Gurbani Refutes Miracles – Karaamaat

According to the spirituality of the Guru’s Shabad, miracles or Kaarammat (miraculous power, occult powers, magic, mystical or weird tricks, supernatural events, Sidhi etc.) are a violation of the Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature).

Hence, the spiritual Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) rejects Karaamat or miracles, and condemns the conscious display of them for they are a violation of the Hukam — they are waste of time and of no value.

  • ਸਚਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਣਿਆ ॥ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇ ਸਚੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ॥: Your Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature, ਨਿਯਮ…) is Permanently in Existence (i.e. Hukam cannot be changed or violated); this is the Guru’s Realization. The Recognition or Realization (that the Creator / Hukam is Permanently in Existence) comes through the Gurmat (Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGG) removing Haumai (false ego-sense, ਖ਼ੁਦੀ). (sggs 144).

Having said that, any Sikhi related text (there are dozens of them) that connects Gurus and Bhagats with Kraamaat (miracles) is NOT only FAKE TEXT but also ANTI-GURMAT. They violate the very basic principle of Gurmat — NOT to violate the Hukam. These texts are promoted by the anti-Gurmat Pujaree to distort and corrupt the Uniqueness of the Baabaa Nanak’s spirituality of the Shabad (Upadesh, Message etc.).

The Gurus and Bhagats (i.e. Daas Jan etc.) do NOT violate the Hukam. Consider an another verse:

  • ਆਖਣੁ ਵੇਖਣੁ ਬੋਲਣੁ ਚਲਣੁ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਮਰਣਾ ਧਾਤੁ ॥ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਸਾਜਿ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਖੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚਾ ਆਪਿ ॥੨॥ : (All aspects of my life such as) talking, seeing, speaking, walking, living and dying; the essence of all that is created in the Hukam and contained in the Realization of Hukam of the Creator who is Permanently in Existence.॥2॥ (sggs 145).

Source of Fake stories in Sikhi

Despite the fact that the Gurbani has rejected miracles (Karaamaat), still there are countless fake stories (ਗੱਪ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ, ਮੰਨ-ਘੜੰਤ ਝੂਠ ਸਾਖੀ-Sakhi) in Sikhi manufactured by the illiterate, ignorant, and corrupt Pujaaree groups (ਮੰਗ ਖਾਣਾਂ ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣਾਂ), Deraa-Vaad,, Baabaa-Vaad, Sant-Vaad etc. They falsely attribute these fake stories to the Gurus and Bhagats.

The Pujaaree groups find the ideas from the books like ‘Suraj Prakash‘ etc. that are full of fake and meaningless stories (Sakhi-ਸਾਖੀ), falsehood (ਝੂਠ), disfigured history with embellishments, and imaginary facts along the lines of Brahmanical concepts and mythology!

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਾਖੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਪੀਵਤ ਹੀ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ਭਇਆ ॥: ‘Gur Ki Sakhi’ means Guru’s Teaching, which is the Amrit Bani (i.e., Gurbani, Gur-Shabad); by drinking it (i.e., Realizing the Upadesh or Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad or Naam), one becomes proofed (genuine, approved, acceptable…). (sggs 360).
  • ਸਚ ਬਿਨੁ ਸਾਖੀ ਮੂਲੋ ਨ ਬਾਕੀ ॥੨੩॥: ‘Sakhi’ without Truth is of no avail (sggs 1412).

The so called Sikh scholars (ਅਖੌਤੀ ਵਿੱਦਵਾਨ or Pandit) were supposed to be better, but they turned out to be just like the rest of the illiterate and crafty Pujaaree groups (if not worse)! No wonder the Gurbani calls them ‘learned fools‘!

  • ਮੂਰਖ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਹਿਕਮਤਿ ਹੁਜਤਿ ਸੰਜੈ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥: Educated fools do tricks and give arguments, (but) their only love is to amass wealth. (sggs 469).
  • ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਬਿਦਿਆ ਬਿਕ੍ਰਦਾ ਬਿਖੁ ਖਟੇ ਬਿਖੁ ਖਾਇ ॥ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਚੀਨਈ ਸੂਝ ਬੂਝ ਨਹ ਕਾਇ ॥ ॥੫੩॥: The Manmukh sells his knowledge (learning, etc.); he earns poison (of Maya), and eats this poison (that brings him spiritual death). The fool does not Reflect on the Shabad. He has no understanding, no comprehension ||53|| (sggs 938).

