Frozen Mind!

Since the mind is responsible for man’s all troubles and Freedom from them, the Gurbani asks the mind be frozen, here and now!

The frozen mind simply means: The mind that has become calm and composed, still, peaceful, chilled like the house of ice, undisturbed, unwavering, intuitively stable, strong, abiding, poised, free of doubts, free of Maya‘s hunger, firm, still, Sahaj, Original (Jot Saroop), untainted or unconditioned (free of false ego-sense or Haumai), annihilated, “ਹਿਵੈ ਕਾ ਘਰੁ”, “ਹਿਵ ਧਾਰ “, “ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲ”, “ਹਿਵੈ ਘਰੁ”-ਰੂਪ, ਠੰਡਾ, ਸੀਤਲ, ਬਰਫ ਜੈਸਾ ਜੰਮਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ, ਅਡੋਲ, ਟਿਕਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ, ਧੀਰਜਵਾਨ, etc.  — fully submerged in the ice-cold and soothing Shabad (“ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਸਬਦੁ”)!

When water is frozen and becomes ice, water stops running around, moving around, or spreading around. Not only that, when water is frozen into a block, it serves as a seat!

Similarly, in order to arrest the wandering mind, the Gurbani urges to freeze it! Only then it will realize the Truth and get rid of ignorance, doubt, Maya, or wrong identity, and one realizes his Original State ( “Jot Saroop)!

The delusion of the world-existence attains expansion by its repeated affirmation.

  • ਮਿਥਿਆ ਭਰਮੁ ਅਰੁ ਸੁਪਨ ਮਨੋਰਥ ਸਤਿ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥: (Watching this Leelaa) the man believes worldly objects (ਪਦਾਰਥ) to be True (permanent, etc.), but they are like objects (ਪਦਾਰਥ) seen in the dream (i.e., untrue) – “ਮਿਥਿਆ ਭਰਮੁ ” (Mitthiyaa Bharam) (sggs 485).

The Gurbani calls Maya “Dolaneee” (“ਡੋਲਨੀ”) — constantly wavers about, roams about, wanders about, or swings about (unstable, etc.), like wind (“Pavan“). The mind attached to this “Dolaneee” Maya oscillates as well (i.e., wavers, wanders hither and thither, imagines, fancies, roams, whirls, unstable, restless…), and cannot be trusted! Fittingly, the Gurbani calls it “Pavan Manu-ਪਵਨ ਮਨੁ”, meaning the wind-like mind!

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਡੋਲੈ ਬਹੁ ਬਿਧੀ ਮਨੁ ਲਪਟਿਓ ਤਿਹ ਸੰਗ ॥: Maya wavers many ways, the mind clings to this (Maya, also wavers many ways). (sggs 258).
  • ਹੀਰੈ ਹੀਰਾ ਬੇਧਿ ਪਵਨ ਮਨੁ ਸਹਜੇ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਈ ॥: When the Jeev- diamond pierces the (Parmaatam-) Diamond (i.e., when the mind connects with its Mool within), the wind-like mind is easily absorbed into Sahaj (Natural State of Being, Giaan-Avasthaa or Enlightened State, ਅਡੋਲ ਅਵਸਥਾ…). (sggs 443).
  • ਮਨੂਆ ਪਉਣੁ ਬਿੰਦੁ ਸੁਖਵਾਸੀ ਨਾਮਿ ਵਸੈ ਸੁਖ ਭਾਈ ॥: O brother! If the wind-like mind comes to rest in Peace, even for an instant, (such real Bairagee mind) abides in the Peace of the Naam (sggs 634).

The implication is that the mind clinging to “Dolaneee” Maya cannot focus and earnestly Reflect on the Gurbani (Shabad-Vichaar) and Realize its Mool (Source, Jot Saroop....). That is, if the Gurbani is Reflected upon with the unstable mind (full of hunger of Maya), one cannot fully extract the Butter of the Tatt Giaan from the Gurbani — ਤੱਤ ਗਿਆਨ, Aatam-Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom,  Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS…), ect. Therefore, the Gurbani asks that the mind be frozen!

