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In search of God In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her, this world would not and could not exist.”Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”Maybe this was one of the best explanations of the concept of GOD.
Some facts of Guru and Gobind: ਆਪੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਆਪਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਜੀਉ ਜੁਗੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਭਗਤ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥ Aapae Sathigur Aap Sabadh Jeeo Jug Jug Bhagath Piaarae || He Himself is the True Guru, and He Himself is the Shabad; in each and every age, He loves His devotees(souls). In this verse of Sree Guru Amar Das Maharaj, He is revealing us the true nature of Waheguru/Lord or God.... He says that, that Lord is Shabad itself, as its true form. Then other thing whcih He reveals us , is that in each yuga, because of His love for His devotees(souls), He comes as Guru, to awaken them and teach them the path of Nam bhakti, in order to reunite them with Him, in His Shabad form as seen above and below: ਆਪੇ ਦਾਨਾ ਆਪੇ ਬੀਨਾ ਆਪੇ ਸੇਵ ਕਰਾਏ ॥ Aapae Dhaanaa Aapae Beenaa Aapae Saev Karaaeae || He Himself is All-knowing, and He Himself is All-seeing; He inspires us to serve Him. ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਖਰੀ ਸੁਖਾਲੀ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਆਪਿ ਕਰਾਏ ॥ Gur Kee Saevaa Kharee Sukhaalee Jis No Aap Karaaeae || Serving the Guru brings great peace; they alone do it, whom the Lord inspires to do so. ਨਾਮੋ ਬੀਜੇ ਨਾਮੋ ਜੰਮੈ ਨਾਮੋ ਮੰਨਿ ਵਸਾਏ ॥ Naamo Beejae Naamo Janmai Naamo Mann Vasaaeae || They plant the seed of the Name, and the Name sprouts within; the Name abides within the mind. Such is the beant wadeeayee and mahima of Waheguru Akal Purukh. SSA.
Found this following gem by Sree Guru Amar Das from the Ocean of spiritual diamonds of Gurbani, and feel like sharing with the sangat here: ਗੁਰ ਆਗੈ ਕਰਉ ਬਿਨੰਤੀ ਜੇ ਗੁਰ ਭਾਵੈ ਜਿਉ ਮਿਲੈ ਤਿਵੈ ਮਿਲਾਈਐ ॥ Gur Aagai Karo Binanthee Jae Gur Bhaavai Jio Milai Thivai Milaaeeai || I offer my prayers to the Guru; if it pleases the Guru, He shall unite me with Himself. * Here in the verse above, He is telling us that, to fulfill our deisre of realizing Him, in our hands is only that much to offer Him our sincere bhakti, (nishkam bhakti), and then, if it only pleases Him, He shall reunite us with Himself. It is not a business deal, neither like receiving wages for working for so many hours or days. In His court, only true love and devotion count, not numbers... SSA.
ਪੁੰਨ ਦਾਨ ਅਨੇਕ ਨਾਵਣ ਕਿਉ ਅੰਤਰ ਮਲੁ ਧੋਵੈ ॥
Punn Dhaan Anaek Naavan Kio Anthar Mal Dhhovai ||
Giving donations , charities, and countless cleansing baths can not wash off the filth within the heart.
ਨਾਮ ਬਿਨਾ ਗਤਿ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਪਾਵੈ ਹਠਿ ਨਿਗ੍ਰਹਿ ਬੇਬਾਣੈ ॥
Naam Binaa Gath Koe N Paavai Hath Nigrehi Baebaanai ||
Without the Naam, no one attains salvation.
Stubborn self-discipline and living in the wilderness are of no use at all.
ਨਾਮ ਸੰਗਿ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਨ ਲਾਵੈ ॥
Naam Sang Man Preeth N Laavai ||
One whose mind does not embrace love for the Naam
ਕੋਟਿ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਤੋ ਨਰਕਿ ਜਾਵੈ ॥੫॥
Kott Karam Karatho Narak Jaavai ||5||
Shall go to hell, even though he may perform millions of other practices/actions.
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਜੈਸੇ ਸਰਪ ਆਰਜਾਰੀ ॥
Bin Simaran Jaisae Sarap Aarajaaree ||
Without meditating in remembrance on the Lord, one's life is like that of a snake.
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਾਸ ॥
Bin Simaran Dhhrig Karam Karaas
Without meditating in remembrance on the Lord, all of one's actions and works are cursed.
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਗਰਧਭ ਕੀ ਨਿਆਈ ॥
Bin Simaran Garadhhabh Kee Niaaee ||
Without meditating in remembrance on the Lord, one is like a donkey.
ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਬਚਨਿ ਕੀਨੋ ਰਾਜੁ ਜੋਗੁ ॥
Gur Kai Bachan Keeno Raaj Jog
Through the Guru's Word, I practice Raja Yoga, the Yoga of meditation
ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰੁ ਭੇਟਿਆ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ॥੮॥੮॥
Naanak Gur Bhaettiaa Paarabreham ||8||8||
O Nanak, meeting with the Guru, I have found the Supreme Lord God
ਗੁਰ ਸੇਵਾ ਤੇ ਨਾਮੇ ਲਾਗਾ ॥
Gur Saevaa Thae Naamae Laagaa ||
Service of the Guru, is committing to the Naam, the Name of the Lord.
ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਿਸੁ ਮਸਤਕਿ ਭਾਗਾ ॥
This Ko Miliaa Jis Masathak Bhaagaa ||
It is received by those only who have such good destiny inscribed upon their foreheads.
Some say Amritvela is from 12 am to 2 am, some say from 12 am to 6 am, all opinions are respected. But the thing is, whether it is that time or any other, whenever we access there we shall always receive the same quality and quantity of Amrit within, if only we concentrate and focus with purity irrespective of the day time, for at our level we have hours and timings, and within is only His Jot/Shabad/Amrit, at all times. We should not discourage anyone, if for any reason is unable to attend those early hours. Hopefully some day, that person will make it possible to attend Bhakti in the Amritvela, as stated in posts above. SSA.
Preachers may or may not talk of the hell..... But Guru Jee for sure tells us that: ਨਾਉ ਤੇਰਾ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਇ ਲਇਐ ਨਰਕਿ ਨ ਜਾਈਐ ॥ Naao Thaeraa Nirankaar Hai Naae Laeiai Narak N Jaaeeai || Your Name is the Fearless Lord; chanting Your Name, one does not have to go to hell. Further on He tells us: ਜਮ ਦਰਿ ਬਧਾ ਚੋਟਾ ਖਾਏ ॥ Jam Dhar Badhhaa Chottaa Khaaeae || Bound and gagged at Death's Door, they are brutally beaten. ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸੰਗਿ ਨ ਸਾਥੀ ਮੁਕਤੇ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵਣਿਆ ॥੪॥ Bin Naavai Ko Sang N Saathhee Mukathae Naam Dhhiaavaniaa ||4|| Without the Name, there are no companions or friends. Liberation comes only by meditating on the Naam Moreover, again He tells us: ਜਮਕਾਲੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਨੇੜਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਜੋ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵਣਿਆ ॥੬॥ Jamakaal This Naerr N Aavai Jo Har Har Naam Dhhiaavaniaa ||6|| The Messenger of Death does not draw near those who meditate on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. He clearly warns us, that only thse who meditate on His Nam, shall be saved, for even the messenger of death dare not come near them. We do not have to be very intelligent, thus to understand, that those who do not do this bhakti as seen in the verses above, shall be drowned in the terrible hell of the wheel of "chaurasee ka ckakar" where only severe pain and agongy exists. What other bigger hell can there be? Guru Sahiban do not want to frighten us with te reality of hell, but rather motivate and uplift us, with the gyan of ultimate Truth, His sachaa Nao. Life by itself is a hell, for we are already away from Him since so long, and alas, we do nothing to make the most of this golden opportunity of human birth, by running after all other external practices, except that one, of the jaap of the gurparasd of His Nam, as per throughout the Bani. Stay blessed. SSA
ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸੰਗਿ ਨ ਸਾਥੀ ਮੁਕਤੇ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵਣਿਆ ॥੪॥
Bin Naavai Ko Sang N Saathhee Mukathae Naam Dhhiaavaniaa ||4||
Without the Name, there are no companions or friends. Liberation comes only by meditating on the Naam. ||4||
Sree Guru Nanak Dev Maharaj.
Indeed a very good question. And although all the posters above have given very good answers, I would like to also add my 2 cents as per the following sacred bachans of Fifth Patshahee in the Bani: ਰੈਣਿ ਦਿਨਸੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਸਦਾ ਧਿਆਈ ਜਿ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਸਗਲ ਉਧਾਰੇ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥ Rain Dhinas This Sadhaa Dhhiaaee J Khin Mehi Sagal Oudhhaarae Jeeo ||3|| Night and day, I always meditate on Him; in an instant, He saves all. ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਵਰਖੈ ਅਨਹਦ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ Anmrith Varakhai Anehadh Baanee || The Ambrosial Nectar, the Unstruck Melody of Gurbani rains down continually. One may ask, why does Guru Jee say that we can meditate on Him anytime be it day and/or night? And the answer to this question is given by Guru Jee in the second verse above. Is it not the ambrosial nectar of Amrit what we look forward for? In that sense, He says : The Ambrosial Nectar, the Unstruck Melody of Gurbani rains down continually. So brother, if that Amrit it rains down continouslly, what wrong is in doing His bandagee or meditation anytime during the day? Let us be frank and ask ourselves, are we only going to get it, at midnight, or any other specific time? You see, we deliberately limit ourselves, when Guru Sahiban opens His hands wide, and gracefully showers us with this Amrit 24/7. For, if we missed the chance at some time, why not try to get that spiritual wealth as soon as possible again. Why wait for a specific time? Who knows, that by postponing, we may be alive or not by then. Why to take any risks? That also when He gives us total freedom to amass the spiritual wealth as much as possible without limitations. True, ideal, and perfect is that very moment/time, which we try to meditate on that supreme Truth, all else is time wasted. Stay blessed. SSA.
