In ad­ver­sity one is blessed

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - By Davin­der P.S. Sandhu

The con­gre­ga­tion asks of Guru Gobind Singh, “O Teacher, when you are pleased with the devo­tee, what do you be­stow upon them?”

The Guru asks the con­gre­ga­tion to tell him what they think is the an­swer. One by one, many devo­tees stand up and speak what they think are the bless­ings that are be­stowed. Some say that the poor gain great wealth, oth­ers feel that all ill­ness is healed and there is a long life, lived with a healthy body. Yet some say that the for­tu­nate devo­tee gains stature in so­ci­ety, and are hon­oured and re­spected in the land.

They ask Guru Gobind Singh to en­lighten them, now that they have spo­ken their mind. The Guru says that all the for­tunes of health, wealth, and hon­our, men­tioned by the con­gre­ga­tion, are the nat­u­ral re­sult of the devo­tees own pure thoughts and ac­tions, and do not need any spe­cial bless­ing. When a per­son self cor­rects and gives up jeal­ousy, anger, envy, pride and ego, he will care for oth­ers. If he is runs a busi­ness, he will be­lieve in cus­tomer wel­fare. He will be a bet­ter friend, a lov­ing hus­band, and a car­ing fa­ther, and a con­cerned child. Health, wealth and re­spect will be a nat­u­ral corol­lary. How­ever, the largest ship can be sunk by a small leak. Sans anger and pride, the devo­tee is a strong ship to sail through life. But long pe­ri­ods of good for­tune some­times bring ar­ro­gance and ego, and when these holes start to leak, that is the time that the Guru sends his real bless­ings. The Guru said that at times an ad­ver­sity, that re­minds the devo­tee of the true path, is my real bless­ing. Soon, the devo­tee gets to work to plug these leaks, and be­come whole again.

Guru Granth Sahib says: Suf­fer­ing is the medicine, and plea­sure the dis­ease; Be­cause where there is plea­sure, the path may be for­got­ten.

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