Monday, March 20, 2006


There are 5 thieves in which Guru Sahib talks about in Gurbaanee constantly: Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, Ahankaar, Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Ego. There are also other vices and desires which one has to battle against through Naam and conquer, for example, Selfishness, Jealousy, Hatred and so on, but Guru Sahib says these also come under the 5 Maahaabalee (great/powerful warriors).

ਮੋਹਿ ਨਿਰਗੁਨੁ ਸਭ ਗੁਨ ਤੇਰੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
mohi nirugun subh gun thaerae
I am worthless and without virtue; all virtues are Yours. 1Pause
ਪੰਚ ਬਿਖਾਦੀ ਏਕੁ ਗਰੀਬਾ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਰਾਖਨਹਾਰੇ
punch bikhaadhee eaek gureebaa raakhuhu raakhunehaarae
The five vicious thieves are assaulting my poor being; save me, O Savior Lord!
ਖੇਦੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਅਰੁ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਸੰਤਾਵਹਿ ਆਇਓ ਸਰਨਿ ਤੁਹਾਰੇ ॥੧॥
khaedh kurehi ar buhuth sunthaavehi aaeiou suran thuhaarae
They are tormenting and torturing me. I have come, seeking Your Sanctuary. 1
ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਹਾਰਿਓ ਅਨਿਕ ਬਹੁ ਭਾਤੀ ਛੋਡਹਿ ਕਤਹੂੰ ਨਾਹੀ
kar kar haariou anik buhu bhaathee shoddehi kuthehoon naahee
Trying all sorts of things, I have grown weary, but still, they will not leave me alone.
ਏਕ ਬਾਤ ਸੁਨਿ ਤਾਕੀ ਓਟਾ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਮਿਟਿ ਜਾਹੀ ॥੨॥
eaek baath sun thaakee outtaa saadhusung mitt jaahee
But I have heard that they can be rooted out, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; and so I seek their Shelter. 2
ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਸੰਤ ਮਿਲੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਤਿਨ ਤੇ ਧੀਰਜੁ ਪਾਇਆ
kar kirupaa sunth milae mohi thin thae dheeruj paaeiaa
In their Mercy, the Saints have met me, and from them, I have obtained satisfaction.
ਸੰਤੀ ਮੰਤੁ ਦੀਓ ਮੋਹਿ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥੩॥
sunthee munth dheeou mohi nirubho gur kaa subudh kumaaeiaa
The Saints have given me the Mantra of the Fearless Lord, and now I practice the Word of the Guru's Shabad. 3
ਜੀਤਿ ਲਏ ਓਇ ਮਹਾ ਬਿਖਾਦੀ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਹੇਲੀ ਬਾਣੀ
jeeth leae oue mehaa bikhaadhee sehuj suhaelee baanee
I have now conquered those terrible evil-doers, and my speech is now sweet and sublime.
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਨਿ ਭਇਆ ਪਰਗਾਸਾ ਪਾਇਆ ਪਦੁ ਨਿਰਬਾਣੀ ॥੪॥੪॥੧੨੫॥
kuhu naanuk man bhaeiaa purugaasaa paaeiaa pudh nirubaanee
Says Nanak, the Divine Light has dawned within my mind; I have obtained the state of Nirvaanaa. 44125
(Ang 205)

One cannot be liberated until one has total control over the minds desires and the 5 thieves. Gursikhs should learn to control the 5 thieves and not let them control us. One should not be a slave to the mind and one should guide the mind through Athai Pehar Naam Abhiyaas (24/7 meditation) with every breath, and virtuous living, again one will only become virtuous when one is in tune with ones mind through constant meditation. As Guru Sahib says in Gurbaanee, if one forgets the Lord Vahiguroo for even a second ones mind will be filled with evil thoughts for that second which in turn causes evil actions, and destroys ones mind, body and balance of Sehaj (peace and poise). One can live as Gurmukh for most of his/her life but in the space of a second one can mentally or physically be stained through evil thoughts. This is the reason one should always be on guard with the support of something much superior, Naam.

ਹਰਿ ਿਬਨੁ ਰਿਹ ਨ ਸਕਉ ਇਕ ਰਾਤੀ ॥
har bin rehi n suko eik raathee
Without the Lord, I cannot live for even a second.
(Ang 668)

In this dark age of Kal Jug, Guru Sahib talks about Kaam being the Mool Jar(d) (root problem) in furthering ones progression in Naam and becoming one with God. There are two forms of Kaam that Guru Sahib talks about, one is sexual desire and the other is desire in general. The word Kaam comes from Kaamnaavaa(n) which means desires.

