Pure Mind 6 : Staying On The Path Passing The Tests
- ik oankar satnaam satgur prasad
6. Staying On The Path Passing The Tests
Bandgi (Progressing on the Spiritual Path) is walking on the edge of
the sword (Khandey Di Dhaar):
mwn moh myr qyr ibbrijq eyhu mwrgu KMfy Dwr ]3]
To forsake pride, emotional attachment, and the sense of 'mine and
is the path of the double-edged sword. ||3||
jau qau pRym Kylx kw cwau ]
isru Dir qlI glI myrI Awau ]
iequ mwrig pYru DrIjY ]
isru dIjY kwix n kIjY ]20]
If you desire to play this game of love with Me,
then step onto My Path with your head in hand.
When you place your feet on this Path,
give Me your head, and do not pay any attention to public opinion.
The Bhagat's actions and deeds are in the Hukam of Akal Purakh, all
his five senses are under Puran Hukam of Dhan Dhan Paar Braham
Parmesar. He is always completely absorbed in the Almighty. He is
beyond the three attributes (TreGuns) of Maya (Rajo, Tamo and Sato):
swD kI aupmw iqhu gux qy dUir ]
swD kI aupmw rhI BrpUir ]
swD kI soBw kw nwhI AMq ]
swD kI soBw sdw byAMq ]
The greatness of the Holy people is beyond the three qualities.
The greatness of the Holy people is all-pervading.
The glory of the Holy people has no limit.
The glory of the Holy people is infinite and eternal.
The entire word is being run under the deep influence of the three
qualities of Maya
2. Tamo Kaam Krodh Lobh Moh Ahankaar, Nindya Chugli
3. Rajo Asa Trishna Mansha means all kinds of desires;
4. Sato Daan, Dharam Santokh Sanjam.
Most people are under the deep influence of Maya and can't
understand the actions and deeds of a Sant. They should not
question the deeds of a Sant. Nor should they make the mistake of
judging a Sant. For that matter no one should never pass any
negative judgment or criticism about anybody else but themselves. We
should never involve ourselves with describing the (Awguns) misdeeds,
bad character, bad behavior of anybody. Any kind of a negative
criticism is defined as slandering (Nindya) in the Gurbani. And
nowhere in Gurbani has such criticism been accepted. Any kind of
negative criticism has been totally forbidden in Gurbani.
Whenever we involve ourselves in negative criticism of anybody, we
don't do any good to ourselves. Instead the person who is being
criticized is benefited. By doing slander we lose our spirituality.
Our loss of spirituality goes as a gain of spirituality to the person
What makes Bandgi like walking on the edge of a sword?
The path of bandagi leads us to the attainment or achievement of all
the divine qualities as we move through the Dharam Khand, Gyan Khand,
Saram Khand, Karam Khand and finally Sach Khand stages of Puran
However, during the course of our Bandgi we have to go through a
series of tough examinations to prove our commitment, belief, trust
and unconditional love for the Almighty:
Kharey Parakh Khaney Paaye,
Khotey Bharam Bhulaye.
During our course of Bandgi we do go through failures and successes
like as in learning any other subject or while going through
education at school and college.
The examinations or tests of Bandgi pertain to our following the
Gurbani in our daily life and the extent to which we practice the
divine laws in our daily life.
What do we do to stay awake spiritually and mentally?
What do we do to avoid getting involved in any kind of bad deeds
under the influence of Maya?
How much learning of Gurbani and putting it into practice do we do
Whatever little bit of it we do learn every day we need to put into
practise top pass the tests. The ultimate stage is to become a
completely truthful person. To have developed all the divine
qualities of head and heart as described in the Gurbani. And then
bring these divine qualities inside us by putting them in to physical
actions in our daily deeds.
As we progress through the Bandgi, we will see and have numerous
obstacles in the form of distractions of our own mind due to
illusions, delusions, doubts, superstitions, worldy wisdom and evil
wisdom (dubidha, bharams, munnmat, durmat, sansarik mat).
These distractions alongwith life's problems lead to situations
that at times become unbearable for a person. They become unstable
on the Bandgi Marg. These distractions can be due to many things
job or business problems;
unfriendly behavior of family members;
negative behaviour of society;
slandering by the society and your own family members;
other family issues,
sick family member,
your own health issues,
strained relationships between your family members and
There are so mnay obstacles on the path of bandagi that right from
the first step on this path you need to be prepared to face the
ENTIRE WORLD if need be. All such issues will try to take away your
commitment, belief and trust in the Gur, Guru and Gurbani and most
importanntly your Bandgi.
Having such issues around you make your Bandgi tougher and tougher.
It will making you feel that you are walking on the edge of the
sword. Sometimes you might experience a number of such issues all
at once. This will take a heavy toll on you.
It is worth mentioning here that many people do get very easily
distracted by life issues. Others have a better resistance and they
can pull on for longer. But ultimtately there are very few which
will walk all the way over the edge of the sword. That is why
Kottan Meh Nanak Kou Narayan Jeh Cheet,
Nanak : only one in millions will make it through.
However, this doesn't mean that you should get discouraged and not
even try. It means that you should be very insistent and consistent
in your efforts. If you don't give up and follow the divine wisdom
in a very
with full belief ,
then you are bound to win over Maya and make it through Sach Khand.
As we said earlier it is basically a test of
your loyalty to the Creator,
your commitment to the Doer,
your belief in the Almighty,
your trust in Akal Purakh,
your unconditional love for Paar Braham Parmesar and
your thirst for absorbing His Charans in your Hirda
that will determine your success in this process.
The Almighty will judge your state by seeing how much the following
divine qualities have become a part of your soul :
Ek Drisht Single Vision every body is equal in the eyes
as a Sant, there is no duality in his vision and thought,
Nirbhao no fear of delivering the truth to the masses,
no fear of serving the truth to the masses,
Nirvair no enmity with anybody, every one is a friend,
nobody is enemy, means he loves all the creations of the Creator as
much as much he loves the Creator,
win over Maya completely,
control over the Panj Doots,
win over all the desires,
Parupkari always doing good to others, become very kind
Maha Parupkari helping others to move on this path to
completely forgiving others for their misdeeds,
humblest of the humblest,
lowest of the lowest,
Dassan Dass slave of the slaves,
always soft and sweet spoken Mith Bolra Ji Har Sajjan
doesn't look and criticize others for their misdeeds,
completely forgiving hearted,
always completely silent from inside, no bad thoughts, for
that matter only thoughts that will help others to move on the path
of Jivan Mukti,
always absorbed in the Almighty, become one with Almighty,
always enjoying Atam Rus, completely enlightened with Param Jyot
Puran Parkash from inside, Param Padvi, Dassm Duaar and all the other
Bajjar Kapaats (channels of communication with cosmic energy
Brahmandi Shakti) open enjoying the Akhand Kirtan of Anhad Shabad
Naad on a continuous basis: Dassam Duaraa Agam Aparaa Param Purakh
every bit of body Rom Rom reciting Naam on a continuous
all the seven seas of spiritual energy Sat Sarovar inside
the body are activated and giving Amrit on a continuous basis,
overflowing Amrit from the body and so giving others Amrit, become
Amrit Ka Data Himself a Puran Sant, a Puran Braham Gyani.
Dassan Das - Servant of The Servants.