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three pillar of Sikhism

three pillar of Sikhism

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Relevance to ‘KIRAT KARNI’ , ‘NAAM JAPNA’ and ‘VAND SHAKNA’ in
today’s world
ਪਹਿਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਹਲਾਲ ਦੁਇ ਤੀਜਾ ਖੈਰ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥ ਚਉਥੀ ਨੀਅਤਿ ਰਾਸਿ ਮਨੁ ਪੰਜਵੀ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਸਨਾਇ ॥
(The first is truthfulness, second the honest earning and third charity in God’s name. The fourth is pure intent and mind, and the fifth is the Lord’s admiration and praise.)
Religion is strange. Many of us believe in some vague,omnipitent,invisible powers which has ability to influence our lives. We follow our ritual,traditions,culture without knowing the true meaning may be we have doubts,concerns and skepticism but we follow as parents has passed down it to us as our own. But interseting part of religion is that some lessons and philosophies have universal appel among the current issues. Some of lessons,ideas,philosophies are being practiced at the view point of humanity. In Sikhism, the founder of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji has given three principles which are know as Ethics of sikhism or three pillars of sikhism : ‘Kirat Karni’, ‘Naam Japna’ and ‘Vand Shakna’. Naam Japna:Meditate in the name of God,Vand Shakna: share all that you have with one another and Kirat Karni: be truthful in all the work you do to make a living. The most and widely practiced principle is Vand Shakna.
Kirat Karni to work and earn by the sweat of the brow in a honest way, to live a family way of life, and practice truthfulness and honesty in all dealings. To perform Kirat is like saying a prayer to God.500 years ago , Guru Nanak Dev ji said for Kirat Karni and it is practiced today not only by sikh religious humans but by all other religious human as each and every creature on earth work hard to fulfill there needs and wishes to keep there family happy although many human don’t work honestly are corroupted , as our fingers are not of same in size the same way in world there are different humans and some are courroupted and some work hard and earn honestly as hard work always pay. In the Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Nanak Dev ji says: “Those who have meditated on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and departed after having worked by the sweat of their brows -O Nanak, their faces are radiant in the Court of the Lord, and many are saved along with them!”(1)
ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਗਏ ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮੁਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਕੇਤੀ ਛੁਟੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥
“Those who understand the Lord’s Court, never suffer separation from him. The True Guru has imparted this understanding. They practice truth, self-restraint and good deeds; their comings and goings are ended”.(6)
ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਦਰੁ ਸੂਝੈ ਸੇ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵਿਗਾੜਹਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਬੂਝ ਬੁਝਾਈ ॥ਸਚੁ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਕਰਣੀ ਕਿਰਤਿ ਕਮਾਵਹਿ ਆਵਣ ਜਾਣੁ ਰਹਾਈ ॥੬॥
Naam Japna or naam jaapo to get up each day before sunrise, to clean the body, meditate on God’s Name and recite the Guru’s words to clean the mind. Throughout the day, continuously remember God’s name with every breath.Meditation is what evryone need in today’s lifestyle , being busy for whole day or some suffering mentally or physically. Meditiation helps not only body but pays you for karmas, good or baad deeds as in Guru Granth Sahib ji, it’s mentioned:
ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਉ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
ਕਰਮੀ ਆਵੈ ਕਪੜਾ ਨਦਰੀ ਮੋਖੁ ਦੁਆਰੁ ॥
“Meditate deeply in the ambrosial hours of the morning on the Nam, deep and full of understanding. Your karmas will all be covered and the door of freedom will open.”
Vand Shakna means to share ones wealth with others in the community, to give to charity, to distribute in Langar (free Kitchen) and to generally help others in the community who need help.Vand Shakna is the most and widely practiced in the today’s world as 24 hours of langar is served in Gurudwaras to all no matter what caste, religion, gender. At any affected area sikhs are the first one to help the humans with food , clothes,water, helping out them from the difficult circumstances. The sikh teams who reach out them collect stuffs like food, water, clothes, etc from their native place and walk towards them as there religion teaches them vand shakna that is sharing and caring.
ਦੁਆਦਸੀ ਦਾਨੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਤਜਿ ਮਾਨੁ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਪਾਨ ਕਰਹੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ॥ ਮਨ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤਾਸੈ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਰੰਗਿ ॥ ਕੋਮਲ ਬਾਣੀ ਸਭ ਕਉ ਸੰਤੋਖੈ ॥ ਪੰਚ ਭੂ ਆਤਮਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਰਸਿ ਪੋਖੈ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਤੇ ਏਹ ਨਿਹਚਉ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਮ ਰਮਤ ਫਿਰਿ ਜੋਨਿ ਨ ਆਈਐ ॥੧੨॥
The twelfth day of the lunar cycle: Dedicate yourself to giving charity, chanting the Naam and purification. Worship the Lord with devotion, and get rid of your pride. Drink in the Ambrosial Nectar of the Lord’s Name, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. The mind is satisfied by lovingly singing the Kirtan of God’s Praises. The Sweet Words of His Bani soothe everyone. The soul, the subtle essence of the five elements, cherishes the Nectar of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. This faith is obtained from the Perfect Guru. O Nanak, dwelling upon the Lord, you shall not enter the womb of reincarnation again. ||12||
These three pillars of sikhism are relevant in our day-to-day life.Although its Kalyug but still there is humanity , there are humans who remember God in good or bad times, do sharing and caring and many people work hard for there livings.Farmers they not only hardwork for their family but also for the seek of others feed it’s the Kirat karni. Many who serve poor humans, childern is Vand Shakna. The meditation in the name of God no matter at what time it is done is Naam Japna. These prinicple of sikh religion but are practiced by all religion people as Guru Nanak Dev ji God is one and unbreakble.

Nishtha Setia

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