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    Sir, this is quite interesting and thank you for sharing it. The dasam dwar cannot be a physical gate as it would be no different from the other 9 gates of the body. Well certainly not enough to afford it an seperate mention in Gurbani, and an exalted status in Gurmat.

    "Mysterious" may be a little inappropriate to describe the dasam dwar, as Guru Granth Sahib does not cloud it under a veil of secrecy or mystery. Instead Guru Sahib desctribes it a goal, or stage to be worked for. Guru Sahib is very explicit when talking about Dasam Dwar in anand Sahib.
     
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    Tell me your definition of narak and reincarnation according to gurmat.
     
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    Narak is a place which exists where sinners are taken (from Guru Granth Sahib).

    Reincarnation is process whereby the soul takes the forms of different bodies evolving through different life forms before being given the boon of a human body, from which vessel he/she is able to reconnect with the Primal Soul (from Guru Granth Sahib).
     
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    Good morning techsingh ji -

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts !

    I've read with interest all that you we've said and offer by way of an explanation some rational basis to help understand the term "dasam dwar".

    Just as there is a science of letters n grammar, so there is a spiritual science of the soul. Spiritual Sikhism is to that end, and as such has a glossary of terms just like grammar and letters has in literature. Dasam dwar is one such term.

    In discussing stories, poems/shabds the first question we usually formulate is: what is it about ? what is the writer trying to tell us ? To ask these kind of formal questions is to conceive the entire shabd as an object made out of words. Poets use imagery and words with different connotations and denotations to contribute to tone, meaning and message. Guru Amardas is indeed explicit when he uses imagery as a figurative [10th gate of the body] language to evoke mental picture following the sentence preceding it, which is, ਨਉ ਦਰ ਠਾਕੇ ਧਾਵਤੁ ਰਹਾਏ [9 gates of the body]. So yes, you're right, he is talking literally but using figurative language to illustrate the 10th gate after the 9 gates of the body [2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, mouth and 2 lower organs]. That makes it very specific and explicit.

    If that'd be correct then it rules out all notions of ਮੁਹਾਵਰੇ [idiom usage] and is therefore, specifically carved out to convey the 10th part of the body. Even by definition it cannot be an idiom. Look at the definition of an idiom:
    1. a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light ).
    Clearly, in the shabd above the figure 10 is deducible from the preceding verse accounting the figure 9.

    And, if I may add, change the words of the text, and you start changing the desired intent of the writer in greater or lesser degree. Spiritual Sikhism has a glossary of terms and the 9 and 10 figurative uses are from within that conceptual theoretical standpoint.

    Hope that helps -

    Much obliged !
     
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    even ever expanding will have a peak, even if only for the moment, you are talking of an infinitive peak..
     
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    We totally disagree. For me narak is here and now. If we dont practice the truth its narak.
    Reincarnation is here and now also being born and dying everday without the truth,
    Gobind milan ke eh tery baria.
    No chance everagain this is your chance now. It is here and now. No fear of hell or joy of heaven in a far off place it takes place everyday in our lives. No need to do tapaysa for hours on an end with closed eyes. Gurmat makes it simply. Listen to the truth. Speak the truth and live the truth.
     
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    What is the state of Naam? And What is it's peak?
     
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    What is Living the Truth?
     
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    I think i quit worrying about definitions a while back...
    Basically my definitions or perspectives, or understanding from a intellectual point of view were thrown right into the Bin when i started Simran...

    One Cannot understand Dassam Duaar or Naam or anything without experiencing it...
    Are there heavens and Hells in a far away distant place? i Dont know...Heaven and Hell exists right here also...so why do i care if they exists anywhere else?

    What i know is that there is an endless infinite creation out there accessible without a spaceship...all through the Body...its vast...its immense....sounds crazy, but Guru Nanak Dev Ji's DEscription of Endless creations, reals, universes or whatever is real...Your inner vision will reveal, through your simran...


    You see, the reciting of Shabad is not the be all and end all, it just helps one develop a still and focused and powerful mind (not the brain)...and then a person is most likely ready to handle what lies ahead...whilst holding back and controlling worldly desires...

    The Student in the Classroom, stops to daydream, and starts paying attention...and with the aid of the teacher, starts a pretty cool journey or discovery :)

    But if you don;t agree with this, then keep doing what you're doing, live as truthfully as you can, warn truthfully, share without wanting reward...what can;t be great in this?

    God Bless
     
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    techsingh jee - you're almost there !

    ..yes !
    ...yes !
    ...yes !

    But, what truth ?
     
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    :) Bravo!
     
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    Can one tell the difference? Is there a difference? surely they both describe heightened states of awareness?

    I will find appropriate threads for both subjects and reopen them so that we can define both the terms above, or it is possible the thread concludes both topics, which will then save us much time rather than go over old ground here.
     
