Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
I'm going to start speaking in English now.
This is with the blessing of the Gurdwara committee
They have allowed us to come and talk about Sikhi in English every Sunday.
There are really three reasons.
Firstly, the new generation doesn't really want to be told to do something.
They want to know why.
The biggest question they have is why should I do this?
So the focus of these talks every Sunday,
Maharaj ji Kirpa nal,
will be to talk about why Sikhi came about and the why behind everything.
Why do we do this? Why do you do that?
If we answer that why and then we also explain how we do something properly
I don't think we need worry too much about if people would do it,
because Sikhi is so beautiful!
As long as you explain everything nicely,
people would understand and they will follow it.
So we're going to try to focus on the 'Why?' in this time.
Also one of the things which is quite clear is that Sikhi is no longer about Punjabis.
In this Sangat even in Southall you can see a lot of people who are white or black, many different colours.
They now are coming into Sikhi.
In many ways we have to take that as well.
because we can't just say: "learn Punjabi."
They need to know what Sikhi is first.
So this attempt that we've done is also designed for those people
who are not necessarily from punjabi background to come into Sikhi as well.
And the final thing is that youth nowadays need to relate the person who's telling them about Sikhi.
They need to feel that they and that person have the same background.
Nothing wrong with all the great kirtanis and the Kathavachaks and the great people that come from India.
But the reality is that it shouldn't just be that Sikhi is just for people who have come from India.
We've people here, who were born here, brought up here.
We also follow Sikhi.
And we should be telling people in our language the way we relate to it.
So they can connect to us
about what Sikhi is, why we are we inspired to follow Sikhi
so they can as well.
So there are many different reasons why we decided to do this Katha program in English.
The ideal is obviously that we want to understand Punjabi,
but let's start with English first.
So we can get people inspired.
Also, just so you know the Sangat here, apart from this sister from Canada, we grew up in Southall.
This is our Gurdwara.
I remember when it was in Haverlock Road and it was only one Gurdwara, 21 years ago.
We used sit on the little side partings.
There wasn't any space for the kids to sit.
So we used sit on side of the wall.
And from then we have got two big Gurdware!
And in all that time, I haven't seen that much Katha (talks) in English.
But people have come into Sikhi anyway because the Sangat is so strong.
The Simran program is strong.
But now we need to reach out.
One of the things I realised recently, when I did some talks in a couple of schools,
is that people are really confused about Sikhi.
The problem is that because of that confusion other people take advantage of our kids.
This is happening a lot these days in colleges and in schools.
There's a lot of people from other faiths, for example Christian and Muslim faith
who are questioning our kids about Sikhi
and our kids unfortunately don't have that knowledge
and they get off the track.
It's really a sad thing when they can't explain even about Guru Nanak Dev Ji going to Mecca.
They get confused about that.
There're lots of questions being cast upon our faith.
You know they say "Jabey bann lageyo tabey ros jageo".
I've seen people that I've known for many years, Gursikh families
that their kids have become Muslims or Christians.
We all know it.
It's that is the kind of hidden secret now in our community.
We don't talk about it.
But it's happening a lot and it's a real sad thing
because if you think about our Gurus and how many Shaheedi they gave,
to keep their kids in Sikhi.
If you hear about the Chaar Sahibzaade,
they refused to even bend their neck to go inside the Mughal court.
And now our kids are walking away from our beautiful faith.
We need to connect Sikhi to our kids and explain to them with love just the basics the Sikhi.
The program that we've done now is called basics of Sikhi.
A lot of people argue about a really small proportion of things that aren't that important.
They argue about them all the time and they select the one percent of things that divide us.
Actually Sikhi is 99% very simple.
As we started off the katha we said
It's Guru Raam Daas Ji telling us: Come, oh Sikhs, let's talk about Vaheguru.
The focus of these talks will be upon Guru Granth Sahib Ji and really basics of Sikhi.
We're not going to talk about all the controversial issues.
Anybody who goes online forums can see what those are.
