Saturday, February 28, 2009

this stay of life in World is temporary! Satnam!

Here is beautiful hukum from Bhagat NamDev Ji for today. It reminds us all that everything including this human body is temporary in this World except the Name of Lord. Now many questions come to my mind. First what is the Name of Lord and How do we recite it or meditate upon it? Since names are many, ranging from ram, rahim, har, hari, satnam, gobind, Allah, khuda, waheguru, krishna, shiva and many more. I think Gurbani refers to all of them in different places and some say the Guru Granth Sahib is written in mantras. So we repeat mool mantar, Waheguru Gurmantar, Sa-ta-na-ma, har har. So can any one suffice? I say yes! Now some Sikhs would argue with me and probably would raise eyebrows about saying ram, ram.. or gobind, or allah etc. since many of us are so used to saying satnam and waheguru mostly. But we say them anyways when we recite a Gurbani shabad, so what is the difference? Now others would say why notsay "God God...." or some other Christian names for God. My argument would be that they didn't come from "Guru's mouth". If my Guru Granth Sahib has a word "khuda or ram or rahim or gobind", I see no problem with reciting it since my Guru used it to express and sing God's name. That remind me of a story, even though not Sikhi related, my mother told me once. Once there was a farmer who was a great devotee of God and loved reciting His name. One day, while farming he forgot the word for God so he stared repeating "Khurdumba... Khurdumba" which is a word for trowel which he was using to tend to his crops (like rumba in Punjabi). He was able to seek God's sanctuary even thru repeating a wrong name for Him because of his devotion and forgetfullness.

Here is the Hukumnama for today:

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਗਤ ਨਾਮਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਕੀ धनासरी बाणी भगत नामदेव जी की
dhanāsrī banī bhagat NāmDev jī kī

Dhanaasaree, The Word Of Devotee Naam Dayv Jee:
ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ ੴ सतिगुर प्रसादि ॥
Ik▫oaʼnkār satgur parsād.
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਗਹਰੀ ਕਰਿ ਕੈ ਨੀਵ ਖੁਦਾਈ ਊਪਰਿ ਮੰਡਪ ਛਾਏ
गहरी करि कै नीव खुदाई ऊपरि मंडप छाए ॥
Gahrī kar kai nīv khudā▫ī ūpar mandap chaā▫e.
They dig deep foundations, and build lofty palaces.

ਮਾਰਕੰਡੇ ਤੇ ਕੋ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ ਜਿਨਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਣ ਧਰਿ ਮੂੰਡ ਬਲਾਏ ॥੧॥
मारकंडे ते को अधिकाई जिनि त्रिण धरि मूंड बलाए ॥१॥
Mārkande te ko adhikārī jin tarin dhar mūnd balā▫e. 1
Can anyone live longer than Markanda, who passed his days with only a handful of straw upon his head? 1

ਹਮਰੋ ਕਰਤਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਸਨੇਹੀ ॥ हमरो करता रामु सनेही ॥
Hamro kartā rām sanehī.
The Creator Lord is our only friend.

ਕਾਹੇ ਰੇ ਨਰ ਗਰਬੁ ਕਰਤ ਹਹੁ ਬਿਨਸਿ ਜਾਇ ਝੂਠੀ ਦੇਹੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
काहे रे नर गरबु करत हहु बिनसि जाइ झूठी देही ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Kāhe re nar garab karat hahu binas jāee jhūthī dehī. 1 rahā▫o.
O man, why are you so proud? This body is only temporary - it shall pass away. 1Pause

ਮੇਰੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਕੈਰਉ ਕਰਤੇ ਦੁਰਜੋਧਨ ਸੇ ਭਾਈ ॥ मेरी मेरी कैरउ करते दुरजोधन से भाई ॥
Merī merī kaira▫o karte durjodhan se bhā▫ī.
The Kaurvas, who had brothers like Duryodhan, used to proclaim, "This is ours! This is ours!
ਬਾਰਹ ਜੋਜਨ ਛਤ੍ਰੁ ਚਲੈ ਥਾ ਦੇਹੀ ਗਿਰਝਨ ਖਾਈ ॥੨॥ बारह जोजन छत्रु चलै था देही गिरझन खाई ॥२॥ Bārah jojan chatar chalai thā dehī girjhan khāī. 2
Their royal procession extended over sixty miles, and yet their bodies were eaten by vultures. 2
ਸਰਬ ਸ ਇਨ ਕੀ ਲੰਕਾ ਹੋਤੀ ਰਾਵਨ ਸੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ ॥ सरब सोइन की लंका होती रावन से अधिकाई ॥
Sarab so▫in kī lankā hotī rāvan se adhikā▫ī.
Sri Lanka was totally rich with gold; was anyone greater than its ruler Raavan?
ਕਹਾ ਭਇਓ ਦਰਿ ਬਾਂਧੇ ਹਾਥੀ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਭਈ ਪਰਾਈ ॥੩॥ कहा भइओ दरि बांधे हाथी खिन महि भई पराई ॥३॥ Kahā bha▫i▫o dar bāʼndhe hāthī khin mėh bha▫ī parā▫ī. 3
What happened to the elephants, tethered at his gate? In an instant, it all belonged to someone else. 3
ਦੁਰਬਾਸਾ ਸਿਉ ਕਰਤ ਠਗਉਰੀ ਜਾਦਵ ਫਲ ਪਾਏ ॥ दुरबासा सिउ करत ठगउरी जादव ए फल पाए ॥ Durbāsā si▫o karat thag▫urī jādav e fal pā▫e.
The Yaadvas deceived Durbaasaa, and received their rewards.
ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੀ ਜਨ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਊਪਰ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਏ ॥੪॥੧॥ क्रिपा करी जन अपुने ऊपर नामदेउ हरि गुन गाए ॥४॥१॥ Kirpā karī jan apune ūpar nāmde▫o har gun gā▫e. 41
The Lord has shown mercy to His humble servant, and now Naam Dayv sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. 41

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Self Imolation in America? I had heard of it in Punjab, India, Vietnam but not here!

This news story this morning kind of shocked and saddened me about a man who self immolated himself in front of Wal-Mart. Why the shock? Well, I had read about Buddhists in Vietnam during 70’s Vietnam War with America , various methods used to commit suicide by farmers and other debt ridden people under social pressures in Punjab and other states of India in the last decade or so, by men and women following Dera Sacha Sauda in their frustration and complaints against pressures of Punjab Authorities/Sikh entities such as Akali Parties/Sikhs/police etc. I never understand why people commit suicide. I mean think! What is the worst that can happen to you? Live on the street, so what? Hungery, there is always my Guru Ka Langar, yes it is not free and I won’t just eat free langar and not do any work. God gave these hands and body to work, mind to think, I can always do something, do seva, serve, volunteer for a piece of meal but in no case would beg for food from a fellow human being. Why? My Guru teaches me to beg from Waheguru only and He is the ultimate Giver of everything and will take care of me. Anyways, back to this suicide in USA, well, all I can say is that things are pretty bad here in the U.S. right now economically with so many homeless, unemployed people and debt ridden families that are slowly falling in to poverty. There is lesson for many of you in Punjab and India and other countries out there about getting in debt by paying paying your family’s hard earned money, jewelry, land to these cheating travel agents who don’t care about you. They just want your money. My advice, “Stay Home”, Educate yourself, Learn practical hand-on Skills and build something even if small, even if people laugh at your skill, put you down for it or downgrade you because it is not within your social caste, class etc. All I can say is that no body can take those skills from you, Nobody should stop you from learning, reading, writing languages, cultures, sciences, math etc. Be Peaceful, Compassionate, Loving, Brave and follow your dreams. Now some of you would probably say, here is this guy sitting in America in comfort and just giving us advice to stay home and do all these things. One time a Sikh sevadar told me, if you want to learn something, Teach it. That is so true. Whatever you want to do in life, just do it and leave the rest to Waheguru.
Well, I know I get side tracked, but back to living in the USA in these hard economic times, just two or three miles from my home I have seen people living in six to eight tents under freeway bridges, near a water canal etc. I have heard things in Canada and England are also pretty bad. This Christmas season, I saw more and more homeless begging on the streets than all these other years that I have lived here. And, these are not just Native Americans, Blacks etc. but majority Caucasian. At times I get angry when I see western media and Hollywood showing movies like Slum Dog Millionaire about slums in India and makes huge profits from these movies. Makes me want to take picture of these people in tents and post on this blog. But my inner conscious says “no! Manjit, you don’t have to become one like them and act like them” , because many of these people thrive on people’s misery, otherwise there is no difference between those people and myself. I am aiming to become a Sikh of the Guru not just anybody. I should rise above that and even if unable to help in a big way. Media always paints a rosy and glamorous picture of one nation’s economy, culture, values etc. This is true in India, U.S., UK, Europe, China and others. Very few really tell you the truth about what their real lives are like. Many people thrive on watching other country’s, religion’s, cutlure’s misery to make themselves look good. But Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh have to rise above that and not follow the same garbage that rest of the World is following about showing negativity, misery, violence, drugs, gangs, rapes, degradation of women (Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Sikh and others) I am not surprised people are calling this Slumdog movie a “poverty porn”. It makes perfect sense. I hope these people donate all of their profits to uplift these people instead of thriving on their misery.

