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Annie Besant narrates a case of Master Nanak, which is well worth the while to transcribe:
It was a Friday that day, and when the hour of prayer arrived, master and servant headed towards the mosque. When the Kari (Muslim Priest) started the prayers, the Nabob and his retinue prostrated themselves, as is prescribed by the Mohammedan Rite; Nanak remained standing, still and silent. Once the prayer had ended, the Nabob confronted the young man and, indignant, he asked him:"
Why have you not fulfilled the ceremonies of the Law? You are a liar and a fake. You should not have come here to stand like a post".
You prostrated yourself with your face on the floor while your thoughts wandered through the clouds, for you were thinking of bringing horses from Candar and not in the recitation of the prayer. As to the Priest, he was automatically practicing the ceremonies of prostration, while at the same time his thoughts were in saving the she- donkey that gave birth days ago. How was I going to pray with people who kneel out of routine and repeat words like a parrot?"
"The Nabob confessed that in effect, he had been thinking during the entire ceremony on the planned purchase of horses. As far as the Kari was concerned, he openly manifested his disgust and pressed the young man with many questions."
Really, it is necessary to learn how to pray scientifically; the one who learns to intelligently combine Prayer with Meditation, will obtain marvelous Objective results.
But it is urgent to comprehend that there are different Prayers and that their results are different.
There are Prayers which are accompanied by petitions, but not all prayers are accompanied by petitions.
There are very ancient Prayers which are authentic Recapitulations of Cosmic events and we can experience their entire content if we meditate on each word, on each phrase, with true conscious devotion.
The Our Father is a Magical formula of immense sacerdotal power, but it is urgent to comprehend in depth and in a total manner the profound meaning of each word, of each phrase, of each supplication.
The Our Father is a prayer of petition, a prayer to converse with the Father who is in secrecy. The Our Father combined with deep Meditation produces Marvelous Objective results.
The Gnostic Rituals, Religious Ceremonies are authentic treatises of Occult Wisdom for the person who knows how to meditate, for those who comprehend with the heart.
The one who wishes to tread the Path of the Tranquil Heart, should concentrate the Prana, Life and the Sexual Energy in the cerebrum and the mind in the Heart.
It is Urgent to learn to think with the heart, to deposit the mind in the Heart Temple. The Cross of Initiation is always received in the marvelous Temple of the Heart.
Nanak, the founding Master of the Sikh Religion in the sacred land of the Vedas, taught the path of the Heart.
Nanak taught fraternity among all Religions, Schools, sects, etc.
When we attack all Religions or any Religion in particular, we commit the crime of violating the Law of the Heart.
In the Heart-Temple, there is a place for all religions, sects, orders, etc.
All Religions are precious pearls strung on the golden thread of the Divinity.
Our Gnostic Movement is made up by people of all religions, schools, sects, spiritualsocieties, etc.
In the Heart-Temple there is place for all religions, for all worships. Jesus said: Loving one another thou shalt prove that thou art my disciples
The Sikh Scriptures, like those of every religion, are really ineffable.
Among the Sikhs, Omkara is the Primary Divine Being who created heaven, the Earth, the waters and all that exists.
Omkara: is the Unmanifested, Endless, Primary Spirit, without a beginning, without an end, whose Light illuminates the Fourteen Dwellings, instantaneous knower, internal regulator of every heart."
Space is its power. The Sun and the Moon are its lamps. The army of the stars, its pearls, Oh Father! The odoriferous breeze of the Himalayas is your incense. The wind refreshes you. The plant kingdom pays you tributes of flowers, Oh Light! For you are the hymns of praise, oh, destroyer of fear! The Anatal Shabda (Virgin Sound) resounds as your drums. You have no eyes and you have them by the thousands. You have no feet and you have them by the thousands. You have no nose and you have them by the thousands. This your marvelous work enraptures us. Your Light, Oh, Glory, is in all things! The Light of your Light radiates from all beings. This Light radiates from the teachings of the Master. It is an Arati."
Nanak, the Great Master, in accordance with the Upanishads, comprehends that Brahma (the Father), is One and that the Ineffable Gods are merely his partial manifestations, reflections of his Absolute Beauty.
The Guru-Deva is the one who is already one with the Father (Brahma). Fortunate is the one who has a Guru-Deva as a guide and director. Blessed be the one who has found the Master of Perfection.
The path is narrow, strait and frighteningly difficult. One needs the Guru-Deva, the director, the guide.
In the Heart-Temple we will find Han, the Being. In the heart-Temple we will find the Guru-Deva.
Now we will transcribe a few Sikh stanzas about the Devotion to the Guru-Deva.
Nanak! Recognize him as the true Guru, the beloved one who unites you to The All...
A hundred times a day I would like to sacrifice myself for my Guru who has converted me into a God in a short time.
Even if one hundred Moons and a thousand Suns shone, profound darkness would reign without the Guru.
Blessed be my Venerable Guru who knows Han (the Being) and who has taught us to treat friends and enemies alike.
Oh, Lord! Favor us with the company of Guru-Deva, so that together with Him, we, lost sinners, may make a journey by swimming.
Guru-Deva, the true Guru, is Para-Brahma, the Supreme Lord. Nanak prostrates himself before Guru-Deva Han.
In India, a Samyasin of the mind is one who serves the true Guru-Deva, who has found him in the heart, who works in the Dissolution of the Lunar Ego.
Whoever wants to put an end to the Ego, to the "I", should annihilate Anger, Covetousness, Lust, Envy, Pride, Laziness, Gluttony. It is only by putting an end to all those defects in all the Levels of the Mind, that the "I" dies in a radical, total and definite manner.
The only thing that jumped out at me was the value of donating 10% of income to charity.
I've got a friend who's Sikh and told me awhile ago that many practicioners of the religion don't follow this rule but still consider themselves Sikh.
Now I understand that the all religions have their moderates and that to me is the better Sikh religion, the more moderate one. The original Sikhism to me seems almost dictatorish in its structure and rigidity for acceptance.
Deep, please correct my ignorance if I am wrong.
Originally posted by LadyV
I have a question. I have been studying on this. What does this faith believe about "karma" In actuality....this faith follows a lot of what I already follow in Wicca.....but though I understand that all people are children of the one energy force, what happens at the end of all.....I currently believe that you continue to reincarnate time after time....until you get it right in living a good clean life and achieve the purity to merge with the all creating energy force (God?) if you don't...you just continue to have to relive it till you get it right (such as murders, rapists, those that lie, steal etc...)