Just one little step?
“A disciple who walks one step towards Guru to take his refuge and goes to him with devotion and humility, guru advances to receive him (devotee) by taking million steps.
He who unites with the Lord by remembering the incantation of the Guru even once, the true guru remembers him millions of time.
He who makes an offering of even a shell before the True Guru with loving worship and faith, The True Guru blesses him with the countless treasures of invaluable wealth that is Naam.
The True Guru is a repository of compassion that is beyond description and understanding. Therefore myriad salutations to him because there is no one else like him.”
Bhai Gurdas Ji Vaar 111
I had read this in several translations and they all seemed a little watered down. I had read one translation that didn’t even feel like anything that I’d read before. Then I found this one and it finally made sense. Ya see, most of the time the first couplet is the only thing quoted but in my own readings I’ve discovered that only reading one couplet can lead to misrepresentations of actual meaning.
All of that being said what does it mean to take one step? I suppose since everyone follows a different path to meet Waheguru then taking a step towards Guru can mean a lot of thing. What I do know that although the number of steps we can take are finite the number of step Waheguru can take are infinite.
I read a Facebook comment recently that no matter how much you do you aren’t a member of Sadh Sangat until you took Amrit…so I suppose in their mind the first step towards Guru is Amrit Sanchar (Khalsa Initiation). In my personal situation I think my first step was acknowledging that I was Sikh and pursuing my place in the faith.
The second couplet could actually be the step you take by doing Naam Simran and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be remembered by Waheguru? My opinion and forgive me if I’m wrong on this but the second couplet is actually the key to this Vaar. Remembering Naam and doing Simran is at the center of Sikh practice.
Maybe I’m reading too much into it but the third couplet talks about giving with loving worship…I understand this to mean that all things we do in the name of Waheguru are to be done with loving worship. Doesn’t matter how much Simran you do or how much money you give or how much Seva you do, if it’s not done in loving worship then why are you doing it?
The fourth couplet goes to my first statement. Wahegru is infinite and so are his blessings and to that I can’t say too much more.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr said my conclusion best:
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”