Anyways, this story is sad, and my heart goes out to the family. He didn’t have to do this and there are other options.

Remember, Real Sikhs never commit suicides! Only Waheguru has the right to take and give lives.

Wal-Mart worker burns self to death in parking lot
February 27, 2009 8:42 AM No Comments UPDATED STORY
A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee who said he "couldn't take it anymore" lit himself on fire outside the Bloomingdale store where he worked late Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said this morning.
The Carol Stream man, who worked the overnight shift, was in a parking lot of an adjacent sporting goods store in the west suburban strip mall when he set himself on fire with lighter fluid around 10 p.m., said Randy Sater, a watch commander with the Bloomingdale Police Department. At least 10 people, including some teenagers, witnessed the suicide and several attempted to help the man by throwing their coats on top of him in an effort to put out the flames, he said. "He said he didn't want any help and threw the coats off," Sater said.
When one of the first officers tried to speak to the man, who by that time was severely burned, he responded, "I just couldn't take it anymore," Sater said, citing the officer's report.
A store manager, who identified himself only as Erwin, had no explanation for the suicide. he said the man had not been laid off.
Wal-Mart corporate spokesman Dan Fogleman said the man had worked for the company for a little over 7 years, most recently as an overnight stocker. He said he had spoken with a member of the store's management who described him as "a good guy and fun to be around."
He called the suicide "a tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family."
Wal-Mart was cooperating with authorities in their investigation, he said, but he declined to "speculate" on whether the man had been in to work last night before the incident or had spoken with any employees. "That's not something we'd be able to share publicly," Fogleman said, saying those issues are considered personnel matters.The man was rushed to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove before being transferred to the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He was pronounced dead there at 12:42 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A woman who answered the phone at the family's Carol Stream home and identified herself as his cousin said the family was grieving and declined further comment

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Amazing Great Sikh Kirtan

This is one of my another favourite site where you can download amazing kirtan. Here is a Bibi Ashupreet Kaur with her amazing voice. Check out the other wonderful musicians and ragias as well. Thankful to those sevadars who put this website together.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why the dust of the feet of saints?

At the end of today's beautiful hukum, Guru ji begs for the dust of the feet of saints? I see these types of refrences in Gurbani all the times, with words like Charan Kamal, Charan chalo, Charan Dhovo and other words with pag or charan (payr=feet) etc. and wonder as to what does it really mean? With my limited understanding, I can come up with things like humility and a way of letting go to one's ego, giving one's head to Guru by following in the footsteps of Guru Ji, serving Sadh Sangat which is a company of the Saints. Many questions come to mind and one big one is that am I worthy enough to be treated like a true saint-soldier Sikh of the Guru to have my feet washed, my shoes dusted etc. and act like a true part of the sadh sangat? I feel I am not even a complete Sikh, full of ego and faults and yet someone is humble enough to treat me like a saint. i hope one day I get to do this in return. I have seen Sikhs dusting off people's shoes and placing them nicely in bins. A few years back I took my sons to a Khalsa Youth camp in New Mexico, and we visited one of the Gurdwara in Espanola. One thing really impressed me and stuck with me was that before we were to enter thru the main door of the Gurdwara, a Singhni, beautifully dressed in all white, was sitting at the door steps with a bowl of water with some flower petals in it and was washing people's feet before they entered the Gurdwara. I had never seen that at any of the Gurdwaras in US, Canada, India, Singhapur (Singapore) or elsewhere and was just amazed at the humility, beauty and the grace of the whole thing. At that time I didn't undestand what exacly to make of it, but after reading some posts by Ik Onkar Kaur Khalsa's blog about a story of collecting dust of sadh sangat's feet and after dwelling more into Gurbani, it makes more sense. I had seen water wash basins at various Gurdwaras where one walks thru and scrubs feet before entering and I guess never really paid attention as to why Gurdwaras have these, why washing feet was important besides health reasons, and never a Singh or Singhni doing this seva. That was a first for me! All I can say, how beautiful it is do be blessed to wash sadh sangat's feet, clean their shoes, and collect dust off of their feet. And, on top of all of this, our Gurus begging for dust of saints! I mean that is just beyond anything. I can not only imagine singhs and singhnian doing that to Guru sahib's feet but even our Gurus doing that to other Sadh Sangat's feet. Personnaly, I think this is really good for our ego and this is what I get out of the last line of today's hukum.

Now, here is the first line about seeing God in all creation and everyehere. Now this is where I have a heard time sometimes, because if the creator manifests himself or herself thru all of his his/her creation, does that mean everything is sacred? Why many consider the word of God in different religion, including Sikhism, as sacred and yet at the same time many destroy mountains, rivers, forests, kill creatures for sports, pleasures, food? Why not respect this creation if not worship since some Sikhs would probably think I am crazy and do not have an understanding of Sikhi at all to talk about worshipping stones, resepecting nature and animals etc? Actuallt I don't worship stones, picutres or animals, but I don't think we should harm them either. I mean same creator that created me also created the mountains, the forests, the rivers, air, birds, fish in the universe etc. Now, does this mean, the whole universe is sacred? I really don't know and my mind sometimes just goes crazy thinking about these things. I say it is time to stop this post before I go off another tangent and just read the Hukum and try to follow it for at least today. I will leave it up to Waheguru since it is all his play and drama anyways. Thanks for reading the post!

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ॥ धनासरी महला ५ ॥ Ḏẖanāsrī mėhlā 5. Dhanaasaree, Fifth Mehl:
ਜਹ ਜਹ ਪੇਖਉ ਤਹ ਹਜੂਰਿ ਦੂਰਿ ਕਤਹੁ ਜਾਈ ॥ जह जह पेखउ तह हजूरि दूरि कतहु न जाई ॥ Jah jah pekẖa▫o ṯah hajūr ḏūr kaṯahu na jā▫ī. Wherever I look, there I see Him present; He is never far away.
ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਰਬਤ੍ਰ ਮੈ ਮਨ ਸਦਾ ਧਿਆਈ ॥੧॥ रवि रहिआ सरबत्र मै मन सदा धिआई ॥१॥ Rav rahi▫ā sarbaṯar mai man saḏā ḏẖi▫ā▫ī. 1 He is all-pervading, everywhere; O my mind, meditate on Him forever. 1
ਈਤ ਊਤ ਨਹੀ ਬੀਛੁੜੈ ਸੋ ਸੰਗੀ ਗਨੀਐ ॥ ईत ऊत नही बीछुड़ै सो संगी गनीऐ ॥ Īṯ ūṯ nahī bīcẖẖuṛai so sangī ganī▫ai. He alone is called your companion, who will not be separated from you, here or hereafter.
ਬਿਨਸਿ ਜਾਇ ਜੋ ਨਿਮਖ ਮਹਿ ਸੋ ਅਲਪ ਸੁਖੁ ਭਨੀਐ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ बिनसि जाइ जो निमख महि सो अलप सुखु भनीऐ ॥ रहाउ ॥ Binas jā▫e jo nimakẖ mėh so alap sukẖ bẖanī▫ai. Rahā▫o. That pleasure, which passes away in an instant, is trivial. Pause
ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲੈ ਅਪਿਆਉ ਦੇਇ ਕਛੁ ਊਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ प्रतिपालै अपिआउ देइ कछु ऊन न होई ॥ Paraṯipālai api▫ā▫o ḏe▫e kacẖẖ ūn na ho▫ī. He cherishes us, and gives us sustenance; He does not lack anything.
ਸਾਸਿ ਸਾਸਿ ਸੰਮਾਲਤਾ ਮੇਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੋਈ ॥੨॥ सासि सासि समालता मेरा प्रभु सोई ॥२॥ Sās sās sammālṯā merā parabẖ so▫ī. 2 With each and every breath, my God takes care of His creatures. 2
ਅਛਲ ਅਛੇਦ ਅਪਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਊਚਾ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਰੂਪੁ ॥ अछल अछेद अपार प्रभ ऊचा जा का रूपु ॥ Acẖẖal acẖẖeḏ apār parabẖ ūcẖā jā kā rūp. God is undeceiveable, impenetrable and infinite; His form is lofty and exalted.
ਜਪਿ ਜਪਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਅਨੰਦੁ ਜਨ ਅਚਰਜ ਆਨੂਪੁ ॥੩॥ जपि जपि करहि अनंदु जन अचरज आनूपु ॥३॥ Jap jap karahi anand jan acẖraj ānūp. 3 Chanting and meditating on the embodiment of wonder and beauty, His humble servants are in bliss. 3
ਸਾ ਮਤਿ ਦੇਹੁ ਦਇਆਲ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਜਿਤੁ ਤੁਮਹਿ ਅਰਾਧਾ ॥ सा मति देहु दइआल प्रभ जितु तुमहि अराधा ॥ Sā maṯ ḏeh ḏa▫i▫āl parabẖ jiṯ ṯumėh arāḏẖā. Bless me with such understanding, O Merciful Lord God, that I might remember You.

ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮੰਗੈ ਦਾਨੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਰੇਨ ਪਗ ਸਾਧਾ ॥੪॥੩॥੨੭॥ नानकु मंगै दानु प्रभ रेन पग साधा ॥४॥३॥२७॥ Nānak mangai ḏān parabẖ ren pag sāḏẖā. 4327 Nanak begs God for the gift of the dust of the feet of the Saints. 4327

Here is another shabad about washing feet of saints and begging for dust:

ਸੰਤ ਪਗ ਧੋਈਐ ਹਾਂ ॥संत पग धोईऐ हां ॥Sanṯ pag ḏẖo▫ī▫ai hāʼn.
Let us wash the feet of the Saints;
ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਖੋਈਐ ਹਾਂ ॥दुरमति खोईऐ हां ॥Ḏurmaṯ kẖo▫ī▫ai hāʼn.
our evil-mindedness shall be cleansed.
ਦਾਸਹ ਰੇਨੁ ਹੋਇ ਹਾਂ ॥दासह रेनु होइ हां ॥Ḏāsah ren ho▫e hāʼn.
Becoming the dust of the feet of the Lord's slaves,
ਬਿਆਪੈ ਦੁਖੁ ਕੋਇ ਹਾਂ ॥बिआपै दुखु न कोइ हां ॥Bi▫āpai ḏukẖ na ko▫e hāʼn.
one shall not be afflicted with pain.
ਭਗਤਾਂ ਸਰਨਿ ਪਰੁ ਹਾਂ ॥भगतां सरनि परु हां ॥Bẖagṯāʼn saran par hāʼn.
Taking to the Sanctuary of His devotees,
ਜਨਮਿ ਕਦੇ ਮਰੁ ਹਾਂ ॥जनमि न कदे मरु हां ॥Janam na kaḏe mar hāʼn.he is no longer subject to birth and death.
ਅਸਥਿਰੁ ਸੇ ਭਏ ਹਾਂ ॥असथिरु से भए हां ॥Asthir se bẖa▫e hāʼn.They alone become eternal,
ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਜਪਿ ਲਏ ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨਾ ॥੧॥हरि हरि जिन्ह जपि लए मेरे मना ॥१॥Har har jinĥ jap la▫e mere manā. 1who chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, O my mind. 1

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jap Ji - What it means to me

ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ ੴ सति नामु करता पुरखु निरभउ निरवैरु अकाल मूरति अजूनी सैभं गुर प्रसादि ॥ Ik▫oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa▫o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ. One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace ~

