Vaisakh is Beautiful!

Truth is so simple and evident and yet so elusive!

In order to teach the world, all 35 contributors of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) used terms that were already within the use and within the psyche of people of the time. They used many terms as examples (ਹਵਾਲਾ) but explicitly with new meanings and understanding to fit the new spiritual paradigms of Sikhi or Gurmat.

Also, to help us understand, they have used names of months, days, seasons, festivals, animals, birds, plants, solar system, ocean, rivers, earth, sky, wind, fire, water etc.

Using the example of the month of Vaisakh (pronounced ‘Vaisaakh‘), the Gurbani tells us that Vaisakh can ONLY be beautiful or pleasant (‘Suhaavaa-ਸੁਹਾਵਾ‘) for the mind if the following condition is met:

  • ਵੈਸਾਖੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ਤਾਂ ਲਗੈ ਜਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਭੇਟੈ ਹਰਿ ਸੋਇ ॥੩॥: the month of Vaisaakh is felt pleasant (i.e. beautiful, pious etc.) ONLY when one connects with ‘Hari Sant’ within (i.e. Mool). ||3|| (sggs 134).

In short, Vaisakh can ONLY be beautiful if by taking the Satguru‘s Giaan or Wisdom (ਸੱਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ) one realizes ‘Hari Sant‘ within (Mool, Source, Jot Saroop, True Nature, Raam, Allah, Gobind, Universal Energy, Truth, Hari-Gun or Virtues).

However, in order to exploit people, the Pujaaree groups ( ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣਾਂ…) have created tremendous confusion about the term ‘Sant‘ in the above verse (and many more terms for that matter).

The term ‘Sant‘ in the above verse does not mean a Deraavaad-Sant etc. But on account of greed, craftiness, ignorance, illiteracy etc., the current Pujaaree system of Sikhi confuses and misleads people just as the Pujaaree systems of other organized religions.

The message of the foregoing verse is that Vaisakh is beautiful or pleasant ONLY for the mind which realizes its Mool (‘Hari Sant’) within — ‘Jot Saroop(ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥).

In short, this is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ: Without the Mool-abidance, Vaisakh (or any other month, day or time for that matter) CANNOT be beautiful or pleasant for any mind.

However, as the Gurbani asserts, by forgetting its Mool, the mind becomes attached to Maya or Bhav Saagar.

  • ਵੈਸਾਖਿ ਧੀਰਨਿ ਕਿਉ ਵਾਢੀਆ ਜਿਨਾ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਬਿਛੋਹੁ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਵਿਸਾਰਿ ਕੈ ਲਗੀ ਮਾਇਆ ਧੋਹੁ ॥: In the month of Vaisakh those who are bereft of love for, and are separated from their Beloved (i.e. Mool) cannot have solace. (Such person cannot have solace because that person) forgetting ‘Hari’ (i.e. Mool, Jot Saroop…) acts under the allurement of Maya. (sggs 133).

As a tree branch separated from its root withers, similarly, a mind separated from its Root (i.e. Mool or Jot Saroop) suffers and cannot have patience (peace, solace, tranquility, composure, steadfastness, perseverance, endurance etc.)!

In nutshell, celebrating Vaisakhi will be of avail only if our mind is connected with or abided in its Mool within by reconciling the mind through churning the Gurbani or the Shabad-Vichaar (Consciousnesses of Naam-Shabad-Hukam-Brahm-Giaan-Wisdom-Virtues…).

During Vaisakh, in the vegetation new branches, new flowers and new leaves etc. bring new life.

Similarly, a new spring and a new Joy can also come in human nature if one’s Surat or Consciousness gets combined with Shabad.

However, the combination of Shabad and Surat does not end with mere talk or mere reading, but must apply to every aspect of life. Baabaa Nanak Says:

  • ਵੈਸਾਖੁ ਭਲਾ ਸਾਖਾ ਵੇਸ ਕਰੇ ॥: The month of Vaisakh looks so pleasant with the (vegetation, crop, tree) branches blooming! (sggs 1108).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਵੈਸਾਖੀਂ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਾ ॥੬॥: O Nanak! In Vaisakh (that mind) realizes ‘Prabhu’ (i.e. its Mool, Jot Saroop…) which remains imbued in the Shabad-Consciousness. ||6|| (sggs 1108).

