Anger and Forgiveness: Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur

Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji Maharaj, the king of kings, the saint of saints and the blanket of the world said to his sikhs, 'In anger man commits evil deeds. He loses at once his senses, and his religion. When anger springs up in a man's heart, what crime is there he will not perpetrate?'

He thinks nothing of sinning against his parents and his holy Guru. He takes the life which he ought to protect, and utters nothing but harsh language. He will not refrain from any act even though he sacrifices his life in its execution. There is no greater sacrifice than life, and yet the foolish person will deliberately make it. The angry man's soul burns if he does not obtain his desires. He cannot eat or sleep. Day and night he is tortured by his passion, and forms endless plans for its gratification. In this way he passes his time in misery.

' To exercise forgiveness is a great act. To exer­cise forgiveness is to give alms. Forgiveness is equal to ablutions at all places of pilgrimage. For­giveness ensures man's salvation. There is no virtue equal to forgiveness. Whenever you get the chance generously exercise it. Never abandon this virtue, but ever preserve it in your hearts. You are ordered in the Granth Sahib to lay up the wealth of the Name, so that it may accompany you in this world and in the next.

This wealth is only found in the companion­ship of good men, and cannot be obtained by any other means. My followers possess this wealth which is superior to all jewels and gems. The saints hoard it day and night. It cannot be pur Vased, no thief can steal, no fire consume, no water drown it, whereas worldly wealth is generally accumulated by sin. Thieves can steal it, pickpockets purloin it, kings seize it, fire burn it, and earth rot it. At the hour of death this sinful wealth only causes regret, and, through man's desires being fixed on it his soul falls into terrible hell.'

Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji Maharaj, the king of kings, the saint of saints, and the blanket of the world

This Shabad is by Guru Tegh Bahaadur Ji in Raag Gauree on Ang 218 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:

gauVI mhlw 9 ]
swDo iehu mnu gihE n jweI ]
cMcl iqRsnw sMig bsqu hY Xw qy iQru n rhweI ]1] rhwau ]
kTn kroD Gt hI ky BIqir ijh suiD sB ibsrweI ]
rqnu igAwnu sB ko ihir lInw qw isau kCu n bsweI ]1]
jogI jqn krq siB hwry gunI rhy gun gweI ]
jn nwnk hir Bey dieAwlw qau sB ibiD bin AweI ]2]4]

gourree mehalaa 9 ||
saadhho eihu man gehiou n jaaee ||
cha(n)chal thrisanaa sa(n)g basath hai yaa thae thhir n rehaaee ||1|| rehaao ||
kat(h)an karodhh ghatt hee kae bheethar jih sudhh sabh bisaraaee ||
rathan giaan sabh ko hir leenaa thaa sio kashh n basaaee ||1||
jogee jathan karath sabh haarae gunee rehae gun gaaee ||
jan naanak har bheae dhaeiaalaa tho sabh bidhh ban aaee ||2||4||

Gauree, Ninth Mehl:
Holy Saadhus: this mind cannot be restrained.
Fickle desires dwell with it, and so it cannot remain steady. ||1||Pause||
The heart is filled with anger and violence, which cause all sense to be forgotten.
The jewel of spiritual wisdom has been taken away from everyone; nothing can withstand it. ||1||
The Yogis have tried everything and failed; the virtuous have grown weary of singing God's Glories.
O servant Nanak, when the Lord becomes merciful, then every effort is successful. ||2||4|




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