The opening of Rehras Sahib reads (I couldn't find a translation with both Gurmakhi and English, I hope the following is sufficient): Rehras Saahib
So Dar ~ That Door. Raag Aasaa, First Mehl:
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
Where is That Door of Yours, and where is That Home, in which You sit and take
care of all?
The Sound-current of the Naad vibrates there for You, and countless musicians
all sorts of instruments there for You.
There are so many Ragas and musical harmonies to You; so many minstrels
hymns of You.
Wind, water and fire sing of You. The Righteous Judge of Dharma
sings at Your
Door. Chitr and Gupt
, the angels
of the conscious and the subconscious who keep the
record of actions, and the Righteous Judge of Dharma who reads this record, sing of
You. Shiva, Brahma and the Goddess of Beauty
, ever adorned by You, sing of You. Indra
, seated on His Throne, sings of You, with the deities
at Your Door.
in Samaadhi sing of You; the Saadhus
sing of You in contemplation.
, the fanatics
, and the peacefully accepting sing of You; the fearless
sing of You.
, the religious scholars who recite the Vedas, with the supreme sages of
all the ages, sing of You.
, the enchanting heavenly beauties who entice hearts in paradise, in this
world, and in the underworld of the subconscious, sing of You.
I find it to be quite beautiful b/c its like a procession leading to God's throne. But I ask out of curiosity, what is the understanding of the beings I've highlighted that are not human... Where does Sikhism stand on angels/spirits? Please don't take this the wrong way, maybe its a bit of a dumb question. Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/gurmat-vichaar/36575-opening-of-rehras-sahib.html
But reading the verses describing "Devtian, Darnala", I'd like some insight on what your understanding is of the spiritual realm and the beings described in Gurbani (the various worlds etc.)... considering Rehras Sahib is a daily prayer, I think understanding it is quite important. **I'm aware that there is some controversy etc. of the discussion of Hindu deities in Gurbani, thats not the dialogue that interests me, but in general, the idea of spiritual beings in Sikhism... Considering other faiths do have different spirits (ie. Native American), I ask out of curiosity where spirits stand in Gurbani and the understanding of Gurmat, if at all. And if not, what about these verses, are they not to be taken literally, but metaphorically? Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=36575
Also, the opening of Rehras Sahib provides almost a literal space for God. In comparison, Jaap Sahib defines God as without caste, without relation, strips away any and all constricts to space, time and place. ?????? *Confused
What is your understanding?