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Guru Granth Sahib on humility

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Humility is an important aspect of Sikhi. According to which we all have to bow in humility before God. Humility or Nimrata, in Punjabi are closely related words. Nimrata is a virtue that is vigorously promoted by Gurbani. The literal translation of this Punjabi word is "Humility", "Benevolence" or "Humbleness." Someone whose mind is not poisoned by the thought that he or she is better or more important than others.

This is a very important quality for all humans to nurture and one that is an essential part of a Sikh's Mind Set and must accompany the Sikh at all times. The other four qualities in the arsenal are: Truth (Sat), Contentment (Santokh), Compassion (Daya) and Love (Pyar). These five qualities are essential to a Sikh and it is their duty to meditate and recite Gurbani so that these virtues become a part of their personality.

What Gurbani tells us

"The fruit of humility is intuitive peace and pleasure. With Humility they continue to meditate on the Lord, the Treasure of excellence. The God-conscious being is steeped in humility. One whose heart is mercifully blessed with abiding humility. Sikhism deal Humility as begging bowl before the god," Guru Nanak, First Guru Of Sikhism said,

"Listening and believing with love and humility in your mind cleanse yourself with the Name, at the sacred shrine deep within." (Page 4,Guru Granth Sahib)

"Make contentment your ear-rings, humility your begging bowl, and meditation the ashes you apply to your body." (Page 6,Guru Granth Sahib).

"In the realm of humility, the Word is Beauty. Forms of incomparable beauty are fashioned there." (Page 8,Guru Granth Sahib).

"Modesty, humility and intuitive understanding are my mother-in-law and father-in-law" (Page 152,Guru Granth Sahib).

More Gurbani

ਕਬੀਰ ਦਾਵੈ ਦਾਝਨੁ ਹੋਤੁ ਹੈ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਸੰਕ ॥ ਜੋ ਜਨੁ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਸੋ ਗਨੈ ਇੰਦ੍ਰ ਸੋ ਰੰਕ ॥੧੬੯॥
Kabīr ḏāvai ḏājẖan hoṯ hai nirḏāvai rahai nisank. Jo jan nirḏāvai rahai so ganai inḏar so rank. (169)
Kabeer, those who brag, shall burn. Those who do not brag remain carefree.

That humble being who does not brag, looks upon the gods and the poor alike. (169)

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