‘ਤਤਕਾਲ’ Thathakaal (In an Instant)

Sometime back in order to travel from Delhi to Lucknow, I went to a travel agent to book a train journey. On checking the dates on his computer he told me that for a particular date that I requested all the seats were sold out. Then he said, however, there are some seats available on ‘Thathakaal Quota’. Since I was not familiar with this expression so he explained that the normal reservation is made a few days before the actual journey whereas Tathakaal is like instant booking and costs some extra money and some refund restrictions apply. Anyway, I agreed to pay the prescribed Thathakaal-fare for outward journey and for the return journey I got a seat in normal advance reservation category.

The next day when I was going through the Sukhmani Sahib and I came across the word ‘ਤਤਕਾਲ’ (Thathakaal) in Ashpadi 2, Pauri 3 as given below:

ਅਨਿਕ ਬਿਘਨ ਜਹ ਆਇ ਸੰਘਾਰੈ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਉਧਾਰੈ ॥
Where countless misfortunes threaten to destroy you, the Name of the Lord shall rescue you in an instant.

It struck to me that Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Sukhmani Sahib talks about a ‘Tathakaal Service’ as well in order to get rid of all misfortunes. The word ‘Thathakaal’ kept resounding that one can overcome countless misfortunes in Thathakaal (in an instant). But then how ? The answer was obviously YES but how and at what price?

The direction is indicated as: ‘Har ka naam’ –“ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਉਧਾਰੈ” (॥har kaa naam thathakaal oudhhaarai).

Now where to find and how to apply ‘Har ka Naam’, which is the asking prescribed price in Sukhmani Sahib to avail ‘Thathakal Service/Provision/Quota’.

My curiosity arose to find if there is something else available under the premises of ‘Thathakal’. On further exploring I found another reference to Tathakal in Ashtpadi 11, Pauri 4:-

ਜਾ ਕਾ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਆਵੈ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਦਹ ਦਿਸ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਵੈ ॥
Even one who has never been seen at all, becomes instantly famous in the ten directions.

This promises that ‘Har ka Naam’ can convert someone from nothing to something and to much more……………………….

MY curiosity increased further to find yet another reference to ‘Thathakaal’ in the 24th Ashtpadi Pauri 8 of the Sukhmani Sahib, which guarantees instant enlightenment and removal of all doubts of birth and death and thus leading to a pious life-style.

ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਤਾ ਕਾ ਦੂਖੁ ਨਿਵਾਰੈ ॥ ਦੁਲਭ ਦੇਹ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਉਧਾਰੈ ॥
The pains of birth and death are removed. The human body, so difficult to obtain, is instantly redeemed.

The three Pauris are given hereunder for a fuller elaboration of “Thathakaal”.

ਛੂਟਤ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਟਿ ਲਖ ਬਾਹੀ ॥ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤ ਤਹ ਪਾਰਿ ਪਰਾਹੀ ॥ Raag Gauhree M. 5, GGS. 264; Sukhmani Sahib Ashtpadi 2, Pauri 3).
You shall not be saved by hundreds of thousands and millions of helping hands. Chanting the Naam, you shall be lifted up and carried across.

ਅਨਿਕ ਬਿਘਨ ਜਹ ਆਇ ਸੰਘਾਰੈ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਉਧਾਰੈ ॥
Where countless misfortunes threaten to destroy you, the Name of the Lord shall rescue you in an instant.

ਅਨਿਕ ਜੋਨਿ ਜਨਮੈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਮ ॥ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤ ਪਾਵੈ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮ ॥
Through countless incarnations, people are born and die. Chanting the Name of the Lord, you shall come to rest in peace.

ਹਉ ਮੈਲਾ ਮਲੁ ਕਬਹੁ ਨ ਧੋਵੈ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਕੋਟਿ ਪਾਪ ਖੋਵੈ ॥
The ego is polluted by a filth which can never be washed off. The Name of the Lord erases millions of sins.

ਐਸਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਮਨ ਰੰਗਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਾਈਐ ਸਾਧ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ॥੩॥
Chant such a Name with love, O my mind. O Nanak, it is obtained in the Company of the Holy. ||3|| .

…………………….

ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਨੀਚ ਕੀਟ ਕਉ ਰਾਜ ॥ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਰੀਬ ਨਿਵਾਜ ॥ (Raag Gauhree M. 5, GGS. 277; Sukhmani Sahib Ashtpadi 11, Pauri 4.).
In an instant, the lowly worm is transformed into a king. The Supreme Lord God is the Protector of the humble.

ਜਾ ਕਾ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਆਵੈ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਦਹ ਦਿਸ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਵੈ ॥
Even one who has never been seen at all, becomes instantly famous in the ten directions.

ਜਾ ਕਉ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਕਰੈ ਬਖਸੀਸ ॥ ਤਾ ਕਾ ਲੇਖਾ ਨ ਗਨੈ ਜਗਦੀਸ ॥
And that one upon whom He bestows His blessings the Lord of the world does not hold him to his account.

ਜੀਉ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਸਭ ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਰਾਸਿ ॥ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਪੂਰਨ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸ ॥
Soul and body are all His property. Each and every heart is illuminated by the Perfect Lord God.

ਅਪਨੀ ਬਣਤ ਆਪਿ ਬਨਾਈ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਜੀਵੈ ਦੇਖਿ ਬਡਾਈ ॥੪॥
He Himself fashioned His own handiwork.
Nanak lives by beholding His greatness. ||4||

……………………………

ਜਿਸੁ ਮਨਿ ਬਸੈ ਸੁਨੈ ਲਾਇ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਜਨ ਆਵੈ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚੀਤਿ ॥ (Raag Gauhree M. 5, GGS. 296; Sukhmani Sahib Ashtpadi. 24, Pauri 8.).
One, within whose mind it abides, and who listens to it with love that humble person consciously remembers the Lord God.

ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਤਾ ਕਾ ਦੂਖੁ ਨਿਵਾਰੈ ॥ ਦੁਲਭ ਦੇਹ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਉਧਾਰੈ ॥
The pains of birth and death are removed. The human body, so difficult to obtain, is instantly redeemed.

ਨਿਰਮਲ ਸੋਭਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਬਾਨੀ ॥ ਏਕੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ ਸਮਾਨੀ ॥
Spotlessly pure is his reputation, and ambrosial is his speech. The One Name permeates his mind.

ਦੂਖ ਰੋਗ ਬਿਨਸੇ ਭੈ ਭਰਮ ॥ ਸਾਧ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਤਾ ਕੇ ਕਰਮ ॥
Sorrow, sickness, fear and doubt depart. He is called a Holy person; his actions are immaculate and pure.

ਸਭ ਤੇ ਊਚ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਬਨੀ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹ ਗੁਣਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੁਖਮਨੀ ॥੮॥੨੪॥
His glory becomes the highest of all. O Nanak, by these Glorious Virtues, this is named Sukhmani, Peace of mind. ||8||24||

It appears that the “Thathakaal Quota” made available in the Sukhmani Sahib is open to those who have a Credit Card of ‘Har Naam‘ in their possession. And according to the Gurbani ‘Har Naam’ can be obtained only from Sabd-Guru/Gurbani (Guru Granth Sahib – a light-house, signifying “Gurbani eis jag mehi chaanan”). Everything is possible with Waheguru on ones’ side.

ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਾਨਨਹਾਰ ॥ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਸਿਮਰਨਿ ਉਧਰੀਐ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਸੁ ਬਲਿਹਾਰ ॥੧॥ (Raag Gauhree M. 5, GGS. 282; Sukhmani Sahib Sloak 15.).
God is totally imbued with all powers; He is the Knower of our troubles. Meditating in remembrance on Him, we are saved; Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. ||1||

Kirpal Singh
Wellington, New Zealand
kirpal2singh@yahoo.com

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