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Sikhism: Quotations from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Selfishness
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  • The self-willed manmukhs wander lost in reincarnation, confused and deluded by doubt. The Messenger of Death constantly beats them and disgraces them. Serving the true Guru, mortal's subservience to death is ended. He meets God and enters the Mansion of His Presence. O mortal, as a Gurmukh, meditate on Naam, the Name of God. In duality, you are ruining and wasting this priceless human life. You are trading it away in exchange for a penny. By God's grace, Gurmukh falls in love with Him. Enshrine loving devotion towards God deep within your heart. Shabad carries one across this terrifying world. Then one appears true in the True Court of God. One cannot find the true Guru by performing numerous rituals. Many wander lost and confused in Maya without the Guru. Egotism, possessiveness and attachment rises up and increases in the ones who love duality. The self-willed manmukhs suffer in pain. The Creator Himself is Inaccessible and Infinite. Chant the Word of Guru's Shabad and earn the true profit. The Lord is Independent, Ever-present, here and now. O Nanak, the Gurmukh merges in the Naam (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1261).

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • Serving the true Guru, I have found the Treasure of Excellence. Its value cannot be estimated. Dear God is my best friend. He will be my companion and support in the end. In this world, the Great Provider (God) is the Life of the World. The self-willed manmukhs have lost their honor. Without the true Guru, no one knows the way. The blind (manmukhs) find no place to rest. If the Lord, the Provider of peace, does not dwell within the mind, then they shall depart with regret in the end (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 65).

  • Wisdom and stability cannot be attained without the Guru, and the filth of greed does not depart from within. If the Lord's Name abides within the mind even for an instant, it is like bathing at all sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Filth does not stick to those who are true, however filth attaches itself to those who love duality. This filth cannot be washed off even by bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Manmukh does deeds in egotism and earns sheer pain. O Nanak, the filthy ones become clean only when they meet and surrender to the true Guru (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 87).

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