As learners of the Teaching or the Divine Wisdom of Sri Guroo Granth Sahib (SGGS), all Sikhs — young or old — whether living in India or in other countries must know that SGGS is strictly against the caste system (Jaat Paat). The Sikh Guroos have been strong supporter of equality, and rejected casteism (Jaat Paat).
One of personal choices made will shape not only one’s own life, but also the world. Thus goes the ceaseless battle of life!
This battle of life consists of a constant spiritual and psychological battle going on between the two contending forces. These two forces or magnetic poles are (1) Bibek Budhi (pure discriminating intellect attuned to the soul or the Mool), and (2) the doubt-ridden or sense-infatuated mind under the delusive influence of the false ego-sense (Haumai).
Nimm (ਨਿੰਮ – Azadirachta indica, an Indian lilac tree) is known to be bitter by its very nature. Also called Neem, everything about this tree is bitter — its leaves, its twigs, and its fruit (olive-like drupe) are bitter!
Bhagat Kabeer Sahib in the Gurbani says if one were to irrigate this Nimm tree again and again with sweet water or nectar, still its natural quality of bitterness will not depart!
The Gurbani has attached paramount importance to the necessity of internal cleanliness, not the external one.
- ਬਾਹਰਿ ਮਲੁ ਧੋਵੈ ਮਨ ਕੀ ਜੂਠਿ ਨ ਜਾਏ ॥: Outwardly, he (hypocrite) washes off the filth, but the impurity of his mind does not go away (sggs 88).
- ਮਨਿ ਮੈਲੈ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਮੈਲਾ ਤਨਿ ਧੋਤੈ ਮਨੁ ਹਛਾ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥: When the mind is filthy, everything is filthy; by washing the body, the mind is not cleaned (sggs 558).
The priorities of the Gurmat (Wisdom, Teaching or Upadesh of the Gur-Shabad…) are totally different then the priorities of the mind which is ridden with the false ego-sense (Haumai), doubt (Bharam), illusion (Maya)…
In Gurdwaras, for example, we see signs asking people to leave their shoes (and socks in some Gurdwaras) outside before entering the Gurdwara building.