Friday, May 8, 2009

Glorious Floating

This morning's shabad from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib touched me during a time of trial:

ਜਾ ਕੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਬਨੀ
God's Glory is manifest in each and every heart.

[Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Pannaa 182]

There is something deeply comforting - a cradling of the soul - in knowing that God resides both in us, as well as in others. For me, this state-of-being transforms laborious paper-writing into a (still not joyous, but at least precious!) process of unraveling God's word; it transforms provocative encounters with 'difficult people' into beautiful expressions of life's complex contraries; it transforms trying health conditions into opportunities for spiritual investment. How might it transform your challenges?

ਜਿਸੁ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਡੂਬਤ ਪਾਹਨ ਤਰੇ
Remembering God in meditation, sinking stones are made to float.

[Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Pannaa 182]

Amidst our daily sinking, God's presence lifts us up that we may glide with the steady crashing of waves.

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