SGGS Angg 901

Raag Ramkali M.9

Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji gives Divine Advice to all Sikhs. Guru Ji also gives examples of the power of Naam, and of God’s Compassionate Nature.

Firstly, your mind should have focus/support of only the Lord’s Name; remembering Him in meditation, evil mindedness is dispelled, and one obtains the State (avastha) of Infinite Freedom.

(the translation uses Nirvana as meaning “padh Nirbana.” With respect, that is not accurate. Nirvana is a Buddhist concept where one gets free from all desires. That is commendable. Gurbani does say, we must become “aasa mai niraas vilaaiye..”(Ang 877). But apart from being free of desires, Gurbani says, you must merge into the One All Pervading Lord too. There is no concept of God in Buddhism. The word “nir” is a negative. Just as in the word “nirbhao,” it means to be without fear. The word “baan” means to restrict or bind. So Nirbaan means without restriction, free of bondages, absolute freedom. And, since this comes from merger into an Infinite Lord, it is an Infinite Freedom).

“Re mann ote leho Har Nama; ja ke simran durmat nassey paavhe padh nirbhana.”(rahao).

Know that one who sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord, is most fortunate; the sins of countless incarnations are washed off, and he ascends to the Realm of the Lord.

“Badhbhagee teh jann ko jaano jo Har ke gunn gaavhe; janam janam ke paap khoye ke funh Baikunth sidhavhe.”

At the very last moment, Ajamal obtained enlightenment about the Lord; that state (avastha) which the supreme jogis desire, he was blessed to obtain in an instant.

“Ajamal ko antt kaal me Narayan sudh ayee; ja gatt ko jogisar banshatt so gatt shin me payee.”

Next, Guru Ji gives an example of the elephant. The Puranas tell the story of an elephant Gajendra. He and his brother were regarded as pious men. Both were invited to a feast by a rich man. After the feast, the rich man gave dakshna to both. The elder got more, while the younger one was given a lesser amount.

As they went out, they started quarreling. The younger one said, as they had gone together, it was only fair the money received should be shared equally.

They started cursing each other. One said you will be reborn as an elephant, while the elder one said, the younger brother would be reborn as a crocodile. The younger one retorted that he would drag the elephant to drown when he came to drink water in his next life. (there are different versions to this story, as it appears with certain variations in different sources. One source says the younger brother was cursed to be an octopus – tanduaa).

Both brothers died, and were reborn as an elephant and a tanduaa. The elephant went to quench his thirst in a lake. His legs were caught by the tanduaa and he was slowly dragged into the water. Only his trunk extended upwards, allowing him to breathe. He saw a lotus flower and was jolted into prayer. The Hindu Scriptures say, Vishnu saved him from drowning and pulled him ashore.

Guru Ji says, the elephant had no virtue or enlightenment and what religious practices had he observed?; Nanak says, yet, behold the Gracious Nature of the Lord, He gifted the elephant with the Plane of fearlessness (saved him).

“Nahin gunn nahin kich bidiya dharam kaun gajj keena; Nanak birdh Raam ka dekho abhay daan teh deena.”

It is important to note that the Hindu Scriptures say Vishnu saved the elephant. Here, Guru Ji says, it was Raam, the Remiya hoya, the All Pervading Formless One who saved the elephant. Vishnu may have been there, but he was only an instrument in the Lord’s Will. Thus the True Savior of the elephant was Nirankar Ji Himself.

Shabad Viakhya by Bhai Manjeet Singh Ji

Shabad Kirtan available on YouTube

Re mann ote leho Har Nama; ja ke simran durmat nassey paavhe padh nirbhana