- Aug 19, 2005
- Fremont, California
gauVI mhlw 5 ] ([FONT="]214[/FONT]) Gauree, Fifth Mehl:
Harsimirit Kaur Khalsa
Guru Granth Parchar Mission of USA
mwqo hir rMig mwqo ]1] rhwau ]
“I am intoxicated, intoxicated with the love of the Lord. ||1||Pause||”
When you hear advertisements or commercials, the first things shown are personal testimonies, before the product is introduced. You don’t know how to get it until later in on the program, and they never list the price until towards the end. Likewise, Guru Arjan Dev Ji first mentions the high rush of ecstasy he has received to catch the listeners’ attention. He does not hint at the source of his bliss until later on in the shabad. Even before you share with others of your joy, you first experience it and then react; afterwards, you want to explain your behavior and spread the good news to others. People seek false sources for contentment and success by following the demands of their ego, pride, lust, attachment, and anger.
EuhI pIE EuhI KIE gurih dIE dwnu kIE ]
“I drink it in - I am drunk with it. The Guru has given it to me in charity.
Why does Guru Ji say that he drinks the source? Why doesn’t he say he eats it or just takes it? The quickest means for the body to absorb liquid or nutrition is by hydrogenation intravenously or by drinking. If you have to eat it, then it takes longer to digest, and without liquids, the food will not digest at all. All living things demand water for survival. How has Guru given this in charity? The royal drinks are prepared by precise temperature heating and cooling to get the correct texture and flavor. So, Guru Ji has showed us what God has already done for us to benefit the relish of His Amrit.
auAwhU isau mnu rwqo ]1]
“My mind is drenched with it. ||1||”
When we realize all the beauty of His creation is His act of love towards us, then we do more than appreciate it, we become intoxicated in the infinite acts of God’s hukam which controls every detail of existence. If we forget one moment of God’s royal presence, then our mind will not be drenched with this knowledge. We must function in our daily survival routines with the awareness of God as we sleep, awaken, sit, stand, and walk to maintain satisfaction. Once we lose focus of God, then we become slaves to our five vices, and then lose our joy and peace. Then we start to act illogically, hurting ourselves as well as others. Without the gian wisdom of Guru Ji, we can never know how to prevent this tragedy.
EuhI BwTI EuhI pocw auhI ipAwro auhI rUcw
It is my furnace, it is the cooling plaster. It is my love, it is my longing.”
Why do people seek peace? When we are at peace, we are able to concentrate better on our job, in school, and interacting with our family and friends. Our health improves, and our psychology remains stable. Memory and creativity also improve. Stress causes the opposite effect. Some drinks are prepared by heating first in a special furnace that controls specified temperatures with proper insulation. Only a trained expert in the field can operate it to guarantee perfect drinks from it. There are areas in our life that need to be purged, done away with. We have not the ability on our own to improve ourselves. The power to do so is within only because of the power, grace, and hukam of God. ey rsnw qU An ris rwic rhI qyrI ipAws n jwie ] (921, rwmklI, mhlw 3) “O my tongue, you are engrossed in other tastes, but your thirsty desire is not quenched.” ipAws n jwie horqu ikqY ijcru hir rsu plY n pwie ] “Your thirst shall not be quenched by any means, until you attain the subtle essence of the Lord.” hir rsu pwie plY pIAY hir rsu bhuiV n iqRsnw lwgY Awie ] “If you do obtain the subtle essence of the Lord, and drink in this essence of the Lord, you shall not be troubled by desire again.” When we tune ourselves into the meanings of the Guru Granth Sahib, then we allow the glory and power of God to help improve our character. Why waste your time and money on that which does not give your eternal satisfaction? Why let yourselves to be fed on your five vices. They are eating the wisdom and power of life out of you.
