Eyes of Darshan

The Gurbani tells us that our Mool (Source, Origin, Jot, Parmeshar, Prabhoo, the Lord…) is of the sublime Saroop (“Nirankaar”, Formless, Truth, …).

This “Nirankaar” Saroop cannot be seen with the external eyes (physical eyes).

Also, it cannot be seen by just reading, hearing, talking, etc.; or by utilizing the Mayaic intellect (ਦਿਸੈ ਸੁਣੀਐ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਸਾਉ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥, sggs 139).

The edic of the Gurbani is: those eyes are different (ਹੋਰ ਕਿਸਮ ਦੀਆ) that behold the “Nirankaar” or the Formless.

  • ਲੋਇਣ ਲੋਈ ਡਿਠ ਪਿਆਸ ਨ ਬੁਝੈ ਮੂ ਘਣੀ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੇ ਅਖੜੀਆਂ ਬਿਅੰਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਡਿਸੰਦੋ ਮਾ ਪਿਰੀ ॥੧॥: With my eyes, I have seen (the world: Maya), (but still) my (thirst of Maya or to see the world) is great, this thirst is not quenched (ਇਹ ਪਿਆਸ ਬੁੱਝਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ). O Nanak! Those eyes are different, which behold my Beloved (Universal Energy…). ||1|| (sggs 577 and 1100).
“O Nanak! Those eyes are different, which behold my Beloved (Lord)” – “ਨਾਨਕ ਸੇ ਅਖੜੀਆਂ ਬਿਅੰਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਡਿਸੰਦੋ ਮਾ ਪਿਰੀ”!

What are those eyes?

Those eyes that can see the Darshan or Deedaar (ਦੀਦਾਰ) of the Divine Beloved are the Inner Eyes, Which are free of  “Sootak” (mind’s impurity, Bikaars, material contamination, conditioning, ਮਨ ਦੀ ਅਪਵਿਤ੍ਰਤਾ…).

What are these Inner Eyes consist of?

The Inner Eyes = Eyes of Gurbani – Bibek Budhi of the Gurbani, eyes of Shabad-Surati, eyes of the Naam, eyes of the Gur-Giaan (eyes of the Aatam-Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom, or Divine Knowledge of the Gurbani), eyes of the Gurmat

Simply put: When the Budhi has Understood through the Bibek (Wisdom, reasoning, intelligence, discrimination…) of the Gurbani, it becomes the Inner Eyes, and enjoys the Darshan or Deedaar (ਦੀਦਾਰ) of the Mool, within. No wonder the Gurbani calls Bibek the Guru!

  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਮੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ਬਿਬੇਕੋੁ ॥੪॥੫॥: Says Kabeer, I have found that Guru, whose Name is “Bibeko(u)” (Wisdom, Discerning Intelligence…). ||4||5|| (sggs 793).

To the contrary, external eyes – because of the “Sootak” (conditioning, Mayaic or material contamination…) – can only see Maya!

This is the reason the Gurbani tells us that the Darshan or Deedaar (ਦੀਦਾਰ) of the Formless cannot be accomplished with the external or the physical eyes.

Thus, the Gurbani asserts that Darshan or Deedaar (ਦੀਦਾਰ) of the Formless can only be done with the Inner Eyes.

  • ਅਖੀ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਵੇਖਣਾ ਵਿਣੁ ਕੰਨਾ ਸੁਨਣਾ ॥ ਪੈਰਾ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਚਲਣਾ ਵਿਣੁ ਹਥਾ ਕਰਣਾ ॥ ਜੀਭੈ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਬੋਲਣਾ ਇਉ ਜੀਵਤ ਮਰਣਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਣਿ ਕੈ ਤਉ ਖਸਮੈ ਮਿਲਣਾ ॥੧॥: See without eyes (i.e. if we look at the world by removing lust from the eyes etc.), hear without ears (i.e. if we keep the ears from the habit of hearing slander etc.); walk without feet (i.e. if we keep our feet from running in the wrong direction etc.), work without hands (i.e. if we use our hands without doing harm to others etc.); speak without the tongue (i.e. if we remove the habit of slandering others from the tongue etc.); this is how one dies alive. O Nanak! When one understands/recognizes Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature), then one realizes Truth (‘Khasam’-Master etc.). (sggs 139).

In fact, “Deed” as in “Deedar” simply indicates eyes (Inner Eyes).

  • ਰਤੇ ਇਸਕ ਖੁਦਾਇ ਰੰਗਿ ਦੀਦਾਰ ਕੇ ॥ ਵਿਸਰਿਆ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਨਾਮੁ ਤੇ ਭੁਇ ਭਾਰੁ ਥੀਏ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Those who are imbued with Love for the Lord, are delighted by His Divine Vision. Those who have forsaken God’s Name are burden on this earth || Pause|| (sggs 488).

In nutshell, the Inner Eyes are the Eyes of Shabad-Surati ( ਲੋਇਣ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਕਰੇਇ ॥: Loin surati krei (sggs 139)…

A person having developed such Inner Eyes or Vision is called the Gurmukh (follower of the Gurbani’s Wisdom…) in the Gurbani.

  • ਮੁੰਧ ਇਆਣੀ ਪੇਈਅੜੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦਿਖੈ ॥੧॥: By becoming the Gurmukh, the ignorant ( soul-bride, ਅੰਞਾਣ/ ਮੂਰਖ/ ਬੇਸਮਝ ਜੀਵ-ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ…) beholds the Divine Darshan in her father’s house (in this worldly existence, ਪੇਕੇ ਘਰ ਵਿਚ – ਇਸ ਮਨੁੱਖਾ ਜਨਮ ਵਿਚ…). ||1|| (sggs 726).


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