Recently I came across a gurbani vichaar article on Gurbani.org titled “DO DEEDS ORDAINED BY THE GURU; DON’T CHASE AFTER HIS ACTIONS”.
On New Years day, many of us will make a list of resolutions, committing ourselves to do x, y and z in the coming year. As Sikhs, we will also be celebrating “Gurpurabs” in the coming year. This year, a moorakh like me, must make a commitment and do my utmost to read, understand and live by Guru Mat Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee. Celebrating Gurupurabs and New Years will thus be worthwhile.
Quote from the link above: “Our thick, raw or unripe Haume (false ego-sense) may not find itself to be in accord with what’s being stated in the forgoing Shabads of the Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS), but that does not change the Truth revealed to us in the Gur-Shabad. The Guru’s job is to remove our false ego-sense; not to inflate it or create anew one.
- ਭਰਮੇ ਭਾਹਿ ਨ ਵਿਝਵੈ ਜੇ ਭਵੈ ਦਿਸੰਤਰ ਦੇਸੁ ॥ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਮੈਲੁ ਨ ਉਤਰੈ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਵੇਸੁ ॥ ਹੋਰੁ ਕਿਤੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਉਪਦੇਸ ॥1॥ ਮਨ ਰੇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਨਿਵਾਰਿ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਕਹਿਆ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਮਾਰਿ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Bharame bhaahi na vijhavai je bhavai disantar des..: (Without letting the Words of the Guru abide within the mind) The fire of doubt is not extinguished, even by wandering through foreign lands and countries. (This way) the inner filth cannot be removed. (If inner filth is not removed), one’s life and one’s religious garbs are cursed. There is no other way to perform devotion, except through the Teachings of the True Guru. ||1|| O mind, become Gurmukh, and extinguish the fire within (of desires). Let the Words of the Guru abide within your mind; let egotism and desires die ||1||Pause|| (sggs 22).
So the Gur-Shabad simply states here that it’s not the Guru’s actions but the Guru’s Words (Upadesa, Teaching, Speech or Gurmat etc.) something to be lived. Accordingly, the SGGS also indicates that the true Sikhs are those who have understood to live Sikhi by learning it through the Gur-Vichaar (contemplating or reflecting on the Guru’s Teaching or Words): ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ — Sikhee (or Sikhi) sikhiaa gur veechaar (sggs 465).”
In fact, T.Singh of Gurbani.org , wrote an excellent blog on this very subject tilted Happy New Year! .