Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Secret of Sargun-Nirgun

The Secret of Sargun-Nirgun

These two words are mentioned in Gurbani and hold special secret. The created world is called Sargun, meaning it has attributes, has activity, has form as well as non-physical aspects. The Sargun world is a world of experience and has duality. In it we see polarity meaning comparative opposites like hot-cold, long-short, soft-hard, peace-anger etc.

The Nirgun means nothing of that which is Sargun is there in it. Nirgun is thus has formless presence of the Creator. The duality also has two parts- one that is true and and is called Naam in Gurbani. It is eternal, is all aware, has all presence and is self expressed in creation activity.

In Gurbani both are talked of together. Without Nirgun the Sargun has no existence. Everything happening in Sargun world is in awareness of Nirgun presence. Everything in Sargun is created by Nirgun.

Gurbani says:

ਸਰਗੁਨ ਨਿਰਗੁਨ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਸੁੰਨ ਸਮਾਧੀ ਆਪਿ ॥

Sargun Nirgun Nirankar Sunn Samadhi Aap.

Sargun, Nirgun are Nirankar (formless One), who Himself is in  Sunn Samadhi.

(Guru Granth Sahib: 290)

Sargun and Nirgun are in essence both are Nirankar. Sargun is created through self- expression by Nirgun by Hukam via Sabad ( Ikongkaar). There is oneness in all creation. 
The One creator is single sameness, timeless and exists in creation as Sunn ( silence) Samadhi. HE through Hukam has created the Sargun-Nirgun Creation.

Now the secret - the two are different levels. in Sargun we cannot perceive the Nirgun. For this we have to go within. Only within can we perceive where the shift happens and our awareness opens up to Gyan Khand ( see Japji Sahib)  and then begins to hear Anhad Sabad, the celestial vibration sound that creates.

Gurbani says:

ਈਘੈ ਨਿਰਗੁਨ ਊਘੈ ਸਰਗੁਨ ਕੇਲ ਕਰਤ ਬਿਚਿ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੇਰਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਨਗਰ ਮਹਿ ਆਪਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਫੁਨਿ ਆਪਨ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮੇਰੇ ਕੋ ਸਗਲ ਬਸੇਰਾ ॥

This side is Nirgun and the other side Sargun, within them my beloved Master is at play.  ||1||Pause||
You exist within the city ( meaning the body), and outside as well;  my God dwells in all the places.
( Guru Granth Sahib: 827)

Next obvious question that would be asked is - " where is Sunn?"

 Gurbani emphasis again and again that there is ONE and ONENESS of creation. Sunn  is also here and everywhere. Gurbani says that about sunn nothing is discernable. The Saints and Masters who in meditation have gone deep just feel nothingness.

Gurbani says in Sunn nothing of the creation exists there, just singleness and silence like Samadhi. Outside Sunn is Hukam, which is an all aware intent and a creative force which creates the world with Sabad. Both are Same. ( see Gurbani Hymn at 1035


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