The way to renounce pride

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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 engaging in superiority and pride. What is the way out?…

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Renounce self-conceit

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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 reached yet.” How strange are the talks of Saints and…

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Humility is my weapon

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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 that you are not filled yet and deserve more in terms…

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An undeserving beggar

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Recently, I and my friend went to a Gurudwara. As we came out of the Gurudwara, I noticed that there was a line of beggars outside the Gurudwara. My friend, who is a regular visitor to this Gurudwara, paid alms selectively to five of the beggars. As we moved past…

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Religious Pride

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Religious pride is an oxymoron. You are either religious or proud. I am referring to pride as a sense of superiority. To overcome the sense of inferiority within, people have used various means to feel superior over others – race, caste, nationality, colour of the skin etc. Religion, unfortunately, is…

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I walked on your path

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I walked on your path The path wasn’t easy Full of hurdles and hardships A roller coaster ride An arduous undertaking For only a few resolute ones But I walked. I was happy that I walked Proud of my strength and courage Disdained others who didn’t They were myopic and…

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