Falsehood Cannot Propagate Truth

The Gurbani asserts Jhooth (falsehood, untruth — Maya) cannot propagate Sach (Truth).

Because, both — Jhooth and Sach — are of opposing nature, incompatible. In other words, falsehood cannot influence Sach (Truth).

  • ਵਿਚਿ ਸਚੇ ਕੂੜੁ ਨ ਗਡਈ ਮਨਿ ਵੇਖਹੁ ਕੋ ਨਿਰਜਾਸਿ ॥: Check it out and see in your mind — falsehood does not mix in Truth. (sggs 313).

Why do they both don’t mix? Because, Jeeva (individual beings) permeated by falsehood (Jhooth) cannot love Truth (Sach, ਸੱਚ ਚੰਗਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਲੱਗਦਾ).

  • ਜਿਨਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਕੂੜੁ ਵਰਤੈ ਸਚੁ ਨ ਭਾਵਈ ॥: Truth does not suit those who are permeated by falsehood (sggs 646).
  • ਜੇ ਕੋ ਬੋਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਕੂੜਾ ਜਲਿ ਜਾਵਈ ॥: If someone speaks the Truth, the false (one) is burnt (irritated). (sggs 646).

In nutshell, the Gurbani asserts that the Gurmukh (who lives by the Wisdom of the Gurbani, ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬੰਦਾ…) does not like Jhooth. On the contrary, a Saakat (who does not live by the Wisdom of the Gurbani, false, ਭਰੋਸਾਹੀਣ…) does not like Sach. Simple is that!

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕੂੜੁ ਨ ਭਾਵਈ ਸਚਿ ਰਤੇ ਸਚ ਭਾਇ ॥: (Those who have) become the Gurmukhs do not like falsehood. They remain absorbed with Sach, (and remain united in the) Love of Sach. (sggs 22).
  • ਸਾਕਤ ਕੂੜੇ ਸਚੁ ਨ ਭਾਵੈ ॥: The false Saakat does not like Sach (sggs 109).

In other words, as the Gurbani indicates, Jhooth and Sach cannot coexist. In other words, the filthy mind (Jhoothaaa, false, Mayaic, Bikaaree…) and Truth (ਸਚ) cannot unite – become One.

  • ਮਨੁ ਮੈਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਿਰਮਲਾ ਕਿਉ ਕਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: Manu mailaa sachu nirmala… (sggs 755).
  • ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਸਚਿ ਨ ਭੀਜਈ ਕੂੜੁ ਕੂੜਿ ਗਡਾਵੈ ॥੪॥: Manmukhu sachi n bheejaee… (sggs 419).
  • ਝੂਠਿ ਨ ਪਤੀਐ ਪਰਚੈ ਸਾਚੈ ॥: Jhooth n pateeai parachai saache (sggs 872).

Implication is this: Since Maya is said to be Jhooth in the Gurbani, Maya (i.e., anything that takes one away from Truth — Golak, money, possessions, gross worldly objects or stuff, etc.) cannot and will not propagate Sach (Truth).

  • ਰਾਜੁ ਮਾਲੁ ਝੂਠੀ ਸਭ ਮਾਇਆ ॥: Raaju maalu jhoothee sabh Maya (sggs 1155).
  • ਝੂਠਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਸਭੁ ਸੋਰੁ ॥: Jhoothaa Maya kaa sabu soru (sggs 178).
  • ਝੂਠੋ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੋ ਮਦ ਮਾਨੁ ॥: Jhootho Maya ko mad maanu (sggs 1215).
  • ਇਹੁ ਧਨੁ ਸੰਪੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਝੂਠੀ ਅੰਤਿ ਛੋਡਿ ਚਲਿਆ ਪਛੁਤਾਈ ॥: Ih dhanu… (sggs 77).

But, strangely, all religions try to propagate Sach (Truth) with Maya!!

What’s the result? Just look around and see what goes on at the so called religious places — rapes, murders, killing, fights, lawsuits, swindling, stealing, anti-Dharma activities, self-glorification, Jaat-Paat, and so on. It’s because these places have become the dens of Maya-worshippers (“ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ”, “ਮਾਇਆ ਕੈ ਬਿਉਹਾਰੀ”).

  • ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਅਤਿ ਅੰਨਾ ਬੋਲਾ ॥ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਸੁਣਈ ਬਹੁ ਰੋਲ ਘਚੋਲਾ ॥: Mayadhaaree… (sggs 313).
  • ਕਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਧਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਲੋਭੀ ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ॥: Karamu n jaanaa… (sggs 624).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਨ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਲਾਗੇ ਡੂਬਿ ਮੂਏ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀ ॥੨੪॥: Satiguru n sevahi… (sggs 911).
  • ਮੂਰਖ ਅੰਧੇ ਤ੍ਰੈ ਗੁਣ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੈ ਬਿਉਹਾਰੀ ॥: Moorakh andhe… (sggs 1246).

