- Mar 14, 2013
From my own personal experience, to me this describes the deep feelings i often get, and am experiencing this very moment writing this email.ਮਾਧਉ ਜਲ ਕੀ ਪਿਆਸ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਜਲ ਮਹਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਉਠੀ ਅਧਿਕਾਇ ॥੧॥ O Lord, my thirst for the Water of Your Name will not go away.The fire of my thirst burns even more brightly in that Water.
Literal and internet interpretation indicate that Bhagat Kabir is referring to thirst of water but water itself cannot be thirsty and there cannot be fire in the water. Since this pankti is rahao - central idea of the sabd, literal interpretation will only mislead. Thus we must focus and see the message behind this pankti. As per my understanding Bhagat kabir over here is not praying to God but referring as a first person to his mind that fire of desire (ਜਲ) is not diminishing. I have further observed that in gurbani 'jal' does not stand for water. Like ' ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਦਾ ਨਿਰਲੇਪ ॥ ਜੈਸੇ ਜਲ ਮਹਿ ਕਮਲ ਅਲੇਪ ॥ in the midst of fire of desire all door for realization of spiritual knowledge are closed and over here 'kamal' stands for godly virtues.
I look further understanding of this sabd from learnt members.