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Aassa Ki Vaar - Spiritual aspiration

The core theme of Asa-ki-var is: "How to become a spiritual person” and clean the filth of Mind. In Aassa Ki Vaar, Guru Nanak warns us against blind follow-ship of the rituals and tricks of pundits and monks. The most important thing is how to construct one's character and eliminate the obstacles such as our ego, selfishness or conceit. Even orthodox people, who are outwardly superior and kind, often suffer from religious pride.

Ego in its pure essence is self-awareness, an identity, when regulated, is vital for the foundation of one's character, one’s moral nature. Our Guru sets a course of life for his disciples, one of simple living and high thinking. Following this, the seeker's life-style transforms for better. This Vaar explains the concept of Guru, Grace, Ego, Pollution (Sutak) and Falsehood and once the Guru’s message is understood the life of the disciple transforms.

This Vaar is comprised of twenty four pauris (stanzas), by Guru Nanak. Slokas, composition of Guru Nanak and Guru Angad were added in this Vaar by Guru Arjun in Sri Guru Granth. In its present form, it carries twenty four stanzas (pauries) with a total of fifty nine slokas, 45 by Guru Nanak and 14 by Guru Angad.

In this Vaar, Guru offers a vision of God whose entire existence manifest in nature. The world is not a dream, but an impermanent reality. If people observe God's creation, they will be filled with wonder. Guru instructs his disciples to distinguish good and bad, true and false. However, the assertion of individual ego is the great obstacle to the process of moral law. So that our self-assertiveness should be replaced by self-surrender. By submission to His Divine Will, one may win the favor of the Lord.

Remember we will not be judged by our learning or status, but by our conduct. Performance of rituals and traditional offerings or the wearing of symbols or other marks of holiness, are of no avail, what counts are self-control, purity and compassion.

God knows our inner selves and cannot be cheated by any so-called holy practice. He reads our hearts and is not affected by only recitations of holy texts, markings on the fore-head with sandal-wood paste, cooking food within plastered squares, offering of choice dishes and libations of water, or by the barley-rolls and leafy platters, served to priests for the benefit of the dead. These things are done to win popular acclaim or to appease priests.

Guru Nanak exposed the maladies of his time, all those who strayed from the path of their religious preceptors and practiced greed, falsehood, extortion and tyranny. The Guru rejected the 'Transfer-theory' of Pundits that offerings given to them, were of benefit to the ancestors of the donors. God’s law of nature will ultimately settle their accounts for deceiving and exploiting ordinary people.

Guru Nanak also exposed any idea of pollution, being connected with the events of birth and death. These two are natural events being ordained by God. Real pollution is self incurred; it comes from greed, lust, lying and slander, all of which corrupt the mind. There is nothing wrong with food and drink. Impurity does not exist in matter, but in one's ego, indifference to God and other people. The Guru Nanak praised the role of woman in family life. In his era, women were neglected and held in contempt by men. Both Hindus and Muslims ill-treated their women. Guru said women, are the centre of life here on earth and in heaven. Man is born of woman; he is wedded to women. How can woman be outside the spiritual court, she who gives birth to the geniuses of this world? Talking slander, as is done of woman, is to slander one's soul."

Women are equally responsible to God for their actions there are no reason why we should conduct ourselves so foolishly towards each other. If we are learned, we should not call any one low or inferior. Let there be no rudeness or discourtesy between one person and another. People who are over-bearing and haughty only harden their own hearts. All people are equal and human. It is not right for any one to pass judgment on or vilify others.

The devotee of One God welcomes all that comes from God- good and ill-as a blessing, he does not criticize Him. A love of God cannot live in the heart that loves only itself. Servants of God must content themselves by obeying only God's will and asking for no rewards. If they abide by His will, they will be content and filled with compassion for others. They will not feel disturbed, if others appear to be more fortunate. They constantly endeavor to put their wills in harmony with Divine Will. Gurus suggest overcoming ego by humility, truth, virtue, holy living and keeping the company of saints. Guru has also rejected austerities like fasting, bathing, ritual worship etc. that has no spiritual merit. Guru teaches us that current trend of the age; caste pride and prejudice, bribery, greed, hypocrisy, the tyranny of kings and rulers and priestly class are pointless.

Melodious kirtan of Aasaa Ki Vaar is inspirational, motivational and will create exceptional positive energies in your house and soul. Prof. Darshan Singh ji Khalsa’s discourse (vyakhya) of this vaar is of par excellence. It is highly lucid and intellect, a must listen. It will help in cleaning the filth of mind.

Mohan Singh (Homeopath)
Gurmat Learning (North),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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