Happy New Year!

With the plastic smiles, it’s that time of annual ‘Parpanch’ or ‘Pakhand’ (ostentation, show off, fuss, hypocrisy, etc.) again to say ‘Happy New Year’, once again!

But, without Awakening, there can be no real happiness or joy!

The Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) tells us that the majority of us follow ‘Parpanch’ or ‘Pakhand’imitate what we see others do!

  • ਦੇਖਾ ਦੇਖੀ ਸਭ ਕਰੇ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਬੂਝ ਨ ਪਾਇ ॥: The Manmukh does everything seeing (other people do, ਦੇਖਾ ਦੇਖੀ, ਨਕਲ, ਦਿਖਾਵਾ…), but he (himself) has no understanding  (he does not understand the true way of living. (sggs 28).

The Wisdom of the SGGS tells us that the mind inflicted with duality or Maya is ‘Parpanchee’ (deceptive, cunning, crafty, Pakhandee, etc.)!

  • ਪਰਪੰਚਿ ਵਿਆਪਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਮਨੁ ਦੋਇ ॥: The mind is engrossed in “Parpanch” and duality (sggs 153).

The illusion of time-space-causation comes into being only if we hold on to the memory of the past and anxiety of the unknown future.

The Gurmat Giaan or Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) consider all months or days the same (ਇਕ ਸਾਰ).

  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਮੁਗਧ ਗਵਾਰ ॥: Only idiots and fools observe the lunar days and the week days (i.e., good and bad, omens). (sggs 843).
  • ਮਾਹ ਦਿਵਸ ਮੂਰਤ ਭਲੇ ਜਿਸ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ॥: The months days and moments (Sangraand, etc.) are auspicious when (we) become good (wise, Virtuous…). (sggs 136).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਤਾ ਜਾ ਸਚਿ ਰਾਤੇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਸਭਿ ਭਰਮਹਿ ਕਾਚੇ ॥੭॥: The lunar days or the week days become beneficial only when (the mind) becomes imbued in Truth (sggs 842).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਸਭਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਹਾਏ ॥: All the lunar days and the week days look beauteous if one contemplates the Shabad (Naam, Upadesh, Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…). (sggs 842).

In the worldly sense, it’s considered new year when the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the 12th month of the Gregorian calendar.

This is an external change (worldly, material, Mayaic, business …), thus temporary, fleeting, illusory, unreal…

Such temporary (Mayaic) change in today’s ‘rat race’ cannot bring about a REAL  change, reversal or happiness in one’s life.

However, the SGGS would like us to bring about a Real change in life!

And, it would ONLY be a real New Year when we change within (the Real Change) — Positive change in one’s deluded mind, faulty thinking and understanding, corrupt nature, wicked habits, conditioned intellect (Budhi), negative tendencies, Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, etc.), and so on! In other words:

  • It’s change from negative thinking to positive thinking (enthusiasm, joy, Anand…).
  • It’s a change from a Manmukh-Saakat-Mayadhaaree lifestyle (engrossed in corruption, ‘Parpanch’, body-consciousness, illusion, ‘rat-race’…) to the Gurmukh Lifestyle (Divine Life, Non-Parpanchhee Lifestyle…).
  • It’s a change from untruth (Jhooth) to Truth (Sach) — a change from false, ephemeral, fleeting, or temporary (Asatt) to Permanent (Satt, Atall, etc.).
  • It’s a change from demerits to merits or Virtues.
  • It’s a change from illusion (doubt or Bharam-Jaal, or Maya-Jaal…) to doubt free state.
  • It’s a change from time-bound consciousness to Timelessness (Akaal).
  • It’s a change from the mind’s unstable state (unnatural state, restlessness, Haumai or false ego-sense, mind’s repeated suffering…) to Stable State (Stillness, Natural State of Being, Sahaj, Whole, Saabat, etc.) — a change from impurity to true  Purity of the mind.
  • It’s a change from ignorance to Knowledge (Prachand Giaan or Wisdom, Giaan-Avasthaa, Bibek-Budhi…).
  • It’s a change from the memory and anxiety of the past and future to the Eternity of the present moment (NOW, mindfulness…).
  • It’s a change from NOT knowing to knowing oneself (Mool, Truth, Jot Saroop…).

In nutshell, the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS challenges us to live an introspected or examined life, for the unexamined life is not worth living! 

  • ਮਨ ਕੀ ਪਤ੍ਰੀ ਵਾਚਣੀ ਸੁਖੀ ਹੂ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਾਰੁ ॥: The greatest happiness comes from reading the horoscope of the mind (i.e., reading your own mind’s state or condition). (sggs 1093).

An examined or introspected life is a life of positive experiences that touch the innermost core of our being, stir the mind, challenge the intellect

Only an Awakened mind can live such lifestyle. An Awakened mind is an Aware mind. Only an Awakened mind possesses the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Such positive change in thinking can begin Here and Now, not some other time or after death! Otherwise it’s all useless even if one lives 100 years or more!

