Bijak Satsang Template
Bijak of Guru Kabir, Volume One: Ramaini 68 — Ahmad Shah Translation:
Parted from God, souls lived without a protector:
plunged in the dense forest they find no path.
All they know they borrow from the Vedas [scriptures]:
but when they really understand, they count it worthless.
Those who know the sport of the Dancer:
recognize the gods as of like nature.
When God sports within all bodies:
there is none other of whom to take account.
Good or bad, whatever chance befall:
man must gain its fulfillment.
Sakhi of Kabir — Ahmad Shah Translation:
He whom the arrow pierces, knows the pain.
When struck he seeks not escape:
He looks to Kabir as the Ocean of Bliss.
Bijak of Guru Kabir, Volume One: Ramaini 68 — Kabir Association Translation:
“The soul became orphaned due to separation from God, and could not find his way through the forest of the world;
Those who know say that the Vedas are only imitations of knowledge;
those with self-realization do not like the imitation;
The actor performing his tricks knows that they are false, but the master appreciates and enjoys them;
He (God) who plays in all beings is the real juggler; there is no one to equal Him.
Whatever opportunity a person gets, whether good or bad, he should, by all means, make the best use of it.”
Sakhi of Kabir — Kabir Association Translation:
“He who is pierced by the arrow of God’s love knows the
pangs of separation;
Kabir says that when pierced, if he does not run away, he
will realize the Ocean of Bliss.”
Commentary by Dr. Jagessar Das:
God is said to be our father, or our mother, and so we become the children. When a child loses his parents he becomes an orphan. Similarly, when we become separated from God we become spiritual orphans. The reason for our separation from God is that we become fascinated by the attractions of the world, and we try very hard to enjoy pleasures. In doing so, we forget that all the things we are enjoying bring only temporary pleasure, and then cause an increase of desires for further enjoyment. In this process people tend to forget God and His ever dwelling presence Thus people become orphans.
The Vedas are ancient scriptures of India and are authoritative. But, like any scripture, the Vedas, themselves, are not knowledge. They contain words which convey ideas, which can become knowledge when realized. Without realization of the contents, the Vedas remain books. So they are only imitation of the knowledge obtained through realization. It is thus that Guru Kabir says that people who have understanding and knowledge do not like the imitation. Instead, they like the realization of the Infinity and Eternity of God, Who resides within their own heart. It is because of this that people, who are God-realized, do not depend on any scripture or books. Similarly, when a juggler is on the stage performing his tricks, the tricks appear to be real, but he knows that they are tricks. Nevertheless, the master who employs the juggler really enjoys the trickery. In life, we must try to realize what things are false and what are real. Material things, which occupy our attention, are all temporary and therefore false. The only reality is the Divine Being It is thus that Guru Kabir states that God, who plays in all beings, is the real juggler. No one else can occupy that position. He instructs us to use every opportunity we have, in order to know God, Who is the real juggler controlling our lives.
Just as a lover suffers pangs of pain when separated from the beloved, just so a God-loving person suffers the pain of separation from God. When that deep love abides in the devotee’s heart, he will make every effort to realize God. If he can adhere to the spiritual path, and not run away because of the attractions of world, he will realize the Ocean of Bliss which resides within himself. The lesson to be learned is that we must not go after the temporary and unreal, which will eventually disappoint us; we must go after that which is real and that which can give us eternal bliss. ////////