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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Whenever we say we believe in one God, everybody answers: what is that God?

Which God do you believe in?

Then we have to answer something.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji in Jaap Sahib says to God: look, I can never express You in your entirety.

There is no one name that denotes You.

However, a clever person would describe You by Your qualities.

So in this video, I'm just trying to talk about some of the different qualities of Vaheguru,

and there is no way that we can cover them all.

So this being that we worship,

the word God might not be the best word,

because sometimes we understand that from a very Western concept.

Creator might be a better word to use and say we believe in the one Creator.

We have a scripture which instead of starting with a word, it starts with the number one: Ik.

One being has created the world with the sound of Oan(g).

This is what we call a primeval sound.

Keetha pascal eaeko kavaao.

With this one sound, Vaheguru have created the whole world.

Then Akaar, the whole world.

If you see the old Granths the Ong Kaar goes like this, all the way across the whole page

It's the whole of creation!

and our conception of Vaheguru is that Vaheguru is pervading the entire creation.

There's no part where Vaheguru is not.

Kartaa Purakh: He is the doer.

Nirbhao and then Nirvair: Vaheguru for us is without fear and without hate.

He has no enemies.

So together those two almost combined to being full of love.

Then it says Akaal Moorat: God's form is inmortal.

Ajooni: this creator is also outside of the cycle of reincarnation.

So we are inside that Joon: a circle of life and death and reincarnation.

The creator is outside of that.

Never born never dies.

Saibhung: God, Vaheguru, that Creator is self-created.

No one made that Creator.

We can never understand Vaheguru because Vaheguru is self made.

But we were made by that Creator.

Gur Prasaad: we believe that the Guru is able to bless us with merging with that One.

That's the aim of Sikhi and the Guru is able to bless us with that.

The Guru comes with the wisdom and also the power to bless us with enlightenment.

This Creator was true before the beginning of time.

So we understand that time is actually a dimension and at some point there was no time.

So before time started, this Creator was true and real.

Then when time started: Jugaad Sach at the beginning of time, the Creator was also true.

And then Hai Bhi Sach: right now also the Creator is true.

It's not gone anywhere.

Nanak Hosi bhi Sach Nanak says: in the future, It will also be true.

And then we can go into other words in Gurbani which talk about Creator.

A one that is very relevant is Daeeal.

Vaheguru is full of compassion.

God, our God, is a compassionate God that's always able to forgive us long as we're true.

When we go with true humility towards our Creator.

Meharvaan: it's not the same, but very similar word.

He is somebody who's always compassionate and able to forgive.

He is Meharvaan, bountiful and a giver.

Dataar is another word for Vaheguru, the giver.

We also use a lovely word, which is Anand Roop. Anand is bliss and Vaheguru is the pure form of bliss.

We say in Anand Sahib:

Aanand Aanand sabh ko kahai

Aanand Guroo tai jaaniaa

A lot of people talk about all that was so great,

that was amazing or this experience was amazing..

But actually the true amazing experience we say is Vaheguru.

Having that experience of Vaheguru is so awesome, so amazing that He is a form of awesomeness.

When we do meditation and we start activating our Dasam Duar (tenth gate), people feel blessed out.

And they're sitting there in the Gurdwara and they're on top of the world!

You know, it's free and that blissed-out experience is better the name drug, you can consume.

Or all that you pay money for and there's no calm down.

Vaheguru is the form of that bliss.

One bit that a lot of people say quite regularly in the middle of Jaap Sahib is

Gobinde means the sustainer.

So right now this world is being sustained by that Creator.

Mukande: He's the destroyer as well.

You know, Sikhs don't have this concept that God only does good.

Everything is done by that Creator.

Udaare: He saves us.

Apaare: He's beyond any limit.

Harieng: He makes us blossom. her young Guardian

Karieng: also He's a doer. He does everything.

Vaheguru's will is what is being done.

No one can step outside that will.

Nri Name: He has no name.

We can't just say, okay. What our name for God is the best one.

It doesn't work. As far as He's concerned, there's no name for God.

Akaame: He's without any desire.

So we can't do anything for our Creator.

The Creator only can do for us.

We can merge and be enlightened.

And we also say that Vaheguru is Veparvah, carefree.