Actually the basics are that we've got our Guru Granth Sahib Ji
and we've got something very simple just to share.
And it's very beautiful.
Sikhi is simple but it's also very beautiful.
All things in life are very profound.
Profound things are quite simple but very deep as well.
We will start with Ardaas (request) to Guru Ji which would come from Shabad Hazaare.
It's like we are dogs
We are shouting a little bit of His greatness.
That's all we can do.
Because Vaheguru is so beant, so great
We can't explain the whole of Vaheguru.
But all we can do is talk from one angle about the qualities.
We're gonna start off with a little bit of Simran
and a little bit of a Shabad that Bhenji has prepared.
I want to share the history behind that shabad, just to start the conversation.
The history of that shabdad is, when Guru Angaad Dev Ji (2nd Guru) heard that
Guru Nanak Dev Ji had passed on.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji made Guru Angaad Dev Ji the Guru.
Then he retired and he went back to Kartarpur.
He said: "now you, Guru Angaad Dev ji, you carry on."
Guru Angaad Dev ji used to meet Guru Nanak Dev ji.
But not all the time.
Then one day, Guru Angaad Dev ji heard that Guru Nanak Dev Ji had passed on.
He was so sad and this is Shabad that he wrote.
We're gonna sing it.
Nowadays when we say to people what is a Sikh,
we say: "Oh a Sikh is a person who believes in one God and ten Gurus..."
Yes, that is a factual description of the Sikh.
But that doesn't tell you what a Sikh is inside.
Then there's a Sikh that follows the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and all those things... again very technical.
They don't inspire anybody.
I'd say a better definition will be based upon this shabad.
Basically, a Sikh is somebody who loves the Guru more than they love themselves.
So the Gursikh tries to look at the Guru only and not follow himself.
The one who follows himself is a Manmukh.
Manmukh says: "I'll do what I want to" but Gursikh says: "I want to do what my Guru told me to do."
So that's what we're going to focus on.
It's a story of love; a story of a Sikh who bows down to his Guru.
So Sikhs love their Guru more than they loves themselves.
We're going to try to go into the shabad,
and the translation is gonna come up on the screen above you.
But basically Guru Angaad Dev Ji is saying,
"Oh what a shame I'll die
after my beloved."
I love my beloved so much I don't want to see the day that my beloved died and I was still alive.
That's the kind of love that Guru Angaad Dev Ji had for Guru Nanak, he wished he was dead before.
As we say nowadays, what a sad thing is if a mother sees her own children dying.
Guru Angaad Dev Ji's got the same love, he doesn't want to go after Guru Nanak Dev Ji goes.
He always wanted Guru Nanak Dev Ji to be alive and he passed away.
It didn't happen that way.
We're going to go into a little bit of Simran.
Sorry to interrupt.
So we'll sing some Vaheguru.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh. (Khalsa belong to Vaheguru and the victory belongs to Vaheguru)
So hopefully Maharaj will bless us every Sunday that we can really connect as one Sangat together
and come towards Guru Ji and try to learn something about the basics.
I'd like to start with something we already know: the Mool Mantar.
We all teach our kids the Mool Mantar and we all learn it ourselves.
I just want to start by saying that these talks aren't really focused at the young kids.
If you bring a five-year-old kid a six-year-old kid that's good for them to see.
But they're not really focused at that age.
We are more focused at the teenagers and the adults.
The people that are going to teach their kids.
So don't think because a poster that looks like a blackboard and it's got writing on it,
it is designed for kids.
Bring your adult friends here.
We know there's other people on their thirties and forties that right now couldn't explain to you the Mool Mantar.
And it's the basic thing.
Even if we would have posters of the Mool Mantar on our walls when studying at university.
But even then if he said: "what does it mean?" we'd find it hard.
I want to give you the background to some of this.
I was talking yesterday to a lady and even she was from a Punjabi family,
she grew up in India and she was doing a lot paath (recitation)
when she was a kid, growing up.
She said to me: "I used to say to Guru Ji:
"Guru Ji, why did you make paath so difficult to understand?
