Updated: Aug 2, 2022
In the first Webinar on Success Mantra for Life, our honorable speaker S. Ashok Singh Ji emphasized the need to have the right Mentor in order to be successful in life. The same was echoed by S. Sumeet Singh Ji in his article in the September edition of SCG Newsletter. This is so true. We need Mentorship at every step in our life whether it’s related to professional growth or personal life. Well, for career mentorship, we can always look forward to the domain experts who can share their knowledge and provide mentorship. However, for life lessons, there is no better teacher than Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS).
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the central religious scripture of Sikhism regarded as the Eternal Living Guru by Sikhs. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS) consists of 1430 angs (pages) and 5894 hymns composed predominantly by the six Sikh Gurus, thirteen Hindu saints/ poets, and two Muslim saints. It is the Universal Teacher for mankind. All hymns in SGGS provide the life lessons, they teach us about the Almighty, how to pray and meditate, what to ask from God, how to live an honest life, what is right and wrong, parameters of success, and the list is never-ending. You ask any question and you will find an answer.
In this article, let’s try to understand what Real Wealth is as per SGGS.
Well, we all might have experienced that as we grow professionally, our desires increase. There is always a need to have more. When we started our careers, we were happy staying in a small home and commuting to the office by public transport or a two-wheeler. As we progressed, we thought of buying another home and a car. We were satisfied for a while until we got promoted and our salaries increased further. Then, we thought, maybe the current home is still small and we need a bigger house. So, the truth is that we are never contented. But, do we really think that having a big house and other luxurious things is Real Wealth? Can it bring happiness to our lives? The answer is certainly NO!
SGGS on Ang 745 says bhalee suhaavee chhaaparee jaa meh gun gaae| kit hee kaam na dhaulahar jit har bisaraae which means Even a crude hut is sublime and beautiful if the Lord's Praises are sung within it. Those mansions where the Lord is forgotten are useless. This beautiful hymn from SGGS clarifies without a doubt the real wealth is not in having mansions but remembering the Almighty who gifted us so many things with each and every breath.
SGGS on Ang 14 says motee ta ma(n)dhar uoosareh ratanee ta hoh jaRaau | kasatoor ku(n)goo agar cha(n)dhan leep aavai chaau | mat dhekh bhoolaa veesarai teraa chit na aavai naau | which means If I had a palace made of pearls, inlaid with jewels, scented with musk, saffron, and sandalwood, a sheer delight to behold, -seeing this, I might go astray and forget You, and Your Name would not enter into my mind.
So, the real wealth is the Naam Dhan which means the time spent in remembrance of the Almighty. There are many hymns in SGGS that emphasize the significance of chanting the Naam – the God. There are many ways of chanting the Naam and it doesn’t require us to renounce the World, we can very well do while living a normal lifestyle. SGGS on Ang 885 says koiee bolai raam raam koiee khudhai | which means Some call Him, 'Raam, Raam', and some call Him, 'Khudaa-i'.
Now, that we have understood what is Real wealth, does it mean that we should stop being ambitious and focused on our career growth?
No! not at all. We should always be focused and work to our best potential which will eventually result in career growth. However, we should not be attached emotionally to success and long for materialistic possessions. Rather, we should be thankful to God for bestowing us with numerous things and always long for thy Naam which is the Real wealth. Also, with whatever we have got, we should contribute to society by sharing and caring with the needy. SGGS on Ang 25 says vich dhuneeaa sev kamaieeaai |taa dharageh baisan paieeaai | which means, In the midst of this world, do Seva (selfless service) and you shall be given a place of honor in the Court of the Lord.
In the end, I would again emphasize that there is no better mentor than SGGS. It is an ocean of divine knowledge and if you want to be really successful in life, inculcate a habit of doing Sahaj paath (reading of SGGS without any constraints) and recite hymns with devotion and love for the Creator Ek Onkar!
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!
By: Manpreet Singh, Global ICT Expert & a devoted Sikh
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