Category: Guru Tegh Bahadur

When death comes
Where will you run?
- Guru Tegh Bahadur

ਜੈਜਾਵੰਤੀ ਮਹਲਾ
जैजावंती महला
Jaijāvanṯī mėhlā 9.
Jaijaavantee, Ninth Mehl:

ਬੀਤ ਜੈਹੈ ਬੀਤਜੈਹੈ ਜਨਮੁਅਕਾਜੁ ਰੇ
बीत जैहै बीत जैहै जनमु अकाजु रे
Bīṯ jaihai bīṯ jaihai janam akāj re.
Slipping away - your life is uselessly slipping away.

ਨਿਸਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਸੁਨਿਕੈ ਪੁਰਾਨਸਮਝਤ ਨਹਰੇ ਅਜਾਨ
निसि दिनु सुनि कै पुरान समझत नह रे अजान
Nis ḏin sun kai purān samjẖaṯ nah re ajān.
Night and day, you listen to the Puraanas, but you do not understand them, you ignorant fool!

ਕਾਲੁ ਤਉ ਪਹੂਚਿਓਆਨਿ ਕਹਾਜੈਹੈ ਭਾਜਿਰੇ ਰਹਾਉ
कालु तउ पहूचिओ आनि कहा जैहै भाजि रे रहाउ
Kāl ṯa▫o pahūcẖi▫o ān kahā jaihai bẖāj re. ||1|| rahā▫o.
Death has arrived; now where will you run? ||1||Pause||

ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਜੋ ਮਾਨਿਓਦੇਹ ਸੋਤਉ ਤੇਰਉਹੋਇ ਹੈਖੇਹ
असथिरु जो मानिओ देह सो तउ तेरउ होइ है खेह
Asthir jo māni▫o ḏeh so ṯa▫o ṯera▫o ho▫e hai kẖeh.
You believed that this body was permanent, but it shall turn to dust.

ਕਿਉ ਹਰਿਕੋ ਨਾਮੁਲੇਹਿ ਮੂਰਖਨਿਲਾਜ ਰੇ
किउ हरि को नामु लेहि मूरख निलाज रे
Ki▫o na har ko nām lehi mūrakẖ nilāj re. ||1||
Why don't you chant the Name of the Lord, you shameless fool? ||1||

ਰਾਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੀਏਆਨਿ ਛਾਡਿਦੇ ਤੈਮਨ ਕੋਮਾਨੁ
राम भगति हीए आनि छाडि दे तै मन को मानु
Rām bẖagaṯ hī▫e ān cẖẖād ḏe ṯai man ko mān.
Let devotional worship of the Lord enter into your heart, and abandon the intellectualism of your mind.

ਨਾਨਕ ਜਨ ਇਹਬਖਾਨਿ ਜਗਮਹਿ ਬਿਰਾਜੁਰੇ
नानक जन इह बखानि जग महि बिराजु रे
Nānak jan ih bakẖān jag mėh birāj re. ||2||4||
O Servant Nanak, this is the way to live in the world. ||2||4||

ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ
सति नामु करता पुरखु निरभउ निरवैरु अकाल मूरति अजूनी सैभं गुर प्रसादि
Ik▫oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa▫o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ.

One Universal Creator God. Truth Is The Name. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying. Beyond Birth. Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace:
When death comes
Where will you run?
- Guru Tegh Bahadur

ਜੈਜਾਵੰਤੀ ਮਹਲਾ
जैजावंती महला
Jaijāvanṯī mėhlā 9.
Jaijaavantee, Ninth Mehl:

ਬੀਤ ਜੈਹੈ ਬੀਤਜੈਹੈ ਜਨਮੁਅਕਾਜੁ ਰੇ
बीत जैहै बीत जैहै जनमु अकाजु रे
Bīṯ jaihai bīṯ jaihai janam akāj re.
Slipping away - your life is uselessly slipping away.

ਨਿਸਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਸੁਨਿਕੈ ਪੁਰਾਨਸਮਝਤ ਨਹਰੇ ਅਜਾਨ
निसि दिनु सुनि कै पुरान समझत नह रे अजान
Nis ḏin sun kai purān samjẖaṯ nah re ajān.
Night and day, you listen to the Puraanas, but you do not understand them, you ignorant fool!

