Those who come into contact with us is due to our past connect. Is it so?
Absolutely right, although there is no rational or cannot be physically proved or empirically proved but cannot be denied outrightly and construed as outlandish. Whosoever comes in our life, at any time, has something connected with us and that is why that meeting/interaction takes place. Seemingly mystically but it is a fact. It means that nature plays its part in everything which will happen with us. At times, when we meet somebody for the first time, it gives us a strange impression. Though intuitively, as though we have met that person many a times in our life time; as though we’ve long intimacy with such a person. Be that as it may, instant establishment of good rapport instantly indicates that there is something common between such people which puts a stamp of goodwill in such a relationship. Intimacy just develops instantly. It could be otherwise also. We can have instant abhorrence for a person we come in contact for the first time too so much so that we do not see eye to eye with such a person. Strange it may seem, but it is a truth.
Mystically enough, our own close relations in the previous births, come into our lives, just to fulfill mutual obligations which we had not fulfilled in our previous birth and they come into our lives to fulfill the unfulfilled wish etc. Even from outsiders who come in our lives may have something like this too.
I had a practical experience on this aspect. While I was serving in one of the stations’, one of the rank stranger visited me in my office. Both of us established an instant bonhomie as though we were knowing each other since long – meeting of two departed souls meeting after a long time. Instead of first reporting to the reception centre for registration of his arrival, he came to me. In the first instance, I was obviously surprised as to why he had come to me in place of reporting centre for the organization.
On my gentle query, he told me that he had come from a place located in North East covering a large distance. He mentioned that he was about to superannuate from active service and he wanted to meet me before he demitted office.
I was really very surprised, he told me that I had a special relationship with me in my previous birth. When asked what was that particular and special relation? He, forthrightly refused to divulge the relationship with each other but he maintained that it was really very close. It is also pertinent to mention here that that person was of higher management cadre and not an ordinary one who could sway and become superstitious for nothing!
There was no rational explanation for this meeting of two total strangers meeting each other, establishing closeness, exchanging pleasantries as though we met, we exchanged ideas and departed thereafter with wetness in both of us…
I too felt some mystic attraction towards that officer which normally cannot be explained in words. Just seeing him, without any interaction even, I felt a tinge of upsurge of emotion which we get only after you meet a long lost relation!
He remained in the organisation only for a few days and after he had gone, I too felt as though I had lost some part my own existence. After about a month, I received a letter from his residence in North East which I do not want to divulge but it surely is a revelation that everyone who comes in our life has some reason. The reason and rational for all this cannot be explained by any one.
There could be telepathic connectivity between the people too. Although placed at a distant placed could develop good relationship yet we cannot show with certainty the whys and hows of it all but it happens. I personally have a few friends in foreign lands who understand me better than people here who remain in liaison with me most of the times. Strange, but it is true!
The love at first sight or hate at first sight for the total strangers is obviously very mystical or supernatural in nature and cannot be explained in words. It just happens.
I analyze honestly my imperfections perfectly This self-analysis makes me aware of my shortcomings Which, willy-nilly has made residency in my being Thence I make sincere efforts To eliminate some of these Through trial and error method Succeeding on some But failing in others Not feeling let down by my failings But continue living with the imperfections Which remain despite my sincere efforts All these candid efforts provide me opportunities To make sincere attempts to make alterations And undertake changes so urgently needed In my traits and thus my character Where it is hugely required Suiting the time and space in which I live as a true seeker of truth For living a purposeful existence with my limitations Since these will keep me grounded on the firm ground in the sphere of my own creation And live a life bereft of egotistical inclination Living thus would be beneficial to me on individual plane And also for an avowed perfect social order Thus earning and enhancing for myself the Karmic Credit And minimizing the Karmic Debt to a great extent. Perfect could be purity in our thoughts and our Karmic deeds indeed Perfect could be the action of a Karma Yogi who does his Karma In sync with spiritual orientation of purest order Perfect would be truth when it could be tested any time and anywhere Perfect would be promises when these are honoured in letter and spirit Perfect could be our commitment when we fulfill without any doubt Perfect would be our beliefs when we stick to our beliefs in good and in not so good days Perfect would be our character when it does not fall prey to any outside pressures Perfect would be our faith in any religion when we respect others religious beliefs Perfect would be our imagination when the same is converted to tangible actionable plans Perfect would be our principles when we take principled stand we hold dear Perfect would be our template of thinking when we convert our thoughts into our Karmic deeds. Those who consider themselves picture perfect Really are imperfects of highest order Because those personages have selfish propensity Seemingly with egocentric tendencies. Since our God is only One Who is only faultless One One who is Omnipotent and Omniscient Who is formless and also with form Who is One Lord Without attributes And also with all the attribute I love imperfections in meditation I bow to Him with utmost reverence with all my imperfections Since it affords me opportunity to make amends In my meditation line So as to infuse total concentration For a perfect connection with God Almighty God. Since those who say their love is perfect They’re not telling a whole truth Those who are in perfect love Never ever think anybody else Expect his/her spouse.
we feel let down. In this state, we feel non-pulsed. This let down may be due
to some innocuous remark of somebody against you or against your nears and
dears or loss in the business or still worse, when we have lost somebody who
stood by you through thick and thin.