You should have just told us to do this and not to do that"
She was asking: "Guru Ji, why is so hard to understand Gurbani?"
The lady got kids, she grew up in India
You know, what we want is that list of rules in religion.
"Do these things, don't do these things and you get to heaven"
That's really what most of us simply want.
Isn't that true?
But religion is a bit more complicated than that.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji didn't come to create a religion.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to connect us to God.
That requires for our soul to connect to something, just like a mobile phone.
Just like an iPhone.
iPhone can connect to someone on the call and and iPod touch cannot connect to anybody.
Only to wifi.
So iPod touch is what the rest of the world tells you that you are: "Do your job."
Do all the things and email everybody but don't connect to anybody.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji said: "You're an iPhone, you want to connect with somebody."
Don't forget that you got this function of being a phone, you can call someone!
You connect to the One who made you.
So what I want to do is explain the simple thing that we already know: The Moolmantar.
Start explaining each part slowly.
So that when we go home, hopefully, we'll get up to Hukam Rajai Chalna (Walking according to God's Will)
People spend an hour talking about "Ik Onkaar".
We'll just go through it a little bit,
quicker than you could do.
But let's start and see where we get to.
The history of this Mool Mantar,
Just so we know, people say Mool Mantar or Maha Mantar.
Don't worry about that.
From Ik Onkaar to Guruparsaad was given to Guru Nanak Dev Ji directly from Vaheguru.
When was he given it?
When He became Guru Nanak.
So when people say to us who made your Guru a Guru,
the answer is: Vaheguru made Guru Nanak Dev Ji a Guru.
He didn't just get up one day and say:
"I fancy being a Guru."
It didn't happen that way.
He was meditating every morning when he was living at his sister's place in...
I've been to that place, I just forgot the name!
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was doing paath every morning near the Bein river.
One day Guru Ji went into the river to do Ishnan and didn't come back out.
He was gone.
Some people say three days.
Some say up to eight days.
He disappeared into the river and everybody thought that Nanak was dead.
He wasn't a Guru then.
He was born in 1469 and in 1499 this thing happens.
So he was about 30-31.
Basically Guru Nanak Dev Ji went into the river and he writes that he was given a job.
What we know from Bhai Gurdaas Ji is that He got into the court of Vaheguru.
So you can imagine there is the court of the Creator themselves.
In comes Nanak and is told
Guru Nanak Dev Ji is told
"now you, Nanak, are getting your job here by Vaheguru."
The job is to go and spread the name.
So Guru Nanak Dev Ji was made Guru by Vaheguru.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji said to Vaheguru, "How can I become a Guru when I haven't got a Guru?"
See, in India you need a Guru first to become a Guru.
Vaheguru said: "I will be your Guru. The Shabad will be your Guru."
The Shabad is the Guru even for us.
See how beautiful it is?
Vaheguru told Him: "I'm going to give you the Shabad and that Shabad will be your Guru."
The Shabad he was given was Mool Mantar, the part that goes up to Gurparsaad.
So we are just repeating ourselves.
Just imagine yourself sitting and Guru Nanak Dev Ji told you:
"guess what I was given by Vaheguru directly."
This is straight from Vaheguru.
We will say it together.
So just imagine ourselves getting this from Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
These are the words of Akaal Purkh directly to Guru Nanak Dev Ji: "Now you are the Guru."
The first part is unique
"Ik"! He starts with the number!
There is not even one single religious text in the world which starts with a number.
What he is saying is that there's only One.
Everything is one.
We are one, the Creator is one.
Vaheguru isn't somewhere you can't see.
Vaheguru is inside us and everywhere around us.
We are inside Vaheguru.
We aren't outside of Vaheguru.
Vaheguru is not far away in the heavens.
Vaheguru is everywhere.
We are inside Vaheguru not the other way around.
Also Vaheguru is inside us.
So basically the Sikhi concept of Vaheguru is
imagine that you are a drop of water in the ocean.
