66. Baani Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji – Ang 1299

Ang 1299 – Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Baani Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji

ਕਾਨੜਾ ਮਹਲਾ ੫

ਬਿਸਰਿ  ਗਈ  ਸਭ  ਤਾਤਿ  ਪਰਾਈ  ॥ ਜਬ  ਤੇ  ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ  ਮੋਹਿ  ਪਾਈ ਰਹਾਉਨਾ  ਕੋ  ਬੈਰੀ  ਨਹੀ  ਬਿਗਾਨਾ  ਸਗਲ  ਸੰਗਿ  ਹਮ  ਕਉ  ਬਨਿ  ਆਈਜੋ  ਪ੍ਰਭ  ਕੀਨੋ  ਸੋ  ਭਲ  ਮਾਨਿਓ  ਏਹ  ਸੁਮਤਿ  ਸਾਧੂ  ਤੇ  ਪਾਈਸਭ  ਮਹਿ  ਰਵਿ  ਰਹਿਆ  ਪ੍ਰਭੁ  ਏਕੈ  ਪੇਖਿ  ਪੇਖਿ  ਨਾਨਕ  ਬਿਗਸਾਈ

Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji is also known as ‘Shanti De Punj – Source of Peace’. He always remained undeterred by slandering against Him by ‘so called His opposition[1]’. Even sitting on ‘Red Hot Iron Plate’ He did not utter a single word in distress; in fact He thanked ‘Almighty – The One’. Such a state of mind, how that is possible? In this Shabad, Guruji gives an insight how an individual can achieve this, what happens to his internal state and what does he observe?

Who can describe the greatness of ‘Company of Holy’? Well, who is better than Guruji Himself? He has been in the company of Dhan Shri Guru Amardas Ji (Third Sikh Guru, His maternal grandfather) and Dhan Shri Guru Ramdas Ji (Fourth Sikh Guru, His father). And it did leave impact on upbringing of Guruji. As per these words, in ‘Their’ company, Guruji manages to overcome jealously.

Jealously is a branch of ‘Ego’, which is responsible for all the slandering and is cause of altercations, disputes and even war. But Guruji is no more touched by it. And that explains why He became ‘The Perfect Epitome of Peace’. He, who is envious of nothing, will not indulge in any clash. He will be in ‘pool of internal bliss’. Even if someone throws garbage intentionally on Him[2], He will just ignore it and will remain submerged in ‘The Naam of One’. Just remember throwing garbage is considered a great insult, in any age.

Once a connection is made with ‘The One – The Lord of Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’, everything seems connected. Since, ‘HE’ is all pervading and nothing is without ‘HIM’. So, wherever an individual goes and he finds ‘HIM’ how could anything be a stranger to that individual? That feeling of connectedness makes an individual to appreciate everything ‘The One’ has created. How could anyone destroy anything or harm anyone in such mental state? He is in synch with everyone and everything. This gives rise to ‘Unconditional Love’, which Sikh Gurus have bestowed on us via ‘Their Baani’. And who is in ‘Love with The One’ is in love with everything. He, who finds such a love, becomes ‘Nirvair – Enmity with none’. And this is what Guruji say that, “Now no one is my enemy, and no one is a stranger. I get along with everyone”. It is immaterial for an individual, if others obstruct his ways, slander him or even charge him to ransack. This is weakness of opposition, remember he does not call them opposition it is them who builds up such beliefs under influence of their own fragility; but he realizes it and just keeps moving in blissful state.

What else ‘Company of Holy’ makes an individual realize? Just to reiterate, Guruji had great influence of Dhan Shri Guru Amardas Ji and Dhan Shri Guru Ramdas Ji. And both attained “Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Throne” by sheer surrender to Guru’s Will. And that would have left a deep impact on Guruji, ‘The Surrender’. Walking in ‘HIS’ will all the sins and illusions are erased.

“ਕਿਵ  ਸਚਿਆਰਾ  ਹੋਈਐ  ਕਿਵ  ਕੂੜੈ  ਤੁਟੈ  ਪਾਲਿ   ਹੁਕਮਿ  ਰਜਾਈ  ਚਲਣਾ  ਨਾਨਕ  ਲਿਖਿਆ  ਨਾਲਿ [3]॥”

(So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away? O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam (Will) of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will.)

 What does surrender do? It makes an individual to dye in ‘HIS’ color.

ਲਾਲ  ਰੰਗੁ  ਤਿਸ  ਕਉ  ਲਗਾ  ਜਿਸ  ਕੇ  ਵਡਭਾਗਾ [4] 

(One is dyed in the color of the Lord’s Love, by great good fortune.)

What is special of about ‘dye’? Well, once a cloth is dyed the color spreads uniformly. It gives a soothing touch to clothe. It makes the owner happy. Similarly when an individual, engrossed in ‘The Naam’ sees ‘One God’ everywhere makes him happy. The happiness makes him blossom.

So in summary, Guruji is conveying that give up all evils in the company of ‘Holy’, and then the life will be colorful with God visible everywhere, eradicating all the hatred, jealousy and enmity, leaving an individual filled with unconditional love filled with bliss and happiness.

[1] He faced opposition from His Brother and Imperial Regime.

[2] Once Prithi Chand, brother of Guru Arjan Dev Ji threw garbage on Him. Prithi Chand’s aim was to kindle anger in Guruji.

[3] Japji Sahib

[4] Bilalval Mehla 5 – Ang 808.

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