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  1. Kaam can attack at any moment, can attack any person despite their spiritual status. That is why kaam, karodh , lobh , moh ahankaar are called the 5 thieves. They can manifest themselves as disguised so that you fail to recognise them. I will use the example of joga singh.. who just got married.... left his last lav... because Guru ji requested him to stop whatever he was doing and come to Guru ji the moment he reads the letter. He left his bride .. incompletely married... to travel. Then he stops at night at the door of a prostitute and keeps trying to get in all night. Was his brain tricked? Was he prepared to engage in kaam before he was married and then... got the letter... did not get married.... was going to see Guru ji ... got tempted on the way. Was it his repressed desire in him which brought about his temptation. What if he had not been stopped when he was getting married and Guru ji sent him a letter and he left ploughing the fields and travelled all night to see Guru ji.. would he have given in to the temptation? So this was kaam trying to attack him in its disguised form. Guru ji had to come to defend and stop him from sinning because he was under the influence of kaam and could not think straight. All night - did he not think about what his would-be wife would think of him? He did not say his prayer...mool mantra or whatever else a Sikh should be saying if he was going to be facing his Guru Ji the next day? Guru JI was near him and he could not recognise Guru Ji at all. Kaam had blinded him. Another example is Ravan. He must have performed lots of bhagti and he had ten heads. He had a wife too... in fact many of them. He had one hundred sons. Was there a shortage of women in his kingdom? Why Sita ? Well it was his downfall coming shortly and the best way was for him to be made to commit a very horrible sin so that his powers can be snatched away. Divine powers were behind this. So how can these 5 thieves be defeated? The answer is in this shabad SGGS Ang 205-206 ਗਉੜੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ गउड़ी महला ५ ॥ Ga▫oṛī mėhlā 5. Gauree, Fifth Mehl: ਰਾਖੁ ਪਿਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮੇਰੇ ॥ राखु पिता प्रभ मेरे ॥ Rākẖ piṯā parabẖ mere. Save me, O My Father God. ਮੋਹਿ ਨਿਰਗੁਨੁ ਸਭ ਗੁਨ ਤੇਰੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ मोहि निरगुनु सभ गुन तेरे ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Mohi nirgun sabẖ gun ṯere. ||1|| rahā▫o. I am worthless and without virtue; all virtues are Yours. ||1||Pause|| ਪੰਚ ਬਿਖਾਦੀ ਏਕੁ ਗਰੀਬਾ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਰਾਖਨਹਾਰੇ ॥ पंच बिखादी एकु गरीबा राखहु राखनहारे ॥ Pancẖ bikẖāḏī ek garībā rākẖo rākẖanhāre. The five vicious thieves are assaulting my poor being; save me, O Savior Lord! ਖੇਦੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਅਰੁ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਸੰਤਾਵਹਿ ਆਇਓ ਸਰਨਿ ਤੁਹਾਰੇ ॥੧॥ खेदु करहि अरु बहुतु संतावहि आइओ सरनि तुहारे ॥१॥ Kẖeḏ karahi ar bahuṯ sanṯāvėh ā▫i▫o saran ṯuhāre. ||1|| They are tormenting and torturing me. I have come, seeking Your Sanctuary. ||1|| ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਹਾਰਿਓ ਅਨਿਕ ਬਹੁ ਭਾਤੀ ਛੋਡਹਿ ਕਤਹੂੰ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ करि करि हारिओ अनिक बहु भाती छोडहि कतहूं नाही ॥ Kar kar hāri▫o anik baho bẖāṯī cẖẖodėh kaṯahūʼn nāhī. Trying all sorts of things, I have grown weary, but still, they will not leave me alone. ਏਕ ਬਾਤ ਸੁਨਿ ਤਾਕੀ ਓਟਾ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਮਿਟਿ ਜਾਹੀ ॥੨॥ एक बात सुनि ताकी ओटा साधसंगि मिटि जाही ॥२॥ Ėk bāṯ sun ṯākī otā sāḏẖsang mit jāhī. ||2|| But I have heard that they can be rooted out, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; and so I seek their Shelter. ||2|| ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਸੰਤ ਮਿਲੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਤਿਨ ਤੇ ਧੀਰਜੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ करि किरपा संत मिले मोहि तिन ते धीरजु पाइआ ॥ Kar kirpā sanṯ mile mohi ṯin ṯe ḏẖīraj pā▫i▫ā. In their Mercy, the Saints have met me, and from them, I have obtained satisfaction. ਸੰਤੀ ਮੰਤੁ ਦੀਓ ਮੋਹਿ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥੩॥ संती मंतु दीओ मोहि निरभउ गुर का सबदु कमाइआ ॥३॥ Sanṯī manṯ ḏī▫o mohi nirbẖa▫o gur kā sabaḏ kamā▫i▫ā. ||3|| The Saints have given me the Mantra of the Fearless Lord, and now I practice the Word of the Guru's Shabad. ||3|| ਜੀਤਿ ਲਏ ਓਇ ਮਹਾ ਬਿਖਾਦੀ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਹੇਲੀ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ जीति लए ओइ महा बिखादी सहज सुहेली बाणी ॥ Jīṯ la▫e o▫e mahā bikẖāḏī sahj suhelī baṇī. I have now conquered those terrible evil-doers, and my speech is now sweet and sublime. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਨਿ ਭਇਆ ਪਰਗਾਸਾ ਪਾਇਆ ਪਦੁ ਨਿਰਬਾਣੀ ॥੪॥੪॥੧੨੫॥ कहु नानक मनि भइआ परगासा पाइआ पदु निरबाणी ॥४॥४॥१२५॥ Kaho Nānak man bẖa▫i▫ā pargāsā pā▫i▫ā paḏ nirbāṇī. ||4||4||125|| Says Nanak, the Divine Light has dawned within my mind; I have obtained the state of Nirvaanaa. ||4||4||125||
  2. SGGS Ang 525 ਏਕੈ ਪਾਥਰ ਕੀਜੈ ਭਾਉ ॥ एकै पाथर कीजै भाउ ॥ Ėkai pāthar kījai bẖā▫o. One stone is lovingly adored. ਦੂਜੈ ਪਾਥਰ ਧਰੀਐ ਪਾਉ ॥ दूजै पाथर धरीऐ पाउ ॥ Ḏūjai pāthar ḏẖarī▫ai pā▫o. Another stone is trodden under the feet. ਜੇ ਓਹੁ ਦੇਉ ਤ ਓਹੁ ਭੀ ਦੇਵਾ ॥ जे ओहु देउ त ओहु भी देवा ॥ Je oh ḏe▫o ṯa oh bẖī ḏevā. If the one is a god, the other is also a god. ਕਹਿ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਹਮ ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ॥੪॥੧॥ कहि नामदेउ हम हरि की सेवा ॥४॥१॥ Kahi nāmḏe▫o ham har kī sevā. ||4||1|| Says Namdev, I therefore, serve the Lord alone. I would say that the pangti does not directly say do not worship stone idols, however it does point to the worship of God. It shows us the folly in believing one stone is God and while we are stepping on another stone. If the one we are worshipping is believed to be God - and we have adorned it beautifully with stones and other decorations - what is the same material that we are actually stepping on ? Its a stone as well. So why are we stepping on stone and worshipping it too. We should worship the spirit of God, not stones. This shabad is by the Bhagat Naamdev Ji.
  3. It's all about devotion to one deity. The mind is more collected and peaceful. Unfortunately hindus cannot decide which one to pick. Divided attention means less shardha. Har ek simar ek simar ek simar peyare har ek simar. Whether through Jesus or through the Gurus. . God is one... Sikhi does tell us to consider the the gurus as one.. its up to us to delve deeper into our own religion and find out the correct way to pray and also correct our mental thoughts. Religion is also more about community which I think appeals more to people. Hindus and sikhs lead more isolated lives whilst the Christians seen to be more supportive of each other. This would easily influence a lonely person to join. Sikhi is all about meditation. . Which is more easily achieved by working solo as most of us do. The Internet provides the mental support from colleagues with similar aims to ours. It's all about where your personal motivation and support can be obtained from. No religion is right or wrong its all about what our individual requirements are.
