Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!
As the morning mist vanishes, so will we vanish from the earth. And the world will continue, probably without even remembering us. Yet, we long for lives of self-grandeur and permanence, striving to achieve both in a world of constant change.
Is this not the ostrich syndrome, unwilling to acknowledge the reality? We will all depart, and the grandeur and wealth we are amassing will not go with us.
Guru Teghbahadar Sahib, in the second composition of Rag Sarang, while addressing his mind in a first-person style, says, Mind! Why are you wrapped in poison? No one receives a permanent stay in this world. Many come, and many depart.
What is this poison?
The answer: Poison is anything that makes us forget IkOankar, the Eternal, the One.
The Guru affirms that no one stays here forever. The cycle of coming and going continues — some are born, and some are dying. We know this! Why are we still attached to what will not go with us?
The attachment is alluring. We seek it; we enjoy it. It does not happen passively. We savor it so much that we are in love with it. In this enjoyment phase, we are deeply steeped in the dream of attachment. The awakening has yet to happen.
How will the awakening happen?
When we get rid of our ego and pride, which is hard because we are enjoying it. Once we rid ourselves of these ailments and seek refuge in the ones who live the truth, we rid ourselves of the poison that causes us to forget the Eternal One. We begin to reflect on our relationships with the world around us and know our place.
Will we awaken and accept reality?
Will the honeymoon phase with attachment continue?
May we yearn to remember the Eternal One.
May the Wisdom-Guru guide us!
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