RD1 Ji, you've taken it personally, I didn't mean it like that - I'm sorry ! My intentions were sincere n fruitful on account "understanding" concepts and not judging intelligence. The term intellectual maturity was used in relation to demonstrating a familiarity with, and confidence in handling, the vocabulary and conceptual framework of Sikh theoretical tradition [note, understanding and not qualifications] thus, constituting as it were, compatible individuals to take part in sound arguments. It is impossible for someone brought up in European culture to appreciate Punjabi music because such music cannot mean the same to her/him as it would to a Punjabi whose been brought up in a different environment, with different values and different language. No doubt you will agree that the purpose of a piece of music is to convey the composer's emotions. But what can a European know about the Punjabi's emotions ? On that note, I cite here an example for you, which I'd like you to chew on and shop around for interpretation, theoretical framework surrounding it's construction and overall objective setting out meaning and purpose. It is: [bold].New How would you know how much foundational knowledge I or someone else may have, and how we may apply these? Are you the gatekeeper of "intellectual maturity?" We are all here to learn and explore various Sikh concepts.
ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੧ ॥ ਸਿੰਮਲ ਰੁਖੁ ਸਰਾਇਰਾ ਅਤਿ ਦੀਰਘ ਅਤਿ ਮੁਚੁ ॥ ਓਇ ਜਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਆਸ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਹਿ ਨਿਰਾਸੇ ਕਿਤੁ ॥ ਫਲ ਫਿਕੇ ਫੁਲ ਬਕਬਕੇ ਕੰਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਹਿ ਪਤ ॥ ਮਿਠਤੁ ਨੀਵੀ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਗੁਣ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਤਤੁ ॥ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਨਿਵੈ ਆਪ ਕਉ ਪਰ ਕਉ ਨਿਵੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਧਰਿ ਤਾਰਾਜੂ ਤੋਲੀਐ ਨਿਵੈ ਸੁ ਗਉਰਾ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਅਪਰਾਧੀ ਦੂਣਾ ਨਿਵੈ ਜੋ ਹੰਤਾ ਮਿਰਗਾਹਿ ॥ ਸੀਸਿ ਨਿਵਾਇਐ ਕਿਆ ਥੀਐ ਜਾ ਰਿਦੈ ਕੁਸੁਧੇ ਜਾਹਿ ॥੧॥ SGGSJ, 470
Baba Nanak composed that, hunt around and see if you can find the beauty behind its construction. I'll wait n meditate until then .....
.....to be continued !
Speak soon - Ciao