Exploring Religious Text
FOREWARD: I do not speak Punjab and I have little exposure to Hindi. Learning Hindi was practical for me due to the nature of work I had to do in the past. The goal is to find Christ’s Immanence in all text; something that is easier to do within Abrahamic Religions than outside. The path of seeing Christ in all calls out to me as a deep longing I hold. I made this post public to invite those who are intrigued by such notions to join me in this Journey of Discovering Christ.
The following is an excerpt of the first Vaars of Bhai Gurdas ji. Vaars in this context is referring to literature within Sikhism and shouldn’t be conflated with the seven days of week in Hinduism.
Greetings to the Guru, Satnamu, the mantra recited. (2-4-7)
The substance of salvation is absorbed out of the abyss. (2-4-7)
ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਭੌ ਕਟਿਆ ਸੰਸਾ ਰੋਗ ਵਿਜੋਗ ਮਿਟਾਯਾ॥ (1-7)
Sansa, this is the world, suffering in birth and death. (2-4-7)
At the feet of the Guru, the Sat Shabad is liberated. (2-4-7)
Bhai Bhagat Gurpurab Kar Naam Daan Ishnan Dridhaya. (2-4-7)
The seed has borne fruit. (2-4-7)
At first, I was breathless, but I could not hear anything. (2-4-7)
ਰਕਤ ਬਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਦੇਹ ਰਚ ਪਾਂਚ ਤਤ ਕੀ ਜੜਤ ਜੜਾਈ॥ (2-4-7)
The wind and the water merge with the fourth earth without hesitation. (2-4-7)
In the Punch, the Creator of the sky is absorbed in the sixth invisible. (1-7)
The five elements, twenty-five times the enemy, the friend, the body together. (2-4-7)
NOTE: The numbers after the text looks like they belong to a musical system. There seems to be a common theme of salvation in Eastern Religions. If salvation is in Jesus alone, there needs to be more objective proof in words and deeds. The phrase, ‘In the Punch,’ I believe is more likely to refer to a place in India rather than some juice or action.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
When reconciling foreign cultures, it’s good practice to NOT conflate names and take note of titles. How can we find Jesus in the passage?
What similarities are there with the Vaars and the Bible? What are the differences?
What are the five elements being referred here in the poem? In what ways is such knowledge useful and irrelevant?
Ask, and it will be given you; SIKH, and you shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened to you. Matt 7:7 ESV Eisegesis added