns (Kirtan etc. as a source of livelihood or bread, but he lacks Giaan or wisdom (since he uses it as a source of income, his understanding could not be higher). The mosque of the starving mullahs is also for the sake of livelihood (i.e. the Mullahs have also made the act of praying in the mosque a source of livelihood or bread). There is another (third one) lazy bum (unemployed, ਹੱਡ-ਹਰਾਮ, ਵੇਹਲੜ) gets his ears pierced (to look like a Yogi). Someone else becomes a panhandler and lives life of a beggar-ਮੰਗਖਾਣਾਂ), and thus loses his social status. Someone pretends to be respected by becoming a Guru or a Pir (spiritual guide…) but is also greedy for material things (i.e. accumulates wealth by craftiness and making excuses. Don’t ever touch such person’s feet (i.e., don’t consider him a Guru or a Pir – don’t follow him). One who eats by working diligently (with honesty…) and helps the needy in the right way out of this noble work; O Nanak! Only such people have come to know the right way of life. ||1|| (sggs 1245).

Note the last two verses (‘ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥’).

The Gurbani’s Teaching is that one should work with his hands (Kirat Kamaaee – ਕਿਰਤ ਕਮਾਈ) while keeping the Conscience united with the Gur-Shabad within. However these Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) do not work for what they eat.

In short, if a so called Sant does not righteously work to earn his living, then he is not even a Sikh (learner of the Gurbani-ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਤੋਂ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲਾ) let alone a Sant!

  • ਹਾਥ ਪਾਉ ਕਰਿ ਕਾਮੁ ਸਭੁ ਚੀਤੁ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੨੧੩॥: Do all the work using your hands and feet, and connect your mind with the ‘Niranjan‘ (Maya-free Rabb). ||213|| (sggs 1376).

The following verses of the Gurbani perfectly fit Deraa-Vaad:

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਸਿਖ ਸਾਖਾ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਕੀਏ ਕੇਸੋ ਕੀਓ ਨ ਮੀਤੁ ॥ ਚਾਲੇ ਥੇ ਹਰਿ ਮਿਲਨ ਕਉ ਬੀਚੈ ਅਟਕਿਓ ਚੀਤੁ ॥੯੬॥: O Kabeer! (Those who) have made many students and disciples (ਚੇਲੇ-ਚਾਟੜੇ), but have not made the Mool (their) Friend; (although) they set out to meet Hari (Mool, within), but (their) consciousness failed (them) half-way. ||96|| (sggs 1369).
  • ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਨਿਤ ਪਰ ਦਰਬੁ ਹਿਰਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਚੁਰਾਇਆ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਤਿਨ ਕੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਤ ਕਰਹੁ ਰਖਿ ਲੇਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਇਆ ॥: Those human beings who ever get up and steal the wealth of others; their (own wealth of) Divine Naam gets stolen. O Divine! Let me not even associate with them; save me from them. (sggs 1244).

From such clear defiance of the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS, it becomes very clear that:

