Sunday, September 11, 2005

why I love you so...

I have not worshipped God from fear of his fire,
nor for love of his garden,
so that I should be like a hireling;
rather, I have worshipped him
for love of him and longing for him.

- Rabi'a al-Adawiya

Rabi'a al-Adawiya of Basra (d. 801), a Sufi and one of the early women in Islamic mysticism, identifies the motivation that characterizes the true Sufi, the geunine mystic of most tradtitions. One follows the Divine not out of fear, or a desire for the rewards of paradise, but because one is in love with God and is impassionaed with his presence everywhere, especially within. Only the pure motive moves the Divine, and only such an intention marks the authentic mystic. May we each strive for such purity of motive and the single-minded determination revealed by the sage of Basra.

p.s.// I don't know if others might have had similar experiences. But I feel that Sikhism is one religion which does not run on the wheels of fear. I don't come across Sikhs who pray for the fear of the wrath of Satguru if they don't pray. I think this is incredible. I guess our Gurus never instilled that concept in our making. However, praying without the expectation of rewards is yet to be witnessed. I know there are a very few who don't pray just to ask for Waheguru's gifts, but for his general mehar. Waheguru is so kind, he blesses us all without exception with almost anything and everything that each one of us needs.
Love Waheguru!!!


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Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

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Though, more importantly, this is a real nice post. I can relate to that quote so well, it describes my feelings.
When I pray the only thing I can think to say first is "Thank you." Thank you Guru Ji for blessing me with such an incredible life.
I then pray for my family and my close friends and the world.
I have in the past, mostly when I was a child, prayed for things for myself, and I always received those things. Now when I pray for myself, I ask only that I do God's will and that I am a servant of God, who never forgets God and remembers the love and sacrifice of the Guru in all my actions.
I have a passion for most of what I do in life. I have a strong passion for social justice and Seva. These I feel are my purpose in life. Even as passionate as I am about everything, nothing can compare to my longing to remember God in everything and to be a saint soldier in the light of the Guru. I can never feel a desire so strong as this.

Monday, September 12, 2005 2:21:00 PM  
Blogger Truth Seeker said...

Very true quote. Love of the Guru or God not for any motive but because it is the Truth and the ultimate objective.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous moorakh said...


vaaheguroo jeeo,

thanks for your post. great post.

i agree with your comments.

i feel sikhi does not run on the wheels of fear, but there is something similar, but totally different at the same time, which motivates sikhs. the first is bhola bhaau, or innocent love. sometimes the love we have for people has conditions. other times, it is impermanent. but bhola bhaau is just pure child-like innocent unwavering, unconditional, unprejudiced, unadulterated love. then, the second thing, which is related to fear but much different from it, is nirmal bhau, or stainless fear. stainless fear is not fear, perse, in the sense of being scared of the repercussions from some unknown entity. instead, it is a stainless, fearless, love-filled respect and aw for something so big and so great. it is the divine respect you have for a really amazing spiritual being. when you see a very old, wise, strong, warrior saint - you may be slightly fearful of him, but that fear is a respect for his strength and his God-given power, not for his anger. in the same way, our stainless fear of God is like an awe-filled love-filled respect for the magnificent creative power of the Almighty, which is beyond us, and also within us.

please forgive my mistakes,


Monday, September 26, 2005 1:01:00 AM  

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