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Importance of kindness
Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith built the religion on the firm foundation of Sewa (service) and Simran (meditation). On this bedrock stand the three pillars of - Naam Japna (focus of God), Kirat Karni (honest living) and Vand Chakna (sharing with others). He further asked his Sikhs (students) to focus their efforts in evolving various positive virtues. One of these virtues is Kindness
Kindness.... is most excellent way of life
In the following Shabads, Guru Sahib informs the Sikhs of the importance of kindness, a virtue which he puts on an equal footing with "truth" and "contentment". Elsewhere, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib highlights five such qualities, "truthfulness", "honest living", "goodwill to all", "praise of the Lord" and finally "charity in the name of God". A spiritual person cannot be complete without kindness. Kindness is a most excellent way of life...
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|ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਦਇਆ ਕਮਾਵੈ ਏਹ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਾਰ ॥ ਆਪੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਸਭ ਹੋਇ ਰੇਣਾ ਜਿਸੁ ਦੇਇ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੁ ॥੩॥|
Saṯ sanṯokẖ ḏaiā kamāvai ėh karṇī sār. Āp cẖẖod sabẖ hoė rėṇā jis ḏėė parabẖ nirankār. ॥3॥
Be God-conscious...show kindness
In this second shabad the Guru tells us in clear terms that a person who is aware of God always shows kindness to all. The important thing to remember is that one must be kind to all - not just to your friends but also to your enemies. See how we are reminded that - no evil should come from us - Don't have vengeance or enmity with others as the "Lord's light" is in all.
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|ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਕੀ ਸਭ ਊਪਰਿ ਮਇਆ ॥ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਤੇ ਕਛੁ ਬੁਰਾ ਨ ਭਇਆ ॥ |
Barahm giānī kī sabẖ ūpar maiā. Barahm giānī ṯė kacẖẖ burā na bẖaiā.
Follow the enlightened path...be kind & merciful
These are the sacred words of the fifth master, Guru Arjan in Raga Gujri where the Guru again reinforces the message of the last section. If you want to evolve into a better spiritual person then show kindness and mercy to all beings. It is important to note that Maharaj has used the word "ਜੀਅ" (jeea) which means all living beings!
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|ਜੀਅ ਦਇਆ ਮਇਆ ਸਰਬਤ੍ਰ ਰਮਣੰ ਪਰਮ ਹੰਸਹ ਰੀਤਿ ॥੭॥|
Jīa ḏaiā maiā sarbaṯar ramṇaŉ param hansah rīṯ.॥7॥
Save yourself, be kind to the poor
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|ਆਠ ਪਹਰ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਵੈ ਸਿਮਰੈ ਦੀਨ ਦੈਆਲਾ ॥ ਆਪਿ ਤਰੈ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਭ ਉਧਰੈ ਬਿਨਸੇ ਸਗਲ ਜੰਜਾਲਾ ॥੩॥|
Āṯẖ pahar har kė guṇ gāvai simrai ḏīn ḏaiālā. Āp ṯarai sangaṯ sabẖ uḏẖrai binsė sagal janjālā. ॥3॥
The most worthwhile actions
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|ਸਬਦੰ ਰਤੰ ਹਿਤੰ ਮਇਆ ਕੀਰਤੰ ਕਲੀ ਕਰਮ ਕ੍ਰਿਤੁਆ ॥|
Sabḏaŉ raṯaŉ hiṯaŉ maiā kīrṯaŉ kalī karam kriṯuā.