Monday, 23 June 2008

Towards a better society: What Sikhism says

==How the Universe operates==
According to Sikhism, the whole Universe operates under the influence of the formless God, and
everything that happens reflects the will of the creator.
"In the Fear of God, the wind and breezes ever blow. In the Fear of God,
thousands of rivers flow. In
the Fear of God, fire is forced to labor. In the Fear of God, the earth is crushed under its burden. In
the Fear of God, the clouds move across the sky. In the Fear of God, the Righteous Judge of Dharma
stands at His Door. In the Fear of God, the sun shines, and in the Fear of God, the moon reflects.
They travel millions of miles, endlessly. In the Fear of God, the Siddhas exist, as do the Buddhas, the
demi-gods and Yogis. In the Fear of God, the Akaashic ethers are stretched across the sky. In the
Fear of God, the warriors and the most powerful heroes exist. In the Fear of God, multitudes come
and go. God has inscribed the Inscription of His Fear upon the heads of all. O Nanak, the Fearless
Lord, the Formless Lord, the True Lord, is One. 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 464)

"The seconds, minutes and hours, days, weeks and months, and the various seasons originate from
the one sun; O Nanak, in just the same way, the many forms originate from the Creator. 22"(Sri
Guru Granth Sahib, Page 12)

==Purpose of life==
The soul of a man is a part of the supreme being. The purpose of every person should be salvation
and unison with God through selfless service towards humanity while dwelling on the name (Naam)
of the Lord.
"This human body has been given to you. This is your chance to meet the Lord of the Universe.
Nothing else will work. Join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; vibrate and meditate on the
Jewel of the Naam. 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 12)

The one who shows the light in the darkness of ignorance and tells the path to unison with God has
been called the Guru in Sikhism. The Guru guides a Sikh on the path of knowledge and unites him
with the Supreme being.
"Spiritual wisdom emanates from the Guru; reflect upon the supreme essence of reality. Through the
Guru, the Lord's Mansion and His Court are attained; His devotional worship is overflowing with
treasures. 2" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 424)

Dwelling on the name of the true Lord and making this world a better place for other beings- This is
"Of all religions, the best religion is to chant the Name of the Lord and maintain pure conduct. Of all
religious rituals, the most sublime ritual is to erase the filth of the dirty mind in the Company of the
Holy. Of all efforts, the best effort is to chant the Name of the Lord in the heart, forever. Of all
speech, the most ambrosial speech is to hear the Lord's Praise and chant it with the tongue. Of all
places, the most sublime place, O Nanak, is that heart in which the Name of the Lord abides. 83"
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 266)

==Will of Lord==
Everything that happens is according to the will of the Lord. Nothing can ever exist without the will of
the great Lord.
"In the neither worlds, realms and worlds of form, Almighty! Your Command prevails in all of these. By the Hukam of Your Command, You create, and by Your Command, You destroy. By Your
Command, You unite in Union. 5" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 1060)

==Heaven and Hell==
Many relegions believe that heaven and hell are such places where a dead persons come to life. Heaven stands for joy and hell for punishment and suffering. Sikhism objects the existence of heaven and hell but believes that unison with God is heaven and transmigration is hell.
"What is hell, and what is heaven? The Saints reject them both. I have no obligation to either of them,
by the Grace of my Guru. 5" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 969)

Death means departure of soul from the body. But in reality nothing dies, every soul either embraces
another body or unites with the Supreme being.
"The wind merges into the wind. The light blends into the light. The dust becomes one with the
dust. What support is there for the one who is lamenting? 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 884)

Liberation means being free from the influence of worldly desires and materialism even while leading
a good family life and always being with the Lord.
"Renounce your egotistical pride and your emotional attachment to Maya; focus your consciousness
on the Lord's meditation. Says Nanak, this is the path to liberation. Become Gurmukh (beliver of Guru), and attain it. 25" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 219)

Vedas and other relegious texts advocate he importance of rituals and rites. These rituals serve
nothing but the pockets of the priests. According to Sikhism, All rituals mean nothing and uttering the
name of the Lord and service towards humanity are the only Relegious acts.
"The religious rites, rituals and hypocrisies which are seen, are plundered by the Messenger of Death,
the ultimate tax collector. In the state of Nirvaanaa, sing the Kirtan of the Creator's Praises;
contemplating Him in meditation, even for an instant, one is saved. 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page

==Relegious hypocrisy==
In Sikhism, good deeds only are imprtant and the place of relegious hypocrises (Rituals, Worshipping
altars, sacrifice of family life etc.) is in the dustbin.
"The thief robs a house, and offers the stolen goods to his ancestors. In the world hereafter, this is
recognized, and his ancestors are considered thieves as well. The hands of the go-between are cut
off; this is the Lord's justice. O Nanak, in the world hereafter, that alone is received, which one gives
to the needy from his own earnings and labor. 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 26)

Sikhism does not discriminate on the basis of sex, a female enjoys the same place in the Sikh society
as a man does.
"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. O Nanak, only the True
Lord is without a woman. That mouth which praises the Lord continually is blessed and beautiful. O
Nanak, those faces shall be radiant in the Court of the True Lord. 2" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page

==Way of life==
This world is a sea of worldly desires and materialism, and one should learn the right way to reach the
shore from the Guru.
"The lotus flower floats untouched upon the surface of the water, and the duck swims through the
stream; 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. One who lives alone, as a
hermit, enshrining the One Lord in his mind, remaining unaffected by hope in the midst of hope, sees
and inspires others to see the inaccessible, unfathomable Lord. Nanak is his slave. 5" (Sri Guru
Granth Sahib, Page 938)

Drugs don't serve anything but ruin a person's life and rationalist abilities.
"One person brings a full bottle, and another fills his cup. Drinking the wine, his intelligence departs,
and madness enters his mind; he cannot distinguish between his own and others, and he is struck
down by his Lord and Master. Drinking it, he forgets his Lord and Master, and he is punished in the
Court of the Lord. Do not drink the false wine at all, if it is in your power. O Nanak, the True Guru
comes and meets the mortal; by His Grace, one obtains the True Wine. He shall dwell forever in the
Love of the Lord Master, and obtain a seat in the Mansion of His Presence. 1" (Sri Guru Granth
Sahib, Page 554)

==Family life==
Sacrificing family life for becoming a sage and trying to attain God walking on this path is not
relegion, instead one should lead a good family life even while utterin the name of the God and
helping other fellowq beings.
"Make the effort, and you shall live; practicing it, you shall enjoy peace. Meditating, you shall meet
God, O Nanak, and your anxiety shall vanish. 1" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 522)

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