Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Today's post will be about the Guru on whether he's 1 or 11 forms, this will be both complex, and difficult to understand, (even for Daas), as the Guru is the only completely unique position in all creation, and in Sikhi.
First of all we have to understand who the Guru is, Gurbani says this: "ਜੋਤਿ ਰੂਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਆਪਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਕਹਾਯਉ ॥ जोति रूपि हरि आपि गुरू नानकु कहायउ ॥ Joṯ rūp har āp gurū Nānak kahā▫ya▫o. The Embodiment of Light, the Lord Himself is called Guru Nanak." (Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Ang 1408), also Gurbani say's "ੴ", (so there is only 1 Vaheguru) and Vaheguru does not born. Many people assume that Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born; which is only true in a historical and worldly sense; but Gurmat teaches that he had came; as he was not in the cycle of birth and death. So clearly we should accept that he was above the worldly ideas of what we consider real, and he is perfection. But now that we got that out of the way; we should focus on the next thing, and that is are the Gurus one light or separate lights but together?
When Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji decided to give Bhai Lehna, (Lehna literally meaning creditor), the Guruship, he decided to give him the name of Angad, (which means part-of) Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji became the very form of Vaheguru and Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Sikh had become the Guru. This also continued for other times as well, Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Amar Das Ji became the form of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji, then came Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, and Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji; Dhan Dhan Sri Hargobind Ji, Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Har Rai Ji; next was Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Harkrishan; eventually Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur and Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and finally Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the current form of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Even though Vaheguru is everywhere; he is special in the form of the Guru; as only the Guru is in the world without Paap or sin.
All of this comes together with the major importance of what the Guru represents, (other than Vaheguru). The Guru represents the one to free us of karma and give us Naam. Naam is important as it is the thing that can provide an opportunity to fight the 5 evils: (Lust, Anger, Pride, Attachment, and Greed). With all of that we accept that we need the Guru to save us; as nobody else can. Vaheguru bless us with meeting the Satguru and not seeing him as anything other than the perfect being.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! The concept of the Guru is very difficult to understand, forgive Daas if he has made any mistakes, (Bhul Chuk Maaf). Hopefully we can all learn something new from this. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!