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  • 18 MAY

    Gurmat – Means True Love

    To understand Gurmat, one must understand the difference between Gurmat and Manmat.

    Manmat is the idea related to those without desire for Guru Sahib. While on the other hand, Gurmat comes from the ideas of love. It means to truly love anything whether it is Vaheguru or any near person.

    But the fact is that once you start loving Vaheguru, you will be able to love all things. Instead of the idea of being obsessed in the obsession of certain individuals; while not being controlled by the 5 evils.

    Gurbani says this,"ਜਬਲਗੁਰਸੁਤਬਲਗੁਨਹੀਨੇਹੁ॥੧॥ਰਹਾਉ॥जबलगुरसुतबलगुनहीनेहु॥१॥रहाउ॥ Jab lag rasṯab lag nahīnehu. ||1|| rahā▫o.

    If individuals are more inclined towards pleasure, they will fail to connect with spiritual love. Therefore Moh (attachment) and Prem (love) cannot go hand in hand. An example from Sikh history is that DhanDhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji had Prem, (love), for his Sahibzadey;(Ajit, Jujhar, Zorawar, and Fateh); but he was not attached, and that was true love according to Gurmat.

    The ideology of Kaam (lust) is also present all around. This is also not true. Kaam is an obsessive desire towards some want. This want is usually related in sexual aspects. In lust, people are controlled with the various aspects of lustful things like pornography.

    If someone wants to follow the path of DhanDhan Sri Guru Nanak DevJi then he must be strong and use the power given to us by Guru Sahib to battle lust. DhanDhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji once said in his own bani not to even in dreams sleep with another person of the opposite gender; other than one's own spouse; so how would it be better by any other scenario?

    We pray that everyone will understand the difference between Prem and the 2 evils; Moh and Kaam, and realize which side is the side of Gurmat.

  • 20 MAY

    Sangat

    Sangat associated with those whom you are associated with; and sangat plays a important role in each and everyone’s life. It helps us to merge with the Guru (Mentor) and fight our Haumai (ego). Many Sikh groups have mentioned the need for Sangat.

    Sangat is important as it allows us to combine with a true spirit as a group is stronger than an individual; if that group is united, even when non-Gurmatis not important.

    Let us discuss an important story on Sangat - When the historic Sikh, Joga Singh from the time of DhanDhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, (10th form of Guru Sahib), he was told to leave his wedding whenever Guru Sahib had given him Hukam (order). Joga Singh did this immediately and left in the middle of his wedding. Though he received Haumai, especially with the idea that only he could do what he did, he was away from any true Sangat. Eventually he had absorbed the fall of Kaam (lust) on him, and once he was interested in going to a brothel (again no Sikhs were with him, and he was going alone), eventually the story went that when he was attempting to go there; there was a Sikh; who continually prevented him from going in, (Guru Sahib), Joga Singh attempted many times; however, the Sikh, (Guru Sahib dressed as a normal Sikh), continually prevented him; eventually Joga Singh gave up this Pakhand, (falsehood), after the entire night was done, and the Sikh, (Guru Sahib), was constantly blocking him, so he went directly to Guru Sahib's Darbar; in which he noticed Guru Sahib had been the Sikh all this time; and confessed to his Paap. The story moral was on the need for great Sangat and how we can assist each other as Sangat to prevent us to going to the darkness.

    How Sangat stops our Haumai? When we see others in Bhagti; we realize that we aren't the only ones following Hukam; but rather as a community. Once we are free from Haumai; we can merge with the Guru; (there are some; who seem to have merged with only inspiring Sangat; many Mahapurukhs people consider great; however, they have been Pre-Mukt; which is a concept for another time). Finally we get inspired to change internally, especially with how certain people are more progressed then ourselves.

    Some Gurbani inspirations: "ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਚਟਸਾਲ ਹੈ ਜਿਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਣ ਸਿਖਾ ॥ सतसंगतिसतिगुरचटसालहैजितुहरिगुणसिखा॥

    Saṯsangaṯsaṯgurcẖatsālhaijiṯharguṇsikẖā.

    It means “The Sat Sangat” - the True Congregation of the True Guru, is the school of the soul, where the Glorious Virtues of the Lord are studied.

    What we learn is the need for Sangat from Gurmat perspective.

    We hope that Vaheguru bless everyone with good Sangat. Sangat is the way we can go there and grow.

  • 17 MAY

    Gurbani Ask Us To Investigate Our Mind

    The Gurbani asks us to (Spiritually) inquire into our mind. The Gurbani is a powerful antidote to unawareness (Manmukhataa, state of sleep paralysis).

