Gurbani snippets

These things do not relieve the anxiety of the heart!

For some, or should I say most people, religion has become limited to intellectual discussions. They read scriptures, debate on the meaning of the different words, sentences in them, and consider themselves as religious scholars. They think they have understood ...
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Being is seeing!

As you are, so shall you see. What you see is not the reality of the world but your own reality. When you go out, look at the people of the world, and try to understand them, you may or ...
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The doubts are not dispelled by preaching and talking!

"We are all one." "The entire universe is a manifestation of God." "God is love." "Our true nature is love." "Brotherhood of humanity and Fatherhood of God." and so on and so forth... We all know these things. Isn't it? ...
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Why this stone around your neck?

Different people belonging to different religions hang different things around their neck, hands, head or different parts of the body. How does it matter where and what are you hanging on your body? "Have you seen the lord within yourself?" ...
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Use some foresight!

No one does anything bad to herself. Right? And if we all understand that whatever we do, we do to ourselves, nobody will do anything bad. Isn't it? "What goes around comes around" is not just a saying, it is ...
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The misconception of injustice!

There is no injustice in this world. Everything is governed by the law, which is completely fair and just. The law is called the law of karma. The law is simply that you reap what you sow. Therefore, you are ...
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The way to renounce pride

Gurbani asks us to renounce pride, our all-time occupation to prove ourselves better than others. But as we try to renounce it, we get depressed, feeling ourselves not better than anyone. Then, we get back to our old ways of ...
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Renounce self-conceit

Baba Nand Singh ji used to ask from the Sangat (congregation), "what does a Sikh have to become?" "Nothing", he used to answer himself. He used to add, "The purpose is to become nothing. One who is still something hasn't ...
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They are not called heroes!

Not everyone who dies in a war is a hero. Not every person who fights is a hero. There is a saying that says "Tolerating injustice with others is a crime. But tolerating injustice done to yourself is an even ...
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Are you a lover?

When things are going good, it's not difficult to love your mate. Your real love shows off when things are going down. When the other person is going through a bad phase of life, she cannot be as nice to ...
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Where does happiness lie?

Where does happiness lie? Probably, it is one of the most important questions of life. We all seem to have different answers to this question, and therefore have different paths in life, because ultimately, all of us are in pursuit ...
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Don’t search outside!

I am amazed in how many different ways and in how many different words Gurbani emphasizes that we shouldn't be searching outside ourselves but inside ourselves. Gurbani says that what we desire lies within the sacred place of our heart ...
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What is duality?

Abandoning the inner peace and joy in pursuit of the outside pleasures is a life lived under duality. Actions driven by ego rather than selflessness or love are actions performed under duality. We live our lives pursuing ephemeral outside pleasures ...
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Desires of only rare ones are quenched

Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor contended. One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King so asked the ...
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Completely forgotten the reality

Aren't we separate from God? If we think we are, we are living in duality i.e. in a belief that there is something other than singularity i.e. God. However, this illusion was created by God Himself. The world is like ...
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