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Sikhism: Quotations from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Salvation
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  • Those who meditate on God attain salvation. For them, the cycle of birth and death is eliminated (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 11).

  • I have tasted the sublime essence of the Lord's Name; the Lord's Name carries everyone across. Says Kabeer, I have become like gold; doubt is dispelled, and I have crossed over this world. Like drops of water in the ocean, and like waves in the stream, I have merge with the Lord. Merging with God, I have become impartial and transparent, like the air (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1103).

  • In love with duality and maya, one's mind wanders unfocused. The love of maya has displaces all understanding; making mistakes, one lives in regret. But if one meets the true Guru, then he obtains the essence of reality; the Name of the Lord comes to dwell in his minds. The one who die in the Shabad and subdue his mind in it, obtains salvation. He erases his sins, and eliminates his anger; he keep the Guru's Shabad clasped tightly to his heart. The one who attunes to the Truth, remain balanced and detached forever. Subduing his egotism, he unites with God (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 116).

  • There is no other place of rest, none at all, except Naam, the Name of God. One attains success and salvation. All tasks perfectly resolves (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1341).

  • He has given you a body, wealth, property, peace and beautiful mansions. Nanak says, listen mind: why don't you remember God and meditate on Him? The Lord is the provider of all peace and comfort. There is no other at all. Nanak says, listen mind: salvation is attained by meditating on Him (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1426).

  • Meditating on whom salvation is attained; meditate on Him, O my friend. Nanak says, listen mind: your life is decreasing constantly (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1427).

  • One who is not touched by pleasure, pain, greed, emotional attachment and egotistical pride. Nanak says, listen mind: he is the very image of God. One who is beyond praise and slander, and looks upon gold and iron alike. Nanak says, listen mind: know that such a person attains salvation. One who is not affected by pleasure or pain, and looks upon friend and enemy alike. Nanak says, listen mind: know that such a person attains salvation (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1427).

  • In this era, salvation comes only by meditating on the Name of God. How rare are those who contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. They save themselves and save all their family as well (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 160).

  • Union with God is not obtained by arguments and egotism. But by offering your mind, the comfort of Naam is achieved. If occupied with duality and ignorance, you shall suffer. Without money, you cannot buy anything in the store. Without a boat, you cannot cross over the ocean. Without serving the Guru, you are at loss (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 226).

  • I have seen the world being destroyed by greed and egotism. Only by serving the Guru, God is realized and the true gate of salvation is found (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 228).

  • Do not think that you can meet God by mere words. You are wasting this life in the arrogance of wealth and glory of beauty (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 24).

  • Egotism and anger are wiped away when the Name of God dwells within the mind. Salvation is attained by meditating on the Naam with a pure mind (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 33).

  • The Guru's system is the way to salvation. The True Lord Himself comes to dwell in the mind. Through the Guru's system, the world is saved if it is embraced with love and affection. How rare is the person who truly loves the Guru's way. Through the Guru's system, everlasting peace is obtained. Through the Guru's system, Salvation is obtained. Serving the True Guru, one's family is saved. There is no salvation for those who have no Guru. Beguiled by worthless sins, they are struck down. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, the body finds peace and tranquility. The Gurmukh is not afflicted by pain. The Messenger of Death does not come near him. Nanak says, the Gurmukh becomes One with the True Lord (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 361).

  • He Himself is the true Guru; He Himself is the Lord. He Himself unites one with Him. As we follow the true Guru, He unites one with Himself with compassion. God Himself is the life of the world, O Nanak, He unites one with Himself like water mingled with water (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 41).

  • Life - I have found real life as a Gurmukh through His Love. The Lord's Name - He has given me the Lord's Name and enshrined it within each breath of my life. By contemplating the Name of the Lord within each breath of my life, all my doubts and sorrows have departed. Through the Guru's Word, I have meditated on the invisible and unapproachable Lord and obtained the pure and supreme status. The eternal melody resounds and the instruments play, singing the Bani of the true Guru. O Nanak, God the Great Provider has given me a gift; He has blended my light into His Light (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 442).

