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Das Grahi Das Tyagi - Tirath Singh Nirmala

Das Grahi Das Tyagi - Tirath Singh Nirmala

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A dicussion on the qualities of the Khalsa prescribed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh in the Sri Sarbloh Parkash Granth. An informative and articulately expressed article written by Tirath Singh Nirmala.
A dicussion on the qualities of the Khalsa prescribed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh in the Sri Sarbloh Parkash Granth. An informative and articulately expressed article written by Tirath Singh Nirmala.

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Das Grahi Das Tyagi
 Author: Tirath Singh Nirmala
In the Khālsā Mahātam section in Srī Sarabloh Granth Jī
Sodhī Sultān
 ,
ShamsherPitā
 ,
Panth de Vālī 
 ,
Sachidānand Svarup
Srī Guru Kalgīdhar Svāmī Jī presents thedefinition of the ideal Khālsā. He does not envision the remit for the Khālsā to begin and end with
dharam yudh
and the ethical principles of
kshatriya dharam
.Consequently the ten virtues to be ‘grasped’ and the ten impurities to be‘renounced’ are as concerned with the pursuit of
Brahamgyān
as they are with thenecessary psyche of a
kshatriya
warrior. Ultimately the definition (
lakshan
) of theKhālsā is given as:
 Asu Kwlsih Kwls pd pRwpiq inrMkwir su sÍrUp mhwnM ]
He who is utterly pure has obtained the state of Khālsā becoming supreme as the very form of Nirankār
The supreme
Khālsā-pad
is synonymous with
Param-pad
 ,
Nirvān-pad
indicating
Brahamgyān
 ,
Brahamnishtha
 ,
 
meaning ‘one who is established in knowledge of theSelf’. That which is of supreme purity is by definition free from ignorance(
agyān
), delusion (
moh
), defect (
dosh
), falseness (
bhram
), blemish (
mal
),misconception
(bhrānti
), free from the impurity of
māyā-prākritī 
 , the influence ofthe three
 guna
-s, and is thus Pure Consciousness (
satchidānand
). Srī Guru NānakDev Jī states:
 gurmuiK inrml hir gux gwvY ] gurmuiK pivqR prm pdu pwvY ]
The Gurmukh worships the pure qualities of Hari(Ultimately) the Gurmukh obtains the pure supreme state
Srī Guru Kalgīdhar Svāmī Jī includes supreme purity among the attributes ofBraham:
 prm rUp punIq mUriq pUrn purKu Apwr ]
The supreme form is of purity, singular and all pervading
The Pure Consciousness that is Braham abides concealed within one’s heart:
 AMqr AwqmY bRhmu n cIinAw mwieAw kw muhqwju BieAw ]
They fail to recognise Braham within as the Atma having become enslaved by Māyā
 
The supreme path to obtaining this knowledge in the dark era of Kaliyug has been revealed to the world by Pārbraham through the Guru Avatār. The firststep on the path requires the seeker to possess fitness
(adhikāri)
for the teachingsof the Guru (
Gurupdesh
). The one who aspires for self knowledge (
mumukshu
)must first develop firm inner purity (
shudh budhī 
). Impurity arises from thedominance of
rajoguna
and
tamoguna
in the mind, the result of which isdistractedness and ignorance respectively. The modifications of the mind(
antahkaranvriti
) caused by the influence of
māyā prākritī 
produce negativetendencies such as illusion (
viparya
), sleep (
nidra
), fantasy (
vikalapa
), recollection(
smritī 
). These are the inner obstacles to meditating upon Pārbraham. In contrastthe mind receptive to the Guru’s teachings should remain fixed and contentedeven when afflicted by the threefold forms of suffering (
dukh
). Further it should be free from longing for happiness (
sukh
), free of attachment, free from anger andfear.The inherent blemishes within the mind (
budhī 
) - the sin (
 pāp
) and distractedness(
vikshepya
) - are first to be removed by replacing them with
satogunic
qualitiestermed
daivī guna
(literally ‘divine qualities’). The actions which extinguish theinfluence of vice and distractedness, such as meditating upon the Nām (
 jap
),austerity (
tap
), acting selflessly in a spirit of humility (
sevā
), worship of the Lord(
 pujā
), are collectively referred to as
naishkām karam
. The word
 grāhī 
means ‘thatwhich should be grasped’. Its Sanskrit root
 grāh
means ‘to seize’. Thereforeperforming
naishkām karam
produces the qualities described in the
das grāhī 
:
 
 gurpRswdI muKu aUjlw jip nwmu dwnu iesnwnu ] kwmu kRoDu loBu ibnisAw qijAw sBu AiBmwnu ]
With the Guru’s teaching one’s face becomes radiant,meditating upon Nām, performing charity and possessing purityLust, anger and greed have been destroyed and the egotistical nature has been abandoned
 haumY iqRsnw sB Agin buJweI ] ibnsy kRoD iKmw gih leI ]
Recognise the egotistical nature, desires and all such to be alike fireExtinguishing anger brings forbearance within
In this section the Srī Sarabloh Granth Jī acknowledges continuity with theBhagvad Gītā and Upanishads on the
 grāhī 
-s and
tyāgī 
-s. In the Bhagvad Gītā,having described the nature of the ‘field’ (
kshetra
) – the mind, body, and itsorgans - Krishan Bhagvān proceeds to describe to Arjun the virtues necessary to

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