It Is Mind That Needs To Become Sikh

The Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS) is written at the level of the mind, for it’s the mind that must become Enlightened with the Spiritual Knowledge of the Gurbani.

Therefore — according to the Sidhaant of the Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS…) — in Sikhi, one’s Surat (ਸੁਰਤ-consciousness, mind, awareness…) has to become a Sikh for it’s the mind that needs to Awaken from sleep paralysisslumber of Maya.

  • ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਚੇਲਾ ॥: The Shabad is (my) Guroo. Abidance (“ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ” – focus, perseverance, etc, of my) Consciousness is the disciple (of This Guroo) (sggs 943).
  • ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਬੋਲੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਂ ਕੈ ਮਨਿ ਪਿਆਰੀ ਭਾਣੀ ॥: Daas Nanak speaks the Amrit Bani. (Giaan or Wisdom of this Bani) is dear and pleasing to the minds of the GurSikhs (sggs 96).

Therefore, the mind must get pierced through by the Gur-Shabad (“ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਮਨੁ ਬੇਧਿਆ”) — the mind needs to thoroughly understand it, digest it, and then infallably live it in daily life (Gurmukh lifestyle). Thus, clearly:

Sikhi => The Way of life based on the Divine Wisdom or Giaan of the SGGS.
Sikh => A Learner (i.e., a Seeker, Student or a Disciple) of the Wisdom of the SGGS.
“Sikh” or “Seekh”
of the “Gur” also mean Gur-Counsel, Gur-Wisdom., Gur-Giaan, etc.

  • ਹੋਵੈ ਤ ਸਨਮੁਖੁ ਸਿਖੁ ਕੋਈ ਜੀਅਹੁ ਰਹੈ ਗੁਰ ਨਾਲੇ ॥: If a Sikh (learner or student of the SGGS) being face to face or remains in the Presence (of the SGGS), his mind abides with the Gur (-Giaan, the Divine Knowledge or Wisdom). (sggs 919).
  • ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀਜੈ ॥: O MY MIND! Listen to the Gur-Counsel (Wisdom, Giaan…). (sggs 1334).
  • ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥: Sikhi sikhiaa gur veechaari (sggs 465).
  • ਗਿਆਨ ਕਾ ਬਧਾ ਮਨੁ ਰਹੈ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥੫॥: Giaan ka badhaa Manu rahai… (sggs 469).
  • ਮਨ ਸਮਝਾਵਨ ਕਾਰਨੇ ਕਛੂਅਕ ਪੜੀਐ ਗਿਆਨ ॥੫॥: Man samjhaavaan kaarne... (sggs 340).

Clearly, it’s the mind (Soch-ਸੋਚ, thinking) that has to become the Sikh, NOT the gross body! For it’s the mind that must become Pure and Truthfull. As far as gross body is concerned, it can only be washed clean of dirt, BUT cannot become Pure or Truthfull !

  • ਮਨਿ ਮੈਲੈ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਮੈਲਾ ਤਨਿ ਧੋਤੈ ਮਨੁ ਹਛਾ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥: When the mind is filthy, everything is filthy; by washing the body, the mind is not cleaned (sggs 558).

However, the Gurbani says such Sikh is very rare who conquers the mind and realizes this Truth.

Because, such “rare” Sikh who has realized the Truth is not needy of any dogmas, complex and antagonistic adherents, religious parapgernalia, Karamkaand or empty rituals or concocted stories (ਮੰਨ-ਘੜੰਤ ਸਾਖੀਆਂ) created by the crafty and illiterate Pujaare group that have no place in Gurmat. Bottom line is that he mind must become Sikh. Rest is mere business in the name of Gurbani and Sikhi (“ਬਿਉਹਾਰੀ-Biouhaaree”: Maya’s traders, worshipers of Mammon, Karamkaandee, Pakhandee, farud…). Baabaa Nanak confirms it as follows:

  • ਕੋਟਿ ਮਧੇ ਕੋ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਹੋਰਿ ਸਗਲੇ ਬਿਉਹਾਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Out of millions, hardly anyone is (Your attendant) “Sewak”. All others are mere traders (selfish, i.e., their religiosity is only for show off or business). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 495).

