By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION
ਜਉ ਸੁਖ ਕਉ ਚਾਹੈ ਸਦਾ ਸਰਨਿ ਰਾਮ ਕੀ ਲੇਹ ॥
Jo Sukh ko chaahai SEDA saran Ram ki laeh (SGGS 1427)
The only way to eternal peace and bliss is by seeking the sanctuary of God.
Worldly happiness is temporary. It comes for a while and then disappears. Most of us are yearning to remain happy all the time. All our efforts are to be happy but most of the time this happiness eludes us.
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੁਨਿ ਰੇ ਮਨਾ ਦੁਰਲਭ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਦੇਹ ॥੨੭॥
Kahu Nanak sun rae manaa dhuralab manukh dhaeh (SGGS 1427)
Guruji says you have obtained the gift of a human life from God. Use this blessing that has been bestowed on you to attain the BLISS and PEACE that you are yearning for all the time. The only way to get it is through the guidance of the Guru. The key to this bliss is with the Guru.
Guru is the master sculpture and goldsmith send by God to guide us.
A goldsmith is very skilled in his work. He has the ability to take a brick of gold and sculpture it into a beautiful and intricate piece of jewellery.
The Guru also has the same skills as the goldsmith but the material He works with is our minds.
Our human mind is the brick that needs to be sculptured by the Guru. Kabirji says in His Bani: Kahu Kabir eihu Ram ki ans. Ans means offspring.
Kabirji says the human beings are offsprings of God. Therefore they have the same virtues of God. These virtues bring forth what they desire most, that is peace and bliss. However this treasure of virtues is buried deep in their minds. At the moment we are not manifesting these virtues because the surface of our mind is covered with negativity. The negativity is of the vices that we have. With the guidance of the Guru this negativity can be removed from the mind and then the jyot/ life force energy shines forth and bring about bliss.
When will this transformation occur?
The Guru says He is always ready to help in the process of transformation. The delay is on our part. The greatest block to this transformation is created by our own minds.
Why? Because the mind is always in duality. One half of it wants to carry on with its old habits. The other half is desiring the greatest gift from GOD. Guruji says:
ਨਾਵੈ ਜੇਵਡੁ ਹੋਰੁ ਧਨੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੋਇ ॥
Naavai jaeved hor dhaath naahee koey. (SGGS 364)
The greatest gift in the world is NAAM.
The condition to receive it is you must be ready for it. Once you have made the bold decision that you want this gift at all costs and stick to that decision, then you are on the way to the transformation which brings with it eternal BLISS and PEACE.
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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