Therefore, those who say or believe that Maya can propagate the Gurbani’s Sach (Truth) or Aatam-Giaan, obviously they don’t seem to believe the Gu

  • ਸੁਣਿ ਸਿਖਵੰਤੇ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਬਿਨਵੈ ਛੋਡਹੁ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਾਲਾ ॥ O learner (of the Gur-Wisdom: the Sikh, ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲਾ)! Listen to the Nanak’s entreaty (ਬੇਨਤੀ)! Renounce Maya-Jaal (bubble of illusion, snare, trap…). (sggs 503).
  • ਮਾਇਆ ਕੇ ਦੇਵਾਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਝੂਠਿ ਠਗਉਰੀ ਪਾਈ ॥ (sggs 930).
  • ਹੋਰੁ ਵਣਜੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਵਾਪਾਰੀਏ ਅਨੰਤ ਤਰੰਗੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ (sggs 165).

The Gurbani tells us that Sach (Truth) can enter within only if the mind-vessel is fist emptied of its falsehood (Bikaars, doubts, hunger for Maya, ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀ ਭੁਖ…)!

  • ਵਸਤੂ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਵਸਤੁ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਦੂਜੀ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਾਸਿ ॥: A thing can be put into a vessel only if (something that is already inside) be first removed. (sggs 474).
  • ਕੂੜੈ ਕੀ ਪਾਲਿ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਨਿਕਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਵਸੈ ਮਨਿ ਆਇ ॥: Koorrai kee… (sggs 591).
  • ਕੂੜੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਸਾਚੇ ਕਉ ਧਾਵਹੁ ॥: Koorru chhodi saache kaou dhaavahu (sggs 1028).
Babba Nanak tells us in the outset of the SGGS:

  • ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥: How can you become Truthful (“Sachiaaraa”)? How can the wall of falsehood (Koorh) be torn away? (The process, ਵਿਧੀ, ਤਰੀਕਾ…) is that (one should) walk (in the Way) of the Hukam (the System or Law of Nature…). O Nanak! (this process…) has been pre-ordained.  ||1|| (sggs 1).


  1. good article on a very relevant topic and good comments from the readers

  2. Falsehood is a condition of the mind but truth is always a revelation of the soul, which is pure, intact and lively. Though mind in its prime state of birth remains pure , but it gets muddled up with impurities of MAYA in its propagation of living and its recovery to original state becomes utterly difficult unless with SIMRAN and God’s GRACE one is forgiven and released from the clutches of MAYA by the Almighty supreme POWER which is ETERNAL TRUTH.

  3. Truth and Falsehood represent the state of presence of Naam (Gurmukh) and absence of Naam (Man-mukh) respectively.

    Thank you Bhai Sahib Jeeo!

  4. Truth and Falsehood represent the state of presence of Naam (Gurmukh) and absence of Naam (Man-mukh) respectively. Naam is a gift of Waheguru obtained as Gurparsad that makes the difference in awareness.
    ਮੂਰਖੁ ਸਿਆਣਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਏਕ ਜੋਤਿ ਦੁਇ ਨਾਉ ॥ ਮੂਰਖਾ ਸਿਰਿ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਜਿ ਮੰਨੇ ਨਾਹੀ ਨਾਉ ॥੨॥: The same person is foolish and wise; the same light within has two names. The most foolish of the foolish are those who do not believe in the Name. ||2|| (sggs 1015).
    ਸਚੁ ਤਾ ਪਰੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜਾ ਰਿਦੈ ਸਚਾ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਤਾ ਪਰੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜਾ ਸਚਿ ਧਰੇ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਤਾ ਪਰੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜਾ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਤਾ ਪਰੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜਾ ਸਿਖ ਸਚੀ ਲੇਇ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਤਾਂ ਪਰੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜਾ ਆਤਮ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਕਰੇ ਨਿਵਾਸੁ ॥: One knows the Truth only when the Truth is in his heart. One knows the Truth only when he bears love to the True Lord. One knows the Truth only when he knows the true way of life. One knows the Truth only when he receives true instruction. One knows the Truth only when he dwells in the sacred shrine of pilgrimage of his own soul. (sggs 468).
    ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਬੁਝਿ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਈਐ ॥੨੦॥:By Guru’s Grace, one comes to know the True One, and is absorbed into Him. ||20|| (sggs 147).

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