Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
As we previously mentioned, most people don’t realise that Gurbani directly addresses mental health. The shabad pictured is from Ang 340 in SGGSJ and is written by Bhagat Kabir Ji. It focuses on ‘Mamma’ which is the 30th letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet and speaks about the mind.
Daljit Singh Jawa translates the shabad as:
The real business of everyone is with one’s mind. (That business or objective is that one should keep one’s mind under control). Only by controlling the mind does one attain perfection. Kabir says, our main business is with the mind, and I have not found anyone like the mind to deal with.”(32) “This mind is such a flexible thing that if diverted towards worldly riches and power) it becomes the embodiment of worldly power itself, but upon getting absorbed in meditation, it becomes part of the bliss-giving God. If focused on the human body, which is essentially the conglomeration of five essences (air, water, fire, earth, and ether) the mind also starts behaving as if it is also a creature of those five senses. However, when controlling this mind a person remains in a state of (divine) bliss, and the mind reflects on the mysteries of all the three worlds.”(33)
Mental health revolves around the thoughts and feelings a person experiences. This is reflective of the fact that everyone has mental health and this is something a lot of people still fail to acknowledge. Once we realise this it will make speaking about our mental health easier and less abstract to us. Everyone has business with the mind as we all are looking to control the mind and reach a state of stillness (sehaj), even if we don’t realise it or do so consciously. The mind is complicated and if you are struggling with your mental health it can be very challenging to overcome but that is part of the nature of the mind. Remember that you aren’t alone and you are not weak for finding it difficult to deal with. If you need help, ask for it. There is nothing to be ashamed of. As always, we are here for you. Drop us a message or come and talk to us.