Gurbani Refutes Miracles – Karaamaat

First off, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) rejects Karaamat or miracles, and condemns the conscious display of them — they are of no value whatsoever, hence waste of time and practically useless.

Karaamaat = ਕਰਾਮਾਤ = Miracle, miraculous power, occult powers, magic, weird tricks, supernatural events, Sidhi…

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; foolish so called scholars, writers, Kathaakaar; etc. They falsely attribute these fake stories to the Gurus and Bhagats.

The Pujaaree groups find the ideas from 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 Brahminical literature 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 “fool“!

  • ਮੂਰਖ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਹਿਕਮਤਿ ਹੁਜਤਿ ਸੰਜੈ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥: The foolish Pandit, by their clever arguments (crafty tricks…), are fond of gathering wealth (Maya…). (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 Pujaaree groups imposed these fake stories on the heads of unsuspecting or ignorant Sikhs, from which Baabaa Nanak freed 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 crook 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 which is received from the Divine when pleased (when we live by the Divine Hukam or Law of Nature, 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).

10 replies on “Gurbani Refutes Miracles – Karaamaat”

T Singh Ji, a long time ago a group of us had a blog which had a very strong presence on social media. We initially started off as volunteers of the Pujaaree groups you mention but over time awakened to the truth as we further delved into Gurbani. Singh Saab, I would touch your feet if I ever meet you because the awakening you are bringing into our Panth is long overdue.

Dhanvaad.

Veer ji,
Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh! I have been going through all of your articles for nearly three four years but commenting it for the first time.All your articles are worth appreciating.They are based on facts not beliefs.In the religious industry the preachers and fanatics make u believe in beliefs.In this universe as per my opinion nothing (not a single thing)goes beyond the domain of cause and effect.So no miracle at all.Another thing one needs to have is logical thinking in order to lead a good/ better life but none can demarcate a line as far as logical reasoning is concerned. Logical reasoning changes case to case depending upon the situation. In our religious books u are lead to think logically so that u can lead a good balanced life.One has to understand the inherent nature of five elements the life or whole universe is made up of.For example ,take the case of fire. If one doesn’t understand how this element works,time is not far away when one will be engulfed by it.Science has created miracles by understanding the inherent nature of these elements. The whole space industry is based on understanding of gravitational pull of earth.The so called religious people of all religions have contributed little for the welfare of society, have been enjoying the benefits of scientific innovations to the fullest, still don’t feel shy of condemning the science.
Let me close it with utmost regard !

Science has created miracles by understanding the inherent nature of these elements.

Thank you Bhai Sahib Sukhvinder Singh Ji for taking the time to leave a comment. We appreciate it! Also, thank you for the kind words.

Bhai T Singh Ji…..your article is a very deep article…..I have read it once n to fully appreciate it’s value. I would have to read it a few times consciously to fully appreciate it’s value……. I agree with you on all the “rubbish” that Missionaries…Dera Babaes etc sell to the local Sangat…..does this mean that sakhees that I grew up with like Panja Sahib…. Sri HarKrishan Sahib ji n the ignorant man he enlightened with a stick….Baba Deep Singh’s n bhai taru martyrdom , Guru Gobind Singh Jim s force of 40 who fought 100000 enemy soldiers….amongst many others are false….where do I draw a line on what is possible n impossible based on my finite mind n understanding…. I have come to a stage in my life where I would accept other “Granths” in our Sikh Panth AS LONG as it does not contradict the teachings from my one and only ultimate source SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI.

Naam is the Greatest Kramat/Miracle in Sikhi
In the Gurbani super natural power or Karamat is attributed to Waheguru-realization (attaining the state of Naam). In this state one is one with Waheguru and has access to Divine powers (like “Bani Jor” – Jap Ji pauri 37).

The state of Naam (experiencing spirituality on Waheguru realization) when attained is accompanied by the gift of “Karamat” (super natural power) as given in the following Tuks:-

ਏਹ ਕਿਨੇਹੀ ਦਾਤਿ ਆਪਸ ਤੇ ਜੋ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ (Raag Aasaa M. 2, GGS. 474-75). What sort of gift is this, which we receive only by our own asking?

According to the Gurbani, the experience gained on merging of self with Universal Self (Waheguru/Akalpurakh) is itself a miraculous (Karamat) act.

ਨਾਮੈ ਹੀ ਤੇ ਸਭੁ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਨਾਮੇ ਸੋਝੀ ਪਾਈ ॥ (Raag Raamkali M. 1, GGS. 946-13). Through the Name, everything is revealed; through the Name, understanding is obtained.

ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੋ ਭਉ ਭੰਜਨੁ ਗੁਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਐ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੧੦॥ (Raag Maaroo M. 1, GGS. 1046-6). O Nanak, the Lord God is the Destroyer of fear; meeting the Guru, the Lord God is found. ||10||

ਨਵ ਨਿਧਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਦਾਸੀ ॥ (Bhatt Kalh, GGS. 1387-12). The Naam is the wealth of the nine treasures; prosperity and supernatural spiritual powers are His slaves.

Everything is possible with Naam – connectivity with Waheguru in the driving seat. The difference in the Supreme ‘Soojee’ of a Saint (with exalted Divine awareness) and an ordinary person is so much that what appears as a ‘Hukam’ to a Saint the same appears as a miracle to others. The only miracle in Sikhi is “liv”- the extent of Liv is beyond description by ordinary people. (‘Manne ki gat kahi na jaaei’- Jap Ji Sahib).

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