• ਤੁਮ ਮਖਤੂਲ ਸੁਪੇਦ ਸਪੀਅਲ ਹਮ ਬਪੁਰੇ ਜਸ ਕੀਰਾ ॥ ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਰਹੀਐ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੈਸੇ ਮਧੁਪ ਮਖੀਰਾ ॥੨॥: Tum makhatool suped sapeeal ham bapure jas keeraa. Satsangat mil raheeai maadhaou jaise madhup makheeraa ||2||: (O Lord) You are (beautiful like) the white and yellow threads of silk, and I am like a poor (silk) worm (who dies after separation from the silk-cocoon it spins around itself). O Lord, I seek to live in the True Company (Satsangat), like the bee with its honey ||2|| (sggs 486).

Diseases of the mind are subtle, thereby, invisible to our material eyes. The greatest of all these diseases is the ego born ignorance of our Essential Nature as Joti-Svaroopa. The projection of this false ego are diseases like lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealousy, stubborn mindedness, enviousness, hatred, animosity, duality, fear, selfishness, quarrel, slandering of others, lower quality thoughts, aggressiveness, cruelty, wickedness, prejudices, cheating, lie, hypocrisy, deceptiveness, and so on. These mental ailments shape our thoughts and actions, which, in turn, shape our destiny and 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 spinned aroud 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 trpobles and suffering (Dukh) for ourselves.

  • ਜੇਹੀ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਤੇਹਾ ਤਿਨ ਰਾਹੁ ॥: Jehee surit tehaa tin raah: As is (beings’) awareness, so is (their) way (sggs 25).

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