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History and Philosophy aspects of Sikhs: The Ninth master Guru Tegh Bahudar Sahib Ji | Harvinder Singh | SNE

By  SNE Guest Columnist Harvinder Singh .
Apr 14, 2017

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Reading scriptures has exhortative value. They are a great aid in getting over melancholic, suicidal and dispirited states of mind. They lift us up from abysmal lows.

But the precious pearls await us if we move beyond ritualistic reading. Scriptures can be compared to a WILL that a father leaves for his children. The WILL provides details of appointment. But leave aside treasures; think of the children whose father did not write a WILL. They would not know of their father’s last wish as to the distribution of wealth. In such a situation, uncertainty of future would unnerve them. Likewise, human kind would be direction-less without scriptures containing injunctions of our father-like saints.

But, the WILL itself is not wealth. It is a document that defines the desire of father about his property and wealth . By mere reading the intricate language of the WILL, we would not get our share of inheritance. On the same premise, we can benefit from the momentous message of GURU GRANTH SAHIB when we implement the words of our GREAT GURUS and sincerely follow the ordained path.

The very apparent meaning sounds very clear and any layman can understand that what HUKAMNAAMA means in itself. But we see that there is a general talk after the reading of the HUKAMNAAMA from Guru Granth Sahib that it is very good and is quite up to the mark as per the occasion. Moreover sometimes it is seen that some people stand up just to have a look or just to have a glimpse of GURU GRANTH SAHIB. They think in their heart that to have a look at the opened GURU GRANTH SAHIB is highly spiritual / religious.

“SAT GUR NO SAB KO DEKHDA JEITA JAGAT SANSAAR DITHEY MUKAT NA HOVAYEE JICHAR SHABAD NA KAREY VICHAAR”

It is like that to worship the scriptures only and keep on doing whatever we want instead of trying to find out and understand that what the scripture contains and what those writings mean to us. What does it mean? The thought of having a glimpse is not being disputed here but the crux of the things lie in understanding of the thought behind all that. Perhaps these people are not aware that the real thing is SHABAD GURU and our GREAT GURUS had bonded us with the SHABAD GURU and nothing else. But we have started worshiping the container instead of the contents.

Can one become a doctor by just worshipping the books by just occasionally having a glimpse of the books, every now and then? Can we quench our thirst by just looking at the jug full of water? Can we feel
the beauty of the world without opening our own eyes? Can we collect the jewels lying at the bottom of the sea without going deep to the bottom of the sea?

Whosoever wants to become a doctor will certainly have to study the books concerned and whosoever is feeling thirsty will have to drink the water instead of keep on thinking and just gazing at it. Similarly if
we want to see through the most beautiful creation of GOD –this universe, we will have to open our own eyes to see and enjoy it. The same way we ourselves will have to go deep in the sea if we want to collect the precious jewels lying over there.

Can we ask the judge to pronounce a good verdict? A verdict is a verdict. No matter it suits us or not because the judge has to pass the verdict based on the facts of the case. So quite obviously it will suit
to some and will not be in the interest of some others. But how and why we expect that the man who so ever is going to read the HUKAMNAAMA at the end of the congregation should be such that it suits to our state of mind on that given day or whatever was the plan behind that congregation. It could have been the birth or death of someone, marriage, opening ceremony, gurpurab etc or what so ever, we expect that the HUKAMNAAMA should be such that it should be just according to the plan of that day.

Once a gentleman was heard complaining that the system of reading the Hukamnaama has been changed wrongly. He was interested that instead of reading out the same SHABAD which was read after the first Ardaas of the day, a fresh one should be read after every Ardaas because every time there are new people attending the program. His idea behind such a suggestion was that every individual comes with the idea that the Hukamnaama will be in support of his/her state of mind. The Hukamnaama does not mean that it should be as per ones own state of mind rather one and all have to live their life as per the teachings behind that Hukamnaama of that day.

Very often it is seen that the person who so ever is doing the duty of reading out the Hukamnaama selects the Shabad before hand and just reads the same, which is quite as per the suitability of that congregation. It is being done as to get a pat (in the form of cash and kind ) from the organizers of the program and the people will say that GOD is with us in this congregation and HE has blessed us this SHABAD
in support of the cause of the gathering. This can’t be called the HUKAMNAAMA.

Apart from all these things it is quite clear to everybody that generally the Hukamnaama is being read from the central pages i.e., 650 to say 750. One fails to understand that for whom the rest of the pages
are. Does it mean that the Shabads mentioned on pages from 1 to 650 and from 750 to 1430 are not of any use to us? Each and every Shabad mentioned in GGS is of utmost importance for whole of the humanity.

In nut shell , we should try to understand the meaning and the sense behind the shabad and try to apply on ourselves and check oneself that where do I stand and how best I can live the said one shabad of HUKAMNAAMA pronounced at any time. By doing so, we can understand that how we can apply the divine worlds and the sense behind those words in our lives to overcome our failings, to reduce misery (much of which is self inflicted), to develop our mind and personality, to devote ourselves to love and service of fellow human beings, discard all discrimination , superstitions and rituals. Then only it will mean HUKAMNAAMA otherwise it is just like reading or listening anything without understanding – which is a superfluous exercise and without any purpose but a MERE RITUAL.

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