ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਰਾਮੁ ਨ ਚੇਤਈ ਮਦਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੈ ਅੰਧੁ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਭਜਨ ਬਿਨੁ ਪਰਤ ਤਾਹਿ ਜਮ ਫੰਧ ॥੩੧॥
Praani Raam Naa Chetayi Mad Maayaa Kai Andh |
Kaho Naanak Har Bhajan Bin Parat Taahe Jam Fandh | 31 |
A person truly has forgotten Lord and does not remember,
Intoxicated by wine of illusion in misty-dark chamber.
Says Naanak, if you will not sing the glory of Lord,
God of death will tie around your neck a thorny cord.
Guru Ji warns us about the death, when there is no divine singing, fear of death will strangle and haunt us. The greatest issue with world is that we are so involved in things that boost our ego and forget the real cause of our being born as human to achieve the Divine. This duality, this illusion creates a confusion in mind, and we continue to fight over lands, money and others, and then death catches our neck, and all is over. Human life, according to Guru Ji, is a blessing to attain what is the most important thing: self-discovery through devotion and making this world a better place to live with love (Mijaazi – mundane or Haqeeqi – divine, both are good) and divine singing and remembrance.
Guru Ji calls this world of dark illusion, for we intoxicated with ignorance for all our life, without reflecting and without seeking the truth. We use all our energy following one desire after another. And a desire creates thousand more desires. For example, we buy a house, then we need furniture, then a car, then other things, even the ones we do not actually need. This is a pattern of a single desire of buying a house can cause. Guru Ji is not saying that it is not necessary, but we must be wise to channelize our mind onto the right track, keep only things that matter and give an aura of beauty. According to Guru Ji, that is only possible when our mind is content and at peace, which comes through pure love for worship of the One who is beyond attributes (Nir-gun*) and with attributes (Sar-gun).
In Gurbaani there comes a shabd, written by Bhagat Kabir Ji, who is writing about Prahlaad Ji. This a couplet from it:
Meri Patiyaa Likh Deyo Sri Gopaal
Mohe Naahe Parhaavo Aal Jaal.
O please, write on the slate of my tongue the name of Lord,
And don’t teach me these worldly tricks and webs.
In a way, he is asking not to become harmful to others, like his father Hiranyakashipu, the Asura.
Nirgun in Guru Granth Sahib Ji is used for both Divine and human. When it is used for Divine, it means beyond attributes, whom senses cannot comprehend, mind cannot understand; and when it is used for human, it means without any quality, worthless. It is the Bhakti Bhaava, as Swami Ji also said, in which a devotee puts himself in lower level to the Divine.