  • Being anti-Gurmat, they distort the Gurmat’s Uniqueness and its equally distinct goals.
  • Since they cannot see beyond Maya, they mislead people and put them on the path of Mayaic lifestyle – [ਰਖਵਾਰੇ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਬਿਨਾਸ ॥ (sggs 871)].
  • If they themselves are so spiritually sick, then how in the world they are going to cure others or their followers! In other words, how they can detoxicate others from the addiction to which they themselves are addicted! [ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਸੋਭਾ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਰੇ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ ਆਵਤ ਪਹੀਆ ਖੂਧੇ ਜਾਹਿ ॥ (sggs 872)].
  • Apparently, they don’t understand or don’t believe what the Gurbani says! They only believe and do whatever supports their freeloading lifestyle. That will put them in the category of Manmukhs-Saakats-Mayadhaaree, Asants or Asaadh etc.
  • If they don’t follow the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS, then they are nothing but religious conmen Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) swindling people in the name of the Gurbani, Dharma, and Sikhi.
  • Whatever they do is to trap people as ‘Pakhiaaree-ਪਖਿਆਰੀ’: ਕਰਿ ਸੀਗਾਰੁ ਬਹੈ ਪਖਿਆਰੀ ॥ (sggs 871).
  • Hence, they only know ‘Phaasan Kee Bidhi‘ (‘ਫਾਸਨ ਕੀ ਬਿਧਿ’ = way to snare or trap people, ਫਸਣ ਅਤੇ ਫਸਾਣ ਦਾ ਰਸਤਾ…). They do not know ‘Chhootan Kee’ Bidhi (‘ਛੂਟਨ ਕੀ’ = way of liberation, ਮੁਕਤੀ ਦਾ ਰਸਤਾ…).
  • Thus, instead of abiding in Mool or Jot Saroop within as taught by the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS, they link themselves and others with Maya [ਹਉ ਬਿਨੁ ਗਾਂਠੇ ਜਾਇ ਪਹੂਚਾ ॥੨॥ (sggs 659)].
  • Along with their corrupt lackeys (pupils, followers, leaders and corrupt politicians buddies…), they have mislead people away from the real Sikhi of Baabaa Nanak (‘ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ’) and put them on the path of Karamkaand, rituals, formalities, dogmas, Bhekh (ਭੇਖ-garbs), Jaat-Paat, worldly entanglements (‘ਆਲ ਜਾਲ’, ਪੁੱਠੀ ਮੱਤ), etc., from which the Gurbani frees us (ਮੋ ਕਉ ਕਹਾ ਪੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਵਸਿ ਆਲ ਜਾਲ ॥: sggs 1194)!
  • Since they themselves are disconnected from the Gur-Shabad, then how are they going to link others with it? They cannot. Instead, they are hooking people to worship them and their Deraas; ruining (spiritually) themselves and others in the process [ਲੋਗੁ ਗੰਠਿ ਗੰਠਿ ਖਰਾ ਬਿਗੂਚਾ ॥ (sggs 659) ; ਆਪੋ ਆਪੈ ਪੂਜਾ ਹੋਇ ॥ (sggs 951)].

These Baanaarasi Kae Thugs‘ (‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’) takes pleasures in having their illiterates disciples (ਚੇਲੇ ਚਾਟੜੇ) and unsuspecting followers touch their feet. If you question theme, they always quote the following verse (‘ਜੋ ਦੀਸੈ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੜਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਨਿਵਿ ਨਿਵਿ ਲਾਗਉ ਪਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥’) and misinterpret it to justify as if the Guru has ordered every Sikh to humbly bow and fall at their feet.

However, (1) if you ask them then why don’t they touch feet of other Sikhs they see, then they will get very angry and their followers may even kill you!

But that’s not really the true message of this verse or the Gurbani as a whole:

  • ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਗੁਣਵੰਤੀ ॥ ਜੋ ਦੀਸੈ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੜਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਨਿਵਿ ਨਿਵਿ ਲਾਗਉ ਪਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥: Composition of the fifth Guru in Raag Soohee titled (Gunvantee-ਗੁਣਵੰਤੀ) virtuous soul-bride. If I see a GurSikh who lives by the Guru’s Giaan or Wisdom, bowing down, I shall pay obeisance to him/her and follow his/her example (or follow his/her lifestyle). (sggs 763).

However, the Message of the Guru’s Shabad (SGGS) should be known only to those who read the SGGS themselves and thus have inculcated Understanding of the Gurbani through churning the Gurbani. Otherwise, only Manmat (ਮਨਮਤ-mind’s will or dictates) are considered as Gurmat!

  • ਮੂਰਖ ਪੜਹਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜਾਤਾ ਹੇ ॥੧੫॥: (Devoid of Naam) the fools read (books), but do not understand the (Upadesh, Wisdom, Naam, Hukam, etc. of the) Shabad. How rare are those who, by becoming the Gurmukh, understood (the Upadesh of the Shabad). ||15|| (sggs 1053).

