Guru Teg Bahadar Ji embodied the essence of total sacrifice and service for the good of others. He gave his head so that others could practice their faith and be true to themselves. Guru Gobind Singh’s love and reverence for his father can be found throughout his many writings. In the first stanza of Chandi Di Var which is also the first part of the Ardas, Guru Gobind Singh says, “Teg Bahadar Simareeai Ghar Nao Nidh Aavai Dhaee ~ Meditate on Guru Tegh Bahadur and the Nine Treasures shall come running to you”.
Guru Gobind Singh tells us that just by remembering Guru Teg Bahadar Ji and his selfless deeds and example, all of the aspects of wealth, prosperity and ecstasy will come directly into our lives. This promise of prosperity includes both the Nine Spiritual Treasures and the Nine Worldly Treasures (Nao Nidh), defined below.
Nine Spiritual Treasures
- Bharosa – Faith. A deep faith in God and Dependence of god. The firm faith in Waheguru is the first and foremost experience of a practitioner of naam.
- Leenta – An absolute Attachment to god.
- Santokh – Contentment.
- Bairaag – Detachment – From worldly possessions.
- Hukam – Acceptance of and Total Surrender to the will of God.
- Sahaj – Equilibrium and Equipoise of the mind.
- Anand – Perpetual delight and Permanant joy.
- Vismaad – Ecstasy. Joy and wonderment.
- Nadar – An awakened soul considers god as the prime reason of his attainments and that his own efforts means nothing. The attitude keeps ego far away from the person.
Nine Worldly Treasures
- ‘Padam Nidhi’ – Attainment of children, grand children, precious metals, gold, silver, and the like.
- ‘Mahaan Padam’ – One gets, Diamond, Rubies and other precious stones. gems, jewels etc.
- ‘Sankh’ – Delicious things to eat.
- ‘Makar’ – Training in the use of arms for victory over enemies and protection of all.
- ‘Kachhap’ – Clothes, food grains, corn and the like.
- ‘Kund’ – Dealings in gold.
- ‘Neel’ – Trading in precious stones, gems and jewels.
- ‘Mukand’ – Mastery of the fine arts, music & poetry.
- ‘Kharab’ or ‘Warch’ – riches of all kinds.
This blessing of the Nine Treasures brings worldly riches and prosperity as well as the balance of faith, detachment, contentment, joy and complete devotion and connection to God.
Listen and sing to this first part of Chandi di Var by Bhai Ravinder Singh, which repeats the line “Teg Bahadar Simareeai Ghar Nao Nidh Aavai Dhaee ~ Meditate on Guru Tegh Bahadur and the Nine Treasures shall come running to you”.
|cha(n)ddee dhee vaara
ik oa(n)kaar vaahiguroo jee kee fatheh ||
sree bhagouthee jee sehaae ||
vaar sree bhagouthee jee kee || paathasaahee 10 ||
prithham bhagaathee simar kai gur naanak lee(n) dhhiaae ||
fir a(n)gadh gur thae amaradhaas raamadhaasai hoee(n) sehaae ||
arajan harigobi(n)dh no simara sree hariraae ||
sree har kishan dhhiaaeeai jis ddit(h)ae sabh dhukh jaae ||
thaeg behaadhar simariai ghar no nidhh aavai dhhaae ||
sabh thhaaee(n) hoe sehaae || 1||
|Chandi Di Var
There is but One God. The Wonderful Lord (The wondrous repository of spiritual knowledge) and the victory is of the Lord.
May Mahakal (The Universal Destroyer whose symbol is the sword) be helpful
Heroic Ballad of the Graceful goddess Durga. The composition of the Tenth Spiritual Master-Guru Gobind Singh.
First of all, having remembered the Lord (Universal Destroyer) I meditate upon Guru Nanak Dev.
And then I concentrate on Guru Angad Dev, Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Dass, may they ever protect me.
(I, then, contemplate on) Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Hargobind and Guru Har Rai.
(And then I reflect on) the most Venerable Guru Har Krishan, seeing whom all the sufferings melt away.
I invoke Guru Tegh Bahadur, by whose grace the nine treasures come rushing to my house.
O, my Venerable Masters, may’ you protect me everywhere.(1)