What does Guru Sahib say about Kaam and how do we conquer it?

ਜਿਉ ਕਾਮੀ ਕਾਮਿ ਲੁਭਾਵੈ
jio kaamee kaam lubhaavai
Just as the lustful man is enticed by lust,
ਤਿਉ ਹਰਿ ਦਾਸ ਹਰਿ ਜਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ॥੨॥
thio har dhaas har jus bhaavai
so is the Lord's slave pleased with the Lord's Praise. 2
ਜਿਉ ਮਾਤਾ ਬਾਲਿ ਲਪਟਾਵੈ
jio maathaa baal luputtaavai
Just as the mother holds her baby close,
ਤਿਉ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਮਾਵੈ ॥੩॥
thio giaanee naam kumaavai
so does the spiritual person cherish the Naam, the Name of the Lord. 3
ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਤੇ ਪਾਵੈ
gur poorae thae paavai
This is obtained from the Perfect Guru.
ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥੪॥੧੯॥੮੩॥
jun naanuk naam dhiaavai
Servant Nanak meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. 41983
(Ang 629)

Guru Sahib says one can only conquer Kaam through meditating on Naam, which in turn will cause an open and positive state of mind, also a relaxed mind. When ones mind becomes positive, open and relaxed through Naam one will receive direct Gyaan from Guru Sahib known as divine-knowledge. Once one is blessed with this knowledge one will automatically look at another’s Woman as ones Mother and Daughter, one will also look at Woman being created by the great Lord and admire the Lords creation. At this stage one will see the light of God in every being, and when speaking with a Woman, one will not be affected at the slightest by their physical being, one will only have Pyaar (true love) for the one they are speaking to, as one would treat and respect everyone in the same manner of Love, not judging their physical being in the slightest way. One will accept people for who they are and not what they are. This is the difference between Gurmukh and Manmukh.

Bhai Gurdaas Vaar 6
gurdrSn prSn sPl Cy drSn iek drSn jwxY]
gurudhurushun purushun suful shae dhurushun eik dhurushun jaanai
Blessed is the glimpse and the company of the Guru because there only one visualizes God alone in all the six philosophies.
idb idRSt prgws kr lok vyd gur igAwn pCwxY]
dhib dhrishutt purugaas kur lok vaedh gur giaan pushaanai
Getting enlightened, one identifies the teachings of the Guru even in the secular affairs.
eykw nwrI jqI hoie pr nwrI DI BYx vKwxY]
eaekaa naaree juthee hoe pur naaree dhee bhain vukhaanai
Having one women as wife he (the Sikh) is a celebate and considers any other's wife his daughter or a sister.
pr Dn sUAr gwie ijau mkrUh ihMdU muslmwxY]
pur dhun sooar gaae jio mukurooh hindhoo musulumaanai
To covet another man's property is forbidden (to a Sikh) as the wine is to the Muslim and the cow to a Hindu.
GrbwrI gur isK hoie isKw sUqR ml mUqR ivfwxY]
ghurubaaree gur sikh hoe sikhaa soothr mul moothr viddaanai
The Sikh being householder abnegates tonsure, the sacred thread (Janeu), etc. and forsakes them like abominable faeces.
pwrbRhm pUrn bRhm gÎwn DÎwn gurisK is\wxY]
paarubrehum poorun brehum guaan dhuaan gurasikh sinjaanai
The Sikh of the Guru accepts transcendental Lord as the sole fount of higher knowledge and the meditation.
swD sMgq iml pq prvwxY ]ø]
saadh sunguth mil puth puruvaanai
In the congregation of such people any body could become authentic as well as respectable.

Daas has heard a few Gursikhs in the past saying one should avoid speaking with Women if one can help it. Daas humbly disagrees, as this would make one weaker. One has to remember we are living a Grishstee Jeevan, and throughout our lives we are going to mix with many different people through the commitments of School, work etc, and one should also remember we always represent our Guru in a positive way and not a negative way. The true answer is one should meditate with every breath, speak very little, only speak when needed to speak, live and let live, and just be. One should not avoid any connection with anyone, as this is a sign of trying too hard and also a negative state of mind.

If one just lets be then one is positive and not trying too hard, less chance of getting negative and also more at peace with Naam. Then whenever one is approached by anyone; male or female, one will deal with the situation in the present with a positive mind, and the person approaching will also walk away positive.

