Human Body: a ‘Pile of Ordure and Maggots’ if..

The human body is indicated to be a “pile of ordure and maggots’ if it knows any other than the Divine (Love, Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…):

  • ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਅਸਤ ਬਿਸਟਾ ਕ੍ਰਿਮ ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਜਾਨਤ ਹੋਰ ॥੧॥: Cursed is this body of bones, this pile of maggots and manure, if it knows any other than the Divine (Love, Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…). ||1||  (sggs 1228).
  • ਕਰਪੂਰ ਪੁਹਪ ਸੁਗੰਧਾ ਪਰਸ ਮਾਨੁਖ੍ਯ੍ਯ ਦੇਹੰ ਮਲੀਣੰ ॥ ਮਜਾ ਰੁਧਿਰ ਦ੍ਰੁਗੰਧਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਅਥਿ ਗਰਬੇਣ ਅਗ੍ਯ੍ਯਾਨਣੋ ॥੧॥ : Camphor, flowers and perfume become contaminated, by coming into contact with the human body. O Nanak! Thre sre foul-smelling marrow, blood and bones. (However), an ignorant person is proud of (his body!). ||1|| (sggs 1360).
  • ਜਾਣੋ ਸਤਿ ਹੋਵੰਤੋ ਮਰਣੋ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟੇਣ ਮਿਥਿਆ ॥ ਕੀਰਤਿ ਸਾਥਿ ਚਲੰਥੋ ਭਣੰਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾਧ ਸੰਗੇਣ ॥੩॥: Know for sure that death will come; whatever is seen is ‘Mithiaa’ (false, illusion, untruth, delusion, etc.). So live your daily life according to the Wisdom of the Guru; this alone will help you in life. ||3|| (sggs 1360).

To know any ‘other’ is duality — Doojaa Bhaav, Doojaa Bharam, or Dubidhaa, etc. It is the principle of plurality, relativism, two-ness, ਦੁਚਿੱਤਾ, the notion of “I, me, mine, you”, etc. As such, it gives rise to divisions, friction, separateness, Bikaars (evils like lust, anger, greed, attachment, etc.), selfishness, corruption, body-consciousness, and so on. It’s the ignorance of the Haume mind (ego-mind), thus a fiction, a non-reality, mirage, Bharam (doubts), illusion (Maya) or deception (ਛੱਲ).

  • ਸਚੇ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਕੋ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਦੂਆ ॥ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਾਗਿ ਜਗੁ ਖਪਿ ਖਪਿ ਮੂਆ ॥: Sache baajhahu ko avar n dooaa. Doojai laag jag khap khap mooaa (sggs 113).

If duality is the body, suffering is its head. The more one loves duality, the more he will suffer. But, interestingly enough, all of us in this illusory bondage inexorably pursue the illusion. Thus, as time and again pointed out in the Gurbani, to live in a mere duality is the man’s sad fall into a low state. All scriptures and the Spiritual Teachers agree on this one point: man’s paramount duty in life is to understand his degradation and reclaim himself from this state of duality-slavery, Maya-slavery, Haoumai- or ego-slavery, etc. But, how? The Gurbani answers:

  • ਦੂਜੀ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਸਬਦੇ ਖੋਈ ॥: Doojee duramat sabade khoee (sggs 1051).