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Episodes From Lives of the Gurus - English translation of Sewa Das's parchian

Episodes From Lives of the Gurus - English translation of Sewa Das's parchian

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English translation of work by purported poet of Guru Gobind Singh's darbar
English translation of work by purported poet of Guru Gobind Singh's darbar

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EPISODES
FROM
LIVES OF THE GURUS
 
- PARCHIAN SEWADAS -
 ENGLISH TRANSALTIONKharak Singh & Gurtej SinghINSTITUTE OF SIKH STUDIES959, Sec. 59, S.A.S. Nagar,Chandigarh – 160 059
 
STORY OF THE FIRST MAHALEpisode No.1
GURU NANAK'S GURU
 
Once during his travels Guru Nanak, the First Mahal, reached the Sumer Parbat(mountain) which was the habitat of nine naths and eighty four sidhas, besides sixjatis(celebrated ascetics). Their chief was Guru Gorakh Nath. Guru Nanak called on them andoffered his greetings with due courtesy, and invited them to a meeting. The sidhasreciprocated the salutation in the name of the Adi Purkh, and welcomed him, saying "Youhave obliged us with your visit. This is indeed kind of you."Then followed Guru Nanak's discourse with Gorakh Nath. The Guru recited Jap ji, theSidh Gosht, and several other hymns. Gorakh Nath invited the Guru to become a yogi,wear yogi's dress with earrings, and to adopt a guru, for no one should be without a guru."I am not without guru. I have a Guru," replied Guru Nanak."Well, then who is your guru?" asked Gorakh Nath."My Guru is the Creator Himself."'What are His attributes?" questioned Gorakh Nath.In answer to this question Guru Nanak recited the first
sloka 
of the
Japu ji 
. "True in thebeginning (Primal Time), True in all ages; True now and ever will He be True."After hearing the
sloka 
Gorakh said, "Well, then all the living beings that exist, are alsotrue and eternal. Are they not? Attributes of the Creator and of those created by Himshould be the same. Could these be different?""Listen, Nath
 ji 
, the created beings take birth, and are subject to death. They are subject topride and attachment. They suffer pain in pursuit of pleasure. They are subject to lustwhich leads to trouble. Because of their own weakness they are susceptible to vice, andsuffer consequences of their deeds, which make them dance like frivolous monkeys. Theyknow no rest or peace. How can such, beings be called true or eternal? The Creator aloneis Eternal. His star always shines. He is Immanent and Indivisible. Subtle and Abstruse,He is the Source of all bliss. Maya is His maid. He is Omnipotent. (He does whatever HeWills). He is in every form (Immanent), and He is also aloof from all forms (Transcendent).Such a Creator is Eternal, and none else," replied Guru Nanak."Right, if the created beings are not the Creator, they are His sons, and, therefore, mustbe like Him. There is no difference: between a father and his son.”“Listen Nath
 ji 
at you say is correct. The answer is that all beings are certainly Hischildren. But such sons, as become lunatics, are tied to a pillar, and are given food andwater at fixed timings. Son of a king is indeed entitled to throne, but because of lunacy hemeets this degrading treatment. His claim to to rule holds, only if he is cured by somephysician through proper treatment. In the same way, man because of ignorance, remains
 
in a state comparable to lunacy. It is only when he follows the teachings of the PerfectMaster, & adopts the medcine of virtues, that he becomes one with Brahman, shedding allsuperstition and ignorance. The attributes of the Lord Father become part of his ownnature." Thus ended the discussion with the sidhas. (1)

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