The Egg of Doubt Must Burst

Man’s repeated suffering is indicated to be due to doubts (“ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ”, “ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਜਾਲੀ”, ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ, ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…).

For the instinctive mind to become Enlightened, or for the deluded intellect to become Awakened (to the Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Divine Knowledge, Gurmat, Gur-Giaan…), the Gurbani says that the egg of doubt (“ਆਂਡਾ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ” – moss, grating, or net of doubt-“ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ”, “ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਜਾਲੀ”, ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ, ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) must burst.

Therefore, Bharam (doubt) has to be destroyed in order to destroy or aanihilate the deluded mind.

  • ਫੂਟੋ ਆਂਡਾ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਭਇਓ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥: (With the Gur-Giaan) the egg of doubt (shell of doubt, wnadering of Maya – ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) has burst; the mind is Enlightened (Illumined-ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ, Aatm-Giaan…). (sggs 1002).

One cannot become Divine-oriented if there is doubt (Bharam) in the mind.

  • ਅਭਿਆਗਤ ਏਹ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਜਿਨ ਕੈ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਭਰਮੁ ॥: Whose mind is doubt-ridden cannot be called ‘Abhiaagat’ (who call themeselves just a visitor, a guest, a renunciate,  a holy   etc. in this world). (sggs 1413).

In fact, Kabeer Sahib has used very stern words for such people who call themeselves Guroos, spiritual teachers, Sant, Saadhoo, Holy, etc., but their minds are filled with doubt.

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਮਾਇ ਮੂੰਡਉ ਤਿਹ ਗੁਰੂ ਕੀ ਜਾ ਤੇ ਭਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥: O Kabeer! Shave (the head of) the mother of that guroo, through whom doubt is not dispelled. (sggs 1369).

So, a Spiritual Teacher (Guroo…) has to be thorough or Perfect. That is, he cannot have any doubt (Bharam). If his own mind is filled with doubt (Bharam), he cannot be a good teacher and he cannot remove doubts of others. Consequently, such drowning teacher will drown his disciples as well.

  • ਗੁਰਿ ਪੂਰੈ ਸਭੁ ਭਰਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਇਆ ॥ The Perfect Guru has dispelled all doubts. (sggs 178).

The Sri Guroo Granth Sahib (SGGS) is Such a doubt-free Guroo, through whom we can have our doubts removed as well, provided we are willing, earnest, and sincere to engage in the Shabad-Vichaar to cultivate Giann (Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Divine Knowledge…), and then live it in daily life.

  • ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਭਰਮੁ ਨ ਚੂਕਈ ਨਾ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਜਾਇ ॥੬॥: Without the Shabad, doubt is not dispelled, and egotism is not eliminated from within. ||6|| (sggs 67).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਭਰਮ ਭਉ ਭਾਗੈ ॥: Through the Gur-Shabad, doubt and fear are dispelled. (sggs 1070).
  • ਦੂਜਾ ਭਰਮੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ॥: (The Gurmukh) burns away duality (ਮਾਇਆ ਵਾਲੀ ਭੁੱਖ/ਭਟਕਣਾ) doubt through the Gur-Shabad (Aatam-Giaan…). (sggs 115).

Clearly, in order to destroy Haumai (false ego-sense), first Bharam (doubt) must be destroyed. It’s not other way around.

Bharam (doubt) relates to our Mool (Joti-Svaroopa). Once the Bharam (doubt) is destroyed, then Haumai gets destroyed.

The Gurbani asserts that with the Grace of the Giann (Shabad-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Divine Knowledge…) both Bharam (doubt) and Haumai (false ego-sense) are destroyed. If Bharam (doubt) is destroyed, Haumai is also destroyed. Furthermore, Giaan also destroys our Mayaic thinking or Karma.

  • ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ ਨਾਸੁ ॥: By the Grace of the Gur (Grace of the Gur-Giaan…), doubt is dispelled. (sggs 294).
  • ਗਿਆਨੁ ਭਇਆ ਤਹ ਕਰਮਹ ਨਾਸੁ ॥੩॥: With the Divine Knowledge (ਉੱਚ-ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ) ends the deeds (Mayaic efforts) ||3|| (sggs 1167).

