What is Bhagat, as per Guru Granth Sahib

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Bhagat(Pa: ਭਗਤ) means Devotee.

In Gurmat, Bhagat is the soul who is devotee of Supreme Command (Hukam), thus spiritually united with Supreme. The souls who turn Bhagats remain in state of internal bliss, also called Param-Anand, as their attention(Surt) remain absorb in Supreme Command(Shabad or Hukam). Only a Bhagat have capability to realize and speak Pakki Bani. The ideology of Bhagat is called Gurmat.

All authors of Guru Granth Sahib are Bhagats.

Bhagat in Guru Granth Sahib

Following table consists of quotes from Guru Granth Sahib, to know what is Bhagat in Guru Granth Sahib:

What is Bhagat in Guru Granth Sahib
Page No. Quote (Punjabi) Quote(English) Qualities of Bhagat Remarks
ਪੰਨਾ 2, ਸਤਰ 18 ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤਾ ਸਦਾ ਵਿਗਾਸੁ ॥ O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss. Forever Bliss
ਪੰਨਾ 69, ਸਤਰ 7 ਭਗਤਾ ਮਨਿ ਆਨੰਦੁ ਹੈ ਸਚੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੇ ॥ In the minds of the devotees there is bliss; they are attuned to the Love of the True Word of the Shabad. Love with True word of God
ਪੰਨਾ 71, ਸਤਰ 12 ਜਿਸੁ ਮੇਲੇ ਸੋ ਭਗਤਾ ॥੭॥ But he alone is a devotee, whom the Lord has united with Himself. 7 Met Omnipresent
ਪੰਨਾ 74, ਸਤਰ 8 ਤੂੰ ਥਾਨਿ ਥਨੰਤਰਿ ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤਾ ਸਚੁ ਅਧਾਰੁ ਜੀਉ ॥੧੬॥ You are permeating all places and interspaces. Nanak: You are the True Support of Your devotees.16 Support of Lord
ਪੰਨਾ 74, ਸਤਰ 6 ਤੇਰਿਆ ਭਗਤਾ ਭੁਖ ਸਦ ਤੇਰੀਆ ॥ Your devotees are forever hungry for You. Hunger of Lord
ਪੰਨਾ 90, ਸਤਰ 12 ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਭਗਤਾ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਦਾ ॥ The Lord's devotees have faith in Him. The Lord knows everything. Faithful to Lord
ਪੰਨਾ 145, ਸਤਰ 14 ਭਗਤਾ ਤੈ ਸੈਸਾਰੀਆ ਜੋੜੁ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਆਇਆ ॥ Between the Lord's devotees and the people of the world, there can never be any true alliance. No Thought Alliance with Worldly People
ਪੰਨਾ 176, ਸਤਰ 3 ਹਰਿ ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਹਰਿ ਕਿਆ ਭਗਤਾ ਭਾਇਆ ॥ Whatever the Lord does, is pleasing to the Lord's devotee. Believes in Hukam
ਪੰਨਾ 231, ਸਤਰ 4 ਮਾਇਆ ਦਾਸੀ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਵੈ ॥ Maya is the slave of the Lord's devotees; it works for them. King of World(Maya)
ਪੰਨਾ 305, ਸਤਰ 9 ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਗੁਣ ਬੋਲੈ ਕਰਤੇ ਕੇ ਭਗਤਾ ਨੋ ਸਦਾ ਰਖਦਾ ਆਇਆ ॥੨॥ Servant Nanak chants the Glorious Praises of the Creator, who protects His devotees forever. 2 Protected By God
ਪੰਨਾ 1070, ਸਤਰ 1 ਭਗਤਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ The Ambrosial Nectar of the Guru's Bani is in the mouth of the devotees. Hunger of Lord
ਪੰਨਾ 1077, ਸਤਰ 10 ਹੁਕਮੁ ਬੂਝਿ ਜਨ ਭਏ ਨਿਹਾਲਾ ਇਹ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਘਾਲਣਾ ॥੧੧॥ Realizing the Hukam of Your Will, Your humble servants are enraptured; this is the achievement of Your devotees. 11 The discoverer of Hukam (Command)
ਪੰਨਾ 1407, ਸਤਰ 16 ਕੁਲਿ ਸੋਢੀ ਗੁਰ ਰਾਮਦਾਸ ਤਨੁ ਧਰਮ ਧੁਜਾ ਅਰਜੁਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤਾ ॥੬॥ In the Sodhi family, is born Arjun, the son of Guru Raam Daas, the holder of the banner of Dharma and the devotee of God. 6 Holder of Dharma
ਪੰਨਾ 1309, ਸਤਰ 6 ਜੋ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਦੁਸਟ ਕਰਹਿ ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਹਰਨਾਖਸ ਜਿਉ ਪਚਿ ਜਾਵੈਗੋ ॥੫॥ Those wicked enemies who slander the devotees are destroyed, like Harnaakhash. 5 Can't be Slander
ਪੰਨਾ 1246, ਸਤਰ 6 ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤਾਂ ਹੋਰੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਇਆ ॥੨੨॥ O Nanak, the devotees do not think of anything else; they are absorbed in the Name of the Lord. 22 Not Dualistic Nature
ਪੰਨਾ 1233, ਸਤਰ 11 ਭਗਤਾਂ ਕਾ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਪੈਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਣੁ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਡਾਈ ॥ The Immaculate Name of the Lord is the food of His devotees; they wear the glory of devotional worship. Bhagat Formless and Eat formless, Wisdom

Bhagats Vs Gurus

It is general preception among some Sikhs that term Bhagat is lesser then Guru, philosphically it is not true. The person whom we call Spiritual Guru is himself A Bhagat of someone, to whom he is connecting people, through wisdom (Gurmat). If that Spiritual Guru left Bhagti of Nirankar, he is no more termed as Bhagat, thereby he will be just Fake or Blind Guru.

Following is conversation of Siddhas and Guru Nanak on Guru:

ਤੇਰਾ ਕਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਤੂ ਚੇਲਾ ॥
तेरा कवणु गुरू जिस का तू चेला ॥
Who is your guru? Whose disciple are you? (ਪੰਨਾ 942, ਸਤਰ 18, Siddha)

ਸਬਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਚੇਲਾ ॥
सबदु गुरू सुरति धुनि चेला ॥
The Shabad is the Guru, upon whom I lovingly focus my consciousness; I am the chaylaa, the disciple.(ਪੰਨਾ 943, ਸਤਰ 1, ਮਃ 1)

In Gurmat, All Bhagats believe in one Guru and that is Supreme Command (Hukam or Shabad Guru).