Kallu Ram and Guru Nanak

Value- Truth

Sub value- Awakening, Realisation

A poor man named Kallu Ram invited Guru Nanak to dine at his house. Guru Nanak accepted the invitation.

A day was fixed, Guru Nanak went to the house of the poor man. The door was closed. Guru Nanak knocked at the door, but it was sometime before the door was opened. The poor man came out and said, “Revered Sir, I did not open the door in time. Pardon me.” Guru Nanak asked, “My dear brother, what were you doing?” The poor man answered; “Guruji! I was driving nails into the wall”. Guru Nanak said; “Driving nails into the wall? Follow me.” The poor man replied; “I will obey thy commands. I will follow thee.”

The poor man left all his possessions and followed Guru Nanak. He practised the spiritual instructions of the Guru and became Guru Nanak’s beloved disciple.

Learning

The sweet merciful voice of the Guru comes to us and asks; what are we doing? Driving nails into the wall? Still hopelessly sunk in the quagmire of samsara? Still wasting the life in eating, drinking, smoking, playing cards and merry making? Still forgetful of the purpose of life and glory of Atma and Self realisation? Let us pray to the Lord to guide us; to send us a merciful Master who will lead us from ignorance to wisdom and light.

Courtesy: Philosophical Stories- Swami Sivananda

Advertisements

What is the value of life?

Value- Truth

Sub value- Self esteem, Self confidence, knowing self worth

guru

A man went to Guru Nanak Sahib and asked, “What’s the value of life?”

Gurunanakji gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this stone, but don’t sell it.”

The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its cost would be.

The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone.”

The man apologized and said that the guru has told him not to sell it.

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. “What could be the value of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller.

The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone.”

The man again apologized and said he couldn’t sell it.

Further ahead, he went into a jewelry shop and asked the value of the stone.

The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 50 Lakhs for this stone.” When the man shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright, alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone.”

The man explained that he couldn’t sell the stone.

Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the seller the value of this stone.

When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked. “Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I won’t be able to purchase this priceless stone.

Stunned and confused, the man returned to the guru and told him what had happened. “Now tell me what is the value of life, guruji?”

Gurunanakji said, “The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the value of our life… You may be a precious stone, even priceless; but people will value you based on their financial status, their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don’t fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value.”

Learning

One should respect oneself. Each one of us is unique and should recognize our self worth.

Why do good people suffer

Value- Love, Faith

Sub value- Devotion

guru

Once there were two friends, one was  Gurmukh and the other was Manmukh. Their friendship was deep but Gurmukh believed in God while Manmukh did not. Gurmukh would wake up early in the morning, take a bath and recite the holy hymns while Manmukh would still be in bed sound asleep.

Once they were traveling through a forest. As they were passing through the forest, Manmukh found a bag of coal. He was very happy because he could sell it and make some money. As they further walked while talking about how lucky Manmukh was to find the bag of coal, Gurmukh screamed with pain. It appeared that a splinter went in Gurmukh’s foot. While Gurmukh was in pain, Manmukh started laughing. Gurmukh was surprise and asked him why was he laughing? Manmukh said, “You have been worshipping God everyday and what you got as a result is a splinter in your foot. I have never worshipped God and I still got a bag full of coal.”

An old wise man happened to be passing by when he heard Manmukh’s comments. The old man had a big ironic smile on his face. Manmukh was astonished when he saw the old man smile. Manmukh asked the old man about the reason for his smile. The old man replied, “You are naïve. You do not worship God. You were destined to find a bag of diamonds today if you have been worshipping God. And Gurmukh, you were destined to die at the moment you got the splinter in your foot. Because you have been worshipping God, the pain of death simply turned into a splinter.”

Learning

Faith in God and doing good will not necessarily bring great miracles but it will definitely reduce the pain and suffering which could have been much more without faith in God and being a good human.

http://www.realsikhism.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1193029371&ucat=9

Selfless love- The Langar Disguise

Value- Love

Sub value- Kindness, love for one’s Master
Hundreds of years ago the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Rai was the leader of Sikhs. He was young and strong. He often laughed out loud and his love for God was deep and constant. Those who were near him experienced joy and bliss. It was a world filled with fun challenges and deep devotion! The Sikhs always wanted to know, what kind of lesson would he teach next!

