Sikh means to seek the truth. The core truth of the 10 Sikh gurus is one existence alone exists and dreams forever, that life is a dream in that formless spirit which is your true Self. The world is imagined in the subject as Raab di leela (God's play), the ocean is in the drop.

Your atma (consciousness) and Paramatama (indivisible consciousness) are always one. Each night we dream a world which seems just as real as the one we wake up to. Upon waking we realize it was a dream perceived in our spirit in no space, with no material or movement.

With the exact same Sanskrit words the Sikh gurus, the Buddha and Hindu mystics reveal the 3 states and awakening to the 4th:

1. Jagrat - the waking dream state
2. Svapam - the sleeping dream state
3. Susupati - the dreamless sleep state
4. Turiya - consciousness which alone is real and within which the above 3 are imagined (projected).

At night you dream with eyes closed. During day you dream with eyes open. The reality in all is your consciousness. Hence the Sikh gurus share the core goal of a Sikh is 'apna Mool pashano' - realize your source and true Self as consciousness (formless spirit, existence).


The world is merely a dream. 581 line 15

The world is a drama staged in a dream. In a moment, the play is played. 18 line 8

Through the Guru's Teachings, they come to understand and see that this world is just a dream. 63 line 8

One who overcomes the three states (jagrat, svapam, susupati), dwells in the fourth state (turiya). 839 line 9

Eradicating the three states, dwell in the fourth state. This is the unparalleled devotional worship. 908 line 3

There is one awareness (consciousness) among all created beings. 24 line 19

The three qualities are pervasive; the Lord dwells in His home, the fourth state. 1038 line 17

One who knows the Lord in the fourth state (as consciousness), is not subject to virtue or vice. 943 line 15

In awareness (conscious of your consciousness), there is Your Light. Raag Prabhaatee 1327

He Himself (existence) is consciousness. 940 line 9

One who understands his own Self (consciousness), realizes the Lord (consciousness). 1024 line 19

Let the realization that God is within you (as your Self) be your discrimination. 355 line 7

God is not far away, He is in each and every heart (as your consciousness, true Self). 765 line 6

They describe and explain the three states of mind (jagrat, svapam, susupati), but the fourth state (turiya), union with (realization of) the Lord, is known only through the True Guru. 154 line 111 - 1112

When the mind becomes steady and stable (silent), it abides in the heart (consciousness), and then the Gurmukh realizes the root, the source of all (consciousness). 945 line 11

One who understands his own Self, realizes the Lord. His light merges into the Light. 1024 line 19

The Lord is in the soul, and the soul is in the Lord. This is realized through the Guru's Teachings. 1153 line 8


O mind, renounce the three states, and focus your consciousness on the fourth state. 603 line 5

By Guru's Grace, he is self-realized. He restrains (quietens) his wandering mind, and brings it back to its own home within the Self (conscious of one's consciousness). 88 line 13 - 14

Meeting the Guru, the bondage of the three states is cut away, and in the fourth state the Door of Liberation is attained. 33 line 11

The fourth state, the highest, is obtained by the Gurmukh who practices Truth, and only Truth. 113 line 7

The three qualities (jagrat, svapam, susupati) hold people in attachment to Maya (the world illusion). The Gurmukh (Self realized) attains the fourth state (turiya) of higher consciousness. 30 line 13

Whoever knows his own Self (consciousness), realizes God (consciousness). 1051 line 6

By Guru's Grace, a few come to understand; they center their consciousness in the fourth state. 129 line 6

The Gurmukhs dwell in the fourth state; they obtain a dwelling in the home of their own inner being. 1130 line 8

Then, he sees Truth, and speaks the Truth; he realizes the True Lord pervading the entire Universe. 565 line 6

You Yourself realize Yourself. Through the Guru's Teachings, You reveal Yourself. 1060 line 19


The all pervading Lord dwells within each and every person's heart, so how can He be obtained? 82 line 12

He has no form or shape; He is seen (realized) within each and every heart (as consciousness). 130 line 1

O my beloved camel-like mind, search for the Lord within your own heart (consciousness). 234 line 7

