The word "sahib" which literally means Master is used here for the first time in the Guru Granth Sahib and can be viewed as a synonym for Hukam - or a reference to that inexplicable God. Continuing the theme from pauri 3, Guru Nanak advises us that the bounty of life proceeds out of unconditioned Love - our pleas notwithstanding.
Significantly, Guru Nanak reverts back, more directly, to the question raised earlier in pauri 1. How, he asks, should we submit ourselves, what manner of speech should we adopt to incur Divine pleasure? - another way of asking how to become a sachiyaara or a personification of the Truth, so that we can walk in step with hukam.
The answer: During "amrit vela," meditate on the True Name and reflect on its qualities and attributes (which we discovered in the mool mantar). Our actions determine the cloth and circumstance of our life, but look at it not as an entitlement earned but as a manifestation of Divine grace that will show us the Way to becoming a sachiyaara.
Amrit Vela - literally 'The Ambrosial Hour', that pristine time in the early morn, at the commencement of dawn, when the stillness, both internal and external, makes it most conducive to receiving the divine ambrosia of the naam.
LET'S PONDER ON
- What does "amrit vela" mean to you? Is it a specific time during the day? Or is it a state of mind?
- If we are to do certain activities during amrit vela, what do we do with the rest of our time?
- Does "meditate" and "reflect" during amrit vela point to specific activities?
- If we can do things to incur divine pleasure (karmi aavey kapRah), then it follows that we also have the means and actions to incur divine wrath, does it not?