Once he declared to his beloveds, “Everyone must make langar in their own homes! Oh, Sikhs of mine, listen… your house is a langar hall to feed all travelers and guests. Feed the needy. No one should ever leave your home without being served!

Everyone listened to what he said and the Sikhs became famous for serving and taking care of others. Still Guru ji wanted to test just how ready the Sikhs were. Were they only ready sometimes or were they ready all the time?

So one day, very early in the morning, something funny happened. It was the divine mischief of the master, the complete man. Guru Gobind Rai himself put on a disguise! He dressed just like a common traveler!

Now normally, Guru ji always wore clothes that were perfect and clean, without even a single wrinkle. But that morning he put on dirty old clothes so no one would recognize him.

He went to the homes of his devotees – their langar halls. He came at the most inconvenient time. It was early in morning so the Sikhs were just waking up. They were getting ready for the day, washing up, starting their prayers. He would knock on the door and say, “Sorry to disturb you, I am just a humble traveler. Do you have any chapatis that I can eat?

Uh, ummm, it’s really early, you must be on an early schedule! Sorry but we don’t have anything ready for you right now. Food will be cooked later. Come by later and we can feed you then.

The master was testing his beloveds. He wanted to show them one simple thing in an unforgettable way. He showed them that they were still a little little bit selfish and not yet completely selfless. They still needed some time for themselves. They weren’t there for others at every moment.

And so the Master went from door to door, “Sorry to disturb you at this time I’m a traveler, do you have any daal that I can eat?”  One man replied, “Excuse me? Oh, It’s so early, it’s not breakfast time yet. Besides daal takes a long time to cook. We’ll be happy to serve you…. please just come back later.”

As the master went from one house to another, he smiled and his eyes twinkled. Not one Sikh was ready to serve him yet.

Finally he came to the house of a man named Nand Lal. Nand Lal was a wise poet, and he loved the True Guru. Even though he was 23 years older than Guru Gobind Rai, he became his devotee. His heart blossomed in the Guru’s court. He was full of devotion and love, and he always prayed to be at the feet of the True Guru.

The beloved Nand Lal hopped up to greet his guest, “welcome, welcome friend“. Guru in disguise said, “Excuse me Sir… Nand Lal quickly replied, “Come in, come in! Please sit down and relax.” The Guru said, I am just a humble traveler, do you have any food…” And Nand Lal quickly replied without hesitation, “Sir, you don’t need to ask. Food is just now coming.

He was so happy to get the chance to serve. He immediately brought whatever food he could. There was some raw dough, there was daal that was just half-cooked, some raw vegetables and some butter. He placed the un-cooked food in front of his guest… with great grace and honor!

Nand Lal generously said, “Help yourself to everything here. Have as much as you want….  However, If you will allow me to, I will roll the dough and cook it to make warm chapaatis; I will cook the daal until it is soft and I will cook the veggies until they are very yummy. It is my honor to serve you, in the Name of My Master, please relax and enjoy yourself.

Bhai Nand Lal really loved to serve. Guru ji was very happy. Guru ji enjoyed the food. And the food was full of loving energy. Bhai Nand Lal ji truly took the Guru’s order to heart: “No one leave your house without being served…” Whoever knocked on his door was sure to leave Nand Lal’s house completely satisfied. And in this cozy and loving way, God lived in the home of Bhai Nand Lal.

The next morning, Guru Ji  told everyone, “In our city, there is only one temple of hospitality, only one real langar. And that is Bhai Nand Lal’s home. Nand Lal speaks the language of love and devotion. Nand Lal blesses us all. His commitment is pleasing. It is this love that wins all hearts. Running such a Langar the Sikhs become truly rich. In this way Bhai Nand Lal’s langar is most successful.

