Gurdwara - The Basic Realities Of Religion

 
Date:
October 15, 1989
Location:
Berkeley, CA
 
 
 
 

..."Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ka Khalsa, Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ki Fateh"

Every religion has tried to teach certain basic realities, basic strength for every man in line of action, line of his duties. Purpose of every religion is to make everybody happy, prosperous, fulfilled. It works both way if people are rich in a religion they will serve the religion, they will keep religion going. If people are poor it won't serve the religion, it won't serve the people either. But a unique thing about Sikh religion, which is not being understood and understood in the aspect of it is that there are religions and they are good in their own way. But it is not any religion tell you this is what religion starts with, they start with a very saintly manner and they end up very soldierly and conquer the whole world that becomes the idea. But unfortunately that was not the attitude, attitude was to start right in the beginning to understand we are soldiers and saint at the same time. Nothing was left to take over or transformation or direction. Sikh religion starts with a very simple augment meere and peeree, shaster and shaaster, sevaSeva Selfless Service. the heart of the Aashram experience is serving each other. and SimranSimran A deep meditative process in which the naam of the Infinite is remembered and dwelled in without conscious effort. , BanaBana , Baana One's outward projection, often refers to a specified clothing that projects a consciousness. and BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. . You always find there are two things at the same time. One is the object other is which will subject to achieve the object. The subject and the object are well defined in this religion. Now unfortunately there are certain things which can happen and have always happened. If a spiritual man or a spiritual leader compromises with the world then he loses all his spiritual values. And that compromise sometime is very forceful, there are two thousand people in congregation they are negative they are not getting together and the ideals are so high they can't achieve and the man doesn't say heck with it, all right let us make amend, let us make a bend and this happens in every religion it happens it is not that it cannot be avoided. So in Jews you can find orthodox and reforms and mediocre and all that. In Christianity you cannot even count their denominations they are all, they all love one Christ but they have their own thing going. And in Sikh Sikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. DharmaSikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Dharma A path of righteous living. It is both an ideal of virtue and a path of action that is infused with clear awareness and comprised of actions that are the soul in total synchrony with the universe. It is action without reaction or karma. also whenever the party fight they make a new GurdwaraGurdwara Literally the door of the Guru; traditional place where Sikh worship services are held. , they are not making a new Sikh religion yet which may happen little later, but they have their own thing going if two parties fight with each other the other president who cannot be president makes another people and take a group. So what I am trying to explain to you the man from the beginning to this time has a clan personality, clan system, they have situation where people get together and they have one leader and he leads them to where it leads to. Looking at that in the spiritual world it also shows up that actually there is no spiritual world at all. It is clan system, some people gets to a family, some family gets to be a group, some groups get together and they become clan and clans get together they become tribe and that's how it is. That's not actually spirituality, that's not even the reality of spirituality. The reality of spirituality is that you go and you keep going onto God and carry everybody onto God. Now you say what instruction we have? Yes, in the past there was a difficulty in instructions, because every religion develops as the circumstances developed it. But when we have Siri GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. GranthGranth Literally: knot: book. the instructions are very perfect. First of all Siri GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. GranthGranth Literally: knot: book. speaks poetry, everybody can't alter the poetry, rhythm and theme. Number two, Siri GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. GranthGranth Literally: knot: book. has a seal of Nanak in the end so nobody can cheat and change. Number three it is prescribed way it deals with the mind, the body and the soul. It deals with all the three aspects of mind, body and soul. Religious men are naturally spiritual prostitutes they are the worst people in the world and they all end up in the sense of being next life for them is a reserved life of a cockroach, because they compromise. The biggest wrong or a fault a spiritual man can do that under pressure of worldly pleasure or worldly grace or popularity, well call it anything he prostitutes himself to please those people who he is supposed to lead and this leadership is not to make a government or to have a big ashramAshram , Aashram A community of practitioners who come together to live conscious, mindful lives. or put a gold on the dome, this is between a man's soul and his delivery or her delivery to God and that's his responsibility that's what his job is that's how he takes over the job to begin with. That is his unsaid promise, that is his unknown path, that is his power of the way. When he comes down for the sake of pleasure or popularity, or personality or effectiveness then that is not a spiritual man. He is living human cockroach and believe me or not next part is exactly where it is. But he said it is right, at least he will be a cockroach others will not be even cockroach, their soul will stuck up there to get cleansed God knows when and they may start from the bottom root of the life to achieve the mankind again. So unfortunately believe it or not human body is the last you can get and the worst you can make it use it. Now let us see what we do with the human body. How many houses we have got, how many bedroom we got, how many bathroom we have in the house, how beautiful clothes we have got, it is all granted, but that's all our energy is about. Have we ever thought how elevated our soul is, how our clear mind is? How our clear consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. is? How smiling and happy we are? How can make and distribute people to be very happy and high and elevate and uplifted? Not at all. What happened to these people? Are they okay? No, they cannot pass this magnetic field line, which our human aeroplane does pass with a bang. That's how sad it is. Because higher you are humble you are and higher you are punishment becomes very heavy. Because in the eyes of God you got a human body and you wasted it, you insulted God directly, because you are made in the image of God. Once you insult God directly then punishment has to be very direct.

