Day 07: Spirituality of Guru Nanakji

Guruji says we are spiritually ALIVE when we experience heaven and we are spiritually DEAD when we are experiencing hell.

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By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

Guru Nanakji brings from God a message of Peace, Happiness, Joyfulness and Bliss for the whole of Humanity.

His God is an OCEAN OF VIRTUES.

ਦਾਨਾ ਦਾਤਾ ਸੀਲਵੰਤੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਰੂਪੁ ਅਪਾਰੁ ॥

Dhaana, Dhaathaa, Seelavanth, Nirmal, Roop Apaar

God is wise, benevolent, tender-hearted, pure, beautiful and infinite – SGGS Pg 47

ਗੁਣ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਨਵਤਨੁ ਸਦਾ ਪੂਰਨ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਦਾਤਿ ॥

Gun Nidhaan, Navathan sadhaa

God is a TREASURE OF VIRTUES and is an ever FRESH BEING.

ਮਿਠ ਬੋਲੜਾ ਜੀ ਹਰਿ ਸਜਣੁ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੋਰਾ ॥

Mith bolarrea

GOD always speak sweetly. He never speaks harshly to anyone. – SGGS Pg 784

Where does this GOD live?

ਘਟ ਘਟ ਮੈ ਹਰਿ ਜੂ ਬਸੈ ਸੰਤਨ ਕਹਿਓ ਪੁਕਾਰਿ ॥

Ghatt Ghatt mai Har Joo Basai

The dear Lord lives in each and every heart – SGGS Pg 1427

Balihaaree kudrath vasiaa

The same Almighty Power of GOD also pervades the whole Universe.

How do we connect to this GOD who lives inside us?

Guru Nanakji explains to us the how of it in the line below:

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋਈ ਬੂਝੈ ਗੁਣ ਕਹਿ ਗੁਣੀ ਸਮਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥

Gun kehi Gunee Samaavania – SGGS Pg 110

Gun means virtues. Gunee is the ONE to whom the Virtues belong to (God). Meaning of the line: By connecting to the virtues of God, we ultimately merge with Him.

Guruji says we are connecting to God every moment that we are manifesting His Virtues.

When we are connected to His virtues, the chemical and physical changes that occur in our body and mind  give rise to the feelings of peace and happiness in us. Guruji calls this state of mind as HEAVEN.

What happens then when we get disconnected from His virtues?

We are either connected to God’s virtues or to our vices. When we are disconnected from His virtues, we automatically get connected to our vices (lust, anger, greed, attachments, ego).

This connection also causes chemical and physical changes in our body and mind. The effects of these changes include anxiety, stress, restlessness and depression. Guruji calls this state of mind as hell.

We are either experiencing heaven or hell every moment depending on our thoughts, words and actions.

Guruji says we are spiritually ALIVE when we experience heaven and we are spiritually DEAD when we are experiencing hell.

ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਉਪਜੈ ਖਿਨਿ ਖਪੈ ਖਿਨੁ ਆਵੈ ਖਿਨੁ ਜਾਇ ॥

Khin mehi oupjai, khin khapai, khin aavai khin jaae

In an instant one is born and in an instant one dies. In an instant one comes and in an instant one goes – SGGS Pg 58

Therefore to experience more PEACE, HAPPINESS, JOY and BLISS in our lives we must manifest more Virtues in our lives and reduce our Vices.

Our Virtues produce Peace, Happiness, Joyfulness and Bliss. Our vices on the other hand gives rise to Anger, Hatred, Selfishness, etc.

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 articles will appear on Mondays and Thursdays.

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

 

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