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SAHAJ AND SIKHISM December 27, 2008


Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak

The ultimate objective of the preaching of Sikhism, is to achieve a
Sahaj state of mind.
A state which is in complete balance, is natural and spontaneous. A
state in which the divine wish and our deeds are in complete harmony
with each other.

A unique feature of Sikhism, is the obeisance and worship by Sikhs,
of the holy scripture GURU GRANTH SAHEB’ as the LIVING GURU. Guru
Granth of Sikhs , is composed in ragas and is in the form of poetry,
and consists of the utterances of the six sikh Gurus along with the
recitations of realized saints like Kabir, Namdev, Ravidas etc.

On Sahaj Nanak says,`SAHAJE KO SAB KO LOCHDA,JETA SAGAL SANSAR’
Meaning: The whole world is desirous of attaining the state of sahaj.

He writes further, ‘VIN SAHAJE SAB ANDH HAI, MAYA MOH GUBAR’
Meaning: Without Sahaj ,we are all immersed in the blind veil of Maya
(Mammon).

According to Nanak,the whole world consists of three types of people.
Firstly, those who are Tamo Gunis , those who want to acquire
material wealth and worldly pleasures, by hook or by crook, Secondly
Rajo Gunis ,those who are more circumspect, and worry about the right
means and methods of acheiving their goals.Thirdly, the Sato Gunis,
those who try to follow the path of dharma in their lives. Beyond
these three gunas or states of Maya ,is the Sahaj state, in which one
is beyond these three gunas or becomes Guna teet.

The way to reach such a state in Sikhism is through,

(1) ‘Seva’ – the selfless service to mankind.

( 2.) Through’Bhakti’ i.e. through  kirtan /dwelling upon his virtues.

(3) By Simran i.e.by meditating  upon his name and repeating the guru mantra of

“VAHEGURU”, taken from  the letters of four yugas (eras) Va for Vasdev, Ha for hari , Ga for
gobind and Ra from Ram
.Thus when we utter `VAHEGURU’, the Kundalini
Shakti, gets awakened. It reaches the Sahastradhar for realized souls
but doesn’t reach there in case of non realized ones.
Nanak says of such a person, who has achieved sahaj state,

SAHAJE GRIH MEIN SAHAJ UDASI, SAHJE DUBIDHA MAN KI NASI.
JA KE SAHAJ MAN BHAYA ANAND, TA KAO BHETIYA PARMANAND..

SAHJE AMRIT PEO NAAM, SAHJE KENO JEE KO DAAN.
SAHAJ KATHA MEIN ATAM RASIYA, TA KE SANG ABINASI BASIYA.

SAHJE ASAN ASTHIR BHAIYA, SAHJE ANHAT SABAD VAJAIYA.
SAHJE RUN JHUN KAR SUHAIYA, JAKE GHAR PARBRAHAM SAMAIYA.

SAHJE JA KO PARIYO KARMA, SAHJE GUR BHETIYO SUCH DHARMA
JA KE SAHAJ BHAIYA SO JANE , NANAK DAS TA KE QURBANE.

Such persons perform all their actions in a sahaj way. They laugh and
live in sahaj, eat and drink in a sahaj and natural manner, in a
sahaj manner they give alms, do good deeds ,in sahaj they meditate,
in sahaj they remember him, in sahaj they drink the nectar of love ,
in sahaj their true religion is awakened.
In sahaj they become
thoughtless, in sahaj they become one with the divine.In sahaj they
listen to the anhat naad.

Nanak says, such is this exalted state of sahaj , that he isv even
willing to sacrifice his own life for such a person.
Guru Gobind singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, who baptized them
with amrit and gave them a separate identity with five K-
signs,namely Kara (the iron bangle), Kanga (the comb), Kes the
hair), Kacha (the long underwear)and Kirpan ( the sword). He created
a unique individual who was a saint and soldier at the same time, a
combination of Bhakti and Shakti.

It seems Guru Gobind Singh , was a worshipper of the Bhagwati , as is
evident from his writings.
On completion of the writing of the holy granth saheb , he wrote in
thanks,

`KRIPA KARI HUM PAR JAG MATA, GRANTH KARA PURAN SUBH RATA’
Meaning: The Divine Mother of this universe showered her blessings on
me ,therefore I was able to complete this granth.

In his auto biography he writes,
“HEM KUNT PARBAT HAI JAHAN, SAPT SRING SOBHAT HAI TAHAN
VAHA HUM ANIK TAPASYA SADHI, MAHAKAL KALKA AARADHI”
Meaning: In my previous life, I did lot of penance at Hemkunt
Mountain, and worshipped the supreme lord and the Adi Shakti or the
primordial mother(KALKA)
. Aaradhi means worshipping a female deity.

