17. “BHAJAN VISHNU BATAYO JOY” Worship & recite name of VISHNU in adoration.
One name of God is required to concentrate, meditate, recite, and worship him.
Different religions & faiths call God with different name but Guru ji advised us to worship God in the name of VISHNU. Although Guru Ji has used other names of God also(e.g. Ram, Krishan, Hari etc to explain his virtues.
Reason for selecting name Vishnu for God may be that other main Hindu Gods (Ram, Krishna etc.) are Avtars (incarnation) of ultimate God Vishnu and worshiping God with his name is the best.
God is only one and root (cause) of this whole universe. He does not take birth and does not die.
He is without beginning or end. He does not have any shape and mother-father.
The word ‘Bhajan’ has element ‘Bhaj’ in it which means Seva(service). We can do service to God by praying him, reciting his name and singing in his glory.
When we ‘Bhaj’ Vishnu then we surrender ourselves to him. We surrender all our ego and bad habits to him. After ‘Bhajan’ we become pure, polite and peaceful.
Guru Ji prohibited worshiping of other living things and statues. In shabad-5,he said, “KANY JAPIJE TEPAN JAYA JIVU” means why you worship living being who has taken birth. “BHOOT PRAT KAY JAPIJE, YEH PAKHAND PARVANO” why you worship ghost/evil spirits? This is a proof of your pretence/hypocrisy. “DHAVNA DHUJE PAHAN PUJE, BEFARMAI KHUDAI” those who are sitting on incense/fire(DHUNI) and worship statues, are working against God.
“PHAN PREET FITA KAR PRANI” o people refrain from worshiping/loving statues.
Guru ji used name Vishnu in his shabads maximum times advised to worship him.
He said, “VISHNU VISHNU TU BHAN RE PRANI” means O people you recite Vishnu.
“VISHNU JAPNTE JEEBH JU THAKE, TO JIBHARIYE BIN SARIYO” means if your tongue is tired of reciting Vishnu name then your tongue is worthless. “JA JAN MANTRA VISHNU NA JAMPYO, KANDH SAHE DUKH BHARU” those who have not recited mantra of Vishnu, will suffer with pain.
“JAMPO VISHNU NE DOY DIL KARNI” worship Vishnu with concentrated mind.
“BHULA PRANI VISHNU NA JAMPYO, MARAN BISARO KEHU” o mislead people you have not worshiped Vishnu. How you can forget the death which may come any time. Therefore you worship Vishnu without wasting any more time. “VISHNU VISHNU TU BHAN RE PRANI, BAL BAL BARAMBARU” o people your worship Vishnu and recite his name again and again with your soul & strength. “VISHNU VISHNU BHAN LAYE NA SAI, SUR NAR, BRAHMA KO NA GAI” to achieve God we should recite Vishnu Vishnu. God, human and even Brahma has praised him (Vishnu). “KAY RE PRANI VISHNU NE JAMPYO, KIO KANDHE KO TANO” why you have not worshiped Vishnu instead of showing/proving your strength.
“HIRDE NAM VISHNU KO JAMPO, HATH KARO TABAI” recite Vishnu name from heart and do good works by your hands.
“VISHNU VISHNU TU BHAN RE PRANI, IS JEEVAN KE HOVE” you should recite Vishnu name in this life. You may not get chance afterwards.