Thursday, February 23, 2006
Right Keys but WRONG door - Taken From Naamnet Book
Daas and a gursikh were standing in the gurudwara langar hall when a young sikh came and asked for the keys to the supplies store. The supplies store is one of the rooms located on the outside of the gurudrawa building. Daas fished out the keys and gave it to the young sikh. He ran off and came back a few minutes later saying, "This is not the right key." Daas was surprised since that sure looked like the right key. But anyhow, daas fished out another bunch of keys and told the young sikh to try those. He ran off and came back with the same answer. The gursikh who was with me is a big time sevadar and he usually opens and closes the supplies store. So daas asked him for the right key. He took a look and selected a key from the first bunch and told the young sikh, "This is the right one for sure. Try to push the door inwards when turning the key. Sometimes it needs quite a bit of strength to open the supplies door." After several minutes, the young sikh came back, all puffed and panting, and said, "No, that was not the right key." The gursikh decided to investigate. He came back smiling. Daas asked him, "What happened?" He replied, "Oh, nothing. The kid was trying the wrong door!" Now, the question is - "What has this story got to do with Naam?" Well the MORAL could be : We mis-apply HukamNamas. Guru Granth Sahib ji gives us a beautfull Hukam to apply to our life. It's like Guru ji giving us the key, but instead of applying it to the Dasam Duar (Tenth Door) inside our mind, we strip it apart looking for hidden messages about solving our current problem.
My friend (has turban, trims beard, drinks, into sikhi a bit) said he went to India but was unable to reach Harmandir Sahib He said, the family took HukamNama before setting off on the journey and Guru Sahib said 'RamDas Sarovar naathe..' (BathingThe Lake Of Ram Das, all sins are removed). They all took it as a sign they would reach that place. But didn't for some reason. So he was dissapointed with Hukam Nama not coming true. FOOLISH THINKING!!! He took 3 words out of it (Ram Das Sarovar) , totally ignored the rest of Guru's key instructions, and mis-applied it to his worldy objectives, when Guru ji was talking about opening spiritual doors.
Full hukam nama was:
(Ang 625) SORAT'H, FIFTH MEHL, THIRD HOUSE, DU-PADAS: ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU: Bathing in the nectar tank of Ram Das, the residues of all sins are erased. One becomes immaculately pure, taking this cleansing bath. The Perfect Guru has be stowed this gift. ¦¦ 1 ¦¦ God has blessed all with peace and pleasure. Everything is safe and sound, as we contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. ¦¦ Pause ¦¦ In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, filth is washed off. The Supreme Lord God has become our friend and helper. Nanak meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. He has found God, the Primal Being. ¦¦ 2 ¦¦ 1 ¦¦ 65 ¦¦ (Gurbani CD) If he listened to Guru Sahib a bit more carefully, he would have observed
a) Ram Das Sarovar is literally the Tank of God's Servants i.e the Sadh-Sangat.
b) meditate on the Guru's word
c) meditate on the Lord's Name. So if he was interested in applying this KEY to the Tenth Door then he would go to Sadh Sangat, understand Kirtan and Naam Jaap, but like most of us we apply to our worldly doors and try to extract meaning that just aren't there. Guru Granth Sahib jee gives us the key of the Sacred Word to open spiritual doors, but we only care about opening worldly doors..