Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Redemption from sins

“I am just a fool, but millions of sinners just like me have been saved."
(Guru Granth Sahib, Page 612)
The concept of prayer does not stand on merely a ritualistic exercise. Sikhism encourages the introspective concept of prayer, the practice of standing before the Akal Purakh, the Everlasting Lord everyday and asking for repentance of one's sins is the root of a spiritually healthy life. This is the path to the Eternal joy, the peace that comes through praying before the Akal Purakh. The same joy cannot be described in words, and as Guru Nanak dev
Ji puts it, “No paper, no pen, no scribe can record the state of the faithful. Such is the Name of the Immaculate Lord. Only one who has faith comes to know such a state of mind. || 12 ||” (Guru Granth Sahib, Page 3)
At this time, I am reminded of an episode from the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. During his missionary journey towards the south of India, Guru Ji met a person named ‘Sheikh Sajjan’ (better known as the ‘Sajjan thug’ in Sikh history) who lived in the colony of Tulambha. He posed as a fine man with religious inclinations but was a thug at heart. He had built a huge inn where he allowed travelers from faraway lands to rest and have meals. At night, he would murder them and loot their belongings. Guru Nanak Dev Ji knew his intentions from the very beginning and thus agreed to stay at his place. At night, when Sajjan persuaded Guru Ji to rest, Guru Ji instead started performing the holy song, which is as under,
“Bronze is bright and shiny, but when it is rubbed,
its blackness appears.
Washing it, its impurity is not removed,
even if it is washed a hundred times. || 1 ||
There are houses, mansions and tall buildings,
painted on all sides; but they are empty within,
and they crumble like useless ruins. || 2 ||
The blind man is carrying such a heavy load,
and his journey through the mountains is so long.
My eyes can see, but I cannot find the Way.
How can I climb up and cross over the mountain? || 5 ||
What good does it do to serve, and be good, and be clever?
O Nanak, contemplate the Naam, the Name of the Lord,
and you shall be released from bondage. || 6 || 1 || 3 ||”
(Guru Granth Sahib, Page 729)
Sheikh Sajjan fell at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and asked from redemption from his sins. Guru Ji told him to keep his conduct clean, distribute the looted wealth among the needy, and face the result of his deeds. Sheikh Sajjan at once called for forgiveness and embraced Sikhism.
Friends, if such sinful people can be forgiven in the grace of the Guru and absolved of their sins; why not pray before Guru Nanak Dev Ji and ask redemption from sins. The Guru is the giver, he loves us and wants us to live a happy and fulfilled life.

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