SAT BUDHI - TRUE WISDOM
Sat budhi is True Wisdom. To be able to distinguish between true feelings and false feelings and thoughts. A man came to a Sufi saint and asked Do I need a Guru? The saint replied, If you can tell the difference between a true feeling and a false feeling, then you dont need a Guru.
In the book Conversations With God part 2, God explains to George Walsh that the mind generates thoughts but the spiritual heart (soul) generates feelings. And those feelings are the voice of God and if followed will lead to true happiness and the joy of enlightenment. But George asked that some feelings we get are negative and destructive towards others and ourself. God told him those are not true feelings, they are thoughts masquerading as feelings.
For example, you may feel broken hearted, but Baba Ji explained that the spiritual heart can never break. Why? Because God resides in the heart and He is Unbreakable, always a source of eternal love and joy. So what is the feeling of broken heartedness. Its actually your thoughts of attachment to someone being severed. Resulting in thoughts of broken attachment. These thoughts are so powerful and throw the mind into turmoil, that we start believing that is how we feel. The power of our thoughts is so strong over our body that are our hormones are activated resulting in us becoming emotional eg we physically feel sick, we feel pain in our biological heart. Then we really start believing we are unloved, unworthy, abandoned and alone. Believing the false feeling of broken heartedness we end up in depression. Believing these false feelings, we forget that our spiritual heart centre is the source of all bliss God. And that He never leaves us alone, that He loves us
more than we know.
Baba Ji explained there are three parts of the mind creative, destructive and preserver. These three parts or three energies that run the mind are known as Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. When you desire something and start generating thoughts on how to make it happen then that is the CREATIVE side. Eg You see a girl and start thinking of how to make her your girlfriend. But chasing desires may lead to short term happiness (eg you go out with her and have fun) but in the long term it always leads to DUKH suffering (eg you break up, or even one day she will die and break your heart), which in turns leads to DEPRESSION. Depression is the results of the downward spiral of negative thoughts from the destructive side of the mind. Other thoughts from this side are those of revenge, hate, bitterness, envy, jealousy, bad wishes for others, slander and so on. These kinds of thoughts from the creative and destructive sides of the mind are called false thoughts. Acting upon them
generates temporary happiness, but ultimately suffering.
Does this mean we shouldnt pursue a relationship, that we shouldnt do anything? If we have no desires then what possible reason is there to get out of bed in the morning? The yogis of old used to leave everything of the world and go to the forests where they believed they would not be tormented nor tempted by worldy pursuits. Even now many westerners go and join monasteries. One such person, a 20 year old from Australia had been at a Budhist monestry in India for the last two years. And now he was leaving. He said he thought he could leave his problems behind when he entered the monstery, but he found sexual desire was always on his mind. Now he was looking forward to having a beer on the Australian beaches just watching the girls go by. This shows us that even if we decided to give up desires we cannot those passions are too strong for most us.
Another group of people who have given up chasing all their desires are the depressed folks. Thats why when you meet certain relgious people they have no smile on their face, they have given up wordly pursuits, but have not found the inner joy either. These kind of people tend to become the leaders of the religion in their local society and they scare the hell our of most people who are enjoying their lives. Because they spend their time enforcing relgious rules upon themselves and juding others by them.
Talking about depression, I remember asking my Uncle how he felt when he was depressed. He said its like sitting at the bottom of deep dark well, so deep you have given up hope of seeing any light at the top. On TV the other day, a depressed guy was saying I just feel like Im watching the world go by but Im not a player any more. The one advantage that a depressed mind has over other illnesses is that the person who is depressed has broken the illusion of the mind. Meaning they have no desire to engage with normal life and normal behaviour any more. They cant see the point of doing anything everything is meaningless, all is pain and suffering. No point in going to work, no point in getting out of bed, no point in trying to smile etc. Baba Ji has incredible compassion for the depressed. He says they are half way to meeting God. For their past deeds (karma) they have to suffer walking in the valley of death depression. But if it is in their great good fortune (vad
bhaag) and God gives them His look of grace (nadar), then they will meet a Sant. The sant will extend his spiritual arm down to them at the bottom of the well, they will be loved, cared for and lifted up. When they come back to mental and emotional balance their outlook on life will be totally different. They have broken the mind illusion and have expereinced the Watcher state. Who was the one watching the world going by? That was the God part of the mind. And under the guidance of a sant and the blessings of naam, the previously depressed person can complete their journey to enlighenment very quickly. I said to Baba Ji that my youthful friend who was full of life had commented that certain verses of gurbani by the Bhagats is depressing they talk about prefering death than living, about being in poverty and having no food to eat, about cry because they are persecuted due to their low caste. Baba Ji said the Bhagats had very hard lives, they were writing from a position
of extreme pain. But they cried at Gods feet with these verses.
