ਜਿਹ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਗਤਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਤਿਹ ਭਜੁ ਰੇ ਤੈ ਮੀਤ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੁਨੁ ਰੇ ਮਨਾ ਅਉਧ ਘਟਤ ਹੈ ਨੀਤ ॥੧੦॥
Jeh Simrat Gatt Paaiyai Teh Bhaj Re Tai Meet |
Kaho Naanak Sun Re Manaa Audh Ghatat Hai Neet | 10 |
By remembering Lord, you shall attain peace and be free,
O companion of life, please chant glory of God with glee.
O mind, listen to what Naanak has to say
Time of your life is slowly decreasing day after day.
Guru Ji here is calling us his ‘Meet’, a companion of life, a friend. And who may help us during a danger or before we fall in the trap of ignorance? Only a true friend. So, Guru Ji, a true friend of ours, is reminding us of the vulnerability of this body. And the importance of Lord’s name is a hallmark for any human being, for only Lord’ name will help our mind to be calm and guides us to walk on a path of divinity and sincerity and independence.
Meet, a Sanskrit word, is not just a friend, but with whom mind is connected to the deepest of his/her core, and acknowledges the importance, the prime value, the care of that person. Hence, if there comes a time in our life, we feel low: remember that only a true Guru, a true friend, can guide us to look within our self. To discover our true nature, through methods of chanting and singing the praises of Lord.
It is important to note that Sikh religion gives importance to Unmanifested, all pervasive God. Idol worship is not considered important, for the one, who is all pervasive and beyond the range of senses, cannot be portrayed or be defined in sculpture. There is another reason behind not representing the divine in sculptural form, historically speaking many pandits and mullahs, at the time in which Guru Ji lived, would perform rituals, and their spiritual progress stopped there. Since Guru Naanak Dev Ji till 10th Guru Ji, Guru Gobind Singh Ji remind us that if you cannot see the divine everywhere, then what is the point of being religious person. We need to remember that rituals if done without devotion and wisdom to see the divine everywhere become useless. And also, all Gurus, by saying that must focus on Unmanifested God, are avoiding their own idolization. There very exceptions in the world where through idol worship one achieves the ultimate truth for instance: Bhakt Dhanna Ji, Ramakrishna Paramhansa Ji, Meera Bai Ji, according to one trend that says that thanks to Bhakt Ravidaas Ji she attained the ultimate wisdom that Sri Krishna is everywhere, then she left the murti of Sri Krishna at the temple and went away from Rajasthan.