Reasons may be any; it goes to show that we go off the tangent quite
frequently. Oddly enough, when we do not
have any reason to be down and out, we tend to take our past tragedies or bad
incidents and start feeling low. This becomes our pastime. There are then some
strange characters who start worrying about future, knowing full well that our
future is unpredictable, therefore, worrying about future is over-stretching
our imagination. Everybody will agree with me on this score, Isn’t so? Then for
some the past events remain haunting them thus creating an untenable situation
for any growth in any field activity.
PAST EVENTS RETARD OUR FORWARD MOVEMENT
above past, present and future incidents, real or imaginary, result in suppressing
our creative power since we do not take anything with optimism. This
hopelessness engulfing us, we are not able to use our inner potential in a
meaningful way. The negative thinking makes residency in our consciousness thus
adversely impacting our approach towards life and activities thereto. Not using
our inner potentials means we remain inert in our further movement in life. Our
growth and development takes turn for the worst thereby putting us in dire
straits in every aspect we undertake or not venture to undertake because of
negativism overshadowing our consciousness.
CONCORD WE GROW BUT WITH DISCORD WE DECELERATE
Essentially, in order to remove our passivity, we have to start afresh, with clean slate, with no past baggage. It should start with change in our thinking. Seeing darkness in everything will not help. Hope in all hopeless things should take firm belief in our psyche. When discord replaces concord then only then we can confront the challenges head on which knock our doorsteps. Therefore, with harmony we can change our present thinking and unburden ourselves from the baggage of past discords.
WITH NEW EXPERIENCES AND THEIR POSITIVE APPROACH
It is well said, time is a great healer. With time, we
get new experiences, these experiences teach us new lessons. It is not that we
always succeed. Our failings should give us experience and we should endeavour
to try again. Our duty should be to try
sincerely, without carrying much for results. Losing ourselves in the outcome game
and not being serious in our efforts results in retarding our progress. We
become bogged down only thinking about ‘outcome’ without taking recourse to new
approaches if the approach adopted by us fails.
Out duty is to make an honest effort. The Alfred Tennyson has right said
Old orders changeth yielding place to new’ borne in mind for those who remain
confined in the quagmire of their not so evolved thinking. Old rut should
replace the knowledge gained over a period of time and should help us evolve
our thinking and help us adopt positivism, in our thinking and action too.
EXPERIENCES ARE A GREAT GUIDE FOR FORWARD MOVEMENT
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to make sincere effort
to change, to evolve with every experience that we gain, every failure or
success should make us change, and every incident or event should not become a
roadblock for our further movement. In other words, we should consider, what we
have learnt since yesterday. Our answer should never be ‘nothing’ but we have
to be honest with us. By following this course of action, we can evolve to our
fullest potential thereby we can face any challenge which comes in our lives
with confidence and self-belief. But this should not make us egocentric.
TOTAL BELIEF IN GOD ADD TO OUR SELF-BELIEF
We should also thank God for guiding us at every step
we take for our further movement in any enterprise. We should always keep in
mind that there is some hidden hand which is giving fillip to our movements. It
is our duty of every individual to lead a spiritual oriented life with full
belief on himself/herself and Almighty God with positive thinking even in any
situation one is placed.
A life bereft of problem is a life bereft of any commitment to tackle,
No problem to solve means nothing in life to aspire and fructify,
Life in essence, is a continuous journey with a lot of activity,
Every step of the ladder of the life which counts as stages of life,
While making efforts, sometimes we slip but zeal to move ahead must not cease.
For instance, mathematic problems can be made easy and solved
With the time-tested formulae,
But daily life problems have no laid down forms or norms.
Problem like Picador fight has to be resorted,
To weaken the problem into pieces,
Peaceful resolution brings ease and peace,
Which helps us use our inner potentials
To tide over any problem that we face in life.
Problem, when left unresolved, becomes a pestering sore,
Resulting in resentment which saps our inner energy.
Problem is contagious like flue,
If left to itself, unattended and not tackled,
It adds on and piles up by making kinship
With similar other stonewalling malady.
Becoming unwieldy and finally macabre ghost
Haunting us day in and day out.
