Day 03: How to reach treasures that Guruji says is within all of us?

Gurbani tells us that embedded deep within our minds is something that is more valuable than the most expensive diamonds and jewels of the world.

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By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

Gurbani tells us that embedded deep within our minds is something that is more valuable than the most expensive diamonds and jewels of the world.

These are the DIVINELY VIRTUES OF GOD:

Unconditional love | Contentment | Compassion | Kindness | Benevolence | Gratitude | Forgiveness | Humility | Courage | Etc. |

Guruji reveals this information to us in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).

ਮਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਤਨ ਜਵਾਹਰ ਮਾਣਿਕ ਜੇ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀ ॥

Matt vich ratan javahar manik, Jae eik gur ki sikh suuni (SGGS, p2)

MATT refers to our mind. RATAN JAVAAHAR MANIK refers to precious stones and diamonds which Guruji is using as metaphors to make us realise how precious these virtues are in our lives.

These DIVINELY VIRTUES are invaluable because when a person starts manifesting them in his life, he begins to experience PEACE, HAPPINESS, JOY and BLISS from within right away.

At page 186 of the SGGS, Guruji says all these precious items are in the possession of GOD who is staying in our minds.

ਅਗਮ ਰੂਪ ਕਾ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਥਾਨਾ ॥

ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ਕਿਨੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜਾਨਾ ॥੧॥

Agam roop ka man mein thaanna

Gur parsaad kinai viralai jana

The unfathomable LORD lives in our minds.

Through the blessings of the Guru, some rare ones have found HIM. (SGGS, p186)

How can we reach to this treasure that Guruji says is within all of us? The answer is through the teachings of the Guru.

ਜੇ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀ ॥

Jae eik gur ki sikh suuni

By listening to the message of the Guru, understanding it and putting it into practice in our lives.

In order to search for all these valuable things we have to make a journey inwards as they are embedded within us.

The first step of this journey begins with answering the question that Guruji is asking us on page 1 of the SGGS:

ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥

Kiv sachiaaraa hoeeai kiv koorrai thuttai paal?

What is the meaning of the word SACHIAARAA? How do I become SACHIAAR? What is KOOR? We will discuss this in the next vichaar (discourse).

 

Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh is a Malaysia-based Gurbani enthusiast. This is an edited version of her regular articles shared within a circle of fellow Sikhi seekers

* This is the opinion of the writer, organisation or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Asia Samachar.

 

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Day 02: We pay others to read it for us (Asia Samachar, 30 July 2018)

Day 01: Gurbani Es Jag Mein Chaanan (Asia Samachar, 25 July 2018)

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Kulwant ji,
    Having differences in opinions is normal but using harsh words to express oneself is not the Sikhi way. Guruji tells us to be aware and not use insipid words on others because the effects of it will be felt not by others but us:
    Pg 473:
    ਨਾਨਕ ਫਿਕੈ ਬੋਲਿਐ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਫਿਕਾ ਹੋਇ ॥
    “ Nanak fikai boliai than man fika hoey.”
    O Nanak, speaking insipid words both the mind and body gets insipid.”
    ਫਿਕੋ ਫਿਕਾ ਸਦੀਐ ਫਿਕੇ ਫਿਕੀ ਸੋਇ ॥
    “Fika moorakh aakheeai paana lehai sajaee.”
    The insipid one is called a fool. He is punished severely for it.
    Regarding the words Man and Matt, actually that was not the topic of discussion but even if it was my view will still be different from yours.
    Man / Mind is made up of a few parts:
    MATT is that part of the mind that discriminates between what is beneficial to us and what is not.
    SURT is the part that gives us AWARENESS.
    CHIT is that part that is responsible for memory, past experiences, ideas, feelings and emotions.
    There are 2 kinds of MATT.
    The first kind is the one we acquire through our everyday worldly interactions and experiences. We learn through them and have a certain way of functioning and behaving based on these experiences. This is called Man- MATT. A person whose behaviour is determined by his own learning from the environment is called a Manmukh.
    The second is where we learn from the Guru the right thinking and then function from that level . This is called GUR- MATT. A person who functions from this MATT is called a Gurmukh.
    In both cases he has a MATT and the MATT is part of his MAN /MIND . It is not separate from the MAN/ MIND.

  2. By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

    “Guruji reveals this information to us in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
    ਮਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਤਨ ਜਵਾਹਰ ਮਾਣਿਕ ਜੇ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀ ॥

    MATT refers to our mind.”

    Why are we plagued by Sikhs who don’t have knowledge of Gurmat who insist on sharing their nonsense?

    MATT is not mind, it is thinking.

    If MATT is mind , then what is MANN.

    This writer tells us herself further on….”ਅਗਮ ਰੂਪ ਕਾ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਥਾਨਾ ॥
    ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ਕਿਨੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜਾਨਾ ॥੧॥

    The unfathomable LORD lives in our minds.”

    So if MATT is mind, and MANN is mind then is MANNMATT “mind-mind”?

    Typical of the trash that is coming out of Malaysia these days.

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