Slides from my recent talk on the topic of ਮਨੁ at the KhojGurbani forum.
Slides (pdf) : ਮਨ
Video of the talk (with Q & A at the end) – here
I know nothing about revelation. Yet, the previous sentence was revealed. I did not think & write that sentence. That happens to me, often. !
In fact, I wasn’t even thinking about writing on this. Until I met Bhai Baldeep Singh (Anad foundation), who in a very candid conversation cared to explain the difference between something that is composed & otherwise, revealed.
Bhai ji shared a personal story of the time when he was trying to compose a rhythmic composition on Jori. ! He sat for few hours & maybe days (I dont remember the precise details) making an effort, trying to put together a composition. But it didn’t come through. And then he went silent. He invited & courted silence in his mind. He created that space that was required for the composition to be born or better, revealed. After few hours of sitting in silence, it came to him & he started scribbling on his notebook without much thought but with an impeccable flow. A beautiful composition was thus revealed.
Since the day he shared this story, I have been thinking about it. Yesterday this story came up again in a different conversation with another friend of mine, who was present when Bhai ji shared his story. And while listening to the story again, something dawned upon me. And that was why composition & revelation are so different. And what makes them so different.
At a fundamental level, the difference between a composition & revelation lies in the sense of responsibility. Do I consider myself responsible for creating this stuff ? Or I just shake my hands off all responsibility & hand it over to a miraculous & mysterious being who just takes care of me.
Do I view this world as a place where every one is on his own & I have to fight with the last man left to survive ? Do I view this world as a hostile place where every one is here to “get” me & I have to prove myself to be the smartest person anyone could surround himself with ?
Or Do i view this world as a caring, comfortable place where a universal force takes care of not just me but everyone. Do I not understand but “know” that everyone is just the same ? Do I “know” the Oneness of this universe ?
What I have come to understand in my own life is that I have been struggling really hard to compose my life. I want a certain set of experiences & shun the rest. I want a certain kind & type of people in my life, rest are wasting my time. I want to learn a particular skill because that will get me the next job. Heck, I choose to mate on certain days of the month because I want to compose a baby. ! What a composed life.
Why can not I let life reveal itself to me ? Why not have a little faith & embrace all experiences & people & let life live it through me.
For that to happen, my mind has to go silent. My mind has to let go of all the control & really know that at the end of it, it’s not me who’s calling the shots – that’s just an illusion. My mind has to open up to serendipitous experiences of the life.
It’s the same as Baba Nanak lived his revealed life & in the process revealed “ਧੁਰ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ” (dhur ki baani) to us.
ਕਰਣੀ ਕਾਰ ਧੁਰਹੁ ਫੁਰਮਾਈ ਆਪਿ ਮੁਆ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਰੀ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਹਾ ਰਸੁ ਮੀਠਾ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਨਾਮਿ ਨਿਵਾਰੀ ॥5॥2॥
karanee kaar dhurahu furamaaee aap muaa man maaree |
naanak naam mehaa ras meethaa thrisanaa naam nivaaree |5|2|
Composed – 07/12/2015
By Chetandeep Singh – May 30th 2014
It’s not as we think it is.
It’s seems different.
The reality is completely different.
It’s an illusion !
Since, I am a student -Sikh – which literally means – learn, I am learning & will continue to learn my entire life. I am coming to grasps with the basic illusion of life & that’s what I am sharing in this post.
ਮਾਧਵੇ ਕਿਆ ਕਹੀਐ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਐਸਾ ॥
ਜੈਸਾ ਮਾਨੀਐ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਤੈਸਾ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
The literal translation would be:
Friend (God), What to say (desperation), What an illusion I am caught in. The way I believe, in reality, it is not that. !
And just reading, this seizes the attention & points us to the fundamental truth that we are living in an illusion (Matrix, anyone ?)
Naturally, the question arises:- Ravidas Ji, please explain, What is this illusion, you are talking about ? And he explains in the entire shabad with couple of examples:-
ਰਾਗੁ ਸੋਰਠਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਗਤ ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਜੀ ਕੀ
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਜਬ ਹਮ ਹੋਤੇ ਤਬ ਤੂ ਨਾਹੀ ਅਬ ਤੂਹੀ ਮੈ ਨਾਹੀ ॥
ਅਨਲ ਅਗਮ ਜੈਸੇ ਲਹਰਿ ਮਇ ਓਦਧਿ ਜਲ ਕੇਵਲ ਜਲ ਮਾਂਹੀ ॥1॥
ਮਾਧਵੇ ਕਿਆ ਕਹੀਐ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਐਸਾ ॥
ਜੈਸਾ ਮਾਨੀਐ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਤੈਸਾ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
When I am there, YOU are not there. Now only YOU are there, I cease to exist. Even though high waves originate in the ocean, all the seemingly separate waves are nothing but ocean itself.
Ravidas points out the fundamental illusion(flaw/truth), which is, the illusion of the mind that thinks itself as the doer. Our mind thinks that I am the doer, that I exist, that I need to make an effortful living & it’s only my effort that will get things done. And precisely this mindset is what Ravidas is calling out to watch for. When I think I am the doer, then God, you dont exist, but NOW, YOU are there, hence I (my ego) have died.
I think, what it points to is or what Ravidas Ji is calling out is to surrender our mind & trust the life (universe/god).
By Chetandeep Singh – June 14th 2014
Nanak explained the difference between Siddh Sabha & Sant Sabha.
ਸਿਧ ਸਭਾ ਕਰਿ ਆਸਣਿ ਬੈਠੇ ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਜੈਕਾਰੋ ॥
In my limited understanding, Nanak says Siddh Sabha Kar Aasan Baithe – that in the Siddh Goshti, We sat down with the Siddhs & there seems to be a tradition in Siddhas that says “Siddh Sabha di Jai”. But Nanak says, Jaikar (Victory/Glory) to Sant Sabha & not Siddh Sabha.
What is Sant Sabha:-
ਭਾਈ ਰੇ ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਕੀ ਰੇਣੁ ॥
ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਧੇਣੁ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਜੈਕਾਰੁ ਕਰਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਉ ॥
ਮਿਲਿ ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਂਜੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਕੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਨਿਵਾਸੁ ॥
ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਮਹਿ ਇਹੁ ਰਸੁ ਟੋਲਹੁ ॥
ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਖੋਜਿ ਲਹਹੁ ਘਰੁ ਅਪਨਾ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਗਰਭ ਮਝਾਰਾ ਹੇ ॥4॥
From all these, it seems very obvious that Sant Sabha is something internal to us, inside us & not something outside.
For that, we need to first, define Sant. !
That’s for another post.