Because, what’s happening is to the contrary — we use the Gurbani or SGGS as a business! Implication is this: If the mind (Soch-ਸੋਚ, thinking) remains Un-Sikh, then everything else is of no avail. Because — according to the Gurbani — without the Divine Knowledge one’s mind stands plundered.

The Gurbani asserts that one who has truly become the Sikh, he reflects on the Gur-Shabad and lives by the Gur-Giaan: Gurmat (Wisdom or Upadesh of the SGGS..). He constantly bathes in the immaculate pool of the Gur-Giaan (Spiritual Wisdom), within. To put it otherwise, the SGGS indicates that the true Sikhs are those who have understood to live Sikhi by learning it through the Gur-Vichaar (through reflecting on the Gur-Giaan, Wisdom of the Gurbani…). Only such GurSikhs can solve the Riddle!:

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਨਾਮ ਧਨੁ ਦੇਇ ॥: Satiguru gives the Wealth of Naam (Giaan or Wisdom) to his Sikh (sggs 286).

Sikhi is Giaan-Maarag (the Way of the Divine Wisdom)

SGGS is the Giaan-Guru.

  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਮੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ਬਿਬੇਕੋੁ ॥੪॥੫॥: Says Kabeer, I have found that Guru, whose Name is “Bibek(u)” (Wisdom, Discerning Intelligence…). ||4||5|| (sggs 793).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Guru is my Giaan (Knowledge or Wisdom…), the Guru is (ever) within my Heart; this is my meditation (Dhiaan, Reflection, ontemplation …). (sggs 864).

Hence, the SGGS is the Source or Means of Giaan (Wisdom), NOT the source of business or “Golak” in the name of Dharma and SGGS.

Therefore, for a real Sikh, Gurmat is the Giaan Teerath (ਗਿਆਨ ਤੀਰਥ)!

In other words, Shabad Vichaar is the pilgrimage in Sikhi (Gurmukh lifestyle).

  • ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਥਾਨੁ ਤੀਰਥੁ ਦਸ ਪੁਰਬ ਸਦਾ ਦਸਾਹਰਾ ॥: The Gur-Wisdom is Eternal sacred shrine of pilgrimage (for me, which is equal to) the congregation of ten (Holy days or festivals for me). (sggs 687).

However, this Giaan the Gurbani talks about differs from the ordinary knowledge of the relation of subject and object. It’s the absolute Knowledge. Hence, the Giaan or the Divine Knowledge the Gurmat talks about is does not consists in knowing objects — knowing objects is relative knowledge.

Ths Gurbani or the Gurmat asks its Sikhs to bathe or take a dip in the water or pond of (Sarover) this Giaan Teerath.

  • ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਵਣ ਜਾਉ ਤੀਰਥੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ॥ ਤੀਰਥੁ ਸਬਦ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਹੈ ॥: Go bathe at the Teerath, (and that Teerath is) the Naam-Teerath. To Reflect on the Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar…) is the Teerath, (because of this) Spiritual Wisdom arises within (sggs 687).

One is not a real Sikh if mind is still stuck in ignorance

Absence of Giaan (Divine Wisdom) is the darkness of ignorance talked about in the Gurbani. Ignorance is lack or absence of Giaan. The Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom) is the antidote for ignorance.

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਹੀਣੰ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਪੂਜਾ ॥ ਅੰਧ ਵਰਤਾਵਾ ਭਾਉ ਦੂਜਾ ॥: Bereft of Spiritual Wisdom, (people) worship ignorance. In the love of duality (in love of Maya, their) conduct or behavior (keeps them mentally blind or ignorant of their spiritual life). (sggs 1412).

Clearly, the target in Sikhi is to dispel the darkness of ignorance with the Light of Gur-Wisdom (Gur-Giaan). In other words, after reading or listening to the Gurbani, Giaan (Wisdom) must spring up within. Otherwise, the Gurbani indicates there is no difference between man and animals.

  • ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਸੁਨਿ ਕਛੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨ ਉਪਜਿਓ ਪਸੁ ਜਿਉ ਉਦਰੁ ਭਰਉ ॥: Listening to the Gurmat (Shabad-Giaan, Teaching of the Gurbani, etc.), (if) no Spiritual Wisdom (understanding of the Spiritual Life…) wells up within; (then it would be) like a beast (routinely) filling its belly (sggs 685).

The Gurbani leads us to the Light – Infinite Knowledge (Wisdom or Giaan).

