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Sikhism: Quotations from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Materialistic Things and Wealth
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  • O mortal, why are you so proud of small things? With a few pounds of grain and a few coins in your pocket, you are totally puffed up with pride. Even if you control a hundred villages with great pomp and ceremony. Even if you have an income of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The power you exert will last for only a few days, just like the green leaves of the forest. No one has brought this wealth with them, and no one will take it with him when he dies. Emperors, even greater than Raawan, passed away in an instant. The Lord's devotees are steady and stable forever; they worship Him, adore Him, and chant the Lord's Name. Those who are mercifully blessed by God are given the chance to join the company of holy. Mother, father, spouse, children and wealth will not go along with you in the end. Kabeer says, meditate on God. Your life is uselessly wasting away (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1251).

  • 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).

  • Nanak says, you will die one day, so why do you bother to collect wealth and property? (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 24).

  • Maya has spread out her net, and in it, maya has placed the bait. The bird of desire is caught and cannot escape, O my mother. One who does not know the Lord who created him, comes and goes in reincarnation over and over again (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 50).

  • You will have to abandon the materialistic things you have collected. These entanglements will be of no use to you. You are in love with the things that will not go along with you. You think these things are your friends but in fact these are your enemies. In such confusion, the world has gone astray. The foolish mortal wastes this precious human life. He does not like to see Truth and righteousness. He is attached to falsehood and deception; they seem sweet to him. He loves gifts, but he forgets the Giver. The wretched creature does not even think of death. He cries to possess other people?s things. He forfeits all the merits of his good deeds and religion. He does not understand the Lord's Command and continues going through birth and death. He sins and then regrets afterwards (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 676).

  • The mortal does not realize that death is laughing and hovering over his head. Entangled in conflict, pleasure and egotism, he does not even think of death. So serve your true Guru; why wander around miserable and unfortunate? You gaze upon the transitory beautiful safflower, but why do you get attached to it? You commit sins again and again and keep gathering wealth to spend. But your dust shall mix with dust; you will arise and depart naked (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 809).

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