Gurbani Says Well Filled With Amrit Is Within Your Body

The Gurbani (Sri Guru granth Sahib, SGGS) tells us “every thing” is within, here and now!

Therefore, those who look sublime thing like Amrit outside — according to the Gurbani — are doubt-ridden. Thus, the words of the Gurbani are abrupt, concise, direct, immensely profound but simple, terse yet potent — cutting to the core and wasting no effort on nonessential.

  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥: (The Divine Virtues, Wisdom, Spiritual tranquility, Naam, Shabad, Amrit, Prabh, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਖ…) all that is within the Heart-Home; not outside. Who searches outside is deluded by doubts (sggs 102).

This “every thing” also includes Amrit!! Here is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ):

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਖੂਹਟਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਭਰਿਆ ਸਬਦੇ ਕਾਢਿ ਪੀਐ ਪਨਿਹਾਰੀ ॥: Deep Within this body is the well overflowing with the Amrit; the Water-carrier (one engaged in Naam-Jap or understanding the Gur-Shabad) draws and drinks it through the Shabad (sggs 570).
  • ਮਨ ਰੇ ਥਿਰੁ ਰਹੁ ਮਤੁ ਕਤ ਜਾਹੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਢੂਢਤ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਘਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਘਟ ਮਾਹੀ ਜੀਉ ॥: O my mind! Remain steady (within) and do not wander around outside (searching for Amrit-Naam, Amrit-Giaan, Sukh or Happiness or Anand…). By searching around on the outside, you will only suffer great pain(for the remedy is within, not outside); Amrit (that will make you Happy…) is found Within the Heart. (sggs 598).

In addition, this “every thing” also include Naam, Shabad, Wisdom or Knowledge (Brahm-Giaan), Mool (Source, Jot...), and so on.

  • ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ ਦੇਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਇਸ ਕਾ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮੁ ॥: New Treasure of Amrit is thee Naam. (To whom the Naam is sweet, this Amrit) lies within his inner body (“Daehee-ਦੇਹੀ” = “Daehee Gupat- ਦੇਹੀ ਗੁਪਤ”, Nirakkar or soul within, Mool…). (sggs 293).
  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤੀਰਥੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਹੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਬੁਝਾਇ ॥ ਮੈਲੁ ਗਈ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹੋਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰਿ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਇ ॥: Deep within is the sacred shrine (Teerath) of Giaan (Spiritual Wisdom…), which the Satigur has revealed. Bathing in (this sacred shrine), the pool of Amrit, filth of the mind (filth of passions, Bikaars…) is removed and it becomes pure. (sggs 587).

In nutshell — according to the Gurbani — performing the Shabad-Vichaar = Drinking the Amrit!

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥੧॥: O Nanak! (However, those who have) become the Gurmukh drink the Amrit by reflecting on the Shabad (sggs 646).

This is the Divine Lifestyle of a Gurmukh (Bhagat, Daas, Jan...). Therefore, Bhagat Kabeer Sahib asks Satiguru to pierce his mind with the arrow of the Shabad, so that the slumbering mind (slumber of Maya) can Awaken to the Spiritual Knowledge (Brahm-Giaan) of the Gur-Shabad.

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੈ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਸਬਦੁ ਜੁ ਬਾਹਿਆ ਏਕੁ ॥ ਲਾਗਤ ਹੀ ਭੁਇ ਮਿਲਿ ਗਇਆ ਪਰਿਆ ਕਲੇਜੇ ਛੇਕੁ ॥੧੫੭॥: O Kabeer! I got connected to the Satiguru (ਸੱਚ ਦਾ ਗਿਆਨ, Brahm-Giaan…); He aimed the Arrow of the Shabad at me. As soon as it struck me, I fell to the ground with a hole in my heart(i.e., I got connected with my Mool, Source…). ||157||(sggs 1372).

However, according to the Gurbani, the mind who searches the sublime thing like Amrit outside are Manmukhs (Saakat, Mayadhaaree, foolish, egocentric, the follower of falsehood …)!

  • ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਮੁਗਧੁ ਬੂਝੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭਾਲਣਿ ਜਾਈ ॥: The foolish Manmukh does not understand (this mystery), (consequently) he goes out searching outside (sggs 754).

Why the mind cannot and does not see Amrit within?

