ਨਿਸਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਡੋਲਤ ਨੀਤ ॥

ਕੋਟਨ ਮੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੋਊ ਨਾਰਾਇਨੁ ਜਿਹ ਚੀਤਿ ॥੨੪॥

Nis Din Maayaa Kaarne Praani Dolat Neet |

Kotan Mai Naanak Kou Naaraayan Jeh Cheet | 24 |

Because of the extraordinary deceiving illusion every day,

A person’s powerful faith goes also completely astray.

O Naanak, one in millions from fortune gets a divine kiss

To imbibe in his mind Lord’s name and the pure godly bliss.

Commentary:

Guru Ji in the verse explicitly states the harsh truth of our lives: we are so entangled with outer things: how others perceive us; job; family; and if by chance we get on the spiritual path, we begin to speculate about the powers we might be gaining; sometimes, when we begin on the religious path, we begin to feel superior to others. These above-mentioned reasons, and then also the fact, for which we should hang a certificate on the wall 😬, is that we rarely get time to sit for singing and meditating the divine name and practice virtuous life. Still, Guru Ji says not to lose hope, for maybe if we embark this journey to know the all-pervasive truth, we will discover it through great discipline and devotion and love. Truly, one in a million, actual succeeds to achieve the goal so that we can feel the omnipresent reality and God. “Why?” We ask. That is because our mind needs to be purified and freed from all negative notions of the world, and all those above stated things together carries us astray from the path of our true cause: to become one with the Divine. However, the self-realization is very much possible, if we dedicate our life in a virtuous and kinder life, in bhakti and wisdom.

Now, if many of us are householders we definitely need to our jobs and fulfill our duties, and take care of the family, that can be done, while chanting the mantra in our mind, and considering a service and offering it to the Divine. As Swami Ji said in one of His video for the householder’s dharma. Guru Ji is himself an example of householder, who offered everything he did to the Divine: He lived in a royal and wealthy family; and He was great swordsman (from that his father, Guru Har Gobind Rai Ji, gave him the name: Tegh Bahadur. His birth name was Tyaag Mal), and defeated many mughals, in his younger age, but soon he renounced the art of war, and most of the tine he meditated, and then he continued to spread the message of Sikhism in Assam and in north-eastern belt of India, and during these voyages in Patna that Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born to Maataa Gujri Ji, his wife. 

Naraayan in Sanskrit means the one who is closest to human being’s soul and it can mean the one who travels along with human being in each journey. And to realize Naraayan we must go inwards, for the real journey is discovering our own reality. Maayaa, or Illusion, means which is visible and tangible and eternal, yet it is ephemeral (temporary) and ever-changing like weather. 

This shaloka is somewhat similar to the Shaloka in Bhagavad Gita. Chapter 7 verse 3:

मनुष्याणां सहस्रेषु कश्चिद्यतति सिद्धये |
यततामपि सिद्धानां कश्चिन्मां वेत्ति तत्त्वत: || 3||

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