I have done slight tinkering with the answer. However, it shall be helpful.Sat Sri Akal, friends
Is our soul equal to God or A part of of God?
Is it our guru and should it be meditated upon?
From what you say, I think you are progressing quite well.Thank you all for the replies.
I do understand you, Lukcysinghji, there is value in being able to connect internally too, I feel and that is something I wanted to explore in this thread. As my practice has progressed I feel that there is less ego and more of a constant love and awareness, which I neither claim as "me" nor feel cannot be my core self.
Thank you Taranjeet singh ji for a profound and useful reply.‘God in man is in the form of Naam, says Guru Arjan Sahib ji in Sukhmani sahib, and ‘it resides in human body.
God’s relation to man is thus twin:
1. Relation of whole to a part –Super Soul to soul
2. Revealer of Naam and the one to whom the naam is revealed or in whom the Naam resides.
Man has the capacity to realize Naam through Guru’s Grace and on realization of Naam one is able to realize the form of soul, Atma, says Dr Singh (Metaphysics, music and mythology, 1958] The Gurmukhs train their minds to contemplate the Lord, the Supreme Soul. One who has realized the self understands the Lord.
Luckysingh Ji, thank you for sharing your personal experience.From what you say, I think you are progressing quite well.
You see, I started this journey of first trying to find myself and then to find my faith some years ago and it never went anywhere as near as planned. Firstly, It took me more than years to to knock this 'ego' down.
My biggest regret is to not paying attention to the ''real'' sikhism teachings and philosophy before I started taking control of my very own life!
I do agree, Sir, that there is a distinction between Naam and Name and one has to be careful while interpreting these two terms.Thank you Taranjeet singh ji for a profound and useful reply.
When I read the Sri Granth Sahib Ji the Naam is synonmous to the Name of the Lord, example below. What is the Naam if it dwells in us as the Lord, is it to be understood as something more than the recitation of His name?
Page 98, Line 12
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੀਐ ਤਿਤੁ ਤਰੀਐ ਗਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਵਿਰਲੀ ਜਾਤੀ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥੬॥੧੩॥
गुरमुखि नामु जपीऐ तितु तरीऐ गति नानक विरली जाती जीउ ॥४॥६॥१३॥
Gurmukẖ nām japī▫ai ṯiṯ ṯarī▫ai gaṯ Nānak virlī jāṯī jī▫o. ||4||6||13||
As Gurmukh, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and you shall be carried across. O Nanak, rare are those who know this state! ||4||6||13||
Guru Arjan Dev