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What is Sikhism’s take on Astrology?

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Is Astrology acceptable in Sikhism?

No, the Lord, Akal Purakh Waheguru has himself through the Jot/Light of Guru Nanak and then following all the Gurus has made it clear that the Lord is “Karta Purakh”, meaning He is the Doer of All the Acts.

Guru Amar Dass Ji in Siree Raag on Ang 32 say: ” Aape Kaar Karaisee Awar Na Karna Jae.”, meaning he himself assigns all to their tasks; Nothing else can be done. So if nothing else can be done, then there is definitely no space for any astrology or so called science as well.

When all the tasks are assigned by Lord and He is the Doer, then the only thing that exists is His Will (Hukam). Furthermore, Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Sri Japji Sahib say: “Hukame Andar Sab Ko Bahar Hukam Na Koe”, meaning thereby, that everyone is subject to His Command; No one is beyond His Command, So now if no one is beyond his command, what good can astrology serve?
Also, Guru Granth Sahib ji has outrightly rejected the ‘Stones’ as: ” Na Paathar Bolei Na Kich Dei. Fokat Karam Nihfal Hai Sev. “, meaning thereby The Stone does not speak; it does not give anything to anyone. Such religious rituals are useless; such service is fruitless.
So who controls everthing in this world then? This is the biggest question the humanity is looking for and in that pursuit it has resorted to the biggest myth- “Astrology”! Here is the explanation:
Guru Arjan Dev Maharaaj Sacche Patshaah in Raag Gauree on Ang 182 has said; ” Ja Kei Vass Khan Sultan. Ja Kei VAss Hai Sagal Jahaan”.( meaning: Kings and Emperors are Under His Power, The Whole World is under HIs Power). ” Ja Ka Keea Sabh Kich Hoe. Tis Te Bahar Naahi Koe” ( meaning: Everything is done by His Doing; Other than Him, there is nothing at all. )
So what next? How to get our affairs resolved?
Guru Arjan Dev Maharaaj go on forward in this continuing Shabad saying: ” Kaho Benanti Apane Satgur Paahe. Kaaj Tumaare Deh Nibaahe”. Meaning thereby, Offer your prayers to your True Guru; He will resolve your affairs.
So now, the next question is how can the Guru resolve our affairs because everything is actually in Lord’s Command. Here’s how it is:
Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaaj say in Raag Gond on Ang 864 : ” Gur Parmesar Eko Jaan. Jo Tis Bhaawei So Parvaan. “, meaning thereby Know that the Guru and the Transcendent Lord are One. Whatever pleases Him is Acceptable and approved.
Contribution : Rajdeep Singh (Ludhiana)

My Turban Has A Meaning

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“Don’t you feel hot under your turban?” asked a colleague. I smiled, and replied to his curious question “No king has ever felt hot under his crown. And for Sikhs the turban is their crown”.

I am sure many of my Sikh brothers and sisters would have been asked this question and would have given a similar reply.

In over the years I have found a deeper answer to this question. What is the importance of a turban? A Sikh turban symbolizes the virtues and values that our Gurus have taught us. Everyday a Sikh ties his/her turban (yes. A kaur too ties a turban), he/she promises to abide by the values.

So what are these values and how is it connected to the turban?

A Sikh turban has folds or laads as we call it in Punjabi. Each laad signifies a value — Truth, Honest Hard Work & Satisfaction, Fearless Seva (help), faith and Equality.

Truth— The first laad is a promise to the almighty that as a Sikh I shall always stand and support the truth. No situation will shake my belief in truth and I am ready to face any consequence to support it.

Faith— The second laad is a promise to have faith in the almighty and to surrender yourself by chanting his name (naam japna).

Honest Hard Work & Satisfaction— The third laad is a promise to work honestly and be satisfied with what one has, and to thank the almighty for this. This is one of the reasons why you may not find a Sikh begging but working hard to earn his/her living.

Fearless Seva— The fourth laad is a promise to serve humanity without any fear. If you see someone in need of help, don’t think twice and offer your help.

Remember Harman Singh who removed his turban to save a young boy’s life?http://mashable.com/2015/05/26/sikh-man-turban-young-buy/#nSfl5aNIQmqR

Or how two Singhs (Inderpal Singh and Kamalpreet Singh) saved four people from drowning? http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sikh-youth-removes-turban-saves-4-from-drowning/articleshow/49157079.cms

Or do we remember the 12’clock joke that has always been cracked, which is actually a true Sikh history of bravery where Sardar Jassa Singh (commander of the Sikh Army) and his army saved the lives of women and children from the oppression of the Mugals (Nadir Shah)? 12 o’clock (midnight) is the time when a small army of Singhs led by Sardar Jassa Singh attacked the sleeping Mugal army using guerrilla warfare.http://realsikhism.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1248986373&ucat=5

Equality — The fifth laad is a promise to never discriminate anyone based on his or her cast, creed, gender, race, colour, wealth, etc. Every human, plant and animal has been created by the almighty and his birth has a certain duty to be performed. So a true Gursikh will always respect others by welcoming them by saying Sat Shri Aakal.

One of the best examples of equality is the Langar Seva. People of all faith and religion are welcomed to have guru ka langar. Whatever may be your status quo, you will be made to sit down on the ground along with the sangat to have the meal.

The other example of equality comes from Guru Nanak Dev ji’s verse (Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Page 473) where he values the importance of women.

From woman, man is born;

within woman, man is conceived;

to woman he is engaged and married.

Woman becomes his friend;

through woman, the future generations come.

When his woman dies, he seeks another woman;

to woman he is bound.

So why call her bad?

From her, kings are born.

From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.

That is the true value of the turban. It is not a piece of cloth tied to one’s head. It is a promise to serve humanity and share goodwill.

So the next time you see a Sikh welcome them by saying Sat Shri Aakal. By doing so you are honoring the values the person stands for. And in return you will get a smile and a friend for life.

And that is my answer to how hot I feel under my turban. Hope you all agree.

About the Author

The article is written by Charanjeev Singh – Founder “SinghStyled” – The Dresser For The Singhs.

Jithe bolan haariye tithe changi chup

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Jithae bolan haariyae tithae changi chup (ang
149)
Jithae – where
Bolan – by speaking
Haariyae – we lose
Tithae – there
Changi – better
Chup – silence
Where we lose by speaking, silence is a better
option.
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We all have choices.
There is choice we make when we speak.
To hear, we don’t make a choice by moving any
organ. It’s involuntary.
But speaking does require for us to make a
choice.
And the best choice is to say the best words, in
the most gentle manner and in the most
appropriate time.
But then comes a time that we feel negative
towards someone and want to say something
nasty.
I wish we knew before we say it, that we do
have a choice.
Given a choice of being quiet or hurting
somebody with your words, I wish I chose to be
silent than to speak.
Because the unsaid words in my mind are like
the message that I type.
But spoken words are hitting the send button
that I can’t undo after sending.