Just to summarise, pursuing desires ultimately leads to suffering. Supressing desires also leads to mental turmoil. The few who have stopped living for their desires end up in a state of depression. Only the ones blessed with Naam under the guidance of the Sant Guru have been able to give up desires and not go into depression but find extreme bliss of God within their hearts. They dont run away from the world into forests and monastories, they dont shy away from living a family life. To look at they are living a worldy life like everyone else. But only they know that their state of mind is totally different from everyone else. They are not dealing with people from the creative or destructive sides. They have no family attachments, no sadness when someone dies, no ecstasy when someone is born. They live in the third part of the mind where all is joy, all is good, all is God. Thats why Gurbani says that only a Brahmgiani can understand a brahmgiani.
Most people are totally unaware of the three parts of the mind and if you tell them about it they dont believe it. They have a thought, if its strong enough it triggers a hormonal change in the body which to evokes an emotion and the body follows with actions. The actions and reactions from others accumulate and they carry on being born and dying again and again in reincarnation.
The third part of the mind is the God part, the Vishnu energy - the part that wants to Preserve you and sustain you and all those around you. The thoughts generated here are actually God communicating His will to us at each and every moment. Some call it intuition or gut instinct, others call it listen to your heart, or the voice of your soul. Yogis know it as the shushmana, the golden thread that connects all our chakras and goes out through the top of our head. Baba Ji says that God is your Internal Eternal Guru, God is your seventh sense. The sixth sense is being in tune with your pyschic ability. But receiving direct wisdom (budhi) from Akal Purakh (Sat Truth) is your seventh sense. Baba Ji is the only person I have heard who talks of the seventh sense, most people even though they may have pyschic abilities are still not directly connected conscious to conscious with God - to do that is to be a Brahmgiani the Knower of God.
Thoughts that are generated from this part of the mind, are actually the voice of God the inner HUKAM. Initally you perceive these as feelings eg it feels right to do something. But with the Sants blessing and practise the blessed ones have one on one conversation with God. Those who have learnt to live only in that part of the mind are known as the saints. Because the thoughts from there are generated from pure Truth. They are full of love and compassion for one and all. They have no selfish motive. If followed they will lead you onto the path of goodness and further onto the path of enlightenement. Baba Ji said you will start going into deep meditation (smadhee) and will find that the creative and destructive parts of the mind collapse. You then have what is known as EK MAN One Mind. The Supreme Mind, a state where you are constantly united with the Supreme Himself. Your consciousness and the supreme consciousness are one and the same. This is what is meant
by CHRISTED, that is why Jesus the man became Jesus the Christ. In gurbani it is called Joti Jot Smahee when your light and Gods light merge. Baba Ji is always in this state. He said to me that he is in perfectly balanced state of smadhee 24 hrs a day, whether his eyes are open or not. This is called SEHAJ SMAADH. No matter what happens to Baba ji, no negativity can stay in the mind, it just doesnt stick and instantly leaves. Baba ji says for him now All is joy. And that a constant stream of divine wisdom constantly flows into him from the Creator, the Truth. And as He receives the wisdom he tells whoever is around him. As he shares it with others, God sends him more. Baba Ji said the God has made his mind into the cup of plenty everflowing , never ending. And also when the divine wisdom flows through Baba Ji it brings great joy anand it makes him laugh from his very soul and fills him with bliss.
Read the Guru Granth Sahib ji, all those verses have originated from the one true mind the SAT mind. And when we sing gurbani we are taking our centre of gravity, our state of mind into the third part of our own mind. And in that state we feel peace and comfort, we feel in love with one and all. By doing naam simran at all times we use the name of God Sat Naam to keep our state of mind anchored into that part of the mind. And applying the SAT BUDHI wisdom of truth - into our life we become masters of recognising the difference between false and true feelings. Ultimately leading to One Mind.