We are full of worries, full of stress because we don't understand the grand plan.

But when Vaheguru tells us: listen, be carefree!

Obviously do the best you can, but also don't worry about the outcome

because Vaheguru got it in hand,

not in our hand it's in His hand.

Not only is Vaheguru present in this world,

but he's also Niran(g) Kaar, He has no form. He's outside of this world.

He's separate from it and yet within it.

That's a concept that we can't get a wind around and that's the whole point.

We can't get our mind around Vaheguru, but we understand that this world is finite.

It came up and it's gonna go back down and destroy.

But Vaheguru won't. Vaheguru is always gonna be there.

And He's inside of us. He's Ang Sang, as close to us as our limbs, nere te nera.

The experience of Vaheguru itself is enlightening.

Vaheguru is basically enlighter.

He is the ultimate enlightener because the minute you have an experience of that Creator,

when you connect,

you start to get more enlightened.

This brings us on to the idea of what is a soul's relationship to that Creator.

Guru Ji talks about that

Thoon Maeraa Pithaa Thoonhai Maeraa Maatha

Thoon Maeraa Bandhhap Thoon Maeraa Bhraathaa

You are my true relation.

You are my mother, you're my father.

You're my true love, you're my brother.

And we're talking to Vaheguru, as Vaheguru is everything to us.

He is our ultimate support and our ultimate friend in this world.

and so the soul's relationship to Vaheguru is kind of like built into what is Vaheguru.

A good analogy could be that Vaheguru is the ocean and we're a drop.

We've come out of the ocean and now we've forgotten that we were once part of this great beautiful ocean

that we love so much.

Now that this initial pain of separation is there,

we lost that pain of separation and now we become deluded into thinking that we are "we" separate,

and that's haumai.

The haumai word is basically your sense of ego; your sense of separateness from that Divine.

And now Vaheguru is teaching us that when we try to connect back with that divine,

we realize actually we're not separate from the ocean,

we're still within the ocean, but around us is this film.

It's like a balloon in the ocean and I floated on the ocean,

it's actually dropped inside the water, but it still thinks that is separate.

But it's not.

When it suddenly realizes that the haumai is coated itself in this cozy world of believing that it's separate.

When that starts to slightly crack and peer open and that connection with that divine comes in,

that connection is so powerful,

that we start crying because the pain of separation suddenly becomes real.

When we realize how much pain we're in being separated from our Divine.

Then you get the sense of bairaag, where the world is no longer important, only Vaheguru is important.

Then our haumai, the sense of me, me, me, I, I, I... I am doing something starts to disappear.

We start realizing actually no Vaheguru is doing everything.

Even you watching this video and me making this video,

it's kind of like Vaheguru's doing this.

You understand after some time that people didn't do it.

It's your Creator had that journey mapped out for you.

Creator has also a journey mapped out for the whole earth.

Sikhi is part of that journey.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji has been sent to give us his teaching but He's also part of that Creator's journey.

And here we are, trying to get ourselves outside of this Kaljug, this world of darkness.

We've come down from this enlightened age of Satyug.

We've come down and now we're gonna go back up again.

People ask why did the creator make world this way? Isn't it painful?

It's only painful from our point of view because we don't understand how the world is made

If we understand that reincarnation is true;

that everybody who's died in the past is going to be reborn again,

unless they become one with the Creator,

then life is just another step.

It's just like when a child falls down when they're walking. We don't cry about it

We don't say: oh that child got hurt.

Because we know that it's just part of the process of learning to walk and

The same with the world right now.

If it's unenlightened,

then that's part of the process because at some point, it's gonna become fully enlightened.

In Satyug everybody would be aware of the Creator.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji has come to swim Kaljug across.

In summary, the Creator that we believe in, is the same God that made the world.

And if that's a God that you also believe in

and you also believe that the Creator is your other half, your true love, that's also the Creater we believe in:

Pure love, pure truth, pure joy...

no hate, no fear...

He's everywhere, causing everything

pure compassion...

Once we experience it, then we'll understand that

and Sikhi is never telling you to just have blind faith, no.

Sikhi is always about you having that experience.

It's not trying to say to you believe this or else

Sikhi is saying: experience this, you will understand yourself.

So it's the One, we believe in the One.

Apologies for any mistakes.

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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