WITHIN THE CREATOR RESIDES Satguru Nanak starts Japji Sahib with a possible definition of our Creator in very powerful words “ekonkar, satnaam, karta purkh, nirbhao nirvair, akaal murt, ajuni swembh gurparsad"meaning there is only one Creator, only His existence is true, He is the only Creator, He is without fear and without enmity, he is beyond death and birth , self Extent. Can be realized with Guru’s grace. By studying Sree Guru Granth Sahib, a Sikh also learns that the Creator is known as the Infinite but HIS presence in His creation can be experienced with a disciplined state of mind. Satguru guides the Sikhs to experience HIM within. For this, one needs to be ready to overcome all negative (primal) forces known as ego, anger, lust, deep attachment and greed, which trigger continuous ups and downs in the human mind. In Gurbani, nothing is as important as the love developed for the Creator, all the rest seen and enjoyed are of no use for coupling the soul with the almighty. Stress is given on not only battling the five negative forces but also changing the attitudes towards His creation. The attitude based on the five negative forces must be changed to be ready for God. A Sikh takes helps from the Guru to achieve the goal: “ Gur kahya sakar kamavo. Gur ki karni kahe dhavo “ ONKAR Mehla 1 Guru leads the Sikhs to a way that helps to have victory over the five forces. When a Sikh realizes that the Creator who is beyond death and birth can be experienced within if Guru said advice is made base for living; he/she is elevated even before the experience occurs because as per Guru’s advice, he/she gets ready to abandon everything that can cause obstacles in the way of God’s experience. It is needed to have a strong urge to experience The Almighty; if the urge is weak, there are chances that the souls can be dragged down to illusions, which distract us from the Guru said goal. Satguru makes it very clear in Mlaar Rag: “ parr dara parr dhann parr lobha haomai bikhai bikaar dusht bhao tajj nind parayee kaam krodh chandaar. Mehal me baithe APPAR APAAR. Malaar Mehla 1 SGGS 1255 To have a mind concentrated on Prabh ji, the elimination of negative forces within is very necessary. A mind set for others spouses and money leads to destruction. The habit of criticizing behind one’s back and harboring anger become ones own enemy. They must be won over because within the body resides the Creator. Basically, these negative forces are hindrances in achieving the Guru-said goal because it becomes impossible to be in love with HIM while indulging in vices and giving in to these negative forces. Sahib says: Sbahi salah jinni dhiayea ikk mann Soyee poore sah, vakhtai uppr larh gye “ Maajh Ki Vaar Mehla 1 The mind must have single minded concentration on Him When a choice is made and the decision to follow Guru’s teaching is taken, a Sikh, armed with Guru- Inspiration, feels that God’s experience is inevitable. How close one can go in achieving the goal depends on the battle with the hindering forces. Satgur declares: “ me TUJH bin awar n bhavayee, Tu bhave sukh hoyee “ Sri Rag Mehla 1 (61) With that state of mind, nothing is more important than Prabh, no one appeals to heart but HIM..The Creator brings peace to heart. There should no place in heart for any other power but HIM. Being absorbed in HIS love, thinking about HIM, and dreaming of HIM brings everlasting joy. This is the kind of state of mind Satguru wants a Sikh to develop. For anyone who longs to see HIM, Sahib further clarifies: “darsan ki pyaas jis narr hoye ekt rachai, parhar doye Basant Mehla 1 SGGS 1190 It is very important to remember that love for HIM and keeping undisturbed concentration on HIM should become a permanent part of life. A Sikh should not harbor an illusion that The Creator can be on his/her side by doing charity works, by sitting alone in meditation, singing religious songs, practicing Yog, doing pilgrimage, becoming a naked sadhu in search of HIM, fighting with bravery, or becoming very polite and humble. Satguru says that HE is pleased only if HIS Naam simran is done with high gravity of sincerity. “na bheejai ragi naadi bed n