Tuesday, February 14, 2006

An Ode Part 2 - Fresh and transformed anew...

The second pauri of Basant Ki Var provides imagery of a gruesome battle scene which is transformed into a victory just like the dryness of winter transforms into a spring like freshness. The battle is between the self (oneness of Vahguru) and ego (the foundation of the five vices). The sickness and suffering are not merely physical. Where there is frustration, where there is lack of confidence, where there is doubt, where there is distraction, there is sickness of the soul. A Sikh of the Guru is devoid of frustration, doubt and distraction and the Sikh of the Guru is the showcase of confidence. When ego engulfs a Sikh’s life – it is death. When, with the assistance of the Guru, a Sikh realizes the Vahguru within – it is life. Touched by the Guru, inspired to act per hukam via seva simran, death never comes again for a Sikh.

ਪੰਜੇ ਬਧੇ ਮਹਾਬਲੀ ਕਰਿ ਸਚਾ ਢੋਆ ॥
ਆਪਣੇ ਚਰਣ ਜਪਾਇਅਨੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਦਯੁ ਖੜੋਆ ॥
ਰੋਗ ਸੋਗ ਸਭਿ ਮਿਟਿ ਗਏ ਨਿਤ ਨਵਾ ਨਿਰੋਆ ॥
ਦਿਨੁ ਰੈਣਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਦਾ ਫਿਰਿ ਪਾਇ ਨ ਮੋਆ ॥
ਜਿਸ ਤੇ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਸੋਈ ਫਿਰਿ ਹੋਆ ॥2॥

The five powerful vices have been destroyed asunder within those individuals that have given their selves to Vahguru in the form of complete and true simran.
The merciful Vahguru now resides within them and they walk the true path of life.
All sickness and illness of the soul depart; every day is begun anew and fresh.
Day and night nam is internalized and death like frustration never disturbs again.
Nanak is glad to see that from whence they came (Vahguru), they merge again as one because of simran.

2nd pauri of an Ode in Basant, Nanak V