jíhu maile báhrhu nirmal ||
Dirty inside and no-dirt outside.
báhrhu nirmal jíhu t maile tiní janam júai háriá ||
no-dirt outside and dirty inside, these lose their birth in the gamble.
eh tisná vaddá rog lagá maran manhu visáriá ||
These contract the big disease of desire and in their minds forget about dying.
vedá mehi nám utam so sunehi náhí firehi jiu betáliá ||
In the Vedas the exalted objective is Nám, but they listen not and come again and again like demons.
kehai nának jin sach thajiá kúrre láge tiní janam júai háriá ||19||
Says Nanak, those who renounce Truth and cling to falsehood, lose their births in the gamble. ||19||
For the above translation I consulted the Nitnem Gutka of Harbans Singh Doabia and the ‘Sikhitothemax’ website. I checked the meanings in the ‘Dictionary of Guru Granth Sahib’ by Surinder Singh Kohli.
The forty verses of the Anand Sahib, composed by Guru Amar Das are not too difficult to understand. We should use these verses as tools : listen to them, understand them and apply their teachings in our daily life.
Being dirty inside and having no-dirt (nir-mal) outside is quite useless. If you are only concerned about your looks, about the impression you make on others, you will waste this birth as human being, this chance to find unity with The One.
You are dirty inside when you are controlled by the five desires, when you forget that you have only a short lifespan, which should be used efficiently.
The Vedas say that the objective of your life is ‘Nám’, the Godly essence, but people listen not and keep being born again and again like demons. Says Nanak, if you do not go for Truth and stick to falsehood, you gamble away this birth.
Many people think that following the ‘Shabad-Guru’ is no ‘fun’. No drinking, no smoking, not going for luxury but living a simple life, how boring !
Since I started to follow the Sikh way of life I do not need outside enjoyments anymore. I do need sadh-sangat, people of various backgrounds with whom I can fully share what I am trying to do. Here in Belgium I have not enough ‘soul-mates’.
But I am happy doing seva, living in my studio flat, studying, writing, listening to shabad Kirtan on my lap-top, listening to my radio to keep up with what happens outside Sint-Truiden and cook a simple meal when I do not eat from the langar.
Some weeks ago the weather was cold but sunny and I enjoyed a two hour walk. I regularly go on my bicycle to Gingelom, south of Sint-Truiden. This is only a 30 minute ride but it can be challenging in winter and I enjoy that. There is no need to become ‘maile’ (dirty) in order to enjoy life !