Monday, June 22, 2009

Naam, The Breath of Life!

As I clicked on the Hukamnama page today, the first shabad got my attention more than even the Hukamnama and really hits the inner cords. I mean Guru Sahib gives an example as to what the relation of a person with Guru and God should be. Analogy given is that of a drug addict (amli) to the drug (amal). The yearning of Lord 24/7 is like taking breath of life. The longing after a sepration to be with the Guru. I remember one of Yogi Bhajan's lectures, where he mentions this longing as the relationwhip between a mother cow and the her bachari(calf). She runs towards the calf to feed if she is separated when milk is ready in her udders. Another example he gives is that of Prabhupati (prabhu da pati) meaning when the slave becomes the master that is when the petowner wakes up or longs to let the pet out and feed the pet or take care of it, then in actuality the owner becomes slave to the pet and it is difficult to tell who is the owner and who is the master. This merging of human with the Lord's name thru Guru's words is what Guru Saheb calls the breath of life and longing after a separation.

ਜੈਤਸਰੀ ਮਃ ੪ ॥
जैतसरी मः ४ ॥
Jaiṯsarī mėhlā 4.
Jaitsree, Fourth Mehl:


ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਕਛੂਅ ਨ ਜਾਨਹ ਗਤਿ ਮਿਤਿ ਤੇਰੇ ਮੂਰਖ ਮੁਗਧ ਇਆਨਾ ॥
हम बारिक कछूअ न जानह गति मिति तेरे मूरख मुगध इआना ॥
Ham bārik kacẖẖū▫a na jānah gaṯ miṯ ṯere mūrakẖ mugaḏẖ i▫ānā.
I am Your child; I know nothing about Your state and extent; I am foolish, idiotic and ignorant.


ਹਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰਿ ਦੀਜੈ ਮਤਿ ਊਤਮ ਕਰਿ ਲੀਜੈ ਮੁਗਧੁ ਸਿਆਨਾ ॥੧॥
हरि किरपा धारि दीजै मति ऊतम करि लीजै मुगधु सिआना ॥१॥
Har kirpā ḏẖār ḏījai maṯ ūṯam kar lījai mugaḏẖ si▫ānā. ||1||
O Lord, shower me with Your Mercy; bless me with an enlightened intellect; I am foolish - make me clever. ||1||


ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਆਲਸੀਆ ਉਘਲਾਨਾ ॥
मेरा मनु आलसीआ उघलाना ॥
Merā man ālsī▫ā ugẖlānā.
My mind is lazy and sleepy.


ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਆਨਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਓ ਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਧੂ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧੂ ਕਪਟ ਖੁਲਾਨਾ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
हरि हरि आनि मिलाइओ गुरु साधू मिलि साधू कपट खुलाना ॥ रहाउ ॥
Har har ān milā▫i▫o gur sāḏẖū mil sāḏẖū kapat kẖulānā. Rahā▫o.
The Lord, Har, Har, has led me to meet the Holy Guru; meeting the Holy, the shutters have been opened wide. ||Pause||


ਗੁਰ ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਗਾਵਹੁ ਮੇਰੈ ਹੀਅਰੈ ਮੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਰਾਨਾ ॥
गुर खिनु खिनु प्रीति लगावहु मेरै हीअरै मेरे प्रीतम नामु पराना ॥
Gur kẖin kẖin parīṯ lagāvahu merai hī▫arai mere parīṯam nām parānā.
O Guru, each and every instant, fill my heart with love; the Name of my Beloved is my breath of life.


ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਈਐ ਮੇਰੇ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਜਿਉ ਅਮਲੀ ਅਮਲਿ ਲੁਭਾਨਾ ॥੨॥
बिनु नावै मरि जाईऐ मेरे ठाकुर जिउ अमली अमलि लुभाना ॥२॥
Bin nāvai mar jā▫ī▫ai mere ṯẖākur ji▫o amlī amal lubẖānā. ||2||
Without the Name, I would die; the Name of my Lord and Master is to me like the drug to the addict. ||2||


ਜਿਨ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਗੀ ਹਰਿ ਕੇਰੀ ਤਿਨ ਧੁਰਿ ਭਾਗ ਪੁਰਾਨਾ ॥
जिन मनि प्रीति लगी हरि केरी तिन धुरि भाग पुराना ॥
Jin man parīṯ lagī har kerī ṯin ḏẖur bẖāg purānā.
Those who enshrine love for the Lord within their minds fulfill their pre-ordained destiny.


ਤਿਨ ਹਮ ਚਰਣ ਸਰੇਵਹ ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਮੀਠ ਲਗਾਨਾ ॥੩॥
तिन हम चरण सरेवह खिनु खिनु जिन हरि मीठ लगाना ॥३॥
Ŧin ham cẖaraṇ sarevėh kẖin kẖin jin har mīṯẖ lagānā. ||3||
I worship their feet, each and every instant; the Lord seems very sweet to them. ||3||


ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਧਾਰੀ ਮੇਰੈ ਠਾਕੁਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਬਿਛੁਰਿਆ ਚਿਰੀ ਮਿਲਾਨਾ ॥
हरि हरि क्रिपा धारी मेरै ठाकुरि जनु बिछुरिआ चिरी मिलाना ॥
Har har kirpā ḏẖārī merai ṯẖākur jan bicẖẖuri▫ā cẖirī milānā.
My Lord and Master, Har, Har, has showered His Mercy upon His humble servant; separated for so long, he is now re-united with the Lord.


ਧਨੁ ਧਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇਆ ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਕੁਰਬਾਨਾ ॥੪॥੩॥
धनु धनु सतिगुरु जिनि नामु द्रिड़ाइआ जनु नानकु तिसु कुरबाना ॥४॥३॥
Ḏẖan ḏẖan saṯgur jin nām driṛ▫ā▫i▫ā jan Nānak ṯis kurbānā. ||4||3||
Blessed, blessed is the True Guru, who has implanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord within me; servant Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. ||4||3||

If you continue to read, Guru saheb further equates Maya to a poison and the Guru's words is like the antidote for getting rid of the poison. Fortunate are the ones who lovingly absorb with the Name of the Lord to obtain this state of of absolute absorption that is compelte merging. Wow! All I want say is "Waheguru!" This is like a drug! Then there are people who make mockery of Lord's name by writing something like "Religion - The Opium of the Masses". To them, I say, "Lord's Name, the Opium of the Blessed Few".



ਜੈਤਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
जैतसरी महला ४ ॥
Jaiṯsarī mėhlā 4.
Jaitsree, Fourth Mehl:


ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਜਨੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਵਡ ਪਾਇਆ ਹਰਿ ਰਸਕਿ ਰਸਕਿ ਫਲ ਲਾਗਿਬਾ ॥
सतिगुरु साजनु पुरखु वड पाइआ हरि रसकि रसकि फल लागिबा ॥
Saṯgur sājan purakẖ vad pā▫i▫ā har rasak rasak fal lāgibā.
I have found the True Guru, my Friend, the Greatest Being. Love and affection for the Lord has blossomed forth.


ਮਾਇਆ ਭੁਇਅੰਗ ਗ੍ਰਸਿਓ ਹੈ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਗੁਰ ਬਚਨੀ ਬਿਸੁ ਹਰਿ ਕਾਢਿਬਾ ॥੧॥
माइआ भुइअंग ग्रसिओ है प्राणी गुर बचनी बिसु हरि काढिबा ॥१॥
Mā▫i▫ā bẖu▫i▫ang garsi▫o hai parāṇī gur bacẖnī bis har kādẖibā. ||1||
Maya, the snake, has seized the mortal; through the Word of the Guru, the Lord neutralizes the venom. ||1||


ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ਰਸਿ ਲਾਗਿਬਾ ॥
मेरा मनु राम नाम रसि लागिबा ॥
Merā man rām nām ras lāgibā.
My mind is attached to the sublime essence of the Lord's Name.


