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I have a question that I want further information about; is there a quote from Guru Granth Sahab which states one must not touch the feet of others and that one must not bow down to anyone but Guru Granth Sahab? If so, can someone forward it.

I am confused with this as I believe some people mis-interpret the quote, as by bowing down to elders is not the same as bowing down to Guru Granth Sahab; as one is not worshipping them but simply greeting them out of respect. For instance the Chinese usually put there hands together and bow to greet someone else, but it does not mean they are worshipping them as their God.

People who come down from India do this all the time as it has become quite a custom in India to do this, but I do not find this to be offensive.

I like to find out others views on this, and whether you think its right or wrong.

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The only quote you will find is one that says it is a great act to do dandaut to a Sant.

Touching the feet of elders or a Gurdev (Sansaari Vidya Guru) is puratan Indian tradition that all Mahapurkh practice and have practiced.

This is one of the reaons that ll society (esp Punjabi) is degrading - because there is no material concept of respect anymore - it is just a word. This is why households cannot remain together, let alone extended family.

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I agree with fatehe - its just a form of expression. Some people do it and some people don't. We shouldn't force people to do it or force people not to do it. How they express themselves is between them and the other person.

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If ever you see someone commiting a kind act, or someone getting great Bliss from meditation

and if you recognize one as a poor person, and one as a Saint

and within you rises ego, or haumai and jealousy

Then kneel down and wipe the dust of their feet, humble yourself so that your mind does not get the best of you.

All other reasons of touching feet are false, except that to Slice with a Dagger the thoughts of your mind, that will keep you disconnected from the Lord.

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I have a question that I want further information about; is there a quote from Guru Granth Sahab which states one must not touch the feet of others and that one must not bow down to anyone but Guru Granth Sahab? If so, can someone forward it.

I am confused with this as I believe some people mis-interpret the quote, as by bowing down to elders is not the same as bowing down to Guru Granth Sahab; as one is not worshipping them but simply greeting them out of respect. For instance the Chinese usually put there hands together and bow to greet someone else, but it does not mean they are worshipping them as their God.

People who come down from India do this all the time as it has become quite a custom in India to do this, but I do not find this to be offensive.

I like to find out others views on this, and whether you think its right or wrong.

I personally would NEVER touch the feet of anyone other than Satguru jee. Having said, touching the feet of a saintly elder person is not a kurehit. But we need to understand thatt the 5 thieves doing die with age. There are some really bady elderly people in thtis world. Some elderly are even more lusty than teenagers. I had an elderly professor who broke all records of lust. Such elderly people are asking for a gandaassaa to be honest.

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there are a lot of people on this site who lack knowledge of Sikhism...........

GuruNanak DevJi states in Gurbani:-

Soohee, Fifth Mehl, Gunvantee ~ The Worthy And Virtuous Bride:

jo deesai gursikh-rhaa tis niv niv laaga-o paa-ay jee-o.

When I see a Sikh of the Guru, I humbly bow and fall at his feet.

aakhaa birthaa jee-a kee gur sajan deh milaa-ay jee-o.

I tell to him the pain of my soul, and beg him to unite me with the Guru, my Best Friend.

so-ee das updaysrhaa mayraa man anat na kaahoo jaa-ay jee-o.

I ask that he impart to me such an understanding, that my mind will not go out wandering anywhere else.

ih man tai kooN dayvsaa mai maarag dayh bataa-ay jee-o.

I dedicate this mind to you. Please, show me the Path to God.

ha-o aa-i-aa Dhoorahu chal kai mai takee ta-o sarnaa-ay jee-o.

I have come so far, seeking the Protection of Your Sanctuary.

ANG 763

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i used to be very katad thinker not practical though and i stopped bowing down to elders or elder relatives. but that was stupid thing, one day i saw a very gurmukh singh bowing down to his elders and this accident broke my maha ahankar. there is nothing bad showing respect to elder by bowing down and touching their feet and taking their blessing.

there is always a big difference in our mind while bowing toward elders and Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It shud be in our mind that with which intension are we bowing.

dnt get into too much advise. all these kinda topics, not really the topics but the too many opposite replies makes me mad. untill we r katad very strict we cannot get anything.

first our jeevan shud be nirmal then we shud try to apply those high rules on ourself. and once u r nirmal u dnt need to be strict and worry abt these little things. but this thing is ok for limited things. doesnt means eat meat and but keep jeevan nirmal. the thing we r taking abt is love respect and spreading joy to everyone. i dnt knw what i am saying now.

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VAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA, VAHEGURU JI KI FATEH

It's a good thing. The only Hukamnama regarding a similar issue states that no individual should be bowed down in front of in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

In the Vaaran of Bhai Gurdaas, there is a Shabad called Kal Taaran Guru Nanak Aayaa. In it is the following verse:

raanaa ra(n)k baraabaree pairee pavanaa jag varathaaeiaa||

Equating the poor with the prince, he spread the etiquette of humbly touching the feet.

http://www.sikhitothemax.com/page.asp?ShabadID=5563

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

This question was put to Taksali Kathakar Balbir Singh, he said that If you bow onli before Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj then Maharaj will not strike you down for going home and touching your parents feet. The idea of bowing means that you are a owned by a master, however by touching an elders feet you are simply recognising that after all they are in some way superior to you being your father, mother, grandparent etc. You should respect all the relationships given to you by Maharaj.

Personally it is completely up to you, some people to matha tek in front of Guru Sahibs paintings others in the door ways to Gurudwara's or Sachkand. It comes down to the level of respect you have at the end of the day none can equate to Maharaj. I agree with the last post you shouldnt in anyway do beadbi to Maharaj by showing respect for someone else in this case you can say Fateh.

Bhul chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

This question was put to Taksali Kathakar Balbir Singh, he said that If you bow onli before Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj then Maharaj will not strike you down for going home and touching your parents feet. The idea of bowing means that you are a owned by a master, however by touching an elders feet you are simply recognising that after all they are in some way superior to you being your father, mother, grandparent etc. You should respect all the relationships given to you by Maharaj.

Personally it is completely up to you, some people to matha tek in front of Guru Sahibs paintings others in the door ways to Gurudwara's or Sachkand. It comes down to the level of respect you have at the end of the day none can equate to Maharaj. I agree with the last post you shouldnt in anyway do beadbi to Maharaj by showing respect for someone else in this case you can say Fateh.

Bhul chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

Bhai Balbir singh is, i repeat, A LEGEND

anyone ever gets the chance listen to his katha

www.gurmatveechar.com go to katha and bhai balbir singh jee

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i used to be very katad thinker not practical though and i stopped bowing down to elders or elder relatives. but that was stupid thing, one day i saw a very gurmukh singh bowing down to his elders and this accident broke my maha ahankar. there is nothing bad showing respect to elder by bowing down and touching their feet and taking their blessing.

there is always a big difference in our mind while bowing toward elders and Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It shud be in our mind that with which intension are we bowing.

dnt get into too much advise. all these kinda topics, not really the topics but the too many opposite replies makes me mad. untill we r katad very strict we cannot get anything.

first our jeevan shud be nirmal then we shud try to apply those high rules on ourself. and once u r nirmal u dnt need to be strict and worry abt these little things. but this thing is ok for limited things. doesnt means eat meat and but keep jeevan nirmal. the thing we r taking abt is love respect and spreading joy to everyone. i dnt knw what i am saying now.

all must read this :) very nice sunny ...

sada jeevan is nothing but gallaan is sooo big like a bramgyani :S

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