Haumai is a central concern of Sikh teaching and appears to share an intimate and symbiotic association with Hukam and requires our keenest attention - if we are to make any headway in understanding Gurmat.
We have discovered in our discussion that if Naam unveils Hukam, then haumai appears to be the veil that separates us from it,
"Dhan pir(i) kâ ik hî sang(i) vâsâ,Vich(i) haumai bhît(i) karârî." [GGS:1263].
What is the nature of this separation and how is it the source of our troubles?
What is Haumai? Consider:
- The etymological roots of the word
- Is there an appropriate English equivalent?
- Various interpretations of Haumai (e.g. as “ego” as “sin” as “ahankar”)
How does Haumai arise? Consider:
- Is it God-given?
- How does it manifest itself in daily life?
- Is it static or does it evolve?
Why is Haumai considered a chronic disease? And how is it its own cure?
Can we eliminate Haumai? Or simply tame it?
Is life possible without Haumai? If so, how?
Haumai and Hukam? What is the relationship?