Hymns of Guru Nanak, the wisdom of the guru, the heart of light, the power of superconsciousness
Our mind is like a rogue elephant crazed with notions of its own might. It lives in a jungle of delusions and attachment. It runs hither and thither in tenor of death If it finds the gum to guide, it will find its sanctuary. Without the gum’s word, the mind will not be stilled; Repeat the Name of Rama, it is utterly pure Abandon other ritual, it is bitterness of the ego. How can this wayward mind be stilled? Unless it understands, it will suffer at the hands of death. God is our Saviour. The true guru can unite us with God. He can draw the thorn of death out of our flesh He can make truth triumphant. The mind though compounded of five elements Determines our destiny for it is the doer And in the mind is law divine. The mind of the fool worships power and is full of greed.
By the guru’s advice it worships the Name, is freed And attains eternal felicity. Under the guru’s instruction the mind finds Its tme function; Under the guru’s instruction the mind comprehends the three worlds. The mind can be a celibate yogi or the householder. The mind can be a performer of penances; Under the guru’s instruction it can realize God.
Thus doth the restless mind come to rest And relinquish thoughts of self. In every heart is the contagion of duality: Under instruction of the guru (it avoids the contagion) It tastes the divine essence of God. And at every door of every home and mansion it Is welcomed with honour.
This mind of ours can be a monarch And the hero of the field of battle, The guru gives it the gift of the Name and makes it fearless. Man, conquer your five enemies (lust, anger, greed, attachment and pride) Reduce them to servitude And along with your ego bundle them into one! The music of the guru’s message fulfils Man loses taste for other food. The guru’s message awakens the mind to worship. It hears music unstruck and meditates on the Name It understands its spiritual self and becomes formless. In the mansion of the Lord is our mind purified The guru teaches it to love and worship. Day and night it sings praises of God—such grace the guru brings.
In every heart is God who is without end and without a beginning. This mind is drank with juices of God Under the guru’s instruction find God, the curer of all ailments. Sit at the feet of the guru and become a worshipper Nanak is the slave of the slaves of the people of God.
The teaching of the guru is true, It rids the mind of obstinacy, All other clever devices are but an accumulation of dust, Dust that settles on the mind is wiped away by the Name. By the grace of the guru, the mind remains attached to Him. Let us repair to His presence and pray to Him All joys and sorrows emanate from the True Creator.
He who earns the wages of falsehood (Will be caught in the wheel of life) He will be born to die, die to be reborn, again and again; Because this hath no end, it is hard to explain What (when all is said and done), of what we see Do we understand or comprehend? Without the Name, the mind will not find peace He that is born must suffer this affliction. Delusion and self-esteem bring sorrow in their train Only those the Lord protects are saved He who serves the true guru tastes divine ambrosia. He stills the wayward mind, He lets us taste the nectar, He who serves the true guru will drink ambrosia With the true Word he will attain salvation Sayeth Nanak, he will thus expel thoughts within of self.
There is One God His Name is Truth. He is the Creator, He is without fear and without hate. He is beyond tune Immortal, His Spirit pervades the universe. He is not born, Nor does He die to be born again, He is self-existent. By the guru’s grace shalt thou worship Him. Before time itself There was Truth, When time beg^n to run its course He became the Truth. Even now; He is the Truth And sayeth Nanak Evermore shall Truth prevail.
Not by thought alone Can He be known, Though one think A hundred thousand times; Not in solemn silence Nor in deep meditation. Accumulation of the wealth of the world Cannot appease the hunger for truth, No, by none of these, Nor by a hundred thousand other devices, Can God be reached. How then shall the Truth be known? How the veil of false illusion torn? O Nanak, thus runneth the writ divine, Abide by His will and make it thine.
By Him are all forms created, But His ordinances we do not know, By Him infused with life and blessed, By Him are some to excellence elated, Others born lowly and depressed. By His writ some have pleasure, others pain; By His grace some are saved, Others doomed to die, re-live and die again. His will encompasseth all, there be none beside. O Nanak, he who knows, hath no ego and no pride.
Who has the power to praise His might? Who has the measure of His bounty? Of His portents who has the sight? Who can value His virtue, His deeds, His charity? Who has the knowledge of His wisdom? Of His deep, impenetrable thought? How worship Him who creates life, Then destroys, And having destroyed doth re-create? How worship Him who appeareth far Yet is ever present and proximate? There is no end to His description, Though the speakers and their speeches be legion. He the Giver ever giveth, We who receive grow weary, On His bounty humanity liveth From primal age to posterity, O Nanak, He is joyous and carefree.
