Right before our eyes

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baahar dtoodtath bahuth dhukh paavehi ghar a(n)mrith ghatt maahee jeeo
By searching around on the outside, you shall only suffer great pain; the Ambrosial Nectar is found within the home of your own being.
– Guru Nanak Dev Ji, SGGS 598

Quest for knowledge is the very drive of life and each one of us has innumerable questions that we seek answers to. For many of our questions we do find the answers, but we largely remain unsatiated, sometimes even emptier than when we started. Like a child who innocently asks so many questions and questions even the answers, in some ways adults are like children only they ask questions in ignorance.

Children usually find a particular joy in getting their questions answered because their questions are genuine, so that they can understand as they grow, but adults ask questions that are investigative or suspicious in nature and thus find themselves as lost as ever.

As Sikhi progresses into its fifth century since Guru Nanak penned its philosophy, Guru Arjan recorded it and Guru Gobind Singh formalised it, Sikhs find that challenges are growing by the year. Some even think that some of their beliefs and practices are ‘out-dated’. They struggle to keep up with a world that is ‘modernising’ way too fast for others whose beliefs, practices and principles are ‘old-fashioned’. That is one of the points where a Sikh begins to question his very faith.

In an attempt to find answers, the Sikh looks around everywhere and gets all sorts of answers which cause further confusion. The reason for this is that the Sikh does not get honest answers, with everyone giving their own views and perspectives, each one strongly defending their own.

So, what happens to Sikhs who are out looking for answers? They get disillusioned and begin to lose faith. They tend to follow those who sound convincing ignore the rest, without weighing truth and falsehood. This become a dangerous point of turn, for these Sikhs will call themselves Sikh, but in essence are not because they have lost touch with their religion and follow only things that they find comfort in and ignore the rest.

In the first place, life for a Sikh wasn’t meant to be so complicated. The countless sacrifices made by our ancestors, with history standing by as their sole witness, have paved the path for us to follow. Even on this path, we question those who show us the way. Our ego degenerates our very thinking and clogs our mind. We forget to look in the first place where we would have found all the answers to our questions. The source of those answers lies right before us and we still do not see it. We believe the answers are ‘out there’. We haven’t stopped to think that someone spent all their life seeking answers for us and they are right before our eyes.

If only we could realise that this source will answer half our questions in just a few words. The rest of the questions would just disappear in the process of seeking the very first ones. A million questions, perhaps even a billion and countless more such questions abound in our own minds, but we run away from them. Our approach to seeking answers is exactly the same as the others’ – ignorance. We may find an answer to a question but it gives birth to ten more and they mutate further into countless more and we reach a point where we are so overwhelmed by the questions that answers have been spared no space in our minds.

I know one place where our questions can be answered and it is the very first place we should look to and it is a guarantee that we will find the answers right there in one place. We need not even wander half-way around the world in our search, because some chosen, enlightened souls spent their entire lives in searching and revealing the answers to us. They lived and gave their lives by example to prove that these are the real answers and that no one else can lay claim to alternative truth.

These answers are Truth, and Truth cannot be changed, and has been so since time began. These answers lie in one place, and remain before us in all those souls combined and embodied in the one answer to all the millions of questions we have within us.

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5 Comments

  1. Jagdeep said,

    June 7, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Khalsa jeeo that is so true, we do get lost on our way, we do have countless questions that some times when we raise question to our parents they do not have the answers. Many things that numerous of our Sikh girls would like to do, and a great deal of things they can not do because of the modernization.
    Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  2. lakhvir said,

    June 7, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    Jagdeep Kaur Ji,

    GuruFatehJi.

    Please elaborate on what you mean by ‘modernization’ so that we can separate what manmat from Gurmat. Your help in this discussion would help us further in tackling the challenges facing our Sikh girls.

    Guru FatehJi.

  3. Davinderpal Singh said,

    June 8, 2006 at 6:31 am

    Gurfatehji.

    Paji the article is very true we have all the answers within Gurbani as it says in a line of Gurbani.

    Bahar dundat bahut dukh pave.

    If possible please put the Shabad on if you get it or i’ll try mailing it to you.

  4. lakhvir said,

    June 8, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Davinderpal Singh Ji,

    WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

    I’ve updated the post with the Gurbani Tuk you suggested. Thank you so much for your input.

    WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

  5. Ravinder Kaur said,

    July 6, 2006 at 4:24 am

    Maanyog Lakhveer Veerji,
    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa waheguru ji Ki fateh.I do not have words to express my deep gratitude for this incredible information followed by unique pictures of these mahapurakhs.I am going to Amritsar today (from California)for six weeks vacation and so glad to have darshan of all these saints.Please accept my congratulations for this great work.May Waheguru bless you with more strength and wisdom to carry on such unique research.
    Sisterly yours,
    Ravinder Kaur

  6. lakhvir said,

    July 6, 2006 at 9:23 am

    Ravinder Kaur Ji,

    WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

    Thank you for your blessings and support. When you do go to Sri Harmadir Sahib, do remember your brother in Ardas that I may be blessed with the Darshan of Sri Harmandir Sahib soon . . . Also do get us some pictures of Harmandir Sahib, some of which we can post on this blog, alongwith your experience there. Blessings to you.

    WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.


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