Unity in diversity
Imagine a garden full of lush green grass, birds perched on the branches of tree’s stood next to distinct species of flowers, each with a smell, colour and flavour.
ਏਕੁ ਬਗੀਚਾ ਪੇਡ ਘਨ ਕਰਿਆ ॥Ang 385 – Sri Adh Granth Sahib
There is a garden, in which so many plants have grown.
Now consider that you may classify yourself as a specific nationality or religion, but the similarity that we have with each other is that we are all human. Each with emotion’s, hope’s and desire’s.
This world is a beautifully diverse ecosystem filled with love, hate, happiness, sorrow, ego and humility. In Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji’s discourses they mentioned that “Kudrat ne sareah nu banaieah hai, te sareah nu alag alag maryada bakshi”. Our maryada as a Namdhari Sikh is to serve our sat guru’s hukam and His creation.
ਆਪੇ ਕਰਤਾ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਵੇਖੈ ਸਾਚਾ ਵੇਪਰਵਾਹਾ ਹੇ ॥੧॥Ang 1033 – Sri Adh Granth Sahib
He Himself created the creation, and beholds it; He is True and independent. ||1||
ਵੇਕੀ ਵੇਕੀ ਜੰਤ ਉਪਾਏ ॥
He created the beings of different kinds.
Bhai Gurdaas Ji was an elevated soul and they describe this concept of unity in diversity with the example of a seed.
ਬਿਰਖੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਬੀਉ ਬੀਜੀਐ ਕਰਦਾ ਪਾਸਾਰਾ।Bhai Gurdaas Ji’s vaara page – 2
From seed comes up the tree and then it spreads further.
ਜੜ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਪੇਡ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਬਹੁ ਡਾਲ ਬਿਸਥਾਰਾ।
Root extends in earth, the stem outside and the branches extend all around.
ਪਤ ਫੁਲ ਫਲੀਦਾ ਰਸ ਰੰਗ ਸਵਾਰਾ।
It becomes full of flowers, fruits, and means of many colours and delightful essences.
ਵਾਸੁ ਨਿਵਾਸੁ ਉਲਾਸੁ ਕਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਵਡ ਪਰਵਾਰਾ।
In its flowers and fruits dwell fragrance and joy and now this seed becomes a large family.
ਫਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਬੀਉ ਸੰਜੀਉ ਹੋਇ ਫਲ ਫਲੋਂ ਹਜਾਰਾ।
Again the fruit by producing seeds becomes the source of myriad flowers and fruits.
ਆਪੇ ਆਪਿ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਿਸਤਾਰਾ ॥੯॥
Understanding of this very fact that the Lord alone is among all makes the gurmukh liberated.
We need to be aware of the fact that life is too short to waste on pride, ego and dispute. I fail to understand why there is so much hate within Christianity when one of the commandments is to love thy neighbour. Our neighbour isn’t just the person who lives next door but everyone who surrounds you, each has their own life, their own culture and their own belief system. Why can we not love them for who they are?
It’s quite easy to lose ourselves in this microcosm of reality. However we have been given such a powerful technique by Satguru Nanak Dev Ji in that,
ਏਕੈ ਨੈਨ ਏਕੈ ਕਾਨ ਏਕੈ ਦੇਹ ਏਕੈ ਬਾਨ ਖਾਕ ਬਾਦ ਆਤਸ ਔ ਆਬ ਕੋ ਰਲਾਉ ਹੈ ॥Ang 52 – Sri Dasam Granth
The eyes are the same, the ears the same, the bodies are the same and the habits are the same, all the creation is the amalgamation of earth, air, fire and water.
Our potential to evolve beyond, anger, jealousy and animal brutality and all the things we think we need in order to compete and survive is limitless, we have the potential to raise above all of that.
People have spent their entire lives, struggling up a slippery slope, trying to seek enlightenment and get to the top, just so they can have a better view of how this maze of life works.
Human understanding, and enlightenment is to move away from nonsensical animal instincts like greed and anger. We have the potential to be a brother or sister, or people who help and love others like we love ourselves.
We are here in this temporary situation as one gigantic hive, one super organism and the more love you spread out, the more positive energy you spread out, the more you will get back, and it goes out in ripples, the people you affect, go onto affect others and this effect gets amplified. You have the power literally change your world.
This is also the way of nature, think back to when you last visited the beach. The waves, though they have different shapes we still say that they are made up of water.
The objective of this blog is to introduce the reader to deep concepts within Sikhism which I must point out can only be attained through Naam.
There are 5 stages in Sikhi.
- Shariat is the knowledge that one must wake up in the early hours on the morning to meditate
- Tareeqat is to live by this knowledge as a lifestyle choice (maryada)
- Haqiqat is what is post talks about. It’s a higher level of consciousness, and practising without bias.
- Marfat is to live within the will of god in content.
- Finna’h is the final stage of a Sikh’s spiritual progression and is when they become at one with the light – jeevan mukt
Through Naam we can begin to contemplate the power of the following verse in gurbani
ਅਵਲਿ ਅਲਹ ਨੂਰੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕੇ ਸਭ ਬੰਦੇ ॥Ang 1350 – Sri Adh Granth Sahib
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.
ਏਕ ਨੂਰ ਤੇ ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਕਉਨ ਭਲੇ ਕੋ ਮੰਦੇ ॥੧॥
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||
As a sikh, for us there is no difference between a Gurdwara, Temple, Church or Mosque, there is no difference between Hindu worship or a Muslim prayer, all human beings are the same. The illusion of ego is that there is a difference. There are 7 billion people on this planet, and each one a unique character in this drama we call life.
ਦੇਹਰਾ ਮਸੀਤ ਸੋਈ ਪੂਜਾ ਔ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਓਈ ਮਾਨਸ ਸਬੈ ਏਕ ਪੈ ਅਨੇਕ ਕੋ ਭਰਮਾਉ ਹੈ ॥Ang 52 – Sri Dasam Granth
The temple and the mosque are the same, there is no difference between a Hindu worship and Muslim prayer; all the human beings are the same, but the illusion is of various types.
Some are hindu, some muslim, some shia and some sunni but each and everyone is recognised as the same in Sikhism.
ਮਾਟੀ ਏਕ ਅਨੇਕ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਸਾਜੀ ਸਾਜਨਹਾਰੈ ॥Ang 1350 – Sri Adh Granth Sahib
The clay is the same, but the Fashioner has fashioned it in various ways.
ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਪੋਚ ਮਾਟੀ ਕੇ ਭਾਂਡੇ ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਪੋਚ ਕੁੰਭਾਰੈ ॥੨॥
There is nothing wrong with the pot of clay – there is nothing wrong with the Potter. ||2||
Spiritual enlightenment and progression is to move beyond being a Hindu, Christian or Muslim.
ਬੁਰਾ ਭਲਾ ਕਹੁ ਕਿਸਨੋ ਕਹੀਐ ਸਗਲੇ ਜੀਅ ਤੁਮਾਰੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥Ang 386 – Sri Adh Granth Sahib
Tell me, who should I call good or bad, since all beings are Yours? ||1||Pause||
This is Satguru Nanak Dev Ji’s philosophy for Sikhism.