Panch Maar Sukh Paa-i-aa


Panch Maar Sukh


God has given us body mind and soul, mind keeps wandering, body keeps running
behind and soul feels hungry. If soul remains hungry for long, our life will
mess-up. The purpose of life is to make wandering mind wonderful by feeding
soul with Naam.

Guru Nanak: “Listen, O my
mind, my friend, my darling: now is the time to meet the Lord. As long as there
is youth and breath, give this body to Him. Without virtue, it is useless; the
body shall crumble into a pile of dust”. (GGS: 20).

Panch Maar Sukh Paa-i-aa (GGS: 1330), Baba
Nanak wants us to transform the five vices (Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and
Ahankaar) into five noble virtues (Satt, Santokh, Daia, Dharam and Such). These
five virtues are listed by Guru Arjun in Sri Guru Granth Sahib on page 379, and
this can be done by contemplating Shabad Guru. When the
five vices are conquered, peace is attained; such is the contemplative wisdom
of Shabad Guru, the Naam. Satt means Truthful Living, Santokh means Contentment, Daiaa is Compassion or
Mercy, Dharam is the son of daiaa as said by Baba Nanak in Japji Sahib. This is
religious instinct, to live and let live others in love, peace and harmony.
Without compassion or daiaa one can never be religious. Guru Nanak in Japji
Sahib has declared the following about these five vices and virtues.

ਪੰਚ ਪਰਵਾਣ ਪੰਚ ਪਰਧਾਨੁ ॥ ਪੰਚੇ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਦਰਗਹਿ ਮਾਨੁ ॥ ਪੰਚੇ ਸੋਹਹਿ ਦਰਿ ਰਾਜਾਨੁ ॥

ਪੰਚਾ ਕਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਏਕੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥

parvaān, Pancẖ parḏẖāan, Pancẖe pāvahi ḏargahi mān.

sohahi ḏar rājān, Pancẖā kā gur ek ḏẖi▫ān.


Here five vices
are classified as Pardhaan and they are only good for show off at the door of
worldly Kings to show their hollow power. On the other hands five noble virtues
are considered as Parvaan in God’s abode, since they are welcome in heavenly

Guru Arjun further express about the transformations of vices into virtues on
page 430 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib as under.


ਪੰਚ ਮਨਾਏ ਪੰਚ ਰੁਸਾਏ ॥ ਪੰਚ ਵਸਾਏ ਪੰਚ ਗਵਾਏ ॥੧॥

Panch manaa-ay panch rusaa-ay, panch vasaa-ay panch gavaa-ay.

When the five
virtues were reconciled, I enshrined them within myself, and the five passions
estranged, were cast out from within. Such is the power of contemplation of
Shabad Guru, the Naam. This is how Panch Maar Sukh Paa-i-aa, as proclaimed by Guru

Let us tune into
gurbani enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and follow the guide line of gurmat
hidden in it, so as to transform the five vices to five noble virtues.



Singh (Homeopath)

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