Worst, the self-serving Pujaaree imposed these fake stories on the heads of unsuspecting or ignorant Sikhs, from which Baabaa Nanak freed all of us!

The tragic result is minds of Sikhs have been shut up and confined or enslaved by this Pujaaree system, as a chick in an eggshell (of doubt, Karamkaand, ignorance, Bikaar or demerits, religious paraphernalia, ignorance, confusion, and so on).

Consequently, this self-serving Pujaaree system, Deraa-Vaad, Baabaa-Vaad, Sant-Vaad etc. have made the Gurus and Bhagat to appear self contradictory – what they practice in their real life is NOT what they write in the SGGS!

However, when it comes to face the reality like Covid-19 pandemic, the Pujaaree groups have disappeared like horns from the head of a donkey! All over the world, they have shut the doors of their shrines, Srovar, places of pilgrimage, Deraa, etc., only to run away from people and hide in their dens along with their counterfeit god!

Where are their phony miracles now? The fraud they have been perpetrating on unsuspecting or ignorant people for centuries, and fake god they have been selling have been exposed!

The truth is that the Pujaaree groups have nothing to do with the Gurbani and the Gurus. There main aim is amassing wealth (Golak) – it’s all business (Golak, ਧੰਧਾ, ਰੋਟੀ ਦਾ ਜਰੀਆ) in the name of the Gurbani and the Gurus!

Fittingly the Gurbani warns about making phony claims or bragging:

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਦਾਵੈ ਦਾਝਨੁ ਹੋਤੁ ਹੈ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਸੰਕ ॥ ਜੋ ਜਨੁ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਸੋ ਗਨੈ ਇੰਦ੍ਰ ਸੋ ਰੰਕ ॥੧੬੯॥: O Kabeer! Claiming (or bragging…) begets burning within (rise in jealousy, anger, egotism, ਖਿੱਝ-ਸੜਨ… ). (One) Without (such) claim remains carefree. That person who does not assert (such) claim, considers even lnder (an idiom, meaning a wealthy) and a poor alike! ||169|| (sggs 1373).

The Gurbani’s truth, Way and Rabb is totally different then the Pujaaree’s nonsense and falsehood (ਝੂਠ).

The Gurbani rejects miracles

The Gurbani calls them “Avraa Saad-ਅਵਰਾ ਸਾਦ”, “Paakhand(u)-ਪਾਖੰਡੁ”, “Moh(u)-ਮੋਹੁ”, etc. – fraud, deception, delusion, inferior tastes…

  • ਆਪਿ ਨਾਥੁ ਨਾਥੀ ਸਭ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਅਵਰਾ ਸਾਦ ॥: (O Yogi!) The Divine is supreme (Universal Energy, System of Nature…) whose (Hukam) controls all; (these Mayaic) Ridhi Sidhi are all inferior tastes (sggs 6).
  • ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਸਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਵਸੈ ਮਨਿ ਆਇ ॥: Ridhi Sidhi are all worldly attachments; through them, Naam (Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom…) does not come to abide in the mind (sggs 593).

The Gurbani indicates that the conscious display of miracles (Karamaat-ਕਰਾਮਾਤ…) are illusion — the dictum of the senses confined to time and space.

Not only Karaamaat, the SGGS also rejects “Tant(u) Mant(u)” (Tantric spells, magical mantras, witchcraft, ਜਾਦੂ-ਟੂਣਾ…)! Babaa Nanak calls them “Paakhand” (hypocrisy):

  • ਤੰਤੁ ਮੰਤੁ ਪਾਖੰਡੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ॥: I know nothing of “Paakhand” of Tantric spells and magical mantras (witchcraft, ਜਾਦੂ-ਟੂਣਾ…); I have enshrined Raam (-Naam: Wisdom, Truth…) within my Heart, my mind is pleased with That. (sggs 766).

