ਜਿਹਿ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਤਜੀ ਕਰਤਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਪਛਾਨਿ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਵਹੁ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨਰੁ ਇਹ ਮਨ ਸਾਚੀ ਮਾਨੁ ॥੧੯॥
Jeh Praani Haumai Taji Kartaa Raam Pacchaan |
Kaho Naanak Voh Mukt Nar Eh Man Saachi Maan | 19 |
The one has abandoned the ego and futile self-pride,
And understood that the doer is Lord, who does in heart reside,
Says Naanak, know that person to be free always,
O mind, this is the truth that forever, eternally stays.
Guru Ji, following the previous verse, points out that if Almighty lives in every heart, then the Divine is the true doer, not individuals (egocentric). Because, till we believe that we are the doers, we will have to reap or bear all the consequences of our actions: suffering and joys. Guru Ji says know that it’s thanks to God that our mind and body function and all activities take place through that cooperation of mind and body. In the consequence, we must engage in accomplishing an act or a deed with full dedication and love and kindness, but we must leave the results in the hand of Lord, telling it that “You, O divine, are the one who lives in this body and mind.” We will see that gradually the actions happening through our body and mind will have a divinity in it, if they are done with devotion and mindfulness, as Guru Ji and Swami Ji always say. With this notion in our heart that Lord is the true doer, our mind does not get scattered (pareshaan), and worries dwindle away. Moreover, our heart have more power to accomplish the deed at hand, and it does not tread various roads (distractions), which deplete our mind’s energy.
Now, another thing to remember that, when Guru Ji say that the Lord is the true doer, it does not mean that we should not do anything and slug off all day. Here, the Lord being the essence of all, thence the Divine is all the will-power of you, the breath comes and goes; the power in the fingers to type comes from him, the power to feel, to think, to smell, to touch, to see, etc. That is why Guru Ji calls the Divine the true doer. As we further go in with this feeling in heart and we’ll all be godly.