ਜਿਉ ਸੁਪਨਾ ਅਰੁ ਪੇਖਨਾ ਐਸੇ ਜਗ ਕਉ ਜਾਨਿ ॥

ਇਨ ਮੈ ਕਛੁ ਸਾਚੋ ਨਹੀ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਭਗਵਾਨ ॥੨੩॥

Jio Supnaa Ar Pekhnaa Aise Jag Ko Jaan |

In Mai Kacch Saacho Nahin Naanak Bin Bhagvaan | 23 |

As a fairy-drama on a stage and during sleep a long dream,

In that same way the world you must understand and deem.

O Naanak, in this play-universe all is truly untrue,

Without the soothing presence of God, the forever true.

Commentary:

Guru Ji in this salok (verse) is talking about the world’s constant rule of change. Indeed, like a dream, everything is temporary: fame, life, our own body, and mind. Only thing that does not change is the Supreme God, the Supreme Consciousness, that is why It is the only Truth. Also, life is a drama, in which we take different roles (mother, father, brother, sister, wife, husband, children, et cetera) till our last breath. When we get another birth because of our desires or unwholesome thoughts, as Swami Ji said, and enter in a new body, we will restart another play in this new life and taking a different a role, again. 

A father and his son were walking back home in the evening from his tuition, suddenly a few words from a speech of Gurudwara’s priest reached this kid’s ears: Maayaa Nun Chaddo (Leave the Maayaa). And he turned to his father in inquisitive way:

“Pita Ji, why is everyone angry at Maayaa, here in Gurudwara, there in Mandir, everyone says leave Maayaa; what did she do, and who is this Maayaa?”

“I don’t know why is everyone angry with Maayaa, even your grandpaa beaten me to death, when he saw me with Maayaa, and married me to your mother, Swati!

This little story contains a hint that everyone is living with their understanding of the world, hence everything is dream, your dream may differ, from somebody’s else. By the way, Maayaa means very different things, the priest here considers money as Maayaa, for the child is still a dilemma of words and sounds, and for the father his girlfriend’s name was Maayaa, before getting married to someone else. Had he married Maayaa his dream (world) would have been different, because of his choice, and decision. Change can be good or bad, matters little, but every decision we take today, it will have a remarkable influence on the dream of ours. 

Guru Ji says without God, all this is temporary, why? Because, the Divine is the witness, and essence of all. We all may be different from one another, with our psychological, our education, our physical appearance, our economical differences, yet we are breathing the same oxygen, and we carry the same divine power within ourselves. On that note, we all know that the feeling Aham Brahmasmi is strictly connected to the roots of Indian tradition, and yet, how strange may appear that without any contact with Indian tradition Mansoor Hallaj, a muslim by faith and tradition and Persian by nation, says the same thing in the state of ecstasy: An Al-Haq, I am the Truth, or I am the Divine.*

P.S. 

Aham – I, Brahm – The Great Consciousness, Asmi – Am

An – I, Al-Haq – The Truth.

 

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