Baba Ji said that all reading is a sickness, because the true wisdom is already contained within us. And when we constantly live in the state of one mind, then we dive deep into the wisdom of Truth. Theres a story of the verse par par gadee ladhiyaa. Its about the time when Baba Nanak ji met an elderly intellectual with 20 camels laden with books a travelling library. Guru Nanak Dev ji saw the elderly man had intellectual arrogance, the kind of attitude you find with well educate people. He told the man that all his reading had been worthless because it had hardened his ego.
Even Baba ji said nowadays people have made reading the sacred scriptures the most important ritual. But it too just gives the readers intellectual arrogance the gianis who are paid to read it, the families who pay for 48hr Akand paat readings but dont listen to the wisdom, but ust expect the ritual reading to fulfill their wants. The countless amount of people who ritually read and re-read their daily prayers like a daily chore. Like pouring water onto the rock of their mind absorbing nothing, understanding nothing, bringing no divine qualities into improving teir spiritual life. But just carrying on reading in the false belief that the mere act of reading will save their soul. It wont. It just increases their arrogance and false beliefs, makes the veil between them and God stronger.
This doesnt mean we dont need to read and get educated, nor that we dont need to read gurbani. It means that firstly understand true wisdom comes from the Truth God inside us. And that is achieved by Gurus Grace and meditation on the Naam. Secondly, by getting educated dont become arrogant. Your reading should help you to become a better person in the world, a more loving and compassionate person in the world. It should lead you to the path of understanding how to beat the 5 thieves and complete the journey of the soul. And thirdly, read gurbani and sing gurbani for the love of it. Not as a chore, not because you feel guilty if you dont read it, not because you think its just a good deed to go to Gurdwara and listen to strange meaningless words. It wont save you like that. You are better to read Gurbani translated into your mother tongue and then to put it into practise. Reading one gurbani prayer just once with understanding and commitment to put into
practise, is worth more than ritually reading it every day of your life and acting upon none of it. But understanding that one verse and putting al of your love into it and saying it with meaning every day or many times a day is very, very powerful. Then that verse will come true for you.
I remember I used to do mool mantra repitions all day long followed by a shabad that summed up all my hearts desires of being with God. And within a short time the shabad started coming true for me. I never really understood how that process worked, why repetition is so important until I read the Conversations With God book. In there God explains to George that he has to make a choice to be with God. But he has to keep re-making that choice at every moment. Because one day you may say I want to be with you God and make spiritual efforts, but within a week you are back to your normal worldy thinking and have forgotten your plea of a week ago. So God said you have to keep making that choice at every moment with single minded-focus and no thought of failure. Those thoughts trigger off processes in the Universe to send you what you need. The time it takes for your prayers for God to come true idepends on how much of yourself you have given to God. The Spiritual
Masters just have to think something and kicks off incredibly powerful forces in the Universe which come to fruition very quickly. In gurbani it says Nanak dass mukh te jo bolay ehaa oohaa sach hovay Nanak : whatever the servant of God says comes true here and beyond. That is why pleasing and serving the sants is so important in gurbani. Whatever they say to you, whatever blessings they give to you re-writes your destiny and accelerates your journey to your Origin.
And finally, remember that everything you read is just knowledge of someone elses experience. Just by reading it doesnt make it your wisdom. It was the writers wisdom because he earned it and shared it. But for you its just information, mere knowledge. That applies to any books you read, it equally applies to gurbani too. When reading gurbani you are reading the expereinces of the saints and gurus. But just by erading them doesnt make you into a saint or guru. Just by wrapping up the teachings and calling them Guru and bowing to them with respect, doesnt make you conquor your mind. Only by reading them, understanding gurbani and applying it in your life will you conquor the mind. Man jeetay. And with total and utter 100% faith in God, Guru, Gurbani and GurSangat you can pass the tests of life and earn the wisdom for yourself. Having conquored the three minds and collapsing them into one mind you will be known as the wise one, the one with Sat Budhi.
But bear in mind that having read this artcile and understanding how your own mind works doesnt mean you can now start living in the God part of your mind. Only under blessings of the Sant-Guru and Gurprasadi Naam can such a state of being be attained. So pray for Sant sangat and Naam so that you may complete the journey of your soul through the terrible ocean of the mind.