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਾਇਆ ਡੋਲਨੀ ਪਵਨੁ ਵਹੈ ਹਿਵ ਧਾਰ ॥ ਜਿਨਿ ਬਿਲੋਇਆ ਤਿਨਿ ਖਾਇਆ ਅਵਰ ਬਿਲੋਵਨਹਾਰ ॥੧੯॥: O Kabeer! Maya is “Dolaneee” (roams, wanders, or swings about – unstable, ਟਿਕਦੀ ਨਹੀ, ਡੋਲਦੀ ਰਹਿੰਦੀ ਹੈ…), (when the mind disconnects from this “Dolaneee” Maya and becomes established in his Mool within, then this) “Pavan” like mind becomes like ice (stable, cool or peaceful, Sahaj…). (In that state) whosoever churns (i.e. engages in Shabad-Vichaar) he eats (the Butter of Tatt Giaan-ਤੱਤ ਗਿਆਨ, ਤੱਤ ਵਸਤ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ, ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨ, ਨਿਰਾਕਾਰੀ ਗਿਆਨ…), others keep churning (nothing to show for!). (sggs 1365).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਦਾਤਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਹਿਵੈ ਘਰੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਦੀਪਕੁ ਤਿਹ ਲੋਇ ॥ ਅਮਰ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਮਨਿ ਮਾਨਿਐ ਸੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ॥੧॥: The Guru (Inner-ਅੰਤਰ ਗੁਰੂ) is the Giver (of Naam – Wisdom…), the Guru is the House of ice (calm, cool, peaceful, etc. – not influenced by Maya), and the Guru is the Light of the three worlds. O Nanak! The everlasting Padaarath (i.e., Naam Padaaraath => Giaan Padaarath is obtained from Him). By accepting (Guru’s Giaan, Wisdom…), Sukh happens (i.e., the mind becomes ice-like: frozen, unwavering, peaceful, “ਹਿਵੈ ਘਰੁ”…). ||1|| (sggs 137).

How can the mind be frozen? The Gurbani shows us as to how this can be accomplished by dipping the mind in the Shabad-Vichaar. For the Gur-Shabad is like ice (“ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਸਬਦੁ”) that cools the mind with Aatam-Giaan (Gurmat, Wisdom).

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਸਬਲ ਅਤਿ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰ ਦੀਜੈ ॥: The powerful fire of Maya (desires, Bikaars…) is raging greatly within (Jeeva-individual beings); (O Raam!) Give (me) the ice-cold Gur-Shabad (so that the raging fire of Maya may be quenched). (sggs 1325).
  • ਗੁਰ ਹਿਵ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਬੁਝਾਵੈ ॥: (O Yogi) Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom) is cold like ice (cooling, soothing, that) puts out the fire (of the mind — desires, Trishnaa, Maya…). (sggs 411).
  • ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਜਲਤਾ ਨਦਰੀ ਆਇਆ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਭਾਇ ॥ ਸਬਦਿ ਰਤੇ ਸੇ ਸੀਤਲ ਭਏ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚੁ ਕਮਾਇ ॥੧॥: This world is burning; this comes to be seen through the Gur-Shabad. O Nanak! Those who are attuned to the Shabad practice Truth and became pacified (ਠੰਢੇ-ਠਾਰ). ||1|| (sggs 643).
  • ਗਿਆਨੀਆ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਨਿਤ ਹਰਿ ਲਿਵ ਸਦਾ ਵਿਗਾਸੁ ॥: Giaaneaa andari gur sabadu hai... (sggs 1415).

At the present, the mind is on fire (Maya’s hunger, desires, Trishnaa, doubts, Bikaars – lust anger, greed, etc.). One cannot live in a house of ice wearing robes of fire! Can he?

