Monday, May 27, 2013

"Dukh Daaru Sukh Rog Bhayaa"

                          "Dukh Daaru Sukh Rog Bhayaa"


A beautiful verse from Gurubani    ( Guru Nanak Dev ji)

          "Dukh Daaru Sukh Rog bhayaa, jaa Sukh Taam na hoi"

दुःख दारु सुख रोग भया , जा सुख तामि  ना होइ 

ਦੁਖੁ ਦਾਰੂ ਸੁਖੁ  ਰੋਗ ਭਇਆ ਜਾ ਸੁਖੁ ਤਾਮਿ  ਹੋਈ  (ਸਲੋਕੁ : 1 )

  A Bitter but true statement.

The common or popular meaning of this verse is :

" Suffering is the medicine, and pleasure is disease,
because where there is pleasure, there is no desire or remembrance of God. *

Though bitter, it is a true assessment.

Suffering is medicine, because it reminds us of our helplessness. We remember God when we are sad or in pain, and usually pray more and do more Simran, while we tend to forget God when we are enjoying the luxuries and pleasures of life.

But if you place the coma or pause at a different place, then it would mean that:

The pleasure, which keeps us away from God and His remembrance,  is disease. **

*  Jaa Sukh -- Taam na hoi"           Where there is pleasure, Oh God ! You are not there.

**  Jaa Sukh Taam - - na hoi"     The pleasure, in which you are not there ... The kind of pleasure that takes us away from God.

In other words, pleasure is a disease, only if or when it pushes us away from God. 

As long as we remember God, living a comfortable & happy pleasurable life may not be wrong or a disease.

"Tu hi Tu hi Nirankar karo te pal pal ehnu yaad karo"

We should not need 'dukh' (sufferings) as a remedy to remind us to remember God.

However, Dukh may not become medicine for everyone and all the time. I have seen that many a times, when we cannot handle the sufferings, we start to blame God and question the very reason for having faith.

We ask..........

"What is the use of doing Seva, Simran & Satsang if we are still going to suffer?"

Why should I pray if my pain and sufferings are not going to be eliminated? 

We seem to lose the faith in both situations...... whether it’s too much pleasure or too many sufferings.

But love and faith has to be (should be) unconditional. We should have faith in the Almighty in any situation.

As the 4th Guru says:

ਜੇ ਸੁਖੁ ਦੇਹਿ ਤੁਝਹਿ ਅਰਾਧੀ ਦੁਖਿ ਭੀ ਤੁਝੈ ਧਿਆਈ 
ਜੇ ਭੁਖ ਦੇਹਿ ਇਤ ਹੀ ਰਾਜੇ ਦੁਖ ਵਿਚਿ ਸੂਖ ਮਨਾਈ  " (ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ 4) 

Je sukh de tan Tujh hi Araadhi, dukh bhi tujhe dhiaai
Je bhukh dehi ta ita hi raje, dukh vich sookh manaai   (Soohi mehla 4 )

"If you bless me with happiness, I will worship you, and even in pain, I will meditate upon you.
Even if you give me hunger, I shall feel satisfied and even in the midst of sorrow, I will stay joyful."

This is a very powerful statement. Not everyone can do that. Only a few great saints with unshakable faith can make such powerful statement and follow it.

Nevertheless, we should try to follow the footsteps of such great Saints.

 If we find ourselves unable to make such strong commitment, then we can certainly pray...........

"Sukh saare duniya de paa de meri jholi vich

Pher vi milaai rakhin Santaan di toli vich.”

“Oh Lord! Bless me with all kind of happiness,
 and yet keep me in the company of great & faithful Saints."

Because by keeping the company of saints, consciously or unconsciously, we will slowly adopt their virtues too.

Happy or sad, in joy or sorrow, in comfort or pain.......

 Remember Nirankar / Almighty God at all times.

                                          ‘Rajan Sachdeva’


  1. DNKJ Uncle Ji what a wonderful Blog, God bless you ! You know you are one of my Mentors so this is a great learning tool for me also ! Thank you !


  2. "Zafar" aadmi na usko janiyega,
    Woh ho kaisa he sahib-e-fehmozaka(kitna padha-likha);
    Jise aish mein yaad-e-khuda na rahe,
    Jise taish mein khauf-e-khuda na raha.


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