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Home of the Beloved

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ਮੇਰੋ ਸੁੰਦਰੁ ਕਹਹੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਕਿਤੁ ਗਲੀ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਬਤਾਵਹੁ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਹਮ ਪੀਛੈ ਲਾਗਿ ਚਲੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ

“Tell me on what path will I find my Beloved? O’ Saints of the Lord,
show me the Way, and I shall follow.” (Page 527 SGGS)

In a deeply touching verse, Guru Ram Das seeks
to know the way to the Beloved’s home. Our
Gurus were one with Wahe Guru, the query
is made on behalf of all of humanity. There is a deep
thirst within our being, a longing that is not fulfilled by
worldly relationships, amassing material acquisitions, or
making pilgrimages to holy shrines. Sri Guru Granth
Sahib shows us the path that reunites our yearning Soul
with the Cosmic Force from which it has been separated
Jessi Kaur elucidates on the basic concepts of
Sri Guru Granth Sahib in her book
“Home of the Beloved”
ਮੇਰੋ ਸੁੰਦਰੁ ਕਹਹੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਕਿਤੁ ਗਲੀ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਬਤਾਵਹੁ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਹਮ ਪੀਛੈ ਲਾਗਿ ਚਲੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
“Tell me on what path will I find my Beloved? O’ Saints of the Lord,
show me the Way, and I shall follow.” (Page 527 SGGS)
for aeons. It is a path that is finer than a strand of hair
and sharper than a razor’s edge. It is a course that is
ridden with distractions and pitfalls. Jessi Kaur shared
excerpts from her upcoming book Home of the Beloved
in which she explored the trail laid out by the Gurus
that leads us back to Nijghar, our true home.
In Home of the Beloved, a coffee table book
released in February 2020, Jessi Kaur elucidates the
basic concepts of Sri Guru Granth Sahib(SGGS)
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that describe the soul’s journey back to its Creator.
In its Divine Wisdom the message of SGGS is
as edifying as it is inspiring, as fortifying to the
human spirit as it is cautionary about the pitfalls
on the path to liberation. It shows the way to the
Light as much as enables us to recognise the pull
of maya that is our consort during our journey on
this planet. In Home of the Beloved Jessi Kaur lays
out the blueprint embedded in SGGS that takes us
back to our true home, Sach Khand. She has done
this with devotion and soulful understanding that
comes only with Gurprasad. In the five sections
of Home of the Beloved she expounds the Truth
as revealed to Guru Nanak, the practice that
empowers those that walk the path, the states of
being that comprise the highs and lows of the
human experience, the obstacles faced, and the
abodes of consciousness that mark the journey.
Some excerpts from the book
Mero sundar kaho miley kit gali
Har kay sant batavo marg hum pecchai lag chali
How do I find the path that leads to my
Beloved?
O Saints of the Lord, show me the Way, and
I shall follow. (Page 527 SGGS)
In a deeply touching verse, Guru Ram Das
seeks to know the way to the Beloved’s home.
Our Gurus were one with Wahe Guru, the query
is made on behalf of all of humanity. There is a
deep thirst within our being, a longing that is
not fulfilled by worldly relationships, amassing
material acquisitions, or making pilgrimages to
holy shrines. Sri Guru Granth Sahib shows us
the path that reunites our yearning soul with the
Cosmic Force from which it has been separated.
It is a path that is finer than a strand of hair and
sharper than a razor’s edge. It is a course that
is ridden with distractions and pitfalls. With
Gurprasad, we are led to our true where ever
lasting anand (bliss) prevails.
IK
Ikas te hoayo ananta Nanak Ikas mahe samaey jeo
From Oneness the Creator has brought forth the
countless multitudes, says Nanak
They shall merge into the One once again.
(SGGS p.131)
Ik is used as a proper noun for the One
Creator. Of all the sacred spiritual concepts,
Ik is most important to understand. Ik is the
cornerstone on which the message of Sri Guru
Granth Sahib is based. Ik is the Source of all that
exists. Ik is the Cause behind all causes, without
beginning or end. Although transcendental and
invisible, Ik is manifested in all creation, and is an
intrinsic part of it. Ik is also the unifying presence
within creation. Ik is changeless, a force that
remains constant in a dynamic universe.
Ik is written as numeral ‘one’ and stands
for the One Universal Creative Force. Numeral
one symbolises Ik’s singular and unique nature.
Ik is indivisible, infinite, and fathomless. Ik
existed before time, and shall continue to exist
when everything else, even time and space, have
dissolved.
The Universe, with its awe–inspiring diversity,
is a play of Ik. People across the world may have
distinct features, various lifestyles, their own
unique cultures, but they constitute one human
race. Just like the unifying diversity that is visible
in the distinct colours of the rainbow that meld
into each other, the waves that rise and ebb but
remain a part of the ocean, musical notes that are
different but combine to make a beautiful melody,

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