Chetan, Sentient, Non-Sentient

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  1. eileen

    eileen SPNer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2014
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    Guru Fateh!

    In some Gurbani discussions I have been hearing references to something called chetan and a concept of "sentient vs. non-sentient" parts of being.

    I cannot find references to this in Gurbani and I can't find the word chetan.
    I also have been doing google searches to try to figure it out but I am not having any luck.

    Could anyone point me toward how these terms are used in Gurbani or explain where this comes from so I can better understand what is being discussed?

  2. Sherdil

    Sherdil Writer SPNer

    Jan 20, 2014
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    Chetan means remembrance, awareness, alertness, wakefulness, consciousness

    In punjabi: “Cheta rakhna” - Remember, be mindful, aware, conscious of said subject

    GGS, page 34:

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  3. eileen

    eileen SPNer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2014
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    OK, thanks very much for the help Sherdil Ji!
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  4. ActsOfGod

    ActsOfGod Writer SPNer

    Aug 14, 2012
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    This shabad came to mind:

    ਤਿਲੰਗ ਮਹਲਾ ੯ ਕਾਫੀ
    Ŧilang mėhlā 9 kāfī
    Tilang, Ninth Mehl, Kaafee:

    ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
    Ik▫oaʼnkār saṯgur parsāḏ.
    One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

    ਚੇਤਨਾ ਹੈ ਤਉ ਚੇਤ ਲੈ ਨਿਸਿ ਦਿਨਿ ਮੈ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ॥
    Cẖeṯnā hai ṯa▫o cẖeṯ lai nis ḏin mai parānī.
    If you are conscious, then be conscious of Him night and day, O mortal.

    ਛਿਨੁ ਛਿਨੁ ਅਉਧ ਬਿਹਾਤੁ ਹੈ ਫੂਟੈ ਘਟ ਜਿਉ ਪਾਨੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
    Cẖẖin cẖẖin a▫oḏẖ bihāṯ hai fūtai gẖat ji▫o pānī. ||1|| rahā▫o.
    Each and every moment, your life is passing away, like water from a cracked pitcher. ||1||Pause||

    ਹਰਿ ਗੁਨ ਕਾਹਿ ਨ ਗਾਵਹੀ ਮੂਰਖ ਅਗਿਆਨਾ ॥
    Har gun kāhi na gāvhī mūrakẖ agi▫ānā.
    Why do you not sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, you ignorant fool?

    ਝੂਠੈ ਲਾਲਚਿ ਲਾਗਿ ਕੈ ਨਹਿ ਮਰਨੁ ਪਛਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
    Jẖūṯẖai lālacẖ lāg kai nėh maran pacẖẖānā. ||1||
    You are attached to false greed, and you do not even consider death. ||1||

    ਅਜਹੂ ਕਛੁ ਬਿਗਰਿਓ ਨਹੀ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਵੈ ॥
    Ajhū kacẖẖ bigri▫o nahī jo parabẖ gun gāvai.
    Even now, no harm has been done, if you will only sing God's Praises.

    ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਹ ਭਜਨ ਤੇ ਨਿਰਭੈ ਪਦੁ ਪਾਵੈ ॥੨॥੧॥
    Kaho Nānak ṯih bẖajan ṯe nirbẖai paḏ pāvai. ||2||1||
    Says Nanak, by meditating and vibrating upon Him, you shall obtain the state of fearlessness. ||2||1||
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