Pujaaree System Wants People Remain Ignorant, Fearful, Ritualistic…

There is an Indian proverb that goes something like this: Where the greedy people live, there a cheat or a swindler (ਠਗ, thug, trickster, etc.) will never starve. A cheat … Continue reading “Pujaaree System Wants People Remain Ignorant, Fearful, Ritualistic…”

We Are Neither The Body Nor The Mind

All forms are a result of the play of the five elements or Maya, including the human body. With the form of the body, false ego-sense appears. All human sufferings … Continue reading “We Are Neither The Body Nor The Mind”

Gurbani On Religious Paraphernalia

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) rejects decorating the mortal or transitory human body with religious paraphernalia. Because, in the end, when the dead body is placed on pyre or … Continue reading “Gurbani On Religious Paraphernalia”

Beware Of Praise

A spiritually elevated person is sensitive to being unduly praised. He feels uncomfortable. Although people who praise him may be well-meaning, but he nevertheless feels uncomfortable. He feels uncomfortable because, … Continue reading “Beware Of Praise”

Two Types of Living And Dying

The Wisdom of the Gurbani indicates two kinds of living — life, existence, state, “ਜੀਵਨਾ-Jeevanaa“: Living at the body-level (i.e., Maya) Living at the Aatmaa or soul-level (i.e., the Gurmukh … Continue reading “Two Types of Living And Dying”

Oblivious To The Passage Of Time

Time is merciless, inexorable, and cruel. Full of destructive tricks, time is the greatest magician! All the hopes and enjoyment of man in this world are consistently destroyed by the … Continue reading “Oblivious To The Passage Of Time”

Pride Of Worldly Possessions Rots The Mind

In nutshell, pride corrupts man’s mind and intellect (pride => self-conceit, arrogance, haughtiness, consciousness of exalted position, Abhimaan-ਅਭਿਮਾਨ, Ahankaar-ਅਹੰਕਾਰ, Garab-ਗਰਬ, etc.). ਬਡੇ ਬਡੇ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀਆ ਨਾਨਕ ਗਰਬਿ ਗਲੇ ॥੧॥: O Nanak! … Continue reading “Pride Of Worldly Possessions Rots The Mind”

Gurbani Stresses On The Importance Of Internal Cleanliness And Not The External One

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 … Continue reading “Gurbani Stresses On The Importance Of Internal Cleanliness And Not The External One”

Not Liable For Change

The Gurbani says we are THAT — “Joti Saroop(u)-ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”! The Gurbani reminds us that we as “Joti Saroop(u)” (“ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ”) are not separate from the Supreme Reality. Therefore, the … Continue reading “Not Liable For Change”

To Be Born Is One Thing But To Be Truly Alive Quite Another!

The Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ) is that unless one is spiritually Awakened, he is not yet alive — he is as dead (Aatmac Maut-ਆਤਮਕ ਮੌਤੇ ਮਰਿਆ)! Consider the following verses (and … Continue reading “To Be Born Is One Thing But To Be Truly Alive Quite Another!”