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TRUE ASSOCIATION: SAADH SANGAT
I have searched my mind and body, through and through. How can
I meet my Darling Beloved God, O my mother? Joining the Sat
Sangat,
the True Association, I ask about the Path to God. In
that Congregation, God abides (sggs 94).
Coming into contact
with the philosophers’ stone, copper is changed;
that copper is
transformed into gold. In the society of godly souls,
Kabeer is
changed; that Kabeer is transformed into God (sggs 1158).

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As they reveal to us, in the company of the Saadh Sangat, a lowly conditioned Soul is transformed into Divine Consciousness! In such holy company, one finds the energy, integrity, understanding, and persistence to liberate himself from the false ego sense (Haume and its associated faults such as lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealously, stubborn mindedness, etc.).
 
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  • Saadhsangat kayu vaariyaa jeeyu keeyaa kurbaan. Jis te sojhee man payee miliyaa purkh sujaan: I am devoted to the Saadh Sangat; I sacrifice my soul to them. Through them, understanding has entered my mind, and I have met the All-knowing God (sggs 43).
 
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  • kayee koti rajas tamas satak: Many millions abide in the disposition of passion, ignorance, and goodness (sggs 276).
  • Trai gun maya moh pasara sabh varte aakari: The three qualitied mammon or Maya is pervading all the embodied beings (sggs 1260).
 
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In addition to defining it, the Gurbani also provides us with numerous redemptive attributes of Saadh Sangat. A few of these divine attributes are summarized as follows. For example, in the True Association:
  • The joy of God's Kirtan is obtained (1204).
  • Prema-Bhagti or loving devotion of God wells up (sggs 384).
  • One is rid of false ego (sggs 1181).
  • God's Name tastes sweet (sggs 272).
  • God's Name is churned (sggs 587)
  • The treasure of Naam is obtained (sggs 271).
  • Hari-Ras or God's elixir is attained (sggs 374).
  • Practice of Naam-Simran or God's meditation becomes easy (sggs 262).
  • The God's Name abides in the mind (sggs 1417).
  • Spiritual awakening takes place (215).
  • Mind's filth is removed (sggs 520).
  • Mind becomes calm and stable (sggs 271).
  • Fear and doubts depart (sggs 193).
  • One gets to drink Amrit or Lord's Name Nectar (sggs 299).
  • One become free of sinful reactions (sggs 271).
  • Five vices are restrained (sggs 271).
  • The sense of duality vanish (sggs 254).
  • Freedom from death and birth is attained (sggs 1146).
  • Discriminating intellect and spiritual wisdom are attained (sggs 377).
  • Evil-mindedness departs (sggs 503).
  • God's Path is found (sggs 1122).
  • One learns to serve (sggs 1182).
  • Eternal happiness and bliss is obtained (sggs 271).
  • Freedom from sorrows is attained (sggs 461).
  • All places of pilgrimage and ablution are realized (sggs 965).
  • The true Heaven is found (sggs 742).
  • Faith becomes strong (sggs 981).
  • Animosity departs (sggs 271).
  • True friends, intimates and helpers are found (sggs 453).
  • "Stable Abode" is found (sggs 1146).
  • The state of desirelessness is obtained (sggs 913).
  • Contentment is obtained (sggs 889).
  • Mental peace is attained (sggs 256).
  • Sinners become Pure and Accepted (sggs 861).
  • Mortal becomes Beauteous, Wise and Valiant (sggs 531).
  • The stage of absorption in devotion is attained (217).
  • Search for God becomes priority and reality (848).
  • Understanding of God's inexpressible gospel is realized (sggs 997).
  • Darkness of ignorance is dispelled and salvation is obtained (sggs 675).
  • Kundilini is awakened (sggs 1402).
  • God or the real Self is Realized (sggs 607).

 
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The Guru's word annuls the cycle of birth and death
leaving no painful doors
Says Nanak
I Surrender to the Master
and bow to His Word Again and Again
 
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God becomes Manifest in the Assemblage of His Devotees (Sadh Sangat).
Realize Him through this Association in contemplation of His Word."
 
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Sangat is the Abode of God
Sometimes, we get annoyed due to one or the other thing, and avoid attending the Gurdwara i.e. going to the Sangat, without realizing that by this we miss presenting ourselves to the Lord. The Guru says, God is there in the Sangat.
We go to the Gurdwara for our own selves and not for the Guru or God. We go to the Sangat to obtain His blessings. Even an individual Ardas in the Sangat may be more effective than praying alone at home or elsewhere. When whole of the Sangat joins in and prays for someone, it is said that it becomes much more effective.
 
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sqsMgiq siqgur ctswl hY ijqu hir gux isKw ] sqsMgiq siqgur ctswl hY ijqu hir gux isKw ]Sat.sangat.e Satgur chatsaal haay jitu Har-e gun. sikhaaThe Guru’s blessed congregation is a school for learning goodness. 4-1316-7
kwm kroD qrsnw Aiq jrY ] swDsMgiq kbhU nhI krY ]kwm k®oD qrsnw Aiq jrY ] swDsMgiq kbhU nhI krY ]Kaam krodh: t.r;isnaa at.t.e jaraaeSaadh: sangat.e kab-hoo nahee karaaeSex, anger and desires burn, But shuns the congregation. Namdeo-1252-13
 
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An occasion for Service -
In the Sikh way, “Sewa and Simran” - selfless-service and remembering God, are intricately intertwined. Remembering God has its value only if we selflessly serve others. Selfless service is the mainstay of worship by many saints (Sewa Panthee), and with them they may take some Sangat for this purpose.
The Sangat itself provides the occasion for doing service. Wherever there is no facility of electricity, people fan Sangat. They serve water or tea to the Sangat and people. Many serve at water-stands. When Sangat is resting, some Gurmukhs - God-oriented persons - may press their legs and feet. Another way of serving is cleaning and may be polishing as well the shoes of the Sangat. Mostly the Sangat gets together to wash and clean the Gurdwara, its floor. The people yearn to clean the floors of the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harimandir Sahib at Amritsar. Many serve disabled and the sick.
 
