ਏਕ ਭਗਤਿ ਭਗਵਾਨ ਜਿਹ ਪ੍ਰਾਨੀ ਕੈ ਨਾਹਿ ਮਨਿ ॥

ਜੈਸੇ ਸੂਕਰ ਸੁਆਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਾਨੋ ਤਾਹਿ ਤਨੁ ॥੪੪॥

Ek Bhagat Bhagvaan Jeh Praani Kai Naahi Man |

Jaise Sookar Suaan Naanak Maano Taahe Tan | 44 |

If the sacred devotion for Lord in heart is not present,

Because the person even this grace does totally resent.

O Naanak, know that that person’s body and mind

Is like a greedy dog and pig, the eater of filth of all kind.

 

Commentary:

Guru Ji is expounding a concept completely opposite of the previous verse. If in our mind there is sempiternal desire to gain one thing or another, feeding our body without mindfulness, and always ready to satisfy the urges of lust by going to the brothels then we are conducting a life like greedy dogs and pigs. We are always prepared to go from here to there just to get the fleeting pleasures.

And the point of this verse is that: living in devotion brings balanced life, we will not rush after anything, we will be at peace with our own self, and others will appreciate our company in most peaceful way.

Further, we need to know that physical intimacy is not bad or sin, but it is not main purpose of our entire life, either. If indulging in the world is the important to us because of the glamour and fame, then we are greedy dogs, always in the state of restlessness. Pigs, as we all know, feeds of garbage. Guru Ji taking this trait of pigs applies it on us humans, for every time we gossip, badmouth someone, we are eating garbage. If our mind is not directed to a certain task that is good and to meditation (bhakti yoga or karma yoga) , then it wanders off to search comparisons, flaws in others. Restless and deprived of spirituality our mind fills with the dust of negativity and garbage of all the world. And about dogs, they shout and bark, as if they are always angry at someone. Guru Ji and Swami Ji want us to be kind minded and embodiment of love, for that to happen we need always to clean our mind with devotion and meditation. 

 

God bless you,

Satnaam Sri Waheguru, Jai Shri Hari.

Take Care of yourself all of you.

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