So as much of a spiritual and religious guy I try to be, I never do Kirtan Sohila before bed. But yesterday morning I opened the Gutka to do Jap Ji Sahib but for some reason yesterday I opened it to Kirtan Sohila to remember the bani in there. I read maybe just a few lines and went back to Jap Ji Sahib.
My grandpa passed away the very same day in our house, and based on the time I approximate he passed away it was around the same time I opened and read those few lines of Kirtan Sohila.
Now I’m not saying its a coincidence at all, and this makes me believe there is definitely a God.
Baba Nanak represents many different things to many different people; that’s the beauty of individuals & their actions.
For me, I always found it amazing how he was the catalyst for a movement that has spanned hundreds of years. He birthed a philosophical way of life that dealt primarily in the nature of humans, and our elements that cause our discontentment. This philosophy made reference and ex
posed us to great minds that not only represented other faiths, but ones that had shared similar ideas before him. The philosophies evolved and maintained real world application. He also set a tone of civil disobedience to oppression by speaking out against the Mogul ruler Babar, which landed him in jail.
An interpretation of GURU that I like is GU = Dark RU = Light.
Baba Nanak did a lot to flip light switches in peoples heads, traveling ridiculous distances by foot, challenging centuries-old practices along the way with a tact you’ll never see these days. Most importantly, he wrote down his thoughts, and inspired the collection of teachings from other great minds to become a compilation of ideas along the same wavelength. I’m not big on the supernatural, so think it’d be interesting to see how he would feel now seeing his teachings packaged and institutionalized the way they are. Many of the ideas he mocked, have become daily practice and embedded values in what folks interpret as mainstream Sikhi.
I’m not here to debate interpretations, I respect individuals right to believe as they please, there isn’t a one size fits all way of life for everyone, but that idea is definitely a great sell.
For me, more importantly, I like to focus on the consensus that the ideas Guru Nanak Dev Ji presented to the people of his time and geography were definitely not common. He made statements that went against the grain of that time, and showed that conformity did nothing to help the spirit grow and find the light we all long for.
He challenged the gender-roles, questioned religious rituals, and if he asked for anything, it was to be the dust of the feet of those who forever contemplated on NAAM (NAAM for some is the name of God… NAAM for other is simply the truth.. you interpret how you want)
I’m grateful for being part of such a lineage that values learning above all. Sikhi by definition means Student (some say disciple, but again, to each their own) I love the fact that I can fill my head to learn, unlearn, and relearn everyday. I love that I was raised with stories of great individuals who went against the grain, ignoring the consequences, and constantly pounding in our heads to look WITHIN.
The Picture posted is a depiction of Baba Nanak created with one of his most popular reflections: Jap Ji Sahib