116. Salok Mehlaa 9 – Salok 1

Ang 1426 – Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

ਸਲੋਕ ਮਹਲਾ ੯ ॥

ਗੁਨ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗਾਇਓ ਨਹੀ ਜਨਮੁ ਅਕਾਰਥ ਕੀਨੁ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਭਜੁ ਮਨਾ ਜਿਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਜਲ ਕਉ ਮੀਨੁ ॥੧॥

सलोक महला ९ ॥
गुन गोबिंद गाइओ नही जनमु अकारथ कीनु ॥
कहु नानक हरि भजु मना जिह बिधि जल कउ मीनु ॥१॥

‘Kirtan – Singing Glorious Praises’ of Lord is considered as the ‘Path to Salvation’in Sikhism. In words of Paatshahi 5:

ਕਲਜੁਗ ਮਹਿ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਪਰਧਾਨਾ ॥ [1]
कलजुग महि कीरतनु परधाना ॥
(In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the Kirtan of the Lord’s Praises are most sublime and exalted.)

And Paatshahi 9 is enforcing the very thought in above Salok. Human life is the only opportunity to meet the Lord of Universe as per following Shabad:

ਭਈ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਦੇਹੁਰੀਆ ॥ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਮਿਲਣ ਕੀ ਇਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਰੀਆ ॥ [2]
भई परापति मानुख देहुरीआ ॥ गोबिंद मिलण की इह तेरी बरीआ ॥
(This human body has been given to you. This is your chance to meet the Lord of the Universe.)

And ‘He’ could only be met if an individual does ‘Kirtan’. The purpose of human life is to rise over materialism and find The Lord. What good is human life if an individual fails to meet the Lord? Such life is waste. An individual can accumulate wealth, can become most powerful mortal being but still he can’t be save it from becoming dust, from pains in life and death. What good is such life which is filled with sorrows and pains? What will you call such life? An individual searching for happiness but still not happy. Yeah such life is waste a complete failure. So, Paatshahi 9 asks everyone to attune to ‘Kirtan’ to make human birth a success.

But how to meditate? Paatshahi 9 explains this with example of Fish of Water. Fish considers water as everything. Some may call it ‘Moh – Bondage’ of fish with water but in here Paatshahi 9 is suggesting fish has no other hope other than water. It puts all its hope on water and nothing else. For a fish water is its savior. Similarly an individual should only put his hope on ‘One Formless Lord’ and nothing else. Such hope will make him to focus on ‘Naam – The Name of Lord’. And once all the false hopes are shattered the ‘Kirtan’ will emerge from inner self ensuring human birth is not wasted.

Note: I am limited so excuse me for any mistakes and misunderstandings!!!

[1] Maaroo Mehla 5 Solhe – Ang 1075 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[2] Aasa Mehla 5 – Ang 12 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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