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That Inward Journey!

May 2, 2023

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

In the third Sabad of So Daru, Guru Nanak Sahib invokes the mother figure and shares the human struggle. Whenever the mother figure is invoked, the conversation is candid and personal. We have a biological mother, an ecological mother, and a spiritual mother. Through Mother, we share in the human condition with all the world. Imagine Guru Nanak Sahib sharing IkOankar, 1Force, his Sovereign via his mother Tripta, mother Earth, and mother Wisdom.

We hear: O my mother, why do I forget? Forget what? Forget whom? Forget that it is his Sovereign behind That Door? Why do I forget my Sovereign, who is eternal? Why do I forget my Sovereign, whose identity is also eternal?

We pause.
We reflect.

We are awed by the level of comfort and trust in this relationship. The vulnerability is humbling. Is there someone in our lives with whom we are this comfortable, where we admit that we know certain truths yet forget to adhere to them?

In So Daru, Guru Nanak Sahib has taken us on a journey explaining the ramifications of forgetting the eternal Sovereign and Nam-Identification with the Sovereign. When we are caught up in the gifts of the Giver and do not remember the Beloved, we become lowly. We become outcasts when enjoying the gifts we do not live in Nam-Identification. There are no fingers pointed toward anyone. It is a personal journey about going within.

Are we willing to take that inward journey?
May the Wisdom-Guru guide us!

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