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Sikhism: Quotations from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Rituals
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  • Some apply ceremonial marks to their foreheads, hold rosary beads in their hands, and wear religious robes. Some people think that the Lord is a toy to play with. If I am insane, then I am Yours, O Lord. How can people know my secret? I do not pick leaves as offerings and I do not worship idols. All services are useless without devotional worship of the Lord. I worship the true Guru; forever and ever, I surrender myself to Him. By such service, I find peace in the Kingdom of God. People say that Kabeer has gone insane. Only the Lord realizes the secret of Kabeer (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1158).

  • Practicing egotism and selfishness, some people try to impress others by showing off. They perform all sorts of rituals, but they gain no acceptance. Without You, Lord, nothing happens at all. You forgive those who are adorned with the word of Your Shabad. People are born, and they die, but they do not understand the Lord. Night and day, they wander, in love with duality. The lives of the self-willed manmukhs are useless; in the end, they die, regretting and repenting (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 127).

  • Burnt offerings, sacred feasts, intense meditations with the body upside-down, pooja, and taking millions of cleansing baths at sacred shrines of pilgrimage: the merits of all these can be obtained by enshrining Lord within your heart for a fraction of a second (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1349).

  • One enshrines Naam within their hearts by God's Grace. Even beasts, ghosts and the stone-hearted are saved. The Naam is the panacea, the remedy to cure all ills. Singing the Glory of God is the embodiment of bliss and emancipation. It cannot be obtained by any religious rituals. O Nanak, he alone obtains it, who has it in his destiny (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 274).

  • Even if one takes cleansing baths at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, wanders over the whole planet, and performs all the rituals of purification day and night, still, without the true Guru, darkness still prevails (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 495).

  • Pilgrimages, fasts, purification and setting limits are of no use, nor are rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship. O Nanak, emancipation comes only by loving devotional worship; through duality, people are engrossed in duality (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 75).

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