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Bachitar Natak Granth – 6:1-33

Timeline of Creation (similar to Genesis of Old Testament) as recounted by the author (popularly believed to be the Tenth Nanak, but increasingly being questioned by Sikhs as some poet originally from a Rajput principality of Mughal era) of Bachitar Natak Granth [the translation has been done assuming that the “author” is Guru Gobind Singh and as a consequence, when the “author” talks of “my parents” he is talking of Guru Tegh Bahadur (the Ninth Nanak) and Mata Gujri ji]:

1. Now I (“Guru Gobind Singh”) shall narrate my story, the way I was brought here from my meditative state (“tap sadhat”) from where Hemkunt mountain is and where the seven other peaks are situated.

2. That place became known as “Sapatsring” where Pandvas had meditated according to the ways of “raj-yoga”. At that place I did tremendous amounts of tapasya and worshipped “Mahakaal” and “Kaalika”.

3. This way I continued to do tapasya and in the end as a result I reached the state of non-duality (“advait”) from a state of duality (“dvait”). My father and mother (i.e., Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and Mata Gujri ji) worshipped God (“Alakh”) and used many ways to do yog-sadhna.

4. The sewa that they (i.e., Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and Mata Gujri ji) performed of “Alakh” (God), pleased “Gurdev” (God?). So when God (“Prabh”) gave me permission, I took birth in this “kalyug”.

5. I didn’t want to come here (i.e. be born in Kalyug) as my mind was immersed in meditating in God’s presence. Somehow (“jio tio”) God made me understand and before sending me to this world told me the following:

Akal Purakh’s words to this lowly being (“keet”) —

6. “When We (i.e., God) brought this whole creation in to being, first of all we created evil and tyrannical (“dusht” and “dukh daayi”) giants (“daints”). They (daints) were maddened at the strength of their arms (“bhuj-bal”) and stopped worshipping God (“Param Purakh”).

7. Enraged, We (God) destroyed all the giants in no time. In their place were created the demi-gods (“devta”). They too became absorbed in sacrifices (“bali”) and worship (“puja”) offered to them. And started calling themselves Almighty (“Parmeshvar”).

8. Mahadev (i.e., Shiva) announced himself to be infallible (“achut”). Bisan (i.e., Vishnu) claimed himself to be God. Brahma called himself God (“Parbrahm”). No one accepted God as God.

9. Then God (“tab ..prabh”) created witnesses (“sakhi”) [Moon, Sun, Earth, Polar Star, Fire, Wind, etc.] to prove His existence. They too started asking to be worshipped. And claimed that there was no other God besides them.

10. Those who didn’t comprehend the Supreme Element (“param tat”) they accepted them (the sakhis) as God. Many became followers of Sun and Moon. Many started offering sacrifices to Fire (“agnihotr”) and many recognised Wind as God.

11. Many started accepting stones as God. And many became subscribers of the bathing rituals. Many became fearful of actions (‘karam kart darpaanaa”) [i.e. gave up this world and retired to jungles fearful that they might act wrongly]. And many started identifying Dharamraj as God.

12. Those who were sent here to bear witness to God’s existence (“prabh saakh namit”), came here and started claiming themselves to be God. They forgot God’s instructions (“baat”) and became absorbed in their own praise.

13. When these didn’t recognise God (“Prabh”), then God (“Har”) created these humans (“in manuchhan”). They too fell pray to attachment (“bas mamata huye”) and started accepting idols as God.

14. Then God created Sidhs and Sadhs but they too failed to recognise God. In this world, anyone who had a bit of wisdom, started their own religion (“panth” — literally, “Path”).

15. No one was able to recognise God. Instead, they only increased enmity, strife, and ego. Just as the leaves of a tree dry up and start burning, [in the same way, these people burned in their own misdeeds] but no one walked the path of God (“Prabh kay panth”).

16. Anyone who gained a little bit of “sidhi”, he started his own way. No one has recognised God. And became maddened with ego.

