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The Shawl Becomes Heavier As It Gets Wet

If we attend Sat-Sangat, the dirt of our mind is removed in proportion to the time we spend in it. But what happens if we don't attend Sat-Sangat? Can we maintain status-quo? The answer is no. Sri Guru Ji has made it clear that if we don't attend Sat-Sangat, our mind incurs dirt, as is evident from this Gurbani Pankiti:

ਬਿਨੁ ਭਾਗਾ ਸਤਸੰਗੁ ਨ ਲਭੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮੈਲੁ ਭਰੀਜੈ ਜੀਉ ॥3॥
(Without fortune, the Satsang cannot be found and without Sat-Sangat, the mind fills with dirt)

In the light of these thoughts a beautiful Kabit of Bhai Gurdaas Ji has come to mind. Please ponder upon the following Kabit:

ਜੈਸੇ ਰੋਗ ਰੋਗੀ ਕੋ ਦਿਖਾਈਐ ਨ ਬੈਦ ਪ੍ਰਤਿ
ਬਿਨ ਉਪਚਾਰ ਛਿਨ ਛਿਨ ਹੁਇ ਅਸਾਧ ਜੀ ॥
ਜੈਸੇ ਰਿਨ ਦਿਨ ਦਿਨ ਉਦਮ ਅਦਿਆਉ ਬਿਨ
ਮੂਲ ਔ ਬਿਆਜ ਬਢੈ, ਉਪਜੈ ਬਿਆਧ ਜੀ ॥
ਜੈਸੇ ਸਤ੍ਰ ਸਾਸਨਾ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਾਮੁ ਕਰਿ ਸਾਧੇ ਬਿਨ
ਪਲ ਪਲ ਪ੍ਰਬਲ ਹੁਇ ਕਰਤ ਉਪਾਧ ਜੀ ॥
ਜ੍ਯੌਂ ਜ੍ਯੌਂ ਭੀਜੈ ਕਾਮਰੀ ਤ੍ਯੌਂ ਤ੍ਯੌਂ ਭਾਰੀ ਹੋਤ ਜਾਤ ॥
ਬਿਨ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਉਰ ਬਸੈ ਅਪਰਾਧ ਜੀ ॥633॥

1. If the diseased person does not show his disease to a doctor, the disease becomes worse every moment and eventually becomes incurable.

2. If one does not do effort to reduce debt, it increases every day because of the interest and eventually it becomes a huge problem.

3. If the enemy is not tamed in the battlefield, he becomes strong with every moment and eventually creates trouble for you.

4. The shawl becomes heavy as it becomes wet; in the same way without meeting the Satguru, sins keep increasing in the mind.

Bhai Gurdaas Ji in the above Kabit has given some excellent metaphors to explain the point that if the Jiv does not meet the Satguru, sins keep increasing in his mind.

Gurbani has made it clear that such place where there is Naam Abhyaas or Vakhiyaan of Naam Abhyaas i.e. Gurbani Paath or Kirtan, only such place can be classified as Satsangat. In Kalyug there is no better sanctuary than Satsangat, where one gets to utter the true Naam and true Baani - Gurbani. This is why our Ardaas ends with begging for Darshan of such Gurmukhs in whose Sangat Naam may be remembered.

May Guru Sahib forever bless us with Satsangat.

Kulbir Singh

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