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Sikhism: Quotations from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Ego, Pride and Arrogance
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  • When the body is filled with ego and selfishness, the cycle of birth and death does not end (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 126).

  • 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).

  • Meditate and listen to the Name of the Lord, and give it to everyone. In this way, the filth of lifetimes of #karma# shall be removed and egotistical pride shall vanish from your mind. Sexual desire and anger shall not seduce you and greed will depart (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 135).

  • Lust, anger, egotism, jealousy and desires are eliminated by chanting the Name of Lord (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1389).

  • Renounce sexual desire, anger, falsehood and slander; forsake maya and eliminate egotistical pride. Renounce lust and promiscuity, and give up emotional attachment. Only then shall you obtain the Immaculate Lord amidst the darkness of the world. Renounce selfishness, conceit and arrogant pride, and your love for your children and spouse. Abandon your thirsty hopes and desires, and embrace love for the Lord. O Nanak, the true one shall come to dwell in your mind. Through the True Word of Shabad, you shall be absorbed in the Name of Lord (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 141).

  • Lord is not known while practicing egotism, even if one wears religious robes. Rare are the #Gurmukhs# who surrender their mind in devotional worship. Practicing egotism, selfishness and conceit, the True Lord is not obtained. But when egotism departs, the state of supreme dignity is obtained. The kings act in egotism, and undertake all sorts of expeditions. But through their egotism, they are ruined; they die, only to be reborn over and over again. Egotism is overcome only by contemplating on the Shabad. One who restrains his fickle mind, subdues the five passions. The Celestial Mansion is intuitively found with True Lord dwelling within oneself. The state of supreme dignity is obtained by understanding the Sovereign Lord (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 226).

  • Acting in egotism, selfishness and conceit, the foolish, ignorant, faithless cynic wastes his life. He dies in agony, like one dying of thirst; O Nanak, this is because of the deeds he has done (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 260).

  • Those who keep the Lord enshrined within their hearts are called the devotees of God. Submitting your mind and body to the Lord, you can conquer and eradicate egotism from your mind (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 28).

  • The self-willed manmukhs are polluted. They are filled with the pollution of egotism, wickedness and desire. Without the Shabad, this pollution cannot be washed off. They waste away in misery through the cycle of birth and death (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 29).

  • 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).

  • One who eliminates mental wickedness from the mind, and casts out emotional attachment and egotistical pride. That one who comes to recognize the All-pervading Soul and is intuitively absorbed into the Naam (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 38).

  • O mind, you are so full of pride; loaded with pride you will depart from this world. Maya has fascinated you over and over, and lured you into reincarnation. You shall depart clinging to your pride, O foolish mind. In the end, you shall regret and repent. You are afflicted with the diseases of ego and desire, and you are wasting your life in vain. The self-willed manmukh does not remember God. Thus he shall regret and repent hereafter. Nanak says: O mind, you are full of pride; loaded with pride, you will depart. O mind, don't be so proud of yourself, as if you know it all; A Gurmukh is humble and modest. Ignorance and ego is within the mind; through the True Word of the Shabad, this filth is washed away. Be humble and surrender to the true Guru; do not attach your identity to your ego. The world is consumed by ego and arrogance; realize it, lest you will lose your own self as well. Make yourself follow the sweet will of the true Guru and remain attached to His Sweet Will. Nanak says: renounce your ego and self-conceit; obtain peace and let your mind abide in humility. Blessed was the time when I met the true Guru and God came into my consciousness. I became very blissful because my mind and body found natural peace (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 441).

  • The world is drunk, engrossed in sexual desire, anger and egotism. Seek the sanctuary of the saints, and fall at their feet; your suffering and darkness shall be removed (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 51).

  • 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).

  • Engrossed in sexual desire, anger and egotism, one wanders around insane. When the messenger of death hits him on the head with his club, then he regrets and repents. Without the Perfect Divine Guru, one roams around like satan (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 708).

  • I have obtained the supreme status by singing the Guru's Hymns; meeting with the devotees of God, I am blessed and adorned. Anger and attachment have left my body; hypocrisy and doubts are eradicated. The pain of egotism is gone, and I have found peace. My body has become healthy and free of disease. By Guru's Grace, O Nanak, I have realized God, the ocean of virtue (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 773).

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