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Attributes to Gaining Vidiya as Started by Guru Gobind Singh

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source: The society of Saints

The attributes to Gaining Vidiya as Started by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj formed a few rules for the person who wanted to gain knowledge at Guru Ki Kashi, Damdama Sahib. If a student followed these rules then he or she could obtain success in learning vidiya. Those rules were:

a) One should be an Amrit Dhari and shouldn't consider anyone as a Guru except for Guru Granth Sahib. He should wear the kirpan and the gatra and stay within in the limit's of the 5k's in order to be saved from the 5 evils. He should follow the rule of reciting Nitnem each day. He should do the path of panj granthi and apart from the entire nitnem, should also know Panj Granthi orally;

B) One should practice Mool Muntra, Gur Mantra & Amrit Naam in solitude;

c) One should be polite and not quarrelsome. They should be affectionate to everybody;

d) One should respect and regard the entire sangat as the embodiment of the Guru's image. He should not be partial to anyone;

e) One should always consider himself involved in the activities of the Khalsa Panth (Khalsa Community). He should not go against the panth or criticize it and should have strong belief in it. One should remain armed like a brave person ready to offer his head in the cause of the panth if situation arises, and should not be coward;

f) One should be able to recite path of Siri Guru granth Sahib without mispronunciation and should follow whatever is told within it;

g) One should consider Siri Guru Granth Sahib from "ikonkar" to '18 Dasbees' (it's a path within SGGS where bhog is done. Some say Raagmalla is not part of SGGS but it is.) As one;

h) One should read the meanings of Bhai Gurdas Ji's and Bhai Nand Lal Ji's banis and one should read the entire dasam bir;

i) One should have read the books of other religions and have knowledge about them;

j.) One should believe in the One God and have strong faith in him.

k) One should not hate or criticize any other religion by thinking that God is in all. One should be against any cruelty to anyone;

l) One should have whole gian of mind, should recite kirtan and do service of the Sadh Sangat.

m) One should not exhibit his own talents and achievements and should not criticize other weak points. One should not give pain to living beings and should not be cunning;

n) One should be Gursevi and should not keep company of wrong men. One should put Gursikhi above everything else and keep Gurmat the top priority above any gian, and thus recite Naam. The giver of Mukti- naam, should strengthen it, One should remain content during good and bad times.

o) One should meditate on naam with determination. The determination for naam comes when taking Amrit from the five beloveds.

p) One should not consume alcohol or any type of drugs. One should be vegetarian and not eat meat, eggs, fish, etc;

q.) One should not backbite; be jealous or involved in making separate groups;

r) One should restrain himself/herself from being led by the give evils of lust, snger, attachment, pride and greed;

s) One should sleep less, talk less, and should be painted in the color of Naam. One should have strong belief in Amrit Naam;

t) One should be strong in religious beliefs and should study with heart. One should not have unreasonable arguments and doubts of religious belief, or criticize them unnecessarily. One should be smart and a quick learner, and should not be lazy;

v) One should get up in the mornings, bathe and learn from the sangat and their elders;

w) One should give knowledge away without asking for anything in return. That person should not limit themselves to a country or community. They should preach about Sikh religion through teachings of Gurmat, and what they have gained should be passed onto the sangat with affection;

x) One should respect others more than their regard for themselves. One should not cheat or tell lies, and in every suitation should stick to Sikhi. They should believe in God all their heart should believe all the Guru’s is listening;

y) One should recite naam himself and explain to others to do the same to attain freedom from life.

The above rules are for those Gurmukh students who wish to learn meanings through reading bani, and thus gain awareness of God.

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