Do we have 125,000 SYs worldwide?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jagbir singh"
> So the Hindu belief that Shri Shiva resides at Mount Kailash is
> absolutely true. The Adi Shakti gave evidence of that too. There are
> indeed many deep mystical facts of Hinduism that are all true. It is
> most difficult to challenge this religion and its Holy Scriptures
> easily the most spiritual, mystical, enlightening, and all-
> encompassing. Without question the Sanatana Dharma bestows the
> greatest benefit to humanity because it embraces and nourishes all
> religions - the Adi Shakti's Divine Message to humanity wholesomely
> embraces this joyous synthesis and religious harmony - only the
> Divine Source of all religions can give such evidence. Now i am at
> peace with all religions, scriptures and messengers......and my
Dear devotees of the Adi Shakti,
Namaskar: I bow to the Almighty God that resides in you.
Of all the Holy Scriptures i believe the Guru Granth Sahib to be the collective repository of all the Truths of the Sanatana Dharma. There is no scripture as detailed and dedicated to the Ultimate Reality - the formless God Almighty/Brahman/Vahiguru - as the Guru Granth Sahib.
"Modern scholars ... affirm that the name Vahiguru is owed originally to the Gurus, most likely to the founder of the faith, Guru Nanak, himself. According to this view, Vahiguru is a compound of two words, one from Persian and the other from Sanskrit, joined in a symbiotic relationship to define the indefinable, indescribable Ultimate Reality. Vah in Persian is an interjection of wonder and admiration, and guru (Sanskrit guru: heavy, weighty, great, venerable; a spiritual parent or preceptor) has been frequently used by Guru Nanak and his successors for satiguru (True Guru) or God. Bhai Santokh Singh, in Sri Gur Nanak Prakash (pp. 1249-51), reporting Guru Nanak's testament to the Sikhs has thus explicated Vahiguru: Vah is wonder at the Divine might; gu is spiritual darkness while ru is illumination brought to eliminate this darkness." (end)
A few months ago i had a unique experience in a Sikh temple where a friend had held prayers. Sikhs are particularly devoted to kirtan and ragis sing hymns praising God Almighty.
This temple had an in-house ragi group. Ragi group generally consists of three persons: one plays the tabla or jori (pair of drums) and he seldom participates in the singing; the other plays the harmonium, and the third plays a stringed instrument or harmonium or cymbals. The leader of the group sits in the centre and the group is known by his name.
The ragis started playing their instruments and i listened as usual. There was nothing extraordinary so i got up to leave. As i exited the leader started singing. i was stunned by his majestic voice that reverberated into my being. i returned, sat down, closed my eyes and listened in awe and bliss. i have never heard such divine music in all my life. It was as if my ears had become super-sensuous.
As the song progressed towards its rising crescendo a unique realization came - if you listen to those in the Celestial Court you will spend weeks in Sat Chit Anand ......... thoughtlessly rooted to the same spot in indescribable bliss. And weeks is an understatement because in the Celestial Court you will be in the eternal spirit form and absolutely convinced God Almighty/Brahman/Vahiguru exists. There are many joys in Heaven. Listening to ragis playing in the Celestial Court in the company of countless liberated souls is just one of the many. The Spirit World is an endless state of Anand (Bliss). Whatever bliss we experience here on Earth is at most just 1/1,000,000,000 of that in His Kingdom.
The Guru Granth Sahib contains the Truth of my realization too, and many more. Shri Shiva and His Kailash Mountain are mentioned in this Holy Scripture too. Everything that a Hindu believes is enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib. Even the Mansarovar Lake is mentioned and i am just talking about a single raag taken from the Guru Granth Sahib! That is why i regard this Holy Scripture to be the collective treasure of the Sanatana Dharma.
Let me give you an example of a single raag, which in this case is a portion of Raag Bhairao.
Raag Bhairao - Part 038
With the army of God's devotees, and Shakti, the power of meditation,
I have snapped the noose of the fear of death.
Slave Kabeer has climbed to the top of the fortress; I have obtained
the eternal, imperishable domain.
The mother Ganges is deep and profound.
Tied up in chains, they took Kabeer there.
My mind was not shaken; why should my body be afraid?
My consciousness remained immersed in the Lotus Feet of the Lord.
The waves of the Ganges broke the chains,
and Kabeer was seated on a deer skin.
Says Kabeer, I have no friend or companion.
On the water, and on the land, the Lord is my Protector.
Bhairao, Kabeer Jee, Ashtapadees, Second House:
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
God constructed a fortress, inaccessible and unreachable, in which He
There, His Divine Light radiates forth.
Lightning blazes, and bliss prevails there,
where the Eternally Young Lord God abides.
This soul is lovingly attuned to the Lord's Name.
It is saved from old age and death, and its doubt runs away.
Those who believe in high and low social classes,
only sing songs and chants of egotism.
The Unstruck Sound-current of the Shabad, the Word of God, resounds
in that place,
where the Supreme Lord God abides.
He creates planets, solar systems and galaxies;
He destroys the three worlds, the three gods and the three qualities.
The Inaccessible and Unfathomable Lord God dwells in the heart.
No one can find the limits or the secrets of the Lord of the World.
The Lord shines forth in the plantain flower and the sunshine.
He dwells in the pollen of the lotus flower.
The Lord's secret is within the twelve petals of the heart-lotus.
The Supreme Lord, the Lord of Lakshmi dwells there.
He is like the sky, stretching across the lower, upper and middle
In the profoundly silent celestial realm, He radiates forth.
Neither the sun nor the moon are there,
but the Primal Immaculate Lord celebrates there.
Know that He is in the universe, and in the body as well.
Take your cleansing bath in the Mansarovar Lake.
Chant "Sohang" - "He is me."
