A son used to go to his father every morning and touch his father’s feet.
Before sleeping he would go and massage his father’s legs for half an hour.
On a personal level, the son’s life was in shambles.
He had no job, drank excessively, had been to jail, rehabilitation centers, had a bad temper which landed him brawls.
One day the father said,
“Son, I want you to take care of your life. Have a steady job, eat right, have a calm mind, socialize with people, live well. I’m ready to exchange that with all the honor and love that you give me.”
The son continued both his routines, adoring his father but never following what his father said.
So how would you rate the son, a good or a bad one?
Think about it…what the father wants is what the Guru desires from his Sikh too.
Honoring the Guru or improving your life?
I know ideally it is a combination of both but if the Guru had to pick which one do you think the Guru wants more?
ਗੁਰੂ ਨੂੰ ਹਰ ਕੋਈ ਮੰਨਦਾ ਹੈ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਕੋਈ ਕੋਈ।
Believing in the Guru is easier than believing in what the Guru says.
Tudhno nivan mannan tera nao (ang 878)
Tudhno – to you
Nivan – bow, respect
Mannan – obey, follow
Nao – word, teaching
Following what you say is the greatest respect to you.