When evil is in the heart

APRADHI DOONA NIVAI JO HANTA MIRGAHE. The criminal bends DOUBLE like the hunter out to kill a deer. His humility is deceptive. While preaching virtues, Sweatness and Humility Guru Nanak does not ignore the reality on ground also. He first gives the example of the Simmal tree. Though the tree is majestic, tall, big size and beautiful flowers, yet the birds which are attracted go back disappointed because it’s leaves. flowers or fruit are not eatable. He says Sweatness and Humility are real virtues. SIMMAL RUKH SARYARA AT DEERAGH, AT MUTCH. OIYE JI AAVAI AAS KAR, JANE NIRASAY KIT. PHALL PHIKKAY, PHALL BAKBAKAY KAMM NA AAVAI PATT. MITHAT NEEVEEN NANAKA GUN CHANGIAEEAN TUTT. Nanak says that it is to himself only that one bends; not to others. The pan of the scales which goes down (bends) is heavier !!! SABH KO NIVAI AAP KO, PUR KO NIVAI NA KOAY. DHARR TARA ZOO TOLEEAI, NIVAI SO GAURA HOAY. Then the realism ; APRADHI DOONA NIVAI JO HANTA MIRGAHE. SEES NIVAYE KYA THEEAI, JA RIDHAI KASUDHAI JAEN. What is the relevance of bending the head when there is evil in the heart !!!!

Good karma and ancestors

Good karma do help in the emancipation of even the departed ancestors ; PITRI. ————————————JIS SIMRAT SABH KILVIKH NAASAY, PITRI HOAY UDHAARO. SO HAR HAR TUM SAD HI JAAPO, JISKA UNT NA PAARO. POOTA MAATA KI ASSEES. A mother’s blessing to the son. May you remember always HIM who has no ends or limits , by cherishing whom the sins are destroyed and the Pitri too is emancipated. ————————— Giving alms, feeding and clothing the poor, helping the needy and the suffering are good ideas. One does not require any go-between (Dalaal ; the priest) for doing that. His aim will be to promote his interests only and will thus cleverly misguide you. The benefits will accrue to your Pitri provided you are sharing your honest earnings. Sharing the earnings of unfair and corrupt means will have an adverse effect only. Nanak warns : ———————— If a thief (MOHAKA) steals from a house and with that gives Pitri he is making his ancestors thieves in the world ahead. The go-between (Dalaal) also makes himself liable to divine punishment. JE MOHAKA GHAR MUHAI, GHAR MUHI PITRI DE. AGGAY BASAT SINJANEEAI, PITRI CHOR KARAY. VADHAAAI HATTH DALAAL KE , MUSFI IH KARAY. The source of the things shall be known and the Pitri too shall get branded. The divine justice demands the hands of the Dalaal be chopped off. —————————————- Sharing something from the honest earnings by own labour will get credit for the departed ancestors also. NANAK AGGAY SO MILAI, JO KHATTAI GHALLAI DE. —————————————————————- SHARING WAGES OF SIN, CORRUPTION, WHAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGED TO OTHERS ; WITH HUMANS OR GIVING OFFERINGS TO DEITIES OR PLACES OF WORSHIP DOES NOT GET ONE ANY CREDIT. GIVING, SHARING EVEN A LITTLE OUT OF WHAT IS EARNED BY HONEST AND HARD LABOUR IS REALLY MEANINGFUL !!!!

God’s own people

JANAM MARAN, DO-HOON MEIN NAHIN, JAN PAR-UPKARYEEN AA-AY. JEEO DAAN DE BHAGTI LA-AYN HARI SION LAIN MILLA-AY.

God’s own people (Jan) are beyond, both, birth and death (for them it is like moving from one room to the other) ; they come here for the good of others (par-uppkaar). They bless others with the spiritual wisdom ( Jeeo daan), put them in devotion (Bhagti laa-ayn) and lead them to meet with HARI.

TIME TO SHOW SOME INTOLERANCE

OUR MUCH FLAUNTED TOLERANCE HAS GONE TOO FAR AND LANDED IN NEGATIVE TERRITORIES.

We are, rightly and wrongly, proud of our tolerance. Rightly because we follow the divine expectation that the children of God comprise one family only and thus should look upon each other with this reality always in the mind. Should be the main reason why God keeps looking after us despite so many failings of ours. It is not for nothing that the term ‘ RAM BHAROSEY ‘ remains in vogue.

We do have a good measure of tolerance and acceptability towards diversity of many kinds. We have hearts large enough to forgive even the enemies and many wrong doers. We tolerate hardships as will of God. Let us be genuinely proud of it.
BUT, alas, the habit and practice of being tolerant has gone too far.

