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  1. vsgrewal48895

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    SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY


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    Most humans are generally spiritually bankrupt. What has blocked their spiritual progress deserves some attention. The teachings incorporated in AGGS are not just abstract statements of theory, but guidance to an active faith, demanding their active application in daily life. The teachings stress on subjugation of the lower instincts and development of the higher instincts in human beings. It leads to evolvement of practitioner’s character and cleanse his inside. Both are important for one’s spiritual growth. Most of the discussions relate to material subjects and neglect spirituality. Anyone raising issues related to spirituality is considered as having some subversive agenda, even when this may not be the case. Guru Amardas ponders in Raag Bilawal;

    ਜਿਨੀ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਧਨੁ ਨ ਖਟਿਓ ਸੇ ਦੇਵਾਲੀਏ ਜੁਗ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ ਓਇ ਮੰਗਦੇ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਸਭ ਜਗਤ ਮਹਿ ਕੋਈ ਮੁਹਿ ਥੁਕ ਨ ਤਿਨ ਕਉ ਪਾਹਿ ॥

    O▫e mangḏe firėh sabẖ jagaṯ mėh ko▫ī muhi thuk na ṯin ka▫o pāhi.Jinī gurmukẖ har nām ḏẖan na kẖati▫o se ḏevālī▫e jug māhi.

    Those who do not become Guru willed and earn the wealth of the Akal Purkh's Name, are bankrupt in this age. They wander around begging all over the world, but no one even spits in their faces. -----Guru Amardas, Raag Bilawal, AGGS, Page, 852-17

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    In Sikhism, one should not judge the others, should remain open minded and receptive to all aspects of spirituality. Mostly, there is a tendency to blow one’s own horn even if one is ignorant on spirituality. Rather than judging others personally, we should be receptive to the content of views other than one’s own. Many posts indicate that the authors have no clue relating to spirituality. Yet, they remain critical while remaining oblivious of the content in another’s post. Their literal translations of the Sabd Guru hymns seem to be self-serving.

    Mired in ignorance, most perceive their selfish prayers in terms of a variety of rituals. They seem to worship AGGS as an idol and invoke physicality in their rituals of spirituality. They regard their conduct as the only way to have their selfish desires fulfilled. Desire, duality and selfish egotistical conduct of superiority are the root causes of spiritual bankruptcy.

    ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਲਾਗੇ ਪਚਿ ਮੁਏ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਅਗਿ ॥ ਗੁਰਿ ਰਾਖੇ ਸੇ ਉਬਰੇ ਹੋਰਿ ਮੁਠੀ ਧੰਧੈ ਠਗਿ ॥

    Dubidha Laagay Pach Moo-ay Antar Trisna Agg, Gur Raakhay Say Ubray Hor Muthee DhanDhai Thag.

    Attached to duality, they are petrified and die. They are filled with the fire of desire within. Those who are protected by the Guru are saved; all others are cheated and plundered by the deceitful worldly ways. -----Guru Nanak, Siri Raag, AGGS, Page, 19-10

    Actually we are all at different stages of spiritual growth, if at all. As such no two can be compared. As individuals, each of us is unique in terms of spiritual growth, as per one’s priorities.

    ਸਚਿ ਰਤੇ ਸੇ ਟੋਲਿ ਲਹੁ ਸੇ ਵਿਰਲੇ ਸੰਸਾਰਿ ॥ਤਿਨ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਮੁਖੁ ਉਜਲਾ ਜਪਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਮੁਰਾਰਿ ॥

    Sach Ratay Say Tol Lahu Say Virlay Sansaar, Tin Mili-aa Mukh Ujlaa Jap Naam Muraar.

    Seek and find those who are imbued with Truth; they are so rare in this world. On meeting them, one's face becomes radiant and bright, as one chants the Name of the Akal Purkh.-----Guru Amardas, Raag Maru, AGGS, Page, 994-10

    On a path to spiritual growth, first, one need to take a fearless and searching moral inventories of him/her self honestly. One has to search for flaws in his/her makeup that caused his/her failure in spiritual progress. Self-will is most often the root cause of our troubles. It is manifested in our resentments, our fears, our sexual conduct, and the harm we cause to the others. Instead of living under the Akal Purkh’s will, most of us like to live under own will. This leads us to judge the others instead of ourselves. The end result is a spiritual malady. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we are again restored mentally and physically.

    As humans, we have three basic instincts -- the social instinct, the security instinct and the sex instinct. They are needed for the human race to survive but when used selfishly or incorrectly they bring harm to the others. In our selfish attempt to fulfill these desires, we are in constant conflict with the others. For example, we interject when someone is speaking or making remarks during a debate, without having any understanding of the issues involved in the discussion. This is more common in self-centered people in general.

    ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਪੂਰਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੋਵੈ ਘਟਿ ਨ ਕੋਈ ਆਖੈ ॥ਪਤਿ ਪਰਵਾਣਾ ਪਿਛੈ ਪਾਈਐ ਤਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਤੋਲਿਆ ਜਾਪੈ ॥

    Sabh Ko Poora Aapay Hovai Ghat Na Koyee Aakhai, Pat Parvaanaa Pichhai Paa-ee-ai Taa Nanak Toli-aa Jaapai.