The One Lord is pervading in all (as the Self), but rare are those who realize this. 594 line 9

The Gurmukh (Self realized) realizes his own Self; no one appears evil to him. 1244 line 11


Know that the world is just a dream. 1387 line 18

This is a dream, but the sleeper does not know it. 740 line 9

The world is in the grip of the three states; only a few attain the fourth state (turiya) of absorption. 297 line 3

He (the Infinite) is love, He is consciousness (your awareness of Self awareness). 863 line 2

To one who has dispelled his own doubts; he realizes that everyone is God (consciousness). 610 line 3

He (consciousness) alone is in the mind; He alone is everywhere (as everything). 178 line 9

So realize that the Supreme Lord is within each and every heart (as consciousness). 741 line 11

In each and every heart, He Himself dwells, but how rare is that person who realizes this. 458 line 16

Show kindness and mercy to all beings, and realize that the Lord is pervading everywhere; this is the way of life of the enlightened soul, the supreme swan. 508 line 12

One who has dispelled his own doubts; realizes that everyone is God (conscsiousness). 610 line 3

You are contained in all, but he alone realizes this, whom You bless with understanding. 610 line 16


You must realize that this world is nothing more than a dream (jagrat). 1187 line 3

Like a dream and a show, so is this world, you must know. 1427 line 14

The Immaculate Lord is within your heart, and yet you search for Him in the wilderness (the world). 632 line 2

The whole world is just like a dream; it will pass away in an instant. 633 line 3

The body is false, but they believe it to be true; it is like a dream in the night. 219 line 6

Servant Nanak proclaims that the vast expanse of this world is just a dream (jagrat). 1352 line 13

Says Nanak, realize and know Him, who is always with you (as your consciousness, the Self). 1426 line 15


That man who realizes the fourth state (turiya, consciousness), he alone obtains the supreme state. 1123 line 4

When you are conscious in your consciousness, you shall be enlightened and illuminated. 339 line 12

Allah (consciousness) is hidden in every heart (consciousness); reflect upon this within your mind. 483 line 8

O human being, search your own heart every day, and do not wander around in confusion. 727 line 8

The life of the world is only a dream; life is just a dream. 482 line 15

I realize that there is no difference between my soul and my Beloved (consciousness). 1377 line 6


The Mool Mantar is the most pure concise description of existence (consciousness). Mool means your root or source, so it is the root mantra by hearing or reciting to anchor in your source.

Ik Onkar
Ik Onkar
Ik Onkaar
one creative existence (reality)
Sat Naam
truth is its name (being everything)
Kartaa purakh
creator and doer of everything
without fear (being everything)
without enmity (being everything)
Akaal moorat
timeless, formless, omnipresent
Ajoonee saibhan
unborn, Self-existent (eternal)
Gur parsaad
realized by Guru's (God's) grace (gift)
meditate (recite, reflect, remember)
Aad sach
true (existed) at creation
Jugaad sach
true (existed) before creation
Hai Bhee sach
true (exists) even now
Nanak hosee bhee sach
Nanak says it shall always be true (exist)


Know thus O Nanak ! that the True One is all by Himself. That Pure One is all in all Himself. He is neither established nor created by anyone. 2: 67-72

Whoever heartily hears, believes and loves God's name, obtains salvation by thoroughly bathing in the shrine within himself (as consciousness). (Pg 4: 31-38)

God is Himself the Master and Himself the servant (present in everything). 10: 3-4

Thou, O venerable and unique God art uninterruptedly contained in all hearts and in everything (as consciousness). 11: 12-25

Thou art the river, and all are within Thee. Beside Thee, there is none else. 11

Thousands are Thine eyes, yet Thou hast no eye. Thousands are Thine forms, yet Thou hast not even one. Thousands art Thine pure feet, even then Thou hast not one foot. Thousands Thine noses and yet Thou art without a nose.

I am bewitched by these plays of Thine. Amongst all there is a light and that light art Thou. By His (God's) light, the light shines within all souls. 13: 76-100.

