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Are We God Fearing or God Loving?

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  1. Tejwant Singh

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    Are We God Fearing or God Loving??

    First printed at Sikhe.com on Oct.20, 2001


    Are We God Fearing or God Loving??
    Tejwant Singh (Malik) Sat Oct 20

    Lets try to find the answer to the question.

    When human beings came into existence, they were very fearful of their surroundings because they did not understand them. This was true among all peoples from the Incas in the Andes to the Adhivasis in the deep jungles of India. Gradually, when people understood the natural phenomena of The Akalpurkh, they became less fearful. However, some among them saw the opportunity to become the 'spiritual leaders' of the tribes by becoming "the only ones with 'the Truth' in that little circle". These people engaged in fear tactics to keep the tribes under their influence. They created demons, hell and fireballs in the worlds beyond, where they said those who did not obey them or follow their teachings would perish to.

    The 'leaders' evolved and their followers multiplied in numbers, hence the cults became religions. But the fear tactics remained the same in all religions until the birth of Guru Nanak in the 15th century.

    "Satguru Nanak parghteiyah, mitti dhund jug chanan hoa".

    Here Bhai Gurdas ji is not giving us the weather report of the day nor is he describing the day Guru Nanak was born. He is emphasizing Guru's Teachings that lifted the veil of darkness created by fear. Thus, fear created darkness began to evaporate and bright rays of love began to outshine.

    Fear is darkness; Love is light. Fear breeds repression and submission; Love breeds freedom. Fear makes us cringe; Love makes us open our arms. Fear breeds rebellion; Love creates harmony. Fear is shackles; Love is 5K's.

    This cultivation of Love has continued ever since and only due to our Love towards Waheguru, Sikhe has flourished and has become the 5th largest religion with 25 million Sikhs worldwide in a mere 532 years.

    If someone says to you "We should be fearful of God", please recite them the verse of my 10th Guru:

    "Jin prem kioh, tinh hee Prabh payeioh" - Only Love can create the connection to Waheguru.
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  3. Ishna

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    In Gurbani we often encounter tuks about fear.

    ਮਨ ਰੇ ਸਚੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਭਉ ਜਾਇ
    Man re sacẖ milai bẖa▫o jā▫e.
    O mind, meeting with the True One, fear departs.

    ਭੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਕਿਉ ਥੀਐ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
    Bẖai bin nirbẖa▫o ki▫o thī▫ai gurmukẖ sabaḏ samā▫e. ||1|| rahā▫o.
    Without the Fear of God, how can anyone become fearless? Become Gurmukh, and immerse yourself in the Shabad. ||1||Pause||​

    Some discussion to explain the apparent paradox would be useful. I will check out the surrounding pages before posting my thoughts.

    Then, once the fear paradox is resolved, we might see clearly how, in Sikhi, Love is the primary motivator instead of fear.
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