38 comments

  1. Thank you veerji for an enlightening revelation. Gurbani clear states who are fraudsters who call themselves ‘Sants’ but at the same time we need to understand that in SGGS, our Gurus have redefined the meanings of Sant. It is this lack of understanding and lack of study on our part of the Gurus work, we have drifted away, very far away from the true essence of living Gurbani.

  2. Thank you Sonik Jee for your reply.
    Do google search for English translation of SGGS.

    However, ALL these available Teekas are basically literal meanings, or dictionary means, thus superficial in most part. Hence, take them with a grain of salt. So, We need to go beyond Teekas, and read between the words to get to the true meaning that is satisfying the true gist of the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS.

  3. Sir,
    Firstly, thank you for your blog and articles. Your website has helped me immensely in understanding the SGGS. Secondly, could you suggest a source of reading the SGGS in English? Unfortunately, I do not read or understand Gurmukhi. However, I am very interested in reading and understanding the SGGS.
    Please suggest a source I may refer to.

  4. Thank you Bhai Sahib Seva Singh Jio for sharing the Gurbani Vichaar.
    Also, welcome to the Gurbani Blog! Looking forward to hear more Gurbani Vichaar from you in the future.

    In nutshell, the Gurbani’s Sant is at the level of Aatmaa, not at the level of the physical body or robes (Bhekh-ਭੇਖ). In other words, the mind that has become one with its Mool (ਮੂਲ-Prabhoo, Raam, Hari, Gobind…) is the Sant. Thus, one cannot become a Sant by just wearing a specific robe (Bhekh-ਭੇਖ), or by calling himself a Sant, or having his followers calling him a Sant!
    ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ਜਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਰਾਮ ॥ (sggs 867).

  5. In my understanding all references in SGGS ji either SINGULAR or PLURAL are for Gur Joti ..EKANKAARu as the only Ultimate Entity.
    It is further important to observe that Gurbaanee is all telling about a WAVE/WAVES character of this Ultimate Entity that is why we have SINGULAR and PLURAL references which are applicable to such a character of the ENTITY. Even NAAMu/NAAM is reference of A WAVE of a specifific word for SABADu.

  6. Are we to understand no one can has ever or can never reach to the state of SANT by following Gurbani. There are places where word SANTAN is written. (Which is plural). Waheguru is one and only one. Then to whom this word refers to. For eg…last line of keertan Sohila……”Nanak daas ehe sukh mange moko kar santan ke dhuaire”
    Kindly help understans this.

  7. I think one should not get confused with the use of the word SANT in different context.The
    word SANT is exclusive for PRABHu Abinaasee and in other context also its meaning does not change e g
    in Quote 1.ਸੰਤ ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਜਿਨਿ ਰਾਖੀ ਹਰਨਾਖਸੁ ਨਖ ਬਿਦਰਿਓ ( Sant is used for ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ
    Here the word SANT has not been used for ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ no doubt the word SANT is in context of
    ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ. The meaning of the Quote can also be
    Jis SANT NE kept the honour of ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ by tearing ਹਰਨਾਖਸੁ with nails. Therefore the WORd SANThere is for the ENTITY PRABHu.
    Similary the word SANT can be understood for other Quotes also.
    Bhul Chu Maaf

  8. In this blog lot of discussion was done on Sant But in SGGS ji SANT has came many-many times with different meaning …..
    1.ਸੰਤ ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਜਿਨਿ ਰਾਖੀ ਹਰਨਾਖਸੁ ਨਖ ਬਿਦਰਿਓ ( Sant is used for ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ )
    2.ਆਵਹੁ ਸੰਤ ਪਿਆਰਿਹੋ ਅਕਥ ਕੀ ਕਰਹ ਕਹਾਣੀ ॥( Sant is used for common peoples who are in search of truth)
    3.ਥਾਨੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ਪਵਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਥੈ ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ॥( Sant is used for satsangi peoples)
    4.ਹਰਿ ਤਿਸੈ ਧਿਆਵਹੁ ਸੰਤ ਜਨਹੁ ਜੋ ਲਏ ਛਡਾਈ ॥੨॥( Sant is used for satsangi peoples)
    5.ਭਾਗੁ ਹੋਆ ਗੁਰਿ ਸੰਤੁ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ॥( Sant is used for Guru)

    in Gurbani one word(Same word)has been used for different meanings at different locations.
    Bhul-Chuk maff karni

