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Does Gurbani has contradictions in it ?

asked 2019-06-14 05:21:22 -0600

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updated 2019-06-17 11:35:25 -0600

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ਭਰੀਐ ਹਥੁ ਪੈਰੁ ਤਨੁ ਦੇਹ ॥ भरीऐ हथु पैरु तनु देह ॥ When the hands and the feet and the body are dirty,

ਪਾਣੀ ਧੋਤੈ ਉਤਰਸੁ ਖੇਹ ॥ पाणी धोतै उतरसु खेह ॥
water can wash away the dirt.

ਮੂਤ ਪਲੀਤੀ ਕਪੜੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ मूत पलीती कपड़ु होइ ॥
When the clothes are soiled and stained by urine,

ਦੇ ਸਾਬੂਣੁ ਲਈਐ ਓਹੁ ਧੋਇ ॥ दे साबूणु लईऐ ओहु धोइ ॥
soap can wash them clean.

ਭਰੀਐ ਮਤਿ ਪਾਪਾ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ॥ भरीऐ मति पापा कै संगि ॥
But when the intellect is stained and polluted by sin,

ਓਹੁ ਧੋਪੈ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੈ ਰੰਗਿ ॥ ओहु धोपै नावै कै रंगि ॥
it can only be cleansed by the Love of the Name.

ਪੁੰਨੀ ਪਾਪੀ ਆਖਣੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ पुंनी पापी आखणु नाहि ॥
Virtue and vice do not come by mere words;

ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਣਾ ਲਿਖਿ ਲੈ ਜਾਹੁ ॥ करि करि करणा लिखि लै जाहु ॥
actions repeated, over and over again, are engraved on the soul.

ਆਪੇ ਬੀਜਿ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਖਾਹੁ ॥ आपे बीजि आपे ही खाहु ॥ You shall harvest what you plant.

ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਆਵਹੁ ਜਾਹੁ ॥੨੦॥ नानक हुकमी आवहु जाहु ॥२०॥
O Nanak, by the Hukam of God's Command, we come and go in reincarnation. ||20||

This shabad says that everything is in our hands you shall harvest what you plant.

ਆਖਣਿ ਜੋਰੁ ਚੁਪੈ ਨਹ ਜੋਰੁ ॥ आखणि जोरु चुपै नह जोरु ॥
No power to speak, no power to keep silent.

ਜੋਰੁ ਨ ਮੰਗਣਿ ਦੇਣਿ ਨ ਜੋਰੁ ॥ Jor na mangaṇ ḏeṇ na jor. No power to beg, no power to give.

ਜੋਰੁ ਨ ਜੀਵਣਿ ਮਰਣਿ ਨਹ ਜੋਰੁ ॥ जोरु न जीवणि मरणि नह जोरु ॥
No power to live, no power to die.

ਜੋਰੁ ਨ ਰਾਜਿ ਮਾਲਿ ਮਨਿ ਸੋਰੁ ॥ जोरु न राजि मालि मनि सोरु ॥
No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers.

ਜੋਰੁ ਨ ਸੁਰਤੀ ਗਿਆਨਿ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ जोरु न सुरती गिआनि वीचारि ॥ No power to gain intuitive understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation.

ਜੋਰੁ ਨ ਜੁਗਤੀ ਛੁਟੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ जोरु न जुगती छुटै संसारु ॥
No power to find the way to escape from the world.

ਜਿਸੁ ਹਥਿ ਜੋਰੁ ਕਰਿ ਵੇਖੈ ਸੋਇ ॥ जिसु हथि जोरु करि वेखै सोइ ॥
He alone has the Power in His Hands. He watches over all.

ਨਾਨਕ ਉਤਮੁ ਨੀਚੁ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥੩੩॥ नानक उतमु नीचु न कोइ ॥३३॥
O Nanak, no one is high or low. ||33||

This shabad says that everything is in God's hands what is the reality?please explain

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answered 2019-06-14 09:57:14 -0600

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updated 2019-06-14 12:02:53 -0600

Everything is in God's hands This is our reality.

ਆਖਣਿ (saying) ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਚੁਪੈ (silence) ਨਹ (no) ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ॥

you speak because God wishes, so many species cannot communicate and so many people are born mute, You can't stay silent when grief strikes you, even if you try to control you will cry loud, this is because God has commanded this.

ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਨ (no) ਮੰਗਣਿ (request) ਦੇਣਿ (give) ਨ (no) ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will)॥

You can't force God to give you something he doesn't want to ( like choosing your spouse, how much you like another girl or boy you will marry the one you are commanded to). You can't Donate/ give to the poor or needy for example or give some one happiness, you give so because God has ordered you to.

ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਨ (no) ਜੀਵਣਿ (life) ਮਰਣਿ (death) ਨਹ (no) ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ॥

People whose time is up cannot extend their lives even if they try their best ( e.g. people suffering from Cancer don't want to die, but their life will end when its written). People who are in suffering and want to die won't die like old people who are fed up with life and want to die soon, but will die when God has written for them to die.

ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਨ (no) ਰਾਜਿ (kingdom) ਮਾਲਿ (wealth) ਮਨਿ (mind) ਸੋਰੁ ॥

Lot of people try to kings, holy men, rich but only those who are ordered shall become respectively.

ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਨ(no) ਸੁਰਤੀ (beauty) ਗਿਆਨਿ (knowledge) ਵੀਚਾਰਿ (thought) ॥

A person who has no spiritual enlightenment, beauty written in his destiny, will not receive it no matter how much he tries

ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਨ (no) ਜੁਗਤੀ (world) ਛੁਟੈ (leave) ਸੰਸਾਰੁ (life - death) ॥

Only God can decide who will be mukt( free from cycle of death and birth) it is not in our hands.

ਜਿਸੁ (that) ਹਥਿ (hand) ਜੋਰੁ (force/ will) ਕਰਿ (has) ਵੇਖੈ (watches) ਸੋਇ (itself)

He who has all these powers, is watching/observing everything all the time.

ਨਾਨਕ (Nanak) ਉਤਮੁ (up) ਨੀਚੁ (down) ਨ (no) ਕੋਇ (anyone)॥੩੩॥

Nanak says there is no one low or high , good or bad , weak or strong, etc. This is all given and take by God.

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answered 2019-06-17 11:33:12 -0600

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updated 2019-06-17 12:43:35 -0600

Of course Gurbani has contrad ictions in it.Life is filled with contradictions. The universe is full of contradictions. Contradictions are wonderful. The linear, rational mind tries to apply logic, but the world is not logical, it is magical. Gurbani is a reflection of the universe, and life on earth, as it is, not as we think about it.

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