Monday, May 15, 2006

New Month Begins...

Today is the first day of the month of JETH in the Sikh Nanakshahi Calendar. Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji has given us a HUKAM (Order) for the beginning of each month, which is recorded in "BARAAH-MAAHAA". Sikhs don't "celebrate" the first day of the month (known as SANGRAAND) nor do Sikhs see it as a "more special day" compared to other days. Instead Guru Sahib has given us a Hukam which relates with the season and month and is intended to REMIND the soul-bride that she is SEPARATED from the Lord Waheguru and that she should make every EFFORT to unite and attach herself to the Lord Waheguru. So each month Guru Sahib reminds us of re-uniting with Waheguru.

Hukam for the month of Jeth (May 15th - June 15th):
ਹਰਿ ਜੇਠਿ ਜੁੜੰਦਾ ਲੋੜੀਐ ਜਿਸੁ ਅਗੈ ਸਭਿ ਨਿਵੰਨਿ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਸਜਣ ਦਾਵਣਿ ਲਗਿਆ ਕਿਸੈ ਨ ਦੇਈ ਬੰਨਿ ॥ ਮਾਣਕ ਮੋਤੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਉਨ ਲਗੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਸੰਨਿ ॥ ਰੰਗ ਸਭੇ ਨਾਰਾਇਣੈ ਜੇਤੇ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੰਨਿ ॥ ਜੋ ਹਰਿ ਲੋੜੇ ਸੋ ਕਰੇ ਸੋਈ ਜੀਅ ਕਰੰਨਿ ॥ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਕੀਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੇਈ ਕਹੀਅਹਿ ਧੰਨਿ ॥ ਆਪਣ ਲੀਆ ਜੇ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਿਛੁੜਿ ਕਿਉ ਰੋਵੰਨਿ ॥ ਸਾਧੂ ਸੰਗੁ ਪਰਾਪਤੇ ਨਾਨਕ ਰੰਗ ਮਾਣੰਨਿ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਜੇਠੁ ਰੰਗੀਲਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਧਣੀ ਜਿਸ ਕੈ ਭਾਗੁ ਮਥੰਨਿ ॥੪॥

In the month of Jeth, one should bind themselves to the Lord Waheguru, whom all bow in humility before. One who has grasped the hem of the robe of Waheguru, the True Friend - no one (i.e. Messengers of Death etc) can keep him in bondage (meaning, attaching ourselves to Waheguru the fear of death does not remain). (People run around to collect jewels, pearls etc and other valuable wealth, but there is a chance for that wealth to be robbed by a thief;) Waheguru's Name is the Jewel, the Pearl etc, the most valuable wealth, that cannot be stolen or taken away. In Waheguru are all pleasures which please the mind (with the blessing of the wealth of Naam). (This understanding arrives that) as the Lord wishes, so He acts, and so His creatures act.

They alone are called blessed (in the world), whom Waheguru has made His Own (through giving the gift of praising Him). (But Waheguru cannot be obtained by a person's own efforts;) If people could meet Waheguru by their own efforts then why would they be crying out in the pain of separation? O Nanak! Meeting Waheguru in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, anand (celestial bliss) is enjoyed. The month of Jeth is pleasing for those whose forehead such good destiny awakens, that person meets the playful Husband Waheguru. ||4||

(Ang 134)


teji Kaur said...

Guru Fateh Bhaji
ruytly beautiful.I will try to remember is soooo true.Everything is God.when u love God pain cant touch you you rise above it.My one wish is to never be away from God .he is the heart of the world.Guru Rakha Sada Sada

Anonymous said...

Its too hard to become a good sikh and overcome the mind :(

Puja said...

very nice post Manvir ji.
the first paragraph sort of reminds me of Meera baaee's bhajan,
"Paayo re main ne Naam Ratan Dhan Paayo, Jisko paaye dukh sukh bhule, Mun Aaanad re samaayo.
Jis ko Chori Kabhon na hove, aiso Dhan maine payo, Kharchoon Laakh khatam naa hoye, din din bhadat savaayo".
anon: ur right it is very tough to beat the mun and do Guru's Simran in every sawaas, only the onse who can do this, can meet the Guru and enjoy His company forever and ever.
a lot of times i dont feel like leaving the TV to go do my evening Simran, at that time i just wait for a minute to ask myself, "do i love tv more than my Guru?" that works in beating the mun...hehe.