  • ਹਿਵੈ ਕਾ ਘਰੁ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਅਗਨਿ ਪਿਰਾਹਨੁ ॥ ਕਵਨ ਗੁਫਾ ਜਿਤੁ ਰਹੈ ਅਵਾਹਨੁ ॥: The House is made of ice, (Jeeva is wearing the) robe of fire! Which is that cave, within which (Jeeva) may remain stable? (sggs 943).
  • ਕਲਿ ਤਾਤੀ ਠਾਂਢਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਉ ॥: Kali taatee thandhaa hari naaou (sggs 288).

The Gurbani’s solution is: Put out the mind’s fire and freeze it with the Divine Wisdom or Brahm-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad, obtained through the Shabad-Vichaar.

  • ਸਾਗਰੁ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥: By Vichaar of the Gur-Shabad, the ocean (Bhav-Saagar or Maya-ocean that’s burning with the fire of Bikaars) becomes calm or cool (sggs 1274).
  • ਚੰਦਨ ਚੰਦੁ ਨ ਸਰਦ ਰੁਤਿ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਮਿਟਈ ਘਾਂਮ ॥ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਥੀਵੈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਪੰਦੜੋ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੨॥: The (mind’s) burning cannot be dispelled at all by (the coolness) of the (1) sandalwood (paste), (2) the moon (light, and the (3) winter season. O Nanak! It only becomes cool by understanding and remembering the Naam (Wisdom, Virtues…). ||2|| (sggs 709).

Through the Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad (Divine Knowledge, Aatam-Giaan, Gurmat…), the mind becomes firm and composed (ਧੀਰਜਵਾਨ, ਅਡੋਲ, ਟਿਕਾਓ ਵਿਚ, Sahaj…) and goes across Bhav-Saagar (Maya…).

  • ਛੈਲ ਲੰਘੰਦੇ ਪਾਰਿ ਗੋਰੀ ਮਨੁ ਧੀਰਿਆ ॥: Those established in the Heart are Dheerajvaan, and only they go across (Bhav Saagar, Maya…). (sggs 488).

Such stable mind is like gold — one can saw-cut a bar of pure gold from any place, it will be just the pure gold!

  • ਕੰਚਨ ਵੰਨੇ ਪਾਸੇ ਕਲਵਤਿ ਚੀਰਿਆ ॥੪॥: (You can) cut gold from any side (it will be the same pure gold). (sggs 488).

In nutshell, the frozen mind (stable, ਠੰਡਾ, ਅਡੋਲ…), united with the Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad, enjoys the Union with its Mool (Source, Jot…)! Only then does the Original State (Mool, Jot, Truth…) manifest itself. When the perception of diversity (duality or two-ness of the mind…) is attenuated, the mind shines in its own Original Glory.

This is where Yogis made mistake and went astray (ਕੁਰਾਹੇ ਪੈ ਗਏ, ਟਪਕਾ ਜਾਂ ਚਕਮਾ ਖਾ ਗਏ). That is, in order to realize the Truth, INSTEAD OF FREEZING THEIR MIND BY DIPPING IT IN THE SHABAD (Naam, Wisdom, Truth…), they immerse their body-frame in icy water in order to break it! This delusional thinking (mistake, error, deception) of Yogis is explained by Baabaa Nanak as follows:

  • ਇਕਿ ਪਾਲਾ ਕਕਰੁ ਭੰਨਿ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਜਲੁ ਹੇਂਵਹੀ ॥: Some (Yogis) in winter break their body (i.e., they sit on water that is) ice cold and frosted (sggs 1284).
  • ਜਲੁ ਹੇਵਤ ਭੂਖ ਅਰੁ ਨੰਗਾ ॥: (To realize the Truth, some endure) the icy water, hunger, and remain naked (sggs 1305).

The Gurbani says it’s the man’s mind responsible for his troubles (“ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਕੀਆ ਸੋ ਮਨ ਕੀਆ”). As such, it’s the mind that needs to be frozen, not the body! It’s the mind that need to be stilled, not torturing and burdening the body or soul with rituals (Karamkaand), garbs (“ਬਹੁ ਭੇਖ ਕੀਆ ਦੇਹੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਦੀਆ”)! This is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ)!

