Monday, January 26, 2009

Power of Gurbani

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh,

This heartwarming story was passed on to me by sanjit_h - thank you. It is a lesson to all of us struggling to stay true to our faith.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!


A young child went to a Gursikh and stated that no matter how hard he tried to keep Gurbani in his heart, he just could not understand or keep it. He stated that his mind was not a bucket, but a strainer, which let everything pass through and did not contain the meaning of gurbani.

The Gursikh said "Let us try an experiment. Here is a strainer, and here is some water. Now pour a bucket of water through the strainer."

The child did this and said "See, the water was not contained, it just passed through. My mind is just like this".

The Gursikh said. "Do it once more". So the child did, and still the water passed through the strainer. The Gursikh said. "Do it ten times at least". The child did, and at the end of this experiment, he said " See, water still passes through, no matter how many times , and how many buckets we pass through it".

The Gursikh said "Look carefully at the strainer and see if there is any thing different." The child did, and his eyes were filled with tears, and he said, "Yes, i see the difference now. The grimy dirty strainer is now shiny and bright, like never before." The Gursikh said "My son, this is what Gurbani does for you. It slowly cleanses your mind, even if you do not realize it. The more you recite Gurbani, the more your mind will not only become shinier, but become like the bucket itself, which will not only become clean , but hold the meaning of Gurbani in your heart". The child smiled, and felt he had received the best example of the power of Gurbani, ever.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gurbani: Gaviai suniai

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!
The other day, an older woman reminded me of this beautiful quote from Pauri 5 of Japji Sahib. I apologize for not knowing how to put Amrit Lipi fonts on the web. Translation courtesy of Harbans Singh Doabia.

Gaviai suniai man rakhiai bhao.
Sing the praises of God and keep love for Her in the heart.

Dukh parhar sukh ghar lai jae.
Then you will obtain joy in your mind and throw away your pain.

So many of us are hurting right now (consciously or subconsciously). Some of us have looked for and/or tried several different methods for soothing this pain. Perhaps Gurbani tells us of one possible solution...

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Five Challenges

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Pyari sadh sangat jee, I watched this video this morning and was inspired to go through the wonderful meditation exercise Guruka Singh veerjee discusses in this video. Hopefully it will be as challenging for you as it was for me.

Please feel free to share your experiences by commenting, and to pass this video on to others.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Resolution

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Dearest sangat, I would like to share something I tried to spread across the web about five years ago, when my relationship with Sikhi was much stronger. I found it the other day, and thought I might share it with you. It's always nice to be inspired by our past selves, and I hope that with Waheguru's hukam, you, too, will be uplifted by the message.

Chardi kala,

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

It’s hard not to be bitten by the resolution bug each New Year’s Eve. The sense that we can make a fresh start in a fresh new year has many of us pledging to lose weight, exercise more, and quit bad habits in the coming year, but few of us resolve to do anything about our (often unhealthy) relationship with God.

This year, think about giving up just one hour each week for Waheguru. During this time, perhaps you can volunteer, meditate, go to Gurdwara, count your blessings, learn more about Sikhi, creative! Whether you get it all done in one 60-minute “marathon”, or break the time down into smaller, more manageable sizes, spending just one hour will likely not only increase your happiness but the happiness of those around you.

Too often, we forget about the essence of Sikhism, getting lost in the constant rush of our society. We rarely take the time to think about all that Waheguru has done for us, and even spending ten minutes each day to remember Her can change our perspective.

This New Year’s Eve, I hope that along with your pledges to get fit, read more, and spend less, you choose to devote one hour each week to Waheguru. Spending 52 hours this year is the least you can do for a being that spends about 8766 hours a year on you.

Think about it...
Chardi Kala!