Mind Must Remain in its Khorr – True Home

Repeated travelling of a cart makes ‘Khorr’ in a dirt road (grooves, tracks, cavities, ‘ਖੋੜ’, ‘ਖੋਰ’, ਖੁੱਡ, ਲੀਹ…).

If both wheels of the cart remains in those grooves or ‘Khorr’, then both the cart and the bulls pulling the cart don’t wander off the tracks.

If both wheels don’t stay in the grooves or ‘Khorr‘ , then they will certainly wander off the tracks.

Similarly, the Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) teaches us the mind must remain in its ‘Khorr’, the Real Home — Nijj Ghar (‘ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ’), Sahaj Ghar (‘ਸਹਜ ਘਰੁ’), Sahaj Guphaa (‘ਸਹਜ ਗੁਫਾ’), Mool, Essence, True Nature or Jot Saroop, Wisdom, Virtues, etc.

Because, according to the Gurbani, the Preetam’ (Rabb, Universal Energy, Mool …) dwells in the ‘Khorr’ or ‘cave of the of the Heart’!

  • ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਬਸਤ ਰਿਦ ਮਹਿ ਖੋਰ ॥: Preetam lives in the cave of the Heart (sggs 1121). (sggs 1121).
  • ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਏਹੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਹੈ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਰਤਨਿ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਇ ॥: This body is the ‘Hari’ Mandir‘ (Hari’s Temple, but this secret) is revealed by the Jewel of the Divine Wisdom (Aatm-Giaan, Brahm Giaan, Divine Knowledge …). (sggs 1346).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਸਹਜ ਘਰੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥: Engaging in Bhagti by becoming the Gurmukh, (the mind) obtains ‘Sahaj Ghar’ where (the mind is always) in a state of equanimity (Natural state of Being, state of Wisdom, ਅਡੋਲ ਅਵਸਥਾ…). (sggs 686).

When the mind remains in its ‘Khorr’ — Real Home  — it does not wander around in delusion.

In other words, in Essence, the mind never left the Real Home (Sukh Saagar, Sach Khand…) but only in delusion, doubt, ignorance, slumber of Maya (Bhav Saagar), and so on!

To say it otherwise, if the mind does not remain in its ‘Khorr’, then, separated from Hukam (System or Rule or Law of Nature, Shabad, Naam…), it will go astray and wander around in illusion, love of Maya, doubt, duality, etc.

  • ਖਖਾ ਇਹੈ ਖੋੜਿ ਮਨ ਆਵਾ ॥ ਖੋੜੇ ਛਾਡਿ ਨ ਦਹ ਦਿਸ ਧਾਵਾ ॥: KHAKHA (a letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet): When the mind (who has realized Giaan or spiritual Knowledge) comes to remain in the ‘Khorr’ (of Heart, Mool, Jot-Saroop, ਅੰਤਰ-ਆਤਮਾ ਰੂਪ ਖੁੱਡ ਵਿੱਚ, etc.), (then) it does not leave this ‘Khorr’ to wander in the ten directions. (sggs 343).
  • ਈਤ ਊਤ ਰਾਮ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਨਿਰਖਤ ਰਿਦ ਖੋਰਿ ॥: Here and there (i.e., everywhere) Raam pervades; (I) see Raam in the cave of my Heart. (sggs 1307).

So, what is this ‘Khorr’? In essence, for a Sikh the ‘Khorr’ is the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS.

The mind which is linked to it remains moored to its Mool or Jot Saroop within — ‘Nijj Ghar’, ‘Khorr;, True Nature, Bibek Budhi (discerning intellect), Giaan or Knowledge. Before the rise of the phantom of the mind (Haumai, imaginations, Phurnae-ਫੁਰਨੇ…), that’s what the mind was!

  • ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਸੁਨਤ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਦ੍ਰਵਿਆ ਮਨੁ ਭੀਨਾ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਆਵੈਗੋ ॥: My mind (with Naam Ras) gets soaked. (As a result, instead of wandering outside, it) remains fixed in its Nijj Ghar within. (sggs 1308).

However, when separated from its Mool, the mind perceives duality, and sees the world as ‘phantom city’ in the sky!.

The Gurbani tells that when the bull of the mind is established in this ‘Khorr’, then it dose not wander off or go hither and thither.

