Saturday, June 03, 2006

Life's a Dream

(Ang 406)

ਬਾਵਰ ਸੋਇ ਰਹੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
baavur soe rehae
The crazy people are asleep. 1Pause

ਮੋਹ ਕੁਟੰਬ ਬਿਖੈ ਰਸ ਮਾਤੇ ਮਿਥਿਆ ਗਹਨ ਗਹੇ ॥੧॥
moh kuttunb bikhai rus maathae mithiaa gehun gehae
They are intoxicated with attachment to their families and sensory pleasures; they are held in the grip of falsehood. 1

ਮਿਥਨ ਮਨੋਰਥ ਸੁਪਨ ਆਨੰਦ ਉਲਾਸ ਮਨਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਸਤਿ ਕਹੇ ॥੨॥
mithun munoruth supun aanundh oulaas man mukh sath kehae
The false desires, and the dream-like delights and pleasures - these, the self-willed manmukhs call true. 2

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਸੰਗੇ ਤਿਲੁ ਮਰਮੁ ਨ ਲਹੇ ॥੩॥
anmrith naam pudhaaruth sungae thil murum n lehae
The wealth of the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, is with them, but they do not find even a tiny bit of its mystery. 3

ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਰਾਖੇ ਸਤਸੰਗੇ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਰਣਿ ਆਹੇ ॥੪॥੨॥੧੪੨॥
kar kirupaa raakhae suthusungae naanuk suran aahae
By Your Grace, O Lord, You save those, who take to the Sanctuary of the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. 42142

In this Shabad Guru Arjan Dev Jee tells us we are living in a dream like state, we are intoxicated by attachment to our families, we worship the pleasure of our senses, we have false desires, which we expect to come true.

Guru Sahib is telling us the wealth of Naam is within us, but we do not find even a tiny bit of its mystery.

(Ang 258)

ਭਭਾ ਭਰਮੁ ਮਿਟਾਵਹੁ ਅਪਨਾ ॥
bhubhaa bhurum mittaavuhu apunaa
BHABHA: Cast out your doubt and delusion

ਇਆ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਸਗਲ ਹੈ ਸੁਪਨਾ ॥
eiaa sunsaar sugul hai supunaa
this world is just a dream.

ਭਰਮੇ ਸੁਰਿ ਨਰ ਦੇਵੀ ਦੇਵਾ ॥
bhurumae sur nur dhaevee dhaevaa
The angelic beings, goddesses and gods are deluded by doubt.

ਭਰਮੇ ਸਿਧ ਸਾਧਿਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੇਵਾ ॥
bhurumae sidh saadhik brehumaevaa
The Siddhas and seekers, and even Brahma are deluded by doubt.

ਭਰਮਿ ਭਰਮਿ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਡਹਕਾਏ ॥
bhuram bhuram maanukh ddehukaaeae
Wandering around, deluded by doubt, people are ruined.

ਦੁਤਰ ਮਹਾ ਬਿਖਮ ਇਹ ਮਾਏ ॥
dhuthur mehaa bikhum eih maaeae
It is so very difficult and treacherous to cross over this ocean of Maya.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਭੈ ਮੋਹ ਮਿਟਾਇਆ ॥
gurumukh bhrum bhai moh mittaaeiaa
That Gurmukh who has eradicated doubt, fear and attachment,

ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇਹ ਪਰਮ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੪੦॥
naanuk thaeh purum sukh paaeiaa
O Nanak, obtains supreme peace. 40

Guru Sahib tells us in this Shabad, why are we wasting our time this World is just a mere dream nothing here really exists we are the ones who have caused pleasure and delight to exist through the evil of delusion and doubt.

Doubt is only eradicated through Athai Pehar Naam Abhiyaas (24,7 Simran), which will create great faith in our hearts for Guru Sahib and God.

The angelic beings, 'Gods', 'Goddesses', Siddhs, Seekers and even Brahma were deluded by doubt because they had no Pooran (pure) Guru who could pass over the teachings of Naam and give them Naam.

