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Gates Of The Body !

Discussion in 'Gurmat Learning Zone' started by Archived_Member16, May 2, 2007.

  1. Archived_Member16

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    This Shabad is by Guru Angad Dev Ji in Raag Raamkalee on Pannaa 954

    pauVI ]
    nau drvwjy kwieAw kotu hY dsvY gupqu rKIjY ]
    bjr kpwt n KulnI gur sbid KulIjY ]
    Anhd vwjy Duin vjdy gur sbid suxIjY ]
    iqqu Gt AMqir cwnxw kir Bgiq imlIjY ]
    sB mih eyku vrqdw ijin Awpy rcn rcweI ]15]

    pourree ||
    no dharavaajae kaaeiaa kott hai dhasavai gupath rakheejai ||
    bajar kapaatt n khulanee gur sabadh khuleejai ||
    anehadh vaajae dhhun vajadhae gur sabadh suneejai ||
    thith ghatt a(n)thar chaananaa kar bhagath mileejai ||
    sabh mehi eaek varathadhaa jin aapae rachan rachaaee ||15||

    The fortress of the body has nine gates; the tenth gate is kept hidden.
    The rigid door is not open; only through the Word of the Guru's Shabad can it be opened.
    The unstruck sound current resounds and vibrates there. The Word of the Guru's Shabad is heard.
    Deep within the nucleus of the heart, the Divine Light shines forth. Through devotional worship, one meets the Lord.
    The One Lord is pervading and permeating all. He Himself created the creation. ||15||


    Ar Q:- srIr (mwno, iek) iklHw hY, ies dy nO golkW-rUp drvwzy (prgt) hn, qy dsvW drvwzw gupq r`iKAw hoieAw hY; (aus dsvyN drvwzy dy) kvwV bVy krVy hn KulHdy nhIN, KulHdy (kyvl) siqgurU dy Sbd dI rwhIN hn, (jdoN ieh krVy kvwV KulH jWdy hn qW, mwno,) iek-rs vwly vwjy v`j pYNdy hn jo siqgurU dy Sbd dI rwhIN suxIdy hn [ (ijs ihrdy ivc ieh Awnµd pYdw huMdw hY) aus ihrdy ivc (igAwn dw) cwnx ho jWdw hY, pRBU dI BgqI kr ky auh mnu`K pRBU ivc iml jWdw hY [

    ijs pRBU ny ieh swrI rcnw rcI hY auh swry jIvW ivc ivAwpk hY (pr aus nwl myl gurU dI rwhIN hI huMdw hY) [15[



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  3. hps

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    Respected Soul_kaur ji,
    I congratulate you for starting an important thread. I shall be grateful if you could let me know as to:
    1What are the methods of opening the tenth door i.e. not revealed by the Almighty for some reasons.
    2.The following terms that are employed in the above pauree may kindly be explained ,if possible.
    1.Nine gates.

    2.The tenth gate[hidden]
    3.The expected/exact location of the above in our Body if it is specified in scriptures.Is it the same philosphy as the Hindu's call 'Shiv Netra' or the 'third eye'

    4.Word of the Guru's Shabad.
    5.What is the 'unstruck sound current' that resounds and vibrates there.?As per science there has to be some force that should be employed to produce the sound.How come that we have unstuck sound current. Kindly correct me if I am wrong.

    6.Deep within the nucleus of the heart, the Divine Light shines forth. Through devotional worship, one meets the Lord.[ Does Heart here mean literal or metaphorical heart i.e may be mind.]
    7.Divine light : is it experienced by the person or is it a stage of deep meditation or supreme bliss.
  4. OP

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    SOURCE: http://www.gurbani.org/webart56.htm


    Those who have nine holes of the body defiled do not chant God’s
    Name; instead, they practice evil, commit adultery, slander the
    Realized Beings, do not listen to even a tiny bit of God’s Praise,
    steal others’ wealth for the sake of their own bellies, but neither
    their fire (of craving) is extinguished, nor their thirst is quenched
    (sggs 298). By practicing control over the nine gates, one attains
    perfect control over the Tenth Gate. There, the unstruck sound
    current of the Absolute Being vibrates and resounds. Behold That
    True Being, ever-present within, and merge with Him (sggs 944).