  9. Respeted T Singh Ji,
    I have listened all from this U tube.The whole presentation is very clear except for
    1…The gramaar of the words with Caital VOWELS as A E I O U i e Matras of DULAIKAD.
    2..Reference meanings of PLURAL (Masculine Gender) words
    All are silent on these explanations.
    If you have any it would be my great pleasure to know that.

  10. That means if the word SANT is without sambhadak …

    The rule of “ਸੰਬੰਧਕ” (Proposition) is just one rule. There are other rules by which a word could be “Singular” (ਪੁਲਿੰਗ, ਇਕ ਵਚਨ – Masculine Gender, Singular). Similarly, there are rules by which a word could be PLURAL(Masculine Gender), and so on …

    If you are interested, please feel free to use the two YouTube links we have provided in the footer of this Blog. They already have put lots of time and energy in this subject.

  11. Respected T Singh Ji,
    I request you for a clarification for the word SANT in the Quote as
    • ਨਾਨਕ ਸੰਤ ਸੰਤ ਹਰਿ ਏਕੋ ਜਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੋਹੰਦੀ
    Now there is no sambadhak(Proposition) with the word SANT which is without AUKAD.

  12. Respected T SINGH Ji,
    I fully agree and accept your point of view as

    ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਸ ਸੰਤ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਰਿਓ ਰਾਖਿ ਲੇਹੁ ਇਹ ਬਾਰੀ ॥੨॥੪॥੯॥ (sggs 713).
    Let’s, very briefly, try dissecting this verse. Here in this verse the word “ਸੰਤ” comes without the “Onkarh” at the end of it, however, it still is “Singular” (ਪੁਲਿੰਗ, ਇਕ ਵਚਨ – Masculine Gender, Singular)……

    That means if the word SANT is without sambhadak then this word would be PLURAL(Masculine Gender). Is it not so.sir ?

  13. “NANAK DAAS SANT PAACHCHE PARIYO RAAKH LEHO EHE BAARI”

    The above quote clearly indicates the real existence of Sants since time immemorial.

    A Sant’s company leads us to the enlightening experience of Waheguru and Waheguru’s name:-

    ਸੰਤਸੰਗਿ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਡੀਠਾ ॥ (GGS. 293-15. Santhasang Anthar Prabh Ddeethaa ||

    ਨਾਮੁ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਕਾ ਲਾਗਾ ਮੀਠਾ ॥ Naam Prabhoo Kaa Laagaa Meethaa ||

    The next is the deep association with Naam that brings salvation (divine sohjee):-

    ਨਾਮ ਸੰਗਿ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ॥ GGS. 281-11 Naam Sang Jis Kaa Man Maaniaa ||

    ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਨਹਿ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥੩॥ Naanak Thinehi Niranjan Jaaniaa ||3||

    Our Gurus were Sants/Bhagats/Daas/Sevak/Jan/Sikh of Waheguru. With the grace of Waheguru we can also rise to such levels by contemplating and experimenting the truths in Gurbani. There are promises like:-

    ਬਿਰਥਾ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਜਾਇ ਜਿ ਆਵੈ ਤੁਧੁ ਆਹਿ ॥੯ ॥(962-3) Birathhaa Koe N Jaae J Aavai Thudhh Aahi ||9||

    But the problem is how to avail the above promise?

    The Gurbani further guides as to how to attain Divine Sohjee:-
    ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ ਤਾ ਸਹੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਅਉਰੁ ਕੈਸੀ ਚਤੁਰਾਈ ॥ (GGS. 722-13). Aap Gavaaeeai Thaa Sahu Paaeeai Aour Kaisee Chathuraaee ||

  14. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for quoting this Verse! Just excellent quote!

