Thursday, August 10, 2006

Gian, Dhian and Simran!

This is one of the old posts from "Sikhiseeker - Enlighten Me - blog" that I really like thought to keep and share.

Translation (Part I)
Kiv Sachiara Hoyiae

By: Sant Variam Singh

The article starts with three techniques which are called Gian (Knowledge), Dhian (Concentration) and Simran (Repeating the name). Bhai Gurdas ij has said:Gian dhian Simran jugatKoonj kuram hans vans vadanda.Bhai Gurdas Ji, Vaar 16/13We should do simran like a Koonj. It is popular about this bird that when winter hits and the eastern mountains are covered by snow, these birds migrate to India for summers. But before they leave, they lay their eggs in those mountains and keep them at a safe spot. They live in the water and continuously meditate on their eggs. It is through their intense concentration, simran and devotion to their hatchlings from those eggs, that they teach their offsprings to fulfill their basic necessities of food and shelter. This kind of love is called Vaastal Pyaar (love). This kind of power to do simran is so powerful, as is described in the following verse by Guru Maharaj:Uddai ood aave se kosa tis paache bachre charya.Tin kavan khalaave kavan chugave man meh simran kariya.Panna – 10The second strategy is that of concentration. Here the author used the example of tortoises. It is popularly known about them that when they lay their eggs, they come out of water and dig a hole in the sand and place their eggs their, and safely cover it and return back to water. The tortoise hatches the eggs through mere concentration on them. The writer says that being able to concentrate is a great power. A person who is able to achieve it is capable of divine actions. These tortoises, through their power of concentration, hatch their eggs and teach their offsprings not to go towards dryness. These turtles naturally go toward the water as their parent intended.The third strategy is explained with the help of the swan analogy. Swans are popular for their supreme knowledge and judgment. If milk is offered to swans, they don’t drink the water content of the milk. Their beaks are so sour, that when they dip it in the bowl of milk, soon after, the milk breaks down into a solution-substrate mixture where the pure milk concentrates into small balls and the water is left behind. Swans feed themselves on these while leaving the impurity (water in this case) behind. The writer explains that like the mixture of water and milk, our thinking power and the worldly things are intertwined. The wise must alienate the concentration of the mind from the worldly matters and must join his mind and soul into learning about the almighty God. It is through the knowledge he obtains that he can transform his being into the oneness aligned with the will of God.Hence, these are the three strategies to give yourself fully to God.


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