Day 08: Guru Nanakji’s spirituality of compassion

The miracle of AWARENESS is that without saying anything or doing anything it simply starts to dissolve all that is ugly in us into all that is beautiful - SURINDER KAUR SOHAN SINGH, SIKHI STUDY SERIES

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By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

The ultimate flowering of Love is Compassion. We all talk of LOVE but what we see around us is HATE everywhere. Nobody teaches hate and yet hate is stronger than love.

What Guruji tells us to do is: Be aware of what is happening to us. Let everything arise out of our awareness.

Why does Guruji say that? There is a very good reason for it. Awareness has a magical quality to it.

What is that magical quality?

The miracle of AWARENESS is that without saying anything or doing anything it simply starts to dissolve all that is ugly in us into all that is beautiful.

How does this happen?

Example: If I am angry and I become aware of this anger in me, as I observe  these feelings of anger, it will slowly start to disappear.

If there is hate in me, and I start being aware of it, observing the feelings with AWARENESS, the feelings of hate will start to dissipate slowly.The cloud of hatred will soon disappear after awhile. The same will happen to every negative trait in us.

What remains in its place will be a mixture of compassion, kindness and lovingness.

 The opposite is true of LOVE. The more I am aware of love inside me, the more the love will grow.

 This is the truth that Guruji is teaching us in SHABAD- SURT.

Whatsoever deepens with our  awareness is a virtue. Whatsoever disappears with our awareness is a SIN.

There are things in us that cannot stand in front of light of awareness. They simply disappear when light shines on them. All that disappear are sins.

All that remains and deepens with the light of awareness are virtues.

Guruji reminds  us in Gurbani to keep the thread of awareness running through all our actions. If we do that, we will never find any HATE, ANGER, JEALOUSY remaining in our lives.

– not because we have dropped them.

– not because we have repressed them.

– not because we have practiced against them.

We have not done anything. We have not even touched them. What we have done is just shine the light of AWARENESS on these negative traits. That is the beauty of awareness. The negative traits just disappear by itself through awareness.

That is the MAGICAL quality of AWARENESS. We have to put it into practice to reap the benefits.

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. The articles 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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