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where Guru Nanak went to visit One man told his friend: “Have you heard the news? Guru Nanak is staying near here!” “Who? Uh, oh yeah, I think I’ve heard of him…?” “He is a true man of God.
I will not eat or drink until I meet the Guru!” Every day those men would walk home together from work. The one friend was definitely going to visit the Guru. “Wahiguru, Wahiguru…” And the other friend was thinking about it,
“I might as well go visit the Guru… I guess…” And when he left home he told his wife,
“Goodbye honey I’m going to go see, uh, Guru Nanak.” “Please, bring this money to the Guru and ask him to bless our family.” “We don’t have much, but we HAVE to give to the Guru!”
Our children even gave the little money they had.” “Aw, that’s cute. Yeah, the Guru,
he’ll definitely get the money. Don’t worry.” On the way to visit the Guru…
he saw a woman on the side of the road… “No, don’t go THAT way.
Come THIS way with me. I can show you a good time.” “We can go and gamble and spend ALL your money heheheh.
C’mon, you can buy you some alcohol!” “Well… uh… that that does kind of sound like a WHOLE LOT OF FUN… heh…” “Well, I’m going THIS way:
Towards the Guru.” “Ummmmmm…
…uhhhhhhhh….” Woman: “Do you like to smoke? [takes a drag]
Here, have this cigarette. Your wife will NEVER find out you’re with me.” “Yeeaahh, I’m just gonna go with her this time.” “YAY! Let’s go in there. There’s so much I want you to buy me!” So that friend went to waste all his wife and children’s money on cigarettes, and alcohol, and gambling. [drunken laughing] He got drunk, and he smoked. He had fun with people who waste their lives doing nothing good. And when he came home… he LIED to his wife… [she asked] “What was it like being with the Guru???” “Uh, oh yeah the Guru… uh… Yeah, it was really, uhh,
you know, blissful, and stuff. Yeah.” [wife] “Did he receive our offering???” “Offering? What offering? Oh yeah! The money! Yeah yeah yeah…” “He, uh, you know, he blessed us and lots of stuff…” Meanwhile, the other friend had spent his time in the presence of the Guru and the devoted, saintly people “Oh, Guru ji! I am a sacrifice unto you.” “Please receive my offering to you and use it to serve the poor.” “I’m I’m ever at your service great Guru!
Please just let me be at your feet…” Every day the two friends would walk home together,
and then they would split ways One would go to the Guru to listen to the Guru’s words, to sing, [chanting ‘Wahiguru’]… …give charity, and be with the good sangat While the other friend would go with that woman.
He lied to his wife and children, and he wasted their offering. He spent their money gambling, drinking,
and smoking with that woman. He spent his time with bad sangat.
With low people who waste their lives… This happened every day, for several days… Finally the one friend said, “You know, you always spend time in the Guru’s court doing good deeds…
while I lie to my wife and kids…” “And I waste all my time not doing anything good…” “But neither of our lives have changed!” “You’re still the same you… and I’m still the same me.
So what does it matter if we do good or bad?!” “Our lives are just the same anyways!” The one friend said, “Let us ask ‘The Heavens’ this question. I’m sure we’ll get the right answer!” “Tomorrow, after I visit with the Guru, and after you go and do whatever you do, let us meet again.” “We will meet right here under the tree,
and the answer shall come to us!” “Sounds like a deal!
I’m really curious to see what’s gonna happen!” “OK my friend, I’ll see you tomorrow!” So the next day, he went & sat in the presence of the Guru,
& listened to the Divine Teachings & sang the Gurbani… The other friend went again with the woman… The man who was always doing the bad deeds, came to the meeting spot first “Are you there buddy? No? Huh…” So he waited… [humming a tune to himself]
…and waited… and he got bored waiting… So he started drawing lines in the dirt
[digging sound] Out of the dirt he found a gold piece! “GOLD!”
So he dug more… and he found a jar! He thought, “My lucky day!
Maybe there’s more gold in here too!?!” [digging sound] But inside the jar there was just coal “Coal, ah, that’s disappointing.
Well, I did find one gold piece!” “At least I have a little good luck, hahah!” After a while of waiting the other friend came from being with the Guru, “[in pain] Uhhh…” He was limping, “Ooh, ahhh, ughhh my foot!” “What happened to you??” “[in pain] AHhhh, when I was walking back from from being with the Guru…” “I slipped and my foot fell right on a big thorn!!
It gouged through my foot!!! “What bad luck I have! Uhhhh…” Both of them were confused “This does’t make any sense! We asked The Heavens if it matters whether we do good or bad actions…” “And THIS is the answer!??” “I did bad, and I got gold!” “While you did good, and you got an injury!” “I’m sure The Heavens HAVE given us proper answer!” “I don’t understand this answer.
What does it mean!!?” “I admit, I don’t understand it either…
Let us go ask the Guru!” “He will definitely help us to understand.” So the next day they both went to Guru Nanak “Guru ji… everyday I come to you, and every day my friend tells his family he’s coming to see you as well…” “But instead, he goes with this woman who convinces and seduces him… [continues explaining]” He described the whole situation.
How each had spent their time and how he got hurt while his friend found gold “So, we are both confused. What’s the message ‘The Heavens’ are trying to tell us ??” The Guru explained “In a past life you were a thief and stole from many people…” “…you told many lies and you did many corrupt things…” “In this life you were destined to be killed by a spike.” “But, in this life you have made so much progress…” “You have used your time well,
and you have cleaned your heart with the holy Naam…” “You have merged in the holy sangat,
and you have burned your karma.” “Because of this self-work your karma has
been reduced SO much…” “…that instead of dying…
…all you received was a foot injury.” “Wahiguru! Guru ji, humbly thank you!” “…And, my friend?” Guru Nanak: “You were virtuous in your past life.” “I was???” Guru: “You shared with others.” “Once, you gave a gold piece to a holy man…
and because of your devotion & sincerity…” “…that gold coin multiplied many times…” “…You were meant to come to whole jar full of gold…” “But because of your deeds…
you have burned your good karma…” “The gold turned into coal…” “…and you received only that one coin you first gave…” Both men were humbled & bowed down to the Guru with gratitude [both say: “Wahiguru”] We all have karma… but there is no good luck or bad luck What we get in life is because of our past actions Do not waste your precious life! Instead, be around saintly people as much as you can If you have bad karma your bad luck will be reduced And if you have good karma,
your good luck will not be wasted… …like the friend whose gold
turned into coal The Guru says: ‘sukh dukh purab janam ke kie’
“Pleasure & pain are the consequences of actions from your past lives” ‘so jaanai jin datai deeai’
“The Giver who blesses us with these, alone knows why” ‘kis ko dos dehi to praani’
“Oh mortal, who can you blame…?” ‘saho apnaa keeaa karaaraa hai’
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