(Ang 218)

ਸਾਧੋ ਰਚਨਾ ਰਾਮ ਬਨਾਈ ॥
saadho ruchunaa raam bunaaee
Holy Saadhus: the Lord fashioned the creation.

ਇਕਿ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਇਕ ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਮਾਨੈ ਅਚਰਜੁ ਲਖਿਓ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
eik binusai eik asathir maanai achuruj lakhiou n jaaee
One person passes away, and another thinks that he will live forever - this is a wonder beyond understanding! 1Pause

ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਮੋਹ ਬਸਿ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਹਰਿ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਬਿਸਰਾਈ ॥
kaam krodh moh bas praanee har moorath bisuraaee
The mortal beings are held in the power of sexual desire, anger and emotional attachment; they have forgotten the Lord, the Immortal Form.

ਝੂਠਾ ਤਨੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਕਰਿ ਮਾਨਿਓ ਜਿਉ ਸੁਪਨਾ ਰੈਨਾਈ ॥੧॥
jhoothaa thun saachaa kar maaniou jio supunaa rainaaee
The body is false, but they believe it to be true; it is like a dream in the night. 1

ਜੋ ਦੀਸੈ ਸੋ ਸਗਲ ਬਿਨਾਸੈ ਿਜਉ ਬਾਦਰ ਕੀ ਛਾਈ ॥
jo dheesai so sugul binaasai jio baadhur kee shaaee
Whatever is seen, shall all pass away, like the shadow of a cloud.

ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਗੁ ਜਾਨਿਓ ਮਿਥਿਆ ਰਹਿਓ ਰਾਮ ਸਰਨਾਈ ॥੨॥੨॥
jun naanuk jug jaaniou mithiaa rehiou raam surunaaee
O servant Nanak, one who knows the world to be unreal, dwells in the Sanctuary of the Lord. 22

Vaaho Guru Teghbahadur Jee one who knows the World to be unreal, dwells in the sanctuary of the Lord. Whatever we see shall pass away, it is like a dream in the night, we have forgotten the Lords Name Vahiguroo, we think we will live forever. Life is an experience we are here to become one with the Lord and experience hell on Earth, this Hell we can very easily turn in to Heaven through constant loving devotion of the Lords Name, which in turn will bring, peace, happiness, contentment and love. The Hell we are living in is a mere state of mind, the mind can very easily dwell in the age of Satjug (age of truth), only through Athai Pehar (24,7) loving devotion of Guru Sahibs beautiful Name.

We have to live in this World in a way as if it does not exist, nothing should affect a God-conscious being, as the Gurmukh will always be aware I am not in control, there is a higher power (Vaahiguroo), which helps us accept Guru Sahibs will and makes our minds very much stronger, content and peaceful. We have to live but die to this materialistic world, only in this way will we find true inner peace and be accepted in the court of the Lord.

(Ang 889)

ਸਿੰਚਹਿ ਦਰਬੁ ਦੇਹਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਲੋਗ ॥
sinchehi dhurub dhaehi dhukh log
You gather wealth by exploiting people.

ਤੇਰੈ ਕਾਜਿ ਨ ਅਵਰਾ ਜੋਗ ॥
thaerai kaaj n avuraa jog
It is of no use to you; it was meant for others.

ਕਰਿ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਹੋਇ ਵਰਤਹਿ ਅੰਧ ॥
kar ahunkaar hoe vuruthehi andh
You practice egotism, and act like a blind man.

ਜਮ ਕੀ ਜੇਵੜੀ ਤੂ ਆਗੈ ਬੰਧ ॥੧॥
jum kee jaevurree thoo aagai bundh
In the world hereafter, you shall be tied to the leash of the Messenger of Death. 1

ਛਾਡਿ ਵਿਡਾਣੀ ਤਾਤਿ ਮੂੜੇ ॥
shaadd viddaanee thaath moorrae
Give up your envy of others, you fool!

ਈਹਾ ਬਸਨਾ ਰਾਤਿ ਮੂੜੇ ॥
eehaa busunaa raath moorrae
You only live here for a night, you fool!

