True Contentment

True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) = Unshakable Contentment, Immortal Contentment, ਸੱਚਾ ਸੰਤੋਖ, ਸਦਾ ਦਾ ਸੰਤੋਖ, ਸੰਤੋਖ ਜੋ ਟੁੱਟੇ ਨਾਂ, ਸੱਚਾ ਸਬਰ, ਜੋ ਕੁਝ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਨੇ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ ਉਸ ਵਿਚ ਰਾਜੀ ਰਹਿਣ ਦੀ ਸੁਰਤ, ਮਾਇਆ ਵਲੋਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰਾਂ ਰੱਜ ਜਾਂਣਾਂ, ਸਬਰ ਦੀ ਜਬਰ ਉਤੇ ਪੂਰਣ ਜਿੱਤ, ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ ਰਹਿਣਾਂ, ਭਾਣੇ ਵਿਚ ਰਹਿਣਾਂ…

The Gurbani urges us to center ourselves on the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ).

  • ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਕਾ ਧਰਹੁ ਧਿਆਨ ॥: Sat Santokh kaa dharahu dhiaan: Fix (your) attention on True Contentment. (sggs 344).

Not any contentment, but the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ)! Because, contentment alone breaks down (ਟੁੱਟ ਜਾਣਾਂ). When contentment becomes the “True Contentment” (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ), it becomes Immortal (“ਸਤ” or “Satt” is that which ever remains the same – unchanged in the past, present, and future.).

Therefore, according to the Gurbani, by just saying or thinking “I am content”, one does not become truely content. To be Truly Content (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖੀ), one has to be Truly Content within (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਟਿਕਾਣਾਂ).

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

  • ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥ ਤਾ ਸੁਣਿ ਸਦਿ ਬਹਾਲੇ ਪਾਸਿ ॥੧॥: Ardaas (prayer) can only happen with the true contentment. Hearing (such Ardaas that occurs with the true contentment, the Divine) calls and seats (that person) close to Himself. (i.e., that person becomes linked with the Divine within). (sggs 878).

In other words, a Mayaic Aradaas (ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ – involving success in business, victory in court-cases, new cars, success in school exams, and so on) is not the subject of the Gurbani. Because, as time and again indicated by the Gurbani, living with such Mayaic Surati will not help us Realize our Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot…).

In nutshell, the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) is complete cessation of our hunger or love of Maya (ਮਾਇਆ ਵਲੋਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰਾਂ ਰੱਜ ਜਾਂਣਾਂ, ਸਬਰ ਦੀ ਜਬਰ ਉਤੇ ਪੂਰਣ ਜਿੱਤ…). And, according to the Gurbani, it is a huge part of the Gurmukh Lifestyle.

  • ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸਭੁ ਸਚੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਵਿਤਾ ॥: By becoming the Gurmukh, (he is the embodiment of) all True Contentment and purity. (sggs 51).
  • 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 Gurmukhhood brings genuine, True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ). A Gurmukh lives according to the Divine Hukam (ਹੁਕਮੀ ਜੀਵਨ).

  • 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).

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 (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) is essentially abandoning of all desires, worldly as well as celestial, and rejoicing in every situation or adversity (Bhaanaa Mannanaa-ਭਾਣੇ ਵਿਚ ਰਹਿਣਾਂ…). To put it otherwise, the True Contentment in life comes from simple acceptance of the Divine Plan and provision for one’s life – acceptance of the Divine Hukam.

It is the satisfaction with what comes unsought, without being elated or depressed. With the rise of the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) 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 – “Mann Jeetai Jag Jeet“.

  • 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 enters within, its proof is that the State (ਅਵਸਤਾ) of True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) arises within that person. This is indicated in the following verse of the Gurbani:

  • ਗੁਰ ਗਮਿ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਣੁ ਤੈ ਪਾਇਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਗ੍ਰਾਹਜਿ ਲਯੌ ॥ (sggs 1392).

The implication is that, when the Light of the Gur-Giaan entes the Heart, then the illusion or allure of Maya cannot do anything to that person (the Gurmukh), for the True Contentment (ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ) 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:

  • ਜਿਤੁ ਕਾਰਜਿ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਦਇਆ ਧਰਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੂਝੈ ਕੋਈ ॥੩॥ (sggs 351).

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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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