Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon
ਸੋਰਠਿ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਘਰੁ ੨ ਚਉਪਦੇ ॥
Sorath Mehla 5 Ghar 2 Chaupadey.
SGGS Page 612
ਏਕੁ ਪਿਤਾ ਏਕਸ ਕੇ ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਤੂ ਮੇਰਾ ਗੁਰ ਹਾਈ ॥ Ek Pita Ekus Kay Hum Barak Tu Mera Gur Hayi.
Ek Pita – One Creator. Ekus Kay – Of that One. Hum – We. Barak – Children, offspring Tu – You. Mera – Mine. Gur – Guru, Enlightenment. Hayi – Are, is, have.
O Guru, You Have Enlightened Me that We Are All Children of the One Creator.
ਸੁਣਿ ਮੀਤਾ ਜੀਉ ਹਮਾਰਾ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਸੀ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦੇਹੁ ਦਿਖਾਈ ॥ ੧ ॥ Sunn Mita Jio Hmara Bal Bal Jasi Har Darsan Deh Dikhayi
Sunn – Listen; hear. Mita – Lit. Friend, guide. Jio Hmara – My life. Bal Bal Jasi – Sacrifice. Har – Creator. Darsan Dikhayi – Lit. See; Realize. Deh – Let, allow, make possible.
Hear, O Guru My Guide, I am a Sacrifice to You for Making Me Realize My Creator Within.
ਸੁਣਿ ਮੀਤਾ ਧੂਰੀ ਕਉ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈ ॥ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਾਈ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Sunn Mita Dhuri Ko Bal Jayi. Eh Mun Tera Bhai.
Sunn – Listen, hear. Mita – Lit. Friend, guide. Dhuri – Lit. Dust, Submission. Bal Jayi – Sacrifice. Eh Mun – This mind. Tera – Yours. Bhai – Lit. Brotherly Affection
Hear, O Guru My Guide, in this Sacrifice; My Mind is Yours in Brotherly (Affectionate) Submission.
ਪਾਵ ਮਲੋਵਾ ਮਲਿ ਮਲਿ ਧੋਵਾ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਤੈ ਕੂ ਦੇਸਾ ॥ Pav Malova Mul Mul Dhova Eh Mun Taiy Ku Desa
Pav – Lit. feet. Malova – Lit. Press. Mul Mul – Lit. Scrub. Dhova- Lit. Cleanse. Pav Malova Mul Mul Dhova – Poetic for Ultimate Humility. Eh Mun – My Mind. Taiy Ku – To You. Desa – Lit. Give, offer, surrender
I Surrender My Mind to You in Absolute Humility
ਸੁਣਿ ਮੀਤਾ ਹਉ ਤੇਰੀ ਸਰਣਾਈ ਆਇਆ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਿਲਉ ਦੇਹੁ ਉਪਦੇਸਾ ॥ ੨ ॥ Sunn Mita Hao Teri Sarnnayi Aiya Prabh Miloa Deh Updesa
Sunn – Listen, hear. Mita – Lit. Friend, guide. Hao – I, me. Teri – Your. Sarnnayi Aiya – Come in Submission. Prabh – Creator. Miloa – Lit. Meet; Realize. Deh – Give, provide. Updesa – Advice, counsel.
Hear, O Guru my Guide, I Come Before You in Submission, Counsel Me Towards Realization of the Creator Within.
ਮਾਨੁ ਨ ਕੀਜੈ ਸਰਣਿ ਪਰੀਜੈ ਕਰੈ ਸੁ ਭਲਾ ਮਨਾਈਐ ॥ Man Na Kejey Sarann Prejay Krey So Bhla Manayeay
Man – Ego, Pride. Kejey – Possess, have. Sarann Prejay – Submit. Krey So – All that is Willed (by the Creator). Bhla – Good. Manayeay – Accept.
Counsel Me to be Never in Pride and to Accept the Will of the Creator.
ਸੁਣਿ ਮੀਤਾ ਜੀਉ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਸਭੁ ਤਨੁ ਅਰਪੀਜੈ ਇਉ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ ੩ ॥ Sunn Mita Jio Pind Sabh Tan Arpijey Eeo Darsan Har Jio Paiyeay
Sunn – Listen, hear. Mita – Lit. Friend, guide. Jio- Life, Conscience. Pind – My physical abode. Sabh Tan – Of my senses. Arpijey – Offer in Submission. Eeo – So that. Darsan Paiyeay – Lit. Get to see; Realize Har– Omnipresent Creator.
Hear, O Guru my Guide, I Submit Myself in Entirety, so as to Realize the Omnipresent Within My Conscience.
