Thursday, April 2, 2009

Then, how does one get Mukti, liberation from this unending cycle of rebirth? Guru Arjan Dev Ji explains in the following shabad.

I was just looking for another shabad, but got distracted and found this one and decided to post it. I start pondering as to how does one get liberation, how to end this endless cycle of reincarnation and what is a true sat-sangat? Can reading/reciting/ Gurbani alone in the house, on a mountain, in a cave, in a grabage dump, in the ocean, on the moon, on the Mars, while working, playing etc. etc. etc. be counted as true sat sangat? I would think so. Does Guru Granth Sahib and other people have to be present and does it have to be in a building like a Gurdawara? Yes, that would be the Ultimate sat-sangat and it only adds to the true experience. But, I would think even if someone is lost in a jungle, or in a ice-berg, someone sitting in one's home  and doesn't have the Guru Granth Sahib with him or her, but sings and recites Gurbani would be still in true sat-sangat.

ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਿਦ ਮਨੁ ਜੀਿਤਆ ਗਿਤ ਮੁਕਿਤ ਘਰੈ ਮਿਹ ਪਾਇ ॥
gur kai sabad man jeeti-aa gat mukat gharai meh paa-ay.
Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, the mind is conquered, and one attains the State of Liberation in one's own home.

ਹਿਰ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਿਧਆਈਐ ਸਤਸੰਗਿਤ ਮੇਿਲ ਿਮਲਾਇ ॥੨॥
har kaa naam Dhi-aa-ee-ai satsangat mayl milaa-ay. ||2||
So meditate on the Name of the Lord; join and merge with the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. ||2||


After all one would be connecting with the Guru's word no matter where he or she is. If it is more than one, then it is a sangat. Me and my Guru's word. So what is the ideal place for a sat-sangat? I would say, any and all places, spaces, khands, brahmands, where Guru's word resounds. Be it just one word or a whole shabad or a mantra or a line or a tuk or satnam or waheguru or har or hari. Now, how about fasts, pilgrames, alms giving, ritualistic practices, sacrifices, putting ashes on body, holy baths, fortune telling, astrology, magic spells, drinking, smoking, drugs, parties, and all that other garbage in various societies. Do those lead one to liberation? Guru Sahib shows how clear and straightforward the path is and yet many of us are in the dark, under the influence of maya and want to take the side roads. I guess, those are also His colors too, as Guru Sahib explains. Satnam!

ਕਾਨੜਾ ਮਹਲਾ ॥ कानड़ा महला ५ ॥ Kānrā mėhlā 5. Kaanraa, Fifth Mehl:
ਰੰਗਾ ਰੰਗ ਰੰਗਨ ਕੇ ਰੰਗਾ ॥ रंगा रंग रंगन के रंगा ॥ Rangā rang rangan ke rangā.
The Playful Lord imbues all with the Color of His Love.
ਕੀਟ ਹਸਤ ਪੂਰਨ ਸਭ ਸੰਗਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ कीट हसत पूरन सभ संगा ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Kīt hasat pūran sabh sangā. 1 rahā▫o.
From the ant to the elephant, He is permeating and pervading all. 1Pause
ਬਰਤ ਨੇਮ ਤੀਰਥ ਸਹਿਤ ਗੰਗਾ ॥ बरत नेम तीरथ सहित गंगा ॥ Barat nem tirath sahit gangā.
Some go on fasts, make vows, and take pilgrimages to sacred shrines on the Ganges.
ਜਲੁ ਹੇਵਤ ਭੂਖ ਅਰੁ ਨੰਗਾ ॥ जलु हेवत भूख अरु नंगा ॥ Jal hevat bhūk ar nangā.
They stand naked in the water, enduring hunger and poverty.
ਪੂਜਾਚਾਰ ਕਰਤ ਮੇਲੰਗਾ ॥ पूजाचार करत मेलंगा ॥ Pūjāchār karat melangā.
They sit cross-legged, perform worship services and do good deeds.
ਚਕ੍ਰ ਕਰਮ ਤਿਲਕ ਖਾਟੰਗਾ ॥ चक्र करम तिलक खाटंगा ॥ Chakar karam tilak khātangā.
They apply religious symbols to their bodies, and ceremonial marks to their limbs.
ਦਰਸਨੁ ਭੇਟੇ ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਸੰਗਾ ॥੧॥ दरसनु भेटे बिनु सतसंगा ॥१॥ darsan bhete bin satsangā. 1 They read through the Shaastras, but they do not join the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. 1
ਹਠਿ ਨਿਗ੍ਰਹਿ ਅਤਿ ਰਹਤ ਬਿਟੰਗਾ ॥ हठि निग्रहि अति रहत बिटंगा ॥ Hath nigrahi at rahat bitangā. They stubbornly practice ritualistic postures, standing on their heads.
ਹਉ ਰੋਗੁ ਬਿਆਪੈ ਚੁਕੈ ਭੰਗਾ ॥ हउ रोगु बिआपै चुकै न भंगा ॥ Ha▫o rog bi▫āpai chukai na bhangā. They are afflicted with the disease of egotism, and their faults are not covered up.
ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਅਤਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨ ਜਰੰਗਾ ॥ काम क्रोध अति त्रिसन जरंगा ॥ Kām krodh at tarisan jarangā.
They burn in the fire of sexual frustration, unresolved anger and compulsive desire.
ਸੋ ਮੁਕਤੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿਸੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਚੰਗਾ ॥੨॥੩॥੩੬॥ सो मुकतु नानक जिसु सतिगुरु चंगा ॥२॥३॥३६॥ So mukat Nānak jis satgur changa. 2336
He alone is liberated, O Nanak, whose True Guru is Good. 2336

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