ਤੀਰਥ ਬਰਤ ਅਰੁ ਦਾਨ ਕਰਿ ਮਨ ਮੈ ਧਰੈ ਗੁਮਾਨੁ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਹਫਲ ਜਾਤ ਤਿਹ ਜਿਉ ਕੁੰਚਰ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ॥੪੬॥
Teerath Barat Ar Daan Kar Man Mai Dharai Gumaan |
Naanak Nihfal Jaat Teh Jion Kunchar Isnaan | 46 |
Alms you give, thousand pilgrimages, million fasts you do,
If the head of arrogance and pride still arises in you.
O Naanak, all those good actions in waste surely go,
As the elephants after bath the mud on themselves throw.
Guru Ji states a particularly important feature about practice of devotion for our realization of the self and elimination of our false ego. He suggests that when we do anything that is good such as pilgrimage, fast for greater cause (personal or public), when we donate alms or give charity, we must never take pride in it, and by not remembering in our heart ‘I did this‘, because all our efforts will nullify. That constant remembrance of our good actions with pride, and also reminding towards whom we have done a lot out of love or attachment, besmirches our mind all over again. In devotion, our mind must be clean as crystal water. With name of lord our mind purifies, if we keep singing with discipline every day, or by doing selfless service (Sewa) at Gurudwara or in world general. Guru Ji gives us an example of elephant, who bathes and throws upon himself all the dirt: by taking pride and by keeping arrogance in our mind after doing something good for the welfare of the humanity, we are throwing on ourselves all the dirt. So here is one line from Guru Granth Sahib Ji, in Raaga Aasaa, we can chant, when our mind out of blue tries to think we must take pride.
ਦਾਤਾ ਕਰਤਾ ਆਪਿ ਤੂੰ ਤੁਸਿ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਸਾਉ
Daataa Kartaa Aap Tu, Tus Deveh Kareh Pasaao
Thou the giver, and the creator are
With grace Thou give, with joy Thou create.
In this way, we may channelize our mind to think and to feel the Divine grace in our heart, and no malign thought can tie a knot on our soul’s thread.
Satnaam Sri Waheguru, Jai Sri Hari.
Please, be bliss, and be great as you always are. Belated Happy Janamashtmi.