God is the Master, God is Truth, His name spelleth love divine, His creatures ever cry: ‘O give, O give’, He the bounteous doth never decline. What then in offering shall we bring That we may see His court above? What then shall we say in speech That hearing may evoke His love? In the ambrosial hours of a fragrant dawn On truth and greatness ponder in meditation, Through action determine how thou be bom, Through grace alone will come salvation. O Nanak, this need we know alone, That God and Truth are two in one.
He cannot be proved, for He is uncreated; He is without matter, self-existent. They that serve shall honoured be, O Nanak, the Lord is most excellent. Praise the Lord, hear them that do Him praise, In your hearts His name be graven Sorrows from your soul erase And make your hearts a joyous haven. The guru’s word hath Vedic learning, For though it be the guru’s word God Himself speaks therein. Thus run the words of the guru: *God is the Destroyer, Preserver and Creator, God is the Goddess too. Words to describe are hard to find, I would venture if I knew.’ This alone the g uru my teacher taught : There is but one Lord of all creation, Forget Him not.
If it pleases the Lord In holy waters would I bathe, If it pleases Him not, Worthless is that pilgrimage. This is the law of all creation, That nothing’s gained save by action. Thy mind, wherein buried lie Precious stones, jewels, gems, Shall opened be if thou but try And hearken to the guru’s word. This alone the guru my teacher taught, There is but one Lord of all creation, Forget Him not.
Were life’s span extended to the four ages And ten times more, Were one known over the nine shores Ever in humanity’s fore, Were one to achieve greatness With a name noised over the earth, If one found not favour with the Lord What would it all be worth ? Among the worms be as vermin, By sinners be accused of sin. O Nanak, the Lord fills the vicious with virtue, The virtuous maketh more true. Knowest thou of any other Who in turn could the Lord thus favour ?
By hearing the Word Men achieve wisdom, saintliness, courage and contentment. By hearing the Word Men learn of the earth, the power that supports it, and the firmament By hearing the Word Men learn of the upper and nether regions, of islands and continents. , By hearing the Word Men conquer the fear of death and the elements. O Nanak, the Word hath such magic for the worshippers, Those that hear, death do not fear. Their sorrows end and sins disappear.
By hearing the Word Mortals are to godliness raised. By hearing the Word The foul-mouthed are filled with pious praise. By hearing the Word Are revealed the secrets of yoga, body and of nature. By hearing the Word Is acquired the wisdom of all the scriptures. O Nanak, the Word hath such magic for the worshippers, Those that hear, death do not fear, Their sorrows end and sins disappear. 10
By healing the Word One learns of truth, contentment, and becomes wise. By hearing the Word The need for pilgrimages does not arise, By hearing the Word The student achieves scholastic distinction. By hearing the Word The mind is easily led to meditation. O Nanak, the Word hath such magic for the worshippers, Those that hear, death do not fear, Their sorrows end and sins disappear.
By hearing the Word One plumbs the depths of virtue’s sea. By hearing die Word One acquires learning, holiness and royalty. By hearing the Word The blind see and their paths are made visible. By hearing the Word the fathomless becomes fordable. O Nanak, the Word hath such magic for the worshippers,Those that hear, death do not fear, Their sorrows end and sins disappear.
The believer’s bliss one cannot describe, He who endeavours regrets in the end, There is no paper, pen, nor any scribe Who can the believer’s state comprehend. The Name of the Lord is immaculate, He who would know must have faith.
The believer hath wisdom and understanding; The believer hath knowledge of all the spheres; The believer shall not stumble in ignorance, Nor of death have any fears. The Name of the Lord is immaculate. He who would know must have faith.
The believer’s way is of obstructions free; The believer is honoured in the presence sublime; The believer’s path is not lost in error, For faith hath taught him law divine. The Name of the Lord is immaculate, He who would know must have faith.
The believer reaches the gates of salvation; His kith and kin he also saves. Having saved himself, to his disciples he shows the way. They do not go a-begging, they do not go astray. The Name of the Lord is immaculate, He who would know must have faith.
Thus are chosen the leaders of men, Thus honoured in God’s estimation; Though they grace the courts of kings, Their minds are fixed on the guru alone. Their words are weighed with reason, They know that God’s works are legion. Law which like the fabled bull supports the earth Is of compassion born; Though it binds the world in harmony, Its strands are thin and worn. He who the truth would learn Must know of the bull and the load it bore, For there are worlds besides our own And beyond them many more. Who is it that bears these burdens? What power bears him that beareth them? Of creatures of diverse kinds and colours The ever-flowing pen hath made record. Can anyone write what it hath writ? Or say how great a task was it? How describe His beauty and His might? His bounty how estimate? How speak of Him who with one word Did the whole universe create, And made a thousand rivers flow therein? What might have I to praise Thy might? I have not power to give it praise. Whatever be Thy wish, I say Amen, Mayest Thou endure, O Formless One.