ਮਾਇਆ ਕੇ ਮਾਤੇ ਤੈ ਉਠਿ ਚਲਨਾ ॥
maaeiaa kae maathae thai outh chulunaa
You are intoxicated with Maya, but you must soon arise and depart.

ਰਾਚਿ ਰਹਿਓ ਤੂ ਸੰਗਿ ਸੁਪਨਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
raach rehiou thoo sung supunaa
You are totally involved in the dream. 1Pause

ਬਾਲ ਬਿਵਸਥਾ ਬਾਿਰਕੁ ਅੰਧ ॥
baal bivusuthaa baarik andh
In his childhood, the child is blind.

ਭਰਿ ਜੋਬਨਿ ਲਾਗਾ ਦੁਰਗੰਧ ॥
bhar joban laagaa dhurugundh
In the fullness of youth, he is involved in foul-smelling sins.

ਤ੍ਰਿਤੀਅ ਬਿਵਸਥਾ ਸਿੰਚੇ ਮਾਇ ॥
thritheea bivusuthaa sinchae maae
In the third stage of life, he gathers the wealth of Maya.

ਬਿਰਧਿ ਭਇਆ ਛੋਡਿ ਚਲਿਓ ਪਛੁਤਾਇ ॥੨॥
biradh bhaeiaa shodd chaliou pushuthaae
And when he grows old, he must leave all this; he departs regretting and repenting. 2

ਚਿਰੰਕਾਲ ਪਾਈ ਦ੍ਰüਲਭ ਦੇਹ ॥
chirunkaal paaee dhruulubh dhaeh
After a very long time, one obtains this precious human body, so difficult to obtain.

ਨਾਮ ਬਿਹੂਣੀ ਹੋਈ ਖੇਹ ॥
naam bihoonee hoee khaeh
Without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, it is reduced to dust.

ਪਸੂ ਪਰੇਤ ਮੁਗਧ ਤੇ ਬੁਰੀ ॥
pusoo puraeth mugudh thae buree
Worse than a beast, a demon or an idiot,

ਤਿਸਹਿ ਨ ਬੂਝੈ ਜਿਨਿ ਏਹ ਸਿਰੀ ॥੩॥
thisehi n boojhai jin eaeh siree
is that one who does not understand who created him. 3

ਸੁਣਿ ਕਰਤਾਰ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਗੋਪਾਲ ॥
sun kuruthaar govindh gopaal
Listen, O Creator Lord, Lord of the Universe, Lord of the World,

ਦੀਨ ਦਇਆਲ ਸਦਾ ਕਿਰਪਾਲ ॥
dheen dhaeiaal sudhaa kirupaal
Merciful to the meek, forever compassionate

ਤੁਮਹਿ ਛਡਾਵਹੁ ਛੁਟਕਹਿ ਬੰਧ ॥
thumehi shuddaavuhu shuttukehi bundh
If You emancipate the human, then his bonds are broken.

ਬਖਸਿ ਮਿਲਾਵਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਗ ਅੰਧ ॥੪॥੧੨॥੨੩॥
bukhas milaavuhu naanuk jug andh
O Nanak, the people of world are blind; please, Lord, forgive them, and unite them with Yourself. 41223

Guru Arjan Dev Jee is doing an Ardaas (prayer) for us in this Shabad, saying O'Lord the people of this world are blind and asleep, they are living in a dream like state, please forgive them and unite them with yourself.

Guru Sahib is slapping us in the face with this Shabad, saying without Naam everything is reduced to dust, even so we are stuck in emotional attachment to the world and its pleasures.

(Ang 1187)

ਕਹਾ ਭੂਲਿਓ ਰੇ ਝੂਠੇ ਲੋਭ ਲਾਗ ॥
kehaa bhooliou rae jhoothae lobh laag
Why do you wander lost, O mortal, attached to falsehood and greed?

ਕਛੁ ਬਿਗਰਿਓ ਨਾਹਿਨ ਅਜਹੁ ਜਾਗ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
kush bigariou naahin ajuhu jaag
Nothing has been lost yet - there is still time to wake up! 1Pause

ਸਮ ਸੁਪਨੈ ਕੈ ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਜਾਨੁ ॥
sum supunai kai eihu jug jaan
You must realize that this world is nothing more than a dream.