No need to wait for the first of the year as the ‘Parpanchee’ minds do, and make ambitious resolutions for the new year, only to forget few days later!

  • ਜੇ ਸਉ ਵਰ੍ਹਿਆ ਜੀਵਣ ਖਾਣੁ ॥ ਖਸਮ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਸੋ ਦਿਨੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥੨॥: If (one) were to live and eat for hundred years, that day (of one’s life) alone would be authentic (acceptable, approved, auspicious…), when (one) recognizes the Lord. ||2|| (sggs 349).

The Gurbani — the mirror of the mind — reminds us that the ultimate purpose of human life is to change it for better and make it Worthy while incarnated in the human body, Here and NOW.

  • ਵੇਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣਸੀ ॥੪॥: True and acceptable is the time, when one recognizes the Shabad. ||4|| (sggs 422).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਤਾ ਜਾ ਸਚਿ ਰਾਤੇ ॥: (These) lunar and solar days are auspicious, when (mortals) get imbued with Truth (sggs 842).
  • ਸੋ ਦਿਨੁ ਸਫਲੁ ਗਣਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਰਾਮ ॥: That day is fruitful, (the day) Hari-Prabhoo (Mool, Source, Jot…) is realized (sggs 547).

Therefore, the Gurbani asks: (1) how each one of us has changed the course of life? (2) What have we linked your mind to?

  • ਕਿਤੁ ਬਿਧਿ ਪੁਰਖਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਵਟਾਇਆ ॥ ਕਾਹੇ ਕਉ ਤੁਝੁ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਲਾਇਆ ॥: O man, how have you changed the course of your life? With what have you linked your mind? (sggs 939).

The Wisdom of the SGGS tells us that the lasting newness lies within (‘ਗੁਣ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਨਵਤਨੁ ਸਦਾ’, ‘ਨੀਤ ਨਵਾ’). In nutshell, changing the course of life is an unceasing revolution within, ever NEW!

  • ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਬੁਧਿ ਹਰਿ ਲਈ ਮੇਰੀ ਬੁਧਿ ਬਦਲੀ ਸਿਧਿ ਪਾਈ ॥੨॥੨੧॥੭੨॥: Says Kabeer! (Wisdom) has taken away my (worldly) intelligence (ਅਕਲ). With this altered intelligence, now I have obtained Sidhi (Spiritual Perfection…). ||2||21||72|| (sggs 339).

When Awakened to Naam (Wisdom, Virtues…) people of all faiths live in ever NEW love and harmony (‘ਪ੍ਰੇਮੁ ਸਦਾ ਨਉਰੰਗੀ’), peace and amity, higher mental and spiritual state; conduct themselves truthfully and righteously; live without fear of injustice or oppression; respect each other; enjoy equality and human rights; see the same self in everybody, and so on. The natural result of such inner change brings about overall prosperity and happiness in an individual life and the society.

However, according to the Gurbani, a ‘rare’ person embarks on this Way of Inner Revolution.

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਰਲੇ ਪਾਈਅਹਿ ਜੋ ਨ ਰਚਹਿ ਪਰਪੰਚ ॥੫॥: O Nanak! Rare are those, who do not create ‘Parpanch’. ||5|| (sggs 297).

Called the Gurmukh, Daas, Jan,  Bhagat, etc., the SGGS confirms such “rare” persons do NOT get engrossed in ‘Parpanch’ or ‘Pakhand’!

  • ਸਬਦੀ ਧੋਵੈ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕੋਈ ਸਚੁ ਕਮਾਵੈ ॥: A rare (person) washes (his mind) with the Shabad (Wisdom, Upadesh, Sikhiaa, Naam…). A rare (person), by becoming the Gurmukh, practices the Truth (sggs 1344).

The Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS wants each of its learner (i.e., Sikh) to mend the doubt-ridden mind by bathing it in the pool of Wisdom and become the ‘rare’ Gurmukh, Here and Now, NOT after death. Because, without Wisdom we stand plundered.

Otherwise, before we know, kaput! The end!
Helloooooooooo New Year!

29 comments

  1. the above mentioned are literal translation of the Gurbani but not the spiritual meaning

    Totally agree with you.

    Gurbani rejects the idea of reincarnation and teaches us all about the present life.

    Again, totally agree with you. In fact we have a separate post on this subject at https://www.gurbani.org/gurblog/a-long-journey/

    Thank you Bhai Sahib Ramjit Singh Mann Ji for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Respected Tarlok Singh ji, I noticed you mentioned the following in your comment: 1. The filth of countless incarnations 2. In my past life 3. The process can take more than one life.
    Please excuse my ignorance, the above mentioned are literal translation of the Gurbani but not the spiritual meaning. I am
    certain you are aware of that Gurbani rejects the idea of reincarnation and teaches us all about the present life. In short the reincarnation is mental turmoil or bhatknaa due to engrossed with maya (vices).
    Regards
    Ramjit Singh Mann

  3. Sir
    Can u write Gurbaani script also in English before translation ,so I can understand the Gurmukhi also.

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