ਸੁਆਮੀ ਕੋ ਗ੍ਰਿਹੁ ਜਿਉ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਆਨ ਤਜਤ ਨਹੀ ਨਿਤ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਹਰਿ ਭਜਉ ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਹੁਇ ਇਕ ਚਿਤਿ ॥੪੫॥
Suaami Ko Greh Jion Sadaa Suaan Tajat Nahin Nit |
Naanak Eh Bidh Har Bhajo Ek Man Hue Ek Chit | 45 |
As master’s home a faithful dog never leaves,
For he always has trust in his master, and him believes.
O Naanak, in the same fashion you must Lord praise,
With devoted mind-intellect, that bad thoughts must not raise.
Guru Ji here tells us an interesting quality of a pet dog, that he or she will never leave human’s side. Even if we yell at him or slap him, he will never leave us, because he has trust in us. He or she knows that we will always love him or her, he has faith and confidence that we will still bestow our compassion upon him or her. Else Bulleh Shah Ji’s poem, which is immortalized by our Swami Ji’s favourite singer: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khaan Ji, will mock us if we do not give our heart and one-concentrated attention to the Divine:-
Maalak Daa Dar Kadi Naa Cchad-de
Paavein Maaro Sau Sau Jutte
Bulleyaa Uth Yaar Manaa Lai
Nahin Taan Baazi Lai Gaye Kutte
Tain Tei Utte
Dogs don’t abandon the door
of his owner, even if they kick
him hundreds of time,
O Bulleyaa go and persuade Lord (or Guru)
by devoting yourself to Him
otherwise, dogs will win the game,
who are wiser than you.
Therefore, Guru Ji and Bulleh Shaah teach us that we must have such faith and perseverance in meditation with great one-concentrated dedication. This is the utmost quality of good devotee, that we must remember and sing praises of God with love and commitment, that our concentration does not lose, and our dedication and our surrender should be firm. So, when our mind gets engaged in remembrance of the divine all the time, our mind will not have any time to think of any bad thoughts, or depressive thoughts.
Further, even a discovery of great importance was accomplished in the world when the scientists give their utmost dedication and interest and perseverance.
The path of devotion, if followed with dedication and without letting our mind wander off, will lead us to discover our true nature, that is that the Divine is everywhere. We will not just intellectualize it, but truly feel in our being.
Jai Sri Hari and Satnaam Shri Waheguru