Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Guru Sahib in Gurbani does use a number of different analogies.
For example, he talks about farming and what you sow so shall you reap.
He also talks about the making of yoga.
Not many of us make yoga nowadays but people that do would understand that one.
But I wanted to use something a little bit modern, a little bit light-hearted,
just to explain some of the science behind connecting.
This has purely come about from conversations that I've had with people.
This is not from Gurbani.
So obviously there's going to be some things that will be mistakes
and I apologize in advance for that.
The key thing about a phone is its purpose.
It can allow you to phone somebody.
There's a lot of phones nowadays like the iPhone, like the Android phones like I have.
They all have apps and there's loads and loads of different things you can do with the phone
and separate from the fact that you can call somebody.
You can play games on it, you can read email, you can go on the internet, Twitter, Facebook...
All the things you can like do it with your life, yeah?
If that can't make a call,
you can't connect anybody,
it's not really a phone.
It's more like the iPod Touch, for example.
Rather than having the iPhone.
Guru Sahib would say that our body has the main purpose as well.
That purpose is to connect to the Creator.
We might go on in life to become great sportsmen, great husbands, parents...
We might have great careers but if we're not realizing our purpose,
then we haven't really used our body or our life in the best way possible.
When we look at the antenna of a phone, we can compare that to something like the Dasam Duaar
on the human body.
Dasam Duaar is a phrase used for the tenth door
Das-mee Duaar and what that refers to really is the top of your head here.
Right at the top of the crown you have basically what Guru Sahib I was saying
there are nine holes in your body that are visible.
They are pargatt -visible-, and one which is hidden, gupt.
What are these nine visible holes or doors to your body?
We've got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven; so seven just on your head.
Then we've got two down below, that's nine and then we've got this tenth one.
That hidden one is really what activates when you start meditating and connecting.
That's your antenna effectively.
Some phones have two antennas.
And in many ways we could look at the different energy centers in our body.
Probably this is the one here,
the third eye point, the trikuti as we call it,
it would be like your secondary area.
But really it's all about the tenth one that we're trying to activate.
Guru Sahib are we saying that is faster to activate the most important one through love.
Now this Dasam Duaar concept is not unique to Sikhi.
If you look at, for example, Buddhism.
They have this as the flowering spot of the ten thousand petal Lotus.
They also have in Hinduism, for example, the crown chakra which the top of the head.
The important thing is that you have this antenna
and it's a physiological thing in your body which you can actually feel when you connect.
This phone also has a battery.
If we don't charge this phone, I can't use it.
So I need to charge it every night.
Nitnem are your daily routine which is really a bit like your daily battery charge.
If you don't have this,
if you don't charge yourself up every day when you want to try to connect,
you're gonna find it very hard.
It's going to be like that phone with the last little bit of juice.
It's much easier to connect when you've got a fully charged battery,
or at least a battery that's got a good bit of charge inside.
We all need a reception in order for us to connect.
In many ways, you can see Sadh Sangat - the company of the holy people- as your reception.
When you're around the holy people and people who are meditating and also connecting,
they effectively act like little aerials.
So when you're trying to connect to this Divine,
the fact that you're hanging out of people that have a lot of reception already,
allows you to actually connect much quicker.
Then if you were out, for example in the countryside, and English has a very good example of this
where you're gonna get reception sometimes high sometimes low,
but there's no guarantee of getting lots of reception.
Because it just depends on what's going on at that time.
In the same way, if you're hanging out in the holy congregation, you're much more likely to get connection.
Now one of the things that phone's always need is a network.
My network could be space to your service provider.
So we all need a spiritual guide,
somebody who's actually been there,
to teach us really about what I can do next in order to progress spiritually.
That's the person we effectively go through, it's our service provider.
For Sikhs, that's the Guru Nanak and all the ten Gurus and Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and all the Bani.
These are basically our service provider.
They connect us to the truth.
Guru uses a word which is SatGuru and some people translate that to be true Guru.
But you can also translate that in many ways to mean the Guru of the truth.
That's what Gurus job is to teach you the truth.
When these networks advertise themselves, they say they have the best coverage across the whole the UK
They've got loads and loads of aerials they've got loads and loads of clarity of connection
and they might give you stuff like 3G and more data.
Sikhs definitely don't like to criticize other religions.
Guru Sahib makes commentary upon other religions,
but we're not people who go out there point fingers
and say you guys shouldn't be following your religion.
Why we follow them rather than anybody else,
is because they effectively give us no interference.
So, there's no sexism, no homophobia, no racism...
all the right morals are put in there.
These things always aid us in our spiritual path.
So we don't get confused about what we should be doing next.
It'is very very clear.
Another thing with the phone.
If you're on pay as you go, you obviously need to have credit on there.
Otherwise, you still won't able to make a call.
One way to understand our credit in this life
would be, for example, our current actions
and how good our life is effectively.
Whether we're earning credit from good actions,
or whether we are actually throwing all our good credit away.
So we come to this life effectively with karma,
things from our previous life that act as a hidden credit.
We don't know where that is now,
so you don't know whether you've done loads of good things in your previous life.
Therefore you might make one call and connect straightaway,
or you don't know what he done you've, but you've got not a lot of good credit.
But in this life you've done a lot of things to work it up.
So we can't always be sure at this point,
when we're starting out on that life
how much credit we have.
