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ਗਿਆਨ ਖੰਡ ਮਹਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਪਰਚੰਡੁ॥: ਮੋਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ
Giaan Khand meh Giaan Parchund!

The term knowledge has a specific meaning as indicated by the Gurbani; which is different than the general meaning of this word as understood by many of us. Generally the knowledge is connected to education; knowledge and education have specific meanings. Education is the collection of data or information by sense organs, which can be imparted to a person by training. From spiritual standpoint, knowledge is wisdom that can be discovered from gurbani by a GurSikh, which has totality and completeness. The purpose or use of gurbani knowledge is to bring about inner transformation. When the mind is engaged in Wisdom, it sheds all mental dispositions or conditioning and returns to its Original Nature as Pure Consciousness (Mool). Such person, the knower of the Truth is called Giaanee, Gurmukh, Enlightened or God-conscious person, such person renounces his Ahambudh (egotism) and eliminates falsehood.

In Japji Sahib while describing Panch Khand Guru Nanak said “Giaan khand meh giaan prachand”. In the sphere of Knowledge, knowledge becomes most powerful. In this domain one enjoys the taste of all musical meters and other wonders. The Domain of Giaan is full of knowledge and wisdom, that beautifies the mind and consciousness, gives the pure understanding of what is fair or unfair, good or bad, true or falls, real or akhoti, the difference is automatically realized within.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the ocean of knowledge and wisdom, but we become too comfortable with life in this world and have no interest in preparing for the next. The best way to adapt to change is to be willing to separate ourselves from falsehood. This will not happen overnight, we have to study Sri Guru Granth Sahib, again and again, the more we learn and understand, more we feel the conviction within for the need of change. Brave step to discard non-virtuous trait inside us is necessary. Waheguru will fill this emptiness with His Amrit Bani, the benefits of Guru’s wisdom. When we really enjoy the contemplation of Shabad Guru, and more we appreciates Akal Purakh the more attributes of God emulate from us. God’s traits are countless, at the same time He is beyond any trait at all.

I knew nothing of what is there in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. What amazed me was how, logically starting from Sri Raag gurbani takes us to Raag Asa where we can make an 'effort' to reach out and then to Raag Bilaaval where there is an element of 'happiness'. All this leads to proclaiming victory at the end by Raag Jaijavanti. Guru Ji guides us so beautifully!! I felt I had wasted so much time acting socially right by going to the Gurdwara as a ritual, I started to go deeper, and every step thereafter has been very joyous. And I am thankful to Waheguru to have embraced me even though it is very late in my life. By and large Gurbani is addressed to our subtle body (mind & soul) in the form of Updesh (guidance and suggestions - Jeevan Jach), and then there are hymns in praise of Akal Purakh (Ustat-Wadiaaee) and shabads for prayers (Ardaas). Remember gurbani is not for our physical body or sansarik (mundane) jeevan, it is for parmarth (spiritual journey) just try to understand through mind and soul and you will know our Guru’s message. Extensive study of Gurbani, totally changed me, and I realized what Guru Nanak said is true, “Sabh kurr tamaasa”. Watch and feel it and try to be true Sikh from within, remember Sikhi is from within that is a state of mind and not just the outlook. We are stuck and attached to rob and outlook. Turban with open beard and rob like kurta-pyjama for so called Giani or Granthi, sadh, Sant or Brahmgiani! But in reality the minds of all such so called akhoti Sikhs are contaminated. Once you are attuned to Gurbani of Sri Guru Granth Sahib you will automatically realize, Akal Purakh Waheguru is within you and He will send you all signals, believe me, there is a profound power within Gurbani and this is the only ideal tool for Naam Simran. Mere repetitions of Waheguru for hours together will not work or help, this exercise is just a colossal waste of time and energy from within, only gurbani is the simple way to practice spiritual journey in life. When the mind glows with His Naam, unshakable trust will built up in Him, trusting Him in full faith is equal to bowing to Him. Whatever the ways of worshiping prevail; contemplation of His Naam is absolutely necessary. Today Sri Guru Granth Sahib is my world; Gurbani has answered all the questions I had about Akalpurakh, the One God, of the universe. While following our Guru, we need to think as our Guru does; we need to believe only what our Guru says and ignore all others who once fascinated us and influenced our thoughts.

As you read Sri Guru Granth Sahib once and again you will notice that Bani of Guru Nanak is further elaborated by His successor, and therefore interpretation of bani is easy to find from within gurbani. All you need is utmost concentrations with conscious mind so as to contemplate at the same time. As you proceed you will be able to buildup unshakable trust in our Guru and the Creator (Waheguru), there by toward a state of mind where His ordinance appears right; in there, you will feel nothing but Him. It is really important to understand Giaan khand as suggested by Baba Nanak in japji, so just start reading Sri Guru Granth and you will certainly enjoy your journey with peace and prosperity, Guru will guide you the right path and will also tell you what is fair and unfair, that is what happens in giaan khand!

Mohan Singh
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

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