  • You will be enlightened through the Guru's teachings and remain absorbed in the Love of True Lord. Death does not exist there; your light will merge with the Light (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 55).

  • Gurmukh practices devotion with God's Grace; There cannot be devotional worship without the Guru. One who merges his own self into God gains knowledge and becomes pure. The Dear Lord is True, and True is the Gurbani. Union with God is obtained through the Shabad. O destiny, why have people even come into the world without devotion? They have not served the perfect Guru; they have wasted their lives in vain. The Lord Himself is the Provider. He is the Life of the world. He Himself forgives, and unites us with Himself (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 64).

  • In this world, I have enshrined the Great Provider (God) within my mind with the help of Guru's teachings. By performing devotional worship day and night, ego and emotional attachments are removed. Just like God, we become like Him, we become One with True One. Bestowing His Grace, He gives us His Love, by following Guru's Shabad (Gurbani). Intuitive peace develops by serving the true Guru while ego and desires vanish. The Lord, Provider of virtue, dwells forever within the minds of those who keep Truth enshrined within their hearts. My God is forever Immaculate and Pure. He can only be found with a pure mind. Egotism and pain are totally eliminated if the Treasure of Naam, the Name of God, abides within the mind. The true Guru has given me the Shabad, I am forever a sacrifice to him. You may say anything in your own mind, but selfishness and conceit cannot be eradicated without the Guru. Dear God, the Provider of peace, loves his devotees. With His Grace, He abides within the mind. Nanak says, God blesses us with wisdom. He Himself grants glorious greatness to the Gurmukhs (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 65).

  • I am a wrestler of the the Lord. I have tied a tall, plumed turban after meeting the Guru. Everyone have gathered to watch the wrestling match and the Lord Himself is present to behold it. The bugles play and the drums beat. The wrestlers enter the arena and circle around. I have thrown the five challengers to the ground and the Guru has patted me on the back. All have gathered together, but we shall return home by different routes. The gurmukhs reap their profits, while manmukhs lose their investment and depart. You are without color or mark. The Lord is seen to be manifest and present. Your devotees meditate on You by listening to Your Glories over and over; they are attuned to You, O Lord. I am the servant of the Lord age after age. The Guru has cut my bounds away. Nanak has searched, and found an opportunity and I shall not have to dance in the wrestling arena of life again. Simplified, the Shabad states that everyone has been born into this world and have gathered together. However, everyone will go to different routes when they die. The gurmukhs who love God and beat the five challenges (lust, anger, greed, emotional attachment, and ego) will be uplifted in the Kingdom of Lord and will never have to take birth again while the manmukhs who have only lived their life by selfish means loose the chance to meet God in their precious human life and take birth over and over again (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 74).

  • Deep within myself I have enshrined true love for my Beloved. My body and soul are in ecstasy; I see my Guru before me. I have recited the Name of God. I have obtained the profound ambrosial nectar from the perfect Guru. Gazing upon the true Guru, I blossom forth in ecstasy; I am in love with the Name of God. Through His mercy, the Lord has united me with Himself and I have found Salvation (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 758).

  • Where is that door, where You live, O Lord? What is that door called? Among all doors, who can find that door? For the sake of that door, I wander around sadly, detached from the world; if only someone would come and show me the way to that door. How can I cross over this ocean (world) while I am living and not dead. Pain is the door, and anger is the guard; hope and expectation are the two halves. Maya is the water in the valley; in the middle of this valley, the mortal has built his home, while the Primal Lord sits in the seat of Truth. You have so many Names, Lord, I do not know their limit. There is no other equal to You. Do not speak out loud, remain in your mind. The Lord Himself knows and takes action. As long as there is hope and expectation, the one speaks of One Lord. While midst hope, remain untouched by hope; then, O Nanak, you shall meet the One Lord. In this way, you shall cross over this ocean (world). This is the way to remain dead while yet alive (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 877).

  • Those who recite the Shabad deep within and understand themselves; they find the way to salvation. Their minds enter into the deepest state of meditation, and their light is absorbed into the Light (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 910).

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