bheejai surti gyani jog na bheejai sogi kitai roj na bheejai roopi maali rang na bheejai tirath bhavya nang na bheejai daati kitai punn na bheejai bahir baithya sunn na bheejai bherh mreh bhirh soor na bheejai kete hovai dhoorh lekha likhya mann ke bhaye Nanak bheejai SACHE Naaye Slok Mehla 1 Rag sarg ki var Mehla 4 SGGS 1237 So there is no place for showing off in Gurmat at all, because HE is pleased only with NAAM simran,which is also stated as a complete involvement with the Creator. Conditioning of mind to just do something can take away the real purpose of that act. Naam Simran can only be done if the mind is set up for HIM only. If the mind is still divided with other diversions, longings and urges, Sahib in a simple way asserts that experiencing The Almighty becomes difficult; read the following shabad in Ram Kli: “ jitt dar vasseh kwan dar kahyai, dara bheetr dar kwan lahai. Jis dar karn fira udasi so dar koyee aye kahai. Kin bidh sagar tryai Jivtyan n mryai (Rahao) Dukh darwaja , roh rakhwala aasa andesa doye patt jrhe Maya jall khayee pani ghar baadhya satt kai asan PURKH rahai-2 Kinte nama ant na janya tum sar nahin awr HARE Oocha nahin kehna man meh rehna aappe jane aap kre-3 Jab aasa andesa tab hee, kionkr EK kahai Aasa bheetr rahai nirasa tao Nanak EK milai-4 In bidh sagr taryai. Jivtyan eon maryai –1 Rahao dooja Ram Kli Mehla 1 SGGS 877 Here Satguru echoes questions about The Creator and then answers them. Who can show the place where HE resides? What are the obstacles in the way and how these obstacles can be removed permanently? Who can find that hidden place where HE resides and some one who knows should tell me because I am also searching HIM, and enduring pains of separation from HIM? There is an assertion that after death we will meet HIM but how can we meet HIM while being alive? Guru states that sorrow and pain serve as a door—which has been closed by hope, fantasy and fear and is being guarded by anger. Before the door, a deep trench of Maya triggering vices of different kinds exists. Behind the door, The Almighty resides. HE has thousands of names to call by, yet it’s very hard to know HIM and there is no one equal to HIM. It is not advisable to argue about The Infinite, it is better to stay tuned to HIM, as HE knows what He does. What should we do then? Empower ourselves with love for HIM and stay above hopes and desires? Of course, because when they are there,HIMh sorrow, pain and fear exist. Their existence makes it difficult to love HIM heartedly. Let’s say that while living in a world filled with hopes and fantasies, a decision is taken to stay indifferent to these hopes and fantasies, and instead keep all concentration single-mindedly on HIM. The result is that all hopes and pains become ineffective. In this state of mind, one watches the world’s script in play without involving in its distractions. Any thing that comes this way--happiness or sorrow--is considered HIS gift as none can hit the balanced mind tuned to HIM. This is also known as the elimination of distracting forces. This will lead us to experience HIM while living. After having said that I must make it clear that Satguru doesn’t ask Sikhs to stop working and perform responsibilities. In very clear words Guru advises to work hard and share the earning with the needy. If a Sikh is on a job, it should be done diligently, if a Sikh is in a business, responsibility of the business should be taken carefully; however, never allow ego, greed, anger, lust and attachment should take over the soul. Rituals and showing off any kind will not help us in getting closer to HIM. A Sikh must come out of the dark illusions and be faithful to HIM with a heart engraved completely with love for HIM. Any between situations shall bear no fruits. PS This article was published before with a little different form in SR. My aim to write this article was to ask Sikhs to explore this aspect of Gurbani so that “ mehl me baithe agam apaar” can become our realistic goal. We know we suffer from many shortcomings that serve as a wall between Him and us. Any mistake if occurred during typing Please forgive HAR bisrat sda khuari M-5 Pk70.