Who Is A Manmukh? (Self-centred person)
- 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
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,
get involved in all kinds of deeds which make you selfish,
involve you in slander, gossip and back-biting ( Nindya,
doing bad to 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:
Dharam-eternal truth Ik Oankaar Satnaam,
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;
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;
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
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.