• ਆਲ ਜਾਲ ਮਾਇਆ ਜੰਜਾਲ ॥ ਹਉਮੈ ਮੋਹ ਭਰਮ ਭੈ ਭਾਰ ॥: Household bondage (ਘਰਾਂ ਦਾ ਬੰਧਨ – snare…) is Maya’s entanglement. Egotism, attachment, doubt and fear are loads. (sggs 292).

Thus, the Gurbani reminds us of four crushing loads we carry around:

Haoumai (false ego-sense) – ਹਉਮੈ

Moh (attachment) – ਮੋਹ

Bharam (doubts, illusions…) -ਭਰਮ

Bhai (fear) – ਭੈ

Haumai gives rise to attachment (in addition to all other Bikaar: Kaam or lust, Krodh or anger, Lobh or greed, etc.). Bharam begets fear. Also, desires (Kaamanaa) and fear go together – fear of not getting desires fulfilled, or fear of losing what is amassed by those desires that already have been fulfilled.

We are crippled carrying carrying around these loads for too long! Now, in this present life, we are given an another opportunity to unload ourselves. Choice is ours. Either we can chose to carry these loads around longer and keep suffering, or we can chose to end here and now.

The conditioned mind is a great trickster and a liar. It gives rise to false self-identifications (i.e. body identity or body consciousness) with the time-bound consciousness, resulting in forgetfulness of the state of one’s Pure Being (“Joti-Svaroopa“).

To unload here and now will need courage, watchfulness, mindfulness, determination, and unbroken (Saas Saas-ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ) Shabad-Vichaar (Aatm-Giaan, Gurmat, Naam, Sach or Truth…).

To unburden ourselves, the Gurbani asks us to become the Gurmukh (the follower of Sach or Truth, Gurmat…):

  • ਜਉ ਲਉ ਪੋਟ ਉਠਾਈ ਚਲਿਅਉ ਤਉ ਲਉ ਡਾਨ ਭਰੇ ॥ ਪੋਟ ਡਾਰਿ ਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਤਉ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਰਭਏ ॥੪॥੧॥੧੫੯॥: As long as I walked along, carrying the load, I continued to suffer. (But) O Nanak! Meeting the Perfect Guru (i.e., Realizing Aatam-Giaan, Gur-Giaan, Shabad-Upadesh…), I unloaded myself and became fearless. ||4||1||159|| (sggs 214).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਅਫਰਿਓ ਭਾਰੁ ਅਫਾਰੁ ਟਰੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: The Immaculate (free of Maya) Naam is obtained by becoming the Gurmukh; (as a result, his) unbearable load (of Haumai, etc.) is removed. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 1013).

If we don’t put forward sincere self-efforts to unburden ourselves, nobody else can do it for us. Also, rituals, Bhekh (religious garbs, etc.), Dhaarmic or religious Pakhand, etc. will not do the trick either. This is the Gurbani’s edict:

  • ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਕਾਜੁ ਸਵਾਰੀਐ ॥੨੦॥: Aapan hathee aapanaa aape hee kaaju savaareeai ||20|| (sggs 474).
  • ਬਹੁ ਭੇਖ ਕੀਆ ਦੇਹੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਦੀਆ ॥: Bagu bhekh keeaa dehee dukhu deeaa: The more one wears religious robes, the more pain he causes his body (sggs 467).