    Material body by itself is inert. It comes to alive only after enlivened by the Spirit Soul, the Self. Without which this body is nothing more than nine holes in the flesh and bones! Also called gates or Darvaaje in the Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS), these holes are two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, one mouth, one genital, and one ****. Looking at it from an another perspective, eyes, years, nose, and tongue (mouth) combined with skin makes five senses of acquiring knowledge (Gian Indriyas). Similarly, the genital, ****, and voice (mouth) combined with hands and legs make five senses of action or work (Karma Indriyas).

    Invariably, upon study of the scriptures one will observe that significant portion of every bona fide scripture reflects on this subject matter. Why? To a person with corrupted senses (ignorant or Manmukh), this human body is the source of suffering. But to a person with enlightened senses (Spiritual Being or Gurmukh), this body is the vehicle of Wisdom, thus the source of true Joy. Hence, we are urged by the scriptures to chew the steel-*****: strive to conquer the mind and senses. As the Self-knowledge is beyond the reach of the mind and senses, it arises only when the mind and senses cease their desires for corrupt passions.

    Unfortunately, under the spell of Maya's delusive energy, most of us have these holes (or senses) defiled. The result is confusion in the Jeeva (individual being) which sees itself as embodied in this world of names and forms. Consequently, one perceives Indivisible as divisible, Infinite as finite, Illimitable as limited, Nameless as name, Changeless as changeful, Undivided as divided, Total as fragmented, True (Sat) as false (Asat), Permanent as impermanent and Formless as form. Due to this seed of individuality (false ego), we are unable to rightly understand the reality of this material world as well as the Supreme Self situated within.
    • Kaat kotam rachant toyam repanam rakat charmnah....: This fragile body-fortress is made up of water, plastered with blood and wrapped in skin. It has nine gates, but no doors; it is supported by pillars of wind, the channels of the breath. The ignorant person does not meditate On God; because he thinks that this body is permanent (sggs 1354).
    • Kaam krodh ar lobh moh ih indree ras laptaaye: Man's senses are beguiled by sensual pleasures of lust, by anger, greed and emotional attachment (sggs 403).
    Mind is the ringleader as it sits on top of all. Free to escape through the corrupted holes, the deluded mind limits the Truth, and binds the beings to bondage of worldly hallucination. Thus, all senses with their respective demands, coloring or covering (impurity) are unable to understand the Men of Realization, scriptures, the Divine and His Name or Shabad.
    • Nayumee nave shidra apveet....: Nayumee: Those who have nine holes of the body defiled do not chant God's Name; instead, they practice evil, commit adultery, slander the Realized Beings, do not listen to even a tiny bit of God's Praise, steal others' wealth for the sake of their own bellies, neither their fire (of craving) is extinguished, nor their thirst is quenched (sggs 298)
    • Man bhoolau bharmas aaye jaaye....: The mind, deluded by doubt, buzzes around like a bumblebee. The holes of the body are worthless, if the mind is filled with such great desire for corrupt passions. It is like the elephant, trapped by its own sexual desire (sggs 1188).
    • Das paatayu panch sangeetaa ekai bheetar saathe. Bhinn bhinn hoyi bhaav dikhaavahi sabahu niraaree bhaakhe: The ten senses are the dancing girls, and the five passions are the chorus; they sit together within the one body. They all put on their own shows, and speak in different languages (sggs 884).
    What is the language (coloring or impurity) of each of these senses? For example, the coloring of the tongue is falsehood. It is asleep, in its desire for material tastes and flavors. When the tongue is impure, its speech is also impure. The ears are also asleep, listening to rubbish like slanderous stories of others. The eyes are corrupted too; gazing upon the unholy and the beauty of the material objects and wealth of another. The sexual organs are corrupted with never ceasing lust as well. Thus, the instinct of pleasing the senses corrupts one's entire sensory apparatus.

