False Wealth and True Wealth

  • ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ॥ ਕਾਚਾ ਧਨੁ ਸੰਚਹਿ ਮੂਰਖ ਗਾਵਾਰ ॥ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਭੂਲੇ ਅੰਧ ਗਾਵਾਰ ॥ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਕੈ ਧਨਿ ਸਦਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਨਾ ਸਾਥਿ ਜਾਇ ਨ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥੧॥ ਸਾਚਾ ਧਨੁ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਪਾਏ ॥ ਕਾਚਾ ਧਨੁ ਫੁਨਿ ਆਵੈ ਜਾਏ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਭੂਲੇ ਸਭਿ ਮਰਹਿ ਗਵਾਰ ॥ ਭਵਜਲਿ ਡੂਬੇ ਨ ਉਰਵਾਰਿ ਨ ਪਾਰਿ ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਭੇਟੇ ਪੂਰੈ ਭਾਗਿ ॥ ਸਾਚਿ ਰਤੇ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਬੈਰਾਗਿ ॥੨॥ ਚਹੁ ਜੁਗ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਾਚੀ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ ਪੂਰੈ ਭਾਗਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥ ਸਿਧ ਸਾਧਿਕ ਤਰਸਹਿ ਸਭਿ ਲੋਇ ॥ ਪੂਰੈ ਭਾਗਿ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥੩॥ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਾਚਾ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਊਤਮ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਚੁ ਆਪਿ ਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਏ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਆਪੇ ਵੇਖੈ ਆਪੇ ਸਚਿ ਲਾਏ ॥੪॥੭॥: Dhanaasaree Mahalaa 3 || Kaachaa dhanu sanchahi moorakh gavaaraa …: Dhanaasaree Mahala 3: The ignorant fools amass false wealth (only fleeting worldly). The blind (mentally blind in the love of Maya), foolish, Manmukhs (self-willed, materialistic…) go astray. Poisonous wealth (of Maya) brings constant pain. It will not go with you, and it will not yield any profit (satisfaction, contentment, Peace…). ||1|| True Wealth (of the Naam) is obtained through the Guru’s Teachings. False (fleeting worldly) wealth continues coming and going. ||Pause|| The foolish Manmukhs (self-willed…) all go astray and die (ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ – death of the spiritual life). They drown in the terrifying world-ocean, and they cannot reach either this shore, or the one beyond (i.e., neither the wealth of this fleeting world stays with him nor he any True Wealth to show for). But by perfect destiny, (those who) meets the Satguru; remain imbued with the True Name, day and night, they remain detached (ਉਪਰਾਮਤਾ ਵਿਚ ਟਿਕੇ ਰਹਿਣਾ) from the world. ||2|| Throughout the four ages (i.e., for ever, always…), the True Bani is the Amrit (Naam – the giver of the spiritual life, ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ) . By perfect destiny, one is absorbed in the True (ਸਦਾ-ਥਿਰ) Name (by the help of this Bani). The Siddhas, the seekers and all men long for (this Bani). (But) It is obtained only by perfect destiny. ||3|| The rare one who realizes the exalted Lord he sees the True (ਸਦਾ-ਥਿਰ) Lord in everything. The Truest of the True (ਸਦਾ-ਥਿਰ) Lord Himself implants the True (ਸਦਾ-ਥਿਰ) Name within. O Nanak, the Lord Himself keeps all in His Watch (ਸੰਭਾਲ) all; He Himself links us to the Truth. ||4||7|| (sggs 665). 

This Gur-Shabad tells us what’s the True Wealth (i.e., permanent, etc.) and what’s the false wealth (i.e., fleeting, temporary, that comes and goes, etc.) in this world is. In other words, it shows us the difference between the True Wealth and the false wealth.

It also indicates who in this world chases after the false wealth (the Manmukh) and who chases after the True Wealth (the Gurmukh).

It also tells us of benefits of the True Wealth (i.e., spiritual life, ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ…) and deficiencies of the false wealth (i.e., ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤ – death of the spiritual life…).

In nutshell, True Wealth is higher than money, possessions, and so on. It is based on our relationship with Waheguru – and living a Divine Life (Gurmukh Lifestyle). Otherwise, we all will be cheated in thinking (Mayaic consciousness) ourselves “wealthy” in this fleeting world.

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