Dawn of Divine Wisdom

Bhai Raam Singh Jee

V. Man’s Past


ਸੁਨਹੁ ਰੇ ਤੂ ਕਉਨੁ ਕਹਾ ਤੇ ਆਇਓ ॥


ਕੋਟਿ ਜਨਮ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਭ੍ਰਮਿ ਆਇਓ ॥ ਬਡੈ ਭਾਗਿ ਸਾਧਸੰਗੁ ਪਾਇਓ ॥੧॥
ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਨਾਹੀ ਉਧਾਰੁ ॥ ਬਾਬਾ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਆਖੈ ਏਹੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥੨॥੧੧॥

{ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫, ਅੰਗ ੮੮੬}

O’ man, you are born after having wandered for millions and millions of times in various forms of life under-going sufferings (this is your past history. This is where you have come from). In this life also this is only by a stroke of good luck that you have come in contact with Guru Sahib. Without an Almighty Guru your salvation is not possible.” Thus says Nanak:


ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਭਏ ਕੀਟ ਪਤੰਗਾ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਗਜ ਮੀਨ ਕੁਰੰਗਾ ॥
ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਪੰਖੀ ਸਰਪ ਹੋਇਓ ॥ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ਹੈਵਰ ਬ੍ਰਿਖ ਜੋਇਓ ॥੧॥
ਮਿਲੁ ਜਗਦੀਸ ਮਿਲਨ ਕੀ ਬਰੀਆ ॥ ਚਿਰੰਕਾਲ ਇਹ ਦੇਹ ਸੰਜਰੀਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

{ਗਉੜੀ ਗੁਆਰੇਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫, ਅੰਗ ੧੭੬}

Clarifying man’s past history further, addressing the man, Guru Ji says, “You have been born for countless number of times as wingless insects and winged insects. You have been born for countless number of times as elephants and other legged creatures that live on earth; and fish and other creatures that live in water. For times out of mind you have been born as birds of multiple order that fly in the air; and snakes and other creatures that crawl on earth. And for times out of number you have been born as various forms of stone and vegetation. Having passed through the foregoing arduous and torturous cycle of miseries, you have now; by a stroke of good luck, come to possess human body. THIS IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE (REPEAT) ONLY CHANCE TO MERGE IN ALMIGHTY OR ELSE THE SAME HORRIBLE CYCLE OF MISERIES OF LOWER LIFE AGAIN AWAITS YOU AFTER DEATH FOR AN IMMEASURABLE LENGTH OF TIME.”

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