Bhai Gurdas Ji's writings

  BLESSING TO BHAI GURDAS JI

Guru Arjun Dev Sahib Jee has given respect to Bhai Gurdaas Jee’s     Banee calling it the key to opening the treasure of Guru Granth Sahib Jee.  Bhai Gurdaas Jee’s Kabits (poems) give importance of Shudh Ucharan with each individual character.

ਜੈਸੇ ਲਗ ਮਾਤ੍ਰ ਹੀਨ, ਪੜਤ ਅਉਰ ਕਉ ਅਉਰ, ਪਿਤਾ ਪੂਤ ਪੂਤ ਪਿਤਾ, ਸਮਸਰਿ ਜਾਨੀਐ ||

If all the characters (ਲਗ) in a word are not properly pronounced, the word loses its literal meaning. It’s like calling a father the son, or a son the father. Bhai Sahib Ji goes on to state that:

ਕੋਟਨਿ ਕੋਟਨਿ ਤਿਲ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਅਗਾਧਿ ਬੋਧਿ ਨਮੋ ਨਮੋ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਦਰਸ ਸਬਦ ਸ੍ਰੋਤ ਕੈ||

The praise of viewing and visualizing (ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਦਰਸ) Banee and hearing it with your ears (ਸ੍ਰੋਤ) cannot be written down. 

 

CONCENTRATING ON THE SPELLINGS OF GURBANI:

ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮੂਰਤਿ; ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਧਿਆਨੁ|| ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੁ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨ|| (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang (Page) 864)

Here, Guru Arjan Dev Ji asks us to (ਧਿਆਨੁ) focus on (ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮੂਰਤਿ)  image of the Guru in our (ਮਨ) minds. And Bhai Gurdaas Ji explains it further that Guru’s image is the Guru’s Shabd.

ਗੁਰ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ||

Hence, there is immense importance of concentrating on the the spellings of Gurbani.

 TOOL FOR THE MIND'S FOCUS

Words are written in Gurbani with very unique spellings which serve as a tool for focusing our mind, stopping outside thoughts and providing everlasting peace. For example,

ਕਵਣੁ ਸੁ ਵੇਲਾ, ਵਖਤੁ ਕਵਣੁ; ਕਵਣ ਥਿਤਿ, ਕਵਣੁ ਵਾਰੁ||

ਕਵਣਿਸਿ ਰੁਤੀ. ਮਾਹੁ ਕਵਣੁ; ਜਿਤੁ ਹੋਆ ਆਕਾਰੁ||

 In the above lines from Jap Ji Sahib, “Kavan” is written in 3 different ways with the same meaning. And if you lay stress on reading the words the way they are, Guru Sahib blesses you with internal peace that you long for!