Why this is all Paakhand”? Because, nobody has power to change the System or Law of Nature (Hukam, ਕੁਦਰਤ ਦਾ ਨਿਯਮ):

  • ਭਾਈ ਮਤ ਕੋਈ ਜਾਣਹੁ ਕਿਸੀ ਕੈ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਾਥਿ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਕਰੇ ਕਰਾਇਆ ॥: O brother! Let none think that they have any power. All (i.e., old age, death, so called evil spells, air, water, fire, solar systems…) act per the System or Law of Nature (Hukam, ਕੁਦਰਤ ਦਾ ਨਿਯਮ). (sggs 168).

Hence, only bogus among the so called Baabaa, Sant, Saadhoo, Yogi, etc., consciously display such powers for insignificant things like impressing upon people for making new disciples and followers, amassing money, gaining fame and honor, securing material welfare and comforts of life by misguiding others, gaining recognition, seeking people’s appreciation and attention, etc.

The life of such mean and deluded Moodha or rascals is no different than a prostitute: They sell their body, mind and soul just as a whore does!

As it will become more clear in the following pages, so long one consciously or selfishly exercises supernatural powers to produce miracles, that person cannot and will not transcend Maya (illusion, duality, Bhav Saagar, etc.). Such person is sure to ruin himself as well as his followers.

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਪੈਨਣੁ ਖਾਣੁ ਸਭੁ ਬਾਦਿ ਹੈ ਧਿਗੁ ਸਿਧੀ ਧਿਗੁ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ॥: Without the Naam, all dress and eating are worthless; (without the Naam) accursed are all Sidhee and Karaamaat (sggs 650).

Hence, developing and practicing occult powers is among the greatest obstacles on the Way to linking with one’s Mool within (Source, Jot Saroop, True Nature, Truth…).

The reason being is that it further inflates egotism (Haumai) or Bikaar, and rebels against unconditional surrender of all falsehood of the crooked or wandering mind.

Hence, the SGGS tells us display of Karamaat or miracles is “Avraa Saad-ਅਵਰਾ ਸਾਦ”, “Paakhand(u)-ਪਾਖੰਡੁ”, “Moh(u)-ਮੋਹੁ”, etc. It’s to act only out of deeply deluded egocentric false convictions and self-serving ambitions for enjoyment of Maya.

  • ਪਹਿਰਾ ਅਗਨਿ ਹਿਵੈ ਘਰੁ ਬਾਧਾ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਸਾਰੁ ਕਰਾਈ ॥ ਸਗਲੇ ਦੂਖ ਪਾਣੀ ਕਰਿ ਪੀਵਾ ਧਰਤੀ ਹਾਕ ਚਲਾਈ ॥ ਧਰਿ ਤਾਰਾਜੀ ਅੰਬਰੁ ਤੋਲੀ ਪਿਛੈ ਟੰਕੁ ਚੜਾਈ ॥ ਏਵਡੁ ਵਧਾ ਮਾਵਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਸਭਸੈ ਨਥਿ ਚਲਾਈ ॥ ਏਤਾ ਤਾਣੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਮਨ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਕਰੀ ਭਿ ਆਖਿ ਕਰਾਈ ॥: If I put on the dress of fire, and built my house of snow, and made iron my food; and if I were to drink in all pain like water, and drive the entire earth before me; and if I were to become so large that I could not be contained, and if I were to control and lead all; and if I were to possess so much power within my mind that I could cause others to do my bidding – SO WHAT? (sggs 147).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਪੈਨਣੁ ਖਾਣੁ ਸਭੁ ਬਾਦਿ ਹੈ ਧਿਗੁ ਸਿਧੀ ਧਿਗੁ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ॥: Without the Naam, all dress and eating are worthless; (without the Naam) accursed are all Sidhee and Karaamaat (sggs 650).

However, despite the fact that the Gurbani rejects exhibition of Karaamaat, the greedy Pujaaree groups, the foolish so called scholars, Deraa-Vaad, etc., are still fabricating the fake stories (Sakhi) on a daily basis and shamelessly keep attributing them to the Gurus and Bhagats!

