6th Difficult Night

6th Difficult Night
Mata Ji hears of the news of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj's Jyothi-Jyoth

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Many days and months had gone by. Mata Ji spent her time within the Attained Stability of Vaheguru’s Sanctuary. The Colours of Remembrance began to dye Mata Ji until another bad news came. It was the news of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji's Jyothee Jyoth. This news came to Mata Ji in a unique way. First Mata Ji went through darkness and hopelessness. Her inner core pulled her towards the Sweetness of Naam until a cold sigh made her think of a Shabad:
ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਦੁਹਹੂ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਜਨ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰੀ ਆਏ ॥
Janam MaraN Dhuhahoo Mah[i] naahee, Jan Paroukaaree Aa-ae
They do not come into both birth and death, the Servant comes for the purpose of benefitting others
ਜੀਅ ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇ ਭਗਤੀ ਲਾਇਨਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਉ ਲੈਨਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥੨॥
Jeea Dhaan[u] Dhae Bhagathee Laae[i]n[i], Har[i] Sio[u] Lain[i] Milaa-ae
They offer their individuality to worship, they make others merge into Vaheguru
(Dhan Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji in Raag Soohee, Ang 748)
Mata Ji received this news after the evening diwan was complete. Mata Ji went home. Being in a state of wonder, Mata Ji looked toward the skies and said: “Oh Your Playfulness, Oh Your Colours! You came to save us wandering and mistaken ones. You were the Guru to everyone, a Son to some, someone’s Son-in-Law, someone’s Father, a Relative to another, someone’s Child, a True Friend, and someone’s Target who ended up having to fight against the Most Fierce Warrior, However, ultimately... you came to carry everyone over this world-ocean and bless everyone with the Bliss of Liberation. Yes, Guru Sahib came to remove the internal darkness from our eyes, the One who places Their Awareness within everyone. By giving us Divine teachings, the One with a Divine Life gave Their Blessings and went back to the Country of God. Guru Sahib did not go anywhere, They are forever with us. Time’s departure and arrival have established two towns. One is visible and the other is not. We see the land of departure which we have to leave one day. However, the destination of arrival is not visible to us... even though that place is of stability. Through the Connection of Naam, one arises above both... seeing these two towns but also seeing they don’t exist. Yes, this is a spiritual state of stability. These eyes are not able to see this spiritual state, otherwise, it would chase that spiritual state. Those people who concentrate on Vaheguru, attain Vaheguru’s Sanctuary. They are living an Immortal Lifestyle. They are not subject to change or corruption. They are above these states. We have a curtain of doubt in front of us, the Trap of emotional attachment to this world. This trap does not allow us to access Eternal Life. We are immortal and we should not get swept up in the darkness of this universe. We should keep our face towards Vaheguru and then we will live a life of shining glory. Guru Sahib was greater than the Naamee Gurmukhs. They are the Light of Guru Themselves. Guru Sahib did not leave this Universe, they did not go anywhere... They are the Eternally Glowing Light and will continue to shine. So what separation and for what reason is there to suffer or face pain? In these reflections, Mata Ji did not descend from these high spiritual realms. Mata Ji was in the Sweet-Tastes that were above the mind. The night was being spent like this. Mata Ji was peaceful but would occasionally go through dizziness which would give her a glimpse of the Immortality of the Afterlife and the Formless Form of the Bhagats of Vaheguru’s Sanctuary immersed in Keertan, Praises sung of Parameshwar, within True Perfected Faith.
Under this influence, Mata Ji went into a deep coolness:
ਕਬਹੂ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਇਹੁ ਪਾਵੈ ॥
Kabahoo Saadhhsa[n]gath[i] Eih[u] Paavai
Sometimes, this being attains Saadh-Sangat
ਉਸੁ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ॥
Us Asthhaan Thae Bahur[i] n Aavai
In this place, one will not return into another birth
ਅੰਤਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਗਿਆਨ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥
A[n]thar[i] Hoe[i] Giaan Pargaas[u]
Internally, spiritual wisdom will become visible
ਉਸੁ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਕਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਨਾਸੁ ॥
Us Asthhaan Kaa Nahee Binaas[u]
This Place is Indestructible
(Sri Sukhmani Sahib)
