1 Reality realized by Eternal Perfection’s Grace!
Fire is contained in all firewood;
butter is contained in all milk.
Divine Light is contained in the high and in the low;
the Divine is in the hearts of all beings. || 1 ||
O Saints, the Divine is pervading;
permeating each and every heart.
The Perfect Divine is completely permeating everyone, everywhere;
the Divine is diffused in the water and the land. || 1 || Reflect ||
Nanak sings the Praises of the Divine, the treasure of excellence;
the Eternal Guru has dispelled his doubt.
The Divine is pervading everywhere, permeating all;
yet is unattached from all. || 2 || 1 || 29 ||
ਰਠਿ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਘਰੁ ੨ ਦੁਪਦੇ
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਸਗਲ ਬਨਸਪਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਬੈਸੰਤਰੁ ਸਗਲ ਦੂਧ ਮਹਿ ਘੀਆ ॥
ਊਚ ਨੀਚ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੀਆ ॥੧॥
ਸੰਤਹੁ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਹਿਓ ॥
ਪੂਰਨ ਪੂਰਿ ਰਹਿਓ ਸਰਬ ਮਹਿ ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਰਮਈਆ ਆਹਿਓ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਗੁਣ ਨਿਧਾਨ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਜਸੁ ਗਾਵੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਭਰਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਇਓ ॥
ਸਰਬ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਸਦਾ ਅਲੇਪਾ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਇਓ ॥੨॥੧॥੨੯॥
This beautiful blessing from the Fifth Sovereign, Guru Arjan Sahib is in two parts:
In wood there is fire; in milk there is butter – neither can be seen with the naked eye. However, if you take a matchstick and ignite the wood, fire exposes itself. When milk is churned, butter emerges. Similarly, the Divine resides deep within us. The matchstick that will reveal Divinity is Sabad.
Sabad ignites love and devotion; and the roaring Flame is experienced within.
Fire resides in the tallest tree to the smallest plant.
Butter exists in the largest jug of milk to the smallest cup of milk.
Similarly, in each and every heart pervades the Divine.
Divine Perfection permeates over land and waters: Whether the land is barren or cultivated; whether the water is polluted or pure. The Divine pervades universally.
Within the saint and the sinner is the Eternal One; yet unstained and untainted.
The question: How does one get to experience Divine presence?
The answer: Connecting with the Eternal Guru, one’s doubts and illusions are removed. The matchstick of Sabad, ignites consciousness and the longing to unite with the Divine arises.
Realization dawns: This world is temporary; Sabad is eternal.
The learning: To seek the Divine, churn your mind with Sabad. When the mind is in equipoise, butter appears – Divine Presence.
Path laid out.
My Ardas: Help me churn my mind.
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