Tuesday, April 03, 2007



1.1 Remain steady in the home of your own self, O beloved servant of the Lord.The True Guru shall resolve all your affairs. 201 M5 L6

The straight forward meanings of these lines are as follows -

Guru Ji is advising his gursikhs, God’s loved ones that you should place your mind into your ‘permanent home’ or ‘soul’ and remain seated, then the Satguru will take care of your needs.

This appears to be a very straight forward thing but hidden within it are some extremely profound divine ‘secrets’. Therefore to access into these hidden ‘divine secrets’, there is a dire need to deliberate very deeply into this.

The intrinsic meaning and the hidden secrets of the first three words ‘thir ghar baiso’ in the lines above are being discussed separately.

1. ‘Thir’ meaning stable - In this line, the word ‘stable’ is the adjective of the word ‘house’. It is clear from this that Gurbani is encouraging us that we should place our mind into such a house that is eternal, permanent, stable, immovable,constant and unchanging.

But according to our external intellectual knowledge we have presumed that the visible houses made of bricks, mud, cement, wood etc. is our only ‘personal home’ or ‘permanent home’.

These visible ‘houses’ forever keep changing and collapsing. Therefore these ruin prone houses, cannot be regarded as ‘stable houses’ or ‘personal houses’.

In contrast to this, the ‘stable house’ or ‘personal house’ of the divine world that is indicated in Gurbani as being

cannot be destroyed


is an indication to a house that cannot be seen.

Therefore of

our assumed or ruin-prone visible ‘house’ and
the ‘stable house’ of the divine world

there is a need for comparative study, awareness and discernment. In this research for discernment Gurbani helps and guides us as follows-

2.1 That dwelling which you will have to abandon and vacate—you are attached to it in your mind.
And that place where you must go to dwell—you have no regard for it at all. 43M5L5

2.2 DADDA: This is not your true place; you must know where that place really is.
You shall come to realize the way to that place, through the Word of the Guru’s Shabad. 256 M5L5

2.3 How can you not die of shame, claiming, “This world is mine”?
At the very last moment, nothing is yours. 325 Bh.Kabir L12

2.4 The manmukhs are asleep in egotism and Maya.
They do not watch over their own homes, and are ruined in the end. 1049 M3L2

In total contrast to this, Gurbani has captured this beautiful picture of the ‘stable house’ or the ‘personal house’ as follows-

2.5 Nanak builds his house upon that site where there is no death, no birth, and no old age. 44 m5 L11

2.6. Call permanent only the One, who does not have destiny inscribed upon His Forehead.
The sky and the earth shall pass away; He alone is permanent. 64 m1 L10

2.7 1. Baygumpura, ‘the city without sorrow’, is the name of the town.
There is no suffering or anxiety there.
There are no troubles or taxes on commodities there.
There is no fear, blemish or downfall there.1
2. Now, I have found this most excellent city.
There is lasting peace and safety there, O Siblings of Destiny.1
3. God’s Kingdom is steady, stable and eternal.
There is no second or third status; all are equal there.
That city is populous and eternally famous.
Those who live there are wealthy and contented. 345 Bh.Ravidas L12.

4. They stroll about freely, just as they please.
They know the Mansion of the Lord’s Presence, and no one blocks their way.
Says Ravi Daas, the emancipated shoe-maker:
whoever is a citizen there, is a friend of mine. 345 Bh.Ravidas L12

3.2 Eternal and immovable is the City of God and Guru; chanting His Name, I have found peace. 783M5L1

3.3 Says Nanak, I have found the Lord with intuitive ease, within the home of my own heart. Devotional worship of the Lord is a treasure over-flowing. 1211 m5 L1
The ‘stable house’ of the divine world has been honoured in Gurbani through the use of many names, for example -

realm of Truth
doorway to the house
Abode of the Lord
permanent seat
ones own home
permanent abode of Truth
the country of intuition
house of Truth
place devoid of grief
residence of God
our own house
palace of peace
heavenly country
stable country
the realm of saints
house of spiritual calm
palace beyond ruins

3.4 In the realm of Truth, the Formless Lord abides. 8M1 L5

3.5 O Nanak, there is only the one door to His Home; there is no other place at all. 60 M1 L15


4.1 One who serves at the Door of the Imperceptible and Unfathomable Lord, obtains this eternal position. 79M5L16

4.2 Dwelling in the home of your own being within, you shall find the home of intuitive peace.
One who is imbued with the Lord’s sublime essence, is said to experience this peace. 227 m1L14

