Gurbani snippets

All I see is you!

Someone said to me, "Don't ask Gurbani what God is." "Why?" "Because Gurbani will ask back what is not!" Even though the entire universe is the manifestation of God, we cannot see him. We see everything else but not ...
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What is the use of reading scriptures?

What is the use of reading any scripture, if you are not going to use it in your daily life? It is like burdening a donkey with sandalwood. The donkey doesn't appreciate the sandalwood and cannot use it. For ...
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Everything heard, seen, spoken is beloved himself!

All sounds, all visions, all things in the universe are but different vibrations of the energy. There is nothing but energy in the universe albeit of different frequencies. And energy is nothing but a physical manifestation of the Supreme ...
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The most important thing!

From Sufi master Rumi’s Table Talk: The Master said: There is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but did not forget that, then there would be no cause ...
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The blind missed the pearls!

A man was chasing a truck of coals so that he could grab a few coals and sell them in the market to fill his stomach for the day. He was so focused on the truck of coals that ...
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Whose children are they?

Kahlil Gibran said, “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you…” We worry about our children and our family much more than ...
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The sign of intelligence

“If the whole world appears dark, the problem could be in our eyes.” We are very good at finding problems, whether in other people or the world at large. And then we feel an urge to go out and ...
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Now, I sleep without a care in the world

In Punjabi, we say "ਘੋਡੇ ਵੇਚ ਕੇ ਸੋ ਜਾਣਾ". It means to sleep without any care in the world. These Gurbani lines say that when my Guru told me that everything happens per God's will, I became carefree. When ...
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Fear not, O my soul

How beautiful these lines are! Oh my mind, why do you worry that your needs may not be met? Why do worry about your sustenance? The worm who remains forever inside the stone and cannot look for his food ...
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Humility is my weapon

Leo Roskin taught, “It is the weak who are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.” Humility does not mean inferiority. Rather, it is the container into which all the virtues flow. Humility is telling the universe ...
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What is our true desire?

We feel dissatisfied and then we run after money, fame, or power. But do we really know what we want? Malcolm Muggeridge writes in “A Twentieth-Century Testimony”: When I look back on my life nowadays, which I sometimes do, ...
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Embrace Guru’s thinking

Albert Einstein observed, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” If we continue with our own thinking rather than adopting the thinking of Guru Sahib, ...
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The world is your reflection

There is a beautiful story I heard about Lord Krishna, Yudhishtra and Duryodhan. Once Lord Krishna called both Duryodhan and Yudhishtra into his room. When they came and stood near his feet, he told them that he had ...
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Beloved is near, but I cannot see him!

Oh my friend, listen to what I am going through: My beloved is near me. I can even hear him. But alas, I cannot see him. There is only a thin veil between us, veil of ego, that is ...
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As you sow so shall you reap

One of the biggest realizations in my studies of spirituality and religion is in the understanding of Law of Karma, "As you sow so shall you reap". The simplest understanding of the law is: Whatever you focus on grows ...
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