The Gurbani Guides us how to Cultivate Knowledge.
- ਗਿਆਨੁ ਕਮਾਈਐ ਪੂਛਿ ਜਨਾਂ ॥: Giaan kamaaeeai poosh janaan: (O my mind!) Consulting the (saintly, the Gurmukhs, etc.) beings, practice (i.e., learn to cultivate, ਹਾਸਲ ਕਰਣਾਂ, etc.) spiritual Knowledge (Wisdom, ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ, etc.) (1180).
There is huge emphasis on Vichaar in the SGGS (ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ sggs 465).
Clearly, Spiritual quest significantly rests on Vichaar, which goes beyond dogma, empty rituals, traditions and religions. Vichaar is not just collecting information. Neither it is reading and memorizing scriptures nor philosophies, etc. It is Spiritual surgery. It is real learning that has to change us, transform us, and make us Grow within.
An important component of Vichaar is the freedom to question (spiritual inquiry), which helps remove doubts and confusions of the mind.
Unfortunately, in Gurdawaaraa, question and answer format is totally missing. As a result, we do not get to Realize the full Spiritual Benefit (Laahaa) of the Gurbani. As there is no mechanism or system in place whereby members of the congregation (Sangat) are afforded and encouraged to ask questions to those (professional preachers, Raagees, Bhais etc.), conducting sermons in Gurdawaaraas, all over the world
Unfortunately, many Gurdawaaraas appear to be pullulated with foolish and selfish preachers (Parchaaraks), Kirtan singers (Raagees), Bhais etc. Asking them questions or conducting spiritual inquiry with them would be like a blind leading an another blind. They are in for money, not for spirituality or Wisdom. In fact, many of them are criminals, disguised in this profession – hiding from law, immigration authority, etc.!
Not only that, the Gurdawaaraa commitee members, in general, are not any better either!
Hence, nobody is there in the Gurdawaaraas to conduct spiritual inquiry with as recommended by the Gurbani (ਗਿਆਨੁ ਕਮਾਈਐ ਪੂਛਿ ਜਨਾਂ ॥)!
- ਏ ਮਨ ਮਿਰਤ ਸੁਭ ਚਿੰਤੰ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦਿ ਹਰਿ ਰਮਣੰ ॥ ਮਤਿ ਤਤੁ ਗਿਆਨੰ ਕਲਿਆਣ ਨਿਧਾਨੰ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਮਨਿ ਰਮਣੰ ॥੨॥: Ea mann mirat subh chintam gur sabadi hari ramanam. mati tatu giaanam kaliaan nidhaanam hari naam mani ramanam ||2||: O mind, even death (freedom from Haumai, evil passions, etc. – ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਛੁੱਟਕਾਰਾ…) wishes you well (ਸੁਖਦਾਈ – becomes blissful, pleasant experience, etc.), when you remember the Lord through the Gur-Shabad. (Those who) meditate / repeat the Lord’s Name in the their mind, their intellect receives the (spiritual) Treasure – the knowledge of Reality and Supreme Bliss (ਸੁਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਖ਼ਜ਼ਾਨਾ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ) ||2|| (sggs 505).