18. Time(6) – Moments and Spiritual Peaks: Under Divine Light and Guidance of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

 The beauty of ‘Gurbaani is, ‘Gurbaani’ has been uttered by ‘Sikh Gurus’ and ‘They’ have gone through all the experiences before ‘Supreme State’ is achieved. Thus it is easy for ‘Them’ to highlight the shortcomings of ways mortal leads the life. ‘Gurbaani’ never leaves anyone in limbo. That is if ‘Gurbaani’ gives insight into issues and their outcomes, ‘It’ will also guide how to overcome problems. It all suggests that Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji wants to salvage each and every soul residing in human and other living forms. So if moments can ruin an individual, then ‘Guruji’ guides us how should we utilize the moments, how the negative impacts of moments can be negated and where such action lead an individual?

Dhan Shri Guru Amar Das Ji says following:

ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲੀਐ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਵੈ ਕੋਇ [1]

खिनु खिनु नामु समालीऐ गुरमुखि पावै कोइ 

(Each and every moment, dwell on the Naam, the Name of the Lord; the Gurmukhs obtain it.)

Dhan Shri Guru Raam Das Ji says following:

ਹਉ ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਕਰੀ ਨਮਸਕਾਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਕਿਉ ਮਿਲੈ  ਰਹਾਉ [2]

हउ खिनु खिनु करी नमसकारु मेरा गुरु पूरा किउ मिलै ॥१॥ रहाउ 

(Each and every moment, I humbly bow to Him. How will I meet my Perfect Guru?)

ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਗਾਵਾਹਾ [3]

खिनु खिनु राम नामु गावाहा 

(Each and every moment, sing the Lord’s Name.)

ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰਹ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਓੁਮਾਹਾ ਰਾਮ [4]

खिनु खिनु भगति करह दिनु राती गुरमति भगति ओमाहा राम ॥१॥

(Each and every moment, worship Him in devotion, day and night; through the Guru’s Teachings, sincere love and devotion well up.)

As per Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji says following:

ਨਿਮਖ ਨਿਮਖ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਉ [5]

निमख निमख हरि हरि हरि धिआउ 

(Each and every moment, meditate on the Lord, Har, Har, Har.)

ਨਿਮਖ ਨਿਮਖ ਜਪਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰੀ [6]

निमख निमख जपि नानक हरी ॥८॥५॥

(Each and every moment, O Nanak, meditate on the Lord.)

ਨਿਮਖ ਨਿਮਖ ਏਹੀ ਆਰਾਧਉ [7]

निमख निमख एही आराधउ 

(Each and every moment, I contemplate and adore Him.)

ਪਹਰ ਮੂਰਤ ਪਲ ਗਾਵਤ ਗਾਵਤ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਵਖਾਨੀ [8]

पहर मूरत पल गावत गावत गोविंद गोविंद वखानी ॥१॥

(Every day, hour and moment, I continually sing and speak of Govind, Govind, the Lord of the Universe.)

ਪਲੁ ਪਲੁ ਨਿਮਖ ਸਦਾ ਹਰਿ ਜਪਨੇ [9]

पलु पलु निमख सदा हरि जपने ॥१॥

(Each and every moment and instant, I continually meditate on the Lord.)

As per Guruji, an individual should focus on ‘The Naam’ every moment, like he dwells in ‘It’. There is need to humbly bow to HIM every moment. Every moment should be spent in singing HIS praises. There is a need to worship HIM and meditate on HIM every moment. Every moment is meant to contemplate and adore HIM.

But are there any specific moments to for meditating on ‘The Naam’? This question is one of the major hindrance, signifies laziness and unwillingness to follow the path shown by ‘Sikh Gurus’. ‘They’ wanted mortals to cherish ‘HIM’ every moment. But still Dhan Shri Guru Amar Das Ji answers the questions in following words:

ਜੇ ਵੇਲਾ ਵਖਤੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੀਐ ਤਾ ਕਿਤੁ ਵੇਲਾ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਨਾਮੇ ਰਤਿਆ ਸਚੇ ਸਚੀ ਸੋਇ [10]

जे वेला वखतु वीचारीऐ ता कितु वेला भगति होइ अनदिनु नामे रतिआ सचे सची सोइ 

(Consider the time and the moment-when should we worship the Lord?Night and day, one who is attuned to the Name of the True Lord is true.)

What benefits does it bring? Well, this question again suggests ‘Inertia of Thoughts’ and a futile effort to argue. Why we want to look at benefits, walking on ‘Path Shown by Gurus’ is not business deal that benefits are seeked. It is ‘Game of Love’. ‘Guru Maharaj’ is ‘Knower’ of all, even all the mental states of mind. ‘They’ knew such questions will be asked, because of sheer ignorance. Hence they have answered the very question ‘what moments can bring with them if they are spent in remembrance of ‘The One’?

Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji says following:

ਜਿਨ ਖਿਨੁ ਪਲੁ ਨਾਮੁ  ਵੀਸਰੈ ਤੇ ਜਨ ਵਿਰਲੇ ਸੰਸਾਰਿ  ਰਹਾਉ [11]

जिन खिनु पलु नामु  वीसरै ते जन विरले संसारि ॥१॥ रहाउ 

(One who does not forget the Naam, for a moment or even an instant-how rare is such a person in this world!)

Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji says following:

ਨਿਮਖ ਏਕ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦੇਇ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਤਨੁ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਹੋਇ [12]

निमख एक हरि नामु देइ मेरा मनु तनु सीतलु होइ 

(If He bestows the Name of the Lord, for even a moment, my mind and body are cooled and soothed.)

