The Dragon and the Slanderer

  • ਅਰੜਾਵੈ ਬਿਲਲਾਵੈ ਨਿੰਦਕੁ ॥ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਪਰਮੇਸਰੁ ਬਿਸਰਿਆ ਅਪਣਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਪਾਵੈ ਨਿੰਦਕੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ਉਸ ਕਾ ਸੰਗੀ ਹੋਵੈ ਨਾਲੇ ਲਏ ਸਿਧਾਵੈ ॥ ਅਣਹੋਦਾ ਅਜਗਰੁ ਭਾਰੁ ਉਠਾਏ ਨਿੰਦਕੁ ਅਗਨੀ ਮਾਹਿ ਜਲਾਵੈ ॥੧॥: Ararraavai bilalaavai nindak …: The slanderer cries out and bewails. (Because of his indulgence in slandering) he forgets the Supreme Lord, the Transcendent Lord; the slanderer reaps the rewards (Dukh) of his own actions. ||1||Pause|| If someone becomes his (i.e., slanderer’s) companion, then he will be taken along with him (he also makes him the slanderer – ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਆਦਤ ਪਾ ਦੇਂਦਾ ਹੈ). Like the dragon (the python, etc.), the slanderer carries his huge, useless loads (of slandering), and burns in his own fire (of slandering). ||1|| (sggs 373). 

What are the distinctive signs of the slanderer (Nindak -ਨਿੰਦਕ)? Due to corrupted psyche, a slanderer develops evil instincts toward others such as faultfinding, backbiting, hatred, resentment, cruelty, and so on. He feels painful and angry at the betterment of others, and would feel happy only when some miseries befall on them. The Gurbani asks us to form a partnership for sharing in virtues of others by abandoning our own faults. However, the slanderer can neither share in goodness of others nor abandon his own faults. Like a serpent’s venom; this habit of his destroys his body, nature, and personality.

  • ਨਿੰਦਕੁ ਐਸੇ ਹੀ ਝਰਿ ਪਰੀਐ ॥ ਇਹ ਨੀਸਾਨੀ ਸੁਨਹੁ ਤੁਮ ਭਾਈ ਜਿਉ ਕਾਲਰ ਭੀਤਿ ਗਿਰੀਐ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਜਉ ਦੇਖੈ ਛਿਦ੍ਰੁ ਤਉ ਨਿੰਦਕੁ ਉਮਾਹੈ ਭਲੋ ਦੇਖਿ ਦੁਖ ਭਰੀਐ ॥ ਆਠ ਪਹਰ ਚਿਤਵੈ ਨਹੀ ਪਹੁਚੈ ਬੁਰਾ ਚਿਤਵਤ ਚਿਤਵਤ ਮਰੀਐ ॥੧॥: Nindak aise hee jhar pareeai. Ih neesaanee sunahu tum bhaayee jiou kaalar bheet gireeai …: O Brother, listen: This is the distinctive sign of a slanderer — he collapses like a wall of saltpetre. Thus, the slanderer crumbles away (from his spiritual Life – ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ – in other words, his habit of slandering is like saltpetre to his spiritual Life). When the slanderer sees a fault in someone else, he is pleased. Seeing goodness, he is depressed. Twenty-four hours a day, he plots (to harm someone), but nothing works. (Even if he cannot succeed in his planning) the evil man dies, constantly thinking up evil plans. ||1|| (sggs 823). 

 A janitor spends his time in inspecting and cleaning filth of others; then he loads it up and carries on his head. A slanderer is a self-appointed Bhangee (janitor) who finds faults in others and then, by engaging in gossip and ill speaking carries the load of their trash (sins) on his own head. In the process, he simply ends up turning his own body, mind and intellect into a “trash basket” for the sins of others.

  • ਕੁਬੁਧਿ ਡੂਮਣੀ ਕੁਦਇਆ ਕਸਾਇਣਿ ਪਰ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਘਟ ਚੂਹੜੀ ਮੁਠੀ ਕ੍ਰੋਧਿ ਚੰਡਾਲਿ ॥: Kubudhi doomanee kudaiaa kasaain par nindaa ghat choohree muthee krodh chandaal : False-mindedness (within a person is as) the drummer-woman; cruelty is the butcheress; slander of others is the cleaning-woman, and deceitful anger is the outcast-woman (sggs 91) .