  • ਕੁੰਭੇ ਬਧਾ ਜਲੁ ਰਹੈ ਜਲ ਬਿਨੁ ਕੁੰਭੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਗਿਆਨ ਕਾ ਬਧਾ ਮਨੁ ਰਹੈ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥੫॥: As the water remains confined in a pitcher, (just so) the mind is restrained by the Spiritual Wisdom. But (as) the pitcher cannot be shaped without the water, (just so) there can be no Spiritual Wisdom without the Guru. ||5|| (sggs 469).
  • ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸਚੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਬੈਰਾਗੋ ਰਾਮ ॥: With Gurmat (Wisdom of the SGGS), the mind abides in its own Home within (Nijj Ghar), and through the Shabad (the mind) become attached to the Divine (Naam: Wisdom, Virtues…). (sggs 568).

According to the Gurbani, the ultimate ‘Fatih’ or Victory is to be obtained on one’s own doubt-ridden mind which is gone strayed from its ‘Khorr’ chasing after the mirage like enchanting world-appearance.

  • ਫਾਹੇ ਕਾਟੇ ਮਿਟੇ ਗਵਨ ਫਤਿਹ ਭਈ ਮਨਿ ਜੀਤ ॥: When one conquers his (own) mind, victory (Fatih-‘ਫਤਿਹ’) is obtained; (Maya’s) snares are cut (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਦੇ ਬੰਧਨ ਕੱਟੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ); and one’s (Mayaic-ਮਾਇਆ ਪਿਛੇ ਭਟਕਣਾ) wanderings cease. (sggs 258).
  • ਬਿਖੈ ਰੋਗ ਭੈ ਬੰਧਨ ਭਾਗੇ ਮਨ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਜਾਨਾਨਾ ॥੧॥: (With the Gur-Wisdom) the chains of mental diseases (Bikaar, ਆਤਮਕ ਰੋਗ, etc.) and fears have been broken, my mind has come to know Happiness within its own true Home (Nijj Ghar). (sggs 339).

The Gurbani reminds us that the mind in love with Maya isn’t prepared to know its Mool. However, the Gurbani’s Wisdom prepares it.

Accordingly, the SGGS repeatedly urges to constantly (everyday, ‘Anadin’, ‘Aath Pahar’...) keep the mind in check by keeping it engaged in Shabad-Vichaar. Thus, keeping it in line with Wisdom or Bibek Budhi (discriminating intelligence) presented by the Gurbani— constant self-examination, impartial self-analysis and discerning introspection.

  • ਗਿਆਨ ਰਤਨਿ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਜੀਐ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਮੈਲਾ ਹੋਇ ॥: When the mind is cleaned (scrub, polish, scour-ਸੁਧ ਜਾਂ ਸਾਫ ਕਰਨਾ…) with the Jewel of the Giaan (Gur-Giaan or Spiritual Wisdom), it does not become dirty again (with Bikaar). (sggs 992).
  • ਗਿਆਨ ਖੜਗੁ ਲੈ ਮਨ ਸਿਉ ਲੂਝੈ ਮਨਸਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਸਮਾਈ ਹੇ ॥੩॥: Taking up the Sword of the Spiritual Wisdom, struggle with the mind, and (all Mayaic desires, thoughts, ਫੁਰਨੇ, ਖੋਟੀ ਮਨਸਾ, etc., ) born of the mind are nipped within the mind. ||3|| (sggs 1022).
  • ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਨੂਆ ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਇਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਓਈਐ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Through the Gurmat, hold your mind steadfast, and in this way, drink the Amrit (Giaan-Wisdom). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 332).

Abiding in unchanging Awareness (Mool, True Nature as Jot Saroop…) there is an eternal living in this true Home (Nij Ghar – ‘ਨਿਜ ਘਰੁ’, ‘ਸਹਜ ਘਰੁ’, Own Home).