Thus when confronted with a problem
Try solving the same then and there
By analyzing the genesis threadbare
Thus solving it with confidence
Faith in our Creator and in our inner resolve is a must
Tackle the problem with sculptor’s touch
Who chisels the uneven lump of marble into fine statue.
If you want to
live peacefully in an atmosphere so very pleasant
Remove ignorance with self-effort so very sincere
With all your
lost while making effort
In what your
efforts will result
Then sanity will
replace the insanity
With the stamp of
approval of God the Almighty.
In our day to day life, we do not always have congenial atmosphere. At times, we have unfriendly and incompatible situations too. It should be kept in mind that everybody can live and flourish in calm situation but those who live in unpleasant situations and conditions and yet keep their head clear are the gifts of God to the society. They use their wisdom and levelheadedness while living with the diverse people with different temperament and outlook and make a difference. Such people have vast experience of dealing with different sorts of people and adjust with them. Sometimes they tend to change others for better and other times they themselves have to, perforce, change themselves to calm the situation to live in harmony. These people remove the ignorance of others with the acquired wisdom.
It should always
be remembered that ‘insanity’ is not sent to us from anywhere rather it is
inculcated due to the omissions and commissions by the insane or inconsiderate
or people with incompatible behaviour or
attitude around us. This is also the result of our ignorance on variety of
things. Insanity starts with wrong thinking, firstly,
at an individual level then it spreads to societal level by joint reaction to
the situation which is prevailing. What is happening around the world, the
genesis of all the problems starts with individual thinking and then its multiplying
There are bad examples of single person multiply his ill-conceived philosophy and then spreading the same to the common gullible populace which get emotionally submerged into the bad intention notion of a single bad person. Problems just proliferate. This goes to show that a single wrong thinking could play havoc. We know about many present day Ravanas, Kamsas, Hitlers, Ladens, Ravanas who conspired to spread evil etc. for personal gain. They spread their toxic influence in the society. It is in line with Shakespeare’s wisdom filled words that there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Therefore, our thinking makes huge difference. When we have positive thinking, then we have good outcome and vice versa. Positive thinking can transform insane atmosphere into sane one
In life, we do not
get everything as we desire, At time, we have to be adaptive to change and
change ourselves as per the situations and conditions though unwillingly
sometimes. If you are not able to change according to situation then the best
way is to be quite but never ever take anything to your heart otherwise it will
hurt you psychologically. Becoming ‘insane’ at the people around is not a
solution in any event. Sanity should start at the individual plane and then it
goes on multiplying.
The following are some of the best ways to
keep calm and proceed on:
We should make concerted effort to clear the
cobwebs which encase our thinking so as to have clear and positive thoughts/thinking
at all times.
Just introspect, can your being reactive
solve any problem when faced with a piquant situation? No, not at all. You
should never be a part of problem but be part of the solution and that, in any way,
is by being calm and composed while understanding the situation fully.
Right attitude saves us most of the times.
When nothing works, silence in the melee works wonders should always be kept in
Just visualize, if you take law into your
hand then what would be the consequences? The consequences cannot be good in
any case. Violence gives birth to violence only.
Calmly think, can you suggest any solution rather than
making the matter still more cumbersome? if yes, humbly and respectfully
present your case. If wisdom is any guide, every gentleman listens to positive
suggestions although may be with some riders.
If our individual thinking and action thereof makes
difference then why our thinking should not be positive which rather than
creating differences should solve pestering problems and turn insane situation
into sane one.
There are people with positive mindset who
can change a deteriorating and woefully dangerous situation. Associate such
people if required.
I am of the view, if nothing works,
persuasion and kind words work wonders. Even the brute understands the language
of LOVE. Here, initially, you may have to withstand slur initially but on realizing
the truth people who despise you will start liking you and things will settle
down. Therefore, We should always keep in mind, truth wins in the end.
In essence, anybody can make partially muddy water muddier
but there are very few who will attempt to make it cleaner and potable. So we
have to be the whiff of cold air in the sweltering heat of summer. Specter of
obstacles, troubles and problems would always be lurking there but we have to
be ready always to devise ways and means to come out of this ‘insanity’ around and bring about sanity calmness.
But for this to be possible, we have to first understand the cause of problem
and then to necessarily change our own thinking accordingly. Charity begins at
home. We have to actually ‘bell the cat’ rather nobody else would be doing this
for us. Nobody else will solve our problem for us. We shall have to start
making amends in our ways of thinking from our own selves, then our own homes
thereafter its fragrance could be spread to our society etc. our endeavour
should not stop till the positive effects percolates or seeps in every
individual. Then we will have a
Those who are born on this planet will certainly have
problem. Nobody can escape. The level or seriousness of problem may be
different but there would be some.