ਬਿਨਸੈ ਛਿਨ ਮੈ ਸਾਚੀ ਮਾਨੁ ॥੧॥
binusai shin mai saachee maan
In an instant, it shall perish; know this as true. 1

ਸੰਗਿ ਤੇਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਬਸਤ ਨੀਤ ॥
sung thaerai har busuth neeth
The Lord constantly abides with you.

ਨਿਸ ਬਾਸੁਰ ਭਜੁ ਤਾਹਿ ਮੀਤ ॥੨॥
nis baasur bhuj thaahi meeth
Night and day, vibrate and meditate on Him, O my friend. 2

ਬਾਰ ਅੰਤ ਕੀ ਹੋਇ ਸਹਾਇ ॥
baar anth kee hoe sehaae
At the very last instant, He shall be your Help and Support.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਨ ਤਾ ਕੇ ਗਾਇ ॥੩॥੫॥
kuhu naanuk gun thaa kae gaae
Says Nanak, sing His Praises. 35

Daas has to finish with this Shabad, Guru Sahib is giving us Haunslaa (support) saying, nothing has been lost yet, there is still time to wake up, this dream like state will soon perish know this as true. Guru Sahib then goes on to say we should vibrate on the Lords Name night and day, and at the very last instant God shall be our support. Dhann Guru Teghbahadur Jee.

What does Guru Sahib mean when he says living life is like a dream?

How long do dreams last? Not long at all, cannot really put a time to it. This is exactly the same situation with our lives, before we know it we’ve come and gone.

What worldly pleasures have we achieved? WOW HOW EXCITING.
Lets ask ourselves one question, what have we done for the Panth?The least we can do for the Panth is become Atha Pehar Naam Abhiyaasee, as Guru Sahib has commanded us to do so in Gurbaanee. This is the true Parchaar (preaching), our presence given to us by Guru Sahib through the blessing of Naam will be the largest Sevaa (service) we will ever do for the Panth. Only this will lead to the Chardi kallaa of the Panth.

What do we say? Its ok we will take Ammrit later, we will keep Rehit when we get a little bit older, we will Japna Naam, there’s plenty of time yet, we still need to do more Vichaar on Naam before we Japnaa it. How much Vichaar (discussion) do we need to do on Naam, its only an excuse not to Jap it and get into a little social circle with other Gursikhs.

The true Gurmukh will speak very little and keep himself to himself. He knows there’s no talking to do on Naam, one needs to start and just no stop, and leave all experiences to Guru Sahib, this is when we feel the real contentment, we feel like wealthy Kings and Warriors with the profit of Naam along side us, pushing us through Girastee Jeevan (a householders life).

Why are we wasting time in Worldly pleasures and desires, come in to the Sangat and realize the true Love given to us by Naam Abhiyaasee Gurmukhs, this love is genuine and unconditional something we have never experienced before. Please attend as many Keertan and Naam Abhiyaas programmes as we possibly can to spread the love of Naam in to the World. This will only come through Kamaaee (profit) of Naam and Baanee, to keep this Kamaaee close to the Heart one has to protect this through Guru Sahibs Rehit and Ammrit. Nothing is as powerful as the Universes largest power of Naam, blessed to us by Guru Sahib to purify our filthy minds, which in turn purifies the Universe. Vaahiguroo

Life’s a dream and we are wasting it by physically and subconsciously sleeping.

When we are not aware of our subconscious mind, in Gurbaanee it is known as sleeping.

When will we rise and wake up from this dream? The only time we will wake up from this dream in the eyes of Guru Sahib is, when we sell our mind to Guru Sahib through his name and his Rehit, this Gurmukh will then be known as Jagyaasoo (awake/a state of realization). Only through selling our mind to Guru Sahib will we ever be Parvaan (accepted) in Guru Sahibs court, nothing else will even get us close to the court of Guru Sahib, as all is known to be false without the company of Naam.

**~Next weeks article Twenty four hours daily~**


Blogger Angel said...

That was a really incredible article and one that has such deep understanding of what truth and illusion really is.

Well said.

1:39 PM  

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