Bhai Gurdaas Vaar 20
Bwxw mMnY hukim gur PurmwieAw]
bhaanaa munnai hukam gur furumaaeiaa
The order of the Guru is that the will of the Lord be accepted positively.

Gurmukh should never have a negative mind, as Daas read an article on how to avoid Lust, it was expressing all the negatives about Lust, e.g. think about how many guys Women have been out with, think about how many males they have kissed. The article in general was quite good, but one thing to remember is as Gurmukh one never looks at life with a negative state of mind. Gurmukh can never look at life with a negative state of mind, as the Gurmukh is positive with every breath through the praises of the Lord Vahiguroo. There is only one way to conquer Kaam and that is through praising the Lord Vahiguroo with every breath, every other Karam (action deed) will fail, as Kaam cannot be controlled through physical efforts, one will end up stressing ones self out.

vfy vfy rwjn Aru BUmn qw kI iqRsn n bUJI ]
vuddae vuddae raajun ar bhoomun thaa kee thrisun n boojhee
The desires of the greatest of the great kings and landlords cannot be satisfied.
lpit rhy mwieAw rMg mwqy locn kCU n sUJI ]1]
lupatt rehae maaeiaa rung maathae lochun kushoo n soojhee
They remain engrossed in Maya, intoxicated with the pleasures of their wealth; their eyes see nothing else at all.
1 ibiKAw mih ikn hI iqRpiq n pweI ]
bikhiaa mehi kin hee thripath n paaee
No one has ever found satisfaction in sin and corruption.
ijau pwvku eIDin nhI DRwpY ibnu hir khw AGweI ] rhwau ]
jio paavuk eedhan nehee dhraapai bin har kehaa aghaaee
The flame is not satisfied by more fuel; how can one be satisfied without the Lord? Pause
idnu idnu krq Bojn bhu ibMjn qw kI imtY n BUKw ]
dhin dhin kuruth bhojun buhu binjun thaa kee mittai n bhookhaa
Day after day, he eats his meals with many different foods, but his hunger is not eradicated.
audmu krY suAwn kI inAweI cwry kuMtw GoKw ]2]
oudhum kurai suaan kee niaaee chaarae kunttaa ghokhaa
He runs around like a dog, searching in the four directions. 2
kwmvMq kwmI bhu nwrI pr igRh joh n cUkY ]
kaamuvunth kaamee buhu naaree pur grih joh n chookai
The lustful, lecherous man desires many women, and he never stops peeking into the homes of others.
idn pRiq krY krY pCuqwpY sog loB mih sUkY ]3]
dhin prath kurai kurai pushuthaapai sog lobh mehi sookai
Day after day, he commits adultery again and again, and then he regrets his actions; he wastes away in misery and greed. 3
hir hir nwmu Apwr Amolw AMimRqu eyku inDwnw ]
har har naam apaar amolaa anmrith eaek nidhaanaa
The Name of the Lord, Har, Har, is incomparable and priceless; it is the treasure of Ambrosial Nectar.
sUKu shju Awnµdu sMqn kY nwnk gur qy jwnw ]4]6]
sookh sehuj aanundh sunthun kai naanuk gur thae jaanaa
The Saints abide in peace, poise and bliss; O Nanak, through the Guru, this is known.
(Ang 672)

Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Jee has made it crystal clear that no matter how rich one is, one always wants more, one will never be satisfied and happy through what one has got, one will always want more, one will never be content through desire, one will only suffer. One will only be content through the name of the Lord, as this brings peace, contentment, poise and happiness to ones mind and also fulfils all worldly desires through the blessings of Guru Sahib.

min icMidAVw Plu pwieAw myry goivMdw guru pUrw vyiK ivgsu jIau ]
man chindhiarraa ful paaeiaa maerae govindhaa gur pooraa vaekh vigus jeeo
I have obtained the fruits of my mind's desires, O my Lord of the Universe; I am transfixed with ecstasy, gazing upon the Perfect Guru.
hir nwmu imilAw sohwgxI myry goivMdw min Anidnu Andu rhsu jIau ]
har naam miliaa sohaagunee maerae govindhaa man anadhin anudh rehus jeeo
The happy soul-brides receive the Lord's Name, O my Lord of the Universe; night and day, their minds are blissful and happy.
hir pwieAVw vfBwgIeI myry goivMdw inq lY lwhw min hsu jIau ]3]
har paaeiarraa vuddubhaageeee maerae govindhaa nith lai laahaa man hus jeeo
By great good fortune, the Lord is found, O my Lord of the Universe; earning profit continually, the mind laughs with joy. 3
(Ang 173)

Guru sahib respects his Bhagats amazingly and blesses them with everything they need to get them through Grishstee Jeevan (house holder life). Guru Sahib never gives them too much as Guru Sahib wants them to be content and not fall in to the trap of greed and wanting more.