ਸਫਲ ਮੂਰਤੁ ਸਫਲਾ ਘੜੀ ਜਿਤੁ ਸਚੇ ਨਾਲਿ ਪਿਆਰੁ [13]

सफल मूरतु सफला घड़ी जितु सचे नालि पिआरु 

(Fruitful is that moment, and fruitful is that time, when one is in love with the True Lord.)

ਚਿਤਿ ਆਵੈ ਓਸੁ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਤਾ ਨਿਮਖ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਤਰਿਆ [14]

चिति आवै ओसु पारब्रहमु ता निमख सिमरत तरिआ ॥४॥

(if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, and contemplate Him, even for amoment, you shall be saved.)

ਘੜੀ ਮੂਰਤ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਪਲ ਵੰਞਹਿ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਸਫਲੁ ਤਿਥਾਈ ਜੀਉ [15]

घड़ी मूरत सिमरत पल वंञहि जीवणु सफलु तिथाई जीउ ॥१॥

(If you remember the Lord in meditation for a moment, even for an instant, then your life will become fruitful and prosperous.)

ਮਿਟਹਿ ਪਾਪ ਜਪੀਐ ਹਰਿ ਬਿੰਦ [16]

मिटहि पाप जपीऐ हरि बिंद 

(Sins are washed away, chanting the Lord’s Name, even for a moment.)

ਗੋਪਾਲ ਦਰਸ ਭੇਟੰ ਸਫਲ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋ ਮਹੂਰਤਹ [17]

गोपाल दरस भेटं सफल नानक सो महूरतह ॥१॥

(Fruitful is that moment, O Nanak, when one obtains the Blessed Vision of the Darshan of the Lord of the Universe.)

ਏਕ ਨਿਮਖ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਭਜਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਤਉ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਜੀਵਾਨਦ [18]

एक निमख गोबिंद भजनु करि तउ सदा सदा जीवानद ॥३॥

(But if he vibrates and meditates on the Lord of the Universe, for even a moment, then he shall live forever and ever.)

Dhan Shri Guru Amar Das Ji says following:

ਸਚੁ ਵੇਲਾ ਮੂਰਤੁ ਸਚੁ ਜਿਤੁ ਸਚੇ ਨਾਲਿ ਪਿਆਰੁ [19]

सचु वेला मूरतु सचु जितु सचे नालि पिआरु 

(True is the time, and true is the moment, when one falls in love with the True Lord.)

ਮਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਖਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਲਿ [20]

मन मेरे खिनु खिनु नामु सम्हालि 

(O my mind, each and every moment, dwell on the Naam.)

As per Dhan Shri Guru Raam Das Ji:

ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਕਥਾ ਸੁਨਹੁ ਇਕ ਨਿਮਖ ਪਲ ਸਭਿ ਕਿਲਵਿਖ ਪਾਪ ਲਹਿ ਜਾਨੀ  ਰਹਾਉ [21]

हरि हरि कथा सुनहु इक निमख पल सभि किलविख पाप लहि जानी ॥१॥ रहाउ 

(Listen to the sermon of the Lord, Har, Har, for a moment, for even an instant, and all your sins and mistakes shall be erased.)

ਬੋਲਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਫਲ ਸਾ ਘਰੀ [22]

बोलि हरि नामु सफल सा घरी 

(Fruitful is that moment when the Lord’s Name is spoken.)

A moment in ‘HIS’ remembrance is constructive in many ways for an individual. ‘Gurbaani’ emphasizes that any individual who does not forget HIM is unique. And such uniqueness is ‘rare’. All conveys us that every moment is important and only being attuned to ‘The Naam’ Night and Day calms mind of an individual. Such calmness erases all the doubts. Even for a moment an individual falls in love with HIM then his life becomes fruitful since he is salvaged, the ultimate goal of human life form. A moment spent in HIS remembrance brings all the riches and prosperity.  All sins are washed, a life free from evil. Such individual will live forever.

So a moment can bring uniqueness, calmness, salvation, riches, prosperity and life of forever. Where our actions are focused? Why we chase worldly knowledge? Well, we want to look unique, found a key to soothe the mind, achieve salvation, gather riches and to prosper. And somewhere we all crave to live longer. But these all are ‘I’ driven. And a moment in remembrance of ‘The Naam’ will nullify ‘I’. A moment can take an individual to ‘Peak’. Next we will understand how a moment is felt when ‘Peaks’ are attained in light of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 
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[1] Siree Raag Mehla 3 – Ang 29 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[2] Gauree Bairaagan Mehla 4 – Ang 168 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[3] Jaitsree Mehla 4 – Ang 699 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[4] Jaitsree Mehla 4 – Ang 699 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[5] Gauree Gwaarayree Mehla 5 – Ang 180 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[6] Sukhmani Sahib – Ang 269 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[7] Aassa Mehla 5 – Ang 391 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[8] Aassa Mehla 5 – Ang 404 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[9] Raag Bilaval Mehla 5 Ghar 4 Dupade – Ang 806 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[10] Siree Raag Mehla 3 – Ang 35 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[11] Siree Raag Mehla 1 – Ang 21 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[12] Siree Raag Mehla 5 – Ang 44 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[13] Siree Raag Mehla 5 – Ang 44 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[14] Siree Raag Mehla 5 – Ang 70 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[15] Maajh Mehla 5 – Ang 107 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[16] Sukhmani Sahib – Ang 281 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[17] Salok – Ang 709 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[18] Saarang Mehla 5 – Ang 1204 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[19] Vadhans Mehla 3 Ashtpadees – Ang 565 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[20] Malaar Mehla 3 – Ang 1259 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[21] Dhanasaree Mehla 4 – Ang 667 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[22] Bhairao Mehla 4 – Ang 1134 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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