Unique Are The Ways Of A Pious Man – Guru Nanak

[English rendering of Hindi translation, by Maharshi Santsewi ji Paramhans (1920-2007), of a verse composed by Guru Nanak Dev ji Maharaj, excerpted from the September 2006 edition of the Hindi Monthly “Shanti Sandesh” (Message of Peace) published from Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Kuppa Ghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India -812 003.

English Translation by Pravesh K. Singh (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sant_santati , http://blog.360.yahoo.com/praveshksingh ) ]

Original Verse:

“Bhagataa kee chaal niraalee |
Chaal niraalee bhagataah keree vikham maarag chalanaa ||

Labu lobhu ahankaar taji trisanaa bahut na bolanaa |

Khanniahu teekhee* baalahu neekee etu maaragi jaanaa ||

Gur parsaadee jini aapu tajiaa hari waasanaa samaanee |

Kahai Nanak chaal bhagataah keree jugahu jug niraalee ||”


Unique is the conduct or behaviour of devotees or pious persons |

So q***or strange is the way of behaviour of devout persons that they, discarding the easy worldly way of living, tread the tedious tracks of spirituality ||

They give up the mental defilements of greed, covetousness, vainglory, worldly cravings etc. and don’t talk much |
They walk on a path (the internal path of light & sound) that is sharper than the edge of a sword* and finer than (the tip of) hair ||

They, who have, with the compassionate grace of God, forsaken their pride or ego (sense of ‘I’), have merged into the Kingdom of God |
Guru Nanak says that the living of devotees has been unique through the ages ||


A similar reference to the path that a spiritual; practitioner has to tread can be found in Upanishads also:

“Uttisthat praapya waraannibodhatKshurasya dhaaraa nishitaa duratyayaaDurgam pathastat kavayo vadanti”

(Arise, awaken and learn from the learned or knowledgeable. That path – of spirituality – has been described by the experts to be difficult of access just as difficult as it is to walk on a sharp razor’s edge).

Goswami Tulsidas ji echoes a similar sentiment when he says “raghupati bhagati karat kathinaaee” – explained in an earlier posting. However, he immediately adds it is easy of access to those who practice it regularly & perseveringly, citing examples of safaree (a very small fish) and ant.

Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji encourages us and asks us not to be disappointed, dejected or afraid by the sharpness and fineness of the path. He asks, “Who has to walk on such a razor-sharp path?” and answers, “certainly not the body. It is the surat (soul) along with the mind who has to walk on this and it is no problem for them at all as they themselves are finer than that”. Hence, all that it takes is a regular practice of meditation and once we are able to make our way through the Ajnaa Chakra, this narrow path opens up for us and the journey from there onwards becomes, in fact, truly enjoyable, pleasurable, blissful. Jai Guru!

– English Translator