He composed ARDAS, the prayer of Sikhs.This prayer is recited by all
Sikhs in a standing manner , after performing any religious ceremony,
and is part and parcel of Sikh’s everyday ritual.
He writes,’ EK ONKAR SATGURU PRASAD, SHREE BHAGAUTI JI SAHAI’
Meaning: Remember the one creator, who is realized with the grace of
true guru , and then seek the assistance and blessings of Bhagwati.
In second line he writes,

“VAR SHRI BHAGAUTI JI KI PATSHAI DASVI”
The verse of shree Bhagwati and the ten true gurus.

In the third line he writes, “PRITHAM BHAGAUTI SIMAR KE GURU NANAK LAI DHIAYE”
First and foremost , remember the Bhagwati and then Nanak and the
other gurus thereafter.

So he kept Bhagwati mother over and above
Nanak and the other Sikh Gurus. Such seemed to be his regard for the
Bhagwati.Thus all Sikhs, unknowingly or knowingly worship and seek
the blessings of Bhagwati everyday.

Sikhism preaches the realization of union with divine in a sahaj
manner, and can aptly be described as Sahajayoga.

In everyday life, which is in the fast track mode these days, it is
extremely important to attain the sahaj, natural and spontaneous
state of mind, to lead a peaceful, happy and joyous life.

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32 Responses to “SAHAJ AND SIKHISM”

  1. Sailaja Says:

    Hi Peter,
    Wonderful post!!! I always wonder how you are able to grasp such excellent topics and give it to us in such a presentable way. I am too impressed. Recently Axinia mentioned that Sufism is also full of Sahaj principles and now that i realized Sikhism also is a form of Sahaja Yoga in principle and i feel sikhs are more close to GOD and REality even if they are not realized. Guru Nanak ji has recognized our Beloved Mother and adressed Her Bhagawati much before the advent. This is fantastic.
    I like your blog so much and still reading some upanishads repeatedly as they are still beyond my understanding. Hat’s off to you. I enjoyed all your videos too. Awaiting more such posts from you
    sailaja

  2. godsoldier Says:

    Hi,
    Just to clarify, in Sikhism there are two types of Ardas, one is a personal one, which we all do everyday, when we ask vaheguru for something. The other which this article is refering to is a congregational ardas, which was not created by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaaj, this ardas which the article creator is refering to is was created in the 18th century by Sikh scholars.

    Parts have been taken from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Parts from Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji, namely the Bachitar Natak in Dasam Granth. The Dasam Granth was written by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj, the 10th form of Nanak.

    Bhagauti refers to a Sword and not a goddess.

    Whoever wrote this has absolutely no idea what Sikhism is about.

    The Sikhs knowingly ask for protection from Vaheguru and not a mother or a goddess.

    This is not an attack, just clarifying what is the Truth and what is not.

    For more information, you can email me on godsoldier@live.com

    In the beginning I remember Bhagauti, the Lord (Who is the sword) and then I remember Guru Nanak

    Then I remember Guru Arjan, Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Das, may they be helpful to me.

    Then I remember Guru Arjan, Guru Hargobind and Guru Har Rai

    (After them) I remember Guru Har Kishan, by whose sight all the sufferings vanish

    Then I do remember Guru Tegh Bahadur, though whose Grace the nine treasures come running to my house

    May they be helpful to me everywhere

    At first the Lord created the double-edged sword and then He created the whole world.

    He created Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and then created the play of Nature

    He created the oceans, mountains and the earth made the sky stable without columns

  3. Peter Says:

    Bhagauti means Divine Power or ‘Divine Sword’. To compare Bhagauti with simple sword is hilarious.
    🙂

  4. godsoldier Says:

    Hilarious are those who manipulate Gurbani to promote themselves.
    The Truth is still the Truth, doesn’t matter which way you twist it.
    Your article is incorrect, which is the Truth, a Fact.

  5. Peter Says:

    Dear One,

    Looks like that you want to understand GOD only from one book.
    Read this:
    https://sahajapower.wordpress.com/2008/03/16/the-blind-men-and-the-elephant/
    🙂

    If you want to know more about Bhagauti, you need to be familiar with this:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/db/index.htm

  6. godsoldier Says:

    Again “Peter”, you are wrong, stop relying on the lies of your Nirmala Devi.

    The links you are presenting are old news to me.

    You cannot twist the Truth.

    What you are calling a mere book, due to your lack of understanding which has been clouded by Nirmala “properganda machine” Devi, is in fact The eternal Guru of the Sikhs.

    It doesn’t matter what you say, the Truth is and shall be that you are being fed lies.

    Words of advice, don’t take other lines from sciptures you don’t understand, manipulate, pervert them to suit your own end and not expect a reply.