Life is beautiful really But it all depends on us To make it still more beautiful By our righteous Karmic deeds Which do not originate from anywhere But from within our own inner self The result of our own awareness When we want to make it so very beautiful By our own beliefs, perceptions, aspirations and desires By the power of our own Karmic deeds Along with enjoying the beauties Which lie Mother Nature has bestowed in abundance While respecting the balance in it We can make the life still more beautiful by the beauty of our inner self. Positive Karmic deeds Like being compassionate and empathetic With our brethrens Can purify our inner self Thereby leading to addition in our Karmic credits Then life becomes beauty and worth living for us indeed. The Karma is the energy of our positive feelings More intense on positive side these feelings are The more positive energy it generates And becomes a driving force for our forward movements Proving that the liveliness of our perceptions Give us the wherewithal to put in sustained work And help add to our knowledge, then experience gives us wisdom to differentiate good and bad Karmic deeds Then use all for productive ventures And earn for ourselves resources for a happy living. On the other hand our negative Karmic deeds Like lust for more worldly possessions Being reactive on filmiest grounds Besides taken in by making comparisons Thus falling prey to greed By adopting corrupt practices All the three combine To add to our Karmic debits And thus eating away slowly the Karmic credits Which we’ve created for ourselves Over a period of time Thus sadly bringing in its wake the ominous portents With telling blow to our existence Proving that our Karma is the power of our beliefs Positive belief system add to our Karmic credits By crating powerful energy in us. Negative belief system eats away the credits And transforms the same into Karmic debits And we remain carrying the burden of this negative energy Consequences is not rocket science to understand Whatever happens to us really Good or bad obviously We should always keep in mind Does not happen due to others or the God above But happens due to our thoughts from within and actions thereof & not without When somebody harms us intentionally There are two options open for us One is to forgive and forget our tormentor Despite pain caused to us Though it is tough yet not so difficult Thus creating beautiful life with positive feeling. Then when something bad happens We blame others for our situation This blame does not stop but just continues unabated Sapping our positive energy And turning it into negative one Till such time we are not able to take it any longer And wilt under the pressure of this burden Of our own creation Thus still more hurdles for forward movement And all this happens due to our volition With no affect from outside our own domain Thus creating hurdles in the way of beautiful life. Thus our positive feelings are the ones Which if implemented righteously Can generate power energy for us For living a purposeful and HAPPY LIFE.
Thus when we recognize our Karma as our true Dharma
With the realization that our perceptions
Make a huge change in our happiness quotient
Positive beliefs create positive energy
And negative emotions create negative energy
Thus positive INNER THOUGHTS can generate POSITIVE ENERGY
For a happy and energetic existence.
Our positive INNER THOUGHTS,
aspirations, conscious decisions and action thereof, desires, wishes, perceptions,
awareness etc. are, in essence, the significant factor which help us in
creating/generating positive energy. This positive energy spurs us to do our
Karmic Deeds with alacrity. This positive energy assists us in facing any challenges
which may face in life head on. This also helps us to take anything and
everything in positive light thereby enhancing our self-belief and will for
forward movement despite hurdles. The positive energy so generated from
positive Karmic deeds could help us transform our inner Thoughts, beliefs, ideas, perceptions, aspirations etc. and
give us the gusto of get-up-and-go attitude toward any assignment since it is
by dint of our positive energy. Therefore, our KARMA based on positive mental
attitude helps us to convert our thoughts into actions and the experience based
on our thoughts and perceptions give us wisdom to differentiate between good
and bad. Besides, Positive KARMIC DEEDS enhances our KARMIC CREDITS along with
reducing or eliminating any KARMIC DEBITS which we had willy-nilly earned in
People with positive energy tend to
perform their responsibilities with calmly, cooperatively, with self-belief,
spiritually following each duty as though he/she is performing that duty with
God’s partnership, forgiving and forgetting is such person’s credo. Thus this
individual earns for himself/herself enough Karmic Credit points.
Alternatively, when we tend to transact
a negative Karmic Deeds such as being reactive or being angry, lust or greed for
more material possessions and even having the same by adopting corrupt
practices, use of offence or coercion against others for getting things done
etc. These Negative Karmic Deeds generate Negative Energy in us which, in turn,
adversely impacts us physiologically and psychologically.
