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Tranquility Within Chaos

November 21, 2023

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

In a world riddled with chaos and strife, our yearning for genuine peace and comfort often seems as distant and elusive as a mirage on the horizon. The relentless tumult surrounding us inflicts a profound disturbance, at times bordering on trauma. However, within this very tempest, Guru Arjan Sahib masterfully conveys a wellspring of solace and tranquility in Rag Bilaval, attributing the source to the wisdom of Guru Nanak Sahib:

The perfect Guru, the true Guru, has instilled peace.
Comforts have arisen, and unstruck musical instruments have resounded.
Fevers, sins, and afflictions have perished.
Remembering the One, all sins have been destroyed.
O beautiful seekers! Having gathered, enjoy bliss.
Guru Nanak has set my honor right.

We embrace Guru Nanak Sahib, the embodiment of Wisdom, as a masterful healer and divine physician, tending to our very essence and instilling genuine peace within us. Through the Guru, through the Wisdom, authentic peace and comfort take root within us. It's like the awakening of unstruck musical instruments—those that produce ethereal melodies beyond human perception—resonating within our being. This celestial music symbolizes the pure joy and bliss that awaken within us.

All that afflicts us—physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual ailments, transgressions, sufferings, or affliction get dispelled. The practice of Remembrance and Identification with the One acts as the ultimate source of healing, extinguishing these harmful elements. As a result, we are no longer held captive by them.

Guru Arjan Sahib takes us on a transcendent journey, shifting us from the physical realm to the metaphysical, and addresses us as beautiful seekers. The Guru reminds us that we are all beautiful seekers searching for divine connection. This connection defines our beauty.

We pause.
We reflect.

Guru Arjan attributes this profound wisdom to Guru Nanak Sahib, acknowledging Guru Nanak Sahib as the embodiment of the One. The Wisdom is boundless and inexhaustible, serving as the beacon that eradicates ignorance, bestows freedom, dispels darkness, and is accessible to all. It is the path to enlightenment, open to everyone.

May our yearning lead us to walk the Guru's path.
May the Wisdom-Guru be with us!

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