Deraavaad Sants

First off, the Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) does NOT create SANTDOM or SAADHDOM or DERAAVAAD!

Instead, the SGGS creates GURMUKHS – Bhagat, Daas, or Jan!

False ego-sense (Haumai) or false pride develops in some to such an extent that (1) they are foolish enough to equate themselves to Rabb; (2) sometimes declare themselves to be the Rabb; (3) sometimes pretend to have miraculous powers (Karaamaat) within them, and so on. But they are always reluctant to answer any convincing and logical argument of the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS.

Even among Sikhs, plenty Sants or Saadh of such hypocritical acts (Pakhand) can be found.

Blindly following their Saadh or Sant, the illiterate and foolish followers blindly believe their Sadh or Sant to be Guru Nanak! Many call their Saadh or sant to be the ‘Roop’ (ਰੂਪ) of Guru Gobind Singh. Many boast their Saadh or sant to be born as Nirankar! The list of fraud goes on and on!

In fact, the status of these fraud Sants, Saadh, or Baabaas remains because there is fear and greed in the minds of the people — fear of Paap and Punn, birth and death cycle or reincarnation, etc. And so fearful and greedy people seek refuge and do not speak against this fraud.

In fact there is an expression in India to the effect that where there are fearful and greedy people, there a ‘Thugg’ (fraudulent or conmen) will never starve!!

The class of Sants slides into Sikhi about beginning of the 19th century. 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.

Background of most of these big Deraas will reveal that they were planted by the British Raj to divide Sikhs and and thus make them weak to easily control theme. This is the reason many of the original heads of these Deraas were vetrans of the British army in India.

In the singular sense, Gurbani uses the word ‘Sant’ or ‘Saadh’ to refer to Rabb and the Guru. In the plural sense, it refers to ordinary Sikhs who are learners of Truth. 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 ‘ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ’ (Benares Kay Thugg) meaning ‘fraudulent or conmen posing as Sants or spiritual persons.’

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

Because — on account of our ignorance of the Gurmat and our fear or 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’, and so on.

Nowadays, for various reasons (lazy-bums, criminal background, hooligan lifestyle, illiteracy, fugitives hiding from the law, acting as vote-banks for corrupt leaders and politicians, etc.), if someone just wants to live a luxurious life (ਐਸ਼ਪਰਸਤੀ) as a freeloader (ਵੇਹਲੜ) in the society, he becomes a Sant!

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! In fact, many disguised in the dress of Sant (ਭੇਖ, ਬਾਣਾ) are hardcore criminals running from the law!

Consider the following verses in which Bhatt Bhikhaa Ji (whose Bani is included in the SGGS) mentions of spending one year (‘ਬਰਸੁ ਏਕੁ ਹਉ ਫਿਰਿਓ’) searching for a true Sant, but could not find one. He saw many ‘Saadh’, ascetics, hermits, Pandits, etc. But he found them to be sweet talkers on the outside, but full of Maya‘s corruption or love 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).

The present day Deraavaad Sants, Saadh or Baabaa are probably the descendent (ਔਲਾਦ) of the fraud referred to by Bhatt Bhikhaa Ji in the Gurbani above. DNA goes in the family!

Nonetheless, these Deraavaad Sants or Baabaas are religious conmen, who have distorted the uniqueness 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’ )!

The Gurbani repudiates their conduct or life-style (ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਰਤੂਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਬੋਲਦੀ ਹੈ)! Deraavaad is neither supported nor encouraged in the Gurbani:

  • ਕਰਤੂਤਿ ਪਸੂ ਕੀ ਮਾਨਸ ਜਾਤਿ ॥ ਲੋਕ ਪਚਾਰਾ ਕਰੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮਲੁ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਛਪਸਿ ਨਾਹਿ ਕਛੁ ਕਰੈ ਛਪਾਇਆ ॥: (Although one born from human category) belongs to the human specie, but his deeds are that of animals (However, he) day and night humbugs or show off to people (that he is a human, ਬੰਦਾ…)! Outside (on his body) is the religious dress but in his mind is the filth of Maya (However, the filth of the mind) cannot concealed by trying to conceal it with (outwardly wearing religious robes. (sggs 267).

According to the Gurbani, the Real ‘Deraa’ (ਡੇਰਾ) is within — Mool-abidance, divine Lifestyle or Gurmukh-Lifestyle, true or Sachaa-ਸਚਾ, Jot Saroop …).

