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Guru Granth

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Story-day is for cultural exploration, puraanas and parables and finding out about leading lights in spiritual philosophy.

Yesterday, the Sikhs celebrated Guru Granth Installation Day, when the scriptures of their great saint were accepted and acknowledged for their worth and wisdom. The Sikh religion grew from a desire to find the common ground between Hinduism and Islam; a balance between these two exists within the faith and how it is practiced. To honour the Granth, here is the opening excerpt (and if you would care to read more, you can click this link.)

सति नामु करता पुरखु निरभउ निरवैरु अकाल मूरति अजूनी सैभं गुर प्रसादि  
Ikoaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖao nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ. 
One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace ~ 

Chant And Meditate: 

आदि सचु जुगादि सचु  
Āḏ sacẖ jugāḏ sacẖ. 
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages. 

है भी सचु नानक होसी भी सचु ॥१॥ 
Hai bẖī sacẖ Nānak hosī bẖī sacẖ. ||1|| 
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1|| 

सोचै सोचि होवई जे सोची लख वार  
Socẖai socẖ na hovaī je socẖī lakẖ vār. 
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times. 

चुपै चुप होवई जे लाइ रहा लिव तार  
Cẖupai cẖup na hovaī je lāe rahā liv ṯār. 
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within. 

भुखिआ भुख उतरी जे बंना पुरीआ भार  
Bẖukẖiā bẖukẖ na uṯrī je bannā purīā bẖār. 
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods. 

सहस सिआणपा लख होहि इक चलै नालि  
Sahas siāṇpā lakẖ hohi ṯa ik na cẖalai nāl. 
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end. 

किव सचिआरा होईऐ किव कूड़ै तुटै पालि  
Kiv sacẖiārā hoīai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl. 
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away? 

Love (with the capital 'ell')

Hari Om
'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…

Words of wisdom from the Swamini in charge of Hong Kong Chinmaya Mission Centre...


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'Text-days' are for delving into the words and theory of Advaita Vedanta.

First today, Shubh Diwali to all who celebrate the Hindu festival of lights!!!

This month the prayer of focus will be the Mahaa-MRtunjaya Mantra. Last week we saw the verse in its Sanskrit form, the transliteration and the overall English translation as well as being given some further understanding as the importance of chant metre and how this particular mantra is a key to removal of fear and worry; particularly at times of physical strife.

Let us now look a little closer. First let us take the word 'triyambakam' - the three-eyed one. Okay, what are the 'three' eyes?

Lord Shiva's right eye is the eye of Justice; He shines it upon us through our intellect and thinking capacity. Only with judgement can we keep correcting ourselves to improve and avoid repeating any mistakes we make. For every action there is re-action and if we want certain results then we must understand this and act accordingly. We praise Him for providing us with the faculty of judgement. Next is the left eye which represents Compassion. Judgement alone is clinical and can be harsh, it needs balance; to ensure that the judgement is fair and appropriate we need compassion, which arises from Love Universal. Equally, we cannot live by emotion alone, so the two eyes must be balanced, properly adjusted. How is the best balance achieved?  Through the 'third eye', which is Wisdom. Whilst in pictorial representations of Lord Shiva we clearly see the third eye, it is actually present in all of us. We have to beware that it does not become hidden to ourselves through excess of the first two. The level of wisdom which comes when our third eye is equally balanced can often astound us; many people refer to it as their 'gut instinct' or a kind of 'sixth sense'. There is nothing actually mystical or magic about it though. It is merely the highest function of being-ness that has been gifted to us, but it requires a pure and clean personality to wield it well.

Another way to consider the presence of the three eyes is to think of the triavasthaa - the three states of being; waking, dreaming and deep sleeping states. Justice/Awake, Compassion/ Dreaming and Wisdom/Deep Sleep. In the first we think we know what is going on and act in response to that. In the second there is a tendency to get lost, were it not for the first. In the third Reality is discovered, but it takes courage and balance to let it remain permanently with us.

The next word in the mantra is 'yajaamahe'. It means to adore, to worship or revere. We have to feel this sincerely if we are to gain the maximum benefit of the chant. It equates to prostration and surrender of our egos. This is such a key component in spiritual pursuit and it is not until one has properly lain in supplication to the Higher that this truly makes sense. There is also a sense of sharing which comes from this particular word - the context is 'we' and not 'I' making supplication. It is acknowledging that there is strength in numbers and when all are pulling their weight in any given task, how much easier does it become? How much sooner is it achieved? Sharing is Loving and Giving. Forget not the importance of this.