The Sikhs smiled and realized that their beloved Guru ji had tested them. Even though they were friendly, they still hadn’t gone all the way. Bhai Nand Lal was ‘tyar bar tyar,’ always ready!! He was in a divine state, he happily provided langar to everyone without hesitation or excuses. When you become selfless, then you never have excuses and you are always happy.  Bhai Nand Lal became the example of how all of us need to treat guests.

Bhai Nand Lal said, “Getting water for the saints is equal to being the greatest emperor of the world. Cooking food for them is more pleasant than all the paradises put together. Preparing the Guru’s langar is equal to all wealth, riches, and magical super-powers. Holy people take care of the poor, and one feels humble just being around them. The Guru’s Holy Word is within all things… everywhere.

Learning

One must constantly learn and improve ourselves. Our Masters have taught us that love has no limit and serving has no limit. Whoever comes to our home, we should give them the deepest respect. Lets Love and Serve all, See God in all.

http://www.sikhnet.com/stories/audio/langar-disguise

Priest and the Fool

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion

Once there was a priest who was very well learned, very smart. He knew all the scriptures very well. He was a very spiritual and inspiring man and he would travel around to the different communities and teach people.

In one village he went to, he was given a tour of the lake. In the middle of the lake, there was an island. On that island there lived one man. The man was very simple minded and many considered him to be a fool. As the priest came to the water of the lake, he heard the man singing bhajans, scriptures, “Bajh ghovindhan, bhuj govhindim moodaamate, lalalaaa…. lala…” But the fools pronunciation was TERRIBLE! He obviously didn’t know much.

The priest listened for a minute and thought to himself, “Oh my God, my ears, they are hurting! He is making so many mistakes!! I HAVE to help this man!” So the priest in his compassion got in a boat and went over to that small island to teach the man. He told the man, “Namaste ji (hello), I have come to extend my service to teach you.” The man said, “It is my honor sir! Please, please let me serve you food and water!”

The priest spent three whole days teaching the man. He taught him how to say the scriptures, he taught him how to pronounce the prayers properly, he told him many stories of truth and spirituality.

After three days the foolish man on the island was happy to have learned so much, “Thank you, thank you, thank you good sir! Uncle ji, God bless you, I love you!” The priest got in his boat and left that island. As he was rowing the boat……

…. THE FOOL RAN ON TOP OF THE WATER!

priest-fool-2

He ran over to the priest in the boat and said to the priest, “Uncle, sir, pandit ji! I forgot one thing! How do I pronounce that one line again???” The priest was still shocked that the man had walked on water but he managed to reply, “Umm… it…it is pronounced….” After the priest corrected him the fool said, “OH THAT’S RIGHT!!! Hahaha yay!” And he ran back to the island on top of the water.

The priest was very humbled. He had so much knowledge, but this beautiful man on the island…. had more than that. Not only did he have spiritual powers, the man on the island had such sweet devotion. The priest thought, “He is not a fool at all. I am a fool compared to such a sincere devotee as that man…”

The Guru says,

By recognizing reality, one becomes a true priest.”

Learning

God sees the love, sincerity and humility of the devotee rather than his knowledge and proficiency in scriptures and prayers. The ultimate aim of understanding and practising the prayers is to transform oneself and develop a pure and compassionate heart.

https://www.sikhnet.com/stories/audio/priest-and-fool

It’s All Within

Value: Truth

Sub value- Introspection

deer

Once upon a time there was a beautiful deer who spent her days prancing around in the woods. And every day she  smelled a wonderful scent. It smelled better than rain; it smelled better than flowers; in fact, the deer had never smelled anything so enchantingly wonderful. The deer wondered where the scent came from. She began to sniff around, “Sniff, sniff. Maybe this perfume is coming from inside the tree!” She ran over to a tree, but it just smelled like a normal tree.

The deer wandered around, sniffing everywhere. She chased and smelled and wondered, “Is it coming from the butterflies? Sniff, sniff…hmmmm. No, it’s not from them. I wonder if it’s coming from the robin! Sniff, sniff… hmmm. No, it’s not from there either.” Although she doubted it, she even wondered if it could be coming from the swamp. “Sniff, sniff”, she tried, “Oh no, it’s not coming from there! Hmmmm…Maybe it’s coming from the ravine or maybe the bushes! Sniff, sniff. Sniff, sniff.” But the scent wasn’t coming from any of these things. Where do you think it was coming from?