ਭਇਓ ਅਨੁਗ੍ਰਹੁ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ਸੰਤਨ ਕੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾ ਹੈ ਮੀਠਾ ॥ Bhayeo Anugreh Parsad Santan Kay Har Nama Hai Meetha
Bhayeo – Obtain. Anugreh – Award, honor, gift. Parsad – Blessing, grace. Santan Kay – Of the Guru. Har Nama – Divine Virtues. Hai – Become. Meetha – Lit. sweet; acceptable.
By the Gift of Your Grace O Guru, Divine Virtues Have Come to be of Sweet Acceptance.
ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਉ ਗੁਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰੀ ਸਭੁ ਅਕੁਲ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਡੀਠਾ ॥ ੪ ॥ ੧ ॥ ੧੨ ॥ Jun Nanak Kao Gur Kirpa Dhari Sabh Akul Niranjan Deetha
Gur Kirpa Dhari – Graced by the Guru. Sabh – All, entire. Akul – of No Lineage, Self- created. Niranjan – Lit. Blemish less; Creator. Deetha – Lit. see; Realize.
Nanak, my Guru (Shabd) Has Graced me with the Realization that the Self-Created Creator is Within the Entirety of His Creation.
POINTS WORTH PONDERING.
3. The Guru has qualities that makes Him the best option for me to realize my Creator. His qualities are related to ENLIGHTENING ME of things that help me in my spiritual journey. The first VIRTUE of the Guru is mentioned in Verse 1. ਏਕੁ ਪਿਤਾ ਏਕਸ ਕੇ ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਤੂ ਮੇਰਾ ਗੁਰ ਹਾਈ ॥ Ek Pita Ekus Kay Hum Barak Tu Mera Gur Hayi. My Guru enlightened me that we are all children of the One Creator – this enlightenment is crucial in realizing the Creator.
4. The remaining verses (2, 3, and 4) make clear of other Virtues of my Guru and the corresponding relationship I desire with my Guru so that He may guide me towards realization of my Creator within me.
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon
ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਘਰੁ ੧੨ Dhansri Mehla 5 Ghar 12.
ਬੰਦਨਾ ਹਰਿ ਬੰਦਨਾ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਵਹੁ ਗੋਪਾਲ ਰਾਇ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Bandna Har Bandna Gunn Gavho Gopal Raye. Rahao
Bandna – Devotion. Har – Creator. Gunn Gavho – Realization of Divine Virtues. Gopal Raye – Omipresent Sustainer.
My Devotion Towards My Omnipresent Sustainer and Creator Within is to Realize Divine Virtues.
ਵਡੈ ਭਾਗਿ ਭੇਟੇ ਗੁਰਦੇਵਾ ॥ Vdey Bhag Bhetey Gurdeva
Vdey Bhag – Immense Blessings. Bhetey – Brought about, Created. Gurdeva- Enlightened Guru
The Guru’s Immense Blessings Has Brought About Such Enlightenment;
ਕੋਟਿ ਪਰਾਧ ਮਿਟੇ ਹਰਿ ਸੇਵਾ ॥ ੧ ॥ Kot Pradh Mitey Har Seva
Kot – Multitudes, Immense. Pradh – Vices. Mitey – Eliminate. Har – Creator. Seva – Devotion
Multitudes of My Vices Get Eliminated in Such Devotion of the Creator Within.
ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਮਨੁ ਰਾਪੈ ॥ Charan Kamal Ja Ka Mun Rapey
Charan Kamal – Messages of the Shabd Guru. Ja Ka- Whose, Whence. Mun – Mind. Rapey- Realize
Whence My Mind Realized the Messages of Such Enlightenment;
ਸੋਗ ਅਗਨਿ ਤਿਸੁ ਜਨ ਨ ਬਿਆਪੈ ॥ ੨ ॥ Sog Agan Tis Jun Na Biyapey
Sog – Anxiety. Agan – Lit. Fire, Intense. Tis Jun – Spiritual being. Na Biyapey – Dissipate, Eliminate
The Disquiet of Intense Anxiety Relating to my Spirituality Dissipated.
ਸਾਗਰੁ ਤਰਿਆ ਸਾਧੂ ਸੰਗੇ ॥ Sagar Tariya Sadhu Sangey
Sagar – Lit. Ocean; Spiritual Journey. Tariya – Lit. swam across, Navigated. Sadhu – Guru. Sangey – Lit. Company; Guidance.
