71. Baani Dhan Shri Guru Teg Bhadur Ji Ki – Ang 634

Baani Shri Guru Teg Bhadur Ji Ki: Ang 634 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj

ਸੋਰਠਿ  ਮਹਲਾ ੯  ॥

ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ  ਜਾਨਿ ਲੇਹੁ  ਮਨ ਮਾਹੀ ॥ਅਪਨੇ  ਸੁਖ ਸਿਉ  ਹੀ ਜਗੁ ਫਾਂਧਿਓ  ਕੋ ਕਾਹੂ ਕੋ ਨਾਹੀ  ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ਸੁਖ  ਮੈ ਆਨਿ  ਬਹੁਤੁ ਮਿਲਿ  ਬੈਠਤ ਰਹਤ ਚਹੂ  ਦਿਸਿ ਘੇਰੈ ॥ਬਿਪਤਿ  ਪਰੀ ਸਭ  ਹੀ ਸੰਗੁ ਛਾਡਿਤ  ਕੋਊ ਨ ਆਵਤ ਨੇਰੈ  ॥੧॥ਘਰ  ਕੀ ਨਾਰਿ  ਬਹੁਤੁ ਹਿਤੁ  ਜਾ ਸਿਉ ਸਦਾ ਰਹਤ  ਸੰਗ ਲਾਗੀ ॥ਜਬ  ਹੀ ਹੰਸ  ਤਜੀ ਇਹ ਕਾਂਇਆ  ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਕਰਿ  ਭਾਗੀ ॥੨॥ਇਹ  ਬਿਧਿ  ਕੋ ਬਿਉਹਾਰੁ  ਬਨਿਓ ਹੈ ਜਾ ਸਿਉ  ਨੇਹੁ ਲਗਾਇਓ ॥ਅੰਤ  ਬਾਰ ਨਾਨਕ  ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਜੀ  ਕੋਊ ਕਾਮਿ ਨ ਆਇਓ  ॥੩॥੧੨॥੧੩੯॥


Dhan Shri Guru Teg Bhadur Ji, “Who is Greatest than You in Present Times[1]”, is giving insight regarding the conduct of worldly people. We generally classify people as following: Dear Ones, Near Ones, Acquaintance and Unknown. Unknown and acquaintance seldom have impact on our lives but those who we hold close, near and dear ones, to us surely influence the way we live and move in society. But we need to be cautious in making relationships, why? Do such relationships have any threats? Who can we rely on? Guruji have blessed us with ‘His Thoughts’ about such questions in this Shabad[2].

Guruji, ‘Who’ have risen over state of enmity, addresses everyone as ‘Friend’.

ਸਭੁ  ਕੋ ਮੀਤੁ  ਹਮ ਆਪਨ ਕੀਨਾ  ਹਮ ਸਭਨਾ ਕੇ ਸਾਜਨ  ॥[3]

(I am a friend to all; I am everyone’s friend.)

He wants everyone to understand that an individual needs to be careful of people having selfish mottos. Such people don’t care about anyone. What matters to them is ‘themselves’? They will be engrossed only in their own welfare and pleasure. They will use an individual for own well-being, form relationship with the individual, will surround him in all directions, pose as his nearest one, and when he needs any help or hard time is unleashed on him they will discard him.

Further Guruji takes example of Wife, who comes under classification of ‘Dear Ones’. She may not be selfish, dedicate her for whole life but cannot do anything once the swan-soul leaves the body. She may have remained attached with living person throughout her life but when he is dead he just becomes ‘Ghost’ for her. She cannot do anything even if she wants to help after death. Her attachment and affection is limited to life and after death none remains. Such is the plight of ‘Dear Ones’

This is the way, so called near ones can be selfish and dear ones are helpless. One will ignore an individual and other is feeble to come to aid when it is really required. And still we remain attached to those who act in such a way who we love so much.

Then where is the hope? Who will come to rescue? Well, Guruji says till last moment there is only one savior ‘The Dear Lord’. Without ‘HIM’ no one can save any individual. ‘HE’ is ‘The True One’ to make any relationship. ‘HE’ is ‘The Real Dear and Near One’.

In summary, Guruji says to give up false hopes on worldly people, who are selfish and ask everyone to attune the mind to Lord ‘WHO’ is the only hope at every moment of life, even after death ‘HE’ takes care of an individual.


[1] Words said by Dhan Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, when He requested Guruji to sacrifice Himself for beliefs, tradition and culture of India.

[2] We should bow down our head again and again with gratitude at ‘Baba Nanak’s Door’, for enlightening us on every aspect of life, society and spirituality. He has blessed us with everything. And still we roam around in search of ‘Guru’ when Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is ‘Baba Nanak’s Door’ greatest gift to ‘His Sikhs’.

[3] Dhanaasaree Mehla 5 – Ang 671 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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