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Three Pillars
The Sikh faith has Three-Pillars - honest earning, sharing with the needy, and remembering God. Sangat shows the way for this discipline, and as well provides an occasion for these.
Spiritual Evolution
Presence of Guru Granth Sahib, Gurbani, Kirtan, and subtle (magnetic) effect of the Sangat gives peace. The environment of Gurdwara calms the mind, and makes it sensitive to receive the Guru’s Word - his teachings, essential to realize God. Every particle of the Gurdwara has the spiritual field to emanate His bliss due to the presence of the Guru, Kirtan, and Gurbani.
 
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hir kIriq swDsMgiq hY isir krmn kY krmw ]hir kIriq swDsMgiq hY isir krmn kY krmw ]Har-e keerat.e saadh: sangat.e haae sir karmann kae karmaaSinging God’s praise in the congregation is a great deed! 5-642-7
swDsMig durmiq mlu ihirAw ]swDsMig durmiq mlu ihirAw ]Saadh: sange d.urmat.e mallu hiriaaCompany of the holy person destroys evil in the mind. 5-266-14
Going to the holy congregation is great -
pwrsu Byit kMcnu Dwqu hoeI sqsMgiq kI vifAweI ] pwrsu Byit kMcnu Dwqu hoe sqsMgiq kI vifAwe ] Paras bhaete kanchanu dh:aat.u hoee sat.t.sangat.e kee vadeaa-ee The effect of Sangat is like philosopher’s stone, touching a metal it turns it into gold! 1-505-7
A place for Ardas: supplication - It is not a plain belief, but is a fact that the Guru and God hear a collective Ardas by the Sangat. Everyday, we come across such incidences. Many saints and even Gurus instructed the Sangat to pray together for another person -
krau bynqI swDsMgiq hir Bgiq vCl suix AwieE ]krau bynqI swDsMgiq hir Bgiq vCl suix AwEAo ]Karou baenat.ee sadh:sangat.e Har-e bhagat.e vachhal sun.e aa-aeo On hearing the collective prayer of the congregation, the “Lover of Saints” (God) comes for help. 5-712-10
 
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Humility - Humility is total eradication of ego. When Kaam - lust; Krodh - anger; Lobh - greed; Moh - attachment; and Hankaar - ego, die away, the man is left with humility. We learn it in the Sangat - congregation, and Pangat (Langar) by sitting at the same level on the floor, and without any discrimination of any sort. Except for the handicapped, no one is given a special seat. By this we learn that all the human beings are equal - one and the same.

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Bhai Harbans Singh from Jagadhri, often told that Sant Nand Singh used to say, “How much recitation of the Name of God you can do sitting alone? In the Sangat, the value of your recitation will become equal to this multiplied by the number of people in the gathering.” It seems to be true - more the Sangat, more the mutual magnetic influence, deeper the concentration, and greater the outcome of reciting the Naam-Jaap. Evidently, the right place for the recitation of His Name is Sat-Sangat., although every place is fit for this virtuous purpose.
 
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pwrbRhmu ijsu ikrpw krY ] swDsMig so Bvjlu qrY ]3]pwrbRhmu ijsu ikrpw krY ] swDsMig so Bvjlu qrY ]3]Paarbr;ahmu jisu kirpaa karaae |Saadh:sange so bhavjalu t.araae When God is kind by virtue of the saint’s company, The man successfully crosses this fearful world-ocean. 5-899-18
God-oriented fellow becomes detached from the worldly bindings, unconditionally surrenders to God, and thus becomes Jiwan-Mukat - liberated while still alive. According to the Sikh philosophy, in the end - after death, the soul of such an elevated person totally bereft of evils and filled with virtues, unites with the Super-Soul - God, and his transmigration as well as reincarnation stops -
Bju swDsMgy imly rMgy bhuiV join n DweIAY]Bju swDsMgy imly rMgy bhuiV join n DweEY ]Bhaju saadh:sange milae rangae bahur.e jon-e naa dh:aaee-aae Attain the love of God by reciting His Name in the saint’s company, and then your transmigration will stop.5-547-3
swDsMig jnm mrx invwrI ]swDsMig jnm mrx invwrI ]Saadh;sange janam maran. nivaareeSaintly company destroys cycle of the birth and death. 5-740-17
khu nwnk jau swDsMgu pwieE qau iPir jnim n Awvau ]khu nwnk jau swDsMgu pwEAo qau iPir jnim n Awva ]Kahu Nanak jaou saadh:sangu paa-aeou t.ou Phir-e janam-e naa aavou Says Nanak, by the grace of the saint’s company, one no more gets born again. 5-401-11
 
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