ਹਰਿ ਕੀਏ ਪਤਿਤ ਪਵਿਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧ ਗੁਰ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੈ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਚਾਖਿਬਾ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
हरि कीए पतित पवित्र मिलि साध गुर हरि नामै हरि रसु चाखिबा ॥ रहाउ ॥
Har kī▫e paṯiṯ paviṯar mil sāḏẖ gur har nāmai har ras cẖākẖibā. Rahā▫o.
The Lord has purified the sinners, uniting them with the Holy Guru; now, they taste the Lord's Name, and the sublime essence of the Lord. ||Pause||


ਧਨੁ ਧਨੁ ਵਡਭਾਗ ਮਿਲਿਓ ਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਧੂ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧੂ ਲਿਵ ਉਨਮਨਿ ਲਾਗਿਬਾ ॥
धनु धनु वडभाग मिलिओ गुरु साधू मिलि साधू लिव उनमनि लागिबा ॥
Ḏẖan ḏẖan vadbẖāg mili▫o gur sāḏẖū mil sāḏẖū liv unman lāgibā.
Blessed, blessed is the good fortune of those who meet the Holy Guru; meeting with the Holy, they lovingly center themselves in the state of absolute absorption.


ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਅਗਨਿ ਬੁਝੀ ਸਾਂਤਿ ਪਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਇਬਾ ॥੨॥
त्रिसना अगनि बुझी सांति पाई हरि निरमल निरमल गुन गाइबा ॥२॥
Ŧarisnā agan bujẖī sāʼnṯ pā▫ī har nirmal nirmal gun gā▫ibā. ||2||
The fire of desire within them is quenched, and they find peace; they sing the Glorious Praises of the Immaculate Lord. ||2||


ਤਿਨ ਕੇ ਭਾਗ ਖੀਨ ਧੁਰਿ ਪਾਏ ਜਿਨ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦਰਸੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਬਾ ॥
तिन के भाग खीन धुरि पाए जिन सतिगुर दरसु न पाइबा ॥
Ŧin ke bẖāg kẖīn ḏẖur pā▫e jin saṯgur ḏaras na pā▫ibā.
Those who do not obtain the Blessed Vision of the True Guru's Darshan, have misfortune pre-ordained for them.


ਤੇ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਪਵਹਿ ਗ੍ਰਭ ਜੋਨੀ ਸਭੁ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਤਿਨ ਜਾਇਬਾ ॥੩॥
ते दूजै भाइ पवहि ग्रभ जोनी सभु बिरथा जनमु तिन जाइबा ॥३॥
Ŧe ḏūjai bẖā▫e pavėh garabẖ jonī sabẖ birthā janam ṯin jā▫ibā. ||3||
In the love of duality, they are consigned to reincarnation through the womb, and they pass their lives totally uselessly. ||3||


ਹਰਿ ਦੇਹੁ ਬਿਮਲ ਮਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਾਧ ਪਗ ਸੇਵਹ ਹਮ ਹਰਿ ਮੀਠ ਲਗਾਇਬਾ ॥
हरि देहु बिमल मति गुर साध पग सेवह हम हरि मीठ लगाइबा ॥
Har ḏeh bimal maṯ gur sāḏẖ pag sevah ham har mīṯẖ lagā▫ibā.
O Lord, please, bless me with pure understanding, that I may serve the Feet of the Holy Guru; the Lord seems sweet to me.


ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਰੇਣ ਸਾਧ ਪਗ ਮਾਗੈ ਹਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਦਇਆਲੁ ਦਿਵਾਇਬਾ ॥੪॥੪॥
जनु नानकु रेण साध पग मागै हरि होइ दइआलु दिवाइबा ॥४॥४॥
Jan Nānak reṇ sāḏẖ pag māgai har ho▫e ḏa▫i▫āl ḏivā▫ibā. ||4||4||
Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of the Holy; O Lord, be Merciful, and bless me with it. ||4||4||

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