    Again I say, you have been exposed, so do the right thing, and take this article down.

    But if I know you Peter a blind sheep……………………Not your fault, its your Guru. This is expected when your teacher takes lines from other faiths, changes them to promote herself and then says “oh and don’t believe them if they say its wrong, cos I am like all that innit”.

    I maintain again, the TRUTH is still the TRUTH, no matter how much you hide it.

  7. Peter Says:

    Siri Bhagauati Ji Sahai
    May the dynamic power of God help us.

    The dynamic power is SHE. 🙂

  8. godsoldier Says:

    I have exposed you so you can do two things.

    1. Take this artcle, amend it and put it back up and show some RESPECT.

    2. or continue to disrespect the scriptures of another faith (which you have no idea about) and leave it here.

    Giving me a link to the Sikh Congregational Aardas is not helping your failing cause.

    The Truth is still the Truth, you will loose and die, yet the Truth shall remain.

    I have nothing further to say on this “Peter”, you have two choices, you can be a man or be a sheep and follow Nirmala.

  9. Peter Says:

    I didn’t know that Sikhs are so aggressive. Your religious fanaticism is really unbelievable. I can’t believe that Guru Nanak has preached all this.

  10. godsoldier Says:

    The Sikhs are a peaceful people and you know that aswell, so stop being a fool and acting all innocent like you don’t know what you are doing. Your making yourself look like a fool “Peter”

    But when evil individuals such as yourself and Nirmala are preaching their own made up perverse philosophy distorting scriptures of another faith, modifying it, twisting it to promote yourself, well with people like you a touch of aggression is necessary to bring you back to reality to face the truth.

    Making one liner generalisations will not hide your perverted act. You have sinned and you shall pay, one way or another you shall pay, you can’t hide behind a computer all your life, your Sins will catch up with you.

    Better start praying for forgiveness, now!

    But its not your fault Peter, I blame it on upbringing, social environments, weak mind, sheep mentality, its not your fault. After all, you are just a repeater; somebody else is doing the thinking for you.

    So, you carry on with your work and I shall with mine, but remember this, you cannot twist the truth, eventually you will learn the errors of your way and then you will realise its too late.

    Now you can smile and return to that “smug” look.

  11. godsoldier Says:

    Mahal kumhal na jāṇnī mūrakẖ apṇai su▫ā▫e.
    The fools do not know the difference between good and bad; they are deceived by their self-interests.

    Anḏẖe aklī bāhre mūrakẖ anḏẖ gi▫ān.
    The blind fools have no wisdom at all; their understanding is blind.

    Mūrakẖ āp gaṇā▫iḏe mar jamėh ho▫e kẖu▫ār.
    The fools take pride in themselves, and are ruined in birth and death.

    and lastly

    Mūrkẖai nāl na lujẖī▫ai.
    Don’t argue with fools.

    This is my last post, I have said what I wanted, the rest I leave with Ishvaar.

  12. Peter Says:

    Coming to my house/blog/ and calling me fool does not look very peaceful and polite to me. May be this is your culture and background. 😦

    I don’t think that Guru Nanak will be proud from your behavior.

    So far this is my impression from your words and attitude.

    • singh Says:

      Peter

      Godsoldier is correct. Bhagauti does not mean Goddess Durga. Bhagauti is power of God symbolized by sword. In Vaar sri bhagauti ji it is written

      Lai Bhagauti durg sah varjagan bhari

      ( Durga took fire emitting swod in her hand)

      If Bhaauti is Durga how can she take a durga in her hand.

      Your article is wrong and is an insult to sikhs. Sikhs only believe in formless God and not any deity.

      • Peter Says:

        To compare Shri Durga with sword is big misunderstanding. 😦

      • singh Says:

        Peter says

        To compare shri durga with sword is big understanding

        My reply

        No body compared Durga with sword.

        In dasam granth sword is a symbol of shakti of God. That is why Guru ji salutes sword.

        Durga is just a creation of God like you and me.

  13. singh Says:

    First line should read as

    To compare shri durga with sword is big misunderstanding

  14. Peter Says:

    Shri Durga is not just like you and me.
    😳

    • singh Says:

      In sikhism Khanda is symbol of shakti. Read below

      ਖੰਡਾ ਪ੍ਰਿਥਮੈ ਸਾਜ ਕੈ ਜਿਨ ਸਭ ਸੈਸਾਰੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ॥
      At first the Lord created the double-edged sword and then He created the whole world.

      Dasam granth

      You and me are creation of God. So is durga a creation of God.
      That is sikh view. hindu view wqill be different.

      ਤੈ ਹੀ ਦੁਰਗਾ ਸਾਜਿ ਕੈ ਦੈਤਾ ਦਾ ਨਾਸੁ ਕਰਾਇਆ ॥
      O Lord! By creating Durga, Thou hast caused the destruction of demons.

