Thursday, January 12, 2006

How can the cycle of births and deaths be broken?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Two Sikhs, called Bhai Bhagta Ji and Bhai Ohri Ji, asked Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj how rest was to be obtained, and transmigration avoided.

Guru Sahib replied as follows:
'You shall find rest by avoiding manmukh karm (perverse acts).'

Being asked to define manmukh karm more particularly, Guru Ji replied: 'It is to be heartily envious of every one, to desire that worldly wealth and all happiness should forsake others and come to oneself, to suffer great pain as one beholds the houses and property of others, to believe all men one's enemies, and do good to no one. Expel all this evil from your hearts.

In the second place, the perverse man is proud and relentless to every one. When he sees such and such a person inferior to himself, he never advises him; no, he laughs at him, and treats him with contempt, saying, "He is not equal to my lofty intellect."

In the third place, the perverse man is addicted to slander; but do you renounce it and never utter it. If any one praise another who is superior to him, he cannot endure it, no he becomes wroth, saying, "O! I am well acquainted with him." In this way he utters slander. How can he who is proud of his efforts and envious of others ever possess excellence?

In the fourth place, if the perverse man receives advice, he will not act on it through obstinacy; no, he will perversely do the very reverse. These vices--envy, pride, slander, and obstinacy--belong to the perverse. Relinquish them, acting as trees do when they drop their leaves in autumn.'

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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