Not only that, unfortunately, the foolish Pujaaree system in Sikhi have been successful in reducing the Gurbani to a mere mundane business (“ਰੋਟੀਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ”, ਧੰਧਾ, Golak…), rituals or Karamkaand, external appearance or Bhekh (robes or religious paraphernalia), etc.

Anti-Gurmat stories (Sakhi)

As the Gurbani asserts, the spirituality or living the Divine Life ( the Gurmukh Lifestyle) is not meant to perform weird tricks or miracles.

The only purpose of religion or Spirituality is to kill the false ego-sense (Haumai) and stay clear from the rule of the senses, and, ultimately, realize the Mool , within.

Therefore, all miracle or Karaamaati stories (Sakhi-ਸਾਖੀ) as manufactured by the crafty Pujaaree groups, Deraa-Vaad, and the so called foolish scholars are:

  • anti-SGGS,
  • anti Gurbani,
  • anti-Gur-Shabad,
  • anti- Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS…)…

The intention or Goal of the Gurbani is not to create sorcerers, magicians, Madaaree or Manmukh, but the Gurmukh (Hukam-Willed: ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬੰਦੇ…)!

Want to see a wonderful miracle in life?

If you do, then the Gurbani says have your mind abide in the Naam (Wisdom, Virtues, Truth, Hukam or Law of Nature…).

Because, to have the mind abiding in the Naam is the most wondrous miracle per the SGGS!

That is, if one is successful changing his own mind through the Naam, or Bhagti, or Shabad-Vichaar, consider that as a wonderful miracle! Because, it’s the mind that needs to become a Sikh.

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਏਹਾ ਸਿਧਿ ਏਹਾ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ॥੨॥: O Nanak! By becoming the Gurmukh, the Divine Naam (Truth, Wisdom, Virtues…) abides in the mind; this is Sidhi and Karaamaat. ||2|| (sggs 650).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੁਠੈ ਜੋ ਮਿਲੈ ॥੧॥: O Nanak! That is the Karaamaat when (the mind) becomes pleased (with the Hukam or Law of Nature, Shabad, Upadesh, Naam, Wisdom, Virtues… ||1|| (sggs 475).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਪੈਨਣੁ ਖਾਣੁ ਸਭੁ ਬਾਦਿ ਹੈ ਧਿਗੁ ਸਿਧੀ ਧਿਗੁ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ॥: Without the Naam, all dress and eating are worthless; (without the Naam) accursed are all Sidhee and Karaamaat (sggs 650).

To make the point as to how worthless are all other Karaamaat or occult powers, consider this example:

A holy man was standing at the river-shore; waiting for the boat to go across the river. Meanwhile, a Yogi approached him and asked: “Why are you standing here, Sir?” The man humbly replied: “I am waiting for the boat to take me across the river”. The Yogi sarcastically laughed at him and said: “Don’t you know how to walk on the water?” “No, Sir”, said the Man. “You don’t even know how to walk on the water, what kind of holy man are you?”, inquired the Yogi. Before the man said anything, the Yogi jumped into the river and started walking on the water. To make a big show of his inflated ego, he traversed the river in every direction. Meantime the boat showed up. Before embarking on the boat, the man asked Yogi as to how long it took him to master this supernatural feat. “Twenty years”, pompously replied the Yogi. The man asked: “Dear Yogi, tell me how much the boat costs to go cross the river”. “Five pennies”, replied the Yogi. “That means you earned only five pennies in twenty years!” Saying this the man left!

In nutshell, the Gurbani tells us that the best miracle would be to change or upgrade one’s own mind (thinking, Soch) – uproot it from Mayaic consciousness and root it back to its Mool within (Source, Jot Saroop, True Nature, Wisdom, Virtues, Bibek, Truth…).