In thy own home (consciousness) thou shalt obtain the Lord's presence in comfort and ease and thou shalt not undergo the round again. 13: 14-26

This world is like a drama staged in a dream, in a moment this play ends. 18 31-40

By casting His gracious glance, God washes off man's filth (mental conditioning) and in his very home (consciousness) he comes to realize the Lord's presence. 18: 23-28

The True Lord is fully filling every heart. God Himself unites man in His union, and he then sees the True mansion close by (within your consciousness). 20: 51-62

He who perceives God's light within every heart comes to understand the essence of Guru's teaching. 20: 87-100

O my soul ! by understanding thy own Self (consciousness) and meditating on God, through the Guru, thou shall be released. 20: 70-72

Cast away thy doubt, meet the Guru and thou shalt know the condition of the inner Self (as consciousness).

In the universe, the union of sensitivities and stupefaction, wherever I see, I find God pervading there. 21: 58-62.

When human light blends with the Supreme Light and the union of wisdom is effaced with the universal wisdom, then mortal's egotism depart and sorrow afflict him not. 21: 77-92

By erasing self-conceit (ego mind) man attains peace, and like water merging with water, blends with the Lord. 22 60-65.

This soul jewel (consciousness) is priceless. In this way it is being lost in exchange for a shell (body). 22. 77-81.

Lord Himself is the Relisher. Himself the Relish and Himself the Enjoyer of the Relish. He Himself is the Bride and Himself the Couch and the Bridegroom. My Master is dyed with love and is fully pervading everywhere. He Himself is the Fisherman and the fish and He Himself is the water and the net. He Himself is the metal ball of the net and Himself the bait within. 23: 36-53.

He who recognizes his own Self (consciousness) comprehends (realizes) Him. 25: 77-80.

Thou art the river, All-knowing and All-seeing. How can I, a fish find thy limit? Wherever I look, there Thou art. 25: 87-100.

Thou art everywhere and in everything, I thought Thee distant. Whatever I do, that is in Thine presence (consciousness). 25: 2-32.

The One Lord is dwelling amongst all. He, the Unique One is pervading everywhere. He, to whom God Himself becomes Merciful, gets absorbed (Self realizes) in His Name, by Guru's grace. 27: 37-46.

Ye saints, see with the searching glance that God abides close by and is fully pervading everywhere. 27: 45-51.

Nanak, God is obtained through the Guru. He Himself understands (realizes) His own Self (as consciousness). 30: 8-9.

Nanak, God and the Guru have two forms but they have the same One Light (consciousness). 30: 52-55.

Within the abides God. 33: 25-28.

The True One merges in him in Himself, who egotism and and egoism stand eliminated. 35: 54-56.

Everything the Lord Himself is. There is no second. 39: 15: 24.

I am a fool for I say: "I have done this and I will do that." I have forgotten the real Doer and am in love with duality. 39.

Between man and the Lord lies the separating screen (ego mind, conceptual thinking). 40: 45:52.

The One Lord is within thy home (consciousness) and the One without. He Himself is found within all places. 45: 67-71.

By separating, He separates not and is contained amongst all (as consciousness). 46: 46-49

Pervading God ever sees, hears and is just near. He resides in every heart (as consciousness). 47: 35-40.

From whom dost thou hide thine evil deeds, since the ever present Lord is beholding thee? My fully pervading Lord is pervading in all places. 48: 40-50.

Whatever extension of the world that is visible, that all is Thou O' Lord. 51: 78-81.

The entire world is engrossed in evil deeds and virtuous deeds. Above both is the saint of God. Hardly anyone understands this. 51: 95-100.

The Guru and God are One, and the Divine Guru is contained amongst all (as consciousness). 53: 88-95

By the Word of the Guru, the Invisible One is praised and seen in every heart. Thou Thyself art the ocean ad the ship and Thyself this shore and the yonder one.54: 9-21.

They who recognize their own Self (consciousness), find the Lord's Mansion in the good place of their home heart. 56: 60-84.

Nanak, the One Lord is pervading everywhere. There is no second whatsoever. 57: 43-46.

By recognizing his own Self (indivisible consciousness), man abides in his own home and his ego and desire depart. 57: 86-96.