Just to try, close your eyes for a second
and get this oneness "Ik" concept right.
Imagine that you're floating in the sea,
just close your eyes for a second.
I will talk you be through it.
Imagine you're floating in the sea.
Everywhere around you just clear blue sea.
Nothing around you.
Just you by yourself floating.
Now imagine yourself you can breathe underwater.
Now you've got this magic power.
You can breathe in the water.
Imagine sinking down into the ocean.
It's all around you.
It's nice warm water and surrounds you with love.
It's all around you.
Now water starts to seep into your little bubble that you got around yourself.
The bubble that's keeping you separate from the water is going to start seeping into that bubble.
It's going to start coming in but you are not scared of it.
It's very comforting.
It's just part of you and your part of that bubble.
So Maharaaj is saying that that's Vaheguru, "Ik".
Everywhere present and doing everything around you. Ik.
The next part is Oankaar.
Onkaar is the sound.
This is the sound that made the world.
The one made the world with the one sound. In the beginning there was a word.
Guru is saying this is the word: Oang- Kaar.
Akaar is the word for creation.
This creation is the Akaar.
"Ik" through the sound made Akaar.
That's all it is. It is a process.
People say there is one God.
It's describing a process.
It made the world.
That Oneness is what we are part of.
We are part of that One.
We are not separate from it.
It's just a case of breaking down this wall around us: Haumai.
We convince ourselves that we're not part of this One, that we are separate.
Maharaaj says that it's not true.
You are part of that One.
What you need to do, is break down that wall that you got around you.
Once you've broken it, you will start to merge with the One.
It's an experience faith based.
We don't want you to have faith in Vaheguru.
There's no point of walking around.
If you're walking right now hoping there is a God.
Like you have your bets.
50%, 60% probably that there is a God.
You think that if you believe in that God you will get to heaven.
That's not what Guru Nanank Dev Ji wants you to do.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji wants you to meet that God, not something in future when you die.
But right here on this earth.
There is millions of rivers.
Those rives are not rives like we see outside, like Punjab: 5 rives.
It is Joon, the Joon that we go through.
Joon is, being born and dying: one life cycle.
There is 8.4 million lives.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji is telling us that we all come through reincarnation.
The One made us then he created this illusion.
Now we forget that we're part of that One and also we think this is the only life we ever had.
But this is not true.
We've had a loads of lives, 8.4 million lives.
We've come through reincarnation and this one as a human being.
This is your time you can actually meet God.
So reincarnation is part of that "Oang" which made the world in this reincarnation fashion.
Then Akaar is that the world is not created.
The world is real but it's also not real because the word goes out like that from the Ik
and it goes back into the Ik (one).
So the world is not real.
It's not as real as Vaheguru is real.
Do you understand?
That's what the next part says: "Sat"
Sat means eternal truth.
It is not "Sach" as aad sach jugaad sach.
It's true in the past, it's true now and it will be true in the future.
"Sat" is different, it means eternal truth.
Ik Onkaar is Sat.
It's the only "Sat" there is.
We are not the "Sat."
Unless we become part of that Ik (one).
It is a cycle.
Sat is a bit separate because we say "Satguru"
and we say "Sat Naam" which is the next part.
You see how you got Sat and Naam.
Later on the Naam comes out
and Guru can go there and become Satguru.
So Sat is slightly separate from Naam and Guru.
It is a word itself.
SatNaam is a word but we have to focus on Sat because it means the eternal truth.
Which is Ik Oankar.
That's the real truth.
There is a story that Guru Gobind singh Ji said to the Singhs.
He said who can tell me the whole meaning of Guru Granth Sahib Ji before I jump onto my horse?
We are gonna be like, come on who can tell the whole story of Guru Granth Sahib Ji
before Guru Ji gets on his horse?
You know what one of Singhs said?
He said: "Ik Onkaar Satgur Prasaad"
That is called "Beej Mantar" which means real seed of Sikhi.
That explains everything.
The Sat is there as well: Ik Onkaar Satgur Prasaad.