17. No one recognised God (“Param Tat”), losing their way in selfishness. Then whichever Rajrishi I created, they too started publicizing their own Rule Books (“simrit”).

18. All those who started following these Simritees, gave up the meditation of real God (“Brahm”). Those who focused their mind on God, did not follow the path prescribed by Simritees.

19. Brahma created the four Vedas and exhorted everyone to walk on the Veda-prescribed path of Karma. But those who were focused on God, gave up the Vedic ways.

20. Those who stopped following the wisdom of Vedas and Katebas (i.e., Hindu and Muslim scriptures respectively), became followers of God. Anyone who follows the deep wisdom of God, shall be rid of many kind of suffering.

21. All those who bear many pains/tortures (“jaatan”) on their bodies, but do not give up God’s love, shall all go to His abode (“param puri”). They become one with God (“Har sio antar kichh naahi”).

22. All those who were frightened by pain/torture and gave up following God’s way, and started following other ways, shall all go to Hell (“narak kund”). And shall be born again and again.

23. Then God created Duttatreya (“Dutt”), but he also started his own Panth. He grew his finger-nails and dreadlocks on his head (“sir jataa svaari”) and didn’t ponder about God’s way.

24. Then God created Gorakh Nath. He was able to turn many great kings into being his followers. He started the way of piearcing his ears and putting “mundraan” in them, but he didn’t ponder upon God’s way.

25.  Then God created Ramanand, who adopted the visage of a renunciant (“bairagi”). He put on a necklace of wooden beads but he too didn’t ponder God’s way.

26. Whichever “Param Purakh” God created, they all started their own way (i.e., started their own religion). Then God created Prophet Mohammed and made him the King of Arabia.

27. He (i.e., Mohammed) too started his own religion. And circumcised all kings. He made everyone utter his name, but didn’t make anyone remember the True Name.

28. Everyone remained busy in their own philosophies. No one recognised God. While I (i.e., Guru Gobind Singh) was doing “tap”, God called me and sent me to this World with these words:-

Akal Purakh said:

29. “I (i.e., God) have honoured you as my son. And created you to spread the knowledge of my way. On reaching there, you are to start way of righteousness, and stop people from unwise (“kubudh”) ways.

The poet says:

30. I stand with folded hands and say this with bowed head. God’s way (“panth”) shall hold sway in this world, when You (i.e., God) extend a helping hand.

31. This is the reason why God sent me (i.e., Guru Gobind Singh) to this world and that is why I took birth. What He tells me only that shall I utter, and won’t indulge in enmity against anyone.

32. Anyone who calls me God, shall go to Hell (“narak kund”). Understand me as a servant of God — and do not perceive any hidden meaning in this.

33. I am only a servant of God, and have come to witness the theatre of this world. I shall say what God has told me, and shall not stay silent for the fear of anyone.

It is clear from these 33 couplets:
1. That first beings to be created by God were the Daints. They were also the only beings to be destroyed in anger by God.

2. That God then created these beings in this order — devtas (including Shiv, Bisan, Brahma) -> Saakhis (including Moon, Sun, Wind, Fire, etc.) -> Humanity -> Sidhs & Sadhs -> Raj rishis -> Duttatreya -> Gorakh Nath -> Ramanand -> Mohammed -> Guru Gobind Singh

3. It is quite possible that this is the sequence in which God has been acting. But I find it rather strange as to why some personages have been omitted. Even if we ignore Abraham, Moses and Jesus (though it is difficult to do so, as Mohammed accepts all three as messengers of God), how do we explain the omission of Guru Nanak and his successor (and Guru Gobind Singh’s predecessor) Gurus?

4. And finally, what do these 33 couplets tell us about God? That He has been creating all kinds of beings, endowing them with all kinds of abilities, for the sole purpose of having His Name worshiped ! That flies in the face of what Gurbani says  that we remember His Name not because it in any way benefits Him, but because it benefits us.

[Reproduced from a posting by Verpal Singh during a discussion on Orkut.]

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