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An Introduction To Japji Sahib Part 2


Feb 25, 2008
An Introduction To Jap Ji ( Part 2 & 3)
Whenever I get a chance, I strongly urge people to study Guru Granth Sahib Ji to understand its advocacy to bring harmony among people of different faiths. People must accept the fact that no growth of a society can be possibly kept on track if some part of the society is left behind. Self-centered behaviour of Brahmanism was a horrible joke in this regard. Gurbani deals with human mind to lead it to the spirituality by enlightening and perusing it to abandon self-centeredness. This very vital principal is revealed through Japji Sahib to prepare the mind to achieve liberation. Stress is given to fight against uncontrollable mind. Mind has a strong weapon known as ego. It is just like a mega fire that gets out of containment even though efforts are done to put it out.
Sahib in a suggestive manner asks us to improve knowledge about Him, surroundings and the forces that bring us down. Inner change is a must. Satguru repudiated conditioned acts of mind without concentration. Being aware of all this and armed with Guru’s Word Of God, one deeply gets involved in saving all human beings regardless of their faith like S. Puran Singh Pingalwara
. Word Panch is loaded with meanings; it is not used just for selected ones because of merits but those who have controlled five primal negative forces. Indication is towards a battle within us. Believe me many people want to be good but mercilessly they are defeated by these five – ego, anger, attachment, greed, lust - on one or another stage. Satguru makes us aware of the victorious ones who fight them successfully (16) Satguru teaches to do more learning about the vast creation of adorable Almighty to work on character development. (17) The disciple than listens more about Him and His creation and agrees that it is impossible to explain Him. People tried from the beginning to express Him through the medium they were blessed with, but could they? No, not in complete. Actually after their efforts, repentance followed and proved to be helpless before the Infinite. (21-23) Scientists are struggling to know about the universe. They are trying this on the basis of science and technology. Remember every time they guess they prove to be wrong and the try is still going on. A good statement by Satguru in this context says it all. ‘One needs to be infinite to know the infinite. Cosmos is hard to explain inclusively. His Devine ordinance is to be understood to be a worthy of Him. It’s just better to seek His grace. (24-25)
Giver doesn’t take any thing from anyone so there is only one provider. Ignorant keeps claiming to be benefactor, eventually the failure is met. From the religious sculptures to the revered ones, only efforts were done to explain His infinity. Mind wonders where He resides to take care of all this. Mystic tuned to Him sees all known or unknown abiding by His will. Numerous people are praising Him but real praise comes with His grace only because He is the king of kings (27)
Satguru tackles claims of yogi, sanayasi, sidhas and their limited powers in stanza 28 to 32. This aspect is also explained in Soohi Mehla 1 page730. (28-32) The fact remains that faults get short of fruit. Only His grace can shower such fruit.( fruit doesn’t mean any materialistic things) (32)
From the start, a dominating idea is about our separation from The Absolute. Minds ********d to ego widen our width from. True hero is Him; display of His infinite power is a lesson to the egoist.
The realm (stage) of duty is to be ‘Panch’ to keep the stage clean. His creation is vast (35), one must have a knowledge to proceed to the next realm. To clarify this more an example won’t be odd here. Actually ego is pointed out here. Just think, a very strong wrestler walks to the arena and finds there a number of wrestlers stronger than him, his ego of being strongest is vanished. The knowledge of infinity of the Merciful regulates the ego and eventually terminates it. Hard work is a key to success, no body disagrees to it. In realm of effort one works hard to mould and clean oneself till the mind is stilled. Inscribed mind with knowledge of His power starts thinking big. The words ‘me’ and ‘mine’ are replaced with ’His.’
The wonderful One when showers His grace, state of mind is totally changed. In that stage only He is seen everywhere. Duality disappears; self center ness ceases to exit. Love for Him takes over everything and mind glows in bliss and becomes ready for the final realm where the beautiful and wonderful Creator resides. This experience is explicated in Maroo Sohle Mehla 1 (1020).
In the end of hymen, Satguru speaks directly to the followers, “Refrain from vices, live making contentment a principle, let be guided by His fear and knowledge and practice deeds to be worthy of Him. Still, be aware! To reach realm of eternity, His grace is mandatory”. This eminent idea is also expressed in various shabadas in Guru Granth Sahib Ji.( Pauri 36,37,38)
In the slok Sahib uses symbolic words to comprehend the world as a whole. In this world air, water, and earth planet are very vital factors. Play by His ordinance. Hard work in discipline (mushakat) is mandatory to cross all the trenches of Maya illusions; otherwise, ritualism can take over religious duty. His watch over us should actually inspire us to do so. It gives good feeling to do the right thing. With His grace people blossom love for Him in the heart. Always hard discipline should be kept on gourds to trash out five primary negative forces.

JapJi is to meditate with undivided concentration to imprint our minds and souls with its stunningly enlightening acknowledge. A mechanical chanting will deprive us of its powerful inspiration. In Gurmat, instruction to recite Gurbani repeatedly is to mould mind to be habitual of in touch with it. Prof. Puran Singh rightfully states that a Sikh ceases to be a Sikh without Jap Ji. (Jin ke Chole ratre, a book by him)

One must read” Bilawal Mehla 1 Tithi” to understand Moolmantra inclusively.

PS. Please forgive if any mistake occurred during typing.



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