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Compassion in the times of a Catastrophe

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

As I pen down these words, someone somewhere might be gasping for their last breath. Having suffered immense personal losses amid this pandemic, I ponder upon the words of our fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji whose martyrdom day falls in the month of June. When subjected to scalding water in a wide cauldron with fire beneath, by the Mughals, He utters ...

Teraa kee-aa meethaa laagai

All is happening, O Waheguru, according to Thy Will. Thy Will is ever sweet to me.

Har naam padaarath Nanak maangai

Nanak begs for the treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord

I question myself, how does one accept the passing away of a dear one? Is it easy to

embrace the fact that someone very dear just slipped away from your hands? No, it isn’t.

I am a human instilled with fears, insecurities and anxieties. I am as vulnerable as anyone else around me. So how do I justify what my Guru says, ‘Thy Will is ever sweet to me'.

I pause and look around. There’s so much pain, suffering, agony. There has always been. From the times man walked this Earth, there had been wars, violence, hatred, and bloodshed. Our scriptures stand testimony to these. Regardless of this, there have been peacemakers, healers, and lovers of all sorts. Humanity has prevailed!

Hence I am ordained by my faith to look within. What I hold deep in the layers of my physical self is a soul that is immersed in His name. A belief that there is a Supreme

power, a light that guides me on my journey and that the final destination is only to

disperse into that light. I have to trust that I am hereby His will. I shall leave by His will. Till I leave, every breath is a gift and is meant to serve humans around me. I am born as someone’s someone but before that I am a human on a path to discovery; of self, of humanity, of compassion and forgiveness.

I am a mortal on the path of healing ...

Here’s my ode to people who despite all odds are embracing others’ sufferings. In healing others they heal ...

Disclaimer: Kindly note that the above blog has been submitted by members in their individual capacity.

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