It is important to note that — according to the Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS — for a Sikh (a learner of the SGGS), there is no limitation of place or time for the NaamSimran or Naamremembrance (i.e. living daily life with the Gurbani’s Wisdom, Virtues, Truth, etc.).

However — as the Gurbani asserts — a very ‘rare’ one by becoming the Gurmukh truly engages in real Naam-Simran (i.e., a rare one who unbrokenly lives his daily life with the Wisdom, Virtues or Truth of the Gur-Shabad)!

Hence Baabaa Nanak makes it very clear to us that Reflections on the Naam (Giaan or Wisdom, Hukam…) does not need any special time, moment (ਮੁਹੂਰਤ-Muhoorat), hours, month, season, any days, any special place or building etc.

  • ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਕੀ ਸਗਲੀ ਬੇਲਾ ॥: Every time is a good time to remember Hari (Mool, Source, Naam: Giaan, Virtues…). (sggs 1150).
  • ਜੇ ਵੇਲਾ ਵਖਤੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੀਐ ਤਾ ਕਿਤੁ ਵੇਲਾ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਨਾਮੇ ਰਤਿਆ ਸਚੇ ਸਚੀ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਇਕੁ ਤਿਲੁ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਿਨੇਹੀ ਹੋਇ ॥: If we keep thinking of setting a special time (for Bhagti), then Bhagti cannot happen at any time. By always remaining attuned to the Naam, one becomes (one with) Truth and attains the everlasting glory. What sort of Bhagti is that if someone forgets the Beloved (Mool…) even for an instant? (sggs 35).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋਈ ਦਿਨਸੁ ਸੁਹਾਵੜਾ ਜਿਤੁ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਆਵੈ ਚਿਤਿ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਦਿਨਿ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਫਿਟੁ ਭਲੇਰੀ ਰੁਤਿ ॥੧॥ : O Nanak! The day is beautiful (auspicious), the day ‘Prabh’ (Mool, Jot Saroop) dwells in the mind. Know that day and that season (i.e., time etc.) is accursed (inauspicious) the day and season ‘Paarbrahm’ (Sukh Saagar, integrated mind) is forgotten. (sggs 318).
  • ਜਹ ਚਿਤਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਸੋ ਥਾਨੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਵੇਲਾ ਵਿਸਰਹਿ ਤਾ ਲਾਗੈ ਹਾਵਾ ॥੧॥: Wherever You come to mind, that (mind-) place is beautiful. The moment (I) forget, (I) become stricken with regret. ||1|| (sggs 563).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿਤੁ ਵੇਲਾ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤਿਤੁ ਵੇਲੈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਇ ਜੀਉ ਮੇਰਾ ॥੫॥: O Nanak! That moment when (I) forget my Suaamee (Universal Energy, Hukam…) — at that moment, (my) mind or soul dies (spiritual death-ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤੇ) ||5|| (sggs 562).
  • ਮਤਾ ਮਸੂਰਤਿ ਅਵਰ ਸਿਆਨਪ ਜਨ ਕਉ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਆਇਓ ॥ ਜਹ ਜਹ ਅਉਸਰੁ ਆਇ ਬਨਿਓ ਹੈ ਤਹਾ ਤਹਾ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਇਓ ॥੧॥: The Jan (Gurmukh, Daas, Bhagat…) does not confer to any opinion, advice, or other clever tricks (as to when and where to remember Naam). Whenever the occasion arises, there, he focuses or remembers Hari (Mool, Source, Naam: Giaan, Virtues…). ||1|| (sggs 498).
  • ਮਾਹਾ ਰੁਤੀ ਸਭ ਤੂੰ ਘੜੀ ਮੂਰਤ ਵੀਚਾਰਾ ॥ ਤੂੰ ਗਣਤੈ ਕਿਨੈ ਨ ਪਾਇਓ ਸਚੇ ਅਲਖ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥: (O Paarbrahm!) You can be Reflected upon through all the months, all the seasons, all the hours, and all the moments (i.e., there is no specific time, place, or season for Reflection or Vichaar). O True, Unseen and Infinite (Paarbrahm)! No one has obtained You by calculations (sggs 140).
  • ਜੇ ਸਉ ਵਰ੍ਹਿਆ ਜੀਵਣ ਖਾਣੁ ॥ ਖਸਮ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਸੋ ਦਿਨੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥੨॥: If (one) were to live and eat for hundred years, that day (of one’s life) alone would be authentic (acceptable, approved, auspicious…), when (one) recognizes Truth. ||2|| (sggs 349).

