Monday, October 24, 2005

Heaven & Paradise: Mere Talk

About six months ago there was a programme series on BBC 2 called, “In Search of Myths and Heroes”. In this series, historian Michael Wood went in search of the truth behind the legends of the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-La, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and King Arthur. I watched one of the series where Michael Wood explored the historical and religious background to the Shangri-La myth of an earthly paradise.

The programme was fantastic. It showed the ancient lost Tibetan Kingdom made in Stone, and how it was like a living Paradise. Details of the programme are available on The scenery of the Himalayas, Tibet and Nepal were mind blowing. All I could of think of was “Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru…Teri Kudrat Kau Kurbaan!” (Wondrous Lord…I am a sacrifice to your Creative Potency!)

In the end of the programme, Michael Wood, the documentary presenter said: “Paradise can be anywhere in this world. We can either create it or destroy it… We can live a Paradise in this world, if we conquer the desire of reaching Paradise in the next world.”

Hearing this “Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji” and “Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru…” rolled off my tongue and vibrated my mind. Hearing the presenter say that, I could hear my Guru also saying something similar in my mind. The shabad, which picks up on this issue of Bhagat Kabeer Ji, is on ang 323. However, continuing from last week’s Shabad on Heaven and Paradise, this week the Shabad is continued with the Shabad, which follows on. This shabad and last week’s shabad are about Bhagat Kabeer Ji and his experience, however Guru Arjan Dev Ji recorded it. This is indicated by “Bhairo Mehla 5” which is written at the begging of the whole group of verses about Bhagat Kabeer Ji. Guru Arjan Dev Ji uses the shabad written by Bhagat Kabeer Ji on ang 323 on ang 1161 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to expand upon....

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