Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Whether they are spouses or friends, all are concerned only with their own happiness

This Shabad is by Guru Tegh Bahaadur Ji in Raag Dayv Gandhaaree on Ang 536 of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj:

dyvgMDwrI mhlw 9 ]
dhaevaga(n)dhhaaree mehalaa 9
Raag Dayv-Gandhaaree, Ninth Mehla:

jgq mY JUTI dyKI pRIiq ]
jagath mai jhoot(h)ee dhaekhee preeth
In this world, I have seen love to be false.

Apny hI suK isau sB lwgy ikAw dwrw ikAw mIq ]1] rhwau ]
apanae hee sukh sio sabh laagae kiaa dhaaraa kiaa meeth 1 rehaao
Whether they are spouses or friends, all are concerned only with their own happiness. 1Pause

myrau myrau sBY khq hY ihq isau bwiDE cIq ]
maero maero sabhai kehath hai hith sio baadhhiou cheeth
All say, ""Mine, mine"", and attach their consciousness to you with love.

AMiq kwil sMgI nh koaU ieh Acrj hY rIiq ]1]
a(n)th kaal sa(n)gee neh kooo eih acharaj hai reeth 1
But at the very last moment, none shall go along with you. How strange are the ways of the world! 1

mn mUrK AjhU nh smJq isK dY hwirE nIq ]
man moorakh ajehoo neh samajhath sikh dhai haariou neeth
The foolish mind has not yet reformed itself, although I have grown weary of continually instructing it.

nwnk Baujlu pwir prY jau gwvY pRB ky gIq ]2]3]6]38]47]
naanak bhoujal paar parai jo gaavai prabh kae geeth 2363847
O Nanak, one crosses over the terrifying world-ocean, singing the Songs of God. 2363847

Everywhere in the word there is love.. a brother or sister’s love, parent’s love, friend’s love, children’s love, grandparent’s love and a partner’s love.. In each case this love is subject to two people that have the five vices of lust, anger, greed, emotional attachment and false egotistical pride. People like me use the word love but underneath all they have are these vices. As a result they put their own personal happiness first and avoid pain at the expense of others. This is the rahaao line and we need to contemplate on this.

Its easy to claim someone as an “mine", as someone that somehow belongs to us and in loving that person through Moh, we attach ourselves emotionally to them. But the real worth of any love is seen when it is put to the test..

Very few and far between are those capable of passing these tests and even those who are the most loving, who always put you first before themselves, who would even give their lives to save yours cannot save you when the last moment comes when Death takes you because none can accompany you..

How strange is that?! Why do we put so much energy into the love of those who in the end are in the same position as us but cannot save us, cannot get us across this world-ocean of sadness..

The mind of a stupid person like me does not learn and sadly that mortal’s efforts to change himself will go in vain unless he prays to the Lord and sincerely sings His praises to cross over the world-ocean, and achieve the meaning of life; self-realization and emancipation. This is what True Love is. The True Love between the Beloved and the soul-bride never dies, True Love never fades, True Love is forever..

As stated on Ang 54:

swcI pRIiq n quteI swcy myil imlwau ]
saachee preeth n thuttee saachae mael milaao
True Love is never broken; she is united in Union with the True One.


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