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Chapter 6: Only Contemplating Can Know

The state of contemplation cannot be expressed;
Whoever attempts it will afterwards repent.
There is no paper, no pen, no writer,
That can penetrate such a state.
The name of the flawless one is such
That only contemplating can know it.

Through contemplation is remembrance born in mind and intellect,
And awareness of the universe acquired.
You cease to repent your words,
And gain freedom from the god of death.
The name of the flawless one is such
That only contemplating can know it.

Through contemplation the path is cleared of all obstacles,
And a man departs with dignity and honor;
One is saved from wandering astray,
And connection to religion is established.
The name of the flawless one is such
That only contemplating can know it.

Through contemplation alone the door to liberation is attained,
And the family can be saved;
Through it the guru is delivered and helps his disciples across;
They need no longer beg for alms.
The name of the flawless one is such
That only contemplating can know it.

Let us understand what manan, contemplation, means. Thinking and contemplation are both processes of the mind, but they are very different, even opposite.

When a man swims from one bank to the other he remains on the surface of the river. His position changes but not the depth. Now imagine a diver; his position in the water needn’t change at all, but his course is downward, further and further into the depths. Thinking is like swimming and contemplation is like diving. In thinking we go from one thought to another; in contemplation we go into the depths of the one word. The position does not change; the depth changes.

The process of thought is linear; whether you think of your business or your spiritual liberation, thinking of God or of your wife, you remain on the surface. But in contemplation the journey inward begins; you plunge into the very depths of the word. Its deepest recesses resonate.

Contemplation is the only true revelation of the mantra.

Understand well this one word, and the entire sutra opens for you. The quintessence of Nanak’s teaching is contemplation - contemplation of the one name, Omkar. Ek Omkar Satnam. Omkar is the one true name, the only truth. He gave the mantra to his disciples not to be thought about, but to submerge themselves in. As the one word Om keeps resounding, the resonance itself increases the depth of the experience.

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