The mystic Peepaa: kaayo dhaevaa kaaeiao dhaeval kaaeiao ja(n)gam jaathee Within the body, the Divine Lord is embodied. The body is the temple, the place of pilgrimage, and the pilgrim. kaaeiao dhhoop dheep neebaedhaa kaaeiao poojo paathee 1 Within the body are incense, lamps and offerings. Within the body are the flower offerings. 1 kaaeiaa bahu kha(n)dd khojathae nav nidhh paaee I searched throughout many realms, but I found the nine treasures within the body. naa kashh aaeibo naa kashh jaaeibo raam kee dhuhaaee 1 rehaao Nothing comes, and nothing goes; I pray to Ram for Mercy. 1Pause jo brehama(n)ddae soee pi(n)ddae jo khojai so paavai The One who pervades the Universe also dwells in the body; whoever seeks, finds. peepaa pranavai param thath hai sathigur hoe lakhaavai 23 Peepaa prays, the supreme essence; reveals through the True Guru. 23
O Raven, you have searched my skeleton, and eaten all my flesh. But please do not touch these eyes as I hope to behold my Beloved. (91) (AG 1382) Sheikh Farid said this after many years of devotion to God…..even then his longing had not gone. This scene is beautifully painted by Jaswant:
Why are you so engrossed in worries? Why are you afraid of some one? Who may kill you? The soul is immortal; it neither dies nor takes birth. The present is here and now, the past is irrecoverable and the future will be good. Don’t fret over the past and don’t be worried about the future. The present is going on. Why do you cry? What did you lose? When you were born, what did you bring along, which has been lost? What did you produce which has been perished? It is here that you gained and it is here that you lose. The man comes to; and goes from world, empty handed. What you own today was not yours yesterday and will not be yours tomorrow. It does not and will not belong to anyone. You consider it your own and rejoice. This happiness of possession leads you to utter grief. Yours is this world. Start from where you feel to; stay where you desire and wind up where you want to. It has no beginning and no end. You don’t fear anyone, but yourself. You are the fright and also the frightened. Change is the truth of life. What you consider as death is life in reality. In a moment a multi-millionaire is turned pauper. Give up the feeling of possession, great & the mean; differentiation of friend & foe. Then all is yours and you for everyone. Your corporeal being is a product of air, water and fire and it merges into the same leaving behind neither blood nor bones. Still yours existence remains the same. Then ponder over what you are. Wake up! and become the eternal sons of the Almighty. You are the great and unique manifestation of Nature’s power. All the divine powers are possessed by you, like a tree hidden in the seed. In fact you don’t fear anybody; you don’t have any worry, suspicion, pain or grief. You are His dear ones. Surrender yourself completely to Him. Always, remember the “Waheguru” (God) to achieve salvation. Let your life be guided by the saying “Whatever God wills, is good”. Be content with the will of God. Remember Him both in pleasure & pain.
Hari tum haro jan ki pir Hari, please remove the suffering of the people Draupadi ki laj rakhyo tum badhyo cir You preserved Draupadi’s honor by increasing the length of the garment that covered her. bhakat karan roop narahari dharyo ap sharir For the sake of your devotee, you took on the form of Nrsimhadeva Harinakashyapa mara leenho dharyo nahina dhir To kill the demon Hiranyakashyap, you took on the form of a beast. bhoodathe gaja raja rakhyO liyo bahar neer You dragged the elephant king out of the water and saved him from the crocodile’s jaws. dasa meera lal giridhar dukh jahan tahan pir Your servant (dAsa) Meera (the saint and composer) is always with you and finds no sorrow when I’m with you.
Guru Nanak in Rag Maru, Adi Guru Granth sahib p. 1038 states – “From the Primal Lord, came the Ten Avtars (who constitute Narsingh Avtar, Bavan Avtar, Rama Avtar, Krishna Avtar and others)” At p. 1156, Rag Bhairo, Gru Arjan Dev stated – “He created millons of incarnations (Avtars) of Vishnu.” At p. 1279, in Rag Malar, Guru Nanak stated – “The Ten Incarnations, Rama, the King came into being. According to His Will, Rama quickly killed all the demons.”
‘We have seen that one great distinguishing feature of their system is that war is made an essential part of religion. To indicate their belief in this doctrine, they worship the military weapons of their Gurus.’ (‘Religious Thought And Life In India’, By Monier Williams (1883), Part 1, Pa. 172)
ਪਉੜੀ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਭਗਤਾ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਦਾ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਜੇਵਡੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੋਈ ਜਾਣੁ ਹਰਿ ਧਰਮੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਦਾ ॥ ਕਾੜਾ ਅੰਦੇਸਾ ਕਿਉ ਕੀਜੈ ਜਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਅਧਰਮਿ ਮਾਰਦਾ ॥ ਸਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਚੁ ਨਿਆਉ ਪਾਪੀ ਨਰੁ ਹਾਰਦਾ ॥ ਸਾਲਾਹਿਹੁ ਭਗਤਹੁ ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤ ਜਨ ਤਾਰਦਾ ॥੧੮॥ har kee bhagathaa paratheeth har sabh kishh jaanadhaa. The Lord’s devotees have faith in Him. The Lord knows everything. har jaevadd naahee koee jaan har dhharam beechaaradhaa. No one is as great a Knower as the Lord; the Lord administers righteous justice. kaarraa a(n)dhaesaa kio keejai jaa naahee adhharam maaradhaa Why should we feel any burning anxiety, since the Lord does not punish without just cause? sachaa saahib sach niaao paapee nar haaradhaa. True is the Master, and True is His Justice; only the sinners are defeated. saalaahihu bhagathahu kar jorr har bhagath jan thaaradhaa 18. O devotees, praise the Lord with your palms pressed together; the Lord saves His humble devotees. 18
Sorat’h, Fifth Mehla: gur kaa sabadh rakhavaarae The Word of the Guru’s Shabad is my Saving Grace. choukee chougiradh hamaarae It is a guardian posted on all four sides around me. raam naam man laagaa My mind is attached to the Lord’s Name. jam lajaae kar bhaagaa 1
The Messenger of Death has run away in shame. 1 prabh jee thoo maero sukhadhaathaa O Dear Lord, You are my Giver of peace. ba(n)dhhan kaatt karae man niramal pooran purakh bidhhaathaa rehaao The Perfect Lord, the Architect of Destiny, has shattered my bonds, and made my mind immaculately pure. Pause naanak prabh abinaasee O Nanak, God is eternal and imperishable. thaa kee saev n birathhee jaasee Service to Him shall never go unrewarded. anadh karehi thaerae dhaasaa Your slaves are in bliss; jap pooran hoee aasaa 2468 chanting and meditating, their desires are fulfilled. 2468