Gurbani snippets

No effort goes waste

Some people claim that their good efforts have gone or are going in vain. They say that in spite of all their goodness, they have only received bad things from life/people. However, Gurbani puts it very clearly that no effort ...
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The greatest virtue of all

Always remaining conscious of the intimate presence of the lord is the most sublime virtue and from it originates all other virtues of compassion and love for the mankind, fearlessness, peace, and joy. He is near, even closer than our ...
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Pursue the higher taste

Every religion asks us to follow restraint, to withdraw from the worldly pleasures. But hardly anyone understands the logic behind such restraint. The reasoning is simple: the religion asks you to withdraw from the worldly pleasures so that you can ...
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Why were you born?

Why were you born? Is there any value in the years between your birth and your death? Aren't you living another meaningless life? Just because everyone else is doing so. Just because there is no meaning in the lives of ...
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Whose desires are fulfilled?

In all your pursuits, you are pursuing your joy, peace, and contentment. But your true desire, your true pursuit won't be accomplished by any of the things you are engaged with in this world. The true desire of the soul ...
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Who is a real friend?

Who is a real friend? Who will stay when everybody else would leave? Why are you spending your life this way, if these things are not going to be any help to you? The Name of the Lord is the only ...
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The great and the powerful are also suffering!

ਫਰੀਦਾ ਮੈ ਜਾਨਿਆ ਦੁਖੁ ਮੁਝ ਕੂ ਦੁਖੁ ਸਬਾਇਐ ਜਗਿ ॥ ਊਚੇ ਚੜਿ ਕੈ ਦੇਖਿਆ ਤਾਂ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਏਹਾ ਅਗਿ ॥੮੧॥ Fareed, I thought that only I was suffering; in reality, the whole world is suffering! When I climbed the hill ...
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Who is great?

This line reminded of this story: A poor man became rich. Once he became rich, everyone who used to ignore him started saying "Namaste" to him. To such people, he started saying "I'll pass on your compliments." People wondered what ...
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You will not find happiness in seducing women

We all are in pursuit of happiness. Everything we do - we do with an understanding that doing it will bring us happiness. All our pursuits are pursuits of happiness. But where is happiness? Money, fame, and power - everybody ...
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Struggle with your mind, not with anyone else

"The world is your reflection", it is said. So, if you find a problem in the reflection, do you struggle with the reflection or the object whose reflection it is? If you don't like your image in the mirror, you ...
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The world you see is your reflection

The world you see is your reflection. So, before you judge anyone for any of his or her quality, see that quality in yourself. Because for you to see anything in this world, the same needs to exist in yourself ...
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Sow an action, reap a habit

"Sow an action, reap a habit." What is a habit? A habit is nothing but an action that has been repeated in the past and has now become a natural inclination i.e. preference for us. Just to note: "an action" ...
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As you desire, so you are

Some people say that you get what you want. Others say that you get what you are. As per this Gurbani line, both are correct since it says that what you are is what you want. If we look at ...
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Desires determine rewards!

Someone said that, "You'll be given every time you ask. So, think before you ask so that you don't repent when you get it." When you can desire the highest, why desire the lowest? When you can desire the ...
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There is no true friend in this world!

I have observed that the number of relatives or friends surrounding a person is inversely proportional to the magnitude of the adversity in his or her life. The greater the adversity i.e. the more you need help, the fewer ...
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