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Basant: A Season of Transformation & Reflection

April 2, 2024

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

Like a melodious rag (musical mode), Basant arrives, heralding a season of festivity and transformation in the symphony of existence. It signals the departure of the cold, harsh winter and the anticipation of the vibrant spring. Much like the changing seasons, our lives, too, undergo cycles of renewal, beckoning us to awaken from the slumber of ignorance and prepare for the blossoming ahead.

Echoing through the ages, Guru Teghbahadar Sahib’s words in the fifth composition in Rag Basant pierce through the veil of illusion, questioning our obsession with transient desires. Amidst the relentless pursuit of worldly pleasures, the Guru's urgent plea resonates: Why are you lost, O friend, in the pursuit of false greed? Nothing is ruined yet; wake up.

We pause.
We reflect.

Amidst this poignant inquiry, there is a glimmer of hope—nothing is irreparably lost. It is a gentle reminder to rouse from our lethargy, cast aside the shackles of greed, and embrace the dawn of enlightenment within.

The composition unveils the ephemeral nature of worldly pursuits, likening them to fleeting dreams that vanish upon awakening. We are entangled in the endless cycle of craving, accumulating wealth and possessions, yet finding no solace in their abundance. But amidst the transient, an eternal presence exists – Hari, the 1-Light, dwelling within us constantly. It is a call to shift our focus from the perishable to the imperishable, from the ephemeral to the eternal.

How can this shift occur?
Through Remembrance.

Through Remembrance, we cultivate a deep connection with the One, singing praises and embodying the virtues of IkOankar, the One Universal Integrative Force. As we immerse ourselves in the Remembrance of the One, we transcend the grasp of greed, finding solace in the eternal embrace of the One. While our mortal bodies may fade into oblivion, the 1-Light remains a steadfast companion, guiding us through the labyrinth of existence.

This composition makes us reflect on greed and its insidious grip on the human spirit. By acknowledging the impermanence of worldly pleasures, we awaken to the futility of attachment and the ephemeral nature of desire. It is a clarion call to embrace the path of Remembrance, relinquishing the transient in favor of the eternal. The practice of Remembrance holds the key to liberation from the cycles of desire, ushering us into a realm of everlasting peace and fulfillment.

Will we heed the Guru's call to awaken?
May Wisdom-Guru be with us!

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