SGGS Ji Ang 1103/1104

Raag Maroo – Bhagat Kabir Ji

In this Shabad, some Brahmins and Pandits told Bhagat Kabir Ji that he was of low caste and should not preach about Naam to others. Only after he was reborn as a Brahmin i.e. of a high caste could he speak about Scriptures and Naam. The entire Shabad is a reply to this taunt and attempt to muzzle the great Bhagat from sharing Naam with others.

Bhagat Ji says those who take to Naam, (despite their so-called low caste),  like drops of water in the ocean, and waves in the streams they shall merge into the Lord. The Lord in His Sunn State (where creation originates from), shall Meet them as they rise to Sunn Avastha and they shall become subtle, impartial and transparent (formless) like air.

“Udhak samundh salall ki sakhiya nadhi tarangh samavhege; Sunne Sunn miliya samdarsi pavan roop hoye jaayenge.”

Kabir Ji next says, why should I come back again? (be in reincarnation); it is His Hukam that one comes and goes (in births and deaths), but if I realise His Hukam, I shall Merge into Him.

“Bahur ham kahe aavenghe; aawan jaana Hukam tisse ka Hukme bujh samaveghe.” (rahao)

When the external perishable body made of five elements is not my sole concern (rather, the focus is on the mann), all delusions shall be wiped out.  As I meditate upon the One Name,  I shall no longer seek His Darshan, rather (by Merging) as I shall be One with Him and see all as He sees.

“Jab chukay panch dhaat ki rachna aisey bharam chukavenge; Darshan chodh bhaye samdarsi Eko Naam dhiaavenge.”

I shall do whatever He attaches me to and I shall act according to His Will in whatever He directs me to do. As the Lord Grants His Grace then one Merges into the Guru’s Shabad (Naam).

“Jit ham laaye tith hi laaage taise karam kamavenghe; Har Ji Kirpa kare jao Aapni tao Gur Ke Shabad samavhenge.”

If one dies while still alive and lives after such death (of ego), one is not reborn again.  Kabir says one who is absorbed in Naam, his liv (consciousness) remains absorbed in the Sunn State (Primal State) of the Lord.

“Jiwat marho marho phunh jiwho punrap janam na hoyi; Kaho Kabir jo Naam samaanhe Sunn rehiya liv soyi.”

Shabad no. 4

“ਉਦਕ ਸਮੁੰਦ ਸਲਲ ਕੀ ਸਾਖਿਆ ਨਦੀ ਤਰੰਗ ਸਮਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥

Like drops of water in the water of the ocean, and like waves in the stream, I merge in the Lord.

ਸੁੰਨਹਿ ਸੁੰਨੁ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਸਮਦਰਸੀ ਪਵਨ ਰੂਪ ਹੋਇ ਜਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥੧॥

Merging my being into the Absolute Being of God, I have become impartial and transparent, like the air. ||1||

ਬਹੁਰਿ ਹਮ ਕਾਹੇ ਆਵਹਿਗੇ ॥

Why should I come into the world again?

ਆਵਨ ਜਾਨਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਤਿਸੈ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਬੁਝਿ ਸਮਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

Coming and going is by the Hukam of His Command; realizing His Hukam, I shall merge in Him. ||1||Pause||

ਜਬ ਚੂਕੈ ਪੰਚ ਧਾਤੁ ਕੀ ਰਚਨਾ ਐਸੇ ਭਰਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥

When the body, formed of the five elements, perishes, then any such doubts shall end.

ਦਰਸਨੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਭਏ ਸਮਦਰਸੀ ਏਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵਹਿਗੇ ॥੨॥

Giving up the different schools of philosophy, I look upon all equally; I meditate only on the One Name. ||2||

ਜਿਤ ਹਮ ਲਾਏ ਤਿਤ ਹੀ ਲਾਗੇ ਤੈਸੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥

Whatever I am attached to, to that I am attached; such are the deeds I do.

ਹਰਿ ਜੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਜਉ ਅਪਨੀ ਤੌ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਮਾਵਹਿਗੇ ॥੩॥

When the Dear Lord grants His Grace, then I am merged in the Word of the Guru’s Shabad. ||3||

ਜੀਵਤ ਮਰਹੁ ਮਰਹੁ ਫੁਨਿ ਜੀਵਹੁ ਪੁਨਰਪਿ ਜਨਮੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥

Die while yet alive, and by so dying, be alive; thus you shall not be reborn again.

ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੋ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਨੇ ਸੁੰਨ ਰਹਿਆ ਲਿਵ ਸੋਈ ॥੪॥੪॥

Says Kabeer, whoever is absorbed in the Naam remains lovingly absorbed in the Primal, Absolute Lord. ||4||4||”

Shabad Veechar by Manjeet Singh

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