With the result that the tolerance has become a cage aw well a mask. The cage has made us inactive and the mask has become a convenience, a compulsion or just a habit. It has landed us into negative territories and has become a psychic affliction. We tolerated subjugation and accompanying cruelties and indignities for centuries. Presently, there are many areas where our habit of tolerance is doing great damage to the nation as such by stymieing the development and progress.There is a need to shed some tolerance.
We have over the decades become so tolerant to CORRUPTION AND RED TAPE that it is now our biggest bane which has made us look like helpless patients suffering from some incurable chronic disease. It is continuously nibbling at the efforts that are made to take the country forward. Nothing moves without a bribe being pocketed by some one. Instead of fighting we meekly acquiesce. The Govt are blamed for not doing any thing about it !! We all know where are the roots of corruption ; in our TOLERANCE !! Let us show some intolerance by what ever way we can. It is not a one man job, agreed. Requires collective and organized will and effort. We can strengthen any collective or individual effort trying to reverse the trend. Let us identify the corrupt and stop supporting them to become rulers and continue with the loot with added vigour after each election.

FALSEHOOD AND HYPOCRISY accost us as a routine.

These do not lead to any reaction, revulsion, or opposition. Who is interested in the truth ? It is an inconvenient baggage !! When are we going to become conscious that it makes u. s unethical, saps our moral strength and will to fight ills . Those who are supposed to teach, guide and lead keep feeding us on falsehood and hypocrisy. Let us show some revulsion and stop tolerating or accepting it. We should be guided by virtues like ethics, morality, honesty and sincerity. Raising the moral standards of coming generations should get due attention.
Our tolerance to FILTH, outside our home, is rather exemplary. Living in good houses and beholding stacks of filth, as the very first welcoming scene after taking the first step outside the house, in many places, causes no ripples in the mind or conscience speaks volumes about our tolerance. Looking outside the moving cars, buses or trains is nothing less but a punishment. Who is bothered about the impression of the country the outside visitors will carry with them. We can even tolerate poor cows rummaging through the filth heaps and in the effort to find some nourishment devouring filth, plastics and many other harmful objects which shall later give them excruciating pains and suffering before death comes to the. rescue How can the minds then be healthy in such filthy and dirty environments.

Our Prime Minister has very consciously accorded highest attention to this National problem. Let us show some intolerance to filth and join the PM to change the face and reputation of the country. Keeping the surroundings and public places neat and clean is not any herculean task. Little change in attitudes can work wonders.
This, in general, tolerant attitude makes us tolerant to our own weaknesses and failings also. It will be good idea to take the first step with the self only. Let us subdue or overcome our infirmities one by one. In the bargain we shall get better prepared to become intolerant to the common afflictions. The listing is only indicative and viewer can identify suitable additions to the list.

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What is physical body?

NAU DARVAZAY, DASWAN DUAR. BUJH RE GYANI EHU BEECHAR. —- Guru Nanak (SGGS, Page 142).

The body has nine openings into the physical world. There is the TENTH GATE opening to the spiritual realm. It is a fact known to the enlightened souls. Through this gate awareness gets connected to the spiritual world, the REAL world, of which the physical world is just a temporary extension, a facility to the awareness to experience and evolve. What is physical body ?
PAUN PANI AGNI KA MAYL ; CHANCHAL CHAPAL BUDH KA KHAYL. It is play of the Supreme playful intelligence. What is death then ? DEHI MAATI, BOLLAI PAUN. BUJH RE GYANI, MUYA HAI KAUN. One who is watching the play does not die. MOOYEE SURRAT, BAAD, AHAMKAAR. UHH NA MOOYA JO DEKHANHAAR. HAU NA MOOYA, MERI MOOYEE BALLA-AIN. UHH NA MOOYA JO RAHYA SAMAA-AY. The Troubles die, not the ONE, the real SELF who is imbued in the physical. We have to understand and recognize the real ONE, the REAL SELF, in the physical contraption. When the Guru shows the REAL, the Braham, then no body shall be seen to be COMING or Going. KAHU NANAK GURAY BRAHAM DIKHAYA. MARTA JAATA NADAR NA AAYA. All doubts shall finally vanish for ever when with the grace of the Guru the TENTH GATE opens and the reality is as obvious as day light. Do not hesitate to accept that the key to the Tenth Gate is with the Guru only. It cannot be opened by own efforts, intelligence or wisdom. Nothing without acceptance and surrender..

