To make this journey to the mountain of God, the Guru has given us a Map. Of course, we are still seekers without it and can still reach the top, but why not use the map? The Map is Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Now, there’s little point bowing before a map all the time; the point is to read it and make the journey. So read a translation or learn Punjabi and get travelling – praying with Japji Sahib, Rehras Sahib and simran, and building up from there.
The Guru also gave us equipment for this journey. These are the five Ks. You can travel without them, but why not use them? They might be useful.
The Guru suggested that we travel in a sangat – a party of spiritual mountaineers. It makes life easier – other people may be better at using the equipment, other people may be better map-readers – there is less chance of getting lost. This is the Sadh Sangat, the company of the pure, or would-be pure anyway.
Amrit is signing up for the equipment and the team, and the Sikh Reht Maryada is a handbook for the equipment. If you’re travelling without these aids good luck to you., as long as you’re seeking/travelling, you’ll always be a Sikh.
But one question: do you really want to climb the top of the mountain? Only you know the answer. Why not use the whole spiritual discipline of the Guru – Gurmat to get to the top most effectively and safely?
Kanwar Ranvir Singh