He who recognizes God within himself and is pierced through with his name is satisfied. When man understands his own Self through the Guru, what more is left for him to do or to get done? 60: 61-78.

By continually reading books men commit mistakes and by wearing religious garbs, they take great pride. What does it avail to man to bathe at a place of pilgrimage, when the filth of self-conceit (ego mind) is within his mind. Who except the Guru can explain that God, the King and Emperor abides within man's mind (as consciousness). 61: 50-72.

Men ruin themselves by their search without (outside) while the Thing is in the sacred place of their home (consciousness). The pious receive it in their lap, whilst the perverse miss it through ego. 63.

As a man goes astray in dream at night, till his sleep lasts, so does go amiss the mortal within whose heart is ego and love of duality and who is in the grip of Maya (the world illusion). Through Guru's instruction, does mortal realize and see that this world is but a dream. 63: 50-69.

Through the Guru, I have recognized the Mountain (God as your consciousness) within me. 63.

Attachment of mammon (duality) is the creation of my Master, and He Himself misleads man into an illusion. 67: 69-75.

The three states lead astray the mortal in doubt. What do reading, studying and talking avail a man if he misses the very Origin? In the fourth state there is Spiritual Bliss and the Guruwards obtain it in their heart. 68: 17-34.

The world has gone astray in doubt. Thou Thyself, O' Lord ! hast misled it. 72: 55-60.

Thou Thyself hast created the universe and setting afoot the play of duality hast exhibited it. The Truest of the true is pervading everywhere (as consciousness). He instructs him whom He is pleased with. 73: 21-31.

I have become the Master of the village (body), and I have taken prisoner it's five rivals (senses). I have entered Thine sanctuary O' Lord (consciousness)! 73: 34-38.

The body is the field of action in this age. Whatever one sows, that he eats (reaps). 78: 40-47.

With thy sight behold in every heart, the Lord of the world-forest who is fully pervading the ocean and land. 79: 48-66.

Having created the universe, that Lord (consciousness) abides therein. 83: 62-65.

People think of religious laws and regulations. But without understanding God, how can they swim across duality? Make faith thy bowing and let the conquest of mind be thy aim of life. In whatever direction I see, I find God present in that direction. 84: 71-94.

By Guru's instruction, one recognizes his own Self, and the light of the Lord's Name comes into him. The true man practices truth. 86: 42-55.

The ignorant man recognizes not the Creator who is within his Self (as consciousness). Because of the love of duality, he instructs the world and himself understands not Divine Knowledge. He loses his life in vain and dies and is born again and again. 86: 6-18.

Nanak, he is the brave warrior who has subdued his vicious inner ego. 86: 63-68.

Attached to ego and duality, man has forgotten the Master (his own consciousness). 86: 92-96.

Nanak, he whom God unites with Himself separates not from Him and is easily absorbed in Him. He is the man of God's sect who knows the Auspicious Master and by Guru's grace recognizes his own Self. He restrains his wandering mind, and brings the one God in his heart-home. He remains dead whilst alive and repeats the Name of God. Sublime is such a devotee. He is absorbed in the True Lord O' Nanak. 88

Know thus O Nanak, that the True One is all by Himself (as consciousness). That Pure One is all in all Himself. He is neither established nor created by anyone. 2:67

Make brotherhood with all the highest sect of yogic order, and deem conquering of Self the conquest of the world. 6:81

Thou O' venerable and unique Lord God art uninterrruptedly contained in all the hearts and in everything (as consciousness). Some are the givers, and some the mumpers. All these are thy wondrous frolics. Thou thyself art the Giver,and Thyself the Enjoyer. Beside Thee, I know of none other. 11:2

Thou art the river and all are in Thee. Beside Thee, there is none else. 11:51

As seconds, minutes, hours, quarters of a day, lunardays, weekdays, months and several seasons spring from the lone sun. So many forms originate from the Creator, O Nanak! 12:29

He, who perceives God's light within every heart, comes to understand the essence of Guru's teachng. 20:92

Within thee abides God. 33:25

The True One merges him in Himself, in whom egotism and egoism stand eliminated. 35:57

Without the Name (Truth), everyone is miserable and is ruined by duality. 35:37 Sri Rag, Third Guru

The One Lord is within thy home (as consciousness) and the One without. He Himself is found within all places. 45:67

The soul and body (waves) all belong to Him (Ocean) and there is no support except that of Him. 36:29

This world is asleep in an illusion and in sleep the night (life) passes away. Some He delivers of His own will, and unites with Himself. He Himself abides within man's mind and drives off love of illusion.