He is not affected by either virtue or vice.
He is not affected by either high or low social class, sunshine or
He is in the Guru's Sanctuary, and nowhere else.
He is not diverted by diversions, comings or goings.
Remain intuitively absorbed in the celestial void.
One who knows the Lord in the mind
- whatever he says, comes to pass.
One who firmly implants the Lord's Divine Light, and His Mantra
within the mind
- says Kabeer, such a mortal crosses over to the other side.
Millions of suns shine for Him,
millions of Shivas and Kailash mountains.
Millions of Durga goddesses massage His Feet.
Millions of Brahmas chant the Vedas for Him.
When I beg, I beg only from the Lord.
I have nothing to do with any other deities.
Raag Bhairao - Part 038
English translation of Holy Guru Granth Sahib
English translation by Dr. Sant Singh Khalsa taken from http://www.gurbanifiles.com/
The one overriding difference is that right from the opening chapter homage and worship is paid exclusively to the formless God Almighty/Brahman/Vahiguru, both within and without - absolutely no external rituals or worship of idols and images. (Any Hindu worth his or her salt will admit that there is not even a single sentence in all their Holy Scriptures that condones idol worship ............ and we are talking about tens of thousands of pages.)
The Guru Granth Sahib is one without a second as far as collective truth of many scriptures is concerned. And with the Adi Shakti (Aykaa Mayee) entrenched in the opening chapter "Jap Jee Sahib" there is no room for error or doubt as to the profundity of Truth that prevails throughout this voluminous book. To protect it the Sikh gurus and people for centuries relentlessly and selflessly sacrificed life and limb ................ till victory. Thus, remembering their collective martyrdom, to even mention "Sahaja Yogis" is an insult.
The Sikh Institutions: Martyrdom
1.1 Martyrdom in Sikhism is a fundamental concept and represents an important institution of the faith. In the Sikh form, the institution is a complete departure from the Indian tradition, and for that matter radically distinguishes the whole-life character of Sikhism from the earlier dichotomous or pacifist Indian religious traditions. It is significant that the concept was emphatically laid down by Guru Nanak, and the history of the Guru period as well as the subsequent history of the Sikhs is an open expression, in thought and deed, of this basic doctrine.
2. The Goal and Concept of Martyrdom
2.1 In Sikhism, Guru Nanak in the very beginning of his famous hymn 'Japu Ji', while rejecting the paths of ascetic, one point meditation or withdrawal, emphatically prescribes carrying out or living according to the Will of God as the goal of man. "How to become the abode of Truth and how to demolish the wall of illusion or falsehood?", he asks, and then proceeds to answer, Through following His Will. He then defines the Will to be the 'Ocean of Virtues' (gunigahira) or Altruistic. The Gurus' basic perception of this Will is that it is Loving or Love.
2.2 It is in this context that Guru Nanak proclaims that life is 'a game of love', and gives a call to humanity to follow this path. He says:
Shouldst thou seek to engage in the game of Love, step into my street with thy head placed on thy palm: While stepping on to this street, ungrudgingly sacrifice your head (GGS p 1412)
Repeated emphasis is laid on this goal of following the Will of God, Who is directing the universe, in Guru Granth Sahib:
"Through perception of His Will is the Supreme State attained." (p. 292)
"With the perception of His Will alone is the Essence realized." (p.1289)
"By perceiving the Lord's Will is Truth attained." (p. 1244)
"By His Will was the world created as a place for righteous living." (p. 785)
"Profoundly wondrous is the Divine Will. Whoever has its perception, has awareness of the true praxis of life." (p. 940)
2.3 It should be clear that in Sikhism the goal is not to attain personal salvation or Moksha or 'eternal bliss'. It is instead the perception or recognition of His Will and working in line with its direction. This state is in fact synonymous with God-realization.
2.4 The concept of martyrdom was laid down by Guru Nanak. In fact, his was an open challenge and a call. His hymn calling life 'a game of love' is of profoundest significance in Sikh thought and theology. It has five clear facets. It expresses in clear words the Guru's spiritual experience of God. While he repeatedly calls Him unknowable, his own experience, he states, is that He is All Love. Second, He is Benevolent and Gracious towards man and the world. Third, since He expresses His Love in the world, the same, by implication, becomes real and meaningful. Further, the Guru by giving this call clearly proclaims both the goal and the methodology of religious life in Sikhism. The goal is to live a life of love which is in line with His expression of Love and Grace in the world. Simultaneously, the methodology of whole-life activity and commitment for the goal is emphasized. The significant fact is that in the entire Guru Granth Sahib it is these principles of the Sikh way of life that are repeatedly emphasized.
There are innumerable hymns endorsing one or the other of the above principles of Sikh theology. It is this couplet of Guru Nanak that forms the base of martyrdom in Sikhism. For, the commitment desired is total, and once on that Path the seeker has to have no wavering in laying down his life for the cause. In his hymn Guru Nanak has defined and stressed that the institution of martyrdom is an essential ingredient of the Path he was laying down for man.
As i said before, to even mention "Sahaja Yogis" is an insult for their dereliction of duty and unfathomable fear to bear witness and uphold the Sanatana Dharma. But the Aykaa Mayee has incarnated with all Her powers. There are numerous incidents in Sikh history where a lone or a few determined and inspired Sikhs stood their ground against heavy odds justifying Guru Gobind Singh's fiat "Savah lakh se ek laron, tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaoon" - "If I, Guru Gobind Singh, deserve my name, a single Sikh will confront 125,000."
The same goes for the Adi Shakti! If we have prevailed in our past lives fighting for Her Cause and the Sanatana Dharma have no doubt that we will prevail yet again. Do we have 125,000 SYs worldwide?
Jai Shri Ganapathy,
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