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Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib

Bhagat Ravidas ji in Rag Sorath

Monday
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16
May
2016

Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib

Bhagat Ravidas ji in Rag Sorath

Monday
,
16
May
2016
Hukam
Amritsar
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Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib

Bhagat Ravidas ji in Rag Sorath

Monday
,
16
May
2016

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad.

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

I obtained this precious human life as a reward for my past actions but, without discriminating wisdom, it is wasted in vain.

Tell me,without devotional worship of the Divine, of what use are mansions and thrones like those of Indra?  1    

You have not considered the sublime essence of the Name of the Divine, our Sovereign; this sublime essence shall cause you to forget all other essences. Reflect

We do not know what we need to know, and we have become insane. We do not consider what we should consider; our days are passing away.

Our passions are strong, and our discriminating intellect is weak; we have no access to the supreme objective. 2

We say one thing, and do something else; entangled in endless Maya, we do not understand anything.

Says Ravidas your slave, O Divine One, I am disillusioned and detached; please, spare me Your anger, and have compassion on my soul. 3  

Reflections:

Today’s Hukam is a reminder that my human birth is extremely precious.

Yet, this priceless life is being wasted for I have not connected with my divinity.

Material wealth that is so enticing will not help me when the Call comes.

It is a moment of pause for me.

The words of the Third Sovereign, Guru Amardas Sahib, resound within: “O my tongue, ears and eyes you are so busy relishing the undesirable essences of life. Your thirst for these has become endless. This is not the purpose of your birth.”

The waves of Maya (illusion) are endless.

I wonder whether I am drowning?

I recognize that to have come to this realization is, in itself, a huge blessing.

My ardas: Please remove the hunger for worldly wealth and glory, and replace it with the Nam. May duality end. Bless me with Your compassion,for I am your struggling devotee.

Bhagat Ravidas ji in Rag Sorath | Guru Granth Sahib 68

ਦੁਲਭ ਜਨਮੁ ਪੁੰਨ ਫਲ ਪਾਇਓ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਾਤ ਅਬਿਬੇਕੈ ॥

ਰਾਜੇ ਇੰਦ੍ਰ ਸਮਸਰਿ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਆਸਨ ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਹਹੁ ਕਿਹ ਲੇਖੈ ॥੧॥

ਨ ਬੀਚਾਰਿਓ ਰਾਜਾ ਰਾਮ ਕੋ ਰਸੁ ॥

ਜਿਹ ਰਸ ਅਨ ਰਸ ਬੀਸਰਿ ਜਾਹੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ਜਾਨਿ ਅਜਾਨ ਭਏ ਹਮ ਬਾਵਰ ਸੋਚ ਅਸੋਚ ਦਿਵਸ ਜਾਹੀ ॥

ਇੰਦ੍ਰੀ ਸਬਲ ਨਿਬਲ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ ਪਰਮਾਰਥ ਪਰਵੇਸ ਨਹੀ ॥੨॥

ਕਹੀਅਤ ਆਨ ਅਚਰੀਅਤ ਅਨ ਕਛੁ ਸਮਝ ਨ ਪਰੈ ਅਪਰ ਮਾਇਆ ॥.

ਕਹਿ ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਉਦਾਸ ਦਾਸ ਮਤਿ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਕੋਪੁ ਕਰਹੁ ਜੀਅਦਇਆ ॥੩॥੩॥

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