The ultimate Truth is bound by nothing earthly. Therefore it is beyond words (Kathan), expressions, examples, symbolism, religious paraphernalia, formalities or Karamkaand, etc.

  • ਜੇਤਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਤੇਤਾ ਨਾਉ ॥ ਵਿਣੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੋ ਥਾਉ ॥: The entire (Universe, Kudrat, Nature…) is manifestation of Naam. There is no place without Naam. (sggs 9).
  • ਠਾਕੁਰ ਜਾ ਸਿਮਰਾ ਤੂੰ ਤਾਹੀ ॥: O Thaakur (Universal Energy, Hukam, Naam…)! Wherever (i.e., regardless of what time, or place, or month, or day…) I remember You, You are there. (sggs 499).
  • ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਜਨ ਦੇਖਿ ਹਜੂਰਿ ॥: Jan (Gurmukh, Daas, Bhagat…) perform Bhagti seeing (the Universal Energy, Hukam…) just present (here and now). (sggs 1174).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਮੁਗਧ ਗਵਾਰ ॥: Only idiots and fools observe the lunar days and the week days (i.e., good and bad, omens). (sggs 843).
  • ਮਾਹ ਦਿਵਸ ਮੂਰਤ ਭਲੇ ਜਿਸ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ॥: The months days and moments are auspicious when (we) become good (i.e., abide in Naam, Wisdom, Virtues, Truth, Hukam etc.). (sggs 136).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਤਾ ਜਾ ਸਚਿ ਰਾਤੇ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਸਭਿ ਭਰਮਹਿ ਕਾਚੇ ॥੭॥: The lunar days or the week days become beneficial only when (the mind) becomes imbued in Truth. Those who do not live by the Naam (Wisdom, Virtues, Hukam, Truth etc.), all of them keep on wandering (doubt-ridden…) due to ignorance or falsehood. ||7|| (sggs 842).
  • ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ਸਭਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਹਾਏ ॥: All the lunar days and the week days look beauteous if one contemplates the Shabad (Naam, Upadesh, Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…). (sggs 842).

31 comments

  1. @Prakash S Bagga, with due respect, your splitting of hairs is not appreciated nor is it necessary. 🙏

  2. How BhrMo is caused? What should not be primarily listen to, Spoken, Seen, and reflected upon? How to distinguish neatly what is BrHMo and BhrMo? …some more questions to stay focused on SBDo Only.

  3. Thanks Prakash s bagga jio, T Singh jio for nice additions and endorsement to these evolving thoughts. As correctly said, it is the BrHMo, The BaNnee, GuRBaNnee, The NaMo BaNnee, – That is to be listened, spoken( singing), Seeing ( reading writing) and Meaning( reflections- Gur Vichar) however, the challenge seems to lie in identifying equally what is BhrMo ?

  4. Very interesting meanings have been ascribed to the alphabets of the word comprising S B n D but the question is
    What is to be listened. spoken or seen the true reference is for this WHAT and that is BRAHMu.
    It is BRAHMu to be listened, spoken and seen.This is the ultimate essence in gurbanee.

  5. By connecting the SBDo/ NaMo/ Hukam withing – the connection gets tuned with the Core/ Anand Mool

    Thank you Bhai Sahib CS Jio for sharing the Gurbani Vichaar.

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