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Can Karma be undone?

asked 2016-10-04 12:21:11 -0600

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updated 2016-10-04 12:26:59 -0600

I was born and raised as a Sikh, however i did not know much about the religion. I still don't know much to be honest but I am learning on my own, I still don't how to read or write punjabi (I am planning to learn soon) and due to my lack of knowledge about Sikhi I fear that I have committed paap. I haven't done anything malicious to hurt anyone or make them feel bad about themselves, but because of my ignorance of Sikhi I have done things like try alcohol (I did not know it was forbidden in Sikhi). I have been regretting it for so long and I even went to the Gudwara numerous times and asked for forgiveness from god. My question is, if I did not know I was doing something bad and that it would create bad karma, can this Karma be undone? For example, I am trying to be positive, do the path I know as well as learn more, and also working on losing my anger. Can those items decrease my chance of receiving negative karma?

If I had committed paap, not knowing it was paap, will I still be punished?

The guilt eats away at me everyday, I confessed to my mom about what I did and she said you are a student in life and by realizing your mistake you are on the right path and god will forgive you. Im scared the karma of my actions will hurt those that I love and it is pushing me into depression.

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answered 2016-10-04 16:52:42 -0600

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updated 2016-10-04 17:37:38 -0600

Your mom is right, you are a student in life, that’s what a Sikh is. What I love about your message is that you are both willing to learn, and you are learning! It’s okay if you don’t know how to read or write Punjabi. You can learn, and its never too late (no matter how old you are). It would be helpful to be able to understand the original Gurbani. Prayers teach us the steps on how to meet God, which is the purpose of our life. But also you should know that the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is for everyone! So you can read it in English too. You don’t have to be able to know how to read gurmukhi to be able to meet God. I went to visit my uncle this summer and he told me that some of the people in the sangat that he did simran with didn’t know how to read or write- they were illiterate. Yet they had worked hard at their spirituality, and they had met God. So don’t feel like it’s something that’s going to prevent you from reaching your purpose ☺

It’s always really nice when you have someone to work on learning more about Sikhi together. It makes it easier- in my experience I had a really hard time doing it on my own, but when I had people to clarify things, and teach me, it was a lot easier. That could be friends, relatives, or even your mom. But choose someone who knows more than you and you can learn from. Then you can also share what you learn. That’s why going into sangat is important (at the Gurdwara). It uplifts us and reminds us of the path. Keep going to the gurdwara. Sometimes it can be hard to follow along at the gurdwara if we don’t know as much as we would like. If you don’t know how to read gurbani and they are doing prayers, you can follow along in English for example (look up pdfs online, there are lots), or just listen. If you can’t find someone else who is willing to do this with you, it’s totally fine to do it on your own. There’s lots of resources online to help you.

Now coming to the point about paap. We all make mistakes. If you ask God for forgiveness, you are forgiven. When you are truly sorry and you are honest about what you have done, God knows that. It seems like the step you are stuck at is being able to forgive yourself. That’s a really important thing. There’s a difference between guilt and shame and a lot of people mix them up. Guilt is when you feel bad about what you did, but you learn from your mistakes and you move on. Shame is when you think you are a bad person for what you ... (more)

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I have read your response numerous times since you replied and honestly I can't express how appreciative I am. I have been doing a lot of path lately as well as the tips you have given me and I've been feeling so much better. I also checked out the websites you recommended, thanks again :)

CuriousSikh123 gravatar imageCuriousSikh123 ( 2016-10-08 02:02:53 -0600 )edit

this version of nitnem has translations and pronunciations in english http://www.nyu.edu/clubs/usa/docs/nitnem.pdf + you can listen to a youtube video of the prayer to hear the proper pronunciation/or get someone to correct you as you read

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2016-10-08 02:07:09 -0600 )edit

lol didn't see your comment when i was typing! i've asked the same questions you have in the past so i'm happy to help out. I'm glad you found some comfort in my words and were able to check out those links!

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2016-10-08 02:11:02 -0600 )edit
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answered 2016-10-04 12:31:48 -0600

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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

You need to stop worrying about your karam, and just walk the path. We all do bad stuff, but Guru ji will forgive us if we follow what he teaches.

The Word of the Guru's Shabad eradicates the karma of millions of past actions. ||3||1|| Ang 1195

Just remember Waheguru and Guru ji can't make mistakes, but we do. That's why we need him.

Bul chuk maf

Sat Sri Akaal

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Your right, instead of looking back I should be looking forward. Thank you :)

CuriousSikh123 gravatar imageCuriousSikh123 ( 2016-10-08 02:04:01 -0600 )edit
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answered 2016-10-09 20:34:57 -0600

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I understand where you're coming from totally as I myself have engaged in so many anti-sikhi acts :/ the result is that I'm battling depression day and night. I also have the worst reputation amongst others and frequently get gossiped about.

All I can say to you is, all the amazing brahm gianni Sikhs started off by being nothing more than we are right now. We have to have basically experienced the lowest of the low in order to reach the highest of the high (exceptions for those blessed gursikhs maharaj sends). Karma shouldn't even be an issue tbh. If we have done wrong it's entirely up to the Akaal Purkh whether he punishes us or not, it solely depends on our efforts to build our relationship with him. That being said, us trying to better ourselves shouldn't be based on the reason of karma or fear, it should be out of love. We need to really feel the remorse of being disconnected from maharaj, and prove to him we realise how wrong we were.

Prove your utmost pyaar through doing nitnem, sacrificing your sleep and waking up at amrtivela for him, meditating on him with soo much concentration and basically anything you would do for a person you love. That is, giving up your own precious time to spend with that loved one. What we forget is that maharaj is the only loved one that will never leave :)

I know you can do this, you have the power of bani to help you. Good luck!

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