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Ghar Hee Mehi Anmrith Bharapoor Hai Manamukhaa

Ghar Hee Mehi Anmrith Bharapoor Hai Manamukhaa

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ghar hee mehi anmrith bharapoor hai manamukhaa saadh n paaeiaa ||
The home within is filled with Ambrosial Nectar, but the self-willed manmukh does not get
to taste it.

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jio kasathooree mirag n jaanai bhramadhaa bharam bhulaaeiaa ||
He is like the deer, who does not recognize its own musk-scent; it wanders around, deluded by
doubt. (Ang 644, SGGS Ji)

There is a strong desire in one's heart \u2013 for life, eternal life. Then follows the desire for all the
objects that are needed to live. However, the primary and strongest desire is to live. Also, there
is no bigger fear in one's heart other than that of death. Whenever one is scared, it can be
inferred that either something (dear) has died or is about to die. So, there is extreme desire for
life on one hand and extreme fear of death on the other.

If we look at the snaatan philosophies of India, Vishnu has been considered as the giver of life
while death is imparted by Shiva. Brahma made this whole world, but there is no temple
dedicated to him as human being has already born \u2013 nobody felt the need. But, because of the
desire to live and the fear of dying, we can see countless temples devoted to Shiva and Vishnu in
the Hindu world. Vishnu is associated with Lakshmi \u2013 the giver of life and the giver of all
materials needed to live. But Shiva has got poisonous snakes and necklace of skulls around his
neck, and stays in crematoriums. The devta of death is associated with crematoriums, while
devta of life is associated with materials. The life giver is worshipped so that the gift of life
remains while the devta of death is worshipped so that death does not enter one's doors. Vishnu
is worshipped and is requested to visit one's house, as lakshmi (material wealth) is associated
with him while Shiva is worshipped and is requested of him to excuse any visits, as he has got
poisonous snakes around his neck. This has got beautiful symbolism attached to it as it
elaborates on the human weaknesses.

One has got such extreme desire for life! This nature of humans is beautiful depicted by Guru
Nanak Dev Ji:
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jae jug chaarae aarajaa hor dhasoonee hoe ||
Even if you could live throughout the four ages, or even ten times more,
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navaa khanddaa vich jaaneeai naal chalai sabh koe ||
and even if you were known throughout the nine continents and followed by all, (Ang 2,
Even if one's age becomes equal to four ages, and tens times more on top of it, even if one is
respected and holds influence on all the people of the world..
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changaa naao rakhaae kai jas keerath jag laee ||
with a good name and reputation, with praise and fame throughout the world- (Ang 2, SGGS Ji)
There is another great desire \u2013 one wants to be praised and worshipped by everybody. But:
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jae this nadhar n aavee th vaath n pushhai kae ||
still, if the Lord does not bless you with His Glance of Grace, then who cares? What is the
use? (Ang 2, SGGS Ji)
Even if one is known and respected by everyone in the nine continents, has age of millions of
years, yet if the Great Akaal Purakh has not recognised him, it is all useless.

Actually, one lives his whole life trapped in the desire for life and fear of death. And, not one life,
he spends multiple lifetimes with the same desire and fear. Therefore, man has been in the
search of Amrit \u2013 'A-marit' \u2013 free from the process of death - any such water, medicine, herb
with which one never dies and life becomes amrit itself. Not only humans crave for such amrit,
even birds and animals do not wish for death. So, this is one strong craving in one's heart, to get
such amrit. Gurbani says:

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ghar hee mehi anmrith bharapoor hai manamukhaa saadh n paaeiaa ||
The home within is filled with Ambrosial Nectar, but the self-willed manmukh does not get
to taste it.

