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From Separation to Unity!

May 28, 2024

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

Many of us experience the profound and unsettling feeling of separation at some point in our life journey. What exactly is this feeling? It is the sensation of being disconnected from something or someone deeply cherished, a profound sense of loss and incompleteness. This void is one that nothing else can fill, leading to a deep, emotional ache and a persistent quest to find what is missing.

In the third Alahani, Guru Amardas Sahib reveals what separation from the One truly is—the longing and yearning that penetrate the very core of our being. The Guru reflects on the human condition, drawing a poignant contrast between those who feel separated from the Spouse, IkOankar, the One, the All-Pervasive, and those who live in the constant presence of the One. This composition becomes intensely personal as the Guru shares that my eternal Beloved Spouse is always with me. It serves as a verse of separation, capturing a conversation between the separated and the united, the seekers who weep and those who have embraced the eternal presence.

The seekers, feeling the pangs of separation, cry out in their longing for the One. In contrast, those who have experienced the presence of IkOankar, the One, cherish the Nam, Identification with the One, and serve the eternal Wisdom. But what does it truly mean to cherish the Nam? To value, practice, remember, and praise IkOankar and to live in a culture of constant identification with the One is the essence of cherishing the Nam.

How does it happen? It happens through the guidance of the eternal Wisdom! This is how we learn to live in Nam, with Nam. When we care for and cherish the Nam, the eternal Wisdom is always with us. In serving the eternal Wisdom, humbly submitting to it, and allowing ourselves to be guided by it, we find comfort, bliss, and an end to our sense of separation.

To care for something reflects its perceived value. If we consider something invaluable, our engagement becomes multifaceted, encompassing, and profound. As we begin to care for Nam, our relationship with Nam evolves, manifesting as remembrance, contemplation, reflection, praise, and adherence to guidance. It is a layered, ever-deepening journey.

When our relationship with Nam and Wisdom-Guru transforms, we can transcend the fear of death through Sabad, Infinite Wisdom. By enshrining this truth in our hearts, we no longer worry about death—when, where, and how it will occur or what will happen to those we leave behind. Instead, we transcend the cycle of comings and goings through Sabad, serving the eternal Wisdom and learning to cherish Nam.

When we realize that the Sovereign IkOankar is eternal, that the praise of the One is eternal, and that the Sovereign beholds each of us with grace and care, we stop feeling separated. We begin to sense the presence of the Spouse in every moment. This realization calls us to serve the eternal Wisdom, care for the Nam, and engage with the Sabad. It invites us to move from weeping out of separation to crying in the love of the One, in deep Identification with the One.

Will we serve the eternal Wisdom?
Will we cherish the Nam?
Will we engage with the Sabad?
Will we transform our weeping of separation into tears of love and unity with IkOankar?

May Wisdom-Guru guide us!

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