The point is that the Sat refers to eternal truth which is Ik.
Next part is Naam: Sat-Naam
Naam is very important to us because even earlier in the shabad we were signing, was all about Naam.
It says in Gurbaani:
The only thing in Guru Nanak's house is Naam.
That's why it's the second word in Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Ik Onkaar Satnaam.
Through the "Name" we're going to find this Sat (truth).
There's no other way to find the Sat, but through the name.
The Naam is the path
Har Har Naam
Guru Raam Dass Ji said this at the beginning.
This is the boat we're going to jump onto.
It's gonna take us across to Vaheguru.
Also we say in Ardaas, so you can relate to something you already know:
Nanak Naam jahaaj hai.
Naam is the boat and we're going to jump on the boat of Naam.
I'm gonna get across the ocean.
Naam is really important to us but a lot of people don't understand what it is.
When we know someone we know their name.
To make it simple, it's a connection.
Imagine the iPod and iPhone example.
Imagine you're calling, whom are you going to call?
We are gonna call Vaheguru.
When we connect we say "Vaheguru"
And They say: "yes".
You get an answer back.
It's that connection we are trying to get.
When we connect to Vaheguru then Naam becomes real.
You will find the Sat through the Naam.
Also we see also Sat Guru.
Here Guru is not a math guru or a physics guru or a chemistry guru.
He is a Guru of Sat (truth).
He teaches us Sat.
The Naam gets us to the sat and the Guru gets us to the Sat.
So the Guru is also a Guru of truth.
So imagine this that the name of the truth joins us to the truth
and the Guru of the truth joins us to the truth.
What do we want? The truth, the real truth.
The one has always been around.
So it's Sat Naam and Guru.
They're a trilogy.
If you say the divine trilogy of Christianity.
The divine trilogy of Sikhi is Sat Guru and Naam.
Guess who gives you Naam?
See how it works?
Guru gives us Naam.
And the Naam gives us the Sat and the Guru also comes from the Sat.
Because who gave us the Guru?
Guru gives us the Naam
Naam gets us to the Sat.
Guru gives us the truth of our Sat and we are gonna go to Sat.
This is the whole of Ik Onkaar Satnaam.
In Hinduism they have Sat, Chit and Anand
There three things that are key.
When you put Chit on the Sat you get Anand.
When you have the truth in your consciousness you get to bliss.
What we're saying is when you have the Naam you get to Sat.
We are going to do a Shabad now from Rehraas Sahib (evening prayer) which illustrates this exact point.
When we say Vaheguru, the name we've been given to say.
Vaheguru is the mantar that Guru has given us and by repeating that we are going to loose haumai.
Haumai is the thing that is surrounding us that makes us separate from Vaheguru.
Haumai is our worst poison because it separates us from our true beloved.
So we're going to try to loose our Haumai by meditating on Vaheguru.
In Rehras Sahib the shabad comes out is:
This is the direct explanation of what we are talking right now.
You've now come to this earth as a human being
Now you're a human before you might be a pig or cat or a dog.
Now you're human.
What are you going to do with this human life?
what's the point of it?
The point is to connect.
When we play cards,
We say now it is your turn and now your turn.
This is your turn and this is my turn as human connect to Vaheguru.
That's our job otherwise we wasted the human life.
That comes from Naam.
The next bit is:
Nothing else is of any use to you.
Nothing else but connecting to Vaheguru.
Even the hour we spent here and we said our Vahegurus that's the only good thing we've done.
The rest of it was just normal, nothing special.
This is the stuff we're going to take with us.
Like I say to my son that this is Vaheguru money.
You can't take the money with you.
We're all gonna die.
You know that, right?
Reincarnation is true.
We are all going to die.
We can't take other stuff with us.
Not our family, not our money, nothing.
All we can take is this Naam.
This is the laahaa, the profit
This is what we are going to take with us.
We're earning money here.
Let's call it Vaheguru money.
This the "Dhan", the money that we're going to earn.