However, what we can do right now is start to improve our credit that comes from things like:
doing the right thing, living an honest life, also helping people,
doing Seva which means selfless service,
other things like for example being honest in all our dealings, trying to be more compassionate,
trying to be much more humble in how we act...
And also we're trying to stop losing our credit from random things.
For example, when your phone gets left on and it's going online that's very bad for you.
So some similarly, we've got these five chors,
these five thieves that are stealing all our credit from us.
and they would be our kaam which is lustful desire, or desire in general;
krodh, your anger;
lobh which is the amount of greed that you might have;
moh your attachment;
and finally your ahaankar, your sense of pride and your sense of I'm the greatest thing there was.
So these five things they effectively steal all our credit.
Even those people might be on pay-as-you-go,
and working to have good credit and keep money in their account,
one other thing that you can do to ensure you've always got a certain amount of money left in your account
or calls to make
is to get a contract.
So for me, a way to understand Amrit would be taking a contract with your Guru.
In which case you're saying 'look Guru Ji, I will give you my head
and I will stick to the certain Rehit that you prescribed me'.
In return for that, effectively what Guru Ji is saying is that he will stand by your side. i
It's just like bit like getting married, really:
you promise to be faithful and to honor that relationship
and in return, you get some kind of commitment from the other person.
That's what for me Amrit is: a form of marriage between you and the Guru.
A contract that you've taken out.
But you have to start with giving your head.
It's a pretty high price but ultimately it's very worth it.
So effectively you have to call out and try to speak or connect to that Creator, that Akaal Purakh.
That for us is through Sinram, actually meditation, or chanting... calling out to Vaheguru.
This is what allows us to connect.
and that's why maybe the phone with all the things that you've done, you may have actually built up good credit.
And all the other things that you're doing but you're not actually calling,
and calling up the Name or Naam Sinram,
that's very key to Sikhi.
Doing Simran is the way to progress ourselves spiritually.
Really when we look at our phone, and say 'oh it's not working right now'
or 'I'm not feeling that spiritually high right now. I've got a bit of a downer',
we can understand why is that.
Well, maybe the things that work for our phone, we apply to ourselves and say
Am i doing the right things?
Am I fighting my kaam, krodh, lobh, moh and ahaankar?
Am I actually building up my Nitnem? Have I got a good Rehit?
Which is your daily discipline about getting up early doing your prayers...
If we're not doing these things, we can hardly expect for it all to work.
When we haven't connected with this One, we can think it doesn't work.
Where there's no connection.
We can go into a Gurdwara one day and say 'I heard from people that Simran is a way to connect to God.'
So you sit down saying Vaheguru a few times and you expect it to work.
It doesn't work so you think there's nothing there.
Well, imagine using the analogy on the phone.
Let's say you had a phone that had no battery, not charged up ever, no credit...
effectively you would understand in normal life that this phone is not going to work.
And then you went in and you tried to phone somebody and didn't work
so you would say 'well I'm not going to blame the phone'
because I haven't done all the things that the phone requires for it to work!
In many ways, in spiritual growth to have that experience,
we're going to have to do some of these things that lead to this experience.
This is the reason why Guru Sahib keeps talking about these things.
So if you're trying to connect and it's not working right now, don't despair.
The first thing is you're born as a human being and this is your chance to connect to Vaheguru.
Secondly, you're listening to the Guru's wisdom upon these things any reading paat,
and you listen to Kirtan.
So follow it!
Listen and do, just like Sunnye and Manne.
Once you start doing those things, you will earn the Grace.
You will earn what Sikhi is try to teach you which is that experience.
It's a science of connecting that Guru Sahib is giving us.
It's a methodology that works.
How do we know that we are phones rather than iPod Touches?
That really comes from a little bit about trust a little bit about experience.
All your life you've been told many times that you're just like an iPod touch:
loads of facilities but you're not meant to connect to anybody;
or if you are going to connect, it's only over a Wi-Fi network with your friends on a game.
So for example to your partner or to your children, but not to your Creator.
When we look and say, when someone is saying that you have a purpose,
like Guru Ji says your purpose is to connect to your Creator, and we're not sure how to do that,
what we need is a little bit of trust.
What's Guru Sahib is saying 'look at the Sikhs and look at the people that are connecting,
go and find holy people.'
And when you see inside them that this is working
they're obviously doing something for some reason
then it gives us faith that we also can connect.
The other thing is that we need to have a little bit of experience.
The first time the call actually gets though,
at that point, when we have that little bit of experience
which is a bit like a light in dark,
it's a bit like seeing all the jewels on the floor and if it was dark time you couldn't see them,
but as soon as a bit of light comes in and suddenly, you see all the jewels that are there.
Then you don't need anybody else to tell you what to do.
You know how it worked and all you have to do is follow it.
What we can pray to our Guru, if we are at the point where we want to have that experience,
start following what Guru Ji is telling you about the path
and what the science of it is and the methodology.
And then basically try making a call and beg him for that little bit of experience, the taste.
Then once that taste comes in, I'm sure you know what to do afterwards yourself.
You won't need anybody else to tell you.
You just follow Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the Gurbani.
There are going to be a lot of mistakes in this analogy.
It's only supposed to help you.
It's not the definitive way of connecting.
Primarily because it's not really from Gurbani, it's not really from the Guru's mouth.
I will suggest that the best thing we can do is read Gurbani
and try to understand the examples from Gurbani because they're going to be pure
and without anybody else's dilution upon it.
I hope we can all have that experience and I hope we can all grow up on that experience.
Apologise for any mistakes.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh