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Who Is A Manmukh? (Self-centred person)

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    Who Is A Manmukh? This article is presented with the Gur Parsaad of Dhan Dhan Guru and God who is Agam Agadh Agochar Anant Beyant Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Paar
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2005
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      Who Is A Manmukh?

      This article is presented with the Gur Parsaad of Dhan Dhan Guru and
      God who is Agam Agadh Agochar Anant Beyant Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Paar
      Braham Parmesar:

      Let us pray to God and Guru with folded hands, with countless Dandaut
      Bandana at their lotus feet. With countless thanks to them with
      every breath of ours. With our head pressed at their lotus feet for
      ever. And for all ages to come may we remain at their Charan
      Kamals, with Garibi Ves Hirda.

      May we have utmost humbleness in our Hirda, full belief, commitment,
      trust, faith, Sachee Preet and Sachee Shardha.

      May we have true and unconditional devotion, without any worldly
      demands, with unconditional love in our heart for all His Creation
      and with our head pressed at the feet of the entire creation.

      May we always keep the Guru, Gur and Gur Sangat in first place and
      everything else at second place.

      May God and Guru give us the wisdom to understand what is the divine
      meaning of the Shabad "Manmukh". So we can understand and bring
      inside our Hirda the following points

      • what makes a person a Manmukh?

      • what are the characteristics of a Manmukh?

      • what are our own qualities, character and personality in
      light of the meaning of Manmukh ?

      • are we are a Manmukh?

      • or are we making efforts to steer ourselves in the right

      The right direction means

      • heading towards the discovery of Eternal Truth,

      • towards the achievement of our real objective of this human

      • to become a Gurmukh,

      • to achieve salvation,

      • to get relieved from the shackles of the Maya

      • and be one with the Origin-Ik Oankaar Satnaam, Nirgun Saroop
      of Akal Purakh.

      First of all let us pray for the Gur Parsaad to understand the
      meaning of the Shabad "Manmukh".

      This word comprises of two words - "Man" and "Mukh" :


      "Man" means your own mind. The mind is a invisible part of your body
      which is controlled by your own "Matt" meaning wisdom. Self-made
      wisdom is called the "Manmatt". It is based on your own education
      and also the rules of the society you live in. This is also called
      the worldly wisdom – "Sansarik Mutt". Both the Manmatt and Sansarik
      Mutt also contain some element of the "Durmatt". The "Durmatt" is the
      evil wisdom which prompts you to :

      • do bad deeds,

      • commit sins,

      • get involved in all kinds of deeds which make you selfish,

      • involve you in slander, gossip and back-biting ( Nindya,
      Chugli Bakhili),

      • doing bad to others,

      • hurting others,

      • cheating and deceiving others and so on.

      Basically all the Manmatt falls under the operation of Maya. All the
      actions and deeds conducted under the influence of Manmatt happens
      under two of the three parts of Maya :

      1) RAJO (Desires & Negative Criticism– Asa Trishna Mansha Nindya
      Chugli Bakhili) and

      2) TAMO (Panj Doots – Kaam Krodh Lobh Moh Ahankaar – prompted by Raj
      Joban Dhan Maal Roop Rus Gandh Sparash )

      In a nutshell the mind operates under the directions of wisdom that
      is self-made, worldy and evil (Manmatt, Sansarik Mutt & Durmatt).
      All of that wisdom is gained under RAJO and TAMO parts of Maya.

      In order to blessed with the Guru's Divine Wisdom (Gur-Matt) we have
      start by practicing truthful deeds. That comes under the third part
      of the Maya called SATO. It means we have to practice:

      • kindness (daya),
      • forgiveness,
      • humbleness,
      • love;
      • Dharam-eternal truth Ik Oankaar Satnaam,
      • Naam Simran,
      • practicing Gurbani,
      • practicing truth in daily life,
      • being truthful in all actions and deeds,
      • work towards getting a control over the mind and Panj Doots,
      • restrain from doing Nindya Chugli Bakhili,
      • restrain from harming, cheating and deceiving others;
      • helping others,
      • giving Dasvandh,
      • surrender to the Gur and Guru,
      • Seva and Parupkaar,
      • efforts to achieve the salvation,
      • efforts to get out of the shackles if Maya,
      • work towards relieving yourself of all kinds of doubts,
      delusions, illusions and distractions;
      • Santokh-Contentment,
      • controlling desires,
      • no greed
      • Sanjam-patience, and
      • stability

      All these truthful deeds take us towards reforming our self-wisdom
      (MANMATT) with divine wisdom (GURMATT). Gurmatt shows us the path to
      defeating the three states of MAYA and going beyond it into the
      fourth state (CHAUTHA PAD) – Eternal Truth – SAT. This is the path
      to becoming a Gurmukh.


