4. Time (3) – Span of Moment: Under Divine Light and Guidance of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

So far, it is well understood that ‘moments’ have decaying impact on matter/physical which has to be ‘transient phase’ and inevitable. ‘Transient Phase’ since respective piece of matter will eventually perish. Also, ‘moment’ does have ‘span – A Blink of Eye’ as mentioned in Kabeer Ji’s words above. Before we progress following needs to be remembered:

ਭਈ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਦੇਹੁਰੀਆ ॥ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਮਿਲਣ ਕੀ ਇਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਰੀਆ ॥[1]
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.)

In lieu of above ‘Shabad – Words’, the need to understand the ‘span of moment’ is of utmost importance, simply because only then ‘moments’ could be better utilized to counter the ‘killing’ effect on human body. The moment has arrived to visit the ‘Span of Moment’ under light of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

As per Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

ਇਕ ਘੜੀ ਨ ਮਿਲਤੇ ਤਾ ਕਲਿਜੁਗੁ ਹੋਤਾ ॥[2]
इक घड़ी न मिलते ता कलिजुगु होता ॥
(When I could not be with ‘You, My Lord’ for just one moment, the Dark Age of Kali Yuga dawned for me.)

ਨਾਨਕ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਕਪਟ ਦਰ ਖੋਲਹੁ ਏਕ ਘੜੀ ਖਟੁ ਮਾਸਾ ॥੧੨॥[3]
नानक मिलहु कपट दर खोलहु एक घड़ी खटु मासा ॥१२॥
(Nanak: please open the shutters of Your Door, O Lord, and meet me. A single moment is like six months to me.)

If an individual is away from ‘The One’ he cherishes a moment feels like a long period, a millennium, six months. Patshahi 1 and Patshahi 5 cannot bear the separation from ‘Their Lord, Their Guru’. Separation is pain and every moment in such mental state never seems to end. Further on ‘Span of Moment’ in words of Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji:

ਮਿਟਹਿ ਪਾਪ ਜਪੀਐ ਹਰਿ ਬਿੰਦ ॥[4]
मिटहि पाप जपीऐ हरि बिंद ॥
(Sins are washed away, chanting the Lord’s Name, even for a moment.)

ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਕਥਾ ਸੁਨਹੁ ਇਕ ਨਿਮਖ ਪਲ ਸਭਿ ਕਿਲਵਿਖ ਪਾਪ ਲਹਿ ਜਾਨੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥[5]
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.)

ਪੰਚ ਦੋਖ ਅਸਾਧ ਨਗਰ ਮਹਿ ਇਕੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਪਲੁ ਦੂਰਿ ਕਰੇ ॥੨॥[6]
पंच दोख असाध नगर महि इकु खिनु पलु दूरि करे ॥२॥
(In a moment, in an instant, the Lord rids him of the five incurable diseases of the body-village.)

A moment can be so long that it can erase all the sins, which an individual has accumulated for many lives. Even five diseases (Ego, Lust, Anger, Attachment and Greed) which an individual cannot overcome in complete life span. It is achievable but yes condition applied; ‘The Lord’s Name’ has to be chanted.

Further Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji hints at ‘Span of Moment’:

ਹਮ ਆਦਮੀ ਹਾਂ ਇਕ ਦਮੀ ਮੁਹਲਤਿ ਮੁਹਤੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ॥[7]
हम आदमी हां इक दमी मुहलति मुहतु न जाणा ॥
(We are human beings of the briefest moment; we do not know the appointed time of our departure.)

Human life is unpredictable but if we consider average human life of 75 years, even then Guruji says it is just a ‘moment’. What all these imply? A moment is ‘relative’ to an individual. Every individual is an observer. He is observing moment based on his mental state. We cannot quantify the ‘Span’ of moment but it depends upon individuals, the observer, to comprehend it. Does it hint at ‘Principle of Relativity’? Yes of course; so again our comprehension of ‘Time Relativity’ is spot on!
[1] Rehraas Sahib – Aasa Mehla 5 – Ang 12 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[2] Maajh Mehla 5 Chau-Padas Ghar 1 – Ang 96 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[3] Tukhari Chant Mehla 1 Barah Maha – Ang 1107 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[4] Sukhmani Sahib – Ang 281 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[5] Dhanasree Mehla 4 – Ang 667 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[6] Raag Nat Narayaan Mehla 4 – Ang 975 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[7] Dhanasree Mehla 1 – Ang 600 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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