The Gurbani provides us with an authoritative answers:

The effulgence of the Divine Lamp (of Bibek Budhi or discerning intellect, Spiritual Knowledge or Wisdom, Virtues…) within has become dim due to the accumulation of “filth” (scum of impurity: ignorance, Maya, Bikaar – lust, anger, greed, etc.). Mind is nothing but thoughts-stuff (ਫੁਰਨੇ); and thoughts continuously come and go. Thus, mind is born every moment!

  • ਜਨਮ ਜਨਮ ਕੀ ਇਸੁ ਮਨ ਕਉ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਕਾਲਾ ਹੋਆ ਸਿਆਹ ॥: The scum (i.e., impurity) of so many births is attached to this mind and it has become pitch black (sggs 651).

As a result, the Gurbani says that the Lamp (of Wisdom or Giaan) within has become filty, dirty, unclean, foul…

  • ਮਾਧੋ ਅਬਿਦਿਆ ਹਿਤ ਕੀਨ ॥ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਦੀਪ ਮਲੀਨ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: O Maadho (i.e, Universal Energy)! (Man) is in love with ignorance. (As a result, his) Lamp of discerning intellect (ਪਰਖ ਵਾਲਾ ਦੀਵਾ – intellect that can discriminate between right and wrong…)  has become dirty (i.e., dim or hazy). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 486).

On account of this dirt, the filthy mind searches for “everything” outside.

The Gurbani gives us wonderful example of a deer, who is known for searching for musk (Kastooree) in the bushes. In reality, the musk is stored within the deer’s own body, but in his illusioned state , he keeps searching it outside. Similarly, even though the Amrit dwells within our body, we keep searching It in the gross objects of the outer world!

  • ਵਿਣੁ ਕਾਇਆ ਜਿ ਹੋਰ ਥੈ ਧਨੁ ਖੋਜਦੇ ਸੇ ਮੂੜ ਬੇਤਾਲੇ ॥ ਸੇ ਉਝੜਿ ਭਰਮਿ ਭਵਾਈਅਹਿ ਜਿਉ ਝਾੜ ਮਿਰਗੁ ਭਾਲੇ ॥੧੫॥: Those who search for this Treasure (of the Naam) outside of the body, in other places, are foolish and inharmonious. They wander around in the wilderness of doubt, like the deer who (not knowing that the musk is ever present in his own body) searches for the musk in the bushes ||15|| (sggs 309).

The Gurbani gives us an another wonderful example of a wandering camel. While wandering around, the camel eats thorny bushes or thorny trees (e.g., ਕਿੱਕਰ, etc.) even though they make his mouth bleed! Similarly, full of “filth”, the camel-mind also wanders around as a deer.

Worldly attachment is so strong that despite the suffering, we do not want to give it up.

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਮਨ ਕਰਹਲੇ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭਵਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭਾਲਿ ॥: The Treasure (Naam) is deep within, O camel-like mind, but you wander around outside in doubt, searching for it (sggs 235).

Similarly, although the Heart is full of Amrit, our wandering mind also search the sublime thing such as Amrit, etc., outside, in other places and objects. In reality, it is all within!

Who is plundering this Amrit from within?

The Gurbani tells that the Amrit from within each one of us is being looted by the “five thieves” (Pnach Chor or Bikaar) — lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride (with their countless variations). The Gurbani explains it so beautifully as follows:

  • ਇਸੁ ਦੇਹੀ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਪੰਚ ਚੋਰ ਵਸਹਿ ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਾ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਲੂਟਹਿ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਨਹੀ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਸੁਣੈ ਪੂਕਾਰਾ ॥: Within this body dwell the five thieves: lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride. They plunder the Amrit (-Naam, Virtues, Wisdom, etc., from within the body), but the Manmukhs do not realize it; (but once they are plundered, and so suffer, then…) no one hears their cry shout (i.e., then no one can help them). (sggs 600).

