This morning's shabad from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib extends and inverts this trope. After poetically describing the way in which the True Guru trickles Ambrosial Nectar into the mouth of the faithful, the texts reads:
ਦਸਵੈ ਦੁਆਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਇ ਆਇਆ ॥
My Tenth Gate has been opened and revealed.
[Guru Ram Das on pannaa 1069]
In SIkh teaching, the Tenth Gate refers to a region in the head that eventually opens through the study of sacred texts (Gurbani) and self-discipline in the ways of the holy (Gurmat) - in contrast to the Christian invitation into God's body, the Sikh invites God into her own body. It is only through an opening of the self - a turning oneself over to the spirit of God - that we achieve a state of heightened awareness re: ourselves, those around us and our world as a whole. In short, by giving ourselves over to the workings of the world and opening our own gates, we find a life not of happiness but of joy deep within the soul: "In intuitive peace he wakes, and in intuitive peace he sleeps" (Guru Ram Das on pannaa 1069).
ਕਹਤੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਨਵੈ ਘਰ ਮੂਸੇ ਦਸਵੈਂ ਤਤੁ ਸਮਾਈ ॥
Says Kabeer, the nine openings of the body are being plundered; rise up to the Tenth Gate, and discover the true essence.
[Devotee Kabir on pannaa 339]
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