4.3 Through the Praises of the Lord, devotional worship, spiritual wisdom and the essence of reality,
Eternal bliss and the imperishable true place are obtained.
There, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the Lord’s Glorious Praises are sung with love.
There, in the city of fearlessness, He dwells forever. 237 m5L13

4.4 O Nanak, the home of Truth is attained through the Shabad.
How can the Mansion of His Presence be known through duality? 243 mL L9
4.5 Baygumpura, ‘the city without sorrow’, is the name of the town.
There is no suffering or anxiety there. 345 Bh.Ravidas L12

4.6 Liberation and heaven are found in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; his humble servant finds the home of the Lord. 682 M5 L10

4.7 Within the home of your own self, why do you not enjoy the Love of your Lord? Your Husband Lord is so very near, O foolish bride; why do you search for Him outside? 722 M1L6

4.8 His Mansions are so comfortable, and His gates are so lofty.
Within them, His beloved devotees dwell. 739 m5 L13

4.9 The city of heaven is where the Saints dwell.
They enshrine the Lotus Feet of God within their hearts. 742 M5L12

4.10 Eternal and immovable is the City of God and Guru; chanting His Name, I have found peace. 783M5L1

4.11 The Realm of the Saints is the resting place of our Lord and Master. 1146m5L13
4.12 Says Nanak, I have found the Lord with intuitive ease, within the home of my own heart. Devotional worship of the Lord is a treasure over- flowing. 1211 m5 L1

Within these two ‘houses’ that is- ‘ruin prone visible house’ and ‘intuitional personal house’-, there is the utmost need for comparative study, belief and discernment

personal / original house
eternal country / realm
place where there is no grief
world of Nanak
country of love
country with the relish of the Naam
divine fort of love of self (soul) within
country of eternal light or illumination

is not hidden

on some land
in the sky
in space
in the underworld.

and neither is it made of



Actually its form is

the word
the relish (a taste that is supremely joyous)
the attachment of love
love - intoxication


love of the self or soul
the expansion of light
the eternal sound current
the Word,

and is hiding deep within our physical being.

6.1 I searched throughout many realms, but I found the nine treasures within the body. 695 Bh.Pipa L14

6.2 Go begging in the village of the body, Yogi, and then, you shall obtain the Naam in your lap. 908 M3L15

6.3 One who searches the village of the body, through the Shabad, obtains the nine treasures of the Naam. 910 M3L11

6.4 My Creator Lord has formed this formation.
He has placed everything within this body. 1064 M3L17

To reside in divine world or the ‘world where there is no grief’ it is not necessary to discard the body made up the 5 elements - our worldly home because the country of the Formless Creator is extremely subtle. It cannot come into the grasp of the thinking process of our worldly intelligence.

It can only be discovered or recognised through ‘intuitional illumination’.

While living in this world, the bliss of the ‘invisible divine world’ can only be experienced and enjoyed through

interaction of the company of the holy or evolved ones
the light of Gurbani
the divine destination of the mind
being subservient to the Divine
the practice of the Naam
merging the attention into the Word
grace of the Guru.

To research and experience this ‘realm or world without grief’ , this personal or original house, Gurbani guides us as follows -


7.1 The mind is attuned to the Word of the Shabad; It is lovingly attuned to the Lord. It abides within its own home, in harmony with the Lord’s Will.233m3L1

7.2 In the Company of the Holy, one attains the Mansion of the Lord’s Presence. 271 M5L15

7.3 Dwell upon the Lord’s Name in your heart.
O Nanak, thus you shall return to your home with honor. 283 M5L3

7.4 Without the True Word of the Shabad, the Mansion of the Lord’s Presence is not realized. 414 M1L18

7.5 Practicing the True Word of the Shabad, one comes to the home of his own inner being, and obtains the treasure of virtue. 436 M1L17

7.6 Within my heart, I meditate on God. I have returned home safe and sound. 629 M5L11
7.7 But if they contemplate the Word of the Shabad, they obtain the Mansion of the Lord’s Presence, and their light merges in the Light. 649 M3 L10
7.8 Liberation and heaven are found in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; his humble servant finds the home of the Lord. 682 M5L10

7.9 By the Grace of the Saints, I have found my eternal home. 744 M5L10

7.10 By God’s Grace, I found the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. I dwell in the home of my own inner being. 774 M4L19

7.11The Gurmukhs are imbued with the love of the Word of the Shabad. They abide in the home of their own being, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. 798 M3L6
7.12 Without loving devotion, you cannot dwell in your own home — listen, everyone! 689 M1L9

7.13 Imposing control on the 9 doorways (of this body) are the sadhus - holy people.Realising the proximity of the Lord, the meeting takes place in the self (soul) within.Var Bh.G. 22/6

‘Baisaho’ (reside) - The restless mind can never remain still even for a moment. To still the mind there is a need for specific ‘point’ on which the mind can focus its attention.

According to Gurbani that point is ‘Gurmantar’ or ‘the Guru’sShabad)’.

For the ever restless mind

to focus on the ‘shabad’ or Word
to do the ‘Simran of the Naam’
to cultivate the practice of ‘mind -attention’

there us dire need for sustained perseverance and effort. For the practice of this Simran

the guidance and help of the ‘sadh-sangat’ (the company of the holy) is absolutely necessary.
8.1 Join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; vibrate and meditate on the Jewel of the Naam. 12 M1L7

8.2 So meditate on the Name of the Lord; join and merge with the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. 26 M3L16

8.3 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I meditate on the Lord God. 18M5L9

8.4 The meditative remembrance of God is in the Company of the Holy. 262 M5L16

8.5 Serving the Saint, one meditates on the Naam. 265 M5 L7

8.6 O Nanak, joining the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, meditate on Him; without the Lord, there is no other at all. 405 M5 L6

8.7 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I contemplate the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. 717 M5L13

8.8 Meeting with the Holy Saints, meditate on the Name of the Lord. 804 M5L12

8.9 Worship and adore God in your mind and body; join the Company of the Holy.
817 M5L19
8.10 O Lord, let me join the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation; may the Name of the Lord God abide in my mind. 1417 M3L16

Being with the ‘company of the holy’, through continuous, uninterrupted simran, the Guru’s Word will penetrate-permeate-diffuse into the mind-body-heart-subconscious and gets absorbed into every fiber of the hair (on our body).
8.11 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the True Name of the Lord comes to dwell in the mind. 51 M5L6

8.12 Joining the Sangat, the Holy Congregation, the Name comes to dwell in the mind. 95 M4L19

8.13Join the Society of the Holy Saints, and be absorbed in the Lord’s Name. 643 M3L6

8.14 In the Realm of the Saints, the Lord dwells in the mind. 1146 M5L7

In this way through the ‘relish of the Naam’ of the ‘heart-filled love’ divinity or being absorbed in Word-consciousness and experiencing ecstasy,

reflects the cultivation and guidance of

8.15Remain steady in the home of your own self, O beloved servant of the Lord. 201 M5 L6

Rare indeed are the gurmukhs, God’s slaves, beloveds who are engaged in the divine cultivation of the highest of the high, purest or pure. For this reason this advice ‘Remain steadfast in the home...’ is directed towards God’s beloved slaves.

8.16 In this age, salvation comes only from the Lord’s Name. How rare are those who contemplate the Word of the Guru’s Shabad. 160 M3L18

A baby is not aware of its own self. It spontaneously depends upon the parents for its existance. It has innocent faith and dependence on its parents.

According to the divine law, the responsibility of caring, upbringing and nurturing is placed on the parents.

The innocence and the spontaneous faith of the baby is ‘play’ of creation.

As the baby grows and starts to exert its own intelligence, it begins to interfere in the parental guardianship and management, and getting bound by the activity of its own intelligence, it divorces itself from the comfort and bliss of the warm bosom of ‘parental love’.

In the same way, when man by virtue of his his sharp knowledge and egotiscal intelligence turns his back to the spiritual comforts and divine guardianship and regards himself to the ‘creator and initiator’, then he divorces himself from the warm bosom of God,s divine love.

In the same way when ‘Guru orientated ones’ or ‘God’s beloved ones’ discard the mind polluted egotism’s stunts and schemes

thinking and planning
how and its- fear

and like a small child, at the feet and presence of the Guru, in the warm bosom of love for the soul within or ‘dwelling within’ the ‘stable/permanent home’, attaches


himself to the Word-Consciousness through uninterrupted simran - only then the blessings of the Satgur are acquired. These are stated in Gurbani as follows -

10.1 201

When ‘God’s slave’ resides like an innocent baby, in the divine realm of self love of the soul within, then the Satguru, with love, honours the guru orientated being as follows -

10.2 1102
10.3 1214

It is clear from this example of a baby that -

1. To to discard ego-ridden intelligence
2. To be protected from worry - anxiety- fear that results from intelligence
3. To acquire eternal, permanent comfort and salvation


4. To reside in ‘ the stable house’ and be carefree and wothout worry
5. to make one self eligible for divine gifts and blessings
6. To clear the path for all our worldly and spiritual needs, it is essential for us , like a baby, to have full faith in the Eternal Being.

The feeling of His

being ever present
being nearer than the hand
keeping one at hand
being forever blessful
being forever merciful
being the source of all comfort
being the destroyer of all suffering
not taking into account the short-comings
creating an opportunity for freedom / emancipation
being the treasure house of mercy
being the saviour of His worshippers
being the personality that emanates love
nurturing and caring
play of joy
showing of affection
being the mother and the father

is the baby-like permanent, spontaneous belief that must be present.

11.1 586

Without such an innocent, and strong faith it is impossible to reside in the ‘stable house’ and neither can our need be fulfilled. This is so because in the absence of thissupreme divine faith, our ego-ridden mind will continue to be driven by our intelligence and cunning and continue to remain divorced from the ‘divine mother’s love’ or affection and blessings.

12.1 90
12.2 60
12.3 1287
12.4 1314
12.5 1419

If we are keen to regain the joy of the warm, comfort giving bosom of the Eternal Being, then we have to run our lives according to light of the Gurbani verses given below -

12.6 210
12.7 281
12.8 603
12.9 714
12.10 1182
12.11 1427

But we are bound up by our habits, desires and under the strong influence of the our subconscious, we are so entangled, intoxicated and lost in the routine of our daily life, that the


to come out of our previous life style does not ever come.

Through numerous births, under the influence of the subconscious, we have done so much practice (or drilled ourselves) with past thoughts and desires, that caught up, entangled and absorbed in the vicious circle of the ego-ridden ‘fort of doubt’, we are simply wasting away our life.

13.1 Entangled and enmeshed in the love of false occupations, the whole world is perishing. 133 M5L18

Apart from the painful - vicious circle of the past thoughts, desires and habits - the presence of


divine life, we

are not even aware of it,
have absolutely no yearning for it,
have no need for it,

let alone making an effort ( to attain it).

We may be ‘groaning’ from the suffering of the ego ridden ‘life-style’ and at the same time

reading - teaching
listening - sermonizing
understanding - explaining
saying wow, wow
shaking the head
momentarily shedding tears of emotion
reading scriptures and worshipping
being virtuous


about the beautiful and joyous divine aim of life, but we are not prepared to give up our old routine. This is the reason why, inspite of carrying out the religious deeds, we experience no ‘change’ whatsoever.

Wholly (I) accept the command by the selected,
But the routines remain totally unaffected.

This sums up our ludicrous or laughable ‘life-style’.

Now the question arises how can this ‘baby like’ innocent faith be developed?

Such divine ‘spontaneous-faith’ cannot be developed

through studying
through intellectual knowledge
through philosophy
through reading scriptures and worshipping
through rites and rituals
through yogic postures

from the outside, because the external intellectual desire, faith and belief is ‘limited by our meager wisdom and always keeps changing according to the hue of the mind.

In contrast to this, divine faith and belief

bursts forth and

appears from within - this is deep rooted and permanent. Such divine faith develops in the service and the company of

guru-orientated beloveds
the blessed evolved souls
the ones with divine life
God’s slaves

and can flourish..

14.1 In the Company of the Holy, God seems very sweet. 272 M5L5

15.1 In the Company of the Holy, one’s Dharmic faith is firmly established. 271 M5L16

15.2 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, faith wells up. Outwardly, and deep within, God’s Light is always radiant. 343 .Kab.L12

15.3 Serve the Saints with loving faith, and set aside your pride and stubbornness. 498 M5L15

15.4 Without the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, love for the Lord does not well up; without this love, Your devotional worship cannot be performed. 694 Bh.Rav.L12

15.5 But when he joins the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, he is confirmed in his faith, and he is saved by the Name of the Lord. 981 M5L16
From the above lines it is apparent that in the creation there are separate and opposite worlds -

1. The ego-ridden world of intelligence - in which suffering, conflict, anxiety, worry and the fire of desire prevails.

2. The ‘own/internal house’ ‘griefless abode’ or the intuitional world in which prevails

eternal mercy
eternal comfort
eternal happiness

Man is faced with this important challenge - in which one of these two worlds is he prepared to reside and live. The decision of this choice depends on our desires, beliefs and ‘intuition’.


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