He Himself bestows honor and causes Himself to be understood through the Guru. The Lord alone is the Giver for all. He corrects those in error. He Himself has misled some and has attached them to duality. Under Guru's instruction God is attained and man's soul merges with the Supreme Soul. 36:100

Sukhmani Sahib

Sukh means peace joy, mani means mind. This peace and joy jewel of the mind prayer was composed by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in a forest in 1602, now site of the Golden Temple.

In the World Book of Records the Golden Temple is listed as the most visited location in the world, with an entrance on all four sides to symbolize the Self is equally everywhere. The core message of the 10 Sikh gurus is 'apna Mool pashano' (realize your Self).

Sukhmani Sahib

Sri Guru Amar Das Ji

Eh Sareera Mereya

A devotional shabad by Guru Amar Das Ji (1552), the soul beseeches the body to realize it's source. The core message of the 10 Sikh gurus is 'apna Mool pashano' (realize your Self).

Eh sareera mereya, is jag meh ai ke, kya tudh karam kamaiya.
Oh body of mine, having come in this world, what good have you earned.

Ke karam kamaiya, tudh sareera, jaa too jag meh aiya.
What good have you earned, you body, since you came in the world.

Jin har tera rachan rachiya, so har man na vasaiya.
The One who formed your form, you have not absorbed your mind in.

Gur parsaadee har man vasiya, poorab likhiya paiya.
By grace the One abides within the mind, and what is written (preordained) is fulfilled.

Kahai Nanak ayhu sareer parvaan howaa, jin Satguru soo chit laiya.
Says Nanak this body is honored, when in consciousness mind is absorbed.

Sri Guru Amar Das Ji

Eh Sachi Jee Dhar

A soothing shabad (devotional poem) by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (9th Sikh guru 1664). The core message of the 10 Sikh gurus is 'apna Mool pashano' (realize your Self).

Re nar, eh sachi jee dhar.
Oh mortal, live this truly.

Sagal jagat hai, jaise supna, binsat lagat na bar.
The whole world, as a dream, passes in an instant.

Baru peet banae rach pach, rehat nahi din char.
A wall made of sand well decorated, lasts not four days.

Taisay hee eh, sukh maya ke, urjeo kaha gavar.
Same is the, path of maya (illusion), entangled lost in ignorance.

Ajhoo samajh kach, bigrio naahin, bhaj lay naam Muraar.
This day understand something, nothing is ruined yet, be devoted to the name Muraar (God, existence).

Kaho Nanak nij, mat saadhan ko, bhaakhio tohi pukaar.
Says Nanak, this understanding of saints, with love I proclaim to you.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Ham Eh Kaj Jagat Mo

A soothing shabad by Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1676), his role was to share spiritual truth and defend against tyranny. If not for his spiritual force India today would be a muslim nation by forced conversion.

A soul of great nobility he stated "I am only a humble servant of the Lord, of that let there be no doubt. Any who dare worship me as God shall perish in hell." The core message of the 10 Sikh gurus is 'apna Mool pashano' (realize your Self).

Ham eh kaaj, jagath mo aaye.
For this role, to the world I came.

Dharam het gurudev pathaye.
The One sent me to share truth.

Jehaa thehaa thum, dharam bitharo.
The One said, spread truth everywhere.

Dhusatt dokhiyan, pakar pacharo.
Tyrants and evil, seize and defeat.

Yahee kaaj, dharaa ham janaman.
For this role, truth took this birth.

Samajh laehu sadhu, sabh man man.
Realization for sages, of their true Self.

Param chalavan, sant oubaran.
Spread truth, and save the saints.

Dhusatt sabhan ko, mool uparan.
Tyrants and evil, weed and root out.

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