Bhagat Ravidas, Rag Sorath, Ang. 658 – Hukam, Darbar Sahib
I obtained this precious human life as a reward for my past actions but, without discriminating wisdom, it is wasted in vain. Tell me, without devotional worship of the Divine, of what use are mansions and thrones like those of Indra?
You have not considered the sublime essence of the Name of the Divine, our King; this sublime essence shall cause you to forget all other essences.
We do not know what we need to know, and we have become insane. We do not consider what we should consider; our days are passing away. Our passions are strong, and our discriminating intellect is weak; we have no access to the supreme objective.
We say one thing, and do something else; entangled in endless Maya, we do not understand anything. Says Ravidas, Your slave, O Divine One, I am disillusioned and detached; please, spare me Your anger, and have compassion on my soul.
Today’s Hukam is a great reminder that my human birth is very precious.
Yet, this priceless life is being wasted for I have not connected with my divinity.
Material wealth that is so enticing will not help me when the Call comes.
I feel my ears being pulled in admonishment.
The words of the Third Sovereign, Guru Amar Das, resound within: “O my tongue, ears and eyes you are so busy relishing the undesirable essences of life. Your thirst for these has become endless. This is not the purpose of your birth.”
The waves of Maya (illusion) are endless. I am drowning.
I recognize that to have come to this realization is, in itself, a huge blessing.
My ardas: Please remove the hunger for worldly wealth and glory, and replace it with the Nam. May the duality within me end. Bless me with Your compassion, for I am your struggling devotee.
Inni Kaur is the CEO of the Sikh Research Institute. She is the author of Sakhi-Time with Nani ji; Thank You, Vahiguru and the series Journey with the Gurus.