The negative energy results in stress
related diseases in us and become hindrance to our further movement in our
life. It should never be forgotten that negative Karmic Deeds earn for
ourselves Negative Energy thus increasing our KARMIC DEBTS which impact us
severely even impairing our will to transact anything which has got positive
The people with negative energy do not
forget and forgive others for their past mistakes and this too enhances their KARMIC
Thus if our aspirations, desires, wishes, wants, inner thoughts, perceptions etc if directed positively, etc. are positively pursued will give us treasure of Positive Karmic Credits and also rich crop of POSITIVE ENERGY which will help us to perform our duties with vogour and with utmost enthusiasm with better results. It should also be kept in mind that our KARMA is our own action based on our own perceptions. And, if we are performing our KARMA then we have to be held responsible for it and earn for ourselves its benefits or otherwise. Our Karma is our own creation on our inner thoughts.
CONCLUSIVELY, LIFE BECOMES MORE BEAUTIFUL AND PURPOSE WITH SUFFICIENCY OF POSITIVE KARMIC CREDIT AND POSITIVE ENERGY. GOD MAY HELP US TO PURSUE PURSUE POSITIVE KARMIC DEEDS FOR A BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
Our success or failure in our life Hinges on the closeness of relationship we develop with others If experience is any guide Then mere acquiring knowledge is not sufficient But how best to put into practice That knowledge righteously counts And cement close relations with fellow beings Counts a lot in everyday of our existence. For instance Demon King Ravana Was having vast knowledge On Vedas and other significant scriptures Yet he did not use the knowledge gained thoughtfully Thus committed a cardinal sin of abducting Sita Ji The consort of Lord Ram Ji Thus, positive mental attitude And how best to use the acquired know-how Is, of course, considered most essential.
In essence, there is a crying need Of developing positive relations with others Otherwise our ship of relations will rock In the midst of sea, so stormy With nobody there to rescue In the hour of need When we require the same hugely. Working with harmony and with complete understanding In a atmosphere so friendly Works wonders in delivery finally Because when many Brains of different caliber are put together On the job at hand In an atmosphere of freedom and impartiality The chances of success are there to be realised really.
In work ethics the thing which counts a lot Is that we’ve to appreciate something good in others Since we all want a little appreciation for a job well done And then criticize some other traits Which we disagree to agree
So that person concerned makes amends Without any further ill-feeling Thus healthy cocktail of praise and criticism when needed helps Keep us on the toe at all times For putting up better performance for the job at hand For the organization we are working Proving that it is through criticism we surmount all hurdles By learning from others experiences and expertise Disapproval when not required Will go counter to self-improvement Thus losing the very purpose of criticism just piled on.
Our relationship will consolidate still further If we talk sense Rather than talk non-sense And make matters still more complex In this gentle persuasion And gentle suggestion Surely will consolidate our personal relations With avoidance of stress Which a surcharged atmosphere creates Thus proving that ease and peace Can piece together The workers of all hues For a job well done in the organization Or even in the domestic life gentle and soft handling Bring about better results. We make our life more complicated By our own acts of omissions and commissions We seek in others, perfection Without even a moment’s realization That for being perfect We tend to lose much Including our peace of mind Need is to be more patient and tolerant A little limitation is tolerable in humans Since nobody who is born on this planet Is ‘picture perfect’ Then picking holes in others And criticizing serves no purpose at all.
Thus we can establish good relationship with others By a healthy and balanced dose of praise and criticism In right proportion on required basis Both at workplace and in domestic life For a health relationship for a peaceful existence Bereft of any fear and coercion Of course with the blessings of our Creator
NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 550TH BIRTH DAY ANNIVERSARY (PRAKASH UTSAV) ON 12TH NOVEMBER 2019 (OUR HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS TO ALL ON GURU NANAK DEV JI’ MAHARAJ Guru Sri Nanak Dev Ji – (1469-1539 CE) The Founder of Sikhism & The First of the Sikh Gurus OPENING OF KARTARPUR SAHIB CORRIDOR IS A WELCOME STEP ON THIS OCCASION What a wonderful occasion, a holiest one at that to celebrate! Than theThe Birthday of our revered Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj The most loved one, the travelled extensively That too during those days With no communication and connectivity Even bereft of any transport facilities Not only to all corners of Bharat it its entirety But also the foreign lands Like Sri Lanka, China, Iraq and many others Wherever he went Along with his two disciples One Muslim named Bhai Mardana Ji Born to Marasi couple named Badhra Ji & Lakkho Ji And the other one a Hindu named Bhai Bala Ji Both being the longtime disciples of Guru Ji Spread the Divine Message Of love of humanity without bias And against ritualistic customs Rampant during those days, so extensively Besides having discourses and interactions With Saints and Sufis And presented his points of view Giving all the reasoning and logics And changed the eco-system wherever he put his Lotus