The Gurbani Asserts There is only One Amrit

Not only its all within — in order to clear our doubts — the Gurbani further declares “There is only One Amrit“. In other words, there is no “second” (“Doojaa” – “ਦੂਜਾ”) — there is no other. To consider something other (i.e., “second”) would be living in ignorance and duality — “Doojaa Bhaav“. This is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ):

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਦੂਜਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਮਨੈ ਮਾਹਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ॥: O Nanak! There is only One Amrit (i.e, the Naam-Amrit for the soul to drink in); there is no other Amrit at all. O Nanak! (This Naam) Amrit is within the mind (of everybody, but it is), obtained by “Gur Parsaadi” (Grace of the Gur-Giaan, Wisdom…). (sggs 1238).
  • ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨॥: O Nanak! The Shabad alone is the Amrit; it is obtained by becoming the Gurmukhs. ||2|| (sggs 644).
  • ਏਕੋੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਮੀਠਾ ਜਗਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਸਚੁ ਸੋਈ ॥ The Naam-Amrit alone is sweet and that is the only immaculate Truth in the world (sggs 1259).
  • ਅਗਿਆਨੀ ਅੰਧੇ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਾਗੇ ॥: Those who are Spiritually ignorant and blinded (by their love of Maya) remain attached to duality (sggs 1063).

Clearly, the Message of the SGGS is totally contrary to what we hear from the crafty present day Sikh Pujaaree group (ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣਾਂ), which has been defrauding people keeping them fearful, confused, selling them the fake or counterfeit Dharma and god (ਨਕਲੀ ਧਰਮ ਅਤੇ ਰੱਬ), and so on. For what? For Golak (money, bread-ਰੋਟੀ…). No wonder we are urged by the SGGS to totally dismantle or abandon the corrupt and stagnant Pujaaree system with steady resolve and courage.

ਬਾਹਰਿ ਢੂਢਨ ਤੇ ਛੂਟਿ ਪਰੇ ਗੁਰਿ ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਾਹਿ ਦਿਖਾਇਆ ਥਾ ॥: (I have) escaped from searching outside; the Gur (Wisdom or Giaan of the Gur-Shabad…) has shown (me) within (my) Heart (sggs 1002).


  1. Sabhh kichh Gharr meh Baahar naahee….: GurrPita Arjun Devji advises us that all that you are looking for is already within your own mind body system. Whether its the happiness, peacefulness, or God, the Ultimate Creative Energy. It’s only an illusion that you will find it our there somewhere. You see you have been programmed from the time of birth that everything you have ever achieved, it was achieved from somewhere out there. But you need a Spiritual Master who will guide you to go inward and get to know all that is going on inside you i.e. breathing, heart beating and other bodily functions along with energies like the mind, ego, desires, greed, anger, etc. Ones who have walked on this path advised by the GurrPitaji have found a perfect balance in life, from inside and outside. Now they are in peace with all. Now they are ONE with ONE and are aware of this experiential truth with each and every breath. Now the awareness of “eternal bliss” flows like a stream of unexplainable taste to the mind and body system. The mind that was always running out and around in duality has come to stillness and enjoying the flow of the WORD along with each and every breath. Now the mind is not separate from HIM, now its part of HIM. Now there is no loneliness, mind is now in touch with HIM continuously. Gurr Pitaji assures us that now the pain of separation is gone for good and forever. Now there is no need to keep coming and going into the field of Karma. All karmic debt has been removed forever. The saintly energy has now woken up from the deep draught of HIS memory. The dying plant has come alive again and this time it’s born again to never ever die again. Now its very important that the mind stays on this spiritual journey by going thru the stages of meditation on the WORD. Become a Gurrmukh, the one who follows the WORD given by the Master and meditates on that WORD. Gurr Pitaji says do it until the mind becomes ONE with the ONE just as a flame merges with the other flame. When that happens there is no boundary of separation left. And as the wave is part of the ocean, become part of the Ultimate Creative Energy. The was arises from the ocean and vanished back into the ocean and can not exist without the ocean. Same way develop the understanding that you are the wave and HE is the ocean. But again this will happen only when you state saying the WORD and listen to it at the same time on daily basis so the mind can stop running around become still. As the mind learns to stay still, all that is stored within the mind body system will start to become clear to you. You will be able to see each and every one of them and how they function. The grand secret of creation will be revealed to you personally, tailored to your own personal mind body system. Guaranteed! (ssgs 102)

  2. Sir, I am a little confused. If everything is within, including amrit, is there any need to take physical amrit from the Panj Pyare?

    1. First, thank you Bhai Sahib for taking the time to send commend. Also, welcome to the Gurbani Blog!

      Second, your question suggests either you did not understand the Gurbani’s answer, or you don’t want to understand.