    NANAK DAAS SANT PAACHCHE PARIYO RAAKH LEHO EHE BAARI

    • ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਸ ਸੰਤ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਰਿਓ ਰਾਖਿ ਲੇਹੁ ਇਹ ਬਾਰੀ ॥੨॥੪॥੯॥ (sggs 713).
    Let’s, very briefly, try dissecting this verse. Here in this verse the word “ਸੰਤ” comes without the “Onkarh” at the end of it, however, it still is “Singular” (ਪੁਲਿੰਗ, ਇਕ ਵਚਨ – Masculine Gender, Singular).
    Why?
    I believe it’s because of “ਸੰਬੰਧਕ” (Proposition).
    Consider, “ਸੰਤ ਪਾਛੈ” (Sant Paachhai) => ਸੰਤ ਦੇ ਪਿਛੇ-ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਪਿਛੇ (Sant De Pichhe-Guroo De Pichhe) / ਸੰਤ ਦੀ ਸਰਨ-ਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਸਰਨ (Sant Dee Saran-Guroo Dee Saran)…
    Here “ਦੇ” (De), “ਦੀ” (Dee) are “ਸੰਬੰਧਕ” (Proposition).
    And, based upon my little understanding of the Gurbani Grammar, “ਸੰਬੰਧਕ” (Proposition) hide or take away the “Onkarh” of the preceding word.
    That is, this “ਦੇ” (De), or “ਦੀ” (Dee) “ਸੰਬੰਧਕ” (Proposition) has hidden or taken away the “Onkarh” at the end of the word “ਸੰਤ”!
    Therefore, although in this verse the word “ਸੰਤ” comes without the “Onkarh” at the end of it, however, it still is “Singular” (ਪੁਲਿੰਗ, ਇਕ ਵਚਨ – Masculine Gender, Singular).
    Now, what is this “ONE”? This “One” is highlighted in the very first line of the SGGS!
    • ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ (sggs 1).
    • ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਅਵਰੁ ਨਹੀ ਭਾਈ ॥ (sggs 420).
    • ਸਭ ਏਕਾ ਜੋਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ॥ (sggs 120).
    So, here in this verse, the Gurbani asks us to surrender to the One Sant-One Guroo (or One Parmeshar, One Mool…), within.
    • ਗੁਰੁ ਪਰਮੇਸਰੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥ (sggs 53).
    • ਨਾਨਕ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਗੁਰ ਗੋਪਾਲਾ ॥ (sggs 943).
    I ask for forgiveness for any and all mistakes.
    Again, thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for quoting this verse!

  15. Very true Sir,
    I feel that the reference meanings of the word SANTu/SANT are for GuRu/GuR or NAAMu/NAAM.
    A person can be refered as only sewak or das of SANTu/SANT.
    In the context of the word SANT the following Quote is worth considering for its reference meaning.The Quote
    “NANAK DAAS SANT PAACHCHE PARIYO RAAKH LEHO EHE BAARI”

    What should be the reference for the word SANT?

  16. “Consider the word ਸੰਤੁ this word is SINGULAR”

    Yes Bhai Sahib Jio – the “Onkarh” at the end of this word ਸੰਤੁ indicates it to be “Singular” (ਪੁਲਿੰਗ, ਇਕ ਵਚਨ – Masculine Gender, Singular).
    Second, I also find it of great importance to understand what it means by “ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ”.
    Based on my little understanding, it indicates the Sate of the Gurmukh-hood.
    It indicates the Gurmukh-Lifestyle (the Divine Life based on the Gurbani).
    It symbolizes the Gurmukh-mind, which has been transformed into Bibek of the Gur-Shabad through the Gur-Shabad (Naam, Hukam…).
    • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣੀਐ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥ (sggs 29).
    In nutshell, it symbolizes Budh becoming Bibek, and Aatmaa becoming a Sant – ਬੁਧ ਦਾ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਹੋਣਾਂ, ਆਤਮਾ ਦਾ ਸੰਤ ਬਣ ਜਾਣਾਂ…)!
    • ਨਾਨਕ ਸੰਤ ਸੰਤ ਹਰਿ ਏਕੋ ਜਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੋਹੰਦੀ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਬਾਬੁਲਾ ਪਿਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਧਨ ਵੇਲ ਵਧੰਦੀ ॥੫॥੧॥ (sggs 79).
    It is only this Gurmukh mind that can discriminate between the true (“ਖਰੇ”) and false (“ਖੋਟੇ”), as Bhikhaa Ji !!
    • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਟੇ ਖਰੇ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥ (sggs 942).