So, the Gurbani urges us to bring about a “storm of the Divine Knowledge” within through the Shabad-Vichaar (Gurmat — Spiritual Wisdom or Giaan of the Gurbani). This practice of the Gur-Shabad (ਸਬਦ ਕਮਾਈ) will remove our doubts (Bharam), the spell of Maya (love or hunger of Maya), duality, attachment, desires, wicked intellect, fear, Haumai, and so on. This all is clearly explained in the following verses:

  • ਦੇਖੌ ਭਾਈ ਗ੍ਯ੍ਯਾਨ ਕੀ ਆਈ ਆਂਧੀ ॥ ਸਭੈ ਉਡਾਨੀ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਟਾਟੀ ਰਹੈ ਨ ਮਾਇਆ ਬਾਂਧੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਦੁਚਿਤੇ ਕੀ ਦੁਇ ਥੂਨਿ ਗਿਰਾਨੀ ਮੋਹ ਬਲੇਡਾ ਟੂਟਾ ॥ ਤਿਸਨਾ ਛਾਨਿ ਪਰੀ ਧਰ ਊਪਰਿ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਾਂਡਾ ਫੂਟਾ ॥੧॥: Behold, O brother! (When) the storm of Spiritual Wisdom comes, (then) the thatched hut of doubt gets blown away; supported by bonds of Maya (this thatched hut of doubt) cannot continue to remain behind (the storm of Spiritual Wisdom or Aatam-Giaan). ||1||Pause|| (As a result) The pillar of duality of the puzzled (i.e., wavering mind, ਮਨ ਦੀ ਇਹ ਡਾਵਾਂ-ਡੋਲ ਹਾਲਤ) drops, and the beam of attachment (supported on the pillar of duality) comes crashing down. The thatched roof (supported on the beam of attachment) of desires caves in, and the pitcher of wicked intellect breaks down. ||1|| (sggs 331).
  • ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਬੂਝਹਿ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਨਾ ॥: (Manmukhs) do not understand the Naam (Giaan or the Divine Knowledge); (as a result, they) wander, deluded by doubt. (sggs 1032).

In nutshell, the Gurbani changes our mind or thoughts. Accordingly, Bhagat Pipa Ji indicates that, for me,  to search my mind or transform (change, etc.) my mind or thoughts is my Divine, temple, pilgrimage, incense, lamp, offerings, and so on. In other words, to search ownself and change for good is the real Bhagati, Simran, etc.

  • ਕਾਯਉ ਦੇਵਾ ਕਾਇਅਉ ਦੇਵਲ ਕਾਇਅਉ ਜੰਗਮ ਜਾਤੀ ॥ ਕਾਇਅਉ ਧੂਪ ਦੀਪ ਨਈਬੇਦਾ ਕਾਇਅਉ ਪੂਜਉ ਪਾਤੀ ॥੧॥ ਕਾਇਆ ਬਹੁ ਖੰਡ ਖੋਜਤੇ ਨਵ ਨਿਧਿ ਪਾਈ ॥ ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਆਇਬੋ ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਜਾਇਬੋ ਰਾਮ ਕੀ ਦੁਹਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਜੋ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੰਡੇ ਸੋਈ ਪਿੰਡੇ ਜੋ ਖੋਜੈ ਸੋ ਪਾਵੈ ॥ ਪੀਪਾ ਪ੍ਰਣਵੈ ਪਰਮ ਤਤੁ ਹੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਹੋਇ ਲਖਾਵੈ ॥੨॥੩॥: For me, to search ownself or to investigate my own mind (thoughts) and change it is the Divine…
  • ਆਪਣਾ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਆਪਿ ਸਵਾਰੇ ਹੋਰਨਿ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਕਾਰਜਿ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਦਇਆ ਧਰਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੂਝੈ ਕੋਈ ॥੩॥: (Jeev-individual being) resolves his own affair (i.e., the Purpose of life of Mool Realization) himself; anyone else cannot do this work (for him). (As a consequent of this Union with his Mool, the Divine Virtues such as) truth, contentment, mercy and Dharma happen; (but) how rare is that, who by becoming the Gurmukh, understands it! ||3|| (sggs 361).
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  1. Gurpreet Singh

    Sat Sri Akaal Dr. T. Singh ji
    You have rightly said that Man’s repeated suffering is indicated to be due to doubts and due to such doubts Dhaarmic con-artists exists and poor and novice people go to these self styled Godman(BABA) for the pursuit of divine knowledge.
    It is a practical thing which is not only applicable to gurmat gyan but also equally applicable to all disciplines of life. After going through such article i am also getting the answers to my doubts.
    Thanks and regards
    G.S.

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