Feet Guru Nanak Dev Ji, our most revered Guru An embodiment of Supreme Being A harbinger of deliverance From our pains and sufferings Through His gems of preaching A Messiah who made a huge difference In our viewpoints on spiritual values And showed a clear cut path to the humans By meditating on Divine Name – EK NAAM With all the devotion Thus remove the all pervading ignorance With his teachings, so enlightening indeed So simple to follow by ordinary humans even. His birthday is celebrated as Prakash Utsav or Guru Purb In essence, life is a festival (Utsav or Purb) of highest order A Day of immense value for us all For self-realization through love, faith and absolute devotion Besides rendering assistance to the fellow beings without any expectation And gain knowledge about the Divine Truth for our liberation By realization of Divine within By the union with the Divine And attain Divine Peace within Which is the sole purpose of humans Thus realize the aim of Guru Granth Sahib. Kartarpur Sahib located in Pakistan is being opened On this day, so pious For the people to pay homage To the Supreme Guru Who while he was on this beautiful planet Changed the lives of millions with his reasonableness and wisdom His preaching have created wide-reaching positive effects on masses. On the Gurupurb Day Diwan Starts early in the morning hours With Asa-di-Var And hymns from Guru Granth Sahib are sung Followed by discourses and prayers (Ardas) And finally Prashad in lines (Pangat) By the devout (Sangat) Called Langar served to all alike People share it with great reverence And make this day; a day to reminisce– On the most auspicious full moon day – Pooranmashi At a village named Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi Now known as Nanakana Sahib In the month of Kartik 15th day of April in the year 1469 When our most revered Baba Nanak Ji was born To father Baba Kalu & Mother Tripta No one but our beloved Akalpurakh (God) His observable mission for this Special Messenger Of spreading ‘EK NAAM’S’ pious Message And that such a person will make huge difference For causes most dear to the society in general Indeed a Shining Star on the horizon was born! Of the Sikhs & the ones who believe in(Khalas) purity Way of living now or in future with certainty Gurupurb lasts for three days A pious Akhand Path in all Gurudwaras With organization of Nagar kirtan Procession (Kirtni Jatha) is led by Pious Fives (Panj Piyaras – the Beloved Ones) With Holiest Sri Guru Granth Sahib kept on the Palanquin Hymns from It purifies the environs the most Spreading Its Message – the most fragrant Far and wide making the gentry mesmerized Gatka Parties displaying their artistry With their traditional weapons. Babaji – the most benevolent of all Our earnest prayer to Thee our beloved One Let the spirit of this day Remain echoing in our memory Spreading Thy Universal Message Of Uniting the Humans without bias And ridding society of all ills and malice Engendering brotherly feelings amongst all And make our life sublime.
GURU NANAK DEV JI’S 550TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
The Supreme Lord sends His Messengers to this earth to spread His Message so that such Messengers make difference with their preaching to the world at large and change their lives. His teachings are so relevant that there is a definitive imprint of His teachings on the psyche of people and that is why His influence remains centuries after centuries. Those sincere devotees who have attained the certain level of spirituality can see the Divine Vision. Guru Nanak Gurpurb also called Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm by all those who know about Guru Nanak Dev’s contribution to the humanity in general with His preaching. On this day Prabhat Pheris (early morning processions or congregations) which are taken from the Gurdwaras in the early morning itself and cover almost all the lanes and by-lanes in the vicinity. People sing hymns in His glory in this procession.There is air of tranquility and peace in the environs around these processions. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on 15th April 1469 at Rai Bhoi-di-Talwandi of Shekhopura, presently in Pakistan. He was married to Sulakhani the daughter of Mool Chand of Pakhoke Randhawe village of Gurdaspur and had two sons named Shri Chand and Lakhmi Das. Guru Nanak Deve Ji defines the traits of Divine Lord as: There is but One all-embracing and all-powerful Divinity, who manifests Himself first in the shape of all sacred words and then through the whole created Universe – Ik Onkar Sat Naam, Kartaa Purakh Nibhou Nirveir Akaal Moorat Ajoonee Saibha Bhaug Gur Parsaad. This is also termed as the Mool Mantra.
Divine Lord also is: The One who was real and self-existent before all Creations, who was real through all ages (Yugas), who is real and true now and who shall be true and self-existent for all times to come. (Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach, Heibhee Sach Hanak Hosee bhee Sach).
HIS LIFE SPANS FROM 1469 – 1539 A.D.
History is the guide to tell us that during this period many of the spiritualistic, cultural and progressive ideas came to the fore and fructified owing to the proactive role of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. These ideas are very much relevant for us to follow and get experiences in our lives. One thing unique in these ideas is that these are practical in nature and realistic; not based on mysticism and ritualistic. In many of His thoughts and deeds, during His sojourn to various parts of India and even in foreign lands, sheds light on His unstinted and clear philosophy that AKALPURAKH – SAT NAAM SRI WAHE GURU is the only TRUTH, a Truth which could be proved anywhere anytime.