  17. Refereing to the Quote and its interpretation as
    ਜਿਨਾ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥ (GGS. 319-18). Jinaa Saas Giraas N Visarai Har Naamaan Man Manth ||

    ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ॥੧॥ Dhhann S Saeee Naanakaa Pooran Soee Santh ||1||
    It is interesting to consider to what extent this interpretation is correct. I find if one considers the interpretation as per grammar of the words then its interpretation is different.
    Consider the word ਸੰਤੁ this word is SINGULAR so it is not for reference as THEY .
    In my understanding ,the meanings of the quote may be as
    O NANAK …They alone are blessed with HARi NAAMA as Mantra within their MUN as a complete and perfect SANT who do not forget the LORD with each breath and morsel of food

    So it seems that ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ is the reference for ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥
    This is my own understanding I stand for correction.May SatiGuRu ji be the Guide for correct
    understanding.

  18. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio!

    In the light of Gurbani all doubts are resolved

    Yes Bhia Sahib Jio – the Gurbani removes doubts.
    However, ACCORDING TO THE GURBANI, the condition is that one has to become a Gurmukh (one who completely understands the Gurbani and lives it, ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬੰਦਾ who has transcended Maya while still alive…).
    Because, according to the Gurbani, only a Gurmukh can discriminate between truth (ਸੱਤ) and untruth (ਅਸੱਤ), nobody else:
    • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਟੇ ਖਰੇ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥ (sggs 942).
    Until then, one is liable to mistake. Accroding to the Gurbani:
    • ਖੋਟੇ ਕਉ ਖਰਾ ਕਹੈ ਖਰੇ ਸਾਰ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ॥ (sggs 229).

  19. Gurbani helps to elevate humans to Saintdom/Sainthood. Sants do exist and are around:-

    ਜਿਨਾ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥ (GGS. 319-18). Jinaa Saas Giraas N Visarai Har Naamaan Man Manth ||
    ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ॥੧॥ Dhhann S Saeee Naanakaa Pooran Soee Santh ||1||

    The need is to remove dubida/dulity arising out of ego (houmai) and that leads to attracting divine grace:-

    ਜਬ ਲਗੁ ਤੁਟੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਮਨ ਭਰਮਾ ਤਬ ਲਗੁ ਮੁਕਤੁ ਨ ਕੋਈ ॥ (GGS. 680-5). Jab Lag Thuttai Naahee Man Bharamaa Thab Lag Mukath N Koee ||

    ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਇਆਲ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਸੰਤੁ ਭਗਤੁ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਈ ॥੨॥੫॥੩੬॥ Kahu Naanak Dhaeiaal Suaamee Santh Bhagath Jan Soee ||2||5||36||

  20. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio!

    “Does NANAK ji directed us to go in the sanctuary of so called wordly Saints? Whereas the concept of Gurbaanee is very clear and the duty of any SIKH is to get connected with NAAMu thru SatiGuRu .(The word of GuRu) rather than these so called saints.”