    The Gurbani urges us to examine the mind by becoming theGurmukh (one who understands the Gurbani, adopts it, and practices it.) ਇਸੁਮਨਕਉਕੋਈਖੋਜਹੁਭਾਈ॥: O brother! Let someone search this mind (sggs 330).

    ਬੰਦੇਖੋਜੁਦਿਲਹਰਰੋਜਨਾਫਿਰੁਪਰੇਸਾਨੀਮਾਹਿ॥: O human beings, search your own heart every day, and do not wander around in confusion (sggs 727).

    ਮਨਕੀਪਤ੍ਰੀਵਾਚਣੀਸੁਖੀਹੂਸੁਖੁਸਾਰੁ॥: To read the horoscope of the mind is the most Sublime Sukh (joy, peace, comfort, happiness…). (sggs 1093).

    Why trace the mind? Because, the Gurbani says that only a “Maramee” can understand the mind, who engages in Spiritual Inquiry, who knows the secret meaning, ਭੇਦੀ, ਮਰਮਨੂੰਜਾਨਣਵਾਲਾ…]: ਮਰਮੀਹੋਇਸੁਮਨਕਉਜਾਨੈ॥: One who is “Maramee” understands the mind. (sggs 342).

    BhagatKabeer Sahib says: ਮਮਾਮਨਸਿਉਕਾਜੁਹੈਮਨਸਾਧੇਸਿਧਿਹੋਇ॥ਮਨਹੀਮਨਸਿਉਕਹੈਕਬੀਰਾਮਨਸਾਮਿਲਿਆਨਕੋਇ॥੩੨॥: MAMMA: (The mortal’s real purpose or business of life) is with his own mind; (and that purpose or business) is to discipline or control his mind; by doing so, Spiritual Understanding (Soojh or Samajh of the Formless or Niraakaar…) is obtained (and thus life’s real purpose is realized). Says Kabeer, only the mind (i.e., the Pure Mind or the Mool which is Unattached to Maya…) can counsel (Upadesh or advice the Mayaic) mind; (says Kabeer I) have not met any (counselor, adviser, teacher…) like this mind. ||32|| (sggs 342).

    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿਹੋਵੈਮਨੁਖੋਜਿਸੁਣਾਏ॥: One who becomes Gurmukh examines his own mind, and instructs others. (sggs 1059). Thus, the Gurbani tells us that the Gur-Shabad is the subject of searching and understanding (ਬੂਝ, Samajh,ਸਮਝ, ਸੂਝ, etc.), and practice in daily life through constantShabad-Vichaar.

    ਖੋਜਬੂਝਿਜਉਕਰੈਬੀਚਾਰਾ॥ਤਉਭਵਜਲਤਰਤਨਲਾਵੈਬਾਰਾ॥੪੦॥: When someone understands by Searching (“Khoj”), and engages in Vichaar (Reflection on the Divine Virtues, Wisdom…), then (he) crosses over the “Bhavjal” in no time. ||40|| (sggs 342). Hence, “Khoj” leads to “Samajh” and “Boojh”, which, in turn, leads to the stage of “ਬੁਧਿਬਦਲੀ – “BudhiBadalee”- transmutation of the conditioned mind; MayaicBudhi (Haumai or false ego-sense, worldly intelligence or wisdom, etc.)

    ਕਹਿਕਬੀਰਬੁਧਿਹਰਿਲਈਮੇਰੀਬੁਧਿਬਦਲੀਸਿਧਿਪਾਈ॥੨॥੨੧॥੭੨॥: Says Kabeer (O Lord)! You have taken away my (worldly) wisdom (ਹਉਮੈਵਾਲੀਅਕਲ), (now that worldly) Budhi has transmuted, I have attained Spiritual Perfection. ||2||21||72|| (sggs 339).

    Thus the Gurbani’sSoojh-Boojhor Bibek-Budhi tells us that the mind, in its True Nature, is Joti-Svaroopa. The Gurbani is not the subject of mere reading as in Akhand-Paath, Nit-Nem, etc.; or mere words (ਨਿਰੀਆਂਗੱਲਾਂ), or mere counting beads (ਮਾਲਾਫੇਰਨੀ), and so on.

    ਖੋਜੀਉਪਜੈਬਾਦੀਬਿਨਸੈਹਉਬਲਿਬਲਿਗੁਰਕਰਤਾਰਾ॥: The searcher (Seeker-ਖੋਜਣਵਾਲਾਮਨੁੱਖ) grows (in Spiritual or Divine Life – ਆਤਮਕਜੀਵਨ), and the arguer (debater, disputant, etc.) annihilates (or ruins his Spiritual or Divine Life – ਆਤਮਕਜੀਵਨ). O (my) Gur! O (my) Creator Lord! I am a sacrifice to You (sggs 1255).

