Wine of Truth

Truth – Eternal Reality – is That Wine which is not fermented from molasses (worldly molasses – ਗੁੜ). Then how it’s formented? For the gross or worldly wine to be formented, worldly or gross molasses is the necessary ingradient. However, since the Wine of the Truth is Subtle, the molasses to forment It is also needs to be subtle.

The Gurbani reveals to us that This Wine of Truth is formented with the Naam. In other words, Naam is That Molasses which forments This Wine of Truth (ਸਦਾ ਦੀ ਮਸਤੀ ਕਾਇਮ ਰੱਖਣ ਵਾਲੀ-That Wine whose toxication never changes). Baabaa Nanak says:

  • ਸਚੁ ਸਰਾ ਗੁੜ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਜਿਸੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਸਚਾ ਨਾਉ ॥: The Wine of Truth is not fermented from molasses, the True Name is contained within That (Wine). (sggs 15).

Now, what is this Naam or Naam Molasses? Naam is not ritualistically reciting Bani (e.g., Nitnem, etc.) or chanting some Mantra with rosary (Maalaa), and so on. That’s all Bharam-Jaal (illusion).

In nutshell, Naam is Shabad-Vichaar. In other words, Naam is Bhagati, which churns the Gur-Shabad to get the Butther of Aatmic-Giaan (Wisdom) from the Gurbani. And then live It constantly (“ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ”). To say it otherwise, chanting continually God’s Name – Naam – is to constantly keeping the Divine or godly Qualities in mind and live by them (practice, ਅਮਲ). This is the Gurmukh Lifestyle mentioned in the Gurbani. Rest is all Manmukh lifestyle or Bharam-Giaan. Here is Baabaa Nanak again:

  • ਗੁੜੁ ਕਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਧਾਵੈ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਣੀ ਕਸੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ ਭਾਠੀ ਭਵਨੁ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਕਾ ਪੋਚਾ ਇਤੁ ਰਸਿ ਅਮਿਉ ਚੁਆਈਐ ॥੧॥ ਬਾਬਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਤਵਾਰੋ ਨਾਮ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਸਹਜ ਰੰਗ ਰਚਿ ਰਹਿਆ ॥ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਬਨੀ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ ਸਬਦੁ ਅਨਾਹਦ ਗਹਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Gurh kar giaan dhiyaan kar dhaavai kari karni kas paayeeyai. ||1|| Bhaathee bhavan prem ka pochaa it ras amiyu chuaayeeyai…: Make Giaan (Wisdom) your Molasses, and meditation (Consciousness or Surati attuned to the Naam) your flowers (of Mahooaa or Basia-latifolia tree, which are used to forment wine); let high conduct (good deeds, practice, etc.) be the fermenting bark. Make this body the furnace (used to make wine – ਸਰਾਬ ਕੱਢਣ ਦੀ ਭੱਠੀ), and your love (Prema-Bhagti) the plaster (ਠੰਡਾ ਪੋਚਾ ਜੋ ਅਰਕ ਵਾਲੀ ਨਾਲੀ ਉਤੇ ਫੇਰਨਾ ਹੈ). In this way the Amrit (which bestows Eternal Life-ਅਟੱਲ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ) is distilled. ||1|| O Baabaa! The mind intoxicated drinking in this Naam (Amrit) remains absorbed in Sahaj (Natural State of Being). By fixing attention on God’s Love (Prema-Bhagti) day and night, seize the Anaahad Shabad {(i.e., ਸਬਦ ਨੂੰ (ਸਬਦ-ਗਿਆਨ) ਸਦਾ ਇਕ-ਰਸ ਆਪਣੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਟਿਕਾਈ ਰੱਖਣਾਂ…)} ||1||Pause||. (sggs 360).

In other words, as flowers of the Mahooaa tree is used to produce molasses to forment the wine, similarly, the Gurbani urges us to produce the Molasses of Giaan (Wisdom) from the tree of the Dhiaan of the Gur-Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar). [ ਗੁੜੁ ਕਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਮਹੂਆ ਭਉ ਭਾਠੀ ਮਨ ਧਾਰਾ ॥ (sggs 969)].

This Eternal Wine of Truth bestows upon us the Real “Khumaaree” (Eternal Intoxication or Inebriation – Naam Khumaaree) whose toxication never changes or fluctuates – it’s Permanent and Steady. How one can obtain this Wine of Truth? The Gurbani guides us how:

  • ਉਬਟ ਚਲੰਤੇ ਇਹੁ ਮਦੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜੈਸੇ ਖੋਂਦ ਖੁਮਾਰੀ ॥੪॥੩॥: Oulat chalante ihu madu paiaa jaise khond khumaaree ||4||3||: Turning away (from the world or Maya, turning within, etc., which is like hiking a difficult and treacherous cliff) I have obtained This Wine, and am inebriated as if with the grape wine. ||4||3|| (sggs 1123).
Babba Nanak tells us in the outset of the SGGS:

  • ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥: How can you become Truthful (“Sachiaaraa”)? How can the wall of falsehood (Koorh) be torn away? (The process, ਵਿਧੀ, ਤਰੀਕਾ…) is that (one should) walk (in the Way) of the Hukam (the System or Law of Nature…). O Nanak! (this process…) has been pre-ordained.  ||1|| (sggs 1).

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