The Mind of the Guru, He who takes this mind to the higher regions , the mystery of the three worlds is revealed to him, The popular phrase “A teacher appears when a student is ready”. A True Guru Wants You to Be Independent , A True Guru Goes Beyond Religion , A True Guru Will Dismantle Your Ego
The word of the Guru in order to acquaint bis mind with the wisdom of the Guru , the lofty words of Divine Wisdom and ultimate truth. It is preliminary training of the mind through the eyes and the ears . It lifts the mind of the aspirant from the usual to the Divine.
He who takes this mind to the higher regions , the mystery of the three worlds is revealed to him
When the mind is illumined with Divine knowledge The mystery of the three worlds is revealed . He , who is the seeker of virtue , Shall never forget the holy Name.
This world in the Guru ‘ s view is not a reflection of some higher worlds . … has realized God’s Will knows that the same Spirit abides within him and in the three worlds.
THE POWER OP THE GURU.
One of the first things that must strike a render of the Granth is the very great importance attached to the Guru. AR it states in one place :— “The very fortunate one obtahls a sight of the Divine By true love to the word of the Guru. Six philosophical systems are current : But the system of the Guru is profound and boundless. “By the system of the Guru emancipation and salvation are ‘ brought about. That true one himself dwells in the mind of the disciple. By the doctrine of the Guru the world is saved. If one bestow affectionate love on it.”
Gurus enjoyed a high position also because they were believed to possess various divine powers or siddihis
HOW TO FIND A TRUE GURU
what do you do when you have to buy a new car or a new home? I assume you do research, ask your friends for their opinions, and use your own knowledge to make the right purchase. Even when you buy a new phone or tablet, the decision is based on what you like, what’s available, and what suits your style, right? You select your life partner carefully, too. Would you marry a person you didn’t like from day one? So, since you have been choosing the most important things in your life based upon research and comfort, you will choose the Guru using the same model, right?
You will pick the Guru that you like. You will find solace in the Guru who makes you comfortable. You will seek out the Guru who matches your lifestyle. Not so fast. Finding a Guru bears no resemblance to shopping for one. A Guru is not meant to make us feel more comfortable. They arrive in our lives to push our buttons and ignite transformation. So we can’t go from place to place, looking for the “right fit.” when we decide that we are ready for a Guru, the best thing we can do is begin to work on our egos. The biggest roadblock to meeting a true Guru is the ego. Remember, you can think of ego as standing for “edging Guru out.” Take the Guru out, and the ego will walk in. Allow the ego in, and the Guru will walk out. The ego stops us from accepting the idea that someone with flesh and bones can teach us life lessons.
The popular phrase “A teacher appears when a student is ready” is absolutely true in this situation.
The ultimate truth is this: You cannot find a Guru. You can only let a Guru discover you. The only thing you can do is prepare yourself for the Guru’s discovery.
Try as much as you want. if you go out and search for a Guru, you may land at a place where your ego is fed. The title of this section is somewhat of a trick for your ego and shopping habits. Butt am not trying to deceive you. t just want you to have clarity. You are much too precious to end up in the wrong hands.
A Guru’s job is to make you a tough seeker, able to face any challenge in life.
When a Guru is alive, there is vibrancy. There is freedom and yet a management of the journey. A Guru lives in the present. The past and future are irrelevant to a Guru. Their solution to the same problem may change over time because the student’s energy, or even the world’s energy, may change as time passes, too. A Guru responds to the present moment, not to past information.
⦁ A True Guru Wants You to Be Independent
⦁ A True Guru Goes Beyond Religion
⦁ A True Guru Will Dismantle Your Ego
A Guru’s message goes beyond religion and all other popular norms. Gurus don’t repeat heavy quotes from scriptures; instead, they guide you from experience. A Guru will accept you in your religion. There won’t be a need to convert into anything.
A True Guru Will Dismantle Your Ego – A Guru will attack your ego from many angles. You can either take these attacks as insults or learn to understand the hidden lessons in them. The problem is that we’re programmed in such a way that any simple method to cure the ego doesn’t work. Society, media,news, schools, and doctrines and brainwashing propaganda feeds our ego and fear programmning keeping mankind tuned into lower vibration (low state available information). One person, a Guru, wants to detoxify you from all of the ego clutter. It is a lot of work, but it can be done if you apply yourself.
Servants of the universe and the elders. The universe is Yours; You are the Lord of all. You created all. Some serve at Your door and their sufferings are dispelled. They are honoured in God’s court; the guru frees them. The guru breaks the bonds of ego and does not let the mind to be fickle. Meet the guru and follow his way. By which you find God and not have to answer for your account. Eliminate ego and serve the guru.
