78. Baani Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Ki: Ang 1245

Baani Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Ki: Ang 1245: Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj

ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੧ 
ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਤਿਨਾ ਕਾ ਜੀਵਿਆ ਜਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਵੇਚਹਿ ਨਾਉ 
ਖੇਤੀ  ਜਿਨ  ਕੀ  ਉਜੜੈ  ਖਲਵਾੜੇ  ਕਿਆ  ਥਾਉ  ॥ ਸਚੈ  ਸਰਮੈ  ਬਾਹਰੇ  ਅਗੈ  ਲਹਹਿ  ਨ  ਦਾਦਿ  
ਅਕਲਿ  ਏਹ  ਨ  ਆਖੀਐ  ਅਕਲਿ  ਗਵਾਈਐ  ਬਾਦਿ  ॥ ਅਕਲੀ  ਸਾਹਿਬੁ  ਸੇਵੀਐ  ਅਕਲੀ  ਪਾਈਐ  ਮਾਨੁ  
ਅਕਲੀ  ਪੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਿ  ਕੈ  ਬੁਝੀਐ  ਅਕਲੀ  ਕੀਚੈ  ਦਾਨੁ  ॥ ਨਾਨਕੁ  ਆਖੈ  ਰਾਹੁ  ਏਹੁ  ਹੋਰਿ  ਗਲਾਂ  ਸੈਤਾਨੁ  
Summary
Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, bow down to Him again and again.
ਸਭ ਤੇ ਵਡਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਜਿਨਿ  ਰਾਖੀ ਮੇਰੀ ੧੦੫੭[1]
(Guru Nanak is the greatest of all; He saved my honor in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga.)
‘Baba Nanak’ we would have been stuck in ‘illusions’ without ‘Your Gracious Manifestation’. From where we would have seen ‘Your Nine Lights’ and from where we would have attuned to Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji? Please accept our shortcomings, that is only we can offer ‘You’. We don’t have anything else to offer.

In this Shabad, ‘The Bestower of Blessings Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’ is smacking the faces of those who read and write the Lord’s Name to sell it. Such people fool masses, rob them, mislead them. Even Kabir Ji has said following about such people.
ਓਇ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ  ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ [2]
(They are not called Saints of the Lord – they are thugs of Benares.)
Impostors leave people following them in such state that hope is lost forever. What good are such actions which are carried out to deceive innocent people? What happens to them? Do they escape without being punished of their malicious intent?
‘No’ says Guruji. Such people’s life is cursed. They have sown the seeds of lies and thus have ruined their crop, the crop of virtues obtained by meditating ‘Naam’. What kind of harvest they will have? Crop is harvested to feed but one who has just seeded evil what will he feed? Such people are treacherous. Sooner or later with their tricks they gain ‘false followers’ and they are bound to become arrogant, lacking truth and humility. Why, as they are feeding evil to people and to themselves. Guruji says such individual shall not be appreciated in the world hereafter. Even Kabir Ji says following:
ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਨ ਬਿਦਿਆ ਬੇਚਹੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਅਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਾਈ [3]
(For the sake of Maya and money, you sell knowledge; your life is totally worthless.)

Their mind becomes deluded by ‘Ego’ and they consider themselves wise. And thus begins an effort to prove who is wiser than other. They argue and involve in altercations. This also causes confusion and chaos. Thus Guruji says, it is not wisdom which leads to arguments. Wisdom is which inspires to serve ‘The Formless Lord – The One’. Only through such wisdom honor is obtained.
Guruji further says that wisdom does not come by reading textbooks. Books are source of knowledge but by merely reading does not help. It just adds to superficial knowledge. And again becomes the source of conflicts. So, the need is to contemplate them. As per Kabir Ji:
ਬੇਦ ਕਤੇਬ ਕਹਹੁ ਮਤ ਝੂਠੇ ਝੂਠਾ ਜੋ  ਬਿਚਾਰੈ [4]
(Do not say that the Vedas, the Koran is false. Those who do not contemplate them are false.)
So what is wisdom? Well Guruji says wisdom inspires us to give in charity. And if we look at life of Guruji, He led His life by just giving. His givings are countless but few are: Naam, Baani, Langar, Guru’s Throne to Bhai Lehna Ji and establishing Him as Dhan Shri Guru Angad Dev Ji. Dhan Baba Nanak, Dhan Baba Nanak!
In the end of this Shabad Guruji say’s stop accumulating the wealth obtained from evil. Start giving since all other paths leads to Satan.

[1] Suhi Mehla 5 – Ang 750 – Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[2] Assa – Bani Kabir Ji Ki – Ang 476 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[3] Raag Maru – Baani Kabir Ji Ki – Ang 1103 Shru Guru Granth Sahib Ji
[4] Prabhatee – Baani Kabir Ji Ki – Ang 1350 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
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