Some Sloks:

ਕਬੀਰ ਰੋੜਾ ਹੋਇ ਰਹੁ ਬਾਟ ਕਾ ਤਜਿ ਮਨ ਕਾ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੁ  

Kabīr roṛā hoae rahu bāt kā ṯaj man kā abẖimān. 

(Kabeer, let yourself be a pebble on the path; abandon your egotistical pride)

ਐਸਾ ਕੋਈ ਦਾਸੁ ਹੋਇ ਤਾਹਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਭਗਵਾਨੁ ॥੧੪੬॥ 

Aisā ko▫ī ḏās hoae ṯāhi milai bẖagvān. ||146|| 

(Such a humble slave shall meet the Lord God. ||146|| )

ਕਬੀਰ ਰੋੜਾ ਹੂਆ ਤ ਕਿਆ ਭਇਆ ਪੰਥੀ ਕਉ ਦੁਖੁ ਦੇਇ  

Kabīr roṛā hūaā ṯa kiaā bẖaiā panthī kao ḏukẖ ḏee. 

(Kabeer, what good would it be, to be a pebble? It would only hurt the traveler on the path.)

ਐਸਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਦਾਸੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਉ ਧਰਨੀ ਮਹਿ ਖੇਹ ॥੧੪੭॥ 

Aisā ṯerā ḏās hai jioo ḏẖarnī mėh kẖeh. ||147|| 

(Your slave, O Lord, is like the dust of the earth. ||147|| )

ਕਬੀਰ ਖੇਹ ਹੂਈ ਤਉ ਕਿਆ ਭਇਆ ਜਉ ਉਡਿ ਲਾਗੈ ਅੰਗ  

Kabīr kẖeh hūaī ṯao kiaā bẖaiā jaoo ud lāgai ang. 

(Kabeer, what then, if one could become dust? It is blown up by the wind, and sticks to the body.)

ਹਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਐਸਾ ਚਾਹੀਐ ਜਿਉ ਪਾਨੀ ਸਰਬੰਗ ॥੧੪੮॥ 

Har jan aisā cẖāhīai jioo pānī sarbang. ||148|| 

(The humble servant of the Lord should be like water, which cleans everything. ||148|| )

ਕਬੀਰ ਪਾਨੀ ਹੂਆ ਤ ਕਿਆ ਭਇਆ ਸੀਰਾ ਤਾਤਾ ਹੋਇ  

Kabīr pānī hūaā ṯa kiaā bẖaiā sīrā ṯāṯā hoae. 

(Kabeer, what then, if one could become water? It becomes cold, then hot. )

ਹਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਐਸਾ ਚਾਹੀਐ ਜੈਸਾ ਹਰਿ ਹੀ ਹੋਇ ॥੧੪੯॥ 

Har jan aisā cẖāhīai jaisā har hī hoae. ||149|| 

(The humble servant of the Lord should be just like the Lord. ||149|| )

Bhai Manjeet’s response:

Sloks 146, 147, 148 and 149 found at Ang 1372, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) Ji are by Bhagat Kabir Ji. These Sloks are interconnected and form a delightful larhi – a flow of Divine teaching.

The Sloks tells us about nimrata – to be humble.

Bhagat Ji uses very interesting examples to show how one should be increasingly humble till he becomes just like God Himself.

Subtle, Unseen, yet All Knowing and All Powerful.

Bhagat Ji starts by saying one should be like a pebble on the path (rorha hoye roh baat ka), and he should remove his ego (taj man ka abhimaan).

If you become a dass like that you might be able to meet the Lord (aisa koye dass hoye tahe mile Bhagvaan).

But wait. So what if one becomes like a pebble. There is still some hardness in him. A traveller (panthee), might hurt himself by stubbing himself on such a pebble.

So, Bhagat Ji says it is best to become like dust (jio dharnee me kheh).

But wait. Dust can soil people as it flies and settles on them. (Kheh huyee to kya bhya jao udh laage angg).

So, Bhagat Ji now suggests that one should be like water. (Jio paani sarbang).

But wait!. Water can become hot and cold. (Paani huaa to kya bhya jo seera taata hoye). We have seen how some people are very calm most of the time. But a small incident triggers terrible rage in them. Such people are acting “seera taata”, i.e. given to bouts of calmness and spurts of anger.

That is not good enough.

Finally, Bhagat Ji says “Har jan aisa chahiye jaisa Har hi hoye”. Bhagat Ji concludes by saying all the above examples I have given have varying degrees of humility. But the best is to model yourself upon the Lord i.e. be Godlike by acquiring His gunn, His attributes. His attributes are known as Naam. Acquire as much Naam as you can, with His grace.


Manjeet Singh


August 27th, 2019