Without the guru the transcendent Lord no one is yours? Serving the Guru is the way to salvation by praising God forever.
The ocean is very deep, filled with fiery water; the guru carries us across.
The guru breaks the chains of death; the guru-willed realizes the reality. Cheated by falsehood, they walk on many paths. The heat of fire destroys the self-willed. The guru is the great giver of sacred name. Reciting God’s name attains eternal peace. The amazing true guru teaches the truth. Eliminates all sufferings and puts on the right path. No thorn pinches the foot of one who has the guru as his protector.
Meeting the true guru, the mind is stabilized. In his refuge they obtain God’s name. He bestows God’s priceless name.
Get imbued with God’s love forever; this is the essence of meditation and self-discipline. Recite God’s name through guru’s teachings. This essence is found in devotee’s congregation. Search your soul through guru’s teachings You will never go through womb again. Bathe at the sacred shrine of truth and sing God’s praises. Contemplating God with love realizes the reality. In the end the devil of death cannot rob those who say God with love.
The guru the bestowal is very wise. Those with truth inside merge with truth. One, whom the guru unites with him, gets rid of the fear of death. The body is formed combining five elements. God the jewel abides in it. The soul is God, God is soul; God is realized through guru’s teachings. O brother; be truthful and content. Be kind and stay at guru’s refuge. Search your soul and find God; it is realized through guru’s company. The faithless are stuck in falsehood and deceit. Day and night, they slander others.
Tell me: without the guru, who the faithless has been saved? Acting in ego he falls into the terrifying world-ocean. Without the guru, no one is saved; one crosses over reciting God. No one can erase guru’s blessings. The Lord carries across those whom He blesses. The pains of birth and death do not touch those who have the unlimited infinite God in the mind. Those who forget the guru come and go in reincarnation.
You are the almighty kind Lord. No one knows Your amazing plays. You are the perfect architect of destiny. From the beginning of time, throughout the ages, You take care of all. You the kind and beautiful Lord abide in each and every heart. As You wish, You cause all to follow; everyone acts according to Your command. O life of the world, your kind light shines in all. Everyone enjoys you and drinks your essence with love. lie gives and He takes in the whole universe. lie is the mother and father of the world.
He created the world and set the play in motion. He placed the soul in the body of air, water and fire. The body has nine gates; the tenth gate remains hidden. There are four terrible rivers of fire. Only a few guru-willed realize Him through guru’s unique teachings. The faithless are drowned and burnt through evil-mindedness. The guru saves those who are imbued with God’s love. You created water, fire, air, earth and the sky. You created life combining the five elements. They remain imbued with guru’s teaching eliminating worldly wealth and ego O brother.
The mind drenched with guru’s teaching gets satisfaction. Without God’s name there is no place to rest. They are being robbed inside; the faithless do not know the devil of death. The scary messengers and ghosts make lot of noise. These demons create lot of trouble. Without realizing guru’s teaching he keeps coming and going and loses his honour in the process. The body of the false person Is like a pile of salty dirt. Without God’s name what honour you have?
Without God’s name; salvation is not obtained; today or tomorrow he is going to fall In the hands of death. There is no friend without the guru. Here and hereafter, God is the saviour. He bestows God’s name by His grace and unites with him like water in water. Guru guides the misguided followers. He puts them on the right path when they are going stray. Serve the guru forever day and night; He is the destroyer of pain and he is your friend.
The Creator established nine gates. In the tenth gate, the unseen unexplainable infinite God lives. The seven seas are filled with pure water. The filth does not attach to Him. The lamps of the sun and the moon give light to all. Creating them, He watches His greatness. Embodiment of beauty, light and bestowal of happiness is honoured through truth. Within the fortress are the stores and markets; the business is transacted there. The supreme merchant weighs with the perfect weights. He buys and sells jewel and He determines the price as well. The appraiser appraises its value. The carefree is full of treasures. He has all powers, He pervades all; only a rare guru-willed understand Him. By His grace one meets the guru. The devil of death cannot strike him. He blossoms like the lotus in water; he recites God with joy. He rains the stream of nectar, jewels, diamonds, and priceless rubies. Meeting the guru realizes the perfect God through priceless love. Whoever receives the priceless treasure of love? It never decreases in weight. It is weighed correctly. The trader of truth buys the true merchandise.
Spiritual Master’s (Guru’s) powerful
“If one doesn’t understand the hidden sense of a mantra, one will have to surrender to an authentic master.” It goes on to add that when it comes to making mantras work it is the guru who is the path. The guru is seen as the supreme mediator between the ordinary and the divine. As the text puts it, “It is the guru who is the supreme pas-sageway (tirtha), in comparison to him any other passageway is of no use.” As a passageway to the divine the combination of the guru’s image and speech is especially powerful.