Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spiritual Significance of Five Kakars-Sikh symbols Part III


Kara – an Iron bracelet worn on the right hand is another symbol graced by the Guru.
Kara signifies the manner of outward expression of a Sikh in worldly life. The iron signifies a inner steely resolve in exercising will-power in choice of everyday Karma.
The Karma (kind of life activity) of a Sikh in the worldly life isto be directed towards activities which are for spiritual growth as stated by the Guru SGGSji.

In Japji Saheb Guruji state that :

By the karma of actions, the robe is obtained;and
By HIS Grace, the Gate of Liberation is found.
The Robe (kapra) refered here is the state which a sikh reaches through right Guru specified spiritual activities and the Sikh then is ready for the Nadar of Karta to know the Door of liberation.
Some of the activities foror the Sikh the Guru advices are :

Reading , listening and understanding Gurbani; Sitting in Sat Sangat;Listening to Katha Kirtan ; Getting up in Amritwela; Simran to be made part daily life ; Living life with Raza ( positive optimistic acceptance) ; Humbleness ; Seva ; Sharing; Control of five passions; Honest livelihood; Equality of all ; Respect of others and everything ; Sweetness in talk; …

The spiritual way of the Guru is different from those traditionally known as Guru explains in this Line :
Meditation, penance and austere self-discipline (for the Sikh) are
surrendering to the True Guru's specified Karma
- SGGS 88
The Sikh who obeys and moulds his life on Guru’s specified path is through this choice of Karma is redy to receive Divine Amrit :
There the Ambrosial Nectar is distributed,
and those with good karma receive this gift.
SGGS 146
The choice of action with regard to daily life is ever before an individual. There are many enticements and allurements.Many in this world are on the wrong path and so the Guru cautions here :
The world is blind and ignorant; in the love of duality, it engages in actions. But those actions which are performed in the love of duality, cause only pain to the body. By Guru's Grace, peace wells up, when one acts according to the Word of the Guru's Shabad. He acts according to the True Word of the Guru's Bani; night and day, he meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, as the Lord Himself engages him, so is he engaged; no one has any say in this matter.
SGGS 593
To keep away from the worldly enticements and allurements and being steady in Guru directed spiritual pursuits require a strong will-power. The relationship a Sikh develops with the Kara enables him to have an Iron Will to be steadfast on the path.

The Guru-Graced Kara in the Sikh's right hand is more than a mere iron bangle.
The Kara bestows the Sikhs with an iron willpower by relating to it and knowing that Kara is a graced link to the Guru.
By forming relationship withthe Kara the Sikh does not cede control over his life to others and nor does to the fate or circumstances but is steadfast while walking the Guru’s stated way.

That Sikh of the Guru is to be ever respected with a bow,
who walks the Guru’s stated way.
SGGS 593

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