Mool Realization cannot be Made to an Order

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

The Giaan-Guru (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS) in that sense is an emperor, unselfishly having only the best interest of the learner or student (i.e., Sikh) at heart, while expecting nothing in return.

Abidance in one’s True Nature (Jot Saroop, Truth, Wisdom, Virtues…) cannot be given to someone as a ready-made package or as a mundane gift. According to the Gurbani, each one must help himself to realize his Mool himself or herself. Nobody else can do it for you (“ਹੋਰਨਿ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ”).

  • ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਕਾਜੁ ਸਵਾਰੀਐ ॥੨੦॥: (So long there is breathPraan) accomplish the task (of God Realization) yourself ( i.e. with self-efforts: Shabad-Vichaar …). ||20|| (sggs 474).
  • ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਣਾ ਲਿਖਿ ਲੈ ਜਾਹੁ ॥ ਆਪੇ ਬੀਜਿ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਖਾਹੁ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਆਵਹੁ ਜਾਹੁ ॥੨੦॥ : (The Internal cleansing is by a spirituality of) Internalizing (the Naam: Shabad, Hukam, Virtues, Giaan-Wisdom) through sustained deeds. Whatever you sow, you will reap. Nanak, (to reap as one saw) is the Hukam of the Creator pertaining to my cycle (of spirituality at the mind’s level). ॥20॥ (sggs 4).
  • ਜੇਹਾ ਬੀਜੈ ਸੋ ਲੁਣੈ ਕਰਮਾ ਸੰਦੜਾ ਖੇਤੁ ॥: (Life is the) field (of man’s actions); whatever (he) sows or does in life so does (he) reap the consequences. (sggs 134).
  • ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਖੋਜਹਿ ਸੇਈ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਹੋਰਿ ਫੂਟਿ ਮੂਏ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀ ॥੨੦॥: Those who seek Prabhu (i.e., Mool …), they obtain (i.e., realize their Mool within ); others die fragmented in their egotism (i.e., die without realizing their Mool). ||20|| (sggs 911).
  • ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਗਏ ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮੁਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਕੇਤੀ ਛੁਟੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥: Those who diligently and arduously Realized (acquired / practiced) Naam (spiritual Wisdom, divine Virtue), they, O Nanak, Realize God (become ‘Sachiaaraa-ਸਚਿਆਰਾ’ in their spiritual Journey) by overcoming / freeing themselves from the primary affliction (of Koorh-ਕੂੜ). ॥1॥ (sggs 8).

Kaaju” (“ਕਾਜੁ“) => Purpose, object, work, affair, ਕੰਮ, ਕਾਰਜ, etc.

Savaareeai” (“ਸਵਾਰੀਐ”) => Arrange, improve, adorn, recollect, amend, maintain, ਸਵਾਰੀਏ, ਸਿਰੇ ਚਾੜ੍ਹੀਏ, etc.

According to the Gurbani – the purpose or object of the human birth is to become One (“Ik” with the Truth, Divine Wisdom, Virtues…), or to Unite (“ਵੀਆਹੁ”) the mind with its Mool (Source, Jot…).

  • ਯਾ ਜੁਗ ਮਹਿ ਏਕਹਿ ਕਉ ਆਇਆ ॥ ਜਨਮਤ ਮੋਹਿਓ ਮੋਹਨੀ ਮਾਇਆ ॥: (Man) is born in this life only to become ONE (with Prabh, Mool, etc. – through Naam…). (But) ever since (man’s) birth, (he) has been enticed and deceived by Maya. (sggs 251).
  • ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥: Thus says Nanak – O mind! You are embodiment of Pure Light (Pure Consciousness, Pure Nature, Original or Real Nature, Wisdom, Virtues – Jot Saroop …)! Recognize your Mool (ਅਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਦੀ ਪਛਾਣ, recognition of mind’s Original or True Nature – Jot Saroop…) ||5|| (sggs 441).
  • ਜਿਨਿ ਆਤਮ ਤਤੁ ਨ ਚੀਨ੍‍ਆਿ ॥ ਸਭ ਫੋਕਟ ਧਰਮ ਅਬੀਨਿਆ ॥: Whoever does not Realize the Essence or Reality of the Soul (ਆਤਮਾ ਦੀ ਅਸਲੀਅਤ…), all his religious acts are of no value – worthless (sggs 1351).

This is our affair that we all need to resolve ourselves (‘ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ’).

Which, nobody else can do it for us, says the Gurbani.

‘ਆਪੈ ਜਪਹੁ ਆਪਨਾ ਜਾਪ’

In other words, a learner of the SGGS (meaning a Sikh or a student of the SGGS – ਸਿਖਿਆਰਥੀ) must become his own teacher to Teach himself through the Shabad-Vichaar.

  • ਦੇਹ ਮਸੀਤਿ ਮਨੁ ਮਉਲਾਣਾ ਕਲਮ ਖੁਦਾਈ ਪਾਕੁ ਖਰਾ ॥੨॥: Let (your) body be the mosque; let (your) mind be the priest; and (keep your mind ever) Pure; (this Purity of the mind) is the Khudaa’s Kalmaa. ||2|| (sggs 1083).
  • ਅਖਰ ਬਿਰਖ ਬਾਗ ਭੁਇ ਚੋਖੀ ਸਿੰਚਿਤ ਭਾਉ ਕਰੇਹੀ ॥ ਸਭਨਾ ਫਲੁ ਲਾਗੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਏਕੋ ਬਿਨੁ ਕਰਮਾ ਕੈਸੇ ਲੇਹੀ ॥੩॥: (Who) in the farm of the pure Heart plants trees of the Gur-Shabad and irrigates it with the (Divine) Love; all these trees bear the fruit of the Naam (Brahm-Giaan or Spiritual Wisdom) of the One; (but) without Karma (i.e., without the right thinking based on the Gur-Shabad), how can anyone obtain (this fruit of Naam – fruit of Wisdom or ਗਿਆਨ-ਫਲ)? ||3|| (sggs 235).
  • ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਆਪਾ ਚੀਨੈ ਮਿਟੈ ਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ ॥: O Daas Nanak! Without Realizing one’s own self (Mool, Original, or True Nature, etc. – ਆਪਣਾ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪਰਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, etc.), the moss of doubt (ignorance of one’s True Nature, etc.) is not eradicated (from the mind) ||2||1|| (sggs 684).
  • ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥: Sikhee sikhiaa gur veechaari (sggs 465).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਬਚਨ ਕਮਾਵਣੇ ਸਚਾ ਏਹੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥: Satigur bachan kamaavane sachaa ehu veecharu (sggs 52).
  • ਆਪੈ ਜਪਹੁ ਆਪਨਾ ਜਾਪ ॥੫॥: Aapai japahu aapanaa jaap (sggs 343).

Thus, the Gurbani wants each one of us to become our own teacher and tech our ownself through the Shabad-Vichaar.

This is “Nij Bhagtee” (“ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ”) – “Bhagti” of the own self by the own self (ਆਪਣੀ, ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਦੀ) to realize one’s own Mool through the Gurmat (Spiritual Wisdom or Brahm-Giaan of the Gurbani). And, this “Nij Bhagtee” is performed in the Home of one’s own Inner Being (“Nij Ghari-ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ”):

  • ਨਿਜ ਭਗਤੀ ਸੀਲਵੰਤੀ ਨਾਰਿ ॥: Nij bhagtee seelvantee naari (sggs 370).
  • ਨਾਮੁ ਭਗਤਿ ਦੇ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਬੈਠੇ ਅਜਹੁ ਤਿਨਾੜੀ ਆਸਾ ॥: Naam bhagti de nij ghar … (sggs 1109).
“ਆਪੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੈ ਸੁ ਪਰਖੇ ਹੀਰਾ ॥”

Thus, according to the Gurbani, each one of us must work on our mind to bend it back to its Mool within through the Shabad-Surat. Nobody else (e.g., the crafty and illiterate Pujaaree system, Deraavaad, Pujaaree groups, etc.) can make it to an order for anybody else.

To accomplish just that, here is the Gurbani’s sure and simple formula, with guarantee!!

  • ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ਮਿਲਣੁ ਨਹੀ ਭ੍ਰਾਤਿ ॥੭॥: Through the Shabad Vichaar, Union (with the Mool) is Realized; there is no doubt in it (sggs 413).

In ‘Sidh Gost’ Bani, Sidhas (Yogis) asked Baabaa Nanak to discourse on: 

  • ਕਿਤੁ ਬਿਧਿ ਪੁਰਖਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਵਟਾਇਆ ॥ ਕਾਹੇ ਕਉ ਤੁਝੁ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਲਾਇਆ ॥ : (Towards Realization of the Creator WITHIN) what is the method of traversing the human life? (While traversing the human life towards Realization of the Creator) what is focus of your mind? (sggs 939).

Baabaa Nanak discoursed the above questions of Sidhas (Yogis) as follows:

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਜਨਮੇ ਗਵਨੁ ਮਿਟਾਇਆ ॥ ਅਨਹਤਿ ਰਾਤੇ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਲਾਇਆ ॥ : Internalization of the God Connecting Shabad (Upadesh-Satigur) provides a permanent (Realization of the Creator); eliminating the cyclic nature of it — ‘Aavaa Gaman-ਆਵਾ ਗਮਣ’. (While traversing the human life towards Realization of the Creator) the mind is immersed in undivided focus and love of the Shabad. (sggs 939).

Therefore, the Gurbani asks each one of us:

  • ਏ ਸਰੀਰਾ ਮੇਰਿਆ ਇਸੁ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਆਇ ਕੈ ਕਿਆ ਤੁਧੁ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥: O my body, since you came into this world, what actions have you performed (i.e., have you gained thinking conducive to Mool-realization, or have you gained thinking to the contrary)? (sggs 922).
  • ਕਾਮੁ ਨ ਕਰਹੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਅਵਤਾ ਲੋਇ ॥: (O Jeev – individual being, you) Do not fulfill the Purpose (of your life of Mool Realization, but instead you) wander around to the contrary (or like a whirlpool, or like a cloud that does not rain, etc.). (sggs 320).
“ਜੋ ਖੋਜੈ ਸੋ ਪਾਵੈ”

The Gurbani wants us to become the Gurmukh. For a Gurmukh is the only one who Understands and obtains through “Khoj” (search, reflections, spiritual inquiry …). However,  “Khoj” requires “Uddam” (self-effort: Shabad-Vichaar).

  • ਆਪਣਾ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਆਪਿ ਸਵਾਰੇ ਹੋਰਨਿ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਕਾਰਜਿ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਦਇਆ ਧਰਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੂਝੈ ਕੋਈ ॥੩॥: (One) resolves his own affair himself (i.e. the ultimate Purpose of life of God Realization); anyone else cannot do this work (for him). Only a rare Guru’s follower (Gurmukh-Hood Mindset) understands that his Realization of God requires the virtues like Godly Contentment, Compassion and Dharma. ||3|| (sggs 351).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਜਿ ਲਹੈ ਘਰੁ ਆਪੇ ॥੧॥: Who becomes the Gurmukh seeks and realize (his Mool within) himself. (sggs 415).
  • ਉਦਮੁ ਕਰਹੁ ਵਡਭਾਗੀਹੋ ਸਿਮਰਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਇ ॥: Uddamu karat … (sggs 456).

The Gurbani warns that Pakhand (hypocrisy) will not do the trick!

  • ਚਿਟੇ ਜਿਨ ਕੇ ਕਪੜੇ ਮੈਲੇ ਚਿਤ ਕਠੋਰ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਤਿਨ ਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਊਪਜੈ ਦੂਜੈ ਵਿਆਪੇ ਚੋਰ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਮੂਲੁ ਨ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਸੇ ਪਸੂਆ ਸੇ ਢੋਰ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥: Those who are wear beautiful clothes or religious robes for show (i.e. they look religious or Mahatma on the outside only), but minds are hard, false and vicious. In fact, they are not acquiring Naam (i.e. Wisdom: Giaan-ਗਿਆਨ). Their Naam-Simran is only hypocrisy (Pakhand). It is as if they are thieves (of Rabb and people who lead people astray. But they look holy on the outside). They do not Understand their own Mool (Source, True Nature or Jot Saroop…); that is why they are great fools with animal intelligence (ਡੰਗਰ ਬੁਧੀ ਵਾਲੇ ਮਹਾਂ ਮੂਰਖ)! ||3|| (sggs 751).