      Vaar sri bhagauti ji ki, Dasam granth

  15. Peter Says:

    “PRITHAM BHAGAUTI SIMAR KE GURU NANAK LAI DHIAYE”
    First and foremost , remember the Bhagwati and then Nanak and the other gurus thereafter.

    How one sword can be put before Guru Nanak. Bhagwati is the Divine Mother.

  16. singh Says:

    Peter

    Bhagauti is not Bhagwat. Durga has been given 108 names in Markandey puranas. But Bhagauti is not the name given to Durga.

    Per hindu mythology Durga was created by three Hindu demi gods by focusing light on Parvati. But sikhism says that it was God who created her.

  17. Sarabjeet Singh Says:

    Dear , Bhagauti does not refers to Bhagwati goddess .
    If he wished to worship Goddess and ask his Sikhs to worship same , then why would he write “Ek Onkar ( one god )” in beginning of Guru Granth Sahib and other so many places in Guru Granth Sahib.
    Bhagauti means “Shakti” ( energy ) since God is not matter , God is energy .

  18. Rahul Says:

    Peter,

    You are totally incorrect, Surabjit has made the point clear and you should apologise for your mistake.

    I think we should not compare Gods, He’s a Single divine with many forms. Well all is upto you how you treat HIM ..

    🙂

  19. Sacred Space Says:

    Naam and Sahaj are both experiences that happen when a devotee/Sikh learns meditation. There is another discussion of this topic that has linked to this discussion.
    The other discussion is entitled:
    How Kundalini Yoga Produces Meditation on the Naam
    http://jgtguroo.wordpress.com/

  20. deepak sharma Says:

    http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Bhagauti

    this link has some interesting information about the interpretation of the word “bhagauti”

    I guess no one is wrong out here.. it all depends on the perspective.. afterall, in the end, everyone is just ONE.. 🙂

    when we all are the children of the same power, we should only be loving each other.. everything else is irrelevant i feel..

  21. Inder Cheema Says:

    Shri Guru Nanak Devji gave a very good description of the Primordial Mother (Adi Shakti):

    “Obeisance, Obeisance to Him, the Primal, the Immaculate, without beginning, without end, Constant through all ages.

    The One Mother existed alone in some mysterious way and She created the Universe and three Deities. One was the Creator, One the Sustainer, and one the Destroyer.

    The world moves as He ordains and as He pleases. He sees all, but no one sees Him. This is a great wonder.”
    Shri Guru Nanak Devji, Japuji Sahib (Shri Guru Granth Sahib)

  22. Inder Cheema Says:

    Wonders of the
    Primordial Mother

    The Earth sustains us in space with great love and understanding. The Sun shines to give us life, and goes at night to the other side of the world to let us sleep. She has organised such a beautiful stage with great compassion for Her children to enjoy.

    She pulsates in the heart with great love to bring us in life and joy. She has blessed us with the air to breathe and live, the light to see, the ether to communicate and express and water to cleanse and sustain.

    She brings us in peace and tranquillity through the miraculous waves of quantum energy to assimilate with the musical melody of Her creation to soar from finite to infinite in the ocean of freedom, peace and joy.

    What a wonder She knows and cares for everyone and nobody knows Her?

    Inder Cheema

  23. Jsmji.
    Thanku very much for sharing….

  24. Shubhampreet Singh Says:

    Mr. Peter you have misunderstood the word “Bhagauti”, as it’s not deity bhagawati, “Bhagauti”, means the supreme nirgun(non-form) God principle, who is Allah, Vaheguru,Om. Even Vedas describe him as “neti-neti”(not this),means nirgun Brahman. Sikhism doesn’t worship any deity ,though all deities are sagun form of same God, but each deity performing own functions in the universe (creation, sustainance and dissolution) and nirgun Brahman being creator of all absorbed in Sat(truth), Chit(consciousness) and Anand(Bliss) observes everything as his Lila( Same as a Manager and CEO of a company). Hope this helps.

  25. Peter Says:

    Siri Guru Granth Sahib
    GAUREE SUKHMANI, FIFTH MEHL, SHALOK:

    | 2 || The true Bhagaautee, the devotee of Adi Shakti, loves the devotional worship of God. He forsakes the
    company of all wicked people. All doubts are removed from his mind. He performs devotional service to the Supreme Lord God
    in all. In the Company of the Holy, the filth of sin is washed away. The wisdom of such a Bhagaautee becomes supreme. He
    constantly performs the service of the Supreme Lord God. He dedicates his mind and body to the Love of God.

    The worshipper of
    Bhagaauti practices self-discipline, the Yogi speaks of liberation, and the ascetic is absorbed in asceticism.


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