I Navigated my Spiritual Journey With the Guru’s Guidance;
ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਰੰਗੇ ॥ ੩ ॥ Nirbhau Nam Jpho Har Rangey
Nirbhau – Fearless. Nam – Divine Virtues. Har – Creator. Jpho – Realize. Rangey – Imbue
Imbued in the Realization of the Divine Virtue of Fearlessness.
ਪਰ ਧਨ ਦੋਖ ਕਿਛੁ ਪਾਪ ਨ ਫੇੜੇ ॥ Par Dhan Dokh Kich Pap Na Ferrey
Par – Temporal. Dhan, Dokh – Infirmities. Pap – Afflictions. Na Ferrey – No Affect
Temporal Afflictions and Infirmities Affect me no More;
ਜਮ ਜੰਦਾਰੁ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਨੇੜੇ ॥ ੪ ॥ Jum Jundar Na Avey Nereiy
Jum – Vices. Jandar – Prey. Na Avey Nerrey – No Longer Affected
As I am no Longer a Prey to My Vices
ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਅਗਨਿ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਆਪਿ ਬੁਝਾਈ ॥ Trishna Agun Prabh Aap Bujhayi
Trishna Agun – Vice Related Desires. Prabh – Creator. Aap – My Realization Within. Bujhayi – Extinguished, eliminated
My Realization of the Creator Within Has Eliminated my Vice-Related Desires;
ਨਾਨਕ ਉਧਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਸਰਣਾਈ ॥ ੫ ॥ ੧ ॥ Nanak Udhrey Prabh Sarnayi.
Udhrey – Lit. Saved; Realized. Prabh – Creator. Sarnayi – Lit, Come Under the Protection; Shelter.
Nanak, my Spirituality is Realized Within the Shelter of My Devotion Towards My Creator.
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon continues discourse on Jup Banee Paurees 32 & 33 in English
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon continues this video series on Sidh Ghoshat Bannee – Paurrees 67 and 68
The Sabha is Out of the ICU – For Now
Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd (Boston)
SOME ONE HUNDRED members of Sikh Naujwan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) turned up at its AGM on 29th June 2019 to bear witness to events that the youth organization has never seen before.
They bore witness to an attempt to drag the Sabha into two ugly controversies. They also bore witness to an attempted power grab disguised as an exercise in panthik unity.
The orchestrated attempt to grab control of the Sabha by forces bent on using the organization for their specific agendas reared its ugly head some months ago when a WhatsApp post by a group of 13 people (DG-13) calling for an EGM to “remove the Jathedar” came to light For an analysis of this EGM call see article titled “Sabha is in ICU: You are Invited to the Funeral” at http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/2019/03/09/sabha-is-in-icu-you-are-invited-to-the-funeral/
Saturday’s AGM saw the tabling of FIVE resolutions by the DG-13 Group. The resolutions were signed by Suret Singh and seconded by Master Daljit Singh. These same individuals tabled these resolutions at the AGM.
These resolutions lay bare the real agenda of the DG-13. They also expose the real beneficiary and the real hand behind it all. All in all, these resolutions uncover the dangerous and devious plot to drag the Sabha into two separate and ugly controversies.
It was an attempt to burn the house down. How so? Read on.
The Sabha AGM – The Winners and Losers
Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston)
Here is a quick look at the Winners and Losers of the recent Sabha EGM held on the 29th of June, 2019.
1. SNSM, Jasbir Singh and his Exco. All three came out clear winners on grounds of allowing the DG-13 an opportunity to test the support for their pro Dasam Granth position. The DG-13 and their Sponsors had been relentless in their condemnation of all three. Venom – particularly of personal nature – was spewed against Jathedar Jasbir especially – in blatant abuse of the social media for personal attacks.
What better way to call their bluff than to say “OK let’s put your matter to a vote in an AGM.” This is accountability and it is transparency. It is also a sign of responsible and courageous leadership. It is also about empowering the members of SNSM to have a say in the future of their organization. Well done, all three.
2. The Members of SNSM. For turning up in larger numbers than ever, speaking out and making it clear that they understood and rejected the real agenda of the DG-13, the ordinary members of SNSM are winners too. You elected to keep Sabha out of the mud that is the DG controversy and the dera maryada dispute and that is commendable.
3. The Coffers of SNSM. The approval by the floor for the Sale of two Sabha properties worth RM 6 million to free up funds for other priority uses means the Sabha can operate more independently.
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon discourses Paurees 30&31 of Jup Bani in English
The Bhagat Maal Debacle.
Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD
The Sikh Scripture – Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS) contains the Bani of 15 bhagats. A total of 725 saloks and shabds; including three full banis2 written by the bhagats were retrieved by Guru Nanak in person from them.3 These were all included in the Pothee Sahib by Guru Arjun and maintained in the SGGS by Guru Gobind Singh upon bestowing of Gurgadee to the SGGS in 1708.
All three independent acts – retrieval of the bhagat bani, their inclusion into Pothee Sahib and their retention in the SGGS – fortify the single principle that the spiritual philosophy of the 15 bhagats was completely in line with that of our Gurus. From their initial retrieval to eventual inclusion in the SGGS, all 725 saloks and shabds of the bhagats underwent benchmarking three times at the hands of three separate Gurus. Such scrutiny for spiritual alignment is perhaps avant-garde on its own accord.
An examination of the bani of the bhagats reveals that they were revolutionary spiritual seekers. Amongst the many facets of their ground shattering and innovative spirituality, four aspects stand out as stark reality of what the bhagats stood for: (i) the damning denunciation and rejection of the then existing clergy, (ii) the total refutation of all clergy sanctioned ritual, (iii) repudiation of the clergy sanctioned idol worship, and (iv) the wholesome rejection of the primary institution of the clergy – the mandir, dehora, maseet and temple as the “pathway to spirituality”.
In any case, the institution of the clergy was out of bounds by dogma to all but three of the bhagats – on account of their ‘low’ caste. The mandir’s doors were secured shut to the castes of weaver, cobbler, tailor and other shudras. The doors did not open for those bhagats who were not shurdras either – the mandirs were shut to them as well – as pay back for their stinging criticism of the custodians of these places as frauds and pretentious beings.
Gurbani Shabd Vichar
Asa Bani Bhagat Dhanney Ki
Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD
The shabd under discussion in this article is composed by bhagat Dhanna Ji – ਆਸਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਗਤ ਧੰਨੇ ਜੀ ਕੀ॥ Asa bani Bhagat Dhanney Ji Ki – and is contained on Page 487 of the SGGS.
Bhagat Dhanna ji has a total of 3 shabds in the SGGS ji. Two are found in Assa Raag on Page 487 and one in Jaistsri Raag on page 695 of the SGGS ji. This article looks at bhagatji’s shabd in Assa Raag.
Apart from discussing the selected shabd, this article serves a second task, namely to analyze the truth or otherwise, of a story about Dhanna ji that is commonly and widely narrated by our granthis, kirtanias, ragis and parcharaks.
The origin of the story is the Bhagat Maal – a book having its origins in the Vedic clergy at Benares. It was originally authored by Nabha Dass, a self-styled Snatn theologian based in the Punjabi village of Pathankot at Gurdaspur sometime in the 1600s – just about when the bhagat bani was being incorporated into the Pothi Sahib by GuruArjun. A Brej language version under the name of Swami Priya Daas came into existence in the late 1800s. Punjabi versions of this book pertaining to the 15 SGGS bhagats can be found under the names of Nirmla Keerat Singh and Nirmla Pandit Narain Singh. A Bhagat Maal under the name of Bhai Mani Singh – believed to be authored by Nirmla Surat Singh is also in existence.
SIDH GOSHT TRANSLATION
By: Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon
I. Where and When was Sidh Gosht composed?
● Composed by Guru Nanak
● 1521 Guru Nanak returned to Kartarpur after his final travel journey
● For 18 years Guru Nanak spread his teachings in neighboring regions
● In Batala was a major Yogi Ashram called Achul where Yogis gathered for a yearly festival that takes
place in March (Shivratri Mela)
● Bani composed between March-September of 1539 (last 6 months of his life)
● Evidence: Bhai Gurdass Vars
● Guru Nanak becomes Joyti Joyt September 1539
● Sidh Gosht is 2nd to last Bani he wrote at the end of his life
● Sidh Gosht most complex Bani written by Guru Nanak for his disciples
● Japji Sahib was LAST Bani written
● Essence of Sidh Gosht is summarized in Pauree 28 & 29 of Japji Sahib
● Distillation of his primary spiritual philosophy
II. Who were the dialogue partners?
● Yogis had high status as religions group
● Highly elevated Yogis during travels (Shiva sect)
● Bhai Gurdas mentions Yogi Bhangar Nath at mela who confronts Guru Nanak and Guru responds with
showing Yogi his mindset is faulty
● Lohareepa (Son of Gorakh) & Charpat main leaders of Yogi group
● Yogis were misleading public
III. What are the Primary Questions (20)?
DR Karminder Singh Dhillon discourses Paurees 28 and 29 of Jup Banee in English
April-June 2019 Second Issue
Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon discourses Paurees 64-66 of Sidh Goshat in Tatt Gurmatt delivered in English