Ambersariaji,Harry Veer ji I think it as follows,
We are all thieves in the garden of plenty, that is creation. We judge ourselves and we never recognize the dangers of being both "judge and jury". We pat our ego and we pat others back on how good they are. A thief patting another thief. Wonderful!
How much thievery is in consonance with creation? That is more fundamental question in my mind. This all goes back to balance of needs versus deeds.
Sat Sri Akal.
Allow me to explain,if we stick with plato's analogy, with the chariot representing reason, the white horse representing truth, contentment, compassion, humility and love, and the black horse, and the black horse representing the thieves, then this is the way in which the thieves can be used to transport reason from one our present location to our destination.
From a personal point of view, it is lust that brought me to this forum, and it was lust, that eventually changed me from atheism to sikhism over the course of this year.
My wife became ill and was signed off from work with stress, I suppose 25 years in nursing is enough to stress anyone out, anyway, the medication completely affected our intimacy, which at that point was a huge part of my life, and left a massive void which I struggled to fill, in the end I filled it with knowledge and understanding, and a belief in the Creator. being an extreme person, I ended up going round and round in circles, as at the time I felt I was either wolf or man, so the white horse was either doing all the work, or the black horse was doing all the work, Sikhi enabled me to use wisdom for the black horse, the fetishes which I was blessed with can make me extremely happy, and they are completely harmless, (its no more than an item of clothing), but now I use them as a carrot, I dangle them in front of the black horse, and I am its master, I can go at full pelt and the black horse is under my reign, not dragging me behind it, all that power and energy is harnessed and is useful if directed at the right things,
I talked to wife this morning about this thread, she maintained that her biggest one was rage, and the medication meant that the black horse was so doped out of its head, that it was actually sitting in the chariot fast asleep, while the white horse did all the work, my wife sleeps a lot, so that explains that!
In my humble view Ambersariaji, the thieves are there to be ruthlessly exploited for their pulling power, strength, endurance and stupidity in being manipulated, hope that makes some sense