(Ang 83)
isdku sbUrI swidkw sbru qosw mlwiekW ]
sidhuk subooree saadhikaa subur thosaa mulaaeikaa
Faith, contentment and tolerance are the food and provisions of the angels.
DIdwru pUry pwiesw Qwau nwhI Kwiekw ]2]
dheedhaar poorae paaeisaa thaao naahee khaaeikaa
They obtain the Perfect Vision of the Lord, while those who gossip find no place of rest. 2

Without faith in Satguru Sahib one will never be content, as contentment only comes through faith. Anyway, Daas is going to finish off by a slap by Guru Sahib in the face of Daas please do Ardaas for this worthless servant.

(Ang 1001)
gupqu krqw sMig so pRBu fhkwvey mnuKwie ]
guputh kuruthaa sung so prubh ddehukaaveae munukhaae
You may act in secrecy, but God is still with you; you can only deceive other people.
ibswir hir jIau ibKY Bogih qpq QMm gil lwie ]1]
bisaar har jeeo bikhai bhogehi thuputh thunm gal laae
Forgetting your Dear Lord, you enjoy corrupt pleasures, and so you shall have to embrace red-hot pillars. 1
ry nr kwie pr igRih jwie ]
rae nur kaae pur grihi jaae
O man, why do you go out to the households of others?
kucl kTor kwim grDB qum nhI suinE Drm rwie ]1] rhwau ]
kuchul kuthor kaam gurudhubh thum nehee suniou dhurum raae
You filthy, heartless, lustful donkey! Haven't you heard of the Righteous Judge of Dharma? 1Pause
ibkwr pwQr glih bwDy inMd pot isrwie ]
bikaar paathur gulehi baadhae nindh pott siraae
The stone of corruption is tied around your neck, and the load of slander is on your head.
mhw swgru smudu lµGnw pwir n prnw jwie ]2]
mehaa saagur sumudh lunghunaa paar n purunaa jaae
You must cross over the vast open ocean, but you cannot cross over to the other side. 2
kwim k®oiD loiB moih ibAwipE nyqR rKy iPrwie ]
kaam krodh lobh mohi biaapiou naethr rukhae firaae
You are engrossed in sexual desire, anger, greed and emotional attachment; you have turned your eyes away from the Truth.
sIsu auTwvn n kbhU imleI mhw duqr mwie ]3]
sees outhaavun n kubehoo milee mehaa dhuthur maae
You cannot even raise your head above the water of the vast, impassable sea of Maya. 3
sUru mukqw ssI mukqw bRhm igAwnI Ailpwie ]
soor mukuthaa susee mukuthaa brehum giaanee alipaae
The sun is liberated, and the moon is liberated; the God-realized being is pure and untouched.
suBwvq jYsy bYsMqr Ailpq sdw inrmlwie ]4]
subhaavuth jaisae baisunthur aliputh sudhaa nirumulaae
His inner nature is like that of fire, untouched and forever immaculate. 4
ijsu krmu KuilAw iqsu lihAw pVdw ijin gur pih mMinAw suBwie ]
jis kurum khuliaa this lehiaa purrudhaa jin gur pehi munniaa subhaae
When good karma dawns, the wall of doubt is torn down. He lovingly accepts the Guru's Will.
guir mMqRü AvKDu nwmu dInw jn nwnk sMkt join n pwie ]5]2]
gur munthru avukhudh naam dheenaa jun naanuk sunkutt jon n paae
One who is blessed with the medicine of the GurMantra, the Name of the Lord, O servant Nanak, does not suffer the agonies of reincarnation. 52
ry nr ien ibiD pwir prwie ] rae nur ein bidh paar puraae
O man, in this way, you shall cross over to the other side.
iDAwie hir jIau hoie imrqku iqAwig dUjw Bwau ] rhwau dUjw ]2]11]
dhiaae har jeeo hoe miruthuk thiaag dhoojaa bhaao
Meditate on your Dear Lord, and be dead to the world; renounce your love of duality. Second Pause211

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