There was once a man who was a great general and he was a great son of the king. He did something very ridiculously while conquering a city and capturing the city, while taking the slaves, he fell in love with a woman kind of temporarily and he got her into his tent and had her that night and after that so that there will be no evidence he ordered that she should be killed. Orders were obeyed, matter ended. But when he came home for the victory of that great way he went there was no reception. He was shocked finally he reached his father.

He said, "Well, I give you one day to meet your mother and everybody else tomorrow you will be hung in the public square."

He said, "For what?"

He told him the charges.

He said, "But that's very minor thing."

He said, "That is minor for everybody, it is not minor for you. Because you betrayed my trust. And number two, listen to me my son, I'll hang you myself."

And he did it. And I don't see in that story any different than God. God tell your soul I gave you the body, I gave you the sensitivity, and I gave you the mind which can travel above time and space which nobody else has, now you have goofed, now I'll hang you myself.

And that's how the story starts, GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Nanak First Guru of the Sikhs. NanakGuru Nanak First Guru of the Sikhs. knew this story, he understood this story. That's why in the very beginning he gave us raj yog, he gave man to live in the imperial self, but also at the same time be a yogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. where the pair of opposite does not affect. I have seen people who love me behave with me and understand me they don't understand me a bit. They feel they had me emotionally, they feel they had me physically, they feel they have me affectionately, they feel me have me, they feel me, have me and anywhere, but they do not know pair of opposite does not affect a yogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. . And they are really dealing with a yogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. not with a man. Anyway very humble person like me cannot make them understand simple thing how they can understand the totality of God. Because you are a biggest rap you have got to wrap up everybody your emotions, your feelings, you call that love. Actually you don't understand love at all. Neither you have nor you will, nor you can until you do not see above the polarity. If you keep on seeing the both side of the coin you are seeing the coin you do not know it's a gold or silver, once you see it's a gold or silver then you stop seeing at the sides. Sometime the coin is more precious than the metal.

I saw a silver coin, it was 1929 my birth year somebody bought it and paid two hundred and sixty dollars for a silver dollar. Silver dollar was not worth that much, because it was antique, it was in perfect condition, it was old bah-bah-bah so sometime the MayaMaya The creative power of the Creator that restricts and limits. It creates the sense of limitation that leads us to identify with experience, the ego, and things. Because of this it is often thought of as the illusion that blocks us from the spirit. But, as Guru Nanak (see Sikh Gurus) reminds us, you need not be attached to the productions of maya. Instead they can be used to serve and express the higher consciousness and spirit. Maya is simply Karta Purkh, the doing of the Great Being. Maya takes the ineffable into the realm of the measurable. can be more charming, more beautiful than the reality what we have to ultimately face and that goes on. As the coin can be costlier than the silver or the gold it contain. We have to understand life has two sides to it, plus and minus but there is a one side, which is the neutral side which is a reality of it, the real size.