Desires appear in the doubt-ridden mind as swallows appear in the month of Katik (“ਕਤਿਕ ਕੂੰਜਾਂ- Katik Koonjaan“) and forest fire in the month of Chet (“Cheti Daou-ਚੇਤਿ ਡਉ”). However, as the lightening strikes in the rainy month of Saavan (“ਸਾਵਣਿ ਬਿਜੁਲੀਆਂ-Saavani Bijuleeaan“), similarly, when the lightening of the Divine Wisdom (Spiritual Knowledge, Brahm-Giaan) strikes the mind it becomes enlightened — it becomes Original (Jot Saroop). The mind that has become so cool and collective (“ਸੀਆਲੇ ਸੋਹੰਦੀਆ-Seeaalae Sohandeeaan“) or the mind that has become so stable and still (“ਹਿਵੈ ਘਰੁ”-ਰੂਪ, ਠੰਡਾ, ਸੀਤਲ, ਅਡੋਲ, ਟਿਕਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ, ਧੀਰਜਵਾਨ, ਗਿਆਨਵਾਨ…; i.e., frozen), enjoys the Divine Union with its Mool within (“ਪਿਰ ਗਲਿ ਬਾਹੜੀਆ-Pir Gali Baaharheeaan“). Baabaa Fareed says it so beautifully as follows!

  • ਕਤਿਕ ਕੂੰਜਾਂ ਚੇਤਿ ਡਉ ਸਾਵਣਿ ਬਿਜੁਲੀਆਂ ॥ ਸੀਆਲੇ ਸੋਹੰਦੀਆਂ ਪਿਰ ਗਲਿ ਬਾਹੜੀਆਂ ॥੬॥: Katik koonjaan cheti daou saavani bijuleeaan… (sggs 488).
  • ਨਹ ਸੀਤਲੰ ਚੰਦ੍ਰ ਦੇਵਹ ਨਹ ਸੀਤਲੰ ਬਾਵਨ ਚੰਦਨਹ ॥ ਨਹ ਸੀਤਲੰ ਸੀਤ ਰੁਤੇਣ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੀਤਲੰ ਸਾਧ ਸ੍ਵਜਨਹ ॥੩੯॥: The moon-god is not (as) cooling (foolish Pujaaree thinks moon is a Devataa!), nor is the white sandalwood tree (as) cooling. O Nanak! The winter season is not (as) cooling, (as much as) the Saadh friends (the Gurbani’s Saadh = one who has his/her mind controlled, disciplined, mended, transformed, Wise, balanced, stable, ਜਿਨ ਅਪਣਾਂ ਮਨ ਸਾਧ ਲਿਆ, ਚੰਡ ਲਿਆ – ਅਡੋਲ, ਟਿਕਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ, ਧੀਰਜਵਾਨ, ਗਿਆਨਵਾਨ, ਗੁਰਮੁਖ…). ||39|| (sggs 1357).


  1. Thank you Bhai Prince jit Singh Ji for taking the time to respond!
    Welcome to the Gurbani Blog!

    Dear veerji can I have some more links on SHABD.

    I am not sure if I understand the question. You mean Gurbani posts on Gur-Shabad? If so, All posts on this blog are on Gurbani – over 350 posts.
    Or do you mean posts with specific tags such as “Shabad”? If so, try these tags:

  2. Dear veerji,
    The still mind/frozen mind is our sehaj state, devoid of any chatter totally dipped in …SHABD…that’s our permanent abode, here the mind lies immersed…. in …..shabd….hence shabd is no mind or frozen mind. Dear veerji can I have some more links on SHABD.

  3. The Sehaj Avastha is very well defined in above article……………The Mind which is in peace and love will feel the presence of Love……………Wahinguruji Bless everybody with this experience………………..

  4. I enjoyed reading Frozen Mind. I liked the manner of integrating the sub-themes of Gurbani. Looking forward to more of such integration.
    Warm Regards

  5. Stop identifying with the mind. Be here and now , which is the only home we have. Stay at home always. Lots of love bhai Sahib Ji.

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