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    ..allow me to lead Sir !
    In answering what appears to be a cooperative enquiry on your part H, one must accord with the wisdom found on page 340 off SGGSJ, which is, "..no letters of any alphabet can account what lays beyond the 10th gate" [॥ ਬਾਵਨ ਅਛਰ ਲੋਕ ਤ੍ਰੈ ਸਭੁ ਕਛੁ ਇਨ ਹੀ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ ਏ ਅਖਰ ਖਿਰਿ ਜਾਹਿਗੇ ਓਇ ਅਖਰ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹਿ ॥੧॥ {ਪੰਨਾ 340SGGSJ; in bold]. In other words, ineffable, a state beyond time and space. Those who experience it or indeed, have experienced it cannot speak because the subject matter is incomprehensible. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE BECAUSE IT DEFIES ALL LAWS OF RATIONAL AND EMPERICAL ENQUIRY AND OBSERVATION, RESPECTIVELY. Those who have had the experience are forever silenced for they become the living testament to what is the "ultimate truth", meaning, satnam. This is more commonly referred to as the mystical experience or religious experience of humankind.

    Goodnight Sir and God bless you !
     
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    Narak can be here and now, but it is subjective to your past karma and present karma. Imagine someone going through life everyday WITHOUT living, speaking or listening to the truth but still having the time of his life. Is it hell for him? He will tell you no. But when he dies there will be a hell for him. Gurbani says so. There is hell in the next world, which no-one can avoid if they don't follow the path of Dharma. It won't be permanent, but there will a sojourn and residence there for some time.

    Nobody only has one chance to experience Waheguru, unless they subscribe to Semetic philosophies. There are people born in this world who have NO chance of experiencing Waheguru because of physical or other handicaps. Would you say that this should be their one and only chance?

    It is absolutely essential to do Nam Simran. Gurbani says it over and over. It is one of the pillars of Gurmat.
     
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    I couldn't have put it better myself.

    God bless
     
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    I don't know what your trying to imply here.
     
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    What was the first Karma? This has been discussed here many times.

    That person has just lived like any other animal. Then he/she dies, thats it. He never questions his existence thus failing at life without even noticing that he has failed. "Man search within your heart everyday"

    This is a Christian, Islamic and Vedic belief. Predates Sikhi. Hence thats why others say Sikhi is nothing new because of wrong interpretations based on those beliefs.

    Only one chance. Deformities are deformities, not a punishment from a bearded man. Its part of nature. You know if you have sex with your cousin/sister or brother, chances are the child will be born deformed/il. When one or other parent is deformed or has a an illness that might effect the child, well they should not conceive a child. Rather than blaming . is not in the business of punishment. Life is well just life, somedays are better than others.

    What is Naam Simran? Parroting a particular mantar? I don't find this to be right. Yogis and others were already doing this. Why Would Guru Nanak prescribe the same practice to his Sikhs? Could it be that we have totally mis-understood the meaning of Naam-Simran. I think so.
     
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    Techsingh Ji

    Science already proves that what we consider to be matter in this physical universe is not really what we think it is. It's an illusion. Electrons actually only exist because of a 'conscious' observer collapsing the wave function. Otherwise nothing would be solid. (Google double slit experiment). our own bodies and brains are made up of these very electrons as they are intrinsic in EVERY atom in existence. If our consciousness was just a product of the brain and impermanent then who is 'observing' us into existence and why do we posses the same ability to affect matter in this way ourselves? The truth is consciousness is not a product of anything. In fact it's the other way around. Everything is a product of consciousness. And consciousness just IS. Scientists are fighting this discovery tooth and nail because they don't like to admit that yes... It appears that 'we' exist as one pool of conscious energy in a quantum state -- somewhere else!

    How does this relate to Sikhi? Guru Nanak Dev Ji discovered there is no birth and death because he knew that truth. Once you know that everything in this creation is merely like a dream (or a play) and that ALL the characters are being played by the ONE same dreamer or (actor) then you understand there is ultimately no death - does the actor die when he removes a costume? Does the dreamer die when he awakens from the dream and is no longer the character in the dream? By the way both analogies are used as metaphor in Gurbani to explain it!! You will find a shabad on Ang 736 for one...

    The reason even hell / heaven are not true is that there is only ONE. If there is only one consciousness in existence (which we are all a part of) then how can there truly be a hell? Hell would be not realizing that truth! Hell would be believing that our lives are meaningless and impermanent. Hell would be not knowing our true identity! Just like heaven - the idea of heaven implies a separate place where everything is hunky dory - but any idea of separateness from anything else is still hell to me. Duality is hell. Truth is ONEness. Surpassing the ego identity and becoming ONE again.

    We are act of the ONE creator (nirgun unmanifest) becoming self aware by experiencing itself subjectively (Sargun manifest) through its own creation - like a dream, thought... As ONE it was impossible to do that because there was no 'other'. When you understand this you understand why there is no birth and no death. And reincarnation does not have the same meaning. Every night I dream I am some different character it's never the same (well maybe sometimes if I really like that dream) but it's wrong to think of any one individual character in any of my dreams reincarnating. They are not real. I am the one behind all of them. So if I dream tonight I am a pilot - (in reality I am also all the passengers too! And the plane and the sky because they are ALL within my dream and I control them all) but anyway let's say I am focused on playing the part of the pilot. When I wake up tomorrow did the pilot really die??? Does the pilot reincarnate? You will say no because the pilot was never real... That's the realization! Right there! And Chaz Ji will know what I am talking about! Wake up from this dream!
     
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    Abrahamic faiths beleive heaven and hell to be permanent. Gurbani does not.


    What bearded man?

    Parroting is doing naam simran with no focus on the divine.


    Yogis and others had their focus on the Tridev, and/or other devi devtas. Guru Sahib told them the power behind these beings.
     
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