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਨੁ ਪੰਖੀ ਭਇਓ ਉਡਿ ਉਡਿ ਦਹ ਦਿਸ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਜੋ ਜੈਸੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਸੋ ਤੈਸੋ ਫਲੁ ਖਾਇ ॥੮੬॥ ਕਬੀਰ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਖੋਜਤੇ ਪਾਇਓ ਸੋਈ ਠਉਰੁ ॥ ਸੋਈ ਫਿਰਿ ਕੈ ਤੂ ਭਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਕਹਤਾ ਅਉਰੁ ॥੮੭॥: O Kabeer! The mind becomes like a bird (as bird flies in different directions in search for food, etc., similarly) the mind soars and flies in ten directions (i.e., wanders around chasing mirage, desires, sense objects, Maya, etc.). According to the company (a man) keeps, gets the similar reward (i.e., acquires similar thinking or Soch, qualities…) ||86|| O Kabeer! (Through living a life with Wisdom, divine Virtues…, I) have realized That Place within (i.e., Nijj Ghar, Jot Saroop…) which I was searching. What I called ‘someone else’ before (i.e., whom I used to consider separate from me before, now I) have realized I’m That. ||87|| (sggs 1369).

The Wisdom of the SGGS guides the deluded mind of its learners (i.e., Sikhs) to trace its steps back to this true Home, within. Such a Timeless and Universal treasure we have in the form of the Gurbani (SGGS).

  • ਮਨ ਖੁਟਹਰ ਤੇਰਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਸਾਸੁ ਤੂ ਮਹਾ ਉਦਮਾਦਾ ॥ ਖਰ ਕਾ ਪੈਖਰੁ ਤਉ ਛੁਟੈ ਜਉ ਊਪਰਿ ਲਾਦਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: O defective mind (flawed, deceitful, ਖੋਟਾ ਮਨ), no faith can be placed in you; you are very intoxicated (with Maya). The donkey’s leg-chain is only removed, after the load is placed on his back (i.e., similarly, O mind, you can free yourself from fetter or bondage of Maya by loading yourself with the Divine Wisdom or Brahm-Giaan). ||1||Pause|| (sggs 815).
  • ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਆਪੈ ਆਪੁ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਤਾ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਵਾਸਾ ਪਾਵੈ ॥: Through Gurmat, one comes to understand his (True) Self, and then, he comes to dwell in the Home (of his inner Self). (sggs 565).

In fact, the reason all the religions and the religious texts exist is this phantom called the mind that has gone strayed from its ‘Khorr’ in delusion!

  • ਹਰਿਚੰਦਉਰੀ ਦੇਖਿ ਭੂਲਾ ਕਹਾ ਅਸਥਿਤਿ ਪਾਈਐ ॥: (Man) goes astray when (he) sees (the world) like a phantom city (in the sky); but nowhere (he) can find eternal stability (in Phantom). (sggs 548).

Since the Gurbani is a mirror of the mind, the Gurmat Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGS channelized our minds to Enlightenment!

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਸਕਤੀ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਸੀਉ ॥ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਪੰਚ ਤਤ ਕੋ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਲੇ ਜਉ ਉਨਮਨਿ ਰਹੈ ॥ ਤਉ ਤੀਨਿ ਲੋਕ ਕੀ ਬਾਤੈ ਕਹੈ ॥੩੩॥: (By identifying with Maya) this mind also becomes like Maya (or Bikaar-ridden: lust, anger, greed, etc.), and when it’s united with the Truth (Divine or Bliss-Nature…) this mind becomes like Truth. (By identifying with) the gross body made of the five-elements, this mind becomes like the body (i.e., wanders in body-consciousness gratifying senses, etc.). When this mind is controlled and remains in the Higher State of Wisdom (Enlightenment, Sahaj…), then the mind tells secrets of the ‘3 Loka’ (i.e., then the mind talks about the All-pervading Rabb or Universal Energy…). ||33|| (sggs 342).

18 comments

  1. Bhai Sahib ji,
    It is true that Guru’s Shabad unfolds the mysteries of life and paves a way forward about how to distract our mind from Mayaic influences. Such wisdom is only conceibable by God’s Grace provided one endeavours on His Naam. Shri Guru Ramdas ji’s composition of Lavan in Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji is a good example of fulfilment of the life objective.

  2. Thanks Brother!

    This art is thru the grace of GuRu and/or Naamu only.

    • ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਅਪੁਨਾ ਦਾਸੁ ਕੀਨੋ ਕਾਟੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਫਾਧਿਓ ॥ (sggs 530).
    • ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਤਿਥੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਚੁਕਾਇਆ ॥ (sggs 73).

  3. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for sharing Vichaar.

    …its consumption requires needful handling so as to enable us to tread on ‘Mission of Life’.