THE PREACHING OF GURU NANAK DEV JI • The universal message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was to reach a common understanding through dialogue and carry all along by understanding others viewpoints too without imposing his viewpoints on others. • The human body is made of five elements; air, water, fire, earth and sky and within subtle body lives mind which remains in perpetual instability. The body consists of nine outlets and there is also the tenth one which is attained through intense meditation on Divine Naam. This way ego is destroyed and man merges with Divine. • The old dogmas and unnecessary rituals prevailing amongst the masses gave place to progressive ideas. Service (Seva) and prayers (Simran) should be given more credence. • The Divine pervades within the body which is termed as Soul (Atma). It enables the body to perform its functions. This Divine Power pervades in the Universe called as Universal Soul. • He propagated the idea of goodwill and welfare of all without bias – for him all are the creations of Akalpurakh and therefore there should not be any difference on the basis of religion of caste. • The God is the Divine Husband of Creation and all creatures are His brides to whom He looks after without bias. • He taught that everybody should be truthful in words and deeds. • Three miseries of humans are: miseries of mind, physical ailments due to bad deeds and miseries created by nature. These could be removed by God through realization of Truth by complete devotation. • His preaching resulted in the intellectual and spiritual renaissance of the masses in general. • Humanism was given more credence with the idea that human beings are considered good or bad according to the deeds one performs and not on the basis of birth, caste or colour or region. • Religion should create harmony and not dissensions and hurdles in the path of masses. • Complete surrender to the will of God for the spiritual forward march should be pursued. • • He taught the philosophy of ONE GOD – EK NAAM. • Bad traits such as ego, anger, greed, attachment, and lust should be shunned from our midst in order to lead a balanced life. • We should always be in the quest/pursuit of knowledge for our enlightenment. Knowledge helps us to attain salvation too. The Holy Gurbani is a sacred treasure and has universal appeal, every verse (Shloka) while recited suffuses and fills with fragrance in the environment it is spoken and cures the illness of our body, mind and soul. Almost all the prayers are for the praise of our Akalpurakh in one form or other. For Example: Gun Biant Kimat Nahi Pae!! Nanak Jis Bhavai! Tis Lae Malae! Endless are His virtuous qualities; His worth cannot be appraised. O Nanak, one who pleases Him is united with Him. This is the holiest day in the history of Sikhism. It is celebrated not only by Sikhs but also by all those who believe in His Holy Words. Akhand Path, non-stop recitation from Guru Granth Sahibji, Asa Di Var (Collection of 24 Stanzas written by the revered Guruji). Gurdwaras are specially decorated tastefully on this occasion. Devout pay respectful tributes to Sri Guru Nanak Devji and remember His contributions for the spiritual upliftment of the common masses and rid them from unnecessary rituals that prevailed. Equality of all the faiths and religions is a reality. His disciples were from all castes and creeds. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s premise was that those who do not know the true meaning of scriptures, cannot differentiate between good and bad; are steeped in egocentric pursuits. These people are truly the ignorant ones. There is no exaggeration in saying that main thrust of Guru Ki Bani is to remove ignorance, superstition and complex customs bedeviling the masses This also helped in spreading the message of goodwill besides engendering brotherly feelings amongst them without any distinction. Guru Nanak’s stellar contribution is for the wellness of the humanity as a whole and for the spread of this message, He traveled length and breadth of our country and abroad.
All the incarnations Messengers of God suffered while they were living on this earth because people at that time could not understand them. Such incarnations suffered so that we may learn the lesson for a peaceful co-existence between all humans:
GURU NANAK PREACHING IS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER
While pains and sufferings are, in essence, part and parcel of our life but when it is inflicted by our own brethren then it is more painful. What has been happening around the world now is nothing but painful. Guru Nanak has himself mentioned this “Unto whom should I tie up and give the bundle of my pains? The whole world is suffering from pain and suffering. Wherever I see loads of pain and suffering – NANAK DUKHYA SAAB SANSAR.
Guru Nanak traverses lengths and breadths of India and in the foreign lands, so he mentioned about the ‘pain across the globe. This pain and suffering could be ameliorated through meditation, he mentioned. “Remembering Him in meditation, a profound peace is obtained. Oaub and suffering will not touch you at all – remain in the sanctuary of God and no pain and suffering will ever touch you at all.
All the humans are our Creator’s creations but they are born under different circumstances and different conditions and different locations. But from the same LIGHT, we are created. Then why people we interpret scriptural inscription differently. It really pains me immensely.