And the value of that real Deraa — which is beyond these perishable worldly Deraa — is known only to those, who becomes the Gurmukh through the Shabad-Vichaar or churning the Gurbani:

  • 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).

Then why 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 their private jets and landing strips in their Deraas (probably some already have them)!

Clearly, to support their luxurious lifestyle of ‘freeloaders’ (ਵੇਹਲੜ ਲੋਕਾ ਦੇ ਅੱਡੇ, ਡੇਰੇ) in the society, they don’t care what the Gurmat Wisdom of SGGS says.

They don’t care because 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.

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

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

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

Instead of searching the Truth ourselves, we accept ‘Thuggs’ who come along claiming to be Holy, etc.

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

Hence, Baabaa Nanak asks the global-mankind to be on the alert — this is what he indicates when he says, ‘ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ’, meaning ‘don’t ever touch their feet’.

  • 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॥: The one who lacks wisdom sings religious songs (for the sake of earning bread). The hungry Mullah turns his home into a mosque (or he also goes to mosque for the sake of bread!). The lazy bum has his ears pierced to look like a Yogi. Someone else becomes a panhandler, and thus loses his self-respect. Someone calls himself a Guru, while he goes around begging for bread – don’t ever touch their feet. Do (the honest) work, and then help the needy. O Nanak! Such people know the true 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 consciousness united with the Gur-Shabad within, which, again, these fraud Sants do not practice — they don’t work for what they eat. Clearly, they don’t care what Baabaa Nanak tells them in the Gurbani for they are anti-Sikhi.

In short, if a so called Sant does not righteously work with his hands 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 these fraud, Deraavaad Sants:

  • ਗਲੀ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਜਪਮਾਲੀਆ ਲੋਟੇ ਹਥਿ ਨਿਬਗ ॥ ਓਇ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ ॥੧॥: Who have rosaries around their necks, and glittering jugs in their hands, (just because of such religious paraphernalia) they should not be called the Divine’s Sant — they are thugs of Banaras (i.e., religious conmen, robbers, cheats…). (sggs 476).
  • 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).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਕੰਚਨ ਕੇ ਕੁੰਡਲ ਬਨੇ ਊਪਰਿ ਲਾਲ ਜੜਾਉ ॥ ਦੀਸਹਿ ਦਾਧੇ ਕਾਨ ਜਿਉ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਮਨਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਨਾਉ ॥੪॥: O Kabir! If ear-rings of gold are studded with jewels, but for those who do not have Naam in their mind, these (ear-rings) look like the burnt reed (which shine on the outside but are ashes on the inside). (sggs 1364).
  • 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 by these Deraavaad Sants, it becomes very clear:

  • These dishonest (ਬੇਈਮਾਨ) Deraavaad Sants, Saadh or Baabaa are anti-Sikhi.
  • They have totally distorted, corrupted and tainted the Gurmat’s Newness, Uniqueness and its equally distinct goals.
  • They are mammon worshipers – the ‘guardian’ (‘ਰਖਵਾਰੇ’) of Maya: [ਰਖਵਾਰੇ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਬਿਨਾਸ ॥ (sggs 871)].
  • Because they themselves cannot see beyond Maya, they mislead people and put them on the path of Maya (attach them to body-consciousness…).
  • 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 their crooked, Mayaic minds tell them to do. That will put them in the category of Manmukhs, Saakats, Mayadhaaree and Asants or Asaadh, etc.
  • If they don’t followthe Gurmat Wisdom or Truth (ਸਚ-Sach) of the SGGS, then they are nothing but religious conmen (Thuggs, thief, ਠੱਗ, ਚੋਰ…) 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 their own Mool or Jot Saroop within as taught by the Gurmat Wisdom, these conmen (Sants, Saadh, Baabaa, etc.) are linking themselves and others with Maya [ਹਉ ਬਿਨੁ ਗਾਂਠੇ ਜਾਇ ਪਹੂਚਾ ॥੨॥ (sggs 659)].
  • These tricksters (along with their corrupt lackeys – pupils, followers, leaders and politicians buddies…) have done tremendous damage to the Sikhi of Baabaa Nanak — they have mislead people away from the real Skhi 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 not linked with the Gur-Shabad within, then how are they going to link others with it? They cannot. Instead, they are hooking people to worship them; ruining (spiritually) themselves and others in the process [ਲੋਗੁ ਗੰਠਿ ਗੰਠਿ ਖਰਾ ਬਿਗੂਚਾ ॥ (sggs 659) ; ਆਪੋ ਆਪੈ ਪੂਜਾ ਹੋਇ ॥ (sggs 951)].