    Well said Bhai Sahib Ji!
    The Gurbani Teaches us to surrender to only ONE, within. Not any embodied beings (ਦੇਹਧਾਰੀ) outside.
    • ਅਵਰੁ ਦੂਜਾ ਕਿਉ ਸੇਵੀਐ ਜੰਮੈ ਤੈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਇ ॥ (sggs 509).
    • ਕਿਸੁ ਹਉ ਸੇਵੀ ਕਿਸੁ ਆਰਾਧੀ ਜੋ ਦਿਸਟੈ ਸੋ ਗਾਛੈ ॥ (sggs 533).
    And That One is ever and ever situated within, Here and Now.
    • ਬਾਹਰੁ ਖੋਜਿ ਮੁਏ ਸਭਿ ਸਾਕਤ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਘਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੩॥ (sggs 1191).
    • ਅੰਤਰ ਆਤਮੈ ਜੋ ਮਿਲੈ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਕਹੀਐ ਸੋਇ ॥ (sggs 791).
    • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥ (sggs 102).
    • ਜਿਉ ਭਾਵੈ ਤਿਉ ਰਾਖਿ ਲੈ ਹਮ ਸਰਣਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਆਏ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਜੇ ॥ (sggs 450).
    • ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੈ ਵਲਿ ਹੋਆ ਮੇਰਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਹਰਿ ਸਜਣ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਸੁਜਾਨੁ ॥ (sggs 854).
    • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁ ਕਾਇਆ ਖੋਜੈ ਹੋਰ ਸਭ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਈ ॥ (sggs 754).

  21. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio!

    “Those who are dedicated to principles of GURMAT must be aware of the critical situation that we are in.”

    “Gurmati” (“ਗੁਰਮਤਿ”) =>Teaching, Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGS =>
    Thus, “Gurmati” (“ਗੁਰਮਤਿ”) is the Way of the Guru’s Giaan or Wisdom; Way of Sach (ਸਚ-Truth)…
    Therefore, each earnest student/learner (i.e., Sikh, who is learning from the Gurbani – ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਤੋਂ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਿਖਿਆਰਥੀ) is a “Kotwaal” of the Gurbani (SGGS).
    “Kotwaal” => a person who takes care of the fort of a town on behalf of another ruler or king.
    In nutshell, all “dedicated to principles of GURMAT” are “Kotwaal” of the Gurbani (SGGS). They must come out of their secluded existence, air-conditioned offices, and so on, and do their part to preserve the Purity of the Teaching of the SGGS for common Good! Otherwise, there will be no difference between them and so called “Sidhas” who abandoned their societies and families only to go sit on mountain-tops in jungles!
    • ਸੰਤਾ ਮਾਨਉ ਦੂਤਾ ਡਾਨਉ ਇਹ ਕੁਟਵਾਰੀ ਮੇਰੀ ॥ (sggs 969).

  22. In the Quote Sant saran jo jan phere so jan udaran haar’ saran jo jan phere so jan udaran haar’ It is important to clarify the true reference meaning of the word “Sant” in context of Gurbaanee.
    This is the most misinterprated word of Gurbaanee where people are still in confusion about the actual status of SANT in SGGS ji.
    Does NANAK ji directed us to go in the sanctuary of so called wordly Saints? Whereas the concept of Gurbaanee is very clear and the duty of any SIKH is to get connected with NAAMu
    thru SatiGuRu .(The word of GuRu) rather than these so called saints.

  23. Those who are dedicated to principles of GURMAT must be aware of the critical situation that we are in. Bhai T Singh ji has expounded on this dilemma and until tyrannical politics is predominantly flourishing in India, there would be least hope to curve common thinking to supress malpractices and move onto righteous path. However, it doesn’t mean one should give up. Somehow pursuing a good solution is always better than giving up hope. May God bless these souls to understand what harm they are doing to Shabad-Guru.

  24. ‘Gurbani eis jag mein channan’ – In the light of Gurbani all doubts are resolved about the true Sants and Deravaadi-Sants.

    ‘Sant saran jo jan phere so jan udaran haar’ (Sukhmani Sahib)

    ‘Thoond sajan Sant pakkeiaa’

  25. Nice Sir,I also hope so.Person like yourgoodself have been assigned this duty by Wah GuROO Ji .Things should take a turn ,once the turn starts there is going to be a REVERSE GEAR and one can see the changes happening.