ਕਾਲੁ ਤਉ ਪਹੂਚਿਓਆਨਿ ਕਹਾਜੈਹੈ ਭਾਜਿਰੇ ਰਹਾਉ
कालु तउ पहूचिओ आनि कहा जैहै भाजि रे रहाउ
Kāl ṯa▫o pahūcẖi▫o ān kahā jaihai bẖāj re. ||1|| rahā▫o.
Death has arrived; now where will you run? ||1||Pause||

ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਜੋ ਮਾਨਿਓਦੇਹ ਸੋਤਉ ਤੇਰਉਹੋਇ ਹੈਖੇਹ
असथिरु जो मानिओ देह सो तउ तेरउ होइ है खेह
Asthir jo māni▫o ḏeh so ṯa▫o ṯera▫o ho▫e hai kẖeh.
You believed that this body was permanent, but it shall turn to dust.

ਕਿਉ ਹਰਿਕੋ ਨਾਮੁਲੇਹਿ ਮੂਰਖਨਿਲਾਜ ਰੇ
किउ हरि को नामु लेहि मूरख निलाज रे
Ki▫o na har ko nām lehi mūrakẖ nilāj re. ||1||
Why don't you chant the Name of the Lord, you shameless fool? ||1||

ਰਾਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਹੀਏਆਨਿ ਛਾਡਿਦੇ ਤੈਮਨ ਕੋਮਾਨੁ
राम भगति हीए आनि छाडि दे तै मन को मानु
Rām bẖagaṯ hī▫e ān cẖẖād ḏe ṯai man ko mān.
Let devotional worship of the Lord enter into your heart, and abandon the intellectualism of your mind.

ਨਾਨਕ ਜਨ ਇਹਬਖਾਨਿ ਜਗਮਹਿ ਬਿਰਾਜੁਰੇ
नानक जन इह बखानि जग महि बिराजु रे
Nānak jan ih bakẖān jag mėh birāj re. ||2||4||
O Servant Nanak, this is the way to live in the world. ||2||4||

ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ
सति नामु करता पुरखु निरभउ निरवैरु अकाल मूरति अजूनी सैभं गुर प्रसादि
Ik▫oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa▫o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ.

One Universal Creator God. Truth Is The Name. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying. Beyond Birth. Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace:


ਜਿਹਿ
ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਤਜੀ ਕਰਤਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਪਛਾਨਿ
जिहि प्रानी हउमै तजी करता रामु पछानि ॥
Jihi parānī ha▫umai ṯajī karṯā rām pacẖẖān.
That mortal, who forsakes egotism, and realizes the Creator Lord as the doer -


ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਵਹੁ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨਰੁ ਇਹ ਮਨ ਸਾਚੀ ਮਾਨੁ ॥੧੯॥
कहु नानक वहु मुकति नरु इह मन साची मानु ॥१९॥
Kaho Nānak vahu mukaṯ nar ih man sācẖī mān. ||19||
says Nanak, that person is liberated; O mind, know this as true. ||19||


ਜਿਹਿ
ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਤਜੀ ਕਰਤਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਪਛਾਨਿ
जिहि प्रानी हउमै तजी करता रामु पछानि ॥
Jihi parānī ha▫umai ṯajī karṯā rām pacẖẖān.
That mortal, who forsakes egotism, and realizes the Creator Lord as the doer -


ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਵਹੁ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨਰੁ ਇਹ ਮਨ ਸਾਚੀ ਮਾਨੁ ॥੧੯॥
कहु नानक वहु मुकति नरु इह मन साची मानु ॥१९॥
Kaho Nānak vahu mukaṯ nar ih man sācẖī mān. ||19||
says Nanak, that person is liberated; O mind, know this as true. ||19||


Live Recording of new track "Raghunath" With blessings of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru who gave his life for the freedom of belief, dedicated to my Guru, Late Pt. Raghunath Prasanna. Featuring the amazing veena maestro Rajhesh Vaidhya on the Veena (http://www.rajheshvaidhya.com)