Hence, the only way to avoid the foolish mind falling into the dark pit of ignorance is to cultivate Aatm-Giaan through Shabad-Vichaar.

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਮਿਟਿਆ ਅਗਿਆਨੁ ਅੰਧੇਰਾ ॥: When the Shabad abides within, the darkness of ignorance is dispelled (sggs 798).
  • ਅਗਿਆਨੁ ਅੰਧੇਰਾ ਮਿਟਿ ਗਇਆ ਗੁਰ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਚਰਾਗੁ ॥: The Gur-Wisdom is (akin to) the kindled lamp that dispels darkness of ignorance (from within) (sggs 849).

Ignorance gives rise to duality (Doojaa-Bhaav, the sense of tow-ness, relativist consciousness, the principle of plurality, the notion of “I, you, me”, love of Maya, Dubidhaa, ਮੇਰ-ਤੇਰ…). In turn, duality gives rise to divisions, friction, separateness, enemasity, hatered, unfriendliness, madness of Jaat-Paat, and so on. As soon as our mind brings in the second (Doojaa), it creates subject-object relationship.

The SGGS is the duality breaker! Therefore, if one calls himself/herself a Sikh of the SGGS, then his/her duality must break. Just maintaining Bhekh (robes, religious appearance) will not do the trick.

Implication is that one can call oneself whatever you like, but one cannot be a real Sikh if duality is still alive and active in the mind. Hence. unless duality of the conditioned mind is roasted (eradicated, removed, etc.) through the Gur-Shabad (SGGS), the deluded mind cannot realize the non-dual Truth! This is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ).

  • ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਭਾਉ ਦੂਜਾ ਜਾਏ ॥: Through the Gur-Shabad, the love of duality departs (sggs 126).

According to the Gurbani, duality gets destroyed ONLY when Aatmaa (soul) and Praatmaa (our Chetan Mool) become ONE, within.

  • ਆਤਮਾ ਪਰਾਤਮਾ ਏਕੋ ਕਰੈ ॥ ਅੰਤਰ ਕੀ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮਰੈ ॥੧॥: When Aatmaa (soul) and Praatmaa (our Chetan Mool) are turned into ONE (i.e., PooranBrahm), (then) the inner duality become extinct within (sggs 461).

Sikhi is not a part-time job

Clearly, Sikhi is not a part-time job. Rather, Sikhi is living Gurmukh-Lifestyle 24/7 — a Lifestyle guided by the Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani.

Fittingly, the Gurbani’s edict is that Sikhi is earnestly learning the Divine Wisdom of the Gur-Shabad through Shabad-Vichaar, and then living that Wisdom in daily life (Gurmukh Lifestyle). Although an uphill climb,  nonetheless, this is the real Bhagati in Sikhi.

Hence, there is tremendous emphasis on Shabad-Vichaar in the SGGS — dying through the Shabad.

  • ਊਤਮ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਬਦ ਬੀਚਾਰ ॥੩॥: The ultimate action is Reflections on the Shabad – Shabad Vichaar ||3|| (sggs 158).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥: The Gur-Sevaa is Shabad-Vichaar (Reflection on the Shabad). (sggs 223).

Thus, Shabad-Vichaar is must to cultivate the Divine Knowledge. Since the Gurmat is the Way of understanding, it is meant to be understood and applied.

Since the mind is nothing but thoughts-stuff (Phurne-ਫੁਰਨੇ), a Sikh’s thinking (Soch) must change with the Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom). Transformed thinking translates into transformed mind or thoughts, speech, and actions (Karma).

Hence, one cannot put a price tag on Sikhi.

Also, one cannot make a Sikh to an order or give Sikhi or Aatam-Giaan (Spiritual Knowledge) to someone in a readymade package!

In nutshell, one cannot bribe or buy someone into the Sikh fold.

Since Sikhi is Shabad-Consciousness NOT body-consciousness, one’s own mind has to become a Sikh, through earnest spiritual efforts or Uddam (i.e., Shabad-Vichaar). Nobody else can do it for anybody!

  • ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਕਾਜੁ ਸਵਾਰੀਐ ॥੨੦॥: (So long there is breath – Praan) With own hands (with self-efforts, ਉੱਦਮ ਕਰ ਕੇ: Shabad-Vichaar …), resolve your own affair yourself. ||20|| (sggs 474).
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