Gurbani’s Eternal Truth

The Gurbani is a Prescription for life. It prescribes Naam-Simran (remembering of the Gurmat Wisdom and constantly living it in daily life) for silencing the mind’s deadly disease of Haumai (false ego-sense), which is essential to understand the Gurbani and to realize the Truth within.

  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਸਭਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਜਾਹਿ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਸਦਾ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਹਿ ॥: All the Lunar and Solar days come and go. (But) the Guru Shabad (divine Giyan-Wisdom…) is eternal/infinite/lasting through which one ever remains immersed in the Creator. (sggs 842).
  • ਭਗਤ ਜਨਾ ਕੀ ਊਤਮ ਬਾਣੀ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਰਹੀ ਸਮਾਈ ॥੨੦॥: Bhagat janaa kee ootam baanee jug jug rahee samaaee ||20||: (sggs 909).

If we we are earnestly interested in taking, the Instructions (Upadesh-ਉਪਦੇਸ…) and the Divine Knowledge (Aatam Giyan) of the Gurbani are for everybody and for all times (“ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਇਸੁ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ”: Gurbani isu jag mahi chaananu).

  • ਖਤ੍ਰੀ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣ ਸੂਦ ਵੈਸ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਚਹੁ ਵਰਨਾ ਕਉ ਸਾਝਾ ॥: The Counsel of Gurbani is COMMON and SHARED (‘Saanhaa’) for the ENTIRETY of MANKIND (as represented by the all-encompassing four so called classes or ‘Varna‘ of mankind) – Brahman, Khatri, Soodar and Vais. (sggs 747).

Thus, the Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) embodies the lasting (enduring, eternal, infinite…) truth valid for all times and people: a lighthouse for the entire world (the Wisdon – Giyan – that shows the virtuous Way of life). Some of the perennial truths revealed in the Wisdom of the Gurbani (Agaadh Bodh) include: Unity of Rabb as All-pervading Infinite Consciousness.

Gurmat also asserts that the same One Rabb is within all of us — Jot Saroop; hence our True Nature is Divine.

Man has the unique capacity to realize this Truth (One Creator) in life: we are time and again reminded that the only aim or target of human life is to realize the Essence of this Divinity within, here and now – not after death, but while still alive (Living Enlightenment).

The experience of Oneness with the Universal Energy (called God) is to Realize God.

Without the Realization of the ShabadNaam…) within, the Realization of one’s Mool or True Nature as Jot Saroop within is not possible.

These truths (and many more) are capable of being rediscovered by any human being who is ready to put sincere efforts to become Living Liberated by virtue of truthful living and victory over false ego-sense or Haumai.

  • ਆਪਣਾ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਆਪਿ ਸਵਾਰੇ ਹੋਰਨਿ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥: (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). (sggs 351).

Hence, true Dharma has been fostered by the Divine Wisdom of the SGGS. Through sincere Shabad-Vichaar and living it in daily life (application), one can imbibe a sense of right and wrong (Viveka-Budhi – discerning intellect, and so on).

  • ਨਾਨਕ ਗਇਆ ਜਾਪੈ ਜਾਇ ॥੩੪॥: Says Nanak — (I) have walked on the Spiritual Path and have Realized / Understood; now you walk on this Spiritual Path and Realize / Understand yourself (i.e. it is only upon walking the Path and Realizing one discovers if one succeeded or failed). ॥34॥ (sggs 7).


  1. One can make observations in Gurbanee to search for PRABHu. Once this is done then one can conclude that it is PRABHu being the ULTIMATE ENTITY in Gurbanee and this is
    well clarified what PRABHu is ?
    All other references are for PRABHu only. Even SATiNAAMu is of PRABHu as should be evident from a Quote from Banee Sukhmani Sahib ji as
    So I feel one should focus on PRABHu for true and correct understanding of Gurbanee.

  2. ”Jo Prabh ko Mil Bo Chahen Khoj Sabad Main Lehen”

    Yes Vir Jio!
    • ਪੂਰੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਆਈ ॥ (sggs 514).
    • ਖੋਜ ਬੂਝਿ ਜਉ ਕਰੈ ਬੀਚਾਰਾ ॥ ਤਉ ਭਵਜਲ ਤਰਤ ਨ ਲਾਵੈ ਬਾਰਾ ॥੪੦॥ (sggs 342).
    • ਖੋਜੀ ਉਪਜੈ ਬਾਦੀ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਹਉ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਗੁਰ ਕਰਤਾਰਾ ॥ (sggs 1255).
    Thank you.

  3. A quote from Gurbanee as
    ॥੧੯॥ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਖੋਜਹਿ ਸੇਈ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਹੋਰਿ ਫੂਟਿ ਮੂਏ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀ ॥੨੦॥ {ਪੰਨਾ 911}


  4. It is very inportant for anyone to to understand as to what exactly is to be known from within Gurbanee.This no one makes clear.
    I feel our 10th Nanak GuRoo Gobind Singh ji made clear very emphatically as to what should be ones target from Gurbanee but unfortunately this has been overlooked and still being overlooked.
    There is clear message for this as”Jo Prabh ko Mil Bo Chahen Khoj Sabad Main Lehen”
    Therefore one is required to search for “PRABHu” from within Gurbanee.
    Are we really searching for PRABHu ? or Have we completed our search for PRABHu?
    The day one has searched PRABHu from within Gurbanee,the whole vista of Gurbanee understanding is going to be different.than what
    we understand at present.
    So let us follow the direction given by GuRoo Gobind Singh ji for correct understanding
    of Gurbanee

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