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Mool Mantr Made Easy : Ek Oankar

"Why do you go to the Gurdwara and bow?"

"Because my mum told me and my friends are there."

"Have you ever thought it might have something to do with God?"

"God? What’s God go to do with the Gurdwara? I can’t understand those people dressed in Punjabi clothes with turbans and beards, doing lots of strange ceremonies , singing and talking in punjabi that I just don’t get."

"Ok, let’s go back to the beginning before the Gurdwara there was Guru Nanak Dev ji."

"Yes I’ve heard of him, we’ve got a picture of him in our front room like in that film Bend It Like Beckham! And my mum always does her prayers infront of it. She lights a little lamp and burns an incense stick. My mum says that Guru Nanak is God and I think we had ten Gods upto Guru Gobind Singh. But I thought we were only supposed to believe in One God, you know that symbol Ek Oankar. So its very confusing."

"So you’ve heard of Ek Oankar. There is One God. Not ten Gods. All our Gurus and all great holy people said there is One God. We had ten Guru’s and even they said they were just servants of the One God."

"So why does my mum pray infront of that picture of Guru Nanak?"

"You know people used to pray to statues or to trees or to the sun or fire or even to pictures. But Guru Nanak asked us who do you think created the trees, the statues, the sun and pictures? It was the One God. So why don’t you just pray to the One God instead of all those other things?"

"So my mum shouldn’t pray to the picture?"

"No, Guru Nanak didn’t want anyone to pray to him or to his picture, that’s why he told us there is One God. The One Father of everyone."

"I like that. God is the One Father and we are all God’s children."

"That’s right. You know Guru Nanak wanted everyone to love each other like brothers and sisters."

"I don’t know about that, I’m always fighting with my sister. She always copies me or wants my toys."

"Yes, but if anything happened to her you would be upset. That’s because you love her. Guru Nanak wants you to love everyone like that. Black people, white people, boys and girls, low caste or high caste. Guru Nanak wants you to see everyone as children of God. Can you do that?"

"Yeah, that’s pretty easy. I have lots of friends at school, so I guess I can see them as brothers and sisters as well."

"Everyone doesn’t find it as easy as you do. I was at the Gurdwara last week and the punjabi children were learning to sing. Then a couple of white girls came in. Zoe and Alisha. They took off their shoes, covered their heads, washed their hands went inside and bowed. Then they got out piece of paper and read out ‘WAHEGURU JEE KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JEE KEE FATEH!" then they sat down with the other kids and started playing WAHEGURU WAHEGURU on the harmonium."

"Wow, that’s great to see other kids coming to Gurdwara."Part 2 coming soon ......

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Guest Javanmard

just a quick question: why should mul mantar be made easy? why should SIkhi be made easy?

Why is it always that we try to drag Maharaj to our level of education instead of striving to Maharaj's culture?

sad, very sad

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soory guys I wasn't trying to slag the thread off. I was just asking a general question. But honestly now: why is no one making an effort to learn languages, classical rags etc...

why do we have to drag Maharaj down to our level.

Yes of course Maharaj is easy going but easy going does not mean "made for dummies"!

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I agree with you on learning process. I think we are more dependent on english these days and this is the reason that sikh youth is easy to brainwash. If they know Gurmukhi and other languages its easy for them to understand the real meaning of Gurbani. No wonder our gurus were literate of most of the well known languages of their time.

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glad you guys understood what I meant. If any one needs bibliographical advice for books to learn Braj, Sanskrit, SLS (Sacred language of the Sikhs) etc... tell me so I'll establish a list of books and tools! :D

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I agree with you on learning process. I think we are more dependent on english these days and this is the reason that sikh youth is easy to brainwash. If they know Gurmukhi and other languages its easy for them to understand the real meaning of Gurbani. No wonder our gurus were literate of most of the well known languages of their time.

Gr Fateh!

Truth Singh, ol'boy, you've hit the nail on the head! The over-reliance on English is exactly why the format of Sikhi as it stands today is as such, movements who had access to spreading their version of events and agendas through the patronage of the ruling powers are now obviously the ones in power given the wide ranging impact the power of media holds.

I am just as guilty as any other of this, it is only recently I have tried to reverse this in myself and stop relying on 'ready-made' answers by this or that 'professor' or because Baba X Ji or Sant Y Jeeo said this, that or the other.

Regards,

Niranjana

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