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Extracts from Guru Gobind Singh's Writings
"God has no marks, no colour, no caste, and no ancestors,
No form, no complexion, no outline, no costume and so he is indescribable.
He is fearless, luminous and measureless in might.
He is the king of kings, the Lord of the prophets.
He is the sovereign of the universe, gods, men and demons.
The woods and dales sing the indescribable.
O Lord, none can tell Thy names.
The wise count your blessings to coin your names."
"It is of no avail to sit closing both eyes and meditating like a crane.
This world is lost, and the next also, for those who go about bathing in the seas, desiring salvation.
They pass their lives In vain dwelling in the midst of sin.
I speak verily; hear me all - God is realised only through love."
"Some worship stones, put them on their heads or hang them round their necks.
Some insist that God is in the South, others bow their heads to the West.
Some fools worship idols, others waste their time with worshipping the dead.
The whole world is entangled in false ceremonies and has not found God's secret."
"Without the support of the One Name,
Consider all religious ceremonies superstitions."
"Karta (The Creator) and Karim (The beneficient) are the names of the same God.
Razak (The provider) and Rahim (The merciful) are also the names given to Him.
Let no man in his error wrangle over differences in names.
Worship the One God who is the Lord of all.
Know that his form is one and He is the One light diffused in all."
"Whoever was clever in the world established his own sect.
No one tried to unite people in the search for the Creator.
Enmity, contention and pride increased.
All, big and small, flared up and started perishing in their own rivalry.
And none of them tried my way.
They who obtained a little spiritual power struck out their own way.
None of them cared to recognise the Supreme Being,
But became mad, boasting of themselves.
They cared little to recognise the Real Essence.
But each became absorbed in himself and tried to establish his superiority over others."
"He who repeats the Name of Him whose light is unquenchable,
Who bestows not a thought on any one but the one God,
Who has full love and confidence in God;
Who puts no faith, even by mistake, in fasting or worshipping his ancestors.
Who only recognises the one God, puts no faith in alms, penance and austerities.
In whose heart the light of the perfect one shines,
Only he can be recognised as a pure member of the Khalsa."
"The Khalsa is my own image.
I shall always manifest myself in the Khalsa.
The Khalsa is my body and soul;
The Khalsa is the life of my life.
The Khalsa is my perfect leader.
The Khalsa is my brave friend.
I say nothing untrue and to this; Guru Nanak, united with God, is my witness."
"Why impress false religion on the world? It will be of no service to it.
Why run about for the sake of wealth? You cannot escape from death.
Son, Wife, friends, disciples, companions none of those will bear witness for thee.
Think, O think, you thoughtless fool, you shall have in the end to depart alone."
"All men are the same though they appear different.
The bright and the dark, the ugly and the beautiful,
The Hindus and the Muslims have developed in accordance with their different surroundings;
All human beings have the same eyes, the same ears,
The same body build composed of earth, air, fire and water.
The names Allah and Abhekh are for the same God;
The same is referred to in the Puranas and the Quran.
All human beings are the reflection of one and the same Lord.
Recognise ye the whole human race as one."
"Extend Thy hand to shield me Lord, and all my heart's desires fulfil,
Ever may my mind dwell at Thy feet, deem me Thy own and work my weal,
Slay Thou my enemies one and all, save me from them by Thy hand,
May all the people peace, who serve and do as I command.
May Thine own hand be ever my shield, and all my foes forthwith destroy.
May all my hopes fulfilment find, ever may I crave rapport with Thee.
I may not worship other than Thee, when Thou canst grant me every boon.
Keep my disciples from all harm, and crush my enemies one by one,
Uphold me with Thine own strength, fear of the hotly of death annul.
Be ever Thou on my side O Lord. and take me under Thy banner of steel."
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