Thus, in nutshell, these Deraavaad Sants or Saadh are Jamm-Doot (‘ਜਮ ਕੇ ਦੂਤ’)!

However, these truths of the Gurbani should be known only to those who read the SGGS themselves and thus have some understanding of the Gurbani. Otherwise, only Manmat (ਮਨਮਤ-mind’s will or dictates) are considered as Gurmat by everyone!

  • 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).

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  1. “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 ॥ (Raag Gauri Sukhmanee Guru Arjan Dev, GGS. 293-15.
    Santhasang Anthar Prabh Ddeethaa ||
    In the Society of the Saints, I see God deep within my being.

    ਨਾਮੁ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਕਾ ਲਾਗਾ ਮੀਠਾ ॥
    Naam Prabhoo Kaa Laagaa Meethaa ||
    God’s Name is sweet to me.

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

    ਨਾਮ ਸੰਗਿ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ॥Raag Gauri Sukhmanee Guru Arjan Dev, GGS. 281-11).
    Naam Sang Jis Kaa Man Maaniaa ||
    One whose mind accepts the Company of the Naam,

    ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਨਹਿ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥੩॥
    Naanak Thinehi Niranjan Jaaniaa ||3||
    Through the Name of the Lord, O Nanak, one knows the Immaculate Lord. ||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 ॥(Raag Raamkali: Guru Arjan Dev, GGS. 962-3)
    Birathhaa Koe N Jaae J Aavai Thudhh Aahi ||9||
    Those who come to You with love and faith are never turned away empty-handed. ||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 ॥ (Raag Tilang M. 1, GGS. 722-13).
    Aap Gavaaeeai Thaa Sahu Paaeeai Aour Kaisee Chathuraaee ||
    Give up your selfhood, and so obtain your Husband Lord; what other clever tricks are of any use?

    Whosoever is able to loose selfhood (total loss of individual identity/Ego/Houmai) and puts Waheguru in driving seat becomes a Sant.

  2. 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).
    • ਆਦਿ ਅੰਤਿ ਏਕੈ ਅਵਤਾਰਾ ॥ ਸੋਈ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਮਝਿਯਹੁ ਹਮਾਰਾ ॥੩੮੫॥ (Dasam Granth 1466).
    I ask for forgiveness for any and all mistakes.
    Again, thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for quoting this verse!

  3. 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?

  4. “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).

  5. Refereing to the Quote and its interpretation as
    ਜਿਨਾ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥ (Raag Gauri Guru Arjan Dve, GGS. 319-18).
    Jinaa Saas Giraas N Visarai Har Naamaan Man Manth ||
    Those who do not forget the Lord with each breath and morsel of food whose minds are filled with the Mantra of the Lord’s Name

    ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ॥੧॥
    Dhhann S Saeee Naanakaa Pooran Soee Santh ||1||
    – they alone are blessed; O Nanak, they are the perfect Saints. ||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.

  6. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio!

    In the light of Gurbani all doubts are resolved

    Yes Bhia Sahib Jio – the Gurbani removes all our 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).

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

    ਜਿਨਾ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥ (Raag Gauri Guru Arjan Dve, GGS. 319-18).
    Jinaa Saas Giraas N Visarai Har Naamaan Man Manth ||
    Those who do not forget the Lord with each breath and morsel of food whose minds are filled with the Mantra of the Lord’s Name

    ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ॥੧॥
    Dhhann S Saeee Naanakaa Pooran Soee Santh ||1||
    – they alone are blessed; O Nanak, they are the perfect Saints. ||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 ॥ (Raag Dhanaasree Guru Arjan Dev. GGS. 680-5).
    Jab Lag Thuttai Naahee Man Bharamaa Thab Lag Mukath N Koee ||
    As long as the doubts of the mind are not removed, liberation is not found.

    ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਇਆਲ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਸੰਤੁ ਭਗਤੁ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਈ ॥੨॥੫॥੩੬॥
    Kahu Naanak Dhaeiaal Suaamee Santh Bhagath Jan Soee ||2||5||36||
    Says Nanak, he alone is a Saint, a devotee, and a humble servant of the Lord, to whom the Lord and Master is merciful. ||2||5||36||

  8. 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).

  9. 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 of the SGGS => Teaching of the Gur-Parmeshar.
    Thus, “Gurmati” (“ਗੁਰਮਤਿ”) is the Way of the Gur-Parmeshar => 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 “who are dedicated to principles of GURMAT” – “Kotwaal” of the Gurbani (SGGS) – 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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