The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) tells us that the man’s Essential Nature is Jot Saroop which is Beauty, Original, Whole (Saabat), Light, Pure Consciousness (i.e., Unconditioned or Untainted), and so on. The Gurbani challenges us to recognize This — our True Nature as Jot Saroop.
However one may ask: ‘if my True Nature is Jot Saroop, what happened to it?’
Our True Nature has been killed (i.e. superimposed) by the negative impact of false ego-sense (Haumai).
In short, the source or birth-place of the false ego-sense when the mind identifies with the gross body-frame instead of its Jot Saroop (Mool).
Faults of the false ego sense (Haumai) are ugly and filthy.
To the contrary, the Nature of our Jot Saroop is Pure Beauty.
Now, can ugliness or filthiness coexist?
It can NOT. In other words, Truth and falsehood can NOT coexist. This is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ).
- ਵਿਚਿ ਸਚੇ ਕੂੜੁ ਨ ਗਡਈ ਮਨਿ ਵੇਖਹੁ ਕੋ ਨਿਰਜਾਸਿ ॥: Check it out and see in your mind — falsehood does not mix in Truth. (sggs 313).
- ਮਨੁ ਮੈਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਿਰਮਲਾ ਕਿਉ ਕਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਾਇ ॥: The Truth is Pure; (so long the man’s) mind is impure (with Haumai, Bikaar, etc.); he cannot realize (the Truth) (sggs 755).
In a battlefield, there are seen only enemies. Negativity of Haumai converts one’s life into a battlefield.
Thus — by its very nature — Haumai can only destroy and create ‘Rol Ghacholaa’.
Its negative impact destroys inner Beauty, goodness, and auspiciousness.
Hence, false ego-sense (Haumai) is the hell. For this hellish inferno only promotes hellish consciousness and hellish existence, here and now! On the other hand, its death promotes ‘Sukh’ or heavenly existence, here and now!
- ਹਉ ਵਿਚਿ ਪਾਪ ਪੁੰਨ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਹਉ ਵਿਚਿ ਨਰਕਿ ਸੁਰਗਿ ਅਵਤਾਰੁ ॥: In Haumai or false ego-sense (i.e., as long as one is in the illusion of his existence separate from his Mool or Jot Saroop, until then) he considers Paap and Punn (i.e., counting or Ginatee-ਗਿਣਤੀ). (Similarly) In Haumai (man notions or thinks) existence of heaven and hell. (sggs 466).
- This ego is hell, and hell is a dragon not diminished by oceans of water. It drinks down the seven seas, yet the heat of that man-burner does not become less. It makes a morsel out of a world and gulps it down. Its belly keeps shouting: Is there any more? (Rumi).
We are repeatedly reminded by the Gurbani, we cannot know our True Consciousness unless and until the Haumai or ego-mind is killed. Since the false ego-sense alone is the cause of all our misery and hence its annihilation is desirable.
- 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).
- ਮਨੁ ਮਰੈ ਧਾਤੁ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਮਨ ਮੂਏ ਕੈਸੇ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਮਰੈ ਦਾਰੂ ਜਾਣੈ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਮਨੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਬੂਝੈ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਇ ॥: When the mind is conquered, its turbulent wanderings are stopped. Without annihilating (conquering) the mind, how can ‘Hari’ (Mool, Truth, Jot, Wisdom…) be realized? Rare is the one who knows the medicine to conquer the mind. The mind is conquered through the shabad (Upadesh, Wisdom, Giaan…); this is known to ‘Janu’ (Gurmukh, Daas, Bhagat…). (sggs 665).
The abidance of the mind in its own True Nature (Jot Saroop) is the ‘Vision or Darshan’ of Reality, Rabb or Mool. The word ‘Vision or Darshan’ simply means Knowledge or Giaan (ਗਿਆਨ) free from duality of the seer or seen — state of becoming ‘Ik MannIk Chit‘ (one-pointedness, single-mindedness, ਇਕਾਗਰ ਮਨ…).