The Sunday Class

Have you ever been to Secunderabad? Just about the teeming crowd of people trying to catch their bus or trying not to miss their trains, is Guru Ka Ghar. The Secunderabad Gurudwara Sahib is so close to the station, yet inside it is free of all the hustle about it. You find peace inside untouched by the sounds of agony and chaos that rattle the very roads people go about. A sense of being comes to you, when you touch the water before going up the stairs. Your feet are cold and the marble stone makes you feel home. When you enter the hall, it is big. And it is bigger than what you have imagined it to be from outside, a light reminder of the fact that we cannot describe the Creation of our Lord. The Guru Granth Sahib is placed on the pedestal, and there hangs about a sweet silence. For the Guru answers only when we question, when we come looking for a purpose. The rest of the group was already seated, and we were probably about to begin the Vyakhya Discussion. Since I was more than 30 minutes late, I assumed that the Ardas, the Hukamnama and the Kirtan was already done.

We had a Saakhi too, but this time it was like an article which had to be read out. Col. uncle had already read it, he felt that it was too long to be said word by word and then discussed. We had to start the discussion. Sadly the veer who had to do the Vyakhya had taken ill. Uncle remarked it was OK but we forget to inform the others. This is easy going attitude that we have for the Guru, had it been the office, the HR would have called 3-4 times. Then laughing he said let’s start, and he took out a few notes and book which he had. He discussed, and somehow his talks grabbed the attention of few new people. They were first timers and probably not so acquainted with Anand Sahib Baani which we were discussing. The Shabad goes as follows:

ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਰਤੰਨੁ ਹੈ ਹੀਰੇ ਜਿਤੁ ਜੜਾਉ ॥
The Word of the Guru’s Shabad is a jewel, studded with diamonds.
ਸਬਦੁ ਰਤਨੁ ਜਿਤੁ ਮੰਨੁ ਲਾਗਾ ਏਹੁ ਹੋਆ ਸਮਾਉ ॥
The mind which is attached to this jewel, merges into the Shabad.
ਸਬਦ ਸੇਤੀ ਮਨੁ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਸਚੈ ਲਾਇਆ ਭਾਉ ॥
One whose mind is attuned to the Shabad, enshrines love for the True Lord.
ਆਪੇ ਹੀਰਾ ਰਤਨੁ ਆਪੇ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਦੇਇ ਬੁਝਾਇ ॥
He Himself is the diamond, and He Himself is the jewel; one who is blessed, understands its value.
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਰਤਨੁ ਹੈ ਹੀਰਾ ਜਿਤੁ ਜੜਾਉ ॥੨੫॥
Says Nanak, the Shabad is a jewel, studded with diamonds. ||25||

And so forth we discussed how we ran after jewels, how we decorate our bodies with them. But now and then we forget, how the diamond is nothing but carbon which can burn up, how our bodies are the ones which simply perish in time.

Thus it continued for more than an hour and I came to know of it when the class ended, for never once did our eyes rover towards the clock while we talked of Guru and His Greatness.

Such is the Glory of Sache Patshah, the True King.

After the class I met Amritbir Singh and Amandeep Kaur, as well as Ramindar Singh and Hardeep Kaur. It was great to see the Gursikh couples amongst us. God bless them.

I had to leave early for some work, and when I got back to Khalsa House, I realized that whole SOCH was still there to meet some Khalsa from Vishakapatnam. Can’t tell how I felt on missing out on it.

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh ji

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