104. Baani Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Ki – Ang 811

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
ਕੀਤਾ ਲੋੜਹਿ ਸੋ ਕਰਹਿ ਤੁਝ ਬਿਨੁ ਕਛੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ ਪਰਤਾਪੁ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰਾ ਦੇਖਿ ਕੈ ਜਮਦੂਤ ਛਡਿ ਜਾਹਿ ॥੧॥ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਰੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਤੇ ਛੂਟੀਐ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਅਹੰਮੇਵ ॥ ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਸਮਰਥ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਪੂਰੇ ਗੁਰਦੇਵ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਖੋਜਤ ਖੋਜਤ ਖੋਜਿਆ ਨਾਮੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਕੂਰੁ ॥ ਜੀਵਨ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਭੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਨਸਾ ਪੂਰੁ ॥੨॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਜਿਤੁ ਲਾਵਹੁ ਤਿਤੁ ਤਿਤੁ ਲਗਹਿ ਸਿਆਨਪ ਸਭ ਜਾਲੀ ॥ ਜਤ ਕਤ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਦੀਨ ਦਇਆਲੀ ॥੩॥ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਤੁਮ ਤੇ ਮਾਗਨਾ ਵਡਭਾਗੀ ਪਾਏ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਜੀਵਾ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਏ ॥੪॥੧੨॥੪੨॥
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Summary
In this ‘Shabad’, Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji is describing the ‘Glory of HIS NAAM – The Lord’s Name’. No corner or coordinate of universe is safe for any individual or matter i.e. wherever he goes or manages to go or wherever matter exists he will be followed by messengers of death or it will sooner or later will cease to exist. He or it cannot escape his death or its end. But ‘HIS Naam – The Name’ is all powerful and all pervading. If an individual inculcates ‘The Naam of The Lord– Name’ in himself, he will not be touched by messengers of death, such a glory of ‘HIS Naam’. Does ‘HIS Naam’ infuse fear in Death that’s why it does not touch an individual? Well, HE is ‘Nirvair’, One ‘Who’ has no enemy. Then how could ‘HE’ cause fear. And in this Shabad Guru Ji does not use word ‘Fear’; He has used word ‘Pratap – The Glory’. The Glory of ‘HIS Naam’ keeps messengers of death away from bearer of ‘HIS Naam’, which otherwise don’t leave any opportunity to pounce on an individual.
‘HE’ does what wishes ‘HIM’. He is ‘Karta Purakh – The Doer[1]’. The whole universe follows HIS will. Everything has been originated from HIM. HE is the creator hence there is nothing without HIM. Only HE knows HIS extent[2]. The whole creation of HIS follows HIS “Hukum – Will”. Guruji is conveying no matter what we see or comprehend the true reality is HE alone is everything else everything is a myth. Thus Guruji is asking everyone to bind to HIM.
The Gurbaani is all about ‘HIS Grace’ and even here Guruji mentions that by HIS Grace an individual is emancipated, and egotism is dispelled. Ego is considered is the strongest evil, a great hindrance in an individual’s liberation. But it is vanquished by HIS Grace. Death decimates the physical form, it can make an individual realize that he has been misled by ego to misery but it cannot overpower the ego, it is latent, else a human will never born again. But HIS Grace is such that it annihilates the ego of an individual while he is still breathing.
‘The One’, who has created everything, knows each and everything about ‘HIS Creation’. Thus, HE is omnipotent and possesses all the powers. As said by Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, ‘Guru Prasad[3] – Found by Grace of Guru’, Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji’ says that HE, is obtained through the Perfect, Divine Guru.
If this life is journey, as accepted by almost all, we discover many things. Everything adds to our experience, bitter – sweet, transient – permanent, but what does not end is search. People search matter as they think; they will find solace in it. Some rise above matter and try to find comfort. And sometimes the search does not end in one life time to find the real happiness. But Guruji blesses us with His experience that searching again and again He found that without ‘Name of One’ everything else is false. Simply because what is ephemeral, everything we can comprehend except ‘His Name and Himself’, cannot be true for ever. But ‘Naam – His Name’ will remain forever, even if the universe dies out and who can live longer than ‘Universe’.
Searching for happiness, that how’s life progress. But where to find happiness? An individual has so many desires, who fulfills all desire? Guruji further say that all the comforts of life are found in the “Saadh Sangat”, the Company of the Holy and God is the Fulfiller of desires. If an individual start “Meditating on Naam”, he starts searching for ‘Naam’, all his desires are quenched even before they arise.  How?
ਵਿਣੁ ਬੋਲਿਆ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਕਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਕੀਚੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥[4]
(He knows everything, without being told; unto whom should we offer our prayers?)
Now, how to meditate like that, that is our prayers are heard? Where an individual does gets that knowledge? It is possible in the company of ‘True Guru’ and ‘Holy Congregation’. I just want to emphasize, don’t become victims of impostors. For us the ‘True Guru’ is none other than ‘Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj’. Live as per ‘Gurbaani’, the meditation on Naam will begin automatically. Pkease remember Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji has mentioned ‘Without Naam’ everything is false. Just imagine, what will be the mental state of that individual who’s all the desires are fulfilled at its own? Well, he will be happy in fact ecstatic. So, true happiness, ‘The Gift of Naam’ can only be found in company of ‘Holy Man’.
An individual is argumentative. He wants to win everything with arguments. He is proud of his knowledge to an extent that he becomes victim of his ego, which tells him that he bears all the knowledge. And he thinks he is clever. He engages into ‘Battle of Discussion[5]’. He just builds an ‘All Knowing’ image of himself and that just builds his ego. So Guruji, in blissful, thank Almighty, that by His Grace all the cleverness has vanished. Guruji further say, whatever ‘HE’ attaches Guruji to, Guruji is attached to it. Guruji hints at complete surrender. In complete surrender an individual don’t think he just follows. And thinking is nothing but ‘Cleverness – A Form of Latent Ego’. More a person thinks, he just feels happy and credit himself for that. But at the end it does not go with him.
ਸਹਸ  ਸਿਆਣਪਾ  ਲਖ  ਹੋਹਿ  ਤ  ਇਕ  ਨ  ਚਲੈ  ਨਾਲਿ [6]
(Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.)
For whom ‘The One’ is everything, they don’t go asking anywhere but ask from HIM. But again only the very fortunate ones obtain HIM. Guruji further prays to ‘Him’ that He lives by singing His Glorious Praises.
So in this Shabad, Guruji has emphasized on Glory of Lord and Naam, Naam is everything the best aspect of eternity which an individual can attach to escape the torture from Messengers of Death. The worldly cleverness is of no use, it can dave an individual so one should surrender to HIM.
Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji… 🙏🙏🙏
[1] Japji Sahib
[2] Sukhmani Sahib
[3] Japji Sahib
[4] Shalok by Dhan Shri Guru Amardas Ji: Ang 1420 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[5] The classic example is ‘Veda Shastras’ used to be organized in ancient times. The real purpose was to transfer the knowledge but it took a ‘Bad Turn’ when scholars used it to denigrate each other.
[6] Japji Sahib

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