73. Baani Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Ki: Ang 563

Baani Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Ki: Ang 563: Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਃ  

ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਪੂਰਾ  ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇਇ ਸਾਧੂ ਕੀ ਧੂਰਾ ॥ ਕਰਿ  ਕਿਰਪਾ  ਪ੍ਰਭ  ਦੀਨ  ਦਇਆਲਾ   ਤੇਰੀ  ਓਟ  ਪੂਰਨ  ਗੋਪਾਲਾ    ਰਹਾਉ  ॥ ਜਲਿ  ਥਲਿ  ਮਹੀਅਲਿ  ਰਹਿਆ  ਭਰਪੂਰੇ   ਨਿਕਟਿ  ਵਸੈ  ਨਾਹੀ  ਪ੍ਰਭੁ  ਦੂਰੇ  ॥ ਜਿਸ  ਨੋ  ਨਦਰਿ  ਕਰੇ  ਸੋ  ਧਿਆਏ   ਆਠ  ਪਹਰ  ਹਰਿ  ਕੇ  ਗੁਣ  ਗਾਏ  ॥ ਜੀਅ ਜੰਤ ਸਗਲੇ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਰੇ  ਸਰਨਿ ਪਰਿਓ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਦੁਆਰੇ 

Summary

In this shabad, Dhan Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s gives insights about nature of ‘The One’ and ‘HIS Offerings’. What is perfection? Perfection is state where no ills, evils, shortcomings or impurity resides. And ‘Any Entity’ having such state is bound to be called perfect. Well, there is no such entity but ‘God – HIMSELF’. Please note ‘God’ is not entity since HE is ‘ਸੈਭੰ – सैभं – Self-Existent’ where as an entity is not self-sustainable. Thus Guruji calls ‘HIM – THE PERFECT’. HE knows everything what resides in heart of an individual.

HE bestows many gifts and one of HIS gifts is to make an individual dust of the feet of the Saints. What is the significance of ‘Dust of Feet of The Saints’? Well, such a blessing keeps an individual humble. And humility, non-existence of ego, is the key to self-realization, the state which every living entity wants to achieve. Guruji has Himself said following:

ਪਹਿਲਾ  ਮਰਣੁ  ਕਬੂਲਿ  ਜੀਵਣ  ਕੀ  ਛਡਿ  ਆਸ   ਹੋਹੁ  ਸਭਨਾ  ਕੀ  ਰੇਣੁਕਾ  ਤਉ  ਆਉ  ਹਮਾਰੈ  ਪਾਸਿ  ੧॥[1]

(First, accept death, and give up any hope of life. Become the dust of the feet of all, and then, you may come to me.)

And Guruji asks for same:

ਨਾਨਕ  ਦਾਸੁ  ਇਹੈ  ਸੁਖੁ  ਮਾਗੈ  ਮੋ  ਕਉ  ਕਰਿ  ਸੰਤਨ  ਕੀ  ਧੂਰੇ  ੪॥੫॥[2]

(Nanak, Your slave, begs for this happiness: let me be the dust of the feet of the Saints.)

Without HIS Grace nothing can be achieved even the most trivial sounding actions. Like, the very breath which we believe is trivial thing it is not. No matter how much the living tissues struggle to inhale, without HIS Grace they cannot get air. It is different matter that ignorant thinks otherwise. They don’t realize it. They believe they have achieved it at their own. Hence they become victim of ‘Ego’.

ਜਬ ਕਛੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਤਬ ਗਰਬੁ ਕਰਤੁ ਹੈ [3]

(When he acquires something, he is inflated with ego.)

And only he seeks ‘HIS Grace’ who has already become dust of every one’s feet. Thus, Guruji asks for ‘HIS Grace, WHO’ is merciful to the meek. He asks for HIS protection, ‘The One, WHO’ he world.

There is the one question which comes to the mind of every seeker. Where does HE reside? How far HE is? Well Guruji answers by saying that, ‘The One, WHO’ has created everything is all pervading. HE is present in water, land and sky. Guruji further say God is near not far away as HE resides very near.

No matter how much an individual is determined for meditation, Guruji say without ‘HIS’ blessing and ‘HIS Grace’ that cannot happen. Only ‘HIS Grace’ ensures that an individual meditates on ‘HIS Name’. Guruji further says that ‘HIS Grace’ makes such an individual sings HIS glorious praises twenty-four hours a day.

HE cherishes and sustains all beings and creatures. The simple reason comes to mind that this all which we comprehend is ‘HIS Creation’ and being a ‘Creator’ HE is bound to do that. But point to be noted HIS affection is not an individual, whose ignorant mind thinks he has created something and then remain attached to it forever. And that’s why Guruji say I seek the Sanctuary of such ‘Lord’s Door’.

In summary Guruji is asking everyone to seek sanctuary of all merciful God, WHO blesses with HIS Grace, humbleness, meditation of HIS Name and cherishes and sustains all the living beings!

[1] Shalok Mehla 5 – Ang 1102 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[2] Raag Gauree Poorbee Mehla 5 – Ang 13 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

[3] Aassa – Bani Ravidas Ji Ki – Ang 487 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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