Sometimes Mata Ji read a line from Gurbani. Sometimes, Naam would sit upon Mata Ji’s Tongue and would bring about an internal change where every single pore would be filled with a cool peace. Sometimes, she remembers the physical form of Guru Sahib and becomes stable in this unwavering state. Concentrating –  in this way – Mata Ji’s Night had passed. It was a night filled with pain but Mata Ji did not feel this pain as the doubts had been removed. Mata Ji’s Faith was perfect and her mind was completely stable. Mata Ji was in an Immersed State of Tasting her Own Absolute Real Form. Immersed in the Sweet-Taste of Guru’s Sanctuary, the Loving Connection existed but now she had attained her Ultimate-Self.
Divine Connection and Desires are two things to which the separated being is bound. Guru Sahib have written a third thing into the separated being’s destiny. Those who have the Divine Connection will then attain Parameshwar:
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਗੁਰਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨਾ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ ਤਿਨੀ ਵਿਚੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨੯॥
Kahai Nanak Gurparsaadhee Jinaa Liv Laagee Thinee Vichae Maaeiaa Paaeia
Dhan Guru Amardaas Sahib Ji: Through Guru’s Prasaadh [Blessings] whoever is blessed with Divine connection, are able to attain Vaheguru even in the midst of Maya
But those who do not have that Loving Connection, are stuck in desires. Those who are stuck in desires remain obedient to Maya [Illusory-World]:
ਲਿਵ ਛੁੜਕੀ ਲਗੀ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਅਮਰੁ ਵਰਤਾਇਆ ॥
Liv Chhurrkee Lagee Thrishnaa Maaeiaa Amar[u] Varthaaeiaa
With desires, being under the control of Maya, the mind becomes weak and the body becomes weak as well:
ਸਾਚੀ ਲਿਵੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਦੇਹ ਨਿਮਾਣੀ ॥
Saachee Livai Bin[u] Dhaeh NimaaNee
Without the True connection, the body is honourless
ਦੇਹ ਨਿਮਾਣੀ ਲਿਵੈ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਕਿਆ ਕਰੇ ਵੇਚਾਰੀਆ ॥
Dhaeh NimaaNee Livai Baajhah[u] Kiaa Karae Vaechaareeaa
The body is honourless without this Divine Connection,
What can the poor being do?
ਤੁਧੁ ਬਾਝੁ ਸਮਰਥ ਕੋਇ ਨਾਹੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਿ ਬਨਵਾਰੀਆ ॥
Thudhh[u] Baajh[u] Samrathh Koe[i] Naahee Kripaa Kar[i] Banvaareeaa
Besides You - Oh Almighty One! There is no one else...
Please bless me Vaheguru
ਏਸ ਨਉ ਹੋਰੁ ਥਾਉ ਨਾਹੀ ਸਬਦਿ ਲਾਗਿ ਸਵਾਰੀਆ ॥
Es No[u] Hor[u] Thhaao[u] Naahee Sabadh[i] Laag[i] Savaareeaa
There is no other place to go, attach to the Shabad & wrap up this life
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਲਿਵੈ ਬਾਝਹੁ ਕਿਆ ਕਰੇ ਵੇਚਾਰੀਆ ॥੬॥
Kahai Nanak[u] Livai Baajhah[u] Kiaa Karae Vaechaareeaa
Dhan Guru Amardas Sahib Ji: Without the Divine Connection,
what can the poor being do?
(Dhan Dhan Guru Amardas Sahib Ji in Anand Sahib)
The Medicine for this Desirous Mind is The Shabad (Gift of Naam). Satguru Sahib Ji’s Shabad means to keep the mind in such a memory of Akaal Purakh that Vaheguru begins to live there. When Vaheguru is regularly remembered then that Divine connection forms. The Beloved person who has a connection with Parameshwar [The Great Master ~ Vaheguru] will arise to a higher peace. Both disputes and pains become erased. The mind turns away from both hope and anxiety:
ਆਸ ਅੰਦੇਸੇ ਤੇ ਨਿਹਕੇਵਲੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ॥੨॥
Aas A[n]dhaesae Thae Nihakaeval[u] Houmai Sabadh[i] Jalaa-ae
They become free of their fears and hopes when the ego is burnt in the Shabad
(Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji Maharaj in Raag Aasaa, Ang 467)
The Vision goes past death, it goes into the Stable Peace of Its Own True Form... Vaheguru’s Permanent Sanctuary is Attained. We transcend the roots of desire  - the mind.
Mata Sabhraaee Ji lived in the Satguru Sahib’s Sanctuary and was in such a high spiritual state that even though she was in a sad situation, Mata Ji was not anxious. Mata Ji was cool, immersed in the sweet taste, steadfast, soft, and tender. It is not that she was not caught up in the stream of Guru Sahib’s Benevolence, Love, and Divine Light. That stream and connection were there, they were truly there. The love was now of Ultimate Mindset. There was the Enjoyer and the Ultimate Witness. Regardless of what happened to Mata Ji now, there was no way of knocking Mata Ji from this state of steadfastness. It lived within the connection, every moment of the night was spent in the highest spiritual realms. The night was supposed to be the most painful. But the loving connection destroyed desires and the entanglements attached to the desires. The mind was woven into the Sanctuary of the Beloved. Mata Ji was safe from all of the mind’s wavering. Amrit Vela came around but Mata Ji could not get up from this concentration. When there were a few hours left in the night then Mata Ji’s Eyes opened... those eyes that did not sleep all night were permanently dyed in the Colours of Wonder. There was a light pouring into the eyes, there was bliss coming from the mind, and a train of beauty was taking over the visible world and making a map of wonderfulness. In this stream of wonderfulness, Mata Ji got up and went towards the Gurdwara and became immersed under the influence of Kirtan.
In this way, Mata Ji’s Night was spent, This Divine-Love-Connected Mata Ji’s 6th Difficult Night had passed.

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