Ik- Onkar

There is only one Creator (iko hi karta-dharta, karn walla, sari sristi (whole universe) banaun walla) , supreme soul (parm-atma), Sacha-Patshah ( True King), Waheguru (Supreme Wonderous Guru), God, Brahm, Rab, Ram, Allah, Prabhu, Rahim, Akal Purakh (Purakh jehra maut taun bina jaan na marn walla), infinite (beyant-bina ant walla, mata (mother), pita (father), bhra (brother), bhain (sister), dost (friend), husband lord, wife, son, daughter, dog, cat, guide, boatman, bus driver, Ik jot (one supreme light that is within and beyond everyone including small creatures, every molecule, atom of every creature, every tree, flower, ocean, mountain, every planet, Galaxy, Mars, suns, moons and all things good, bad, ugly, black, brown, White, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Native Ameircan, Jat, Trakhan, Marasi, Mazbi, Chamar, Rajput, Brahaman, Vaishano, Lohar, Khatri and every other division ignorant human beings have created to define themselves and others out of ego, hate, anger, false prides.


True is the name, Creator being is true and real, the supreme soul is true and real and everyone within that universal realm is true like a creature in the Ocean or on land or in air. One that created the universe is true and his or her name is true. I am true, you are true, He is true, everyone is true.

Karta Purakh

Sabh kuch karn walla banda (entity that does everything). Birth, Death, sorrow, pain, suffering, happiness, salvation (mukti), thoughts, actions, words spoken, written & understood, playing, crying, laughig, anger, lust, maya, good, bad, days, nights, rain, sunshine, hardwork, laziness and so much more including this internet blogging. As they say in Punjabi, "Us dey hukum tuan bina patta vi nahin hilda" meaning "A leaf doesn't even move without his command".


Kisay taun na darn walla (without fear of anything). Why? How can you be afraid of something that you create? Why would the creator be afraid? So why should one creature be afraid of another creature, be it human, snake, dog, cat, lion? Well, does this mean one should go out and bother snakes or lions or other humans, or jump into ocean just for the heck of it. I don't think so. Well, at least this is what I think. If one is truthful then why would one be afraid of anything. One has nothing to lose or hide or be afraid of. That is why most truthful people speak their minds. Fear is a state of mind just like any other states of mind like pleaseure, pain, sadness, happiness. With the same logic, if the creator created me in the image of Himself then why "should" I be afraid. It is easy to say at this moment, but why does duality take over and a person becomes afraid of saying or doing the right thing and gets pulled between what is good and what is bad and become indecisive? I guess that is a topic to be explored in another post


Without hatred of anything because everything is created by the same creator. "bina vair tuan"! Since hatred towards someone or something comes from ignorance and misunderstanding of that someone or something and false ego or pride, which can only be eliminated thru right knowledge and understanding, which only comes from Satguru (Reminds me of lines like "Gur bin ghor andher! "Utter Darkness without the Guru" or "Gur bin gyan kahan say paanun? How do I get knowledge without the Guru?" Without the clear understanding and right knowledge, hatred and ego take over which leads to fights, arguments, wars. So Guru tells us, "Gurbani mere bhai!" Isnoo parho, isnoo likho, isnoo suno, isnoo gao, Isnoo samjho". "Read it, write it, sing it, listen to it, understand it" .

