Knowledge - Passage from Sarkutavali

The passage below is from Sarkutavali  written by Pandit Hardyal Ji, who is from the lineage of a famous Manjidhar, Pandit Beni Prashaad, a Sikh of Guru Amar Das Ji. Pandit Hardyal Ji completed Sarkutavali in 1833, but also wrote Vairaag Shatak [1829]. These two scriptures have been standard in the curriculum for various Sampradayas and Taksals since their composition. Even today the famous Damdami Taksal still requires their students to read these texts during their schooling, and of course this tradition is continued by Nirmalas, Seva Panthis and Udasis. The following passage describes the good and bad that can arise from studying scriptural knowledge, also describing that the reading of such knowledge be restricted to those worthy and deserving [through action/merit not birthright]. The criteria for which one to decipher whether a student is worthy or not is described in detail further in the text but is not included in this post.

      ਸ੍ਵੈਯਾ । ਇਹ ਵੇਦ ਕੋ ਗ੍ਯਾਨ ਸੁਜਾਨਨ ਕੇ ਅਭਿਮਾਨ ਮਦਾਦਿ ਵਿਕਾਰ ਵਿਨਾਸੇ ।

[Reading and understanding] scriptural knowledge the intelligent ones destroy their ego and evil tendencies.

      ਪੁਨ ਕੇਚਿਤ ਨੀਚਨ ਕੋ ਵਹੁ ਬੋਧ ਮਦੈ ਅਭਿਮਾਨ ਵਿਕਾਰ ਨਿਵਾਸੇ ।

However reading those same scriptures the foolish ones only enshrine ego and [other] vices within their heart.

      ਅਚ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਜਾਸ ਹਲਾਹਲ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਨਹਿ ਔਖਧ ਵੈਦ ਨਹੀ ਕੁਛ ਤਾਸੇ ।

Just as if one drinks Amrit which then turns to poison, there can be no doctor that can cure them.

      ਜਨ ਪਾਤ੍ਰ ਕੁਪਾਤ੍ਰ ਕੋ ਸੋਧਿ ਕੈ ਬੋਧ ਕਰੈ ਬੁਧਿਵਾਨ ਜੋ ਬੋਧ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸੇ ।2।

An intelligent [teacher] is one who tests [their students] understanding who is deserving or not of [scriptural] knowledge.

      ਦੋਹਰਾ ।ਸਾਸਤ੍ਰ ਕਰਿ ਮਤ ਹਤ ਸੁਜਨ ਖਲ ਕੋ ਮਦ ਉਪਜੰਤ ।

Reading scriptural knowledge, the intelligent one eliminates his ego, whereas the fool [only] increases his ego.

      ਜ੍ਯੋਂ ਦ੍ਰਿਗ ਭਾਨੁ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਉਲੂ ਅੰਧ ਕਰੰਤ ।27।

Just like the rising of the sun illuminates [the world], it also can blind the owl.

Mai Bhago Passage - Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth

The following is a short passage from Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth [1843], written by Kavi Santhok Singh Ji. This section is found several sections after the Battle of Khindrana [December 1705], where Mai Bhago lost her husband and two brothers. 

ਮਿਲੀ ਮੁਕਤਿਸਰ ਭਾਗੋ ਮਾਈ । ਵਧੀ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਮਹਿਂ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ । 

ਰਹਿਬੇ ਲਗੀ ਦਿਗੰਬਰ ਸੋਈ । ਲਾਜ ਕਾਨ ਲੋਕਨ ਕੀ ਖੋਈ ।36।

Upon meeting [Guru Gobind Singh Ji] at Mukhstar, Mai Bhago's love for the Guru increased greatly, [to the extent that she] began living naked paying no attention to the publics [thoughts of] modesty and honour. 

ਕਥਾ ਬੇਦ ਮਹਿਂ ਜਿਸ ਕੀ ਅਹੈ । ਨਾਮ ਗਾਰਗੀ ਨਗਨ ਸੁ ਰਹੈ ।

ਪਰਮਹੰਸਨੀ ਬਡ ਅਵਧੂਤਾ । ਤਿਮ ਭਾਗੋ ਗੁਰ ਢਿਗ ਅਵਧੂਤਾ ।37।

In the Vedas there is a story of [an asetic] named Gargee who lived naked. She was known as a Paramhansni [Brahmgyani - but term also used for a section of the Sanyasi order], in this same way [Mai] Bhago was a great ascetic of the Guru. 

ਗਰਵੀ ਸਾਂਗ ਹਾਥ ਮਹਿਂ ਧਰੈ । ਸਦਾ ਅਨੰਦ ਏਕ ਰਸ ਥਿਰੈ ।

ਕੇਤਿਕ ਮਾਸ ਨਗਨ ਜਬਿ ਰਹੀ । ਇਕ ਦਿਨ ਦੇਖਿ ਨਿਕਟ ਗੁਰ ਕਹੀ ।38।

While always remaining intoxicated in the flavour of the One Blissful Essence she would carry along with her a spear and a small metal pot in her hands. She remained naked for many months and one day when seeing the Guru, the Guru remarked: 

'ਸੁਨਿ ਮਾਈ ਭਾਗੋ ਸਚਿਆਰੀ । ਕੁਲ ਨੈਹਰਿ ਸਸੁਰਾਰਿ ਉਬਾਰੀ ।

ਪਰਮਹੰਸ ਆਵਸਥਾ ਪਾਈ । ਤੁਝ ਕੋ ਦੋਸ਼ ਨ ਲਗੈ ਕਦਾਈ ।39।

"Listen oh truthful Mai Bhago, do not destroy your lineage and the [honour] of your In-Laws. [However] You have obtained the state of Paramhans [Brahmgyani] and you will not be blamed for anything. 

ਰਹਨਿ ਦਿਗੰਬਰ ਤੁਝ ਬਨਿ ਆਈ । ਇਕ ਰਸ ਬ੍ਰਿੱਤਿ ਭਈ ਲਿਵਲਾਈ । 

ਤਨ ਹੰਤਾ ਸਭਿ ਰਿਦੇ ਬਿਨਾਸ਼ੀ । ਪਾਯੋ ਪਰਮ ਰੂਪ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ।40।

You [have become comfortable] remaining naked; your mind is continuously attached to the flavour [of Paramatmaa]. The ego of your body has been destroyed in your heart; you have obtained the Highest Indestructible form. 

ਤਊ ਸੰਗ ਤੂੰ ਰਹਤਿ ਹਮਾਰੇ । ਪਹਿਰਿ ਕਾਛੁ ਲਘੁ ਸਿਰ ਦਸਤਾਰੇ ।

ਊਪਰ ਚੀਰ ਚਾਦਰਾ ਲੀਜੈ । ਦੇਹ ਅਛਾਦਹੁ ਸਮਾ ਬਿਤੀਜੈ । ' 41।

However even then you live with us, [for this reason], put on a Kach [underwear] and on your head tie a small Dastaar [turban]. Cover your body from now on with a shawl [Chadra]." 

ਸੁਨਿ ਗੁਰ ਹੁਕਮ ਮਾਨ ਤਿਨ ਲੀਨਾ । ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਸਰੀਰ ਅਛਾਦਨ ਕੀਨਾ ।

ਕਰ ਮਹਿਂ ਸਾਂਗ ਸਦਾ ਗਹਿ ਰਾਖੇ । ਰਹੈ ਸੰਗ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਅਭਿਲਾਖੇ ।42।

Listening to the command of the Guru, Mai Bhago agreed and covered her body with clothing. Holding her spear always in her hand, [Mai Bhago] forever held the desire to live alongside the Guru.

ਗੁਰਪ੍ਰਤਾਪ ਸੂਰਜ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ, ਐਨ ਪਹਿਲਾ, ਅਧਿਆਇ 22

Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth, 1st Ain, Chapter 22

The above photo has been taken from 'In the Master's Presence', it depicts the Battle of Khindrana, with Mai Bhago illustrated at the top right of the fresco. 

The above photo has been taken from 'In the Master's Presence', it depicts the Battle of Khindrana, with Mai Bhago illustrated at the top right of the fresco. 

Sarbloh Avatar Giving Updesh to Indra

 Below is a passage from Manglācharan Puran [Sarbloh Granth] where Sarbloh Avatār gives spiritual teachings [Updesh] to the King of Heaven, Indrā, following the great war in which Bîrajnād is defeated by Sarbloh Avatār. Following this passage all the Devî-Devtay perform numerous beautiful Aarti's in reverence towardsSarbloh Avatār.

ਆਤਮ ਦਰਸੀ ਇੰਦ੍ਰਿਯ ਜਿਤ ਹੈ ਖਿੰਮਾ ਸੀਲ ਬ੍ਰਤ ਧਾਰੈ ॥

Recognize your true-self and conquer your [ten] sense organs, cultivate forgiveness, a docile demeanor and self control. 

ਊਠਤਿ ਬੈਠਤਿ ਮੋਹਿ ਚਿਤਾਰੇ, ਸੁਖ ਦੁਖ ਸਮਤ ਬਿਚਾਰੈ ॥

When standing or sitting remember Me and recognize pleasure and pain as one in the same. 

ਧੀਰਜਮਾਨ ਸੰਤੁਸ੍ਟ ਸਰਬ ਬਿਧਿ, ਮਨ ਸਕੇਲ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ॥

Remain steadfast and content in all aspects [parvirti - worldly affairs, and nirvirti - spiritual affairs], and separate your mind from the grips of the world.

ਸਾਛੀ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਬਿਚਰੇ ਸਭਿ ਸੰਗੇ, ਉਨਮਨਿ ਸਦ ਲਿਵ ਧਾਰੈ ॥12॥1666॥3985॥

Witness [Rām] in all and interact with everyone while constantly in the state of Indescribable Divine Bliss.

- Sarbloh Granth, Volume II, pg. 671

ਸਰਬਲੋਹ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ, ਭਾਗ ਦੂਜਾ, ਪੰਨਾ 671

Brahmā [with four heads], Vishnu [with dark skin], Shivji, and Indrā [with a thousand marks on his body] all worshiping the Adi Shakti

Brahmā [with four heads], Vishnu [with dark skin], Shivji, and Indrā [with a thousand marks on his body] all worshiping the Adi Shakti