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ਤੇਰਾ ਮੁਖੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ਜੀਉ ਸਹਜ ਧੁਨਿ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ तेरा मुखु सुहावा जीउ सहज धुनि बाणी ॥ Ŧerā mukẖ suhāvā jī▫o sahj ḏẖun baṇī. Your Face is so Beautiful, and the Sound of Your Words imparts intuitive wisdom. ਚਿਰੁ ਹੋਆ ਦੇਖੇ ਸਾਰਿੰਗਪਾਣੀ ॥ चिरु होआ देखे सारिंगपाणी ॥ Cẖir ho▫ā ḏekẖe sāringpāṇī. It is so long since this rain-bird has had even a glimpse of water. ਧੰਨੁ ਸੁ ਦੇਸੁ ਜਹਾ ਤੂੰ ਵਸਿਆ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਜਣ ਮੀਤ ਮੁਰਾਰੇ ਜੀਉ ॥੨॥ धंनु सु देसु जहा तूं वसिआ मेरे सजण मीत मुरारे जीउ ॥२॥ Ḏẖan so ḏes jahā ṯūŉ vasi▫ā mere sajaṇ mīṯ murāre jī▫o. ||2|| Blessed is that land where You dwell, O my Friend and Intimate Divine Guru. ||2|| Sggs ang 96
'Respect and obey your elders' is a maxim of almost every society. The justification for this idea is that the elderly are wise. I don't know that I entirely agree with this. Wisdom isn't the corollary of age, but of experience or learning. Just because somebody is advanced in years doesn't necessarily mean that their words possess clout. By all means, an elder can be wise, if they spent their long years on Earth productively studying Gurbani and history, traveling the world or experiencing wonderful things. I love my grandparents dearly, and respect that they worked hard in their lives, but they are two of the most naive and ignorant people I know. They never travel anywhere but to the Punjab, their tastes in reading are restricted to Des Pardes and Manjit Weekly and they've next to no knowledge of Bani or Itihaas. They think Kes and Amrit Sanchaar are mischievous concoctions by fanatics. Before retirement, their lives consisted of nothing but going to work, and now that they've retired, they waste away their days in front of the television being slowly lobotomised by Indian soap operas. Their views on pretty much everything are crusty and cobwebbed, riddled with fearful superstitions. When they ask me to perform some physical task I invariably do it out of love and awareness of their frailty. But I don't believe the simple fact that they've managed to avoid being hit by a bus for 80 years compels me to consider them sages or fonts of wisdom.
Saadh Sangat jeeo. Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh! Daas has just glanced at an article in which a laywer, economist, social worker and feminist offer their ideas in regards to the solution of the problem of rape. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20904028 The solutions offered include changes to the law and media. However nobody has mentioned the disease of the panj chor - 5 thieves - Kam (lust), Krodh (rage), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment) and Ahankar (ego). Even the problems of law and media result from the panj chor. Unfortunately the laywers, politicians and journalists cannot identify the disease because the world has neglected the wisdom that is contained in sri Guru Granth Sahib and other major religions. It is the ethics, wisdom and spiritual lessons contained in the various religions that are needed to be revived and taught to bring a revolution. Also many have called for the system and government to be changed but this is not right. First we must start with ourselves. Let's reform ourselves first. It is not the duty of the school or government to teach us about character, respect, honesty e.t.c. surely this is responsibility of the parents and family. We should not pass on this responsibility to someone else or some other institution. Daas's opinion is that the weakening faith in Parmeshar, a higher presence that has contributed the epidemic of rape and other crimes. If we had the knowledge and faith that Akaal Purakh resides in every heart then we could never commit a crime. If Akaal Purakh resides in every heart and the entire universe then how could we ever cause harm to another? ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥ Sabẖ mėh joṯ joṯ hai so▫e. The light of Parmatma (GOD) is residing in every being. ਤਿਸ ਦੈ ਚਾਨਣਿ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ Ŧis ḏai cẖānaṇ sabẖ mėh cẖānaṇ ho▫e. The light shines in every heart with the light of Parmatma. Satguru Mehar Karan. Bhul Chuk Maaf.