Blessings are beyond count

GHANHAR BOOND, BASOH ROMAWAL, KUSUM BASANT GANANT NA AAWAI. ---- RAVI SASS KIRAN, UDDAK SAGAR KO, GANG TARANG UNTT KO PAAWAI. ---- RUDDAR DHYAN, GYAN SATGUR KE, KABI JAN BHALAY TUMHAY JO GAAWAI. --- BHALLAY AMAR DAS GUN TERE, TERI UPPMA TOHAY BAN AAWAI.--------------- From SGGS ; from a captivating verse by a poet in the service of gurus, praising gunas of third guru, Guru Amar Das (Bhalla). Simple explanation is : 
Rain drops from the clouds(ghanhar), vegetation (romawal ... hair) on Earth(basoh), the number of flowers (kusum) in spring (basant) are 
beyond count. -------- rays from the Sun and the Moon, the amount of 
water(uddak) in the ocean, the waves and the ripples in the Ganga ; 
can any one know the extent. --------- Deep concentration (dhyan) of 
Shiva (Ruddar), the wisdom and knowledge of the Satguru ; only the 
blessed poets (kabi jan) can sing. -------- O, Bhallay Amar Das, 
likewise,your gunas (are beyond count), your merits and greatness 
(uppma) becomes you only. --------------- DO RELISH PLEASE !! May have to read the lines more than once, trying to catch the rhyme also.

The drop and the ocean

The OCEAN comprises of all the DROPS. The DROP is connected to the OCEAN. Each drop is connected to another drop though it may not be so aware. Where is the OCEAN ? It is where each drop is. No specific place !!! Can be put the ocean at one particular spot ? Obviously not possible !!! HE is every where. All places are HIS. With due awareness HE can be realized and seen every where !! In each drop, in each soul, in each heart !!!

Contentment

Fire-place is the first place which a fire burns. LUST, GREED, ANGER, HATE are all fires and you know which place these will burn first. Have we ever seen a fire being put out by putting more firewood on it. The more is put on it the more it will ask for. None will be satisfied without CONTENTMENT. Let us learn contentment. Let it be a sign of strength and not weakness.

Be simple

God, life , spirituality, virtue, wisdom, are all SIMPLE affairs. Simple understanding can transform us and the life around us. Intellectual exercises by the ones eager to show themselves at a higher level of understanding and their selfish interests to retain prominence and dominance are all red-herrings and lead away from the practical aspect of understanding and becoming. The precious time is thus wasted in futile exercises. WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO BE SIMPLE ?

Corruption

Look at the wonderful impact made on the corrupt and the corruption in just about two and a half years of administration by a very high profile govt under an extremely dynamic and most honest PM !!! During the historic exercise of removing corruption and black marketing where almost the complete country is involved and inconvenienced besides suffering losses and vast numbers spend hours and days standing in queues just to get a small portion of their money, in the form of new currency, back from the banks THE CORRUPT AND BLACK MARKETEERS, MANY OF THEM GOVT OFFICIALS, HAVE A FIELD DAY !!! We all know the details. An honest and conscious govt will hang the head in shame and say sorry to the public !!!

Exploitation

GAOO BACCH KO SANCHAI KHEER. GALAA BANDH DUHi LAY AHEER. ( Kabir — Guru Granth Sahib)

The cow stores milk for the calf. The herdsman (milkman) ties its neck and milks it !! Don’t we all live on exploitation !! Also, what is the use of collecting and sitting upon wealth, which may be of no real utility to you.

Justifications

Need or otherwise, we do often pray to God for or take for guaranteed His love, sympathy, mercy, compassion and help of some sorts. Do we also have these in us for others ? If not, then what face or justification we have to ask from God which we are unwilling to ourselves give or share with others ? Do think over it when asking for or expecting something from God next time !!!

A stage of awakening

The world seems to have reached a stage of awakening, mental development, interdependence and understanding that domination and browbeating of one nation or group by the other is likely to become a thing of the past. Major powers keep making efforts to maintain a sort of equilibrium while guarding their strategic interests. The proliferation of nuclear weapons has added caution in dealings between nations. The trouble spots are likely to go on losing their damage potential. People to people contacts are increasing day by day.The feeling of being strangers to one another is vanishing. Notwithstanding its misuse, the social media is doing a great job in this regard.The future has lot many good things in store for the humanity. The where-with-all to find solutions to the scourge of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, diseases, lack of development and economic backwardness exists Let us keep positive our spirits and thoughts and encourage brotherhood, love and compassion.

Under His will

ALL THE TIME WE ARE UNDER HIS WILL. WE ARE THE INSTRUMENTS HE IS PLAYING. ONLY THE DEEP UNDERSTANDING AND REALIZATION IS MISSING !!! THE LEAVES OF THE TREE DO NOT HAVE THE INDEPENDENCE TO GROW AND EXIST AT THEIR OWN FREE WILL. OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL WORLD IS AN ILLUSION ONLY. HE, GOD, NATURE IS THE ONLY REALITY. !!!

