Saturday, July 02, 2011

Meeting Bhai Davinder Singh Khannew Wale...

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet Bhai Davinder Singh Khanne wale who has come to the UK from India on a tour. Bhai Sahib visited a local Gursikh's house, where they had Langar and shared Gurmat vichaar with the Sangat.

Bhai Sahib shared with the Sangat that once a Sikh asked Guru Gobind Singh jee Maharaaj, "Guru Jee, can you please tell us in short how can we pass the world ocean and be saved? Is there short cut?" Guru Jee said, "There are 4 things that you need to remember and practice." The four things were:

1. Jap Naam (chant Vaheguru's Name) and read Gurbani with "chit" (consciousness).
Usually we do Simran and read Gurbani, however our mind is not in it and we then say that we haven't received any benefits from our Simran and Paatth. Gurbani says:
ਭਾਈ ਰੇ ਰਾਮੁ ਕਹਹੁ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਇ ||
"O companions! Chant the Lord's Name, and focus your consciousness on Him."
(Ang 22)

2. Remember the Doer ('Karta') of everything is Akaal Purakh and no one else.
The greatest poison in the spiritual world is "ego." To overcome this, one must realise and accept the Vaheguru is the doer of everything. Everything in our life happens because Vaheguru causes it. If we realise this then we become closer to God.
ਕਰਨ ਕਰਾਵਨ ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਤੁਮ ਹੀ ਤੁਮ ਸਮਰਥ ਨਾਹੀ ਅਨ ਹੋਰੀ ||
"You are the Doer, the Cause of causes - You are everything. You are All-powerful; there is no other than You."
(Ang 208)

3. Always praise Vaheguru.
When Man does not praise Vaheguru, he ends up praising himself. Praising Vaheguru through one's actions, words, and thoughts wipes out the dirt of our previous lives and helps us become God-like.
ਗੁਨ ਗਾਵਤ ਤੇਰੀ ਉਤਰਸਿ ਮੈਲੁ ||
"Chanting His Glories, your filth shall be washed off."
(Ang 289)

4. Always remember death.
A Sikh does not fear death, but always has on their mind that they will die one day. When one remembers that they will die, they will think twice before they speak, before they act and before they think. When one recites their prayers thinking perhaps this is the last time I will pray, your mind will automatically become immersed in the Naam and Gurbani.
ਜੋ ਉਪਜਿਓ ਸੋ ਬਿਨਸਿ ਹੈ ਪਰੋ ਆਜੁ ਕੈ ਕਾਲਿ ||
ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਇ ਲੇ ਛਾਡਿ ਸਗਲ ਜੰਜਾਲ ||੫੨||
"Whatever has been created shall be destroyed; everyone shall perish, today or tomorrow. O Nanak! Sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and give up all other entanglements. ||52||"
(Ang 1429)

Bhai Sahib then shared that the only way to progress in spirituality is beg for Guru Jee's Kirpaa (Grace). Only through Guru jee's kirpaa does one's laziness get lifted and one's mind becomes intoxicated in Naam. To get Guru jee's kirpaa, Bhai Sahib said one should pray for others and help others. Vaheguru becomes happy when his devotees pray for the betterment of others. Bhai Sahib suggested to the Sangat to recite the following Shabad three or four times before starting Naam Abhiaas (practice of chanting Naam) at Amrit-Velaa.
ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੩ ||
ਜਗਤੁ ਜਲੰਦਾ ਰਖਿ ਲੈ ਆਪਣੀ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰਿ ||
ਜਿਤੁ ਦੁਆਰੈ ਉਬਰੈ ਤਿਤੈ ਲੈਹੁ ਉਬਾਰਿ ||
ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਵੇਖਾਲਿਆ ਸਚਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਬੀਚਾਰਿ ||
ਨਾਨਕ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਸੁਝਈ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਬਖਸਣਹਾਰੁ ||੧||
"Salok, Third Mehla: The world is going up in flames - shower it with Your Mercy, and save it! Save it, and deliver it, by whatever method it takes. The True Guru has shown the way to peace, contemplating the True Word of the Shabad. Nanak knows no other than the Lord, the Forgiving Lord. ||1||"
(Ang 853)

Bhai Sahib was very humble and modest. He did vichaar with the Sangat for 30 minutes. In 30 minutes he explained and expanded upon Gurbani. May Guru jee bless us all with Gursikhi Jeevan, and the love and thirst for Naam.

Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!

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