    Everyone calls himself perfect; none call themselves imperfect. If the weight of honor is placed on the scale, then, O Nanak, one sees his true weight.-----Guru Nanak, Raag Asa, AGGS, Page, 469-4

    Crux of resentment may be, “the other person is not acting the way I think he should”. This is rather self-centered. What we resent in the others are often the same limitations that we are struggling to overcome within ourselves. We see in the others merely a reflection of what we do not like in ourselves. This can be a tool that enables us to see our own so we can ask ourselves, “where have we been selfish, self-seeking, frightened, dishonest or inconsiderate and whom did we hurt?” One should ask himself, did I unjustifiably arouse bitterness? Was I at fault? What should I have done instead? A situation may not have arisen entirely from our own fault. We may have tried to entirely disregard the other person involved. Where were we to blame? The inventory was OURS, not the other man’s.

    ਕੁਬੁਧਿ ਡੂਮਣੀ ਕੁਦਇਆ ਕਸਾਇਣਿ ਪਰ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਘਟ ਚੂਹੜੀ ਮੁਠੀ ਕ੍ਰੋਧਿ ਚੰਡਾਲਿ ॥ ਕਾਰੀ ਕਢੀ ਕਿਆ ਥੀਐ ਜਾਂ ਚਾਰੇ ਬੈਠੀਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ਸਚੁ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਕਰਣੀ ਕਾਰਾਂ ਨਾਵਣੁ ਨਾਉ ਜਪੇਹੀ ॥ਨਾਨਕ ਅਗੈ ਊਤਮ ਸੇਈ ਜਿ ਪਾਪਾਂ ਪੰਦਿ ਨ ਦੇਹੀ ॥

    Kubudh Doomni Kudaiyaa Kasaa-en Par Ninda Ghat Choorhi Muthee Krodh Chandaal, Kaaree Kadhee Ki-aa Thee-ai JaaN Chaaray Baithee-aa Naal. Sach Sanjam Karnee KaaraaN Naavan Naa-o Japayhee, Nanak Agai Ootam Say-ee Je PaapaaN Pand Na Dayhee.

    False-mindedness is the drummer woman, cruelty is the butchers,’ slander of others in one's heart is the cleaning woman, and deceitful anger is the outcast-woman. What good are the ceremonial lines drawn around your kitchen, when these four are seated there with you? Make Truth your self-discipline, and make good deeds the lines you draw, make chanting the Name your cleansing bath. O Nanak, those who do not walk in the ways of sin, shall be exalted in the world hereafter. -----Guru Nanak, Siri Raag, AGGS, Page, 91

    Have we begun to learn tolerance, patience, compassion, forgiveness, and goodwill towards all men, as wind and water teach us

    ਸਹਨ ਸੀਲ ਪਵਨ ਅਰੁ ਪਾਣੀ ਬਸੁਧਾ ਖਿਮਾ ਨਿਭਰਾਤੇ॥ਪੰਚ ਤਤ ਮਿਲਿ ਭਇਓ ਸੰਜੋਗਾ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਕਵਨ ਦੁਰਾਤੇ॥

    Sahan Seel Pavan Ur Paani Basudhaa Khima Nibhraatay, panch tat mil bha-i-o sanjogaa in meh kavan duraatay.

    Wind and water have patience and tolerance, the earth has compassion and forgiveness, no doubt. The union of the five tattvas - the five elements, has brought you into being. Which of these is evil? -----Guru Arjan, Raag Maru, AGGS, Page, 999-17

    Now you have swallowed and digested big chunks of Truth about your self. This kind of analysis is not about who you are but it is about finding out who you are not? It is about cleaning your house by throwing out the things you do not want and not rearranging the old stuff.

    One should know that one can’t be helpful to all people, but ask God at least show you how to take kindly and tolerant view of each and every one. Thy will, will be done.
    The motto of an individual should be “I might be a single person in this world, but I may be the world for the individual I help”.

    Conclusion;

    The way you are is NOT the result of what has happened to you, it is the result of what you decide to keep inside you. Non-consideration of our character defects and criticism of others is every bit as self destructive as denial of them. One’s admission and acceptance of deficiencies can open the door for improvement. "The teachings contained in AGGS, when followed in their entirety at each step of life will allow ego to vanish in the fire of Divine love and lead to spiritual growth and giving us the wisdom for our spiritual ignorance." The purpose of developing our spirituality is to be free of spiritual ignorance, free of selfish or destructive behavioral patterns of criticizing the others, and free to return to our eternal home in God by attaching ourselves to Sabd.

    ਮਨੁ ਬੈਰਾਗਿ ਰਤਉ ਬੈਰਾਗੀ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਨੁ ਬੇਧਿਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਈ ॥ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਸਾਚੇ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸਿਉ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ ॥

    Man Bairaag Rata-o Bairaagee Sabd Man BayDhi-aa Mayree Maa-ee, Antar Joat Niranter Baani Saachay Sahib Seo Liv Layee.

