For Sikh: A Guide to the Blessed Path to Waheguru

Andrii Zvorygin yN-PH2196 mtH2a1 & GPT4
attender of Glad Tidings Fellowship, Tara, ON

April 27, 2024


1 Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is designed to enrich your spiritual journey and to assist you in walking the righteous path as outlined by the Guru. Inspired by Guru Nanak’s teachings, ”Truth is high but higher still is truthful living” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 62), this guide encourages a life lived in harmony with divine will and eternal truth.

2 Introduction:

Guru Nanak Dev Ji inaugurated His mission with a compelling and urgent call to transformation: ”Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 2). This call is not merely for a temporary change but for a lifelong dedication to living according to the principles laid out by the Gurus. It is in the lives and hymns of the Gurus that we find the embodiment of true devotion, compassion, and selflessness. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s invitation, ”If you yearn for peace, my friend, do what I say: give up your ego and take refuge in the Lord” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1412), presents a vision of faith that breaks down barriers and welcomes everyone into the fold of universal brotherhood. He emphasized that our faith must manifest in our deeds and love for all creation: ”Truth is higher than everything; but higher still is truthful living” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 62).

3 Trusting in God’s Provision and Taking Active Faith:

The Gurus wisely taught us to see God’s hand in everything around us and to live a life of gratitude and service. Guru Amar Das Ji advises, ”You shall find peace doing seva (selfless service)” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 289). This isn’t about passive existence; rather, it is about actively pursuing a life of righteousness and service. Just as nature serves without thought of reward, we too are called to serve and live according to divine will. Guru Ram Das Ji outlines this path: ”Serve your True Guru with faith and devotion, and your emotional attachment to Maya will be dispelled” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 305).

4 Recognizing the Divine Within and Through Us:

The Gurus teach us that the divine light is within all, and we are to recognize this divine presence in ourselves and others. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji declared, ”The Lord Himself resides in the hearts of His devotees” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 282). This recognition leads to a life of humility and service, mirroring the divine qualities of love, compassion, and truth. By acknowledging the divine within, we see God in everyone and in every situation, fulfilling the Gurus’ vision of universal unity and love.

Through these teachings, we are guided not only in an outward journey through life but also in an inward exploration of our own divine essence, as taught by our Gurus. This journey is one of love, service, and realization of the Truth as the ultimate pursuit of a Sikh.

5 Service, Respect, and Love: Walking in the Footsteps of the Gurus

The Gurus, in their teachings, emphasize the importance of humble service and unconditional love. Guru Nanak Dev Ji states, ”The highest religion is to rise to universal brotherhood; aye and reject all selfishness” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 15). This call to service reminds us of the higher path we are beckoned to follow—a path of selflessness, kindness, and humility.

Recognizing the divine within others begins with respecting their inherent dignity and freedom. The Sikh philosophy as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji echoes, ”Recognize all mankind as a single caste or class” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 349), advocating for fairness, equity, and mutual respect in all our interactions.

The bond of marriage is sacred in Sikhism, reflecting a divine union. Guru Amar Das Ji elucidates, ”They are not said to be husband and wife who merely sit together. Rather they alone are called husband and wife, who have one soul in two bodies” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 788). This underscores the profound connection and unity that spouses share in their spiritual journey together.

Family ties are essential in Sikh teachings as well. The Gurus stressed the importance of honoring our parents and cherishing familial relationships. Yet, Sikh teachings also extend love and respect beyond familial bounds, promoting a universal kinship among all.

Furthermore, neighbors, strangers, and even adversaries are all worthy of love and kindness. Guru Arjan Dev Ji taught, ”Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 2), urging us to expand the boundaries of our love to include all living beings.

Our compassion extends to all of God’s creation. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji beautifully articulated, ”Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 8). In recognizing the divine essence within every being and every facet of nature, we reaffirm our commitment to care for, cherish, and steward all that the Creator has entrusted to us.

6 Embracing Forgiveness, Compassion, and Acceptance in Light of Sikh Teachings:

The Nature of Divine Love: The Gurus taught extensively about the profound love of Waheguru and our duty to embody it. Guru Nanak Dev Ji stated, “As fragrance abides in the flower, as the reflection is within the mirror, so does your Lord abide within you, why search for Him without?” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 684). Sikh scripture underscores the depth and nature of divine love that the Gurus desire us to emulate. This divine love, or Prem, is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. It is not just an emotion; it is an act of the will, involving the choice to love even in challenging times, putting others’ needs above our own, and loving without expectation.

Seeking Forgiveness: Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught about the importance of forgiveness, saying, “Where there is forgiveness, there God resides” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1372). This principle, demonstrated even during personal hardships, serves as a potent reminder of our duty to forgive our brothers and sisters unconditionally.

Duty of Kindness: Sikh teachings emphasize the value of kindness and love above all. Guru Arjan Dev Ji proclaimed, “Let kindness be your mosque, sincerity your prayer mat” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 358). These words inspire us to display kindness and compassion even in the face of adversity.

Love as a Divine Commandment: The Sikh faith summarizes the essence of spiritual law with love. Guru Nanak Dev Ji explained, “I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1136), promoting a universal love that transcends all human-made distinctions. This commandment urges us to love the Creator and all creation as extensions of the divine.

