End of Duality

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ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਨ ਸੇਵਿਓ ਮੂਰਖ ਅੰਧ ਗਵਾਰਿ ॥
The foolish, blind clown does not serve the True Guru.
 
ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਾਗਾ ਜਲਤਾ ਕਰੇ ਪੁਕਾਰ ॥ 
In love with duality, he endures terrible suffering, and burning, he cries out in pain.

Now that is how our lives are, we find so many meanings of the same things. We are running after more and more things instead of concentrating rather the One. Till some time, what is around seems permanent. But then the only thing which is constant, is the change. We never get to accept change as it is. We are here to stay, aren’t we?
 
ਜਿਨ ਕਾਰਣਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਵਿਸਾਰਿਆ ਸੇ ਨ ਉਪਕਰੇ ਅੰਤੀ ਵਾਰ ॥ 
He forgets the Guru, for the sake of mere objects, but they will not come to his rescue in the end.

I believe you can’t stay at once place, you always change, for better.. or worse. Either you will get caught and entangled in Maya, or your mind will be cleared. You can never expect oneself to be the same, progress has to be there. It can be negative or positive, in the eyes of others, but in the end, it is just progress. There is no duality there.
 
ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਬਖਸੇ ਬਖਸਣਹਾਰ ॥੨॥ 
Through the Guru’s Instructions, Nanak has found peace; the Forgiving Lord has forgiven him. ||2||

What is this peace? How long does it remain with us? How do we define forgiveness?

ਮਿਲਿਆ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵਿਛੁੜੈ ਜੋ ਮੇਲਿਆ ਕਰਤਾਰਿ ॥
One whom the Creator Lord has met and joined to Himself shall never again be separated.

Naam is the way of meeting the Lord. But when do we get a chance?

ਪ੍ਰਭ ਜੀ ਮਿਲੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ॥ 
Dear God, please meet me; You are my breath of life.
 
ਬਿਸਰੁ ਨਹੀ ਨਿਮਖ ਹੀਅਰੇ ਤੇ ਅਪਨੇ ਭਗਤ ਕਉ ਪੂਰਨ ਦਾਨ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ 
Do not let me forget You from my heart, even for an instant; please, bless Your devotee with Your gift of perfection. ||Pause||
 
ਖੋਵਹੁ ਭਰਮੁ ਰਾਖੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀ ਸੁਘੜ ਸੁਜਾਨ ॥ 
Dispel my doubt, and save me, O my Beloved, all-knowing Lord, O Inner-knower, O Searcher of hearts.
 
ਕੋਟਿ ਰਾਜ ਨਾਮ ਧਨੁ ਮੇਰੈ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਧਾਰਹੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਾਨ ॥੧॥ 
The wealth of the Naam is worth millions of kingdoms to me; O God, please bless me with Your Ambrosial Glance of Grace. ||1||

I used to think that we meet Lord in after-life. If one tries to get oneself rid of all dualities, we are destined to meet Lord. But when? Afterlife? What a tempting question! And as soon as it came to haunt me, I knew the answer!

ਭਈ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਦੇਹੁਰੀਆ ॥
This human body has been given to you.

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਮਿਲਣ ਕੀ ਇਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਰੀਆ ॥
This is your chance to meet the Lord of the Universe

What is the Guru saying? Can we live our life through our human body and afterwards meet the Lord? Or we meet the Lord without perishing the body? So it means that some people live in this world and take birth again, while others go and join the Lord, isn’t this some kind of duality? Are there really two ways about it, or the former is merely about ignorance?

ਸੰਗਿ ਹੋਵਤ ਕਉ ਜਾਨਤ ਦੂਰਿ ॥ਸੋ ਜਨੁ ਮਰਤਾ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਝੂਰਿ ॥੨॥ 
The Lord is Ever-present; one who deems Him to be far away, dies again and again, repenting. ||2||

Thus we could think of ourselves to be living a good life and be actually dead. Or we could be none?

Lord is ever-present. In life. In death. There is no duality in that either.

Even if he doesn’t make us swim across the ocean, then for us the sky becomes the sea, and the sea becomes the sky. It is all about being imbued in God’s love, being faithful to your devotion, having a truthful living. All the measurings of this life are useless and they amount to nothing.

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