A sea of compassion

YOU ARE A SEA OF LOVE AND COMPASSION WHICH CAN CAUSE FLOODS ALL AROUND. ONLY THING IS THAT THE FLOOD GATES ARE NOT OPEN COMPLETELY. THERE IS ONLY ONE KEY THAT CAN UNLOCK THE GATES COMPLETELY. BEHOLD HIM IN THE SELF,ADORE HIM AND SEE HIM IN EVERY ONE ELSE ALSO. THEN YOU WONT BE ABLE TO RESTRAIN OR INHIBIT THE FLOW OF LOVE AND COMPASSION !!!

Sympathy and remorse

Nothing to exult or rejoice at the moment. Evident suffering, losses, frustration and inconveniences can be ignored or laughed away by the indifferent and clever by half only. Benefits and the promises are hazy, unclear, unsure and distant. NO WORD OF SYMPATHY OR REMORSE FROM THE POWERS THAT BE !!! IS IT NOT SURPRISING AND PINCHING ?

The self and the formless

The SELF is an extension of the FORMLESS, into the physical world. The phenomenon can be described in ‘ N ‘ number of ways. One can choose for himself the perception. The moot point remains the realization of the truth. The truth that in reality we are the formless awareness of the FORMLESS. We can neither see HIM in physical terms nor the SELF.

Devotion

DEVOTION is fixing and establishing in mind the FORMLESS with love that is NATURAL like the love of the mother for the child. The love of the mother does not make sudden appearance at the birth of the child. It is a brew which has been in making for many years duly blended with the inherited essence through the genes. The love of HIM will become natural over a period of time with consistent involvement of the mind through CONTEMPLATION. Guru’s words provide direction, passion and reason as well help to fix and establish the FORMLESS in the mind and sow seeds of love which shall be required to be nurtured with due diligence. The LOVE will then over a period of time become NATURAL like the MOTHER’s love.

Stilling the mind

Stilling the mind to receive some insights is a difficult exercise. The thought shared here, in original, was prompted as a response to a very meaningful post on the subject by friend Prakash Chavan.
Put the mind in expectant, waiting and receptive mode as if waiting at the door for some important guest to make appearance. A purposeful silence shall be easier to maintain. One should, as you have mentioned, should also be aware that the task is not an easier one. Consistent effort is required to train and channelize the mind in new grooves.

Women and culture

TO HELL WITH A CULTURE WHICH SANCTIONS, ALLOWS OR CONDONES THE MOLESTATION OF WOMEN, AND THAT TOO OPENLY ; ON ANY PRETEXT WHAT-SO-EVER !!! SHAME ON THOSE WHO RELISH, SUPPORT OR LOOK THE OTHER WAY !! FEELING REALLY OUTRAGED !! DON’T YOU ??? …….. (culture here implies the individual perception of it.)

Keep up!

Performance report, mark sheet, grading, are getting updated every moment and can be easily accessed with little introspection and viewed. Let us keep making efforts to improve the score and carry a respectable performance card to become eligible for a place to sit at HIS door. There is no favouritism, nepotism or consideration for any thing else there ; performance only counts. Are we clear about the type of performance expected from us ???

The flow of life

EVOLUTION IS FLOW OF LIFE ; IT IS OUR DESTINY, A NATURAL HAPPENING ; A DIVINE BIDDING. WE SHALL BE BETTER OFF IN ALL RESPECTS IF WE REALIZE AND FALL IN LINE. EACH STEP TOWARDS EVOLUTION TAKES US CLOSER TO HIM, BESTOWING LIGHT AND BLISS. LET US ALSO BE MINDFUL OF THE RESISTANCES IMPEDING THE FLOW.

In one go

In one go God has put in the universe every thing that shall much more than suffice, for all times to come, to support and maintain life, wherever it appears in the universe. PROLIFERATION is the natural or divine attribute to life ; vital for its sustenance and evolution. From one word of HIM the life starts proliferating in millions and millions of ways. ‘ KEETA PASAO, EKO KAWAO. TIS TE HOAY LAKH DARIAO. ‘ — Guru Nanak in Japuji. One seed can produce thousands and thousands of its kind. One idea, one thought can lead to thousands more !!! Unchecked proliferation can be detrimental to progress or evolution of life. The divine puts the force of BALANCE to work and maintain balance. There are many ways the nature maintains the balance. The PROLIFERATION and BALANCE keep pace to maintain the flow of life. It is like the swaying pendulum which remains fixed to its central point while swaying to and fro. Let us have faith in nature’s wisdom and power that the life will not lose its central direction also ; for all times to come.

EVOLUTION DEMANDS CHANGE IN MINDSETS !!!

If we are unable to change our mindsets which have , in the light of our up-to-date learning and experiences, become outdated we have verily put the evolution on hold. This will lead to our committing same mistakes, same follies, again and again, keeping us in the grind longer and longer. Let us look inside, recognize and honour the truth that is already with us and keeps expectantly nudging at us. Why not show some boldness !!!