The Creator Sees All As Equal.

English: Guru Granth Sahib Ji
English: Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 30, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion which originated in India during the 15th century. There are between 25 to 30 million adherents of the Sikh tradition, begun some six centuries ago by Guru Nanak Dev, the first of ten Sikh gurus. The primary text of the tradition is the holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib.

The followers of Sikh traditions (Sikhi) have the principle belief in the one God, who Sikhs call Waheguru, guided to realization and connection with the one God through adherence to the teachings  of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, along with the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak summed up Sikh teaching with the following statement: “Realization of truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living”.

The basic Sikh teachings include the view that all human beings are equal, and that there should be no discrimination based on creed, caste, or gender. No matter a person’s sex, religion, or race, all are equal in the eyes of Waheguru (God). In the teachings Waheguru is sightless, shapeless, timeless, and infinite in power over everything – omnipresent. God can be seen in all of creation and this is in the awareness of those who are spiritually awakened.

Although God is not fully understandable by human beings, God is not wholly unknowable. Through the disciplined practice of meditation one can experience communication with God, a view that other spiritual traditions share. The biggest obstacle to one’s communicating and connecting with God and truth is one’s ego. As realization of truth, and truthful living, is the supreme purpose of life, honest meditation can bring about the taming of one’s ego, allowing for the possible connection with God and truth.

All human beings share the same quality of holding truth inside the body, the truth being timeless and deathless. When a person accesses truth and it shines in that person’s heart, the man or woman then understands the wisdom contained in the religious texts of every spiritual tradition.

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) was an American writer of novels whose “The Good Earth” was the best-selling fictional book in 1931 and 1932 in the USA. Ms. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. She was one of the first writers to receive an English translation of the Guru Granth Sahib. She said the following about the Sikh sacred book:

“I have studied the scriptures of the great religions, but I do not find elsewhere the same power of appeal to the heart and mind as I find here in these volumes. They are compact in spite of their length, and are a revelation of the vast reach of the human varying from the most noble concept of God, to the recognition and indeed the insistence upon the practical needs of the body. There is something strangely modern about the scriptures and this puzzled me until I learned that they are in fact comparatively modern, compiled as late as the 16th century, when explorers were beginning to discover that the globe upon which we all live is a single entity divided only by arbitrary lines of our own making. Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes. They speak to a person of any religion or of none. They speak for the human heart and the searching mind.”

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You may have an awareness of the Sikh traditions through study of the religious texts of Sikhism. For those who may have only heard of the Sikh tradition, or who have never heard of it, this video will perhaps serve as a type of introduction. In my view there can never be too much understanding between men and women from the various regions and nations around the Earth.

 

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Perceptions Of A New Way.

Posted November 29, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

mountain22“What Would It Look Like?”, a spirituality-based short documentary, came out in 2009 and focuses on a philosophy of life on Earth that is becoming more and more appreciated by men and women around the world. The short documentary film’s producers combined commentary, visual images from around the Earth, and a soundtrack which puts the dramatic touch on the film’s message.

The message is never articulated directly, as the film has a kind of pacing which is subtle, leaning on spiritual, metaphysical, and philosophical feelings and ideas, never issuing any type of demand but making mild-mannered suggestions. The men and women in the film are never seen in any state of anger and speak as ones who have no desire for confrontation or separation, but unity.

The filmmakers have created a twenty-minute chance for viewers to simply become silent observers of the world humanity has created. One could call it a kind of not totally silent meditation – a relaxed conversation about the largest issues facing the human race. My view of the film is that it’s most important accomplishment is creating a feeling in the viewer, a feeling which, if absent, makes it impossible to even begin to consider what it will take to bring about good changes on Earth.

My guess is that the men and women who appeared in the film, as well as those who took the actions off camera for completing the project, looked at the final version and shared the same view that what became actualized was a feeling. The film’s title is “What Would It Look Like?”, and it is most definitely a spiritual/philosophical statement that the film makes. Perhaps we can look at it this way – the film opens the door of possibility for humanity.

The work doesn’t offer specific, academic, highly complex solutions. It doesn’t point the finger at the responsible person(s) who have taken the actions leading to the world’s present conditions. In essence, the film does a very good job of starting a global conversation which leads to no-one knows exactly where. The documentary opens up a worldwide discussion in the correct way by setting the mood needed for a good discussion going forward.

The door is now open and since 2009 many millions of men and women around the world have dared to walk through in the search for a better way of living on Earth. Somewhere along the road these millions of people have experienced the feeling produced by “What Would It Look Like?” It is not an entirely original feeling, but one that has been around since the beginning of the world. It is a feeling which will be around from here to eternity.

As the brother from South America pointed out in the documentary: “many things that were once considered utopian are now – every day – considered normal parts/routines of human beings’ reality”.

So, the title of this short film asks “What Would It Look Like?” “It” is the world – life on Earth. The question is a simple-sounding one, yet holds the entire creation, and the future generations of the entire human race, in its vision. And what is that feeling which has been present since the beginning of the world and will be around for eternity?

Love.

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(Video source: Globaloneness channel – YouTube)