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The Crane & The Hawks

June 18, 2024

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

In our fast-paced lives, we often find ourselves caught up in the daily grind, pursuing goals, seeking pleasures, and tackling challenges. It's easy to become so engrossed in these activities that we forget about the transient nature of life. We rarely pause to contemplate the inevitability of death, which can arrive without warning and change everything in an instant.

Sheikh Farid ji offers a profound reminder: A carefree crane sitting on the bank of the river was playing and frolicking. Suddenly, a flock of hawks pounced on that beautiful swan-like crane. The crane was caught unaware, and the hawks took it away.

The metaphor of the carefree crane is powerful, conveying the suddenness and inevitability of death. The scene of innocence and joy is abruptly shattered when a flock of hawks swoops down, capturing the unsuspecting crane. This poignant imagery parallels the crane’s fate and the human condition, highlighting the unpredictable nature of life and the certainty of death.

We pause.
We reflect.

We are being reminded of our mortality and the fleeting nature of worldly pleasures. Like the crane, we often become engrossed in life's transient joys and distractions, seldom contemplating the certainty of death. The pursuit of pleasure and material gain blinds us to the reality of our eventual demise. The hawks, representing death, strike without warning, emphasizing that no one is immune to its grasp.

The certainty of death invites us to live deeply and intentionally. It compels us to consider what it means to truly live—beyond mere existence and the enjoyment of worldly pleasures. The crane's story is ours: we often see ourselves as invincible, untouched by the ultimate end, until reality intrudes with sudden, often harsh reminders.

Acknowledging the inevitable opens us to a deeper appreciation of life. This awareness enriches our engagement with each moment, allowing us to embrace the present fully. It invites us to yearn to connect with IkOankar, the One, the Creator and to cherish the preciousness of our limited time here.

Will we recognize life's fleeting nature,
And ready ourselves for the final embrace?
Will we strive to live with deep awareness,
And feel the tender touch of Grace?

May the Wisdom-Guru guide us!

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