  • 16 MAY

    God in Sikhism

    Sikhism is a non-Semitic, Aryan, non-Vedic religion. It is a religion that has the sixth largest following in the world. It was founded by Guru Nanak at the end of the 15th century. It originated in the area of Pakistan and North West India called Punjab, meaning the land of thefive rivers.

    The word ‘Sikh’ is derived from the word sisya meaning disciple or follower. Sikhism is a religion of ten Gurus, the first Guru being Guru Nanak and the tenth and the last being Guru Gobind Singh. The sacred book of Sikhism is Sri Guru Granth also called AdiGranth Sahib.

    The Five – ‘K’s,

    Every Sikh is supposed to keep the following five ‘K’s, which also serve to identify him as a Sikh:

    Kesh – uncut hair
    Bhagti and Spirituality have both been discovered that there is some important thing in Kesh; but even greater is the possibility to potentially limit Haumai from following the Guru's Hukam.

    Kangha – comb; used to keep the hair clean
    The Kangha is important also because of the need for remembering Vaheguru with each time we comb our hair.

    Kada or kara – metal or steel bangle; for strength and self-restraint
    It allows us to remember Vaheguru and makes us do good work.

    Kirpan – dagger; for self-defense
    This Kakkar is mostly of remembering the idea of defending someone with your own life on the line; Kirpan, (sheathed sword). This can control a person's anger; as ideas that you have something which can potential bring grace; (literal meaning of Kirpan), then the individual in question has to provide a higher level of spirituality.

    Kaccha or Kachera – special knee length underwear or under-drawer for agility
    It is important as it controls a form of lust that we may we fighting whether we are married or unmarried.

    The Fundamental Creed Of Sikhism

    The best definition that any Sikh can give regarding the concept of God in Sikhism is to quote the Mulmantra – the fundamental creed of Sikhism, which occurs at the beginning of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

    It is mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, volume 1 Japuji, the first verse: "There exists but one God, who is called The True, The Creator, Free from fear and hate, Immortal, Not begotten, Self-Existent, Great and Compassionate."

    Sikhism Believes In One God

    Sikhism enjoins its followers to practise strict monotheism. It believes in only One Supreme God who is, in the unmanifest form, called EkOmkara.

    In the manifest form He is called Omkara and has several attributes such as
    Kartar – The Creator
    Akal – The Eternal
    Sattanama – The Holy Name
    Sahib – The Lord
    Parvardigar – The Cherisher
    Rahim – The Merciful
    Karim – The Benevolent
    He is also called Wahe Guru – the One true God.

    Guru Nanak was influenced by SantKabir. Guru Nanak was influenced by the sayings of SantKabir so much that several chapters of Sri Guru Granth Sahib contain couplets of SantKabir. One of the famous couplets of SantKabir is:

    "Dukhmeinsumiranasabhkarein
    Sukhmeinkareinnakoya
    Jo sukhmeinsumiranakarein
    To dukhkayehoye?"

    "In times of trouble, God is remembered by all
    But none remembers Him during peace and happiness.
    If God is remembered in good times of happiness
    Why should trouble occur?"

    The Sikh scriptures therefore emphasize monotheism and God-consciousness.

  • 16 MAY

    Why Naam Is Important?

    What NaamSimran tests a lot of us; is how strong are we spiritually when we are not given anything other than NaamSimran to do. Many of us get distracted, not because of our Haumai but rather because of our own weakness spiritually and low commitment from many of our lives. (Some people will not have hardships as in their previous lives,0 they were still doing some form of Bhagti). Naam also purifies the soul in the same way Nitnem fills the soul. With Naam, we begin to progress on a steady path.

    NaamSimran is also the fastest highway towards going spiritually. The people who practice all the other ways of spirituality, it all together does not equal both the simplicity and power of a single Jaap of Naam. All people must go to NaamSimran's whenever possible, and may hopefully get a small taste of what the power of Naam is. For different people, Naam meant differently. For some people, Naam is all Gurbani. For some it is Seva. Some may call Naam by many acts and non-acts of Gurmat, while some may call Naam the Maryada and others will call it Kirtan.

    But in the true sense, Naam is awakening in the mind and spirit for a strong spiritual battle. Naam can be anything listed above.

    Jaap once with true focus will change your lifestyle and everything very much. That one Simran program near your program; or whether starting the lifestyle to dedicated NaamSimran will bless you a lot. Vaheguru, Vaheguru, Vaheguru; is what we should focus on, and the Guru's own form who is DhanDhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.