Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Faithless people arguing about Gurbani... (Part 1)

I have just come off the phone after receiving a call from a relative in USA who sounded pretty annoyed and upset because he had people arguing with him about Gurbani and ridiculing the Sikh Gurus. The worst thing is that these people claim to be "Sikhs" (but have cut hair, drink alcohol and the rest!). The Bhai Sahib has in the past 12 months or so kept his Kesh and began listening to Paath, doing Simran and listening to Gurbani Kathaa. 

When he was a clean-shave, these people who visited his house never raised a word against the Guru and Sikhi but now every time they see him they criticize Guru Nanak Dev jee, Guru Gobind Singh jee and question Gurbani. Makes you wonder why these type of people go to the Gurdwara on Sundays when they think the Guru is not great.

He said that the person said some really bad things about Guru Nanak Dev jee and Guru Gobind Singh jee which he told them that they are wrong. He said "they are my relatives. They older than me, so I don't want to be rude." Rude? Who needs relatives like this who come to your home - insult you, your beliefs, your Guru and try to make your look stupid for having faith! If someone is insulting the Guru unknowingly, then they would say sorry when they realise what they said was wrong, however; if they knowingly said what they said with intent of causing offence and attacking the Gurus and Sikhi, then I would ask them to leave the house! Who needs relatives who don't wish to respect you and on purpose wish to cause you harm and distress?

Guru jee describes the state of the faithless cynic who slanders the True Guru:
ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੪ ॥ 
Salok mahalaa chauthaa.
Shalok, revealed through Guru Raam Daas jee: 

ਜੋ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਕੀ ਸੁ ਅਉਖਾ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਹੋਇਆ ॥ 
Jo ninḏaa kare saṯgur poore kee so aukha jag meh hoeiaa.
One who slanders the Perfect True Guru, shall have difficulty in this world. 

ਨਰਕ ਘੋਰੁ ਦੁਖ ਖੂਹੁ ਹੈ ਓਥੈ ਪਕੜਿ ਓਹੁ ਢੋਇਆ ॥ 
Narak ghor ḏukh khoohu hai othai pakaṛ oh dhoeiaa.
They are caught and thrown into the most horrible hell, the well of pain and suffering. 

ਕੂਕ ਪੁਕਾਰ ਕੋ ਨ ਸੁਣੇ ਓਹੁ ਅਉਖਾ ਹੋਇ ਹੋਇ ਰੋਇਆ ॥ 
Kook pukaar ko na suṇe oh aukha hoe hoe roeiaa.
No one listens to their shrieks and cries; they cry out in pain and misery. 

ਓਨਿ ਹਲਤੁ ਪਲਤੁ ਸਭੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ਲਾਹਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਸਭੁ ਖੋਇਆ ॥ 
On halaṯ palaṯ sabh gavaaeiaa laahaa mool sabh khoeiaa.
They totally lose this world and the next; they have lost all of his investment and profit. 

ਓਹੁ ਤੇਲੀ ਸੰਦਾ ਬਲਦੁ ਕਰਿ ਨਿਤ ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਜੋਇਆ ॥ 
Oh ṯelee sanḏaa balaḏ kar niṯ bhalke uṯh parabh joeiaa.
They are like the ox at the oil-press; each morning when he rises, God places the yoke upon them. 

ਹਰਿ ਵੇਖੈ ਸੁਣੈ ਨਿਤ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਤਿਦੂ ਕਿਛੁ ਗੁਝਾ ਨ ਹੋਇਆ ॥ 
Har vekhai suṇai niṯ sabh kichh ṯiḏoo kichh gujhaa na hoeiaa.
The Lord always sees and hears everything; nothing can be concealed from Him. 

ਜੈਸਾ ਬੀਜੇ ਸੋ ਲੁਣੈ ਜੇਹਾ ਪੁਰਬਿ ਕਿਨੈ ਬੋਇਆ ॥ 
Jaisā beeje so luṇai jehaa purab kinai boeiaa.
As you plant, so shall you harvest, according to what you planted in the past. 
(Ang 309)

He said they keep asking him loads of questions about Gurbani and Sikhi knowingly that he has little Gurbani knowledge (as he cannot read Gurbani or Punjabi) and cannot argue back. It is a psychological war where someone tries to bully someone by having the upper hand on them!

To be continued...

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