Unraveling Riddles

Guest blogged by sikhpulse

Before a beaded string of musical melodies lies a riddle. This riddle, composed by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, provides much clarity and purpose when revealed.

Mundavani, one of the final hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib, is sometimes translated as riddle. It precedes Raagmala, the beaded string of musical melodies. Mundavani is also described as Guru Jis closing seal of the Guru Granth Sahib as this composition served to authenticate and preclude any apocryphal additions to the bani. Like most of you, I have been in touch with these six lines since I was a wee little Sikh. And yet for years I only listened. It was only recently that the riddle of light shined within my mind, heart and spirit.

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Mundavani, Fifth Mehl:
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Upon this Plate, three things have been placed: Truth, Contentment and Contemplation.
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The Ambrosial Nectar of the Naam, the Name of our Lord and Master, has been placed upon it as well; it is the Support of all.
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One who eats it and enjoys it shall be saved.
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This thing can never be forsaken; keep this always and forever in your mind.
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The dark world-ocean is crossed over, by grasping the Feet of the Lord; O Nanak, it is all the extension of God. ||1||

The thaal or plate that nourishes us consists of three items: sath or truth or Naam, santokh or contentment, vicharo or contemplation. These three items can be found in the plate of Gurbani. By being mindful in our thinking and critically analyzing Waheguru’s creation, we may sustain our being. This food for our soul must not just be eaten; let us savor them and allow our palates to absorb each of its distinct flavors.

Naam is an essential ingredient of this plate because it is through Naam that the items are uncovered. The riddle is unraveled through understanding of the bani and with Wahegurus kirpa. Once the riddle is grasped it should never be ignored. Rather, it should be enshrined in our heart at all times. Through our devotion and love for Waheguru we are given the strength and fortitude to to swim across the dark world ocean, the sea of fear and ignorance, and the sea of endless cycles of birth and death.

What does this all mean? In moments where we are awe-inspired or struck in wonder we should reflexively remember that Waheguru was the intensity that caused that feeling. When we are at the bifurcation of two paths and deciding on which to choose, always remember that Waheguru is right by our side and prepared to nestle us through the entire journey.

May we always remember the origin and key to this riddle. May I always remain humble when I reflect on this revealed knowledge. May I always be grateful to those who have taught me these lessons. May we swim through our personal obstacles and hurdles with Wahegurus guidance. May we swim together through the dark sea of hate and intolerance as an enlightened sangat and panth in tune with the melody of the shabad.


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2 Responses to “Unraveling Riddles”

  1. Pavan says:

    Thanks for this! I learned something new today.

  2. Pavan says:

    Thanks for this! I learned something new today.