      The second part of the word ManMukh is the word (Shabad) "Mukh".
      This literally means "FACE". Whichever way your mind is facing (MUKH)
      defines the path you are following. The direction you are facing
      defines what influences your actions and deeds in your daily life.


      The word Manmukh describes the person who is "facing towards the
      worldly mind". Wereas as a GurMukh has his face towards GUR
      (God ,Guru and Gurbani). The Shabad "Manmukh" basically means "the
      person who follows his own wisdom". But his own wisdom is nothing
      but a mixture of Sansarik Matt and Durmatt. The result of his own
      education, his own learning from his environment and the rules of
      the society he lives in. In a nutshell the Manmukh is the person who
      operates under the influence of Rajo and Tamo attributes of Maya. A
      more practical and easy to understand preview of the qualities of
      a "Manmukh" are briefly described as follows:

      1. Who has no belief in Gur, Guru and Gurbani.

      2. Who is not committed to the Gur and Guru and Gurbani.

      3. Who has no faith in the Gur and Guru and Gurbani.

      4. Who has no trust in the Gur and Guru and Gurbani

      5. Who has not completely surrendered himself to the Gur and

      6. Who doesn't follow his Guru's words of divine wisdom.

      7. Who doesn't give Dasvandh of his time to the Gur and
      Guru,means who is not involved in the Seva & Simran and doesn't give
      10% of his time to the Gur and Guru.

      8. Who doesn't give 10% of his earnings to the Gur and Guru.

      9. Who is ruled by the Panj Doots. Whose life is ruled by any of
      all of the Panj Doots: Kaam Krodh Lobh Moh & Ahankaar

      10. Who is ruled by the desires.

      11. Who is involved in the negative criticism - Nindya, Chugli
      and Bakhili.

      12. Who doesn't practice the divine wisdom – Gurmatt – Gurbani in
      his daily life.

      13. Who doesn't love all the creation of the Almighty.

      14. Who is full of hatred and discrimination.

      15. Who doesn't recognize that all are equal, all are human

      16. Who doesn't think and do good to others.

      17. Who lives a life full of Dubidha – delusions and illusions.

      18. Who has no humbleness – Nimrata in his behavior.

      19. Who is not kind to others. Who is not kind hearted.

      20. Who is not honest in his deeds.

      And the list goes on.

      The bottom line is that :

      the person who is not a Gurmukh is a Manmukh.

      A person is a Manmukh until he has :

      • become a Gurmukh he will remain a Manmukh.

      • completely realized Almighty he is a Manmukh.

      • all his Bajjar Kapaats – all his divne doors including Dassam
      Duaar & Divine Eye open

      • been blessed eternally with the Gur Parsaad of Anhad Shabad

      • been eternally blessed with the activation of Sat Sarovar –
      seven centers of the spiritual energy with in the body

      • been eternally blessed with the highest Amrit – Atam Rus

      • become a Puran Khalsa by virtue of a Param Jyot Puran Parkash
      in his Hirda

      • merged in the Almighty's Nirgun Saroop completely.

      Only a Puran Sant is not a Manmukh.

      Only a Puran Braham Gyani is not a Manmukh.

      Only a Puran Khalsa is not a Manmukh.

      Only a divine soul who lives in the Dargah of Akal Purakh is a
      Gurmukh. And until that happens a person remains a Manmukh because
      his inside is not completely cleaned up. And until the inside is not
      completely cleaned up and becomes a Puran Sachyara and capable of
      seeing, speaking, hearing, delivering and serving the complete
      eternal truth, the person will remain a Manmukh.
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