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Friday, May 12, 2006

Gurmat Manmat....

We all as Sikhs know that there are two words, one being the Gurmat, and the other being the Manmat. And I don’t think I ve to elaborate on the meaning and differences between them as you all are quite learned people. But for the benefit of the readers who are not Sikhs, in short Gurmat is thinking on the lines of what Guru wants us to and Manmat is when one thinks the he/she is the best and what ever he/she thinks or decides (over riding the Guru's teachings) is the best.

I not being a very learned person am just reproducing the explanation that I once heard on a CD in which Prof. Darshan Singh jee (Ragi) was explaining this... Why do we have differences among each other? According to him, because most of us follow the Manmat and that’s why we all think differently on different aspects of life like marriage, money, status, etc or any other subject... Now we all go and bow to our Guru, Dhan Dhan Shri Gur Granth Sahib jee Maharaaj. But we ask ourselves this question that are we really bowing (Matha Tekna) to our Guru Sahib, or we just got into the ritual of doing so. When we bow to our Guru Sahib, we should be doing the Ardas that Guru Sahib, I’m putting my head in front of you. Please honor this request of mine by taking the Manmat out of this head of mine and please place Gurmat (thinking according to Guru) in it instead. The point here is that if we all have Gurmat in our head, then we all will be thinking alike and thus the differences will not be there. That was a very beautiful explanation that Prof. Darshan Singh jee gave on this topic.


This is the main problem, that we do not think according to Gurmat and thus we create rift between ourselves, i.e. between brothers, sisters, husband & wife, parents etc.. No matter what the relation is and it is very much prevalent in our society. Now when we talk of someone outside of out Sikh circle (like lot of people go out of the Sikh world to find a partner), do we expect a person who is not a Sikh to be thinking on the lines of Gurmat when we ourselves are not following Gurmat. Do we expect someone who is not a part of Sikhism to follow it when we know that they don’t even know what Gurmat is?

3 Comments:

  • Sat Sari Akaal Saravjeet ji, just saw ur comment on GMS's bolg, its Taanpuraa.
    nice blog.
    Dhan Satguru.

    By Anonymous Puja, at 5/13/2006 12:02 AM  

  • Its not appropriate to expect any one with a different faith to follow Gurmat.Forcing someone to do it is also against principles of gurmat as it should come from within ( remember punj piyaras asking you to leave if you were forced to take Amrit by someone).Most of such relationships are not successful.But still i have seen many people changing with time and following gurmat better than born sikhs.But these are rare cases revese is the norm (i.e. gurmukh becomes manmukh to compromise)

    By Blogger upinder kaur, at 5/15/2006 9:37 AM  

  • I like the post! You are right about thinking according to Gurmat which essentially is being free of maya but many of us start wandering and fall into the "jaal of maya" which creates all these rifts.

    By Blogger SikhsRus, at 5/19/2006 12:45 PM  

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