We have certain things, which make us very afraid, what the people think of us. That's the first question, rather than what you think of the people how you can deliver them a person start thinking what people think of him. That person is destroyed right with the first thought. Don't think what people think of you, think what God think of you and think what people say to you not think what GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. says to you. These are the two aspects we have to understand. What the creation think is not our problem, what the Creator think is our problem. How you can guide yourself and how can you guide yourself with the strength of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and the others to it. These are the two secret of success. They will never fail. They have never failed before, they will never fail now. Your attitude, your aptitude and your approach must change.

I was telling somebody he said, "I cannot go on this interview with a Sikh, I don't think I'll be hired."

I said, "Do one thing disguise yourself as a Sikh and go there to interview and in the end of the interview tell them you are a Sikh and see what happens."

The guy went for the interview they asked questions and man when looked at him he started talking, he said, "Are you from India?"

He said, "No, I am American."

He said, "Oh you look like a man from India, your behavior...."

"I have been in Calcutta for so many years, I have been in Punjab so many years I served in Peshawar so many years, I have served army all I know about Indian is the Sikh soldiers and you like to me very, very Indian I don't know, but you are American I believe you, I love those Sikhs he said."

(Student's laughter)

Now this guy who was disguised and he was playing, he is not a Sikh and he was playing he was shocked what to do. Then he said, "Can I tell you one....."

Side B

Teacher told me to disguise myself he knew you would love me, I am a Sikh.

He said, "You are hired then we don't have to discuss anything."

(Student's laughter)

He said, "Why?"

He said, "I have lived with them they are people of commitment and that's not all company needs? You are hired. But never again come in disguise before my eyes that I promise otherwise I will fire you.

(Student's laughter)

He called me very jubilantly He said, "Sir I am hired, this worked, bah-bah-bah."

I said, "Yes, people need commitment in others so that it can help their commitment. People need somebody living a life of faith and trust and commitment so that their life can be that way, people don't need you. People don't need your lunch, your breakfast and your dinner. People don't need your sex and your sensuality, people don't need you for anything."

Nobody needs anybody anyway, help is a help, help is in elevating oneself, nobody needs to be drowned and drastic. That's why families fall apart, that's why relationship fall apart, when each one trying to out of their insecurity out of their jealousies and our of their commercialization start dragging the other partner down. That's where life parts. I can assure you if you both understand wow, wow means great, state of joy and ecstasy called wow. And there is a one mantraMantra Sounds or words that tune or control the mind. Man means mind. Tra-ng is the wave or movement of the mind. Mantra is a wave, a repetition of sound and rhythm that directs or controls the mind. When you recite a mantra you have impact through the meridian points in the mouth, through its meaning, through its pattern of energy, through its rhythm, and through its naad - energetic shape in time. Recited correctly a mantra will activate areas of the nervous system and brain and allow you to shift your state and the perceptual vision or energetic ability associated with it. we have got wa hey, wa hey means confirm state of ecstasy and joy. Wahey means, wa ho means to be in the state of ecstasy and joy. Wah hey means, hey confirms it, it means state of ecstasy and joy confirmed. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. means from darkness to light, these are five things in it. Ecstasy and joy confirmed from darkness to light, realistic and if you understand the attitude of word wah hey GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. that may be difficult for you but if you understand the word SatSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. Sat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. Sat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. NamSat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. Naam , Nam The manifested identity of the essence. The word derives from Naa-ay-ma , which means "that which is not, now is born." A Naam gives identity, form, and expression to that which was only essence or subtle before. It is also referred to as the Word. my identity is true, true is my identity, true I am, true I shall be, true to you. It means I shall be true to your truth. If you connect this relationship you will have more friends you can even believe. I came in United States and I gave you face, I gave you grace, I gave you a status and share with you the teachings. I didn't do anything with you.

