Meaning: noun: Evil-intellect, wrong thinking.
ਕੁਬੁਧਿ ਮਿਟੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਿ॥ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਭੇਟੈ ਮੋਖ ਦੁਆਰ॥
kubudh miṭai gur sabad beechaar. satgur bheṭai mokh duaar.
Evil-intellect is overcome by contemplating on the Guru’s wisdom. Meeting with the true Guru, one finds the door to liberation. – Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 944
Message: We have become slaves to beliefs such as money will give me security; pleasures derived through my senses will make me a happy person; the physical body is who I am. These beliefs mislead us and move us further away from truth. It is by reflecting on the Guru’s words of wisdom that this way of thinking – evil intellect – can be corrected. The one who heeds the advice of the Guru finds the way to the truth.
We suffer in pain because we do not follow the Guru’s instructions. In ignorance, we fail to see the one reality that pervades all. Let us take, for an example, our physical body. It is made up of various parts but we know it as one whole. We only function well when all parts work together.
The Guru’s wisdom enlightens us to the truth that we are all part of the one whole. We all function under the divine will. The further we distance ourselves from this truth, the greater our pain. The closer we get to the truth, the less conflicted we become. Blessed with spiritual wisdom, we are saved from being burnt through wrongful thinking.
Etymology: Blend of ku, prefix (evil, wrong) + budh (intellect) from Sanskrit buddhi (intellect, discernment).