Restless Mind!!

-=Sukh Tiwana=-

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Another example of a restless mind :
On one occasion a large Sangat was going for darshan of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. In those days they used to travel by foot. As they were going, a snake blocked their path. It kept coming in the way of Sangat. They thought, perhaps this snake too wants to go for Guruji’s Darshan. They had an earthen pot and they said to the snake that if it wanted to go for Guruji’s Darshan, it should enter the pot. That is what the snake did.

On reaching the Gurudwara, The sangat went for Guruji’s darshan. The all knowing Guru Ji asked, “Where is my other Sikh? You have not brought him in with you.” The Sangat said that there was no other Sikh, except for a snake in a pot, and they brought the pot placed it in front of Guru Ji. Guru Ji, aware of the wrong doing of the creature in its previous life, was forgiving. He sprinkles holy water on the creature and gave it salvation from the life of a snake. The Sangat asked, “Guru Ji what is this Kautak (strange happening)?”

Guru Ji explained that in its previous human life, this person had the habit of stealing. He did not refrain from stealing even in the Gurudwara. As he would respectfully get on his knees to bow his head before the Guru, he would make an offering of one rupee (Indian Currency) and, without anyone seeing, would pick up more. He used to attend Sangat daily. He would keep on thinking about money and at the end of his life he was still thinking about wealth. And so, he was reborn a snake. However, because he had been attending Sangat, he was aware that he had done wrong. For that reason he has come for Guru’s darshan to seek forgiveness. The True Guru is compassionate and saves those who came to Him. The wrong doing of the snake in its previous life was forgiven and its spirit was freed from that unhappy life.

“At the very last moment, one who thinks of wealth, and dies in such thoughts, shall be reincarnated over and over again, in the form of serpents.” (SGGS p.526)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh