Kar Isnan simar Prabh Apna

by Bhau Ji

In the previous parts in the series on ‘Simran’, a great deal has been said regarding the –

  • praise
  • greatness
  • discipline
  • advantages etc. of ‘Simran’.

Now in this part with examples from Gurbani, the discussion is on what happens to one or what results when Simran is not done or when the Lord is forgotten.

In order to make her child an accomplished and competent one, the mother uses various methods to make him understand good advice and high counseling. When the child does not pay attention to such advice or is careless in practicing, then the mother scolds him and admonishes himso that he may pay attention to her useful advice and practice it to make his life better and higher.

In the same way the Satgurus, through Gurbani have used various methods for gursikhs to give them high-pure divine advice which when followed will turn their lives from materialistic ones to spiritual ones.

The spiritual and mental misery suffered by one who does not do Simran or who forgets the Lord is described in Gurbani thus:-

  1. The mortal contemplates not over the Pervading God and is fascinated by the pleasures of sin. By forgetting the Name, he lands in hell and heaven, O Nanak. (298)
  2. Who has given all the things, Him the man remembers not. Engrossed in the arch of deadly sins, his day and night are wasted. (395) 
  3. Vile are they, who forget their Master. O Nanak, without God’s name, the mortals are outcast wretches. (349) 
  4. Without Lord’s remembrance day and night pass away in vain, as the crop is ruined without rain. (269)
  5. Vain is eating ,drinking and laughing, Unless on remembers not the Lord in his mind. (351)
  6. Without Lord’s meditation, to live is like burning in fire, even though, like a serpent, one’s life may be long. Though man may rule over the nine regions of earth, yet without Lord’s meditation, in the end , he shall depart, losing the game. (712) 
  7. Man ever and ever engages in pleasures and ever and ever asks for more peace. He remembers not the Creator, so miseries take over him again and again. (751) 
  8. Without the Lords meditation, he abides in ordure (filth). (1061)

When we do not do Simran we become subordinate to materialism i.e. we keep the bad company of materialism and are tied up in materialistic restrictions, the effect of which we experience.

  1. Without the Lord’s meditation, mortals life is like that of a snake. So lives the mammon worshipper, by forgetting the Name. (239) 
  2. By forgetting the Lord, you meet with numberless calamities, which cannot be counted, and are eaten up by the chief fascinator, the mammon. (501).
  3. You know not the way to Lord’s meditation, and have sold yourself in mammon’s land. The mad man remains entangled with vices, and forgets the jewel of the Name. 633 
  4. Millions of maladies are produced, O Nanak, when the Name is forgotten. 522

Ecape from the worldly botherations and the troubles arising from them is not possible without ‘simran’.

  1. Says Nanak, the real thing I consider is this, that without God’s meditation, there is no deliverance. (188)
  2. The great men after the study of Shastras, Simirits and Vedas said Without God’s meditation there is no emancipation, nor has any attained peace.” (215)

By forgetting God’s simran we subordinate ourselves to materialism and indulge in vices, the results of which we have to suffer.

  1. Nanak, as many as are the sins, so many are the chains around man’s neck (595)

In Gurbani, man is urged to do simran to escape from the worldly vices and their effects. Not doing simran is tantamount to committing sin.

  1. Without God’s remembrance, it( intellect) is afflicted by sin. (356)
  2. Kabir, man contemplates not his Lord and wanders about engrossed in greed. He dies committing sins and his life comes to an end in a moment. (1376)
  3. Kabir, a sinner loves not Lord’s meditation, the God’s worship does not please him. The fly forsakes the sandal and goes there where is an evil odor. (1368) 
  4. O Sinner, none is a friend of yours. No one shall be your helper and you shall ever regret your deeds.  With your tongue you utter not the praises of the world-cherisher.  When shall these days come again? (546)

By forgetting God we undergo many sufferings-

  1. Farid, dreadful are the faces of those who forget the Lord’s Name. Here they undergo many troubles and hereafter find no abode and refuge. 1383

To be continued

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