Human birth is a wonder. There are so many improbabilities that are to be overcome for everything to happen smoothly. It is a miracle how smoothly things have gone for so many of us on earth.
Father's seed and mother's blood came together in the fire of the womb to conceive a baby. And while everything else gets digested in this abdominal firepit, this baby is nourished in the womb for several months. Can you imagine living in a slimy, dark firepit with your head turned upside down. The baby not only survives but thrives in this treacherous place. How?
The baby gets saved because it remembers Satnam, the essence of the truth. The baby does not have an ego. The baby does not think that he is the doer. The baby acquiesces. The baby completely surrenders to the will of God. In that sense, the baby does not forget God for an instant.
Every birth is a victory among a terrible fire. Every life has the same opportunity ... the opportunity to win in battle in this burning world. Those who forget oneness, lose the battle of life. There is no peace for the forgetful. Peace is found in the remembrance of oneness. Peace is found in the singing of oneness.
O survivors of the fire of the womb, remember that the human birth was a wonder to start with. This life can also become a wonder if you remember to sing the song of oneness.
(From Jaitsri ki vaar by Guru Arjan Dev)
pauVI ] (706-6)pa-orhee.Pauree:
rkqu ibMdu kir inMimAw Agin audr mJwir ] (706-6)rakat bind kar nimmi-aa agan udar majhaar.From egg and sperm, you were conceived, and placed in the fire of the womb.
(nimeya: nee rakhna, laying a foundation, foundation of birth = conception, like in bhand jamiyeh bhand nimiyeh in Asa ki vaar)
aurD muKu kucIl ibklu nrik Goir gubwir ] (706-7)uraDh mukh kucheel bikal narak ghor gubaar.Head downwards, you abided restlessly in that dark, dismal, terrible hell.
(bikal -from vyakul, confused)
hir ismrq qU nw jlih min qin aur Dwir ] (706-7)har simrat too naa jaleh man tan ur Dhaar.Remembering the Lord in meditation, you were not burnt; enshrine Him in your heart, mind and body.
ibKm Qwnhu ijin riKAw iqsu iqlu n ivswir ] (706-8)bikham thaanahu jin rakhi-aa tis til na visaar.In that treacherous place, He protected and preserved you; do not forget Him, even for an instant.
pRB ibsrq suKu kdy nwih jwsih jnmu hwir ]2] (706-8)parabh bisrat sukh kaday naahi jaaseh janam haar. ||2||Forgetting God, you shall never find peace; you shall forfeit your life, and depart. ||2||