Illusion

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 ॥

This is a shabad from Guru Granth Sahib (Aad Granth) sung (written) by Ravidas.

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).