This Shabad explains why you're born
and we read it every day in every Gurdwara and every Sikh family
and it's playing on radio everyday
but the sad thing is, Vaheguru Ji, that our people don't even understand this simple shabad.
This simple truth.
You're born as a human being and you've come here to connect to your Divine.
If you don't do this, everything is gonna be of no use to you.
When we are going across that ocean,
Use all of your strength to cross over this ocean,
but if you don't do this Naam Japna, if you don't listen to your Guru,
you're going to drown.
Your life will be wasted in the colour of Maya.
It means you bought the Illusion.
Guru Sahib comes to break the illusion
and we bought the illusion even though we're born in this house.
Even though we're sitting in this house.
We forgot what he said.
Bani is our Guru so we have to listen to it and understand it.
We're gonna sing that shabad now.
What Majaraaj is telling us very clearly is that you've come on earth as human for a purpose.
Let's not forget that purpose.
Next is Karta Purakh.
Karta means that the one who is doing everything is Vaheguru.
Everything is controlled by Vaheguru.
Who's driving the car? Vaheguru.
Who is sitting in the car? Vaheguru.
Who made the car? Vaheguru.
When we think it's all me.
I can do this.
That's where we get stuck.
We need to surrender to Vaheguru and say to God that you do it.
If you say: "I will do it", fair enough you do it.
If we said to Vaheguru "you do it."
Imagine the one who made the whole world, all the different galaxies,
made everybody on the planet, all those people!
and that One does it for you.
It's not going to be that hard.
We're surrendering ourselves to the Vaheguru.
We also accept the hukam of Vaheguru.
We accept that this is the will of the Divine.
If we fight against the will, we will only get Dukh (sorrow).
You can't change it.
God mad it happened.
You can fight, fight, fight.. you can't change it.
That's the way it is.
If we accepted it and opened ourselves up to Vaheguru, we get bliss.
We would get Anand.
When I accept Vaheguru's Hukam, I get Anand.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji tells us
Maharaj says: "Give me the Naam, everything else to me will be fine".
It's like, you're fighting to get somewhere when the solution is already inside you.
Just get Naam.
Sikhi is so simple, all we have got to do is call the Creator to get to the Creator.
You don't need to go somewhere else, no need to go to some sacred place.
You don't need to wash yourself hundred million times a day.
All that kind of stuff.
No need to eat this or that.
Whatever you think you need to eat to get to Vaheguru.
It's very simple.
This Naam is a "tirath", a holy place for pilgrimage.
Guru is saying: "Don't go anywhere to do tirath. Just do Naam."
If you can't do anything else, we can try as a Sikh, just get up in the morning and call Vaheguru.
Forget about how you need to do it.
We can talk about that later on.
Just say: "Vaheguru I am open to meeting you."
If you open yourself up, Vaheguru will come and meet you.
Not that hard.
It's the simplest way.
Just saying "Vaheguru."
Just calling the name.
It says in Gurbani:
I said "You", I became You.
When you meet someone and you become that person.
That's what Guru Sahib is saying:
"Say Vaheguru to get to Vaheguru."
The Naam is the boat to the Sat.
The more Naam we do, the more we're going to get to Sat.
We are going to talk about Japji Sahib.
We're trying to go through Japji Sahib slowly slowly to understand.
If we don't do Naam, we're going to drown.
If we do Naam, we're going to get bliss and happiness.
We are going to come here, leave our Dukh and we are going home with Sukh.
That's what we want to do, don't we?
Who wants Dukh? No one.
Who wants Sukh? Everyone.
Guru Ji says: "If you want Sukh then come here and say Vaheguru."
So Mool Mantar says: Nirbhao, Nirvair. Without fear, without hate.
Vaheguru has no fear of anybody.
But also we shouldn't have any fear.
We're scared of job security.
We're scared of so many things, we forget to say Vaheguru.
We are scared of God too.
Nowadays the Sikh families will tell their kids not to go into Sikhi.
Because it's scary.
They are going to end up having a beard and a turban.
