Haumai or Ego Kills Our True Nature

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).

The offspring of this ugly Haumai are the famous ‘five’ — lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride. In turn, these ‘5’ evils have their countless variations.

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…).

  • ਜਿਨ ਜਪਿਆ ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਇਕ ਚਿਤਿ ਤਿਨ ਲਥਾ ਹਉਮੈ ਭਾਰੁ ॥:Those who have understood (Hari or Mool) single mindedly, the burden of their egotism (Haumai) has been removed from their mind.(sggs 302).


  1. Do we humans gets Inflicted with this diesese after our birth or we are sent into this Divine Play of the Almighty with a naturally flawed mind

    First off, the Gurbani’s Divine or Rabb (or God, or whatever name you want to give) is not that of Yogi, or that of Hindu, or that of Muslim…:
    ਜੋਗੀ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਕਰੈ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਉਚਰੈ ॥ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਨ ਕਾ ਏਕੁ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥ ਕਬੀਰ ਕਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੪॥੩॥੧੧॥ (sggs 1160).

    That is, the Gurbani’s Rabb is neither in the west, nor in the south, nor in seventh sky, “there yonder”, etc. But, the Gurbani’s Rabb pervades all over (Universal Energy, ਫੈਲਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ, ਤੇ ਸਭ ਦਾ ਸਾਂਝਾ) – in you, in me, in everyone else and everywhere in Kudrat (Law of Nature, Hukam…). In other words, we are not separate from the Gurmat’s Rabb. However, the illiterate and the crafty Pujaaree groups or the corrupt Pujaaree sytem has misled masses.
    ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਵਸਿਆ ॥ (sggs 469).
    ਘਟ ਘਟ ਮੈ ਹਰਿ ਜੂ ਬਸੈ ਸੰਤਨ ਕਹਿਓ ਪੁਕਾਰਿ ॥ (sggs 1427).

    One’s we understand we are not separate from the Gurmat’s Rabb, things start making sense.

    Very aptly you quoted: “ਲਿਵ ਛੁੜਕੀ ਲਗੀ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਅਮਰੁ ਵਰਤਾਇਆ”. See this post for more on it.

  2. Singh Sahib Jio,

    Pl. excuse my Ignorance. In your response you stated that

    ” Since only the humans GET INFLICTED with this disease called “Haumai”,

    I am still confused. Do we humans gets Inflicted with this diesese after our birth or we are sent into this Divine Play of the Almighty with a naturally flawed mind ?

    In Gurbani it stated that ” ਮਾਤ ਗਰਭ ਮਹਿ ਆਪਨ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਦੇ ਤਹ ਤੁਮ ਰਾਖਨਹਾਰੇ”

    and then

    ਲਿਵ ਛੁੜਕੀ ਲਗੀ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਅਮਰੁ ਵਰਤਾਇਆ

    From the above two verses, I derieve this meaning “That in Mother Womb Creator gives ITs Remembrance and protect the Child & then

    That after our birth, temptations in the World play apply their effects and our attention to Almighty breaks . Then how Worldly Tempations can be more powerful the LIV or SIMRAN or Creator, which protects the child ?

    Because of my limited knowledge, I get confused and develop conflicting views and cannot develops Clarity of the Concept.

    I want to walk on this path of Wisdom. So Kindly help me. I feel very grateful. I take it a Divine Intervention.

    Thanks & Regards.

    Gurdev Singh

  3. Haumai gives rise to evil inclinations — animal nature.

    That Gur-Shabad which talks about mankind being afflicted with the psychological disease of egoism, also talks about some animals afflicted with similar diseases. For example, the disease of Kaam (lust…) overwhelms the elephant; because of the disease of vision, the moth is burnt to death; because of the disease of the sound of the bell, the deer is lured to its death; because of the disease of taste, the fish is caught; because of the disease of smell, the bumblebee is destroyed…

    The Gurbani also remind the mind that your True Nature is not Haumai, but “Jot Saroop”:
    ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥ (sggs 441).

    Hence, the Gurbani urges to aanihilate the Haumai (false ego-sense):
    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰੀਐ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹੋਈ ॥ (sggs 424).

    In addition the crooked nature of the human mind is also compared in the Gurbani with the behavior of many birds, insects, etc. For example, crow, parrot, vulture, moth, bumble bee, etc.
    ਮ੍ਰਿਗ ਮੀਨ ਭ੍ਰਿੰਗ ਪਤੰਗ ਕੁੰਚਰ ਏਕ ਦੋਖ ਬਿਨਾਸ ॥ ਪੰਚ ਦੋਖ ਅਸਾਧ ਜਾ ਮਹਿ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਕੇਤਕ ਆਸ ॥੧॥ (sggs 468).

  4. Thanks

    I took that meaning after I read Prof. Sahib Singh Ji, Steek, where he explained the meaning of above verse as ” ਹੇ ਭਾਈ! (ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ) ਨੇ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਨੂੰ ਹਉਮੈ ਦਾ ਰੋਗ ਦੇ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਹੈ.


    Kindly also shed some light on ” Who is your creator?

    I was under Impression that I am a part of the Divine Soul, ( like an Ocean and a drop metaphor ), sent into this world play by the Almighty lord Itself.

    Again I got this meaning from following verse

    ਏ ਸਰੀਰਾ ਮੇਰਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਤੁਮ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਖੀ — ਤਾ ਤੂ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਆਇਆ.

    Apprecite your time and guidance. I might not be reading Gurbani, in between the lines as I am not well versed in Punjabi.


    Gurdev Singh

  5. Thank you Bhai Sahib Gurdev Singh Ji for you reply. Wel come to the Gurbani Blog!

    why our Creator gave Ego to us

    Who’s is your “Creator”?
    Where does that “Creator resides?

    ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਕਉ ਦੀਨਾ

    Since only the humans get inflicted with this disease called “Haumai”, they also have to suffer its consequences unless they do something to remedy it. The Gurbani tells us humans (“ਮਾਨੁਖ”) how to remedy it, how to deal with it, etc! If one has cancer, he is the one who will suffer, not his dogs or cats!

  6. Respected Singh Sahib Ji,


    As per Gurbani Creator ITSELF gave Ego to Human Beings

    ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਕਉ ਦੀਨਾ SGGS 1140

    If Haumai Kills our True Nature then why our Creator gave Ego to us.


    Gurdev Singh

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