    But how? It is the Gurbani tells us how to do that:
    • ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਮਾਰਣੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥੧॥
    • ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਮਾਰਣੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾਇ ॥੨॥
    • ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਇਆ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਤਤਿ ਬੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੭॥ (sggs 911).
    • ਮਾਇਆ ਮੁਈ ਨ ਮਨੁ ਮੁਆ ਸਰੁ ਲਹਰੀ ਮੈ ਮਤੁ ॥ (sggs 992).
    • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਮੂੜ ਮਾਇਆ ਚਿਤ ਵਾਸੁ ॥ (sggs 222).
    • ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਨਿ ਧਾਵਹੀ ਮੂਰਖ ਲੋਗ ਅਜਾਨ ॥ (sggs 1427).

  4. Veer Tirlochan Singh Duggal Ji,
    refering to the part of your message as
    Maya is part and parcel of our living, it cannot be totally abandoned,
    but its consumption requires needful handling so as to enable us to tread on ‘Mission of Life’

    This is equally true but how to acquire the art of needful handling ? This art is thru the grace of GuRu and/or Naamu only.
    Thus one should always seek for the grace of GuRu by way of Ardaasi to Prabhu.
    Prakash.s.Bagga

  5. Bhai Sahib jio
    Sharing Guru’s word with people is a noble way forward. It helps the mind to understand the virtues of spiritual path. Maya is part and parcel of our living, it cannot be totally abandoned,
    but its consumption requires needful handling so as to enable us to tread on ‘Mission of Life’.

  6. ਬਾਰਿ ਜਾਉ ਗੁਰ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਊਪਰਿ ਜਿਨਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦ੍ਰਿੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਯਾ ॥ ਮਹਾ ਉਦਿਆਨ ਅੰਧਕਾਰ ਮਹਿ ਜਿਨਿ ਸੀਧਾ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦਿਖਾਯਾ pp672 SGGS

    It is thru GuRu only one gets to know ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ and it is this ਨਾਮੁ which keeps on a straight path in all situations one can face during the journey of life.

    Prakash.S.Bagga

  7. Thank you Brother!
    • ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਨੂਆ ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਇਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਓਈਐ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (sggs 332).

  8. One can look at this Quote from Gurbanee as
    ਮਨੁ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਾ ਬੇਧੀਅਲੇ ॥ ਜੈਸੇ ਕਨਿਕ ਕਲਾ ਚਿਤੁ ਮਾਂਡੀਅਲੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ pp972 SGGS
    This message clearly tells how Munn can remain in its Khorr.The only way is that the Munn be connected with ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਾ.
    This way Munn will set in its Khorr of its own thru the grace of SatiGuRu.
    Prakash.S.Bagga

  9. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for sharing Vichaar, and this wonderful verse from the Gurbani:
    • ਮਨ ਖੁਟਹਰ ਤੇਰਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਸਾਸੁ ਤੂ ਮਹਾ ਉਦਮਾਦਾ ॥ ਖਰ ਕਾ ਪੈਖਰੁ ਤਉ ਛੁਟੈ ਜਉ ਊਪਰਿ ਲਾਦਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (sggs 815).

  10. Waheguru ji ka khalsa,Waheguru ji ki fateh!!
    Thanks a lot for a very very relevant issue taken up by you in the article.Gurbani has explained in myriad ways about the mercurial nature of the mind.Its only naam simran which keeps it under leash.Sri Guru Granth Sahibji very kindly guide us on mind’s temperament-
    “O vicious mind,no faith can be placed in you; you are totally intoxicated.The donkey’s leash is only removed after the load is placed on his back”-(ang 815 Bilawal m 5)
    Lets keep mind under the shower load of Simran for it to stay in a balanced state.
    Thnaks and regards

    Balwant Singh Seera

  11. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for sharing Vichaar.

    …the mind be better kept in its ‘Khorr’.

    • ਰੇ ਮਨ ਡੀਗਿ ਨ ਡੋਲੀਐ ਸੀਧੈ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਧਾਉ ॥: Re man deegi n doleeai seedhai maaragi dhaaou (sggs 1410).

  12. Vir Jio, your regular pieces also appear to serve the noble purpose – to remind us that the mind be better kept in its ‘Khorr’. :)

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