Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Guru Amar Das Ji's First Sermon
A very interesting article that was posted on Tapoban.org
When Sree Guru Amar Das jee became Guru, historians have recorded his first words to the Sangat:“If someone treats you badly, bear it. If you bear it three times, the fourth time Vahiguru will be on your side. The aggressor will be given such a punishment that he will not be able to save himself regardless of all his efforts. Vahiguru’s grindstone (of justice) may turn very slowly, but the grain is ground very finely (the justice is perfect).”Then Guru jee read the 21st PauRee of Sree Asa Kee Vaar “Jit saeviai sukh paeeai so sahib sadaa samaaleeaai…”He then continued,“Be kind to everyone. Having pride over anything is not noble.Consider the company (immoral relations) with another woman to be like the company of a snake or a murderous elephant. Never even by mistake go into bad Sangat (company).Humility is the greatest weapon. Never speak badly.Those who praise themselves are always lost. The path of dharma is the abandoning of slander (ninda).Don’t spend or eat more than you need to. Also work just as much as you need to. Don’t do anything above and beyond the need for it.Leave behind fakeness and hypocrisy. A life of false show is always a painful one.If someone is a Sikh of the Guru, listen and obey him.Loving another woman, even if she is a devotee of God (bhagtaNee) is a relationship which will result in loss not gain.Go to and meet the Shabad of the Guru. Do not go somewhere where the Guru is forgotten.Eat when you are hungry. Don’t fill what is already filled. But don’t abandon food either. Sleep when you feel very sleepy. Don’t sleep without feeling tired. Don’t pain your body.Listen to the stories of the Guru. Singh Shabads and listen too. Don’t’ speak falsehood.If someone is forgetting about the Guru, try and remind them. Speak to them from the heart. If they don’t listen, then it’s up to them.Take the Guru’s words to heart. Give (the Guru) at least a tenth of your earnings. Keep the company of good people and serve those you encounter.Before putting anything in your mouth, say Vahiguru. Vahiguru will bless it.Those who have day and night japed Vahiguru, and left their ego, they are the truly high and good ones.Controlling one’s desires is Dharam. One who does this is jeevan mukat (liberated while alive).One who is beloved of God cannot ever remain bound by any restraints. He is free. He is above all tradition, custom, fortune, luck, and delusion.
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