One Dog and Two Bitches

The Gurbani says that the man is accompanied by one dog and two bitches — greed is the dog, material and celestial desires are two bitches.

In the morning, they (i.e., dogs of all sorts of desires, avarice, and corruption) wake up with the man and start barking (practicing falsehood and deception in transacting with the outside world).

Baabaa Nanak says:

  • ਏਕੁ ਸੁਆਨੁ ਦੁਇ ਸੁਆਨੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ ਭਲਕੇ ਭਉਕਹਿ ਸਦਾ ਬਇਆਲਿ ॥ ਕੂੜੁ ਛੁਰਾ ਮੁਠਾ ਮੁਰਦਾਰੁ ॥ ਧਾਣਕ ਰੂਪਿ ਰਹਾ ਕਰਤਾਰ ॥1॥: One dog (of greed) and two bitches (desires, avarice, ਆਸਾ, ਤ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨਾ, etc.) are with (the person’s mind). In the early morning, they (rise and) constantly bark (constantly engage in corruption, etc.). (Mind) is a large knife of falsehood; body is the haft or handle of this mind-knife; the mind in this condition runs after Maya or chases Mayaic imaginations (‘ਕਲਿ ਕਾਤੀ-Kali Kaatee‘). O Creator! (Thus the mind) lives as a wild hunter (ਭਾਵ ਭਯਾਨਕ ਅਤੇ ਨੀਚੁ-lowly and scary). ||1||  (sggs 24).
  • ਕਲਿ ਕਾਤੀ ਰਾਜੇ ਕਾਸਾਈ ਧਰਮੁ ਪੰਖ ਕਰਿ ਉਡਰਿਆ ॥: Kali (thoughts, imagination, ਫੁਰਨੇ, ਕਲਪਨਾ, ਕਲਜੁਗ ਦੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਯਾ…) is the scalpel, (as a result) kings (minds…) are butchers (have become ਜਾਲਮ…), and the Dharma has taken wings and flown away. (sggs 145).

Apparently, our thoughts wake up even before we do! Thus, clearly, we are victims of our thoughts (instinctive or Haumai mind).

The moment we awake in the morning, we have different thoughts (dogs) taking control of our minds (this is barking of the dogs).

For example, If it is not lust, then it is anger. If it is not anger, it is greed. If it is not greed, it is emotional attachment. If it is not attachment, it is pride. If it is not pride, it is selfishness. If it is not selfishness, it is worry. If it is not worry, it is envy. If it is not envy… (thus goes the unending barrage of thoughts or Bikaars).

How can we know Peace (or Anand, Joy…) then? Not possible in this corrupt consciousness – conditioned mind or Haumai.

  • ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਲੋਭ ਮੋਹ ਅਭਿਮਾਨਾ ਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਨਹੀ ਪਾਈਐ ॥: Lust, anger, greed, emotional attachment and pride – (caught in them) Peace is not obtained (sggs 614).

To overcome these effectively, the Gurbani recommends Naam-Simran (remembrance of Naam).

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਭਏ ਕੂਕਰ ਕਾਮ ॥: Without (Naam-) Simran, one becomes like a dog (sggs 239).

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