  4. Remember to cover your head while reading Gurbani.
  5. When bhai mardana wanted to go see his family. .. Guru Nanak dev ji took him using astral travel. He had nothing in his hands so he requested Guru Ji for a gift. Guru Ji filled his choli with pebbles which he took quietly and when he opened it on arrival at home they were actually turned into gold coins. This sakhi reminds us to place our trust in Guru ji and not question every little happening we see because the outcome can be changed in an instant. A good example is one of my relatives mum was diagnosed with dementia. It was sad but later when her dad passed away... she realised the dementia was a blessing in disguise. Her mum never registered that her life partner is gone and never felt the sadness which might have further harmed her. A little good or a lot of good in something we might see as bad. Was her dementia a blessing or a curse?
  6. I read a sakhi from janam sakhi bhai bala which was about a thief. His mum told him to cover his ears whenever he passed a dharamsala. He did this until one day he was pricked ny a thorn and he heard the words that devte dont blink. After that he got arrested and the police made a nakli durga maa to appear to him in order to get a confession from him as he denied all charges of theft. He looked and saw she never blinked. That one sikhiya of the Guru saved him. I always thought this pangti was connected to that sakhi so I understood it differently. I must have read this pangti there. However now I discovered it had a deeper meaning... much deeper... which thanks to you asking for it I had to look it up and be sure. The words ratan jawahar manik actually mean veraag, gyan and naam which come into the budhi when we listen to the bachan of the True Guru. All the time I thought they meant actual rubies and gems without a deeper meaning. I now understand better what rubies, gems and jewels are in Gurmat.
  7. Will take me a while to prepare the answer as the sakhi from which I understand It Is long.
  8. SGGS Ang 2 ਮਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਤਨ ਜਵਾਹਰ ਮਾਣਿਕ ਜੇ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀ ॥ मति विचि रतन जवाहर माणिक जे इक गुर की सिख सुणी ॥ Maṯ vicẖ raṯan javāhar māṇik je ik gur kī sikẖ suṇī. In the mind are gems, jewels and rubies, provided thou you act upon (hearken to) even one instruction of the Guru.
  9. Good question. We give and think we have given. In reality God has used you to give. So you only hurt if you think you give. That is why kabir ji says mera muj me kich nahi. Jo kich hae so tera. Tera tuj ko saumpdhe kya laage mera. The saloks of kabir ji have many lessons in them. It is good to listen to them and read about the deeper meanings once in a while. I personally feel lots if comfort from them.
  10. Yes thats the spirit. God does not want us to beg.... and keep asking... rather start giving and sharing and planting. It all comes back to you that one day. However we are also not supposed to hope to get the fruits of our giving and planting. This is the way to control the mind and keep it in one place... at the feet of our Guru Ji. Constant repetition of his name helps achieve this.
  11. Rather I would say... he has blessed us with what we earned and are able to handle. Therefore looking into the past does not really benefit us. A forward thinking is more beneficial. The past teaches us things... we should plan for the future and set ourselves goals which we want to achieve. The future gives us hope. Every new day gives us another chance to do what we feel we did not achieve yesterday or today. How great is God... we view churasi as a punishment. However he has given us lives over and over again so that we can learn at our own pace.
  12. God just requires submission... the more total it is - the better the results. There are many sakhis of bhagats who sat down doing bhagti and God himself came to perform their jobs. aap karo humre sab kaaj. ... I think this pangti is from chaupai. Bhagats or devotees are supposed to get absorbed in the name of God and leave everything else to his hukam.
  13. Very nice quote. However assuming uyou had wasted no time - would your life this moment have been different to what It Is?
  14. Is the timing restriction the only restriction though. Are there others as well which we may not be very aware of.
  15. Just realised was God swearing at us? Neech papi akirtkan kukar moorakh haraamkhor... oh my God!!!!
  16. I saw a video talking about naam jap being more important and fruitful than reading bani. I think it is sant maskeen jis video. I never got the chance to listen to it though.
  17. The names of God all describe his different qualities. I like to think of them in this way as it makes a lot more sense rather than link them to any religion or language or yug.
  18. The women were so brave that they armed themselves with swords and knives and fought till they were killed by the enemy. I saw this bit in a film. The first lady had suggested going falling into a well. Another one suggested fighting.
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