Gurbani snippets

Everyone longs for that state

What is the most fundamental and the biggest desire of every human being? To be in a state of ecstasy and carefree abandon, where there is no striving, just an enjoyment of the present moment to the fullest. This is ...
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We are not aware of our friend!

This is our condition! Isn't it? Unaware of the Lord, we are driven by lust, greed, anger, attachment, and pride. We have abdicated our friend and are spending our lives with our enemies. No surprise that our lives are filled ...
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He is our father and mother

Whom do you turn to when the world is against you? Your parents? Right? The Lord is the father and the mother of everyone. He cares for us all, even though at times, we don't feel so. I remember this ...
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He is near at hand, not far away

Why are you looking up into the skies? The Lord is near, not far. He is closer to you than your heartbeat. Actually, you are not even separate from the Lord. Frankly, you are the Lord, trying to remember yourself, ...
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One disease that afflicts the entire world

What is that one disease that afflicts the entire world and is the source of all other diseases? Ego. The nature of ego is exactly opposite to the nature of the true self. While the true self is light, ego ...
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The Lord in the soul, the soul in The Lord

The soul is in the Lord, and the Lord is in the soul - There is no distinction. The One Lord Pervades the entire universe, including us. But still, we feel ourselves as separate, separate from the universe and separate ...
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The itch of slandering!

Can you relate to this Gurbani line? I can. So many times we become happy on seeing someone's fault, and then we take absolute pleasure in pinpointing the same to the person and others. Just as a person suffering from ...
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How can we get on board the boat of True Guru?

For people like me, who are so outward oriented and engrossed in this world, it is difficult to follow the teachings of Gurbani. All of the teachings require us to turn inward and search for the treasure there. But we ...
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A wise man reflects upon himself

Khoji, the founder of Dodra Sangat, used to say that we are all sanitary inspectors, always focusing on the dirt in others. We spend a great deal of our time associating with the shortcomings of other people by thinking about ...
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With your power do we serve you

After hundreds of years of walking on the path of spirituality, he started considering himself an elevated soul and was proud of his achievements. But then, once he turned back and saw that he was still there from where he ...
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He is All in All

ਨਿਰਗੁਨੁ ਆਪਿ ਸਰਗੁਨੁ ਭੀ ਓਹੀ ॥ ਕਲਾ ਧਾਰਿ ਜਿਨਿ ਸਗਲੀ ਮੋਹੀ ॥ ਅਪਨੇ ਚਰਿਤ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਆਪਿ ਬਨਾਏ ॥ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਆਪੇ ਪਾਏ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਦੂਜਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਰਬ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਏਕੋ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਓਤਿ ਪੋਤਿ ਰਵਿਆ ਰੂਪ ਰੰਗ ॥ ...
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Filth cannot be removed by just chanting the Lord’s names

This Gurbani line is revolutionary in a way. Chanting of Lord's names has been emphasized the most in Gurbani. However, in these lines, Gurbani says that people without Guru - even if they chant the Lord's names as much as ...
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From Pleasure and Pain to the Joy

What does it mean to consider as equal pain and pleasure? Pain originates from unfavorable circumstances, and pleasure originates from favorable circumstances. Treating them as equals means stop expecting the circumstances to be one way or the other, and being ...
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Happiness comes with great suffering

If I get that car, I'll be happy. If I get that job, I'll be happy. If I get that girl/boy, I'll be happy. If I clear that exam, I'll be happy. If I get that opportunity, I'll be happy ...
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Why not place your faith in God?

Where are you placing your hopes? In relatives, friends, your connections, or your abilities? Are any of these reliable? Why not place your faith in the lord? Why not? ...
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