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jio kasathooree mirag n jaanai bhramadhaa bharam bhulaaeiaa ||
He is like the deer, who does not recognize its own musk-scent; it wanders around, deluded
by doubt. (Ang 644, SGGS Ji)

The source of this amrit is within the oceans of this life, and we will have to shake up this life's
ocean by meditation and naam jaap. One needs inspiration, the longing, saadhna in order to be
able to achieve that shake-up. We can observe that if water does not appear by pumping the
hand pump, we have to add water from the top and that is when water from depths starts to
emerge. This is what Mahapurashs have been trying to do since aad kaal , to add amrit from
outside so that the amrit within could appear. Different Mahapurashs, according to their own
methods, created water in which they read different mantras, added their spiritual energies.
This tradition has been going on for a long time, such water has been called 'Aab-e-Zamzam' and
'Charnamrit' and so on. It is said that jaap has a great affect on water, it absorbs all the spiritual
vibrations within itself. And further, it has been observed that great souls who have amrit-like
lives make even the dust beneath their feet pure and great, thus, that dust also accepts the
spiritual influence.

The tradition of giving 'Charnamrit' has been carried out in India from a long time. So much so
that in Hindu temples, this charnamrit is given as a prashaad. The amrit, that comes from hands

and feet of someone who has amritmayi life, has amritmayi outlook, even his words are
amritmayi. That is why, if that person's words strike the waves of water, that water becomes
amritmayi and if that water touches his feet, that water becomes charan-amrit.

This tradition was practiced in Sikhi Guru-Ghar as well:
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charan dhoi raharaasi kari charanaamritu sikhaan peelaaiaa| (Vaar 1, Pauri 23, Bhai Gurdas Ji)

When Sikhi expanded its horizons, a need was felt to find more prominent people who could
give the charnamrit. So, Dhan Guru Amar Dass Ji established twenty two manjis for this purpose.
A Manji, a small takht, is called 'Masnadd' in farsi and Masand became the Punjabi
pronunciation of it. Out of these twenty two masands, ninteen were men and three were
women. These masands did Sikhi parchaar and gave charnamrit and this way Sikhi expanded
further. But, as these masands gained popularity and respect amongst the masses, they started
getting spiritually weak from within. It is rare that one becomes more attached to naam with
increase in popularity and fame so that equilibrium is maintained. So, these masands got
corrupt and a desire to create their own sikhs was born in them. Instead of sending the money
received from the sangat (as kaar-seva) to the Guruji which would have then be used for
creating Gurdwaras, they started amassing it with themselves. Some of them even started to
claim as the true gurus. As greed took over, they started getting arrogant.

By the time Guru Gobind Singh Ji came to Gur-Gaddi, these masands had become extremely
arrogant and their atrocities knew no bounds. Therefore, Dhan Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj
put an end to this tradition, because it can be possible a person might not be able to digest all
the fame and popularity. Guruji stopped the tradition of charnamrit along with it as well, instead
the tradition of Amrit from Khanda-Baata and Banis was started. And the right to give such
Amrit was not given to five people instead of one sole individual.

These five people are the beloved of Guruji and have pure love and devotion in every inch of
their body. The five loved ones would then recite five banis \u2013 Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Swavye,
Chaupai Sahib, and Anand Sahib for five times, while keeping their concentration and sight on
the water in the Baata so that the influence of recited banis enters that water, making it amrit
after the process. This is true \u2013 eyes reflect the state of the mind. If one is greedy, arrogant, it is
all reflected with the eyes of that person. But if a person has got Bani in his heart, this amrit is
reflected in the eyes, and if that person keeps his sight on the water, this amrit enters the water

as well.
The Khanda used to churn the water in the process symbolises strength \u2013 the strength with
which this whole world is created:
KMfw ipRQmY swj kY ijn sB sYswru aupwieAw ]

khanddaa prithamai saaj kai jin sabh saisaar oupaaeiaa |
At first, the Primeval Force (The Lord) created Khanda (Configuration of the two edges of
sword signifying creation and destruction of the Universe) and then He originated the
whole Universe.

bRhmw ibsnu mhys swij kudriq dw Kylu rcwie bxwieAw ]
brehamaa bisan mehaes saaj kudharath dhaa khael rachaae banaaeiaa |

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