ਕੋਈ ਆਵੈ ਸੰਤੋ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਜਨੁ ਸੰਤੋ ਮੇਰਾ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਜਨੁ ਸੰਤੋ ਮੋਹਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦਿਖਲਾਵੈ ॥
O’ saints, put me on the path for union with the Divine Master.
All religious leaders have suggested ways and means of achieving peace of mind and salvation (freedom from birth and death) in accordance with whatever knowledge they had possessed by virtue of meditation, intuition or direct blessing from a senior sage. Each of such leaders had left behind him a reasonable number of followers. If today we say that the number of religious groups in the world is beyond us to count, we shall not be incorrect. This proves the fact that the world is by and large, dis-satisfied with the outer material feedings on account of inner spiritual hunger.
ਪਿਆਸ ਨ ਜਾਇ ਹੋਰਤੁ ਕਿਤੈ ਜਿਚਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਪਲੈ ਨ ਪਾਇ ॥
2. We know it well that a guide, spiritual or otherwise, can enlighten us on a subject in accordance with his own knowledge about it. All religious leaders have been making tall claims and assuring their followers of various achievements including salvation. Many of them had claimed to be the Sons of God. This had created reasonable good amount of faith in their followers. This perhaps, is more or less, true of many religions.
3. It is quite appealing to common-sense that a Master of Maths can make his pupil a Master of Maths. A Master of Chemistry can make his student a Master of Chemistry; and the same is true of other branches of Science and Arts. No via media arrangement can help one achieve perfection in the chosen line without the help of a Master – Leader. In the like manner, in order to attain communion with the Almighty (ਪ੍ਰਭੂ) which is called attainment of Salvation (ਮੁਕਤੀ), guidance has got to be taken from one, who himself is one with God, and who himself is the true incarnation of God. In other words the spiritual leader has got to be Divine, i.e. he must not lack any quality of God (he must be complete in every sense). Only then he will be able to help us get out of the clutches of the angel of death for ever and help us achieve ever lasting peace.
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ਦੇਖਹੁ ਵਿਣੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਪਾਏ ॥੨੨॥