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  Sadho Man Ka Maan Tyago
Kam Krodh Sangat Durjan Ki
Taan Te Ahnas Bhago (pause)
Sukh Dukh Dono Sam Kar Janai
Aur Man Apmana
Harkh Sog Te Rahe Atita
Tin Jag Tat Pachhana
Ustat Ninda Daoo Tyage
Khoje Pad Nirbana
Jan Nanak Eh Khel Kathhan Hai
Kinhu Gurmukh Jana
  Sri Guru Granth Sahib (219)  

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was camping at Banaras when a group of sadhus visited His darbar. They had come to test the spirituality of Guru Nanak the Ninth. Of their own spiritual knowledge and power, they were proud and vain and had come to hold spiritual discussion with the Great Guru.

With profound humility, the Knower of all Hearts, Satguru sang the above hymn for their spiritual benefit before engaging them in any discussion:

The hymn, when translated means:



“O saints, renounce the Ego, and always flee from lust, wrath and evil company. One should consider pain and pleasure, honour and dishonour the same. One should renounce both praise and blame (flattery and slander) and even the search for salvation. This is a very difficult path and rare is a (Gurmukh) pious person who knows how to tread it.


The Great Guru in His characteristic humility pointed out in this great hymn that for a saint to renounce the pride and ego of his sainthood was the greatest hurdle for him. The sages who had come there prompted by ego and pride of their vast knowledge were wonder-struck with awe and reverence. They bowed to the Divine Majesty and Glory of Guru Nanak the Ninth and left without uttering a single world.

How can a saint who can not conquer his pride conquer lust and Anger? How can he conquer the duality of opposites? Can he really rise above the opposites like pain and pleasure, honour and dishonour, praise and blame? Ego is the worst enemy of man. It is a malady and a disease that cripples his ability to attain immortality.


  Jaih Prani Haumain Taji karta Ram Pachhan
Kaho Nanak Waih Mukt Nar, Ih Man Sachi Man
  Sri Guru Granth Sahib (1427)  
  Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib says:  

“One who vanquishes his ego and beholds the Lord as the Sole Doer of all things, that person has attained ‘Jiwan Mukti’ (is liberated while living), know this as the real truth, says Nanak.”


A seeker who renounces his ego rises far above the consciousness of doership. For him the Lord is the Sole Doer, the Sole Karta. His ‘I’ ego is non-existent and hence his total non-involvement in any ‘karma’. He is completely free. He has attained Mukti in his very life. He is ‘Jiwanmukt”. In this state of ‘Jiwanmukti’ one has no sense of one-self being the cause or effect, the Sole Doer or Karta is the Lord. There is no individual will; only the will of Lord prevails; there is no consciousness of self but only that of the creator.

A ‘jiwanmukt’ has actually died before his death. It is a death of the ‘I’ ego, it is a death of separate individuality and identity, it is a death of the individual will, it is a death of ‘I’ ness and ‘My’ness. It is infact the blending, as it was, of the mortal spirit with the immortal Omniscient Soul.


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