PRACTICE THE PAUSE
pause before judging
pause before assuming
pause before accusing
pause before speaking
pause before you are to react harshly,
and you will avoid
doing and saying things
which you will regret later.
It is very true what you say, but I would also add, that hardly anyone either talks about Waheguru, Nam, Shabad, and Sach Khand. Gurbani clearly and repeatedly tells us what to do in order to please Him, thus get His kirpa and cross the Mahabhavsagar. Then, who is to be blamed? Kalyug is in full force, and if we do not profit ourselves from the Light of Truth as described in the Bani, we are likely to get derailed. It is by taking the Medicine that one gets "cured", not by reading, or repeat it memorizedly, nor looking at the prescription; and no matter even if one does so 24/7. On the other side, just by taking the 2 or 3 doses per day, as prescribed, one regains good health, which in our terms is "sanity". Sarab rog ka aukhad Nam. SSA.
So true brother. Many a times we are all conditioned by what we see others do, but the fact is, each one has to find his/her own comfort level, and this is where one should listen and follow to what our heart is whispering us; because in the end what matters is, not what people say or think, but that what the Gurbani says, which is the ultimate valid truth. SSA.
"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."
- Michael Jordan
"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of seeing through."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
- Harriet Tubman
"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."
W . S
"Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset, or mad, is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back."
ਹੁਕਮੇ ਮੇਲੇ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਣੈ ॥੧॥ Hukamae Maelae Sabadh Pashhaanai ||1|| By the Hukam of His Command, He unites those who recognize the Word of the Shabad. *In the verse above of Sree Guru Amar Das Maharaj Jee, He clearly and openly reveals us the secret of reuniting ourselves with Him. He says that it is His Hukum as such, that to those who meditate on His Name, and manifest it within themselves, He shall reunite with Himself. No other tricks, no shortcuts, nor variants, neither substitute practices are of any avail or help to us, for only His Name, can throughly cleanse us, and lead us to Him. It should be noted, that the Truth above, is the hukum literally given by Guru Jee, for the sole purpose of our reunion with Him. SSA.
ਹੀਰੇ ਜੈਸਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਹੈ ਕਉਡੀ ਬਦਲੇ ਜਾਇ ॥੧॥
Heerae Jaisaa Janam Hai Kouddee Badhalae Jaae ||1||
Human life is such a precious jewel, but it is being lost in exchange for a mere shell. ||1||
ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਨਿਆ ਰਾਮ ਕਾ ॥
NAAM N JAANIAA RAAM KAA ||
You do not know the Name of the Lord.
ਮੂੜੇ ਫਿਰਿ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਛੁਤਾਹਿ ਰੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
Moorrae Fir Paashhai Pashhuthaahi Rae
You fool - you shall regret and repent in the end!
*Note: Guru Jee is here telling us, we are quite smart in doing so many other things, but, we are fools for not paying attention to the one and only thing that really matters, and that is meditating upon His Saachaa Nao, to cross from this side of the creation, to our True home in Sach Khand.
In relation to this beautiful thread created by brother Bhoolea, found the following deep and profound awesome verse of Guru Nanak Dev Maharaj Jee : ਏਕੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਦੂਜਾ ਹੋਰੁ ਨਾਸਤਿ ਕੰਦ ਮੂਲਿ ਮਨੁ ਲਾਵਸਿਤਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ Eaek Sabadh Dhoojaa Hor Naasath Kandh Mool Man Laavasithaa There is only the One Word of the Shabad; everything else shall pass away. Let this be the fruits and roots of your mind's diet. Note: Here, He is telling us, that different Names of Him (written, spoken) , may come and go with time, in different languages, dharmas, etc ...... But, by the meditating practice on those given /passed upon on us by His Bhagat Jan, His Gurmukhs, Guru Sahiban, it will take us to those subtle spheres of consciousness, where only one changless, unspoken, unwritten Shabad/Nam exists; and it is about this very Nam, of which Guru Jee sings its limitless glory throughout the Bani. SSA.
ਸ੍ਰੀ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਾ ਉਚਰੁ ਮਨਾ
Sree Raam Naamaa Ouchar Manaa ||
Chant the Name of the Supreme Lord, O my mind.
ਆਗੈ ਜਮ ਦਲੁ ਬਿਖਮੁ ਘਨਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
Aagai Jam Dhal Bikham Ghanaa
Otherwise, in the world hereafter, you will have to face the awesome and cruel army of Death.