  26. Thank you Brother for continually sharing!

    Who will bell the cat?

    First, the SGGS has already belled the cat!
    Under the Guidance of the SGGS, many are doing their part to make sure the bell remains on the cat’s neck!

  27. But the AUTHORITY refered itself does not seem interested…

    There is a Hindi proverb in India: “Chor-Chor Moserae Bhaae – ਚੋਰ ਚੋਰ ਮੌਸੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ” (English versions: (1) “Birds of a feather flock together”; (2) “Like draws like”…).
    As the corrupt Brahmins and the corrupt Kings were Buddy-Buddy, so are the modern day Deraavaad Sant and the politicians: Buddy-Buddy!
    Kabeer Sahib reveals this truth and situation in the SGGS as follows:
    • ਤੂੰ ਬਾਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਨੁ ਮੈ ਕਾਸੀਕ ਜੁਲਹਾ ਬੂਝਹੁ ਮੋਰ ਗਿਆਨਾ ॥ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਤਉ ਜਾਚੇ ਭੂਪਤਿ ਰਾਜੇ ਹਰਿ ਸਉ ਮੋਰ ਧਿਆਨਾ ॥੩॥੪॥੨੬॥ (sggs 482).

  28. There is some possible solution as suggested by Veer Tirlochan Sngh Duggal ji .But the AUTHORITY refered itself does not seem interested in such a move perhaps it is VOTE BANK
    which matter more for the current POLITICS. Such is the STATE of HELPLESSNESS and
    it may not be possible at all to delink the people from DERAS or SANTDOM.

  29. It is not possible for anyone to have control over DERABAD, it will remain a trap for those who do not believe in Gurbani intentionally. Yes, alternative salvage would be possible, if Sikh Panth could decide to set up all Akal Takhats as an exclusive institution for Sikh followers to have some weaponry and conventional training programmes prior to receiving Khandey Bate di Pahul and NONE others whosoever should have this provision to offer Khandey Bate Di Pahul. Such Regulatory Institution could create GURMUKHS who would then conform to principles of GURMAT and would act as Role models for others being having deluded for lack of understanding of Gurbani.

  30. It should be very surprising to note that as in presence of SGGS ji it is not possible for anyone to get to be refered or known as GuROO.So such people found a BACK DOOR entry as SANT to excercise the control over people for their own interests.
    In fact it is the misinterpretation and prestation of the true reference meaning of the word SANT/SANTAN due to whichordinary persons get trapped in such a net of falsehood.
    Now the problen exists in its immense proprtion along with the POLITICAL nterests that it
    seems extremely difficult to get rid of SANTHOOD/DERAWAAD.

  31. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for incessantly sharing Shabad-Vichaar!

    I find even the most educated Sikh Brothers eulogising these so called sant

    The Gurbani indicates that one’s education = foolishness if he is full of Bikaar (greed, pride…):
    • ਪੜਿਆ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਜਿਸੁ ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਾ ॥ (sggs 140).
    And, on account of their Bikaar (greed, etc.), many educated eulogize them because they take cut from the loot (income..) of these fraud Sant!!

  32. It is so rare to find people believe in Guru’s sacred word-Shabad Guru. Lack of understanding of Gurbani and by human nature to procure something so easy allures majority to attach with fake institutions of such DERABAD. The latter never associate with GURU PANTH so they not only rob naïve people, but also deter them from internal development of the mind. Such resultant blindness entraps the whole family members and they never achieve the purpose of life. It would mean they waste their life and reincarnation continues; the body is never ever get emancipated. One must endeavour to free our self and achieve the motive; this is only possible by reading, understanding and acting on Guru’s Word.

  33. Excellent and very clear message from Gurbaanee ,Sir.But still a common person having known all this may still be in places like DERAS because their roots are now pretty deep in the various sections of the society.
    I find even the most educated Sikh Brothers eulogising these so called sant for uplifting them.
    I fail to understand what kind of uplifting they mean.But the mind set of general persons is
    very much inclined .

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