Thanks much to Janapriyan Levine (http://www.janapriyan.com) for his guitar and Suellen Primost for playing the cello on this track. Above all with much love and respects to my father, S. Preet Mohan Singh, for taking some video shots of the live recording.
Recorded at the Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA by Jesse Nichols. Mixed and Engineered at Windermere Studios, San Ramon, CA by Shivpreet Singh.
The beautiful words from Guru Tegh Bahadur:
ਸੰਗ ਸਖਾ ਸਭਿ ਤਜਿ ਗਏ ਕੋਊ ਨ ਨਿਬਹਿਓ ਸਾਥਿ ॥ संग सखा सभि तजि गए कोऊ न निबहिओ साथि ॥ Sang sakẖā sabẖ ṯaj ga▫e ko▫ū na nib▫hi▫o sāth. My associates and companions have all deserted me; no one remains with me. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਬਿਪਤਿ ਮੈ ਟੇਕ ਏਕ ਰਘੁਨਾਥ ॥੫੫॥ कहु नानक इह बिपति मै टेक एक रघुनाथ ॥५५॥ Kaho Nānak ih bipaṯ mai tek ek ragẖunāth. ||55|| Says Nanak, in this tragedy, the Lord alone is my Support. ||55|| ਨਾਮੁ ਰਹਿਓ ਸਾਧੂ ਰਹਿਓ ਰਹਿਓ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ॥ नामु रहिओ साधू रहिओ रहिओ गुरु गोबिंदु ॥ Nām rahi▫o sāḏẖū rahi▫o rahi▫o gur gobinḏ. The Naam remains; the Holy Saints remain; the Guru, the Lord of the Universe, remains. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਜਗਤ ਮੈ ਕਿਨ ਜਪਿਓ ਗੁਰ ਮੰਤੁ ॥੫੬॥ कहु नानक इह जगत मै किन जपिओ गुर मंतु ॥५६॥ Kaho Nānak ih jagaṯ mai kin japi▫o gur manṯ. ||56|| Says Nanak, how rare are those who chant the Guru's Mantra in this world. ||56|| ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਉਰ ਮੈ ਗਹਿਓ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਸਮ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਇ ॥ राम नामु उर मै गहिओ जा कै सम नही कोइ ॥ Rām nām ur mai gahi▫o jā kai sam nahī ko▫e. I have enshrined the Lord's Name within my heart; there is nothing equal to it. ਜਿਹ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਸੰਕਟ ਮਿਟੈ ਦਰਸੁ ਤੁਹਾਰੋ ਹੋਇ ॥੫੭॥੧॥ जिह सिमरत संकट मिटै दरसु तुहारो होइ ॥५७॥१॥ Jih simraṯ sankat mitai ḏaras ṯuhāro ho▫e. ||57||1|| Meditating in remembrance on it, my troubles are taken away; I have received the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan. ||57||1||



Live Recording of new track "Raghunath" With blessings of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru who gave his life for the freedom of belief, dedicated to my Guru, Late Pt. Raghunath Prasanna. Featuring the amazing veena maestro Rajhesh Vaidhya on the Veena (http://www.rajheshvaidhya.com)

Thanks much to Janapriyan Levine (http://www.janapriyan.com) for his guitar and Suellen Primost for playing the cello on this track. Above all with much love and respects to my father, S. Preet Mohan Singh, for taking some video shots of the live recording.
Recorded at the Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA by Jesse Nichols. Mixed and Engineered at Windermere Studios, San Ramon, CA by Shivpreet Singh.
The beautiful words from Guru Tegh Bahadur:
ਸੰਗ ਸਖਾ ਸਭਿ ਤਜਿ ਗਏ ਕੋਊ ਨ ਨਿਬਹਿਓ ਸਾਥਿ ॥ संग सखा सभि तजि गए कोऊ न निबहिओ साथि ॥ Sang sakẖā sabẖ ṯaj ga▫e ko▫ū na nib▫hi▫o sāth. My associates and companions have all deserted me; no one remains with me. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਬਿਪਤਿ ਮੈ ਟੇਕ ਏਕ ਰਘੁਨਾਥ ॥੫੫॥ कहु नानक इह बिपति मै टेक एक रघुनाथ ॥५५॥ Kaho Nānak ih bipaṯ mai tek ek ragẖunāth. ||55|| Says Nanak, in this tragedy, the Lord alone is my Support. ||55|| ਨਾਮੁ ਰਹਿਓ ਸਾਧੂ ਰਹਿਓ ਰਹਿਓ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ॥ नामु रहिओ साधू रहिओ रहिओ गुरु गोबिंदु ॥ Nām rahi▫o sāḏẖū rahi▫o rahi▫o gur gobinḏ. The Naam remains; the Holy Saints remain; the Guru, the Lord of the Universe, remains. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਜਗਤ ਮੈ ਕਿਨ ਜਪਿਓ ਗੁਰ ਮੰਤੁ ॥੫੬॥ कहु नानक इह जगत मै किन जपिओ गुर मंतु ॥५६॥ Kaho Nānak ih jagaṯ mai kin japi▫o gur manṯ. ||56|| Says Nanak, how rare are those who chant the Guru's Mantra in this world. ||56|| ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਉਰ ਮੈ ਗਹਿਓ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਸਮ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਇ ॥ राम नामु उर मै गहिओ जा कै सम नही कोइ ॥ Rām nām ur mai gahi▫o jā kai sam nahī ko▫e. I have enshrined the Lord's Name within my heart; there is nothing equal to it. ਜਿਹ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਸੰਕਟ ਮਿਟੈ ਦਰਸੁ ਤੁਹਾਰੋ ਹੋਇ ॥੫੭॥੧॥ जिह सिमरत संकट मिटै दरसु तुहारो होइ ॥५७॥१॥ Jih simraṯ sankat mitai ḏaras ṯuhāro ho▫e. ||57||1|| Meditating in remembrance on it, my troubles are taken away; I have received the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan. ||57||1||

The Promise
- Jane Hirshfield

Stay, I said
to the cut flowers.
They bowed
their heads lower.

Stay, I said to the spider,
who fled.

Stay, leaf.
It reddened,
embarrassed for me and itself.

Stay, I said to my body.
It sat as a dog does,
obedient for a moment,
soon starting to tremble.

Stay, to the earth
of riverine valley meadows,
of fossiled escarpments,
of limestone and sandstone.
It looked back
with a changing expression, in silence.

Stay, I said to my loves.
Each answered,
Always.


Poem copyright ©2011 by Jane Hirshfield, from her book of poems, Come, Thief, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 

The message seems clear. Nothing stays.  Even those that you trust to stay the most.  The ones that you love. Even you yourself.  You cannot stay.  

To me this poem explains two things simultaneously: that the promises that our loves make to us are false.  Our loves keep leaving us even if they promise to stay.  It also shows that we -- or even they themselves who leave -- have little control over leaving.  The changes happen whether we want or not.  

We are all looking for our happiness to stay with us.  Many of us have also realized that will be happy as long as we are with our love.  As long as we have love, we are with our love, we should remain happy.  As soon as we are seperated from our love, we become unhappy.  

The key to unending happiness is to always be in the presence of our love.  Whatever that love is, we want to make sure that love is absolutely real and true -- that it does not change.

Guru Nanak defines absolute truth simply like this: "That which was the same in the past, is the same now, and will always be the same in the future is the truth."  The name of truth, or the essence of truth, is that which does not change over time.  Your true love, is similarly your love that does not change over time.  It was always your love, it is now your love, and it will always be your love. In a rather optimistic tone Guru Gobind Singh says that Love is the only path to God.  (Because that God is Ekonkar, it is that love is the path to oneness.)  

So where is this true love that is the path to oneness and happiness?  Is it the love that exists between two people?  

Nothing stays.  What we see and feel from our senses cannot be true love.  Because everything changes.  Not only does everything change, we generally have little control over these changes.  

In a poem that I have found very profound and direct in its message, Guru Tegh Bahadur says the love of this world is false (Jagat Main Jhoothee Dekhee Preet).  Whether it is the spouse or the friend, their love is not real.  Whatever we think love is, it is not. The places that we are looking for love are equally obscure.  Wherever we think love is, it is not.  The love of the world is sham.  The people who said "You're mine" are acting on behalf of their own needs.  The pronouncements of love are a result of ulterior motives. In the end no one is with you.  "I keep telling my mind," says Guru Tegh Bahadur says, "but it is stupid.  I keep explaining the reality of love to my mind, but it does not understand."  He concludes that the only person who can cross the trecherous ocean of the world is the one who sings the songs of the limitless. 

The only love that has staying power is the love of singing oneness.  For staying happy, we have to adhere to the love that stays with us always.  What stays with us always is acceptance.  The love of acceptance can stay with us.  The song of limitless life is the love of acceptance.  If we can sing acceptance of all the changes.  If we can understand that our loves -- no matter how much they promise -- are going to change and leave, we will not have the expectations that make us unhappy.  Having accepted we would sing the song of limitless life.  We would realize that the purpose of life is to sing. The promise to sing is the only promise that can be kept forever.  That is the only true promise. 
Renounce your heart's pride, dear saints. 
They are fortunate who renounce desire, anger and the company of those that are astray. 

Consider happiness and sorrow as the same 
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Guru Tegh Bahadur on Life:

rae nar eih saachi e jeea dhaar |
O mind, grasp this Truth firmly in your soul.

sagal jagath hai jaisae supanaa binasath lagath n baar |1| rehaao |
The whole world is just like a (more…)

Bulleh Shah mentions Guru Tegh Bahadur as a martyr in this five line poem.  The point he is trying to make is that God is everywhere and doing everything.  Here is my translation:


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