They tell them: "who knows how you might end up."
This is the saddest thing.
Whereas our Sikh women were prepared to cut their babies into little pieces & wear them around their neck.
Because they didn't want them to leave Sikhi.
But nowadays parents are holding the kids back and tell them not to become a Sikh.
They aren't worried about merging with the Oneness.
"That's not important"
"Just don't lose your job, don't lose your family."
All these things that we talked about.
That's again Maya, Kaljug.
It has come on us so badly that we're forgetting that this is the truth here.
The biggest treasure we've been given.
We don't even bring our kids to bow down here and learn something.
How many people teach their kids paath everyday?
I have seen kids of 6-7 years old that couldn't do the Mool Mantar and the names of the ten Gurus.
I have seen people 15-16 who couldn't do it.
I went to a school recently and I did a talk to those students and they didn't have clue about Sikhi.
Not even a little bit of the words that they had.
Sat Sangat Ji, please, bring your kids here and I promise we'll keep them entertained.
If they're old enough.
With this program we want to keep the learning going.
Guru is Giaan, knowledge.
We're going to learn that knowledge.
I just want to get to Gurprasad, maybe if we are lucky.
So, Karta Purakh Nirbhao Nirvair
Vaheguru doesn't have any fear or any hate.
Don't be scared of going to Vaheguru.
Don't think that I have done so many bad things and Vaheguru isn't going to want me.
Vaheguru doesn't have fear.
He is always forgiving.
Sada Sada Dayala
Mehervaan Mehervaan Sahib mera Mehervaan
He is very compassionate.
Whatever state you're in, turn up to Vaheguru's door and say "I'm ready for you."
He won't turn you away.
That's the truth.
We even know Sajjan Thagg who used to kill people,
We even know people that were cannibals,
Guru Nanak Dev Ji turn them around and they became parchariks of Sikhi!
The people you see on stage you might think that they've always been into Sikhi.
I'll tell you about myself: when I was 21, I was not into Sikhi.
I was drinking, smoking and all of that stuff.
I've done it.
It's Guru Ji, when He chooses to take you, He takes you.
You haven't got much of the chance unless you decide to follow that elevation,
Just jumping to see where it goes.
Just jump and Maharaaj will catch you.
Nirbhao Nirvair Akaal Murat
Vaheguru is Akaal
If we want to be Akaal, if we don't want to die, let's go towards Vaheguru.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is Akaali (immortal) and He sent Khalsa as Akaali army.
We are immortals.
If we want to be immortal, go towards Guru.
Otherwise death is going to get you.
Death going to get all of us
They say that if a Sikh behaves like a Sikh at the end of the life,
it's not Jamdoot that comes to get us.
Instead Guru Gobind Singh will come himself to take us.
Guru Ji says: "come, you have done your job in life. Now you have two choices:
either come to Sachkhand (heaven) or go back to earth to serve the community."
We shouldn't be scared of dying.
If we do our job as a Sikh, we're going to get those two options:
go up or come back and some more seva for the panth.
That's what Guru Gobind singh Ji promises to their Sikhs.
"You listen to me, I take care of you."
It's very simple relationship.
When we say that a Sikh loves his Guru more than he loves himself.
That's what we do.
What does the Guru do?
It says in Sukhmani Sahib that
In Asa Di Vaar it says
SatGuru has the treasure of Naam, Amrit Naam.
Guru Ji is able to give it to us.
That's why we're so lucky.
The Gursikh is very lucky.
We need to understand why we are so lucky!
It's like walking around with a winning lottery ticket in your back pocket.
We all got this lottery ticket of Sikhi in your back pocket.
We need to cash it in.
Cashing in is coming here and learning.
What's in that Naam treasure that we have been given.
Akaal moorat, the form of Vaheguru is immortal.
Ajooni, Vaheguru doesn't get born and then die.
God was never born or died.
But we conversely are going to be born and we're going to die.
We are trapped in this Joon, cycle of life and death.
But if we catch onto Vaheguru we can get out.
