Taste of Besakhi Amrit
By Harsimirit Kaur Khalsa
Gurbani Parchar Mission of USA
Koty Kry quDu afip Aupfey .. (mfJ,
mhlf ů ŮŮý Maaj M: 3 Ang 119)
"You Yourself created the counterfeit and the
We think we understand everything that we sense. What is true
and what is false? All operations in the universe are governed by Godís hukam,
the natural laws of the universe. The true perspective of the universe is only
seen in Godís eyes. Our perspective is the counterfeit, because of our
limitations to sense everything accurately.
quDu afpy prKY lok sbfey ..
"You Yourself appraise all people."
God observes the thoughts and actions of all people. All are
created and judged equally, but the thoughts and actions of man determine which
way God appraises them. cMigafeIaf
buirafeIaf vfcY Drmu hdUir .. krmI afpo afpxI ky nyVY ky dUir .. "Merits
and demerits are read out in the presence of Dharma (Righteous Judge). According
to their own actions, some are drawn closer, and some are driven farther
away." It is natural laws of reality that affect oneís destiny,
which he does to himself. God does not decide our fate. We experience of our own
heaven or hell according to our actions and attitudes. Dharma verdict is the
factual cause and reaction which all of nature witnesses in our lives.
Kry priK KjfnY pfieih Koty Brim Bulfvixaf ..Ų..
"You appraise the true, and place them in Your Treasury;
You consign the false to wander in delusion. ||6||"
When man accepts Godís hukam and controls his ego, he
automatically acquires membership into Godís treasury. We are all equally
blessed with Godís essence. If we reject the Guru Gian Shabad that teaches us
how we are blessed in accepting Godís hukam, then we will wander in ignorance,
living untruthful, suffering its fate. ikv
sicafrf hoeIaY ikv kUVY qutY pfil .. ĎĎSo how can one become
truthful? And how can the false veil of illusion be torn away?" hukim
rjfeI clxf nfnk iliKaf nfil .. ĎĎO Nanak, it is written that you
shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will."
God does not have a physical treasury the way we think. All in the universe is a
product of His divine will, all the king owns is his treasury. When we realize
this, we see how we are His treasury. The kings treasury is safely guarded.
Likewise, we need to safely guard ourselves with the understanding of Divine
Shabad word of God, so that ignorance and ego do not affect our inner peace.
ikAu kir vyKf ikAu sflfhI ..
"How can I behold You? How can I praise You?"
God is so perfect. We do not understand enough of the reality
in which we live to measure the value of God. aMqu
n isPqI khix n amqu .. "Endless are His praises, endless are those
who speak them." keemit kahe na paya When we try to see God, there is
nothing to look at. All is beyond our visual senses. Seeing God means accepting
His hukam in the whole universe. Guru Granth Sahib helps us understand hukam, so
that we can live truthfully.
gur prsfdI sbid slfhI ..
"By Guru's Grace, I praise You through the Word of the
Giani Jagtar Jachak Singh taught me that the meaning of Gur
Prasaad is Godís universal, unconditional free Grace, which prophets have
taught throughout the centuries. Guru Granth Sahib teaches these truths in
simple, contemporary fashion. Gian Shabad is the Guru.
qyry Bfxy ivic aMimRqu vsY qUM BfxY aMimRqu pIafvixaf ..ų..
"In Your Sweet Will, the Amrit is found; by Your Will,
You inspire us to drink in this Amrit. ||7||"
All nature is presented to us to assist us to taste the
Amrit. The Guru Granth Sahib Gian teaches us how to learn from nature, the
created tool to seek Godís hukam, so that we can live truthfully, ego free.
The Amrit is the benefit that we experience from Godís hukam, wisdom, and
aMimRq sbdu aMimRq hir bfxI ..
"The Shabad is Amrit; the Lord's Bani is Amrit."
When we absorb the teaching of Guruís Shabad, we are
digesting the lungar of Godís wisdom that all of nature is used to educate us.
siqguir syivaY irdY smfxI ..
"Contemplating on the True Guru, it permeates the
When we live the way we were created to live, and not the way
our ignorance ego leads us, then it is because we are thinking about GuruíJiís
teaching. By bringing only a new ramaala or bowing down to Guru does not prove
anything. When we learn and apply Guru Gian in our lives, then are we actually
nfnk aMimRq nfmu sdf suKdfqf pI aMimRqu sB BuK lih jfvixaf ..Ý..Ůű..ŮŲ..
"O Nanak, the Ambrosial Naam is forever the Giver of
peace; drinking in this Amrit, all hunger is satisfied. ||8||15||16||"
When we continually relish the savor of Guru Gian, in word
and deed, then we are benefiting truly from the universe "Amrit." When
we drink this Amrit, we need no other source of truth for survival. Since there
is only one reality, there is only one source of Amrit Ė that which Guru
Granth Sahib teaches Ė the universal truths of Godís hukam and grace, which
fills hungry soul. This Amrit teaches us that there is no difference between
pain and pleasure, birth, age, and death. All is part of Godís hukam. Godís
hukam is forever good. Our perspectives of pain and pleasure are because of our
ignorance and ego.
In conclusion, the only way we can behold God and praise Him
is by His grace. He has shown us through nature, the dimension of reality, which
is beyond our limited, perspective that is clouded by ignorance and our 5 vices,
greed, ego, attachment, lust, anger. When we learn the teachings of Gurubani,
then we begin to understand this. We then will instinctively react by behaving
with sewa, which is performing the way we were created, and not acting under
control of our 5 vices. This means of truthful living is the way we praise God.
God does not need our words or motions to observe this. When we sing kirtan,
this is symbolic of our accepting Guruís teaching, understanding it, and
applying it to our lives. We have thus entered Sache Kande and have awakened in
this world of illusion. We then can begin to live fruitful lives.
qnu mnu QIvY hiraf "My body and mind
have blossomed" (Mundaveni M 5 Ung 1429) Now we can function as productive
members of society. No matter how wicked a person is, if he learned Guruís
message and continues in his gross sins, then he never fully understood it.
»uixaY dUK pfp kf nfsu ..ý.. "Listening (to Godís Word), pain
and sin are erased." When one has truly listened to Guruís wisdom,
will automatically respond and begin to live truthful, no matter how wicked he
may originally have been. Let us all consider the delicacy of Amrit Shabad in
our daily menu. We then become saint and soldier. Saint in our life style and
soldier in guarding and fighting against our 5 vices. A mere action of shaking
Amrit as a ritual alone will not make one an Amritdhari Saint. Once a person has
become aware of Guru Jiís wisdom, then he can sincerely undergoes the write of
true Amrit baptism This is only possible by understanding and accepting the
message of the Guruís Gian Amrit Shabad. Saint long before Guru Gobind Singh
Ji have savored this Amrit. If they were alive from his time, they probable
would also have undergone this Amrit Baptism. But they did not have it offer in
their life time. We have it available to us. Unless we understand what God has
offered to us, as seen in Gurbani, then no Amrit Baptism ceremony will do any
good. It is this reason why there are some very corrupt so called Amritdhari
Sikhs who drink, cheat, lie, and are very greedy. They proudly wear their
kirpans, long shaven hair and turban, yet they have never fully tasted Guruís
message. Since God loves all wicked and good people equally, we must not be
judgemental against sinners. We should hate sin, but love the sinner, since all
of us have imperfections. Amrit is vital for both good and wicked people. All
need Godís healing and grace. The Moguls were not Guruís enemies. The ego
and ignorance that possessed the wicked Moguls is what our ancestors battled and
won. This fateh victory is triumph over our 5 vices that drag us away from
truth, causing living like animals. Godís Gurbani of grace is the liberator of
oppression. We all must want His Amrit grace, in order to function properly, the
way God created us and intended for us how to behave. This is the truth khalsa