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Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Archived_Member16, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Archived_Member16

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    Once there were two friends, one was a Gurmukh and the other a Manmukh. Their friendship was deep but Gurmukh believed in God while Manmukh did not. Gurmukh would wake up early in the morning, take a bath and recite the holy hymns while Manmukh would still be in bed sound asleep.

    Once they were going on a journey through he forest. As they were passing through the forest Manmukh found a bag of coal. He was very happy because he could sell it and make some money. As they further walked while talking about how lucky Manmukh was to find the bag of coal, Gurmukh screamed with pain. It appeared that a splinter went in Gurmukh’s leg. While Gurmukh was in pain, Manmukh started laughing. Gurmukh was surprise and asked him that why was he laughing. Manmukh said, “You have been worshipping God everyday and what you got is a splinter in your leg. I have never worshipped God and I still got a bag full of coal from which I can make money.”

    An old wise man happened to be passing them when he heard Manmukh’s comments. The old man had a big ironic smile on his face. Manmukh was astonished when he saw the old man smile. Manmukh asked the old man to what was he smiling? The old man replied, “You are naïve. You do not worship God. You were destined to find a bag of diamonds today if you have been worshipping God. And Gurmukh, you were destigned to die at the moment you got the splinter in your leg. Because you have been worshipping God, the pain of death simply turned into a splinter.”

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  3. Sinister

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    nice to see the religious propaganda machine at work in full swing.

    Yes lets make sweeping generalizations and divide the populace into stringeant sects : manmukhs and gurmukhs

    where the manmukh is the evil person who has no morals and laughs at the misfortunes of others.

    I know many atheists many of who are close freinds and lovely people who respect and openly tolerate my beliefs. Who would help me when "i have a splinter in my leg"! Who would stand by me in times of trouble! These are people as well, not monsters!
    they love
    they adhere to moral principle
    they are disciplined in work ethic
    They have the same capacities as any Gurmukh.

    To most of the Gurmukhs: get over-yourselves...the belief in god does not translate into enhanced morality of any sort!

    Morality has to be acheived not just by bowing infront of Granth sahib but by learning to respect and tolerate others (including atheists).

    Its how your brought up...what morals your parents install into you when your 'booting up' as a child. Its partially what you chose to do with yourself and which moral code you adhere to. A religion when taken seriously will help in this process but morality can be acheived without a religious backdropl (if one choses that path).

    I shouldnt get all fired up... I think the Beetle Paul Mcartiney said it best: "let it be"
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