Who is Gurmukh?
- satnaam satguru satsangat satshabad - dandauth bandhana ji.
I was incorrectly taught at Sikh camps that when you became initiated as a
Sikh you were now a Gurmukh- meaning that I had my face (mukh) towards the
Guru (Gur). And everyone who was not initiated was still a Manmukh - had
their face (mukh) towards their own mind (man). So then when I read or
heard the Gurbani, words of the Guru, and they praised the Gurmukh as the
verses below do, I felt very satisfied. And when the verses criticised
Manmukhs, I ignored that because that obviously applied to the rest of the
Actually, Dassan Das Ji put us straight. Gurmukh is the state of an
enlightened soul. When there is no difference between what the Guru's Words
teach and what you say, think and do. Gur - Mukh means you are the living ,
breathing walking talking word (mukh) of the Highest Guru i.e. God (Gur).
And to be Gurmukh has nothing to do with the religion you follow or the
initiations you have taken. The verses below show that the saints like the
child Prehlad Ji, the King Janak Ji and Vashisht Ji were all Gurmukh.
"As Gurmukh, Prahlaad meditated on the Lord, and was saved."
"As Gurmukh, Janak lovingly centered his consciousness on the Lord's Name."
"As Gurmukh, Vashisht taught the Teachings of the Lord."
(full verses are attached below)
Even Bhai Gurdas Ji in his verses writes the founder of Yoga, Patanjali was
Gurmukh. In another verse also writes that Gurmukh Nanak Pargat hoi -
meaning that Nanak was also Gurmukh who became manifest in this world.
So really Gurmukh is nothing less that being the same as the Guru. Gurbani
describes this as when the Sikh and the Guru become one, like the wave and
the ocean, like the ray and the sun are one.
Dassan Das Ji explained to us that basically until we become Gurmukh by
defeating the 5 thieves, we are Manmukh - we are following the words of our
own mind, and are not following the words of our Guru 100%.
So when listening to the divine lovable words of Gurbani, remember the
verses about Manmukh apply to most of us, and the Guru is telling us to
defeat our worldy mind.
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