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After going through your first Pauri, I am sharing another understanding of the Sidh Gosth's - need to dialogue, difference of views and motives.
ਸਿਧ ਸਭਾ ਕਰਿ ਆਸਣਿ ਬੈਠੇ, ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਜੈਕਾਰੋ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਰਹਰਾਸਿ ਹਮਾਰੀ, ਸਾਚਾ ਅਪਰ ਅਪਾਰੋ ॥ ਮਸਤਕੁ ਕਾਟਿ ਧਰੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ, ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਆਗੈ ਦੇਉ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ, ਸੰਤੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਇਐ, ਸਹਜ ਭਾਇ ਜਸੁ ਲੇਉ ॥੧॥
I am enthused to begin this inquiry with accomplished people who have so much to offer. In fact, it sustains me to be in an inquiry of the limitless possibilities of life. Let me identify and separate my views/biases and offer my mind and body to the unknown wisdom as possibility. O’ Nanak! To every interaction with realized beings I bring my commitment to growth, as I deal with my life-as-it-is.
The above explanation of the first pauri creates few doubts which I would share with you here:
1. Why is Guru Nanak calling Sidha's enlightened people, when the whole debate further is a debate enlightened(Guru Nanak) and not enlightened flock(Sidha's)
Its clear from the first Pauri itself the differences are evident.
The Sidhas while occupying their seats are saluting the Congregation calling themselves as Sants "ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਜੈਕਾਰੋ"
See the Sant here is without the "Aunkar"
Sidhas considered themeselves superior than everybody, hence the Salutation is reserved for themselves.
Guru Nanak doesn't agree with them at this point and he thunders his salutation towards the almighty "ਤਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਰਹਰਾਸਿ ਹਮਾਰੀ, ਸਾਚਾ ਅਪਰ ਅਪਾਰੋ "
And further strengthening his argument, he says "ਮਸਤਕੁ ਕਾਟਿ ਧਰੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ, ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਆਗੈ ਦੇਉ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ, ਸੰਤੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਇਐ, ਸਹਜ ਭਾਇ ਜਸੁ ਲੇਉ ॥੧॥"
Through the prism of Sabad, I have gained the insight to destroy the false ego and surrender the SELF to almighty.
The proof of such a surrender is revealed through the achievement of "Sach Pargaas".
Carefully read " ਨਾਨਕ, ਸੰਤੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਇਐ, ਸਹਜ ਭਾਇ ਜਸੁ ਲੇਉ ॥੧॥"
The proof of the pudding is in eating.
Those who have met the "ਸੰਤੁ", (see Aunkar, Sant here refers to almighty) get the truth revealed in their hearts and with the radiance of blissful truth, they enjoy the "Vismaad" state by praising the almighty.
So its clearly evident that Guru Nanak doesn't consider the "Sidha's" as enlightened simply because sidhas were lost on thw way while intending to search for truth. They gained Ridhi-sidhi's and were happy is self-praise as "supreme beings"
I hope you get my feedback in the right frame as intended and take the discussion further.
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