So what’s dangerous about drinking alcohol? After drinking, people usually feel pleasure and become talkative at first. The feelings are usually replaced by drowsiness as the alcohol is eliminated from body, and the drinker may become withdrawn. This pattern often encourages people to drink more to keep the buzz going. Immediate medical attention is necessary if a person becomes unconscious, is impossible to wake up or seems to have trouble breathing. Drinking a high concentration of alcohol in a short period of time can suppress the centers of the brain that control breathing and cause a person to pass out or even die. When people pass out, their bodies continue to absorb alcohol. The amount of alcohol in the blood can reach dangerous levels, and they can die in their sleep. Continue to check on someone who has gone to sleep drunk. Do not leave that person alone. It is dangerous to combine alcohol with other drugs, especially those that make you sleepy. Most alcohol is metabolized in the liver and then excreted. When someone drinks more alcohol than their liver can handle efficiently, the extra alcohol goes in the blood and body tissues. Your sex life can be harmed by drinking alcoholic drinks. Alcohol depresses nerve impulses. In men, it can prevent the pleasurable activity. In women, heavy drinking during pregnancy can harm the foetus. When the, baby is born, he may be very small and have little intelligence and have a deformed face. This condition is called Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and babies born to mothers with an alcohol problem are at a high risk of suffering from this. The sad thing about drugs, and alcohol is one of them, is that the person loses the ability to reason. The chemical takes control over the body and mind. Just as drugs entice, addict, and destroy, so do the impure ways in which we think, do, and say.
Among young people, the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and nonrespiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other drug use. Long-term health consequences of youth smoking are reinforced by the fact that most young people who smoke regularly continue to smoke throughout adulthood. Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have never smoked. Smoking reduces the rate of lung growth. In adults, cigarette smoking causes heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that early signs of these diseases can be found in adolescents who smoke. Smoking hurts young people's physical fitness in terms of both performance and endurance—even among young people trained in competitive running. On average, someone who smokes a pack or more of cigarettes each day lives 7 years less than someone who never smoked. The resting heart rates of young adult smokers are two to three beats per minute faster than nonsmokers. Smoking at an early age increases the risk of lung cancer. For most smoking-related cancers, the risk rises as the individual continues to smoke. Teenage smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost three times as often as teens who don't smoke, and produce phlegm more than twice as often as teens who don't smoke. Teenage smokers are more likely to have seen a doctor or other health professionals for an emotional or psychological complaint. Teens who smoke are three times more likely than nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. Smoking is associated with a host of other risky behaviors, such as fighting and engaging in unprotected sex. One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age. Tobacco smoke also contributes to a number of cancers. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels. This can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated. Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and causes cancer. A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup (210 g) of tar in a year. Changing to low-tar cigarettes does not help because smokers usually take deeper puffs and hold the smoke in for longer, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs. Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your whole body and especially your heart work harder. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs. Smoking causes disease and is a slow way to die. The strain put on your body by smoking often causes years of suffering. Emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis again and again, and suffer lung and heart failure. Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar in tobacco smoke. Men who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. Heart disease and strokes are also more common among smokers than non-smokers. Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and blocks blood vessels which leads to heart attack. Smoking causes around one in five deaths from heart disease. In younger people, three out of four deaths from heart disease are due to smoking. We need to purify ourselves.
So how does Guru Ji teach us how to purify ourselves? shsY jIau mlIxu hY ikqu sMjim Doqw jwey ] (919, rwmklI, mhlw 3) “The soul is polluted by doubt; how can it be cleansed?” mMnu Dovhu sbid lwghu hir isau rhhu icqu lwie ] “Wash your mind by attaching it to the Shabad, and keep your consciousness focused on the Lord.” khY nwnku gur prswdI shju aupjY iehu shsw iev jwie ]18] “Says Nanak, by Guru's Grace, intuitive poise is produced, and this doubt is dispelled. ||18||” So don’t doubt the benefits that Guru Granth Sahib offers. If you doubt, it is only because you do not truly understand what Sikhism is all about. You should be more skeptical of the damage you can cause to your body by smoking, drinking alcohol, and drug abuse. You can also poison your body by allowing poison of pakandee teachings to enter into your mind. Other damages are caused when you are enslaved to your five vices.
min Eho suKu jwqo ]2]
“My mind knows it as peace. ||2||”
Many people do not want to quit drinking alcohol, because they enjoy the flavor and the relaxations and good feelings it causes. They don’t care about the dangers it causes to the body. The liver begins to malfunction, the brain cells are destroyed, and the blood system drowns in the high alcohol levels. So, they only enjoy false pleasures and false success. If they had a taste of the Amrit Bani of Guru Ji, they would give up their foolish habit and drink from the Word of God, the science of truthfulness as taught in Jap Ji Sahib. ikv sicAwrw hoeIAY ikv kUVY qutY pwil ] “So how can one become truthful? And how can the false veil of illusion be torn away? hukim rjweI clxw nwnk iliKAw nwil ] “O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will.”
shj kyl And Kyl rhy Pyr Bey myl ]
“I am content, as I am merged with the Lord playing in bliss over and over again.”