The Call to Forgive: Forgiveness is central in Sikh teachings. Guru Arjan Dev Ji advised, “Forgiveness is my mother, and contentment my father” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1204). By embracing the spirit of forgiveness, we reflect the Guru’s grace and move closer to divine realization.

As we progress in our spiritual journey, Sikh teachings remind us of the importance of seeing the divine light in everyone, which aligns with Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s vision of a universal brotherhood. This emphasizes the importance of service (seva), acceptance, and forgiveness. By embodying these teachings, we move closer to achieving a state of Chardi Kala (everlasting optimism and joy), which is akin to residing in the divine presence of Waheguru.

7 Embracing the Wisdom of the Gurus: Navigating Through Divine Love and Understanding

The Guru’s Teachings Above All: The teachings of the Gurus as recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib stand paramount. Guru Nanak Dev Ji declared, ”Truth is high, higher still is truthful living” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 62). All interpretations and teachings must always be in harmony with the Guru’s words.

Continuous Search for Wisdom: Guru Nanak emphasized a personal connection with the divine through continuous reflection and meditation, mentioning, ”Sing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and become the servant of His servants.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1255). Every seeker is encouraged to immerse themselves continuously in the wisdom of the Gurus.

Guru and Disciples: Guru Nanak Dev Ji emphasized the importance of spreading divine knowledge, instructing, ”Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 2). This underscores the value of direct teachings from the Gurus, the role of their immediate disciples, and the need to respect individual choice in accepting the spiritual path.

Avoid Blind Allegiance: The Gurus frequently highlighted the importance of genuine faith and relationship with Waheguru over mere rituals or human-made traditions. Guru Amar Das Ji stated, ”The true Guru has taught me to understand that basically there is no difference between the Creator and His creation.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1128). He also cautioned about the perils of becoming mere ritualistic followers: ”Those who have truth as their fast, contentment as their sacred shrine, compassion as their deity and forgiveness as their ritual are the most excellent people.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1245). Genuine faith goes beyond mere words and actions; it involves a sincere heart and a true relationship with Waheguru.

Discerning the True Path: Guru Nanak issued warnings against deceitful paths, declaring, ”False is the king, false are the subjects; false is the whole world.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 468). He assured His followers of the indispensable guidance of the Guru’s wisdom, stating, ”One who serves the Guru avoids the messenger of death.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 686). In discerning true paths, one must test their alignment with the Guru’s teachings and ensure that they lead to the acknowledgment of Waheguru’s omnipresence.

Role of Sikh Leaders: Sikh leaders, guided by the teachings of the Gurus, provide direction and shepherd their communities. Their teachings, deeply rooted in the Guru Granth Sahib, serve as illuminating guides for the faithful. Emulating Guru Nanak’s own example, leaders are reminded that true greatness lies in humility and service: ”He alone is a leader who is attuned to the Name of the Lord.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 686). Additionally, the Gurus emphasized the reversal of worldly hierarchies, teaching the importance of humility and selflessness in leadership.

Unity in the Guru’s Teachings: Guru Gobind Singh Ji prayed for the unity of his followers, saying, ”Recognize all mankind, whether Hindu or Muslim, as one. The same Lord is the Creator and Nourisher of all; recognize no distinctions among them.” (Sarbloh Granth). Despite varied interpretations, the central teachings of the Gurus are a uniting force for all believers.

In conclusion, the teachings of the Gurus, abundant in divine love and wisdom, guide believers on a path illuminated by the eternal love of Waheguru. Grounding oneself in the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib and always seeking to align with the wisdom of the Gurus allows seekers to fully embrace the essence of Sikh faith.

8 Conclusion: Embracing Divine Love and Grace in Anticipation of Spiritual Liberation

Awareness of Mortality: Guru Nanak reminded us of the temporary nature of our earthly existence when he said, ”What is seen shall all pass away, like the shadow of a cloud.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 923). Each passing day brings us closer to our final moment, when we shall meet the True Guru and witness the eternal reality in its full glory.

Continuous Preparation: The essence of wisdom lies in those who carry the divine light in their hearts and live its values every day. As Guru Nanak taught, ”Night and day, meditate in remembrance on the One who will be your help and support in the end.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 44). Moreover, he cautioned about being misled about the coming of enlightenment, saying, ”The Kingdom of God is not seen; whoever describes it, shall regret the attempt.” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 884). This underscores the inner transformation and spiritual connection we must cultivate. This vigilance is not just about actions but the state of our heart—a heart saturated with compassion, humility, and divine love until our final breath.

Facing Our Personal Day of Reckoning: Through the metaphor of the game of chess, Guru Nanak emphasized the paramount importance of always being prepared. He illustrated that the wise individuals are those who make righteous moves, signifying their personal relationship and connection with the Divine (Guru Granth Sahib, page 8). This wisdom, symbolic of God’s grace and the inner peace, cannot be borrowed or shared—it is a gift that each individual must seek and receive from the Guru Himself. As we traverse life’s journey, are we ensuring that our hearts remain illuminated with this divine wisdom? The critical query for each of us is whether, at this very moment, we are ready to step into the Divine embrace, with hearts brimming with unconditional love. Our ultimate aspiration is to achieve a state of spiritual liberation and eternal bliss, as expressed by the Gurus.