Vaheguru made Vaheguru.
Very confusing, I agree.
Vaheguru made Vaheguru.
No one made Vaheguru.
We are made but nobody made Vaheguru.
That might be hard to get your head around.
But the point is that no one made Vaheguru
And a Sikh goes to the One that was made by himself, doesn't go anywhere else:
No Devi or Devte. We don't go to Shiv Ji, because he was made by Vaheguru.
We don't go to the things that were made by Vaheguru but we go directly to Vaheguru who made us.
Gurprassad has translated very badly over these years, by the true Guru's grace.
What we are talking about is that Guru has been given the power by Vaheguru to get us enlightened.
When Guru went in front of Vaheguru, he was given Mool Mantar. He was made the Guru by Gurprasaad.
He was told: now you, Nanak, you're now the Guru and you have the power of giving Naam."
Guru Nanak Dev Ji has been given the power by Vaheguru of enlightening us.
So we come here, bow down and say:
"That's the truth because Guru Nanak Dev Ji has been given the power to enlighten us."
In other faiths they have prophets.
The prophets don't have the power to enlighten.
They just speak what was told to them by the Creator.
That's not in Sikhi.
In Sikhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji just doesn't have the wisdom from Vaheguru,
He also has direct power: the Shakti.
Who do we want to protect us?
We want Vaheguru, Guru Nanak Dev ji to protect us.
He's been given the power to enlighten us.
He was given that power.
He's been given this power by Vaheguru.
We misunderstood how great our Guru is.
That's why we say "Ik Oankaar Satgur Prasaad."
Ik Oankaar, the whole world
That's the Sat.
How are you going to get it?
The Guru of the truth has the power not just to teach us the truth,
but to join us with the truth.
This is why we follow Sikhi because Guru has the power.
Lots of people these days in India have become their own Gurus now,
they are just repeating the wisdom given by Guru Ji.
They are reading the letters of Guru Ji and are pretending that they have got the wisdom.
I am here reading Guru Ji's Bani.
I don't have any power so you don't wanna follow me as a Guru.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji has the power so we want to follow Guru Nanak.
That's the point of Sikhi.
We want to invoke the power of Guru Nanak to protect us.
We are going to get this.
We're just going to finish off with some Simran.
Beacuse the next part says: Jap.
Jap means chant.
Chant, chant, chant.
We get absorbed with SatGuru.
And then you get a place in Heaven.
So we are going to finish off with just a little bit or Simran.
This time try imagine this is the gift of Guru Nanak.
This is what we've been given.
This is the path to enlightenment: the simplest, simplest path ever!
Just call Vaheguru.
Even pretend you are a phone and call and let's if you can connect.
We finish off now.
We just want to say as we said at the beginning,
that we not trying to say don't learn Punjabi.
We are just saying that let's get people to learn the basics about Sikhi
and they will learn Punjabi themselves.
When they have a desire to learn about Sikhi then they will learn all the languages that are in Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
There are more languages than just Punjabi.
The Punjabi Sangat knows that if you speak Punjabi, you don't just understand Gurbani by magic.
You have to learn Gurbani.
It's a separate language itself.
As we said, Guru gives us Naam and that takes us to Sat.
If you can do something, try to come here at 4 in the morning and do one hour of Vaheguru Simran.
It is the best time in the world.
No one else is here apart from people that want to say Vaheguru.
There is no kids making noise.
Everybody is singing together.
If we can do this once a week or once a month our life will improve.
If we say Vaheguru by ourselves, our life will improve.
If we want to open up to Guru Ji and say "I am here to learn from you."
The truth is if we don't say Vaheguru, we waste this life.
If we say Vaheguru we will get treasure, we can't even value with the money.
The biggest treasure ever.
I'm sure I have made loads of mistakes.
Forgive the mistakes.
Please, please try and encourage more people to come every Sunday 6 to 7pm.
We will try to go through Japji Sahib and then Salok at the end.
Simple simple Sikhi that everybody can relate to.
Please forgive my mistakes.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh