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How Does One Become Fortunate?

September 20, 2022

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib, in the seventeenth couplet of Salok Mahala 9, says, the one who has renounced all poison-like Maya (illusions of temporary material and transient relationships); who has donned the attitude of detachment, on the forehead of that person there is good fortune.

We pause.
We reflect.

The one who has been able to rid themselves of all of the negativities of life — lust, anger, greed, attachment, and ego — and who has adopted the temperament of detachment is visibly the fortunate one, for they exhibit the qualities of the fortunate ones.

A temperament of detachment is not a temperament of unfeeling, indifference, or an abdication of life’s responsibilities. It is rising above reactionary and impulsive living. It is living with a mind that does not differentiate or doubt. It is living with an unwavering sense of stability, steadiness, and an intuitive connection with IkOankar, the One, the Beautiful, the 1-Light. The fortunate one is very much of this world and in this world. Their every breath is remembrance; their every breath is praise; their every breath is gratitude.

How does one become fortunate?

The Guru guides:
Remember IkOankar.
Recognize the presence of The One within yourself.
See The Beautiful in everyone and everything.
Inculcate the qualities of 1-Light, radiate that Light.
Rise above fear, attachments, and dualities.
Become steady in the ocean’s unsteadiness.

Are we willing to see The Beautiful in all?
Are we willing to radiate the 1-Light?

May we yearn to remember IkOankar.
May the Wisdom-Guru guide us!

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