Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Bani on True Naam

Posted on December 13, 2009 by admin

Amrit Vaani, Raag Aasa, Mehla 1 (Shri Guru Granth, page no. 420)

ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਵਿਸਾਰਿਆ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਈ ॥
ਮੂਲੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਡਾਲੀ ਲਗੇ ਕਿਆ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਛਾਈ ॥੧॥
ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਅਵਰੁ ਨਹੀ ਭਾਈ ॥
ਕਿਰਪਾ ਤੇ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਸਾਚੇ ਪਰਥਾਈ ॥੩॥
ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਸੋ ਕਰੇ ਜਿਸੁ ਆਪਿ ਕਰਾਏ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਿਰੁ ਦੇ ਛੂਟੀਐ ਦਰਗਹ ਪਤਿ ਪਾਏ ॥੮॥੧੮॥


The meaning of the above-mentioned sacred speech is that Shri Nanak Ji is saying that those who, forgetting the real naam of Purna Parmatma, are doing jaap of naams of the other gods in misapprehension, they, as if, instead of the root (Purna Parmatma) are watering (worshipping) the branches (the three Gunas, Rajgun– Brahma, Satgun–Vishnu, Tamgun–Shiv Ji). No happiness can be achieved by that sadhna, which means that the plant will dry out and you will not be able to sit in its shade. The essence is that doing baseless bhakti is a useless endeavour. There is no benefit out of it. It is also evident in Holy Gita, Adhyay 16, and Shlok 23-24.

To achieve that Purna Parmatma, one has to leave ones imaginary sadhna, surrender to the Complete Gurudev and chant the true Naam/Mantra. Only then, complete liberation is possible. Otherwise, one will go to hell after death.

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