Ramaini 43

jjinh jiw kinha apu biswasa, narak gaye tehi narakahin basa.
awat jat na lage bara, kal aheri sanjh sakara.
chowdah vidya padhi samjhawai, apne maran ki khabar na pawai.
jane jiw ko pare andesa, jhuthahi ai ke kaha sandesa.
sangat chhari kare asrara, ubahai mot narak kar bhara.

Sakhi: guru drohi ow manmukhi, nari purush bichar.
te nar chowrasi bharmihai, jyown low chandra diwkar.

Meaning

The people who believed themselves to be great, and acted according to the worldly desires, went to hell and remained there forever.
Coming and going from this world takes no time; kal hunts for the soul morning and evening (all the time).
The people, thinking themselves to be scholars, teach others the fourteen vidyas (14 branches of knowledge), but they could not know of their own death.
These clever persons also have doubts and fear of maya, but they, without realization, give their false message to others.
They give up the company of true seekers and indulge in quarrels. They are themselves the victim of hell, yet they say that they are liberating others.

Sakhi: Those who are enemies of the guru, whether man or woman, and act according to their own impulses,
Wander in the 8.4 million species of life, as long as the sun and the moon exist.

Commentary

There are many learned people in the world in particular branches of knowledge. Thus, there are people very learned in the nature of the soul and God (Brahman) as a formless being. The Advaita Vedanta School of Philosophy asserts that only God exists. Since the soul is a projection of God and is co-eternal with God, and apart from God it cannot exist, they assert that the soul and God are one. This is similar to saying that the water in the drop and in the ocean are the same. The problem, however, is that although these people have this knowledge, they are still driven by worldly desires. Thus they are not free from the clutches of maya, and death stalks them as it stalks anyone else.

These learned people teach others of the fourteen types of knowledge, – the six parts of the Vedas, the six philosophies and archery and ayurvedic medicine. They feel themselves to be very clever and keep away from the company of humble but true seekers of God. They remain the victim of hell, but yet they boast that they are liberating others. They themselves have fear of maya and they are in doubts. Thus, the message they teach to others are likewise false, and will not liberate others from the clutches of maya and this worldly, materialistic, existence.

Clever people such as these are often enemies of the true guru who teaches the path of self-realization and liberation. Instead of being gurmukh they are manmukh i.e. following their own impulses and not the teachings of the guru. They thus do not obtain liberation but wander in the endless cycles of births and deaths.