True Contentment

True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) = Unshakable Contentment, Immortal Contentment, lasting contentment etc. (ਸੱਚਾ ਸੰਤੋਖ-ਸਬਰ, ਸਦਾ ਦਾ ਸੰਤੋਖ…).

The Gurbani urges us to center ourselves on the True Contentment.

  • ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਕਾ ਧਰਹੁ ਧਿਆਨ ॥ ਕਥਨੀ ਕਥੀਐ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨ ॥੧੫॥: Fix (your) attention on True Contentment. Speak the speech of Brahm Giaan (divine Wisdom). (sggs 344).

Not any contentment, but the Gurmat Wisdom of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) talks about the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ)! Because, contentment alone breaks down (ਟੁੱਟ ਜਾਣਾਂ). When contentment becomes the ‘True Contentment’, it becomes Immortal (‘ਸਤ-Satt’) — that which ever remains the same or unchanged in the past, present and future.

Therefore, according to the Gurbani, by just saying or thinking ‘I am content’, one does not truly become content. To be Truly Content (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖੀ), one has to be Truly Content within.

Because, according to the Gurbani, we can not even offer a true Aradaas (prayer, ਬੇਨਤੀ) without True Contentment!

  • ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥ ਤਾ ਸੁਣਿ ਸਦਿ ਬਹਾਲੇ ਪਾਸਿ ॥੧॥: Ardaas (prayer) can only be offered in true contentment. (One doing Ardaas in true contentment) becomes linked to its Mool or Jot Saroop within. (sggs 878).

In other words, a Mayaic Aradaas (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ – involving success in business, victory in court-cases, success in school exams, freedom from diseases, getting driving license and new cars etc.) is not the subject of the Gurbani. Because, as time and again indicated by the Gurbani, living with such Mayaic mind (or Surati) will not help linking with Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot Saroop…).

But, not understanding Gurbani ourselves, the Pujaaree (paid clergy) took advantage of our ignorance of the true Gurmat and made us pray for Mayaic stuff.

  • ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲਿਆ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਕਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਕੀਚੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥: (Sine the Gurbani’s Rabb is within all of us, he) knows every need (of every Jeev) without any of us speaking, (then) unto whom we offer our prayers? (sggs 1420).

In nutshell, the True Contentment is complete cessation of our hunger or love of Maya. And, according to the Gurbani, it is a huge part of the Gurmukh Lifestyle.

  • ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸਭੁ ਸਚੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਵਿਤਾ ॥ ਅੰਦਰਹੁ ਕਪਟੁ ਵਿਕਾਰੁ ਗਇਆ ਮਨੁ ਸਹਜੇ ਜਿਤਾ ॥ ਤਹ ਜੋਤਿ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸੁ ਅਨੰਦ ਰਸੁ ਅਗਿਆਨੁ ਗਵਿਤਾ ॥: By becoming the Gurmukh, (one become the embodiment of) all True Contentment and purity. Deception and wickedness departs from within (who become the Gurmukh), and he easily conquers his mind. (As a result) Divine Light and Bliss are manifested there in his mind, and he loses his ignorance (sggs 512).
  • ਬਿਨਾ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਊ ਰਾਜੈ ॥: Without contentment (inner contentment, True Contentment, ਜੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਨਾ ਹੋਵੈ…), no one is sated (ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤ, ਰੱਜ). (sggs 279).

Hence, the Gurmukh-hood brings genuine or True Contentment. A Gurmukh lives according to the Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature, ਨਿਯਮ…).

  • ਸਚਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਣਿਆ ॥ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇ ਸਚੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ॥: True is the Hukam (System-Rule-Law of Nature, ਨਿਯਮ…), it is understood by becoming Gurmukh. He, who has taken the Gurmat (Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGG) and removed Aapaa-Bhaav (self-conceit, selfishness, ਖ਼ੁਦੀ, ਹੌਮੈ …) has recognized Truth. (sggs 144).
  • ਚਾਲਹਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ॥: Those who have become the Gurmukh live or follow the Divine Hukam. (sggs 227).

Worldly desires (hunger or love of Maya) bind us to the material plane or body-consciousness by drawing us to the objects of the senses.

In nutshell, the True Contentment is essentially abandoning slavery to sense-gratifications and rejoicing in every situation or adversity. To put it otherwise, the True Contentment in life comes from simple acceptance of the Divine Hukam in one’s life.

It is the satisfaction with what comes unsought, without being elated or depressed. With the rise of the True Contentment within the purity of one’s Heart blooms. A truly contented person (i.e., the Gurmukh) who may not own anything, but he is the real king for he has transcended Maya or conquered the material world.

  • ਸੰਜਮੁ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸੀਲ ਸੰਨਾਹੁ ਮਫੁਟੈ ॥: The armor of self-restraint, True Contentment and humility can never be pierced (sggs 1397).

The Gurbani tells us that when the Gur-Giaan (Wisdom) enters within, its proof is that the State (ਅਵਸਤਾ) of True Contentment arises within that person. This is indicated in the following verse of the Gurbani:

  • ਗੁਰ ਗਮਿ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਣੁ ਤੈ ਪਾਇਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਗ੍ਰਾਹਜਿ ਲਯੌ ॥: (O Guru Angad!) You have attained the State (ਅਵਸਤਾ) of Guru (Nanak Dev Ji), and has attained True Contentment. (sggs 1392).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੇਵਿ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਸੀਲੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸਭੁ ਤਾਹਾ ਹੇ ॥੫॥: Serving the Satiguru (Giaan or Wisdom), lasting Happiness is found; humility and contentment all come from there (i.e., the Satiguru). ||5|| (sggs 1057).
  • ਦੇਹਿ ਦਾਨੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੀਆ ਸਚਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥੧੯॥: (O Prabhu!) Bless me with the Daan of Naam (Wisdom), that I may feel Content by making the True Naam my support (in life). (sggs 1286).

The implication is that, when the Light of the Gur-Giaan or Wisdom enters the mind, then the illusion or allure of Maya cannot do anything to that person (the Gurmukh), for the True Contentment makes him unshakable. This is indicated in the following verse of the Gurbani. But, the Gurbani says that very ‘rare’ one (the Gurmukh) understands this:

  • 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 351).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਜਿ ਲਹੈ ਘਰੁ ਆਪੇ ॥੧॥: Who becomes the Gurmukh seeks and realize (his Mool within) himself. (sggs 415).

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  1. WJKK-WJKF. In Salok Mahalla 9 SGGSJ states ‘Naam reheyo, saadhu reheyo, reheyo gur gobind.’ In this world only 3 items will remain at the very end….so we need to understand that we (as ghar ghristy) should not get attached to worldly items, or indeed people (Moh pyar)….go about your daily routines and duties…and strive for improvement at all times, make it your mission to help others to follow the path to the God. True satisfaction is being happy with what Guru Ji has given you, because HE has the power to take it from you too.

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