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Practicing egotism and selfishness, some people try to impress others by showing off. They perform all sorts of rituals, but they gain no acceptance.

Without You, Lord, nothing happens at all.

You forgive those who are adorned with the word of Your Shabad.

People are born, and they die, but they do not understand the Lord. Night and day, they wander, in love with duality.

The lives of the self-willed manmukhs are useless; in the end, they die, regretting and repenting.

Burnt offerings, sacred feasts, intense meditations with the body upside-down, pooja, and taking millions of cleansing baths at sacred shrines of pilgrimage: the merits of all these can be obtained by enshrining Lord within your heart for a fraction of a second.

One enshrines Naam within their hearts, by God's Grace.

Even beasts, ghosts and the stone-hearted are saved. The Naam is the panacea, the remedy to cure all ills.

Singing the Glory of God is the embodiment of bliss and emancipation. It cannot be obtained by any religious rituals. O Nanak, he alone obtains it, who has it in his destiny.

Even if one wanders over the whole planet, and performs all the rituals of purification day and night, still, without the true devotion of His Name, darkness still prevails.

Pilgrimages, fasts, purification and setting limits are of no use, nor are rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship.

Through manmat, people are engrossed in duality.

Emancipation comes only by loving devotional worship His Name.

Sat Sree Akal.

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Time is one of the greatest luxuries in the world today.

One of the most valuable gifts one can give oneself is time, time to be more present in the deeper world around us, time to be more present in the deepest part of our own conscious lives. We are all allocated the same amount of time the 24 hours, but how we use it, is up to each and everyone of us.

Time wasted can never be recovered. The clock ticks away unceasingly, reminding us, that this life is finite, limited.

This world is an illusion, and we are like puppets on a string on the stage of the world.

It may soon be time to take the final curtain and depart from planet Earth.

So let us use our time wisely and make the most of it, to the One, who has given us so much, by being thankful to Him.

Not by mere words necessarily, but by lovingly devoting ourselves at His Lotus Feet, as much as possible.

Because from this perishable and false world, if their is any wealth(dhan) we can carry with ourselves, that is the Bhakti of Wahiguru Akal Purukh, for there in those spiritual planes, nobody will ask us, to which country or race do you belong, or which social class does one belong, no bribery, nothing, except the wealth of His Name.

Anyone who goes having collected as much of that spiritual wealth, which has no taxes of Kal Purukh on it,  is considered the wadbhagee beloved one, of Wahiguru, for this in reality is the key(time spent in His Bhakti) to His abode, namely Sach Khand.

Sat Sree Akal.


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Keeping the roots stronger

Once upon a time, there were two neighbors living next to each other. One of them was a retired teacher and another was an insurance agent who had a lot of interest in technology. Both of them had planted different plants in their garden. The retired teacher was giving a small amount of water to his plants and didn’t always give a full attention to them, while the other neighbor interested in technology, had given a lot of water to his plants and looked after them too well.

The retired teacher’s plants were simple but looked good. The insurance agent’s plants were much fuller and greener. One day, during the night, there was a heavy rain and a wind due to a minor storm. Next morning, both of the neighbors came out to inspect the damage to their garden. The neighbor who was an insurance agent saw that his plants came off from the roots and were totally destroyed. But, the retired teacher’s plants were not damaged at all and were standing firm.

The insurance agent neighbor was surprised to see it, he went to the retired teacher and asked, “We both grew the same plants together, I actually looked after my plants better than you did for yours, and even gave them more water. Still, my plants came off from the roots, while yours didn’t. How is that possible?”

The retired teacher smiled and said, “You gave your plants more attention and water, but because of that they didn’t need to work themselves for it.  You made it easy for them.  While I gave them just an adequate amount of water and let their roots search for more.   And, because of that, their roots went deeper and that made their position stronger.  That is why my plants survived”.


This story is about parenting where children are like plants.  If everything is given to them, they will not understand the hard work it takes to earn those things. 

They will not learn to work themselves and respect it.  Sometimes it’s best to guide them instead of giving them.  

Teach them how to walk, but let them follow their path.

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There are many stories in the Mahabharata, some which may not be mentioned in the orginal. But many of them are very interesting and provide deep insight.

This is one such story:

While the battle of Kurushetra was at its peak, Arjuna and Karna were fighting each other. It was a battle to witness, a flurry of arrows were being exchanged, and even Gods were witnessing this epic battle between the 2 warriors.

Arjuna would shoot his arrows and the impact of these arrows would be so much that Karna’s chariot would go back by 25-30 feet. People who witnessed this were amazed by the skills of Arjuna.

 Karna was no less. When he  shot arrows,  Arjuna’s chariot would also shake and go back by 3-4 feet.

More than everyone, Krishna would applaud Karna every time his arrow  hit Arjuna’s chariot. But not once did He applaud Arjuna’s skills.

At the end of the day, Arjuna asked Krishna: “Oh Lord, I have shot so many arrows at Karna’s chariot, it was being displaced like a feather in wind, but not once did you appreciate me. Rather, you would appreciate his skill despite his arrows just displacing my chariot a little”.

 Krishna smiled and replied “Oh, Arjuna, remember, your chariot is protected by Hanuman at the top on your flag, Me as your charioteer in the front and by Sheshnag at its wheels, yet the whole chariot would still sway and displace whenever the valiant Karna  hit us with his arrows”.

“But Karna’s chariot is not protected by any such force, he is on his own, yet he fights valiantly”.  

It is said that after the battle of Kurushetra was over, Krishna refused to get off the chariot till Arjuna got down. Once Krishna alighted from the chariot, it caught fire and turned to dust.

Krishna said “Oh Arjuna, your chariot was destroyed by Karna a long time ago, it is I who was still protecting it.”

 Moral: “Never in your life have the arrogance to say that you have achieved something.

If you have achieved something, it is the divine will, it is the divine intervention that has always protected you, cleared your path and given you the right opportunities at the right time”


In a similar way, in Sikhee, the true sikh depends totally, not on one´s abilities, but on Wahiguru Akal Purukh at all times.

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One Sunday morning, a wealthy man sat in his balcony enjoying sunshine and his coffee, when a little ant caught his eye which was going from one side to the other side of the balcony carrying a big leaf several times more than its size. The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, paused, took a diversion and then continued towards its so destination.

At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while, analyzed and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.

The man was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of God’s tiniest creatures. The incident left the man in awe and forced him to contemplate over the miracle of Creation. It showed the greatness of the Creator. In front of his eyes there was this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome. Along with all these capabilities, the man also noticed that this tiny creature shared some human shortcomings.

The man saw about an hour later the creature had reached its destination – a tiny hole in the floor which was entrance to its underground dwelling. And it was at this point that the ant’s shortcoming that it shared with the man was revealed. How could the ant carry into the tiny hole the large leaf that it had managed to carefully bring to the destination? It simply couldn't!

So the tiny creature, after all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left behind the large leaf and went home empty-handed.

The ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey and in the end the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it. The creature had no option, but to leave it behind to reach its destination. The man learned a great lesson that day.

Isn't that the truth about our lives?

We worry about our family, we worry about our job, we worry about how to earn more money, we worry about where we should live – 5 bedroom or 6 bedroom house, what kind of vehicle to buy – a Mercedes or BMW or a Porsche, what kind of dresses to wear, all sorts of things, only to abandon all these things when we reach our destination – The Grave.

 We don’t realize in our life’s journey that these are just burdens that we are carrying with utmost care and fear of losing them, only to find that at the end they are useless and we can’t take them with us.....



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Not literally, but the quote above can be well applied in our lives, having chance on loving and meditating on Wahiguru in this our human life, it should be our goal, and not to miss it on petty useless mamat things.


Sat Sree Akal.

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