Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Whatever You do, or cause to be done, O Lord and Master, that outcome is acceptable to me

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Dhanaasree on Ang 677 of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj:

DnwsrI mhlw 5
dhhanaasaree mehalaa 5
Dhanaasaree, Fifth Mehla:

<> siqgur pRswid ]
ik oa(n)kaar sathigur prasaadh
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

Gir bwhir qyrw Brvwsw qU jn kY hY sMig ]
ghar baahar thaeraa bharavaasaa thoo jan kai hai sa(n)g
At home, and outside, I place my trust in You; You are always with Your humble servant.

kir ikrpw pRIqm pRB Apuny nwmu jpau hir rMig ]1]
kar kirapaa preetham prabh apunae naam japo har ra(n)g 1
Bestow Your Mercy, O my Beloved God, that I may chant the Lord's Name with love. 1

jn kau pRB Apny kw qwxu ]
jan ko prabh apanae kaa thaan
God is the strength of His humble servants.

jo qU krih krwvih suAwmI sw msliq prvwxu ] rhwau ]
jo thoo karehi karaavehi suaamee saa masalath paravaan rehaao
Whatever You do, or cause to be done, O Lord and Master, that outcome is acceptable to me. Pause

piq prmysru giq nwrwiexu Dnu gupwl gux swKI ]
path paramaesar gath naaraaein dhhan gupaal gun saakhee
The Transcendent Lord is my honor; the Lord is my emancipation; the glorious sermon of the Lord is my wealth.

crn srn nwnk dws hir hir sMqI ieh ibiD jwqI ]2]1]25]
charan saran naanak dhaas har har sa(n)thee eih bidhh jaathee 2125
Slave Nanak seeks the Sanctuary of the Lord's feet; from the Saints, he has learned this way of life. 2125

Guru Arjan Dev Ji literally states wherever the Lord’s servants are, the Husband Lord is always with them. Everything and everyone is His creation. Metaphorically, the home is often used in Gurbani to mean the home of the inner self where the soul resides. For e.g on Ang 30:
Gr hI ivic mhlu pwieAw gur sbdI vIcwir ]2]
ghar hee vich mehal paaeiaa gur sabadhee veechaar 2
Within the home of their own inner being, they obtain the Mansion of the Lord's Presence, reflecting on the Guru's Shabad. 2

So His true servants place full trust and faith in Akaal Purakh in the home of the inner being, inside their minds, souls, and externally in their bodies they physically act according to His Will. Without His pity or Mercy, without kirpaa we can achieve nothing. So the Gursikhs beg for His Mercy to sing praises lovingly to their Beloved. Akaal Purakh provides strength, faith and support to His Gursikhs to follow their rehit, to live in His Hukam and accept His Will..

The Rahaao line to reflect on is the Gursikh accepts what the Lord does; He is the Causer of everything that happens.. Everything happens for a reason – we might not know what that is because we are not capable of fathoming or understanding the Lord. But the Gursikh keeps faith, gains strength and takes welfare in being in total acceptance of the Lord’s Will knowing that on His path anything is possible.. Guru Arjan Dev Ji wrote this Shabad and Himself King of Kings had full belief, respect and love for the Divine Message of Gurbani. He Himself wrote about accepting the Lord’s Will proved it by giving Shaheedi foremost when the time came in total acceptance.

When such testing times arise, people may worry about their respect or reputation, honour or wealth or be offered all these to encourage them to waiver from their faith. But Gursikhs remember Gurbani teaches the Lord is the Provider of all things. Guru Nanak Dev Ji always wanted to be referred as a mere servant or slave of the Lord in the prose of Gurbani so the Fifth Guru Nanak says the entire life of a Gursikh should be lived at God’s feet. It is His feet from which everything is obtained, it is God’s feet from which one will be protected from pain or suffering, and accepting His Will that is where we should seek shelter.


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