ਗਰਬੁ ਕਰਤੁ ਹੈ ਦੇਹ ਕੋ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਛਿਨ ਮੈ ਮੀਤ ॥

ਜਿਹਿ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਹਰਿ ਜਸੁ ਕਹਿਓ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਹਿ ਜਗੁ ਜੀਤਿ ॥੪੨॥

Garab Karat Hai Deh Ko Binsai Cchin Mai Meet |

Jeh Praani Har Jas Keheo Naanak Teh Jag Jeet | 42 |

In this body you take your pride and beat with ego your chest,

O friend, in seconds it will leave you and in a tomb it will rest.

The one who says the God’s blissful and great glory,

O Naanak, that will win the world, and write victorious story.

Commentary:

Guru Ji tells us not to ever consider our body as source of our happiness nor to take pride in it. Because it is the first thing we will have to leave, when the life-force breathes its last. In the world we live in, bodies are becoming the centre of all human attention (- body-consciousness): we feed it, clean it, and we want to show off its potential, yet it is the most vulnerable and fragile. Our attention is so much turned outwards, that we forget to nourish our soul with God’s name or divine remembrance. It is alright to feed it, clean it and decorate it, to be powerful physically, yet we must remember its fragility and to be thankful to God for its life. Life is slipping like water through fingers. The beauty of singing of the Divine name is that it slowly brings a positive attitude, and we become less and less judgmental. If someone is tall or short, plump or slim, black or white or brown, rich or poor, will not matter to us, for we will understand our bodies will one day perish away. So, there is nothing to judge, for we are all made of five elements of nature and they will return to nature.

Therefore, Guru Ji reminds us that we did nothing that will make much powerful, spiritually and emotionally. According to Guru Ji and Lord Krishna (as written in Bhagavad Gita), it is far more important to befriend our mind, so that we can live to fullest and with mindfulness. And Guru Ji gives us one of the method, and that is praying, singing glories of Lord (whatever our favorite prayer, let’s chant it with humbleness and love, it will melt our heart. Please, let us avoid parroting, it is not beneficial for none of us, because it will make hypocrites.)

Winning the world does not mean conquering the world like Alexander the Great, but it means befriending our mind, and living contently. For if only we live peacefully and understanding our own feelings and emotions, we will be able to do right things in this world to make it a better place.

Jai Shri Hari and Satnaam Sri Waheguru.

P.S. (Post Scriptum – after writing)

Please, take care of yourself, all of you. 

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