  1. Every message of Gurbanee ultimately brings ones mind on NAAMu
    only .

  2. My additional two cents! The Gurbani wants us to remember:
    • ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਚੇਲਾ ॥: Sabadu guroo surti dhuni chelaa (sggs 943).
    • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਮੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ਬਿਬੇਕ ॥੪॥੫॥: Kahu kabeer mai so guru paaiaa jaa kaa naaou bibekou ||4||5|| (sggs 793).
    • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Guru meraa giaanu Guru ridai dhiaanu (sggs 864).
    • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮੁ ਮੇਰਾ ॥: Satigur giaanu miliaa preetamu meraa (sggs 798).
    • ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਕਿਆ ਕਹਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਸਤ ਸਰੁ ॥: Gur kee mshimaa kiaa kshaa guru bibek sat saru (sggs 397).
    • ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਲੇ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ ਬਿਚਰੈ ॥: Nadari kare taa satguru mele anadinu bibek budhi bicharai (sggs 690).
    • ਬਿਬੇਕੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਮਦਰਸੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਮਿਲੀਐ ਸੰਕ ਉਤਾਰੇ ॥: Bibeku guroo guroo samadarasee tisu mileeai sank outaare (sggs 981).
    • ਗੁਰ ਦੀਪਕੁ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਸਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਬਲੀਆ ਜੀਉ ॥ Gur deepak giaan sadaa mani bleeaa jeeou (sggs 173).
    • ਗੁਰੁ ਪਉੜੀ ਬੇੜੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੁ ਤੁਲਹਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਉ ॥: Guru paurhee… (sggs 17).
    • ਇਸੁ ਪਦ ਜੋ ਅਰਥਾਇ ਲੇਇ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੂ ਹਮਾਰਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਚੀਨੈ ਆਪ ਕਉ ਸੋ ਅਪਰ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥੮॥: (sggs 229).

  3. A Quote from SGGS ji,
    SO GuRu IS MUST ..Agreed

  4. Thank you Sukhwant Ji for taking the time and sharing Vichaar.

    SO GURU is MUST.

    Very true! Vichaar of the Gur-Shabad coupled with implementation of Gur-Giaan of the Gur-Shabad is essential. A Sikh devoid of this basic of Gurmat is nowhere!

    Accordingly, the Gurbani urges us to learn the Upadesh (Instructions, Giaan, Wisdom, Advice, Counsel, etc.) of the Gur-Shabad with single-minded focus and utmost Love.
    • ਸਿਖਹੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਿਆਰਿਹੋ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਕੀ ਟੇਕ ॥: Sikhahu sabadu piaariho janam maran kee tek (sggs 320).
    • ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਹਾਰੈ ਸੋ ਜਿਣੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਾ ॥੫॥: The whole world loses (the game of human-life: ਮਨੁੱਖਾ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਬਾਜੀ), only that person wins who Reflects (Vichaar) on the Gur-Shabad (sggs 422).
    • ਮਨ ਸਮਝਾਵਨ ਕਾਰਨੇ ਕਛੂਅਕ ਪੜੀਐ ਗਿਆਨ ॥੫॥: To instruct the mind (ਉੱਚੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ-to raise the Consciousness to the High Plane, one) ought to study Divine Knowledge (ਉੱਚੀ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਵਾਲੀ ਬਾਣੀ…) to some extent. ||5|| (sggs 340).
    • ਹਰਿ ਜਪਿ ਪੜੀਐ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥: Hari japi parheeai gur sabad veechaari (sggs 422).

  5. We must remember following lines from Guru Granth Sahib ji-
    1.ਭਾਈ ਰੇ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥
    O Siblings of Destiny, without the Guru, there is no devotional worship.
    2.ਕੋਟਿ ਜਤਨਾ ਕਰਿ ਰਹੇ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਤਰਿਓ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥੨॥
    Trying millions of things, people have grown weary, but without the Guru, none have been saved. ||2||
    So it is very much true that ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ “This is our affair that we all need to resolve ourselves (“ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ”).
    Which, nobody else can do it for us, says the Gurbani. BUT without teachings & blessings of GURU one cannot do anything fruit-full in any field.
    SO GURU is MUST.
    Bhul-Chuk Maff Karni

  6. I think thru the SABAD one gets the understanding of THE MOOL
    and having known THE MOOL one is directed for a further
    technique of UNION with THE MOOL and that technique is SIMRAN of SATi NAAMu of THE MOOL.

  7. technique for the realisation of the “MOOL” will have to be learnt from GuRu

    Yes Bhai Sahib Ji. Thank you.
    • ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ਮਿਲਣੁ ਨਹੀ ਭ੍ਰਾਤਿ ॥੭॥: Through the Shabad, Union with the Mool is Realized; there is no doubt in it (sggs 413).

  8. I think that the technique for the realisation of the “MOOL” will have to be learnt from GuRu and then make efforts accordingly.

  9. Thank you Bhai Sahib Ji for taking the time to read the post and comment.

    Thank you for your kind words, encouragement, and blessings.

  10. Waheguru ji ki fateh,
    May God bless you to spread the message of SGGS ji in true form.

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