When we first understand Gurbani, then we taste the delight of Amrit Bani, craving more and more. Our lives begin to transform physically, mentally and spiritually. As long as we continue to merge with God, then we need not suffer any more. We learn to accept the nature laws of creation and learn how to cope with the many challenges in our complex lives. What does it mean to merge with God? Merging here means to sort out your differences with how reality operates under the hukam of God, just as Guru Granth show us. If we have anger, depression, greed, ego, pride, jealously, then we have a distorted view of reality, which causes us to drown in the Bvjl sea of troubles. We need salvation from evil.
What is the definition of evil? It means: morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds" morally objectionable behavior having the nature of vice, reverse of good that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune; tending to cause great harm, corrupt, selfish, greedy malefic: having or exerting a malignant influence Things that are not of God, that which harms or kills, the body as well as the spirit lack of goodness, emptiness. Salvation delivers us from all evils.
What is the meaning of salvation and evil? Salvation is defined as:.Preservation or deliverance from suffering, danger, destruction, difficulty, or evil. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance. In Christianity it means deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance. Restoration of our relationship with God through God's actions of reconciliation so that we can be assured of God's love and care now and beyond death.
[Middle English savacioun, from Old French sauvacion, from Late Latin salvātiō, salvātiōn-, from salvātus, past participle of salvāre, to save.
How does Guru Ji deliver us from evil? Guru Ji is not the sole participant in a deliverance. Salvation by Guru’s help requires our full cooperation to his instructions full of perfect wisdom. Guru Nanak has devoted all his life for our daily deliverances. He devoted all his time in learning compiling, and teaching from his experiences. Other Sikh gurus and some bhagats’ teachings were gathered later to be added into the Guru Granth Sahib. How do we participate? Easily, buy admitting that we need self-improvement, that we can’t do it on our own, that truth and reality are not limited to what we already experienced. We need to learn the meanings in the Guru Granth Sahib and apply the Guru gian in our lives. We need to understand Gurbani, remember his teachings, live Gurbani, and talk Gurbani. We need first to understand Gurbani so that we can give ourselves the opportunity to hear and learn. Once we taste the Amrit bani, then why should we hide the precious gift of “know how: from the rest of the world. We need to education people. We need to let others have the opportunity also to learn Guru Ji’s successful method of eternal salvation, health, success, and happiness. Guru Granth Sahib has been hiding long enough under the ramaalla. It’s time to take the cover off and reveal the beauty of Guru Granth Sahib to everyone.
nwnk gur sbid prwqo ]3]4]157]
“Nanak is pierced in love by Guru’s Shabad. ||3||4||157||”
Truth is the sharpest weapon or instrument in all of eternity. It is so powerful, that even the wickedest person would convert if he truly understood the truths of Guru Ji’s wisdom. Jap Ji Sahib teaches, suixAYdUK pwp kw nwsu ]8]Listening-pain and sin are erased. ||8|| When we are content, then we no longer feel our hurts, then are mistakes become fewer and fewer. These are all the doings of our merciful creator. He has designed the universe to respond to our actions and attitudes, the theory of cause and effect go into play. cMigAweIAw buirAweIAw vwcY Drmu hdUir ] “Good deeds and bad deeds-the record is read out in the Presence of the Lord of Dharma.” krmI Awpo AwpxI ky nyVY ky dUir ] “According to their own actions, some are drawn closer, and some are driven farther away.” ijnI nwmu iDAwieAw gey mskiq Gwil ] “Those who have meditated on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and departed after having worked by the sweat of their brows.”
In conclusion, if we do not drink the source of Guru Ji’s scientific wisdom, we will continue to wander blindly, guided by our limited primitive animal instincts. We may never know the experience of intoxication of Gurbani. One can never be over-intoxicated with Guru Gian. eyhu hir rsu krmI pweIAY siqguru imlY ijsu Awie ] “This subtle essence of the Lord is obtained by good karma, when one comes to meet with the True Guru.” khY nwnku hoir An rs siB vIsry jw hir vsY min Awie ]32] “Says Nanak, all other tastes and essences are forgotten, when the Lord comes to dwell within the mind. ||32||” ey srIrw myirAw hir qum mih joiq rKI qw qU jg mih AwieAw ] “O my body, the Lord infused His Light into you, and then you came into the world.”
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