    My mind is detached; imbued with detachment, the Word of the Sabd has pierced my mind, O my mother. God's Light shines continually within the nucleus of my deepest self; I am lovingly attached to the Bani, the Word of the True Akal Purkh and Master.-----Guru Nanak, Raag Sorath, AGGS, Page, 634-10

    Virinder S. Grewal
    Williamston, MI
     
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  3. Randip Singh

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    Thanks for the insight.
     
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    Virinder ji

    Guru fateh.

    First of all thanks for one more eye opening abstract. Allow me not call it an "Abstract "but the "Concrete Sikhi vision".

    What you said above in your Concrete Sikhi Vision is very true.

    In other words, as we declothe ourselves before taking a shower or changing our clothes or ready to go to a Nudist beach, we tend to look ourselves in the mirror and many of us hold on to our breath so that we can tuck our tummies in and flex our flabby arm muscles to feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his hay days for a micro second. Eventually the reality settles in and survival demands breathing out. And then we find our real outer self.

    More thorough self examination is needed for us to check our inner flab. Holding breath would not do a thing to discover ones character, the goldsmith that shapes the ornament called the Soul.

    I did mention before and it is worth mentioning again that, a Sikh's character is only measured what he/she does alone when no one is looking. This is the best test to examine the self inner cluttered closet of ours so that we can start our inner cleaning with the help of Shabad Vichaar.

    Thanks again for the write ups which can also be called the " Nudges to the Soul".

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    Tejwant Singh
     
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    Dear Teji Ji,

    Thanks for your comments., which Guru Nanak summarizes in the last pauri 38 of japji;

    ਜਤੁ ਪਾਹਾਰਾ ਧੀਰਜੁ ਸੁਨਿਆਰੁ ॥ ਅਹਰਣਿ ਮਤਿ ਵੇਦੁ ਹਥੀਆਰੁ ॥ ਭਉ ਖਲਾ ਅਗਨਿ ਤਪ ਤਾਉ ॥ ਭਾਂਡਾ ਭਾਉ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਤਿਤੁ ਢਾਲਿ ॥ ਘੜੀਐ ਸਬਦੁ ਸਚੀ ਟਕਸਾਲ ॥ ਜਿਨ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰਮੁ ਤਿਨ ਕਾਰ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਦਰੀ ਨਦਰਿ ਨਿਹਾਲ ॥

    Jaṯ pāhārā ḏẖīraj suni▫ār. Ahraṇ maṯ veḏ hathī▫ār. Bẖa▫o kẖalā agan ṯap ṯā▫o. Bẖāʼndā bẖā▫o amriṯ ṯiṯ dẖāl. Gẖaṛī▫ai sabaḏ sacẖī taksāl. Jin ka▫o naḏar karam ṯin kār. Nānak naḏrī naḏar nihāl.

    Let your continence be the workshop, patience the goldsmith, awakened mind the anvil, spiritual wisdom the tools, God’s fear as the bellows, austerity the heat and fire; loving devotion the crucible, and forge the Immortal Essence of Nectar. In such a mint shape the holy word and this fulfillment comes to those blessed with Divine Grace. Says Nanak: blessed are those who get the Divine gracious glance.

    Cordially,

    Virinder
     
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    Very true, sir. To do paath and sewa when others are doing it is easy. But do it when no one is around - just you and Waheguru - that is honest and true simran and sewa.
     
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    Dear Vire Grewal,
    Gurfateh. good sentiments and well expressed. True spiritual human r always rare. People discuss material matters even at religious places. that is why there are disputes. the right way to spiritualism is contentment ( Santokh ),that is possible only by Dharma ( Japuji sahib). The true way, you u r finding here is the way of Satguru Nanak Dev Ji only,but rarely available in Gurdwaras run by the ego bitten materialistics.
    Guru Nanak honoured Bhai Lalo , Mardana and likewise. Liked the 'Shaapri' of Bhai Hema. But now they demand Rs.100 to honour(siropa ) to anyone,most of them 'patit" . To be a "great sikh" u should have a marvelles banglow and a high position in the society.Spiritualism is set aside.
    A true sikh must thank his Satguru who has given him Gurbani , Guru- sewa and simran.
    Be contented with the fruit of your earnings by the sweat of your eyebrow, give daswand for the right cause to anyone or anywhere. Fix a little but definate time for meditation.Keep your mind and body fit by healthy thoughts and work.
    Satguru save His Sikhi from Koor Pardhani system.
    dass ,Balkar singh
     
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    Balkar Ji ,
    Kindly let us know what exactly summarises ur definition of 'KOOR PARDHANI SYSTEM ' ?
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    Dear Vir Dalbir Singh ji, Gurufateh;
    The definition is clear in my reply above . The management must come to the spiritual priorities instead of becoming pardhan by any means you know !
     

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