ਭਈ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਦੇਹੁਰੀਆ ॥ ਬਿੰਦ ਮਿਲਣ ਕੀ ਇਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਰੀਆ ॥
ਅਵਰਿ ਕਾਜ ਤੇਰੈ ਕਿਤੈ ਨ ਕਾਮ ॥ ਮਿਲੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਭਜੁ ਕੇਵਲ ਨਾਮ ॥੧॥
O man. you have come into this world to merge with the Lord. who has created the universe and is the supreme positive force. You have covered the long distance. of birth and rebirth. from inert matter to the plant kingdom. to the animal kingdom and finally to Man. bestowed with the Divine wisdom. to meet your Divine Master
This is your golden chance to meet the Lord of the universe. If you miss this chance. you will fall into the vicious circle of birth and rebirth again. right from the lowest level to that of the highest creature. All the Eastern religions. including Gurbani. say that there are 84 lakh species on this planet and Man is considered to be the supreme living being amongst them all. Man is considered the master of all living species because he is blessed with Divine wisdom to reach his Divine destination.
ਅਵਰ ਜੋਨਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਪਨਿਹਾਰੀ ॥ ਇਸੁ ਧਰਤੀ ਮਹਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਸਿਕਦਾਰੀ ॥
To follow the path of spirituality, there are two essentials that the Almighty has created for us The first is the earth. which is called Dharamsala a place where good actions and deeds are performed: and the second is the physical body that performs these actions.
Almost all religions of the world teach us that there are only two paths in this world. One leads to heaven and the other to hell. Guru Nanak says that heaven is to Live in tune with the Almighty Lord and hell is to live in dissonance from the Divine. following the dictates of the egoistic mind.
Almost every Eastern religion follows the doctrine that if man lives in the company of holy persons (Sangat) he follows a path to heaven and becomes Gurmukh (being in tune with the Divine and ending the cycle of birth and rebirth). On the other hand. if the same man associates himself with bad company (kusangat) he becomes Manmukh (becoming egoistical. following the path to hell )
ਜਿਤਨੇ ਨਰਕ ਸੇ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਭੋਗੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਲੇਪੁ ਨ ਮਾਸਾ ਹੇ ॥
The Guru has taught us that the way to walk on the Divine path of salvation in life is to completely eliminate the ego and be completely in tune with the Divine Name. The Guru says ‘0 man you are God if you have no ego’. Man minus Ego is God.
ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥
To become a devoted disciple of God. follow the doctrine of spirituality in letter and spirit. Wake up early in the morning ie. at Amrit vela. (three hours before sun rise). have a bath. recite the glory of Divine Name and sing the hymns of the Divine Master. During the day. while performing worldly duties you should intensely feel that these are the duties for God. Even while working and doing your yob. feel intense love with the Divine. Master and be in tune with the Divine Name.
With the passage of time. you will reach the stage when you shall recite the Divine Name with every breath and your inner self will be completely free of ego. Then you will be ready to receive the divine wisdom of the Almighty Lord (Brahm Gyan). You will become the role model of divinity and inspire others to follow the divine path. In this regard, the Guru says beg the dust from the feet of such a person. who is in tune with the Divine Name and inspires others to do so.
ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਧੂੜਿ ਮੰਗੈ ਤਿਸੁ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਕੀ ਜੋ ਆਪਿ ਜਪੈ ਅਵਰਹ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਾਵੈ ॥