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What Sikhs (or human?) should do


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Recently, on this forum there are lot of topics revolving around the lines of
What sikhs should or shouldn't do...
What is allowed is sikhism or what is not allowed...
What constitutes a spiritual progress IN sikhism...
Who is right as per one's thinking vs the other...
and so on.......

After reading all the above mentioned topics, one looses the interest in sikhism because we've reduced such a beautiful philosophy into sheer dos-and-don't and then we argue over it.

Anyways, I was reading some other topic and the context in that topic really resonates with what's going on these days. Here is some food for our mind:

  • Continually challenging everything is not courage, but lack of focus. Some believe rules means that everything is forbidden unless it is permitted. Others think that everything is allowed until it is forbidden.
     - May be we're not focussed enough on the real-UNCHANGING-TRUTH that we're arguing about anything/everything that is part of the illusion.
  • Rules (dos and don'ts) are meant to help us.
    - Seems like most of the times, they limit our possibilities. Break the rules that limit you more than they enable. e.g a fence is installed on the borders of the farm to PROTECT the farm from harm, but when the fence itself starts to destroy the farm, then it's clear that the original intent of fence is not being served and therefore no longer needed.

"Sometimes it’s better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens." — Gautama Buddha

Good read: https://medium.com/personal-growth/why-its-better-to-be-human-than-to-be-right-4deecd5b9799

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