The Ginan Gist – By Karim Maherali
This Ginan is about overcoming the state of delusion which most of mankind finds itself immersed in due to excessive identification with the material world and its concerns. Swami Vivekananda who came to the West to preach the Indian philosophy of Vedanta in the later part of the nineteenth century and is well known as the lion of Vedanta, described the nature of this delusion by a parable of a lion who was raised among sheep and behaved as one until he was shown his real identity as a lion by another elder lion, in his Destiny of Man lecture in Memphis, Tennessee on 17 January 1894:
Nothing is baser than calling our brother a sinner. A lioness once fell upon a flock of sheep and killed a lamb and gave birth to a cub and died. A sheep found a very young lion, and it followed her, and she gave it suck, and it grew up with the sheep and learned to eat grass like a sheep. One day an old lion saw the sheep lion and tried to get it away from the sheep, but it ran away as he approached. The big lion waited till he caught the sheep lion alone, and he seized it and carried it to a clear pool of water and said, ‘You are not a sheep, but a lion; look at your picture in the water.’ The sheep lion, seeing its picture reflected from the water, said, ‘I am a lion and not a sheep.’ Let us not think we are sheep, but be lions, and don’t bleat and eat grass like a sheep.
In our Tariqah, the way to overcome this delusion is by constant remembrance of Ali who has always been and will always be. In this manner one is constantly being aware of the eternal nature of the soul and the futility of this life in comparison to the hereafter.
Holy Qur’an (87:16-17):
“Nay (behold), ye prefer the life of this world; but the Hereafter is better and more enduring.”
kesarī siṅh svaroop bhulāyo
|1||Shamshu Bandali Haji (Alwaez)|
Transliteration, Translation and Commentary
|ejee kesaree see(n)h sarup bhulaayo
ajaa kere sa(n)ge ajaa hoi raheyo
ese bharam me(n) jivan ku(n) bhulaayo
bharam sab chhoddee bhaai ali ali karanaa
hae be ali ne hoese bi ali
esaa vachan tame dil maa(n)he dharanaa
esaa vachan tame dil maa(n)he dharanaa
bharam sab chhoddee bhaai ali ali karanaa……………1
O momins! The saffron colored lion forgot its identity, and in the company of sheep it lived as such. In such delusion life’s purpose is forgotten.
Forsaking all delusion, brother, keep reciting the name of Ali. ‘Ali is now and Ali will be’ are the words you should take to heart. Such are the words you should take to heart. Forsaking all delusion, brother, keep reciting the name of Ali.
Holy Qur’an (13:28):
“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.”
|ejee bharam ne vaaro to see(n)ha sudh hove
ajaa kero bhaav so dil su(n) khove
ese bharam me(n) phir nahi(n) sove…bharam sab……………2
O momins! When you dispel delusion, you gain lion awareness. The state of being a sheep is removed from your heart, which does not sleep again in such delusion. Forsaking all delusion,….
Holy Qur’an (75:36):
“Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled (without purpose)?”
|ejee aveediyaa maa(n) aavee paddayo sab jive
aapa pannaa maa(n) khoyo haathe piv
ochi(n)to aaveene kare girabh….bharam sab……………3
O momins! Every soul has fallen into ignorance. In egoism the Beloved is lost and suddenly the person is seized by (the angel of death) who demonstrates superiority (over personal ego). . Forsaking all delusion,….
Holy Qur’an (23:115):
“Did ye then think that We created you in jest, and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account).”
|ejee murshid kaamil ko sa(n)g karie
aave aveediyaa sab jaae visarie
tab to suje dil ki gaali…..bharam sab……………4
O momins! Join the company of the Mursheed Kameel (Perfect Guide). When He comes, all ignorance is forgotten. Then the word of the heart is understood. Forsaking all delusion, ….
|ejee bharam ne ttaalo to saa(n)hi ne pichhanno
aapanno aap moman pichhaanne
peer shams kahe sohee tame paalo…bharam sab……………5
O momins! If you get rid of delusion, you will recognise the Lord. A believer then recognises his own real identity as an eternal soul. Thus says Peer Shams: this is what you should observe. Forsaking all delusion, ….
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