The Transformative Power of Guru Nanak by Santbir Singh
ਹਮ ਅਪਰਾਧ ਪਾਪ ਬਹੁ ਕੀਨੇ ਕਰਿ ਦੁਸਟੀ ਚੋਰ ਚੁਰਾਇਆ ॥
ਅਬ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਰਣਾਗਤਿ ਆਏ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਲਾਜ ਹਰਿ ਭਾਇਆ ॥
I am a sinner – I have committed so many sins; I am a villainous, thieving thief.
Now, I, Nanak have come to the Divine’s Sanctuary; preserve my honor, oh Divine, as it pleases Your Will.
Besides being one of the most fun Sakhis to tell to children, the story of Bhumi Dhaku demonstrates the genius of the Guru Nanak Sahib’s method of teaching. Rarely, if ever, do the Guru Sahibs tell people what to do. Either the Guru Sahibs transform with Bani, or they teach by example, or they create circumstances that allow the individual to realize the error of their ways.
The Sakhi of Bhumi Dhaku it’s an example of the third method. Guru Nanak Sahib doesn’t tell Bhumi to stop being a thief. Instead Guru Sahib creates a situation whereby Bhumi realizes how immorally he is behaving.
The Guru gives us countless opportunities to realize that what we are doing is wrong. The problem is with us. Bhumi may have been a thief, but he had faith in Guru Nanak. He followed Guru Sahib’s instructions and didn’t question them even if they didn’t make sense to him. Bhumi was open to change.
We often ask for Guru Sahib’s kirpa, and we speak about receiving kirpa as purely a passive act. The truth is kirpa is all around us but we are not ready to receive it. We must empty and clean the pitcher of our mind so that we have room to receive the perfect Amrit of the Guru.
Let us do Ardas to Guru Sahib to give us the simple and innocent faith of Bhai Bhumi so that we can forsake our ego and be prepared to receive the Guru’s blessings.
Dhan Baba Nanak!