The contents of this book provide a deep insight into spiritual consciousness and require serious contemplation and understanding. This book is not like an ordinary novel, which is read once and put aside, without any need to be read again. As Bacon said: Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested. This book certainly falls in the category of books that need to be chewed and digested.
Quotations from the Book:
Ego is a big hindrance that does not allow our spiritual level to rise high. A person on the path of Spirituality falls when ‘I’ or ‘my’ comes into him. Guru Sahib Ji repeatedly cautions a Sikh to escape from this danger and also emphasises on the need to efface this ego. According to Bhai Gurdass Ji, a person only qualifies to be called a Gursikh if he lives his life above the pitfall of ego.
The mind has become like a wild boar which repeatedly goes to other people’s farmland. Even if you try to stop it , it still continues to wander. The mind has cultivated a similar habit; it does not stay at its center and wanders around aimlessly. Wise farmers solve the problem of the wild boar by tying a wooden restraint on its neck and because of this, the wild boar is unable to poke its mouth here and there. In this same way, Sadh Sangat teaches us to put the restraint of Guru Sahib Ji’s Shabad to the mind.
Bowing in reverence, offering of flowers, fruits etc - these are external gifts and presents and these are just the beginning rituals and practises. However, the real gift is to focus within ourselves. This understanding comes only after much spiritual practise. Real spiritual consciousness (and understanding) comes only when the mind starts to internally mark spiritual attendance in Guru Sahib Ji’s Court. It is only then that the veil of ego will be broken.
To embrace Guru Maharaj Ji’s Path of Salvation, it is not conditional that a person must be without sin from the time of birth. This Path gives equal opportunity to the sinner as well as to the virtuous. In fact, it is even possible that the realisation of his sins may make a sinner humble and thus achieve the Path of Salvation quickly. On the other hand, a person of good virtues may remain entrapped in his ego and thus remain deprived of Salvation.
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