ਜਨਮ ਜਨਮ ਭਰਮਤ ਫਿਰਿਓ ਮਿਟਿਓ ਨ ਜਮ ਕੋ ਤ੍ਰਾਸੁ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਭਜੁ ਮਨਾ ਨਿਰਭੈ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਬਾਸੁ ॥੩੩॥
Janam Janam Bharmat Phireo Miteo Naa Jam Ko Traas |
Kaho Naanak Har Bhaj Manaa Nirbhai Paavai Vaas | 33 |
Birth after birth you wandered without finding any right-way,
And yet the cold fear of death you could not slay.
Says Naanak, pray, O mind, to Lord in thy heart-home,
The graceful fearlessness will dwell in thy mind-dome.
Guru Ji is telling us that for births and rebirths we followed the same suit, and yet we did not achieve that fearlessness: we always fear death. We consider death as enemy, because we think, “What will happen if I die?; I don’t want to die, my life is so precious to me?; how will someone live without me?” Whether it is out of ego or innate fear of vanishing from this world, this fear of death is always surrounding us. Therefore, Guru Ji consoles us by telling us that only through praise of Lord and singing with devotion and living honestly will give us peace and fearlessness. This devotion also brings us the spiritual wisdom that when body perishes, we (souls) do not die. However, at the same time it is very much important to value that if we are fearless, it does not mean that we can go and harm others, but rather our mind will be so humble that we will not cause any pain to others, because we will see them as Lord’s creation and our own essence or part of our self. At today’s time, when Covid and useless wars are taking place everywhere, the dance of death is being seeing in each corner of the world, we all must pray or do our part through donations, or by listening to somebody’s pain so they can find some solace. It is true that in the last moment of death no one will be around or when our body will perish and soul will depart, nobody accompany our soul, only the Divine will be with us, as Guru Ji said in the previous salok 32. It is still good to pray for all from our home or if we are close relative (siblings or parents) to pray around them, so that they can leave this body with peace, knowing someone has prayed for us.
God bless you all.
Satnaam Sri Waheguru, Jai Sri Hari.