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.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
I'm not sure what to make of this but I felt called to share it.
I just got back to the Dojo, and there was a little injured bird hopping around in the snow, pecking at cracks in the parking lot.
It looked like it had a broken wing and was missing an eye, shivering slightly. I opened the door and tried soothingly to invite inside. It would let me get pretty close but not too close, and it wouldn't come inside.
So I started playing Sukhmani Sahib Kirtan hoping it would feel drawn inside.
When it didn't come, and it started snowing harder I prayed and asked Vaheguru Ji to help it.
I was struck by how peaceful and happy bird friend was, even in the heavy snow, even injured, it just hopped around taking what little food it could, not a care in the world.
I looked down for a moment and when I looked back up it was gone. I know it couldn't fly. Either Vaheguru Ji healed it or took it.
I felt like I could learn a lot from bird friend. Be happy with whatever is given.