Silkworm

To hammer Wisdom (Giaan) into our heads., the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) has used examples of days, months, night, season, jungles, mountains, caves, rivers, ocean, trees, planets, stars, sky, animals, birds, insects etc. Consider the following verses:

  • ਤੁਮ ਮਖਤੂਲ ਸੁਪੇਦ ਸਪੀਅਲ ਹਮ ਬਪੁਰੇ ਜਸ ਕੀਰਾ ॥ ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਰਹੀਐ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੈਸੇ ਮਧੁਪ ਮਖੀਰਾ ॥੨॥: (O Maadho – Rabb!) You are (beautiful like) the white and yellow threads of silk, and I am like a poor (silk) worm (who dies after separating from the silk-cocoon it spins around itself). O Maadho! (May I) remain attached to your True Company (Sat-Sangat, Sadh-Sangat…), like honey bees (remain perched) in a hive of honey. ||2|| (sggs 486).

Diseases of the mind are subtle, thereby, invisible to our material eyes. The greatest of all these diseases is the false ego-sense or Haumai born ignorance of our Essential Nature as Jot Saroop.

The projection of this false ego-sense are subtle diseases like lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealousy, stubborn mindedness, enviousness, hatred, animosity, doubts, duality, fear, selfishness, quarrel, slandering others, lower quality thoughts, aggressiveness, cruelty, wickedness, prejudices, madness of Jaap Paat, cheating, hypocrisy, lie, deceptiveness, and so on. These mental ailments shape our thoughts and resulting actions, which, in turn, shape our life or fate. Like jackal, we thus get caught in the self-created web of our own mental ailments.

An example of silkworm may help understand it better. A silkworm spins a silk cocoon around itself. Upon completion of the cocoon, the initial step in manufacture of the silk is to kill the insect inside the cocoon. This is done by throwing the silkworm (and its cocoon that it has spun around itself) into boiling water or an hot oven. Thus, a silkworm shapes its own fate and destiny by weaving silk around itself.

Similarly, we also weave the cocoon of false ego-sense (Haumai) around ourselves. By doing so, we create all sorts of troubles and suffering (Dukh) for ourselves. In short, we are what we think!

  • ਜੇਹਾ ਵੇਖਹਿ ਤੇਹਾ ਵੇਖੁ ॥੧॥: As we see, similar becomes our mental form. (sggs 466).
  • ਜਾ ਕੈ ਜੀਅ ਜੈਸੀ ਬੁਧਿ ਹੋਈ ॥ ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਜਾਨੈਗਾ ਸੋਈ ॥੪੫॥: Says Kabeer! According to the intellect (Budhi, ਅਕਲ…) within the mind, so does one come to understand. ||45|| (sggs 343).
  • ਮਨ ਕਾ ਸੁਭਾਉ ਸਭੁ ਕੋਈ ਕਰੈ ॥: Every one acts according to his mind’s nature (habit, disposition, inclination…). (sggs 1167).

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