  • ਪਿੰਗੁਲ ਪਰਬਤ ਪਾਰਿ ਪਰੇ ਖਲ ਚਤੁਰ ਬਕੀਤਾ ॥ ਅੰਧੁਲੇ ਤ੍ਰਿਭਵਣ ਸੂਝਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਭੇਟਿ ਪੁਨੀਤਾ ॥੧॥: (With the Gur-Giaan, Widom, Bibek, Virtues, Truth…), people with crippled minds (minds that are unwise, unvirtuous, Bikaaree, etc.) cross the mountains (i.e., become Wise, Bibeki, Virtuous, realize the purpose of life, etc.), and people with the blind minds (foolish, egoistic, etc.) become Wise. Meeting with the Gur (-Giaan, Wisdom, Bibek, Virtues…) a mentally blind man gets the ontological vision or clear perception of the Universe. ||1|| (sggs 809).

16 comments

  1. I understood very well that our touch stone is SGGS.

    Based on that, here are my two cents. In your previous reply you said:

    some persons, who quote Bhai Gurdas Vaar 1
    which, by literal meanings , appear to say that Guru Nanak, performed miracles in Mecca( by rotating Mecca …

    My take on it is that Bhai Gurdas Ji is making important point: With his logical arguments (ਦਲੀਲਾਂ), Baabaa Nanak ‘rotated’ or CHANGED the thinking (Soch-ਸੋਚ ਨੂੰ ਘੁਮਾ/ਬਦਲ ਦਿੱਤਾ) of the fanatic and hostile clergy there…

  2. Thank you dear T Singh ji for your response. I understood very well that our touch stone is SGGS. My question still remains –
    Do VAARS OF BHAI GURDAS JI have any importance in Sikhi as those are often quoted by our learned and reputed Sikh Scholars ?

  3. Thank you brother HARDIP H SINGH Ji for taking the time to reply. Welcome to the Gurbani Blog!

    In spiritual thought, we will always find an exoteric (literal, ਅਖਰੀ ਅਰਥ) and an esoteric (inner, ਅਖਰਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਪਰੇ ਦੇ ਅਰਥ) meaning of statement. The question is: do we understand their esoteric meaning and mystic suggestions, or are we merely satisfied with their exoteric (literal or superficial) meaning?

    In general, meanings or interpretation of scriptural statements seen or heard are based on exoteric or literal meaning.

    Under the influence of Maya’s three qualities (Rajo, Tamo and Sato), everybody is at a different level of expansion-development-progress-blooming of intellect or Budhi (ਬੁਧੀ ਦਾ ਵਿਕਾਸ-Budhi Daa Vikaas).

    That said, depending on one’s level of intellect, everybody will have different understanding, different interpretation etc.

    I was challenged by some persons, who quote Bhai Gurdas Vaar

    Ask these ‘some persons’ who quote Bhai Gurdas Vaar: Have you diligently studied and understood Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) before reading Bhai Gurdas Vaar or other text. If they have then they can use the ‘touchstone’ of the SGGS to see what make sense and what does not. I can speak for myself. Let alone other texts, I’m still trying to understand and learn the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).

    Also, once we start reading the SGGS with understanding (ਸਮਝ ਕੇ – not ritualistically) then one thing that would immediately stand out that what we have heard in our life is one thing, but what the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS tells us is something else!

    Many among the clergy and so called learned and scholars, for various reasons, try to paint Baabaa Nanak as some kind of magician.

    Based on reading the Gurbani, my take is Baabaa Nanak was a revolutionary spiritual warrior. He travelled extensively and — with his logical arguments —’rotated’ or CHANGED thinking (Soch-ਸੋਚ) of fanatic and hostile clergy (for example at Mecca as eluded to by Bhai Guedas Ji), tyrant rulers, Thuggs and so on.

    Similarly all other Gurus were also revolutionary spiritual warriors. In fact there is the Bani of 35 in the SGGS. They were all revolutionary spiritual warriors (ਜੋਧੇ) s well.

  4. I feel enriched with knowledge about Kramaats is Sikhi.Thank you.
    I was challenged by some persons, who quote Bhai Gurdas Vaar 1
    which, by literal meanings , appear to say that Guru Nanak, performed miracles in Mecca( by rotating Mecca) and in Bhagdad(by taking son of Pir Dasatgir to skies in the blink of eye and even brought back Parshad in a bowl). I will appreciate if you can throw some meaningful light on vaars by Bhai Gurdas on Guru Nanak.

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