      It does not need my opinion or anybody else’s opinion. The sun does not need a lamp to show it!

      For the Gurbani speaks for itself, provided we approach it with the intention of understanding it with open-mind, interest, and diligence.

      Ritualistic reading of the Gurbani will not do the trick.

      Also, Wisdom cannot be made to an order, gifted, inherited, purchased or stolen. Wisdom can only be Realized.

      The Guru in that sense is an emperor, unselfishly having only the best interest of the disciple at heart, while expecting nothing in return.

      So, please read the post again to fully digest the universal message of the Gurbani.

      Also see ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ – O Nanak! There is Only One Amrit

      1. Dear T Singh Ji

        I would like to support by saying the post and Gurbani are abundantly clear. The only difficulty, is when viewed with a pre conditioned consciousness.

          1. Waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki Fateh, First of all accept my dhandot for writing such a life changing article.
            I was just blessed with this insight that to understand The concept of Amrit within is by thinking that we came in this world with invisible happiness in the amount of $100.Now every dollar (invisible happiness) can buy visible happiness in form of materials to satisfy any of five Sense organs.Now whatever visible material happiness we buy can’t be returned to get invisible happiness ($100)back.Now when we are about to run out of that invisible happiness ($balance) we start feeling boredom and unhappiness no matter how much materials we have accumulated for sensory gratification. Now where is that invisible happiness (Amrit) inside of our body and mind is deep secret which only satguru can disclose through His “ek Shabad” to His Loyal desciple ( Gursikh).I hope this example makes some sense.Bhul chuck muaf karana ji.waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki Fateh.

  3. Sat Sri Akaal.
    love the page..thank you Bhai T. Singh Ji.
    i’am a brother Sikh(Amritdhari Sikh) fro Spain, 71 years of age,in Canada.
    with respect. Sabbar Singh Khalsa.

    1. With the blessing of the Sangat of seekers like yourself, may be one day I will realize oneness with my Mool (Source, Jot…), within
      Guru Amar Daas Sahib says:
      ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਭਰਪੂਰੁ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਜਿਉ ਕਸਤੂਰੀ ਮਿਰਗੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਭ੍ਰਮਦਾ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ॥: As the body-house (the Soul, Heart, etc.) is brimful with the Amrit (Naam), still, because of the deluded mind, the self-willed Manmukh (perverse, one in material consciousness, etc.) do not taste it. (Manmukh are) like deer who does not recognize its own musk-scent (that is located within its own body, but to find the musk-scent) it wanders around in doubt (sggs 644).

      Baabaa Nanak says:
      ਤੂ ਦਰੀਆਉ ਦਾਨਾ ਬੀਨਾ ਮੈ ਮਛੁਲੀ ਕੈਸੇ ਅੰਤੁ ਲਹਾ ॥: (O Prabhoo!) You are (like) River, I am (like) a fish in it. I cannot find Your Limit (sggs 25).

  4. Shabad , a word that refers to the Ultimate Creative Energy is the Guru, Meditating on synchronizing the Word with the breath, i.e. Jupp is start of the spiritual journey . Jupp leads to the second stage of Simran or Ajuppa Jupp., which leads to the thirst stage of Dhyaana where SatGuru is met, the inner light, the JOT. Staying on this spiritual journey lead to the final stage of Samadhi after HIS kirpa, i.e KARAM KHAND.
    Amrit is recieved in the third stage of Dhyaana as Maha Russ, i.e chimm chimm barse amrit dhaara hymm.

  5. This knowledge of what is within is/can be to be obtained from Satiguru only. Thus ones meeting with Satiguru is must.
    This meeting with Satiguru is thru Guroo (in our case SGGS ji) which is outside. I may be corrected if wrong.

    1. Thank you Veer ji for taking the time to respond.

      • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧੩॥: My Satguru is Everlasting (Immortal, etc.); He neither comes nor goes (i.e., beyond birth and death). He Himself is the Imperishable Being (Eternal, Parmeshar, Parmaatam, Prabh, Mool, Jot, etc.) who, pervades among all ||13|| (sggs 759).
      • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਉਤ ਹੀ ਠਾਇ ॥: Satiguru saachaa mani vasai saajanu ut hee thaai (sggs 1087).
      • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Guru meraa giaanu guri ridai dhiaanu (sggs 846).

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