Prophet Mohammad suffered immensely at the hands of his opponents in Makkah and in other places like Al-Tayf and Madina who knew His exceptional intelligence and integrity. Although he was bestowed with very good business, a happy family and helpful relatives yet he preferred the path of pains and sufferings. His opponents raised every conceivable hurdle in His path but he did not care about His sufferings but wiped off the tears of downtroddens. Although like Christ, He forgave them and followed Allah ordained path for the welfare of mankind. He gave credence to compassion and kindness for the needy.
JESUS CHRIST PREACHING • Jesus Christ preached the importance of having compassion for our fellow beings. He taught that kindhearted feelings should be there even for our enemies, Jesus was born in 7 – 2 BC and was crucified in 30-33 AD in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate. He was born in Nazareth, Galilee to Parents Marry & Joseph. During his lifetime too he had to suffer at the hands of opponents on one pretext or other. Christ preached forgiveness and mercy. He even forgave those who harmed him immensely. No ill-feelings for anyone absolutely that is the message given: Jesus was the one who had won victory against material consciousness. He exists in the hearts and minds of His followers. He said, ‘I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me.’ Christians including numberless others who have indomitable belief in His preaching shun delusions and follow His ideals. His presence is felt through his teachings. Those who have self-realization know that in every speck of cosmos Christ Consciousness exists but only those who have vision can experience this. Christ Consciousness is a part of Cosmic Consciousness should never be lost sight of by us humans.
His teachings are so exhaustive, yet, if we care to follow the ones mentioned below, we can make our lives sublime.
LORD KRISHNA • Lord Krishna – the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appeared on this earth as the Avtar (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) more than 5,000 years ago had to put put up with so many pains and sufferings firstly at the hands of Demon King Kamsa (the most demonist of all Bhoja dynasty. Subsequently faced evils in the form of demons like Trnavarta, Bakasura, Aghasura, Dhenuksura, Pralambasura, Kesi in the form of the horse, besides serpent Kaliya to whom he forgave and finally besides serpent Kaliya to whom he forgave. So much so was he disturbed by the demons that for the safety of his subjects he had to establish his abode at Dwarka suffused with fortification etc. In Mahabharata, Lod Krishna played a stellar role in the annihilation of evil in the form of Dhritarashtra and his sons especially Duryodhana/ Though the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas took a heavy toll yet truth won and evil perpetrated and pampered by Kauravas was destroyed ultimately. LORD RAMA • Lord Rama an epitome of Dharma and peace. He was to be carbonated as King of Ayodhya but had to go for exile for 14 long years. During exile, he killed many demons who disturbed the hermits in their meditation. His consort Sita was abducted with deception by the demon king Ravana who represented evil. There was a ferocious battle between the two armies of Lord Rama and Ravana where the evil of Ravana was defeated. • Lord Budha who epitomized non-violence and peace throughout his life and spread his message of fair-play and tolerance through his disciples too faced many hurdles initially from his opponents while spreading the message of love and affection. Even his death is death after consuming a special delicacy offered by his generous host, the remains of which were buried. It goes to show that our most revered ones suffered at the hands of their opponents then what we are? We should actually learn lessons out of their sufferings/sacrifices and live joyously and with empathy.
PROFOUND LESSONS THAT WE HUMAN SHOULD GET FROM THE MESSENGERS AND GOD INCARNATIONS
We woefully opine that we are suffering pains at the hands of our opponents (those who do not agree with our viewpoints) just conveniently forgetting the untold sufferings undergone by the Messengers of God. • Bestow us enlightenment by removing ignorance through spread of knowledge. • The world of ours is in constant struggle between good and evil.. This is due to thrusting our opinions on others forcefully and consequent struggle. Then differing people resort to disproportionate violence result in loss of precious lives. No religion recommends this. • There is a fight between the truth and falsehood. This difference may be due to the different interpretation of scriptures but the basic thrust of all religious scriptures is good of humanity as a whole without bias and feelings of compassion, empathy, cooperation, brotherhood, and goodwill to be encouraged between all humans. • There are those who are the oppressor and those who are oppressed. The oppressor should introspect about his/her origin and should never identify himself/herself different from others. • Bad things could happen to good ones. This is a fact, bad things have happened to the good people but when this injustice should stop and message of goodness that is codified in all the religious texts made applicable in letter and spirit? The sooner this happens the better for the humanity as a whole. No human loss, please. • We should never forget that we have a common Creator meaning we are commonly related to our Him. Then why bloodletting for temporary gain – aagain which pains even our Creator! • All the main scriptures exhort us for co-existing with mutual cooperation and with goodwill then why misunderstanding and killing? Where all this will lead the humanity? • Be that as it may, let’s forget our small differences and live as creation created by our ONE Creator. • The message of communal harmony that Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave should be followed by all the societies so as to remove the discriminations in the societies. He had his disciples from hindu and Muslim – a clear message of communal harmony which is the need of the hour.