ਜਪੁ ॥ जपु ॥ Jap. Chant And Meditate:
ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ ॥ आदि सचु जुगादि सचु ॥ Āḏ sacẖ jugāḏ sacẖ. True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ॥੧॥ है भी सचु नानक होसी भी सचु ॥१॥ Hai bẖī sacẖ Nānak hosī bẖī sacẖ. ||1|| True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||
ਸੋਚੈ ਸੋਚਿ ਹੋਵਈ ਜੇ ਸੋਚੀ ਲਖ ਵਾਰ ॥ सोचै सोचि न होवई जे सोची लख वार ॥ Socẖai socẖ na hova▫ī je socẖī lakẖ vār. By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.
ਚੁਪੈ ਚੁਪ ਹੋਵਈ ਜੇ ਲਾਇ ਰਹਾ ਲਿਵ ਤਾਰ ॥ चुपै चुप न होवई जे लाइ रहा लिव तार ॥ Cẖupai cẖup na hova▫ī je lā▫e rahā liv ṯār. By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.
ਭੁਖਿਆ ਭੁਖ ਉਤਰੀ ਜੇ ਬੰਨਾ ਪੁਰੀਆ ਭਾਰ ॥ भुखिआ भुख न उतरी जे बंना पुरीआ भार ॥ Bẖukẖi▫ā bẖukẖ na uṯrī je bannā purī▫ā bẖār. The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.
ਸਹਸ ਸਿਆਣਪਾ ਲਖ ਹੋਹਿ ਇਕ ਚਲੈ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ सहस सिआणपा लख होहि त इक न चलै नालि ॥ Sahas si▫āṇpā lakẖ hohi ṯa ik na cẖalai nāl. Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.
ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥ किव सचिआरा होईऐ किव कूड़ै तुटै पालि ॥ Kiv sacẖi▫ārā ho▫ī▫ai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl. So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥ हुकमि रजाई चलणा नानक लिखिआ नालि ॥१॥ Hukam rajā▫ī cẖalṇā Nānak likẖi▫ā nāl. ||1|| O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||
ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਆਕਾਰ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਕਹਿਆ ਜਾਈ ॥ हुकमी होवनि आकार हुकमु न कहिआ जाई ॥ Hukmī hovan ākār hukam na kahi▫ā jā▫ī. By His Command, bodies are created; His Command cannot be described.
ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਜੀਅ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥ हुकमी होवनि जीअ हुकमि मिलै वडिआई ॥ Hukmī hovan jī▫a hukam milai vadi▫ā▫ī. By His Command, souls come into being; by His Command, glory and greatness are obtained.
ਹੁਕਮੀ ਉਤਮੁ ਨੀਚੁ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਦੁਖ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਈਅਹਿ ॥ हुकमी उतमु नीचु हुकमि लिखि दुख सुख पाईअहि ॥ Hukmī uṯam nīcẖ hukam likẖ ḏukẖ sukẖ pā▫ī▫ah. By His Command, some are high and some are low; by His Written Command, pain and pleasure are obtained.
ਇਕਨਾ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬਖਸੀਸ ਇਕਿ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਸਦਾ ਭਵਾਈਅਹਿ ॥ इकना हुकमी बखसीस इकि हुकमी सदा भवाईअहि ॥ Iknā hukmī bakẖsīs ik hukmī saḏā bẖavā▫ī▫ah. Some, by His Command, are blessed and forgiven; others, by His Command, wander aimlessly forever.
ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਕੋਇ ॥ हुकमै अंदरि सभु को बाहरि हुकम न कोइ ॥ Hukmai anḏar sabẖ ko bāhar hukam na ko▫e. Everyone is subject to His Command; no one is beyond His Command.
ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਜੇ ਬੁਝੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਕਹੈ ਕੋਇ ॥੨॥ नानक हुकमै जे बुझै त हउमै कहै न कोइ ॥२॥ Nānak hukmai je bujẖai ṯa ha▫umai kahai na ko▫e. ||2|| O Nanak, one who understands His Command, does not speak in ego. ||2||
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਤਾਣੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਕਿਸੈ ਤਾਣੁ ॥ गावै को ताणु होवै किसै ताणु ॥ Gāvai ko ṯāṇ hovai kisai ṯāṇ. Some sing of His Power-who has that Power?
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਦਾਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਨੀਸਾਣੁ ॥ गावै को दाति जाणै नीसाणु ॥ Gāvai ko ḏāṯ jāṇai nīsāṇ. Some sing of His Gifts, and know His Sign and Insignia.
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਗੁਣ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ਚਾਰ ॥ गावै को गुण वडिआईआ चार ॥ Gāvai ko guṇ vaḏi▫ā▫ī▫ā cẖār. Some sing of His Glorious Virtues, Greatness and Beauty.
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਵਿਖਮੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ गावै को विदिआ विखमु वीचारु ॥ Gāvai ko viḏi▫ā vikẖam vīcẖār. Some sing of knowledge obtained of Him, through difficult philosophical studies.
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸਾਜਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਨੁ ਖੇਹ ॥ गावै को साजि करे तनु खेह ॥ Gāvai ko sāj kare ṯan kẖeh. Some sing that He fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜੀਅ ਲੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਦੇਹ ॥ गावै को जीअ लै फिरि देह ॥ Gāvai ko jī▫a lai fir ḏeh. Some sing that He takes life away, and then again restores it.
ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜਾਪੈ ਦਿਸੈ ਦੂਰਿ ॥ गावै को जापै दिसै दूरि ॥ Gāvai ko jāpai ḏisai ḏūr. Some sing that He seems so very far away.