    Consequently, through the corrupted sense of sight, man lusts after material objects; through the corrupted sense of hearing, man craves to hear the slow poison of flattery and other sounds that rouse his material nature; through the corrupted sense of smell, he is enticed toward wrong environments and actions; through the corrupted sense of taste, he is lures to consume such food and drink that destroy his physical and mental well being; and contaminated sense of touch lusts him for indulgence in physical comforts and lust.
    • Jihvaa joothee bolat joothaa karan netra sabh joothe....: The tongue is impure, and its speech is impure. The eyes and ears are totally impure. The impurity of the sexual organs does not depart; the Brahmin is burnt by the fire (sggs 1195).
    • Mithiyaa baas let bikaaraa: False is the nose which inhales corruption (sggs 269).
    Fascinated by Maya (ignorance, delusion, illusion, false ego, wrong identity, etc.), the mindis asleep. Our body has two sets of sensors — the sensor of nerves, and the sensor of sensory apparatus. The sensor of nerves keeps our organs, limbs, and muscles functional. The sensor of sensory apparatus keeps our brain informed of the outside world of sight (eyes), smell (nose), taste (tongue), touch (skin), and hearing (years). While the feet are corrupted by walking on inauspicious path, the hands are corrupted with unrighteous actions. The **** is filthy to begin with!
    • Man vas doota durmat doyi: The mind is in the control of evil passions, evil intent, and duality (sggs 222).
    • Mithiyaa sravan par ninda sunahi....: False are the ears which listen to the slander of others. False are the hands which steal the wealth of others. False are the eyes which gaze upon the beauty of another’s wife. False is the tongue which enjoys delicacies and external tastes. False are the feet which run to do evil to others. False is the mind which covets the wealth of others. False is the body which does not do good to others (sggs 268).
    Thus, the polluted holes or senses cause us into the pitch darkness of spiritual ignorance. Here is step-by step analysis of our spiritual descent which reveals that our brooding over objects of the senses cause attachment to them. From such attachment, lust or craving develops; from unfulfilled lust or craving, anger arises; from anger, mental delusion arises; from delusion comes bewilderment or loss of memory of the true Self; the loss of such memory causes loss of intelligence or the discriminating faculty (Viveka); upon loss of intelligence or discrimination, one falls down into the material consciousness; which, in turn, brings annihilation of spiritual life.
    • Nave shidra sravahi apvitraa: The nine holes pour out filth (sggs 998).
    Thus, without meditation (Japa or Naam-Simran), the cavities of our ears are nothing but two snake-holes, and the speech of our tongue is no better than the croak of a frog. The eyes that do not long for the Divine Vision (Darshan) are like eyes on a peacock feather, totally inert. The mind or head that does not surrender to God is mere burden on this body, the hands that do not serve the Divine are hands of a corpse, and the feet that do not walk on God's Path are like immovable trees. The heart that does not melt with Love and Devotion (Bhagti) is nothing more than a piece of rock.