I went through the hell of it, everybody wanted me the way they wanted me to be. I wanted them the way they can be. My idea was simple I can share with you the wealth and let you give distance to your destiny all my job is to let you put you back on the line of destiny.

"Jinna raam pichata virley sejana"

Those who recognize the God and have to be destined to reach God are very far and far in between. So it is not everybody progressive way. You look back at life everybody wants to be rich here and now, they even forget where they come from, they forget where they are going to, they forget who made them, they forget....

You know it is very funny, all of a sudden one day, all of a sudden one day I just stretched myself and I found out I am healthy why it happened, whose prayer worked, who did it all, I don't know neither I want to know. All I want to know is I am healthy little bit. Then my question was why I became just healthy?

I was reading the sukmani it said,

"Prabh paavey bin saast raakhey"

If prabhu wants you to live He shall let you live without the breath of life even and that's the truth. Do we trust God? No, do we believe God? No. Do we love God? No. Do we have any concept of God? No. Then why we are religious we fake it, it looks good. It is very good when you practice it, but it looks good. Lot of time we go to a church to see who wears what and who is doing what and also we have a soul and we want to go to church to hear good words because souls get hungry and dry and isolated then it start messing you up. There is a word Punjabi word called churcha, churcha means continued talking and analyzing the talk into many ways to understand it is called churcha. Churcha means when you talk about something and keep talking to understand that and where this churcha happened you call it a church and now because it happens to be a Christian word, so you stole it from the gypsies of Punjab and that was their word. When they get to assembly they say let us sit in a church and do churcha of this situation or this problem that is the old world as the mankind knows it. This word existed church before even Europe existed. Europe was nothing it was land of swamps and mountains that's all it was. It took forty-two years of not a drop of rain that this swamp appeared to be a land it is called great drought if you know the human history or history of the Earth you will be surprised. For forty-two years there was not a one drop of rain. Humanity went through it and got roasted. So things can happen to us in many ways but we those who are here on this path have to understand, we have to change our direction, we have to see what God sees in us, we have to say what GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. says in us and that is the way to live. It's a simple saying and it is very simple doing, there is no much to do, there is no much to rap about, there is no much to be enthusiastic about, it's simple. See what God sees in you, see yourself, don't tell me to see in you. See yourself what God see in you. See what He sees and say what He says. Say what GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. says and see how it goes. I can wrap up the whole life of you in these three lines. See in you what God sees in you. Sit down with yourself and find it out what God sees in you and then say to others what GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. says to you. And go and see how it goes. There shall be no wrong in it, but fortunate are those who understand these three lines and wonderful are those who live them.

May the grace of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and blessing of GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. Ram DasGuru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. be with you. With these few words I'll like to be forgiven.

"Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ka Khalsa, Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ki Fateh"

The holy book is read.

Student: (....)

"Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ka Khalsa, Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ki Fateh"

Student: (?) first channel to the divine abandon thou another's woman, another's wealth, excessive (?) the poisonous sin of self conceit, evil doings, utter slander and the (?) of lust and (?). In the mansion is reclining the inaccessible and infinite lord. That man alone obtains the name nectar in his mind whose conduct is according to the Jewel of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's instruction, pause. He considers both pain and pleasure and bad and good of the world as the same embracing love with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's guild as saints wisdom, knowledge and understanding the lord's name is obtained. Day and night profit is obtained from the lord's name, given by the beneficent GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . The man on whom the Creator lord looks for His favor, he obtains instruction from the supreme GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . This body is the mansion the temple the home of God and into it He has enshrined His infinite light. Nanak the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. word is invited to God's palace and God the uniter, unites Him with Himself. This body is the mansion the temples or home of God and into it he has enshrined his infinite light. Nanak the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. words is invited to God's palace and God the uniter, unites Him with Himself.

"Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ka Khalsa, Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. JiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. Ki Fateh"

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