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Humility : Baba Sri Chand Ji meeting the Fourth Guru

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Once the elder son of Guru Nanak Sahib Jee, Baba Sri Chand Ji went to Amritsar to visit Guru Raam Daas Sahib Jee, the fourth heir to the throne of Guru Nanak Sahib Jee.

Baba Sri Chand Jee tried to belittle and laugh at the Guru. He said, “O Raam Daas! Why is your beard so long?” The Guru replied “I have a long beard to wipe the feet of holy men like you.” The Guru Sahib’s humility hit Baba Sri Chand Jee who fell at the feet of Guru Sahib and he said; “Now I know why I didn’t become chosen to be Guru and instead you are sitting on my father’s throne.”

“Kabeera, janaa gyan tah Dharam hai jahaa jhooth tah paap Jahaa lobh tah kaal, jahaa khima tah aap”

Kabeer, where there is spiritual wisdom, there is righteousness and Dharma. Where there is falsehood, there is sin.

Where there is greed, there is death. Where there is forgiveness, there is God Himself. –> Bhagat Kabeer, SGGS


Meeting with Ascetics – Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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Sidhi Sadhus are a sect of ascetics. They generally live on high mountains. They believe that salvation can be sought by torturing the body.

Guru Nanak Dev was a constant traveller. After covering far flung areas in the plains of India he went to important places in the Himalayan hills. While travelling in the hills, the Guru met a group of ascetics led by Gorakh Nath. They were in the first instance surprised to see the Guru at an altitude of 6000 meters. They wanted to humble him in a debate on philosophy of life. This they could not do ( i.e. they failed). Guru Nanak had better arguments. Some of the questions and answers from the discussions that took place are as follows…

Nanak: What is the use of wandering around? Purity comes only through Truth.

Sidhas : “Who are you? What is your name? What is your way? What is your goal? Where is your seat? Where do you live, boy? Where did you come from, and where are you going?

Nanak: He (God) dwells deep within the nucleus of each and every heart. This is my seat and my home. I walk in harmony with the Will of the True Guru. I came from the Celestial Lord God; I go wherever He orders me to go. I am Nanak, forever under the Command of His Will.

Sidhas: The world-ocean is treacherous and impassable; how can one cross over?

Nanak: As does the lotus flower floats untouched upon the surface of the water, with one’s consciousness focused on the Word of the Shabad, one crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. O Nanak, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord and enshrine the one Lord in your heart.

Sidhas: “Where did we come from? Where are we going? Where will we be absorbed?

Nanak: By His Command we come, and by His Command we go; by His Command, we merge in absorption. Through the Word of the Shabad, the state of dignity is attained. We emerge from Truth, and merge into Truth again. The pure being merges into the One True Lord.

Sidhas: “What can you tell us about the beginning? In what home did the absolute dwell then? Nanak: We can only express a sense of wonder about the beginning. The absolute abided endlessly deep within Himself then.

Sidhas: Who is your guru? Whose disciple are you?

Nanak: The Shabad (Word) is the Guru, upon whom I lovingly focus my consciousness; I am the ‘chaylaa’, the disciple (of Shabad-Guru). O Nanak, throughout the ages, the Lord of the World is my Guru.

Sidhas: What is that meditation, which leads the mind to be absorbed in itself?” ||45||

Nanak: Eradicating egotism and individualism from within, and erasing duality, the mortal becomes one with God.

Sidhas : “What is that wisdom, by which one remains steady and stable? What food brings satisfaction?”

Nanak: Drinking in the Ambrosial Nectar (Nectar of Shabad – Word), the soul settles in peace. Hunger for the True Lord shall consume your pain, and through the True Lord, you shall be satisfied.

Ultimately they decided to impress him by the power of their miracles. They gave the Guru an empty bowl and asked him to fill it with water from the nearby tank. The Guru went there but came back empty-handed. He was not distracted by diamonds and pearls which were lying there.

The Guru said: “Sorry! There is no water there.” They were ashamed to hear the Guru say: “I had gone there looking for water. I had nothing to do with diamonds”. They became his disciples.

The conversation is also present in Sri Guru Granth Sahib as Sidh Gosht.

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.

Gurpurab Greetings – Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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Heartiest Gurpurab Greetings on the occasion of 546th Parkash Purab [Birth day] of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.


Guru Nanak Dev Ji (15 April 1469 – 7 May 1539) – founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs. He was born in the village of Talwandi, also called Rai Bhoe-ki Talwandi, now known as Nankana Sahib, near Lahore in present-day Pakistan. He was born, according to all ancient Sikh records, in the early morning of the third day of the light half of the month of Baisakh (April – May) in the year 1469 AD.

Guru Nanak founded & formalized the three pillars of Sikhism:

1. Naam Japna [Recite the name of Almighty]– Guru ji led the Sikhs directly to practice Simran and Naam Japna – meditation on God through reciting, chanting, singing and constant remembrance followed by deep study & comprehension of God’s Name and virtues. In real life to practice and tread on the path of Dharam (righteousness) – The inner thought of the Sikh thus stays constantly immersed in praises and appreciation of the Creator and the ONE ETERNAL GOD Waheguru.

2. Kirat Karni [Work hard]– He expected the Sikhs to live as honorable householders and practice Kirat Karni – To honestly earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting both pains & pleasures as God’s gifts and blessings. One is to stay truthful at all times and, fear none but the Eternal Super Soul. Live a life founded on decency immersed in Dharam – life controlled by spiritual, moral & social values.

3. Vand Chakna [Sharing and Consuming Together] – The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community by practicing Vand Chakna – “Share and consume together”. The community or Sadh Sangat is an important part of Sikhism. One must be part of a community that is living the flawless objective values set out by the Sikh Gurus and every Sikh has to contribute in whatever way possible to the common community pool. This spirit of Sharing and Giving is an important message from Guru Nanak.

Gurpurab Di Lakh Lakh Wadhai Hove Ji.

Gurudwara Rori Sahib

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Gurudwara Rori Sahib

Gurudwara Rori Sahib

Gurudwara Rori Sahib, half-a-kilometre northwest of the town, marks the place where once Guru Nanak Dev, probably after the pillage of Eminabad by Babar in 1521, had to stay on a bed of broken stones (rori in Pun jabi). Its central building is a three-storey imposing structure of cut brick work and is pyramidal in design with a rectangular hall adjoining it on one side and a sarovar on the other. There is another separate domed room with a circumambulatory verandah. Eminabad before Partition was known for its week-long Baisakhi fair which included largely attended congregational gatherings of the Sikhs in Gurudwara Rori Sahib as well as the usual fun and a cattle fair.

Eminabad is a famous town of Gujranwala district. Gurdwara Rod Sahib is located by a metalled road one and a half kilometer from the town. Jagat Guru Nanak Sahib had stayed on the seat of pebbles at this place and it was from here that he was taken as a prisoner by the invading armies of Babar, in Samvat 1578.
An imposing Gurdwara has been built over the place. A large pond and other buildings make it more graceful. A large estate worth Rs.5000 per annum and 9 squares of agricultural land is endowed to the Gurdwara from the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh . Visakhi and Kattak Puranmashi festivals used to be held in the past, only Visakhi festival is held now where people from Gujranwala and its adjoining areas participate with fanfare.

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