    As the Gurbani says, impure tongue ought to be burnt or cut out, bit by bit; the ears which do not hear the Sound-current of the Shabad — those ears might just as well be plugged; and the eyes which do not see the Holy: those eyes are miserable. In a corrupt body, evils such as lust, anger, greed, emotional attachment, false pride, mental stubbornness, and enviousness foster and become very powerful within. As the old age approaches, all senses become weak, exhausted, and finally dead. The Gurbani asks us the obvious question: "O blind man, what have you obtained by coming into the world?"
    • Bhoondee chaal charan kar khisre tuchaa deh kumlaanee....: His walk becomes weak and clumsy, his feet and hands shake, and the skin of his body is withered and wrinkled. His eyes are dim, his ears are deaf, and yet, the self-willed manmukh does not know the Naam. O blind man, what have you obtained by coming into the world? (sggs 1126).
    • Jaraa haakdee sabh thaakee ek na thaakas Maya....: Driven forward by old age, all my senses are exhausted; only my attachment to Maya is not exhausted. ||1|| O mad man, you have not obtained spiritual wisdom (Giaan) and quest for Self (Vichaar). You have wasted and lost this human life (sggs 793).
    A ship with holes is bound to sink. Similarly, a body (ship) with impure senses (holes) is bound to doom. How can we plug these holes? Or, to put it otherwise, how can we render our senses purified and sanctified? By meditating on God, or Naam; says the Gurbani. There is no other way!
    • Nave shidra sravahi apvitraa. Boli Hari Naam pavitra sabh kitta: The nine holes pour out filth. Chanting Godd’s Name, they are all purified and sanctified (sggs 998).
    • Moot pleetee kapar hoye...: When the hands and the feet and the body are dirty, water can wash away the dirt. When the clothes are soiled and stained by urine, soap can wash them clean. But when the intellect is stained and polluted by sin, it can only be cleansed by God's Name (sggs 4).
    Once the senses have rid of their psychological conditioning and filth, the Shabad enters directly into the innermost core of one's Being, just as a sharp knife pierces through a soft bar of butter. Such a Self-realized devotee (Sikh) can control all senses at will, because he never let them act independently. Through constant practice, he is able to control them according to his own plan.
    • Rasnaa uchrai Hari sarvanee sunai so udhrai mittaa.....: Those who chant God's Name with their tongues and hear it with their ears are saved, O my friend. Those hands which lovingly write God's Praises are pure. It is like performing all sorts of virtuous deeds, and bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. They cross over the world-ocean, and conquer the fortress of corruption (sggs 322).
    When all the gates of the body are illumined by the Divine Knowledge (Aatm-Gian), the manifestation of the Goodness or Purity can be experienced within. In the mode of Purity, one can see things in their proper perspective; one can hear things in their right perspective; one can taste things in their right perspective; one can feel things in their right perspective; and so on. In essence, one becomes cleansed inside and outside.
    • Ustat man mahi kar nirankaar.....: Praise the Formless in your mind. O my mind, make this your true occupation. Let your tongue become pure by drinking the Amrit of Naam. Your soul will be forever peaceful. With your eyes, see the God's wondrous play. In the Company of the Holy, all other associations vanish. With your feet, walk on the God's Path. Sins are washed away, chanting Naam, even for a moment. So do the God's Work, and listen to His Sermon. In Divine Realm, O Nanak, your face will be radiant (sggs 281).
    • Sarva dwareshu dehesmin parkaash upjaaete. Giyanama yadaa tadaa vidiyaat vivradham satvamm iti utaa: One may know that the mode of Goodness is prevalent when the Light of Wisdom shines through all the gates of the body (Gita 14.11).
    The body endowed with purified mind and senses does not subject the man to their evil temptations. This inner Purity protects him from being extroverted by not allowing doubts, and false perception or fear to invade him. Once brought under control, to the Wise the mind is an able commander of the senses, obedient servant, and a good counselor. Simply put: the body with Pure mind and Pure senses impels the man in Good self-effort.

    The ultimate aim of human life is to realize the mysterious Tenth Gate (the Divine Essence, Self, Sat Guru, God, etc.) which lies beyond the external nine holes of our body fortress. Within this Tenth Gate, dwells the Primal Being, detached and unequaled. This unknowable reveals Himself to those who discipline the nine gates of their body. One attains Immortality by controlling pulsating desires and fear; and by forgetting all selfishness and possessiveness. Eliminating egoism — lust, anger, greed, attachment, false pride, enviousness and stubborn mindedness — one is liberated from the nine gates, and becomes situated in the Tenth Gate. Thus, whosoever bears the unbearable, controls the nine holes of the body, worships and adores the Self within with his breath of life, and gains stability in his body-wall. When the senses are turned ("closed off"), then the Jeeva (individual being) rests in the real Self, where there is no holes or outlets!
    • Nayu dar thaake dhaavat rahaaye. Dasvai nij ghar vaasaa paye...: Those who close off the nine gates, and restrain the wandering mind, come to dwell in the Home of the Tenth Gate. There, the Unstruck Melody of the Shabad vibrates day and night (sggs 124).
    • Nagree ekai nayu darvaaje dhaavat varaj rahaayee. Trikutee shootai dasvaa dar khoolai taa man kheevaa bhaayee: There are nine gates to the one city of the body; restrain your mind from escaping through them. When the knot of the three qualities of Maya is untied, then the Tenth Gate opens up, and the mind is intoxicated, O Siblings of Destiny (sggs 1124).
    —T. Singh
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  5. hps

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    Respected friend,
    Gurbani literature is spread over the entire webs.There are many sites telling these.The above is an artilcle only. It is not explained in terms of the questions that I have asked.You have also not left any message as to what should I do with the article.I would request you to kindly answer my quaetions as put to you above .I am sure with yoour devoting some time you can do this.I shall interact only when you have answered.
    Thanks anyway
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