The deer ran and leapt, she danced and ran some more, as she tried to find the source of the elusive smell, but with all the exertion she started getting tired. She kept searching.”I’ll find it, it’s got to be coming from somewhere!” she said. Even though she was really exhausted, she kept on running , smelling here, there and everywhere. “My body can’t keep up,” she thought, “but I must find where that wonderful scent is coming from.” Her body slowed down but she kept trying doggedly.  Finally she couldn’t try anymore; she  couldn’t move and  collapsed on the ground.

Even as she fell on the ground, her mind wanted to continue searching, but her body had to rest. But then all of the sudden she smelt something, “That’s it! That’s the scent! That’s what I’ve been trying to find! It’s right here! That’s it for sure!” But where was it coming from? She instantly realized something very beautiful, “Oh my goodness! It’s coming from within me. It’s been right here all along.” She smiled and napped peacefully.

Yes, the smell was really coming from herself. That is how God is. People think that God is somewhere outside. But God is always within us; never away from us: inside us and all around us. After searching and searching, the deer finally understood that the Lord of the Universe had been with her all along.

Learning

If we introspect and look within ourselves, we will realise that God and peace are all within us but we keep searching outside for these.

As Guru Ram Das says:  I beg for your Name, deep within myself, and day and night through the Name I find peace.”

http://www.sikhnet.com/stories/audio/its-all-within

 

 

The Crocodile and the priest

Value: Truth

Sub value- See oneness in all

Once there was a crocodile. Every morning this crocodile would act very funny. He did something that crocodiles don’t normally do. He would get up before the sun rose. He faithfully practiced his sadhana. Do you know what sadhana is?

Sadhana is your spiritual practice. It means when you do something every day to remember god. What do you do every day to remember God?

Well this crocodile was very wise and he knew that before the sun rises is the best time to meditate on God. So very, very early every morning he would take a long swim to fully exercise his body and then, with all his heart, chant and pray to god. He started each and every day with sadhana. After sadhana he would eat a healthy meal that gave him energy for the whole day. One morning a famous priest came by.

The priest saw the crocodile doing his sadhana and asked the crocodile, “Oh Crocodile….. What are you doing?!? You are an animal but you chant and pray every day. Why? What is the point?!?” The Crocodile replied “Yes I am an animal….. but…. I wish to feel God; that is why I practice sadhana every day.” “Well it won’t work” replied the priest “Why not?” Asked the Crocodile. The priest answered “You can’t feel God. You are only a crocodile. You have to wait to be reborn in a human body!” The Crocodile boldly replied “Wow…. I think you are a fool. You look like a priest, but you don’t even know the most basic things. The same God which created you, also created me!”

The priest was surprised to hear how wise the crocodile was.

The Crocodile continued “If I meditate and remember God every day, I have great chance at experiencing God but if you do not do any sadhana then you have no chance at all! In fact, in your next life YOU will become a crocodile!”

The Priest answered “Me? A crocodile?  Where did you get such a silly idea?” Suddenly, poof!, the priest turned into a crocodile right on the spot!! Now there were 2 crocodiles sitting side by side.

The Crocodile asked the priest “So…. Now how do you feel?”

The priest was confused

The Priest answered “How did you know that I would turn into a crocodile?” It turns out that the crocodile truly was wise. The Crocodile answered  “It is because I am a crocodile who lives in a sacred way. While you look like a priest but you behave like a crocodile.”

See, the priest thought he was better than the crocodile, but we are all created by the same God. Whatever you are, never think that you are better than others, just live your life the very best you can.

 

Learning

Guru Nanak said

Truth is high, but higher is living the truth

Sadhana and daily meditation help us to live the truth.

Even the bully at school, or people who are mean to you, they are also created equally by God.

Keep breathing deeply and remember: WE ARE ALL ONE.

http://www.sikhnet.com/stories/audio/crocodile-and-priest

%d bloggers like this: