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Tiger Vision vs. Dog Vision - Suraj Prakash


Guru Hargobind expounds upon the difference between Kukar Drishti [a Dog's Sight] and Sher Drishti [a Tiger's Sight] to the congregation which had come to mourn the death of Baba Gurditta. ⁣

ਹਤਨ ਜਿਵਾਵਨ ਅਪਰੈ ਕੌਨ । ਸਕਲ ਸੰਤ ਜਾਨਤਿ ਹੈਂ ਤੌਨ । ਜਿਮ ਕੇਹਰਿ ਕੋ ਲਾਠੀ ਹਾਨਹਿਂ । ਹਤਨਹਾਰ ਪਰ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟੀ ਠਾਨਹਿਂ ।30।⁣

"Who else [But the Divine] gives and takes life? All the Saints have understood this, just like if a tiger is hit with a staff, the tiger keeps his focus on the attacker [not the staff].⁣

ਜੇ ਕੂਕਰ ਕੋ ਮਾਰਤਿ ਕੋਈ । ਦੋਸ ਲਸ਼ਟਕਾ ਜਾਨਤਿ ਸੋਈ । ਮੁਖ ਪਸਾਰ ਤਿਸ ਕੋ ਗਹਿ ਲੇਤਿ । ਹਤਨਹਾਰ ਕੋ ਤ੍ਯਾਗ ਸੁ ਦੇਤਿ ।31।⁣

If someone strikes a dog, the dog blames the staff, opening its mouth he tries to grab the staff but neglects the attacker. ⁣

ਸ੍ਵਾਨ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟਿ ਇਹੁ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਧਾਰੈ । ਕਲਪਹਿ ਨਰਨ ਬਿਖੈ ਇਹ ਮਾਰੈ । ਇਹੁੁ ਮੁਝ ਕੌ ਦੇਵਤਿ ਸੁਖ ਆਛੈ । ਇਹੁ ਨਰ ਦੁਖਦ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਮ ਬਾਂਛੈ ।32।⁣

This type of outlook, the Sight of a Dog [Kukar Drishti] is held by Manmukhs, they think, oh this man killed, or this person gave me happiness, or this person gave me pain. ⁣

ਸ਼ੇਰ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ਨਿਤ ਧਾਰੈਂ । ਸੁਖਦ ਦੁਖਦ ਜਾਨਹਿਂ ਕਰਤਾਰੈ । ਰਾਗ ਦ੍ਵੈਖ ਇਸ ਤੇ ਨਹਿਂ ਹੋਤਿ । ਲਖਹਿਂ ਪ੍ਰਮੇਸ਼ੁਰ ਸ਼ਾਂਤਿ ਉਦੋਤਿ ।33।⁣

Gurmukhs constantly have the Sight of a Tiger [Sher Drishti], they recognize both happiness and pain arising from Kartar [the Creator]. That one cannot love or loathe anything else [but Kartar], they understand Paramesvhar [the Highest Ishvar] as the illuminator of peace. ⁣

ਸ੍ਵਾਨ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟਿ ਮਹਿਂ ਅਨਿਕ ਬਿਕਾਰ । ਜਿਨ ਤੇ ਪੁਨ ਪੁਨ ਪਰਹਿ ਸੰਸਾਰ । ⁣

There are countless vices that arise as a result of having this Dog's Sight [Kukar Drishti], which results in countless reincarnation."⁣

Gurpratap Suraj Prakash (1843), author: the Great Poet Santokh Singh ⁣

Raas 8, Chapter 40

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