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What do the five thieves steal?

asked 2016-09-23 12:35:38 -0500

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updated 2016-09-28 13:38:39 -0500

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Sat Nam to everyone and anyone,

suppose you meet a person who has no idea of any yoga or Sikhism at all and want to know about the meaning of the five thieves as you mentioned it in a conversion with him or her, and as someone (the person) who know that a thief is someone who steals things from anyone else, how would you explain what These five thieves steal?

have you got the idea of my question?

Well, I look Forward to the replies...

Take care... with lots of best,lightful wishes..


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answered 2016-09-23 13:19:56 -0500

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updated 2016-09-29 00:40:47 -0500

Hi Yves The most valuable thing in this life is the breath we have. Without breath, our life is over. The five thieves steal our life-breath. Instead of remembering God with that breath as per Hukam (God’s will), we are using that breath to take a bad thought instead (lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride). Watch this video (it is in English), at 19:40 he says what they steal: your amrit (the food for the mind), the Naam, they are preventing you, they steal your breath by making you use it in incorrect ways preventing you from getting a profit and getting the Naam. Hope that helps!

Hey Yves I’m sorry the video was too complicated! I think he builds on the topics over the weeks so its kind of hard to just jump into the lecture if you don’t already have background. So I will try to re-answer your question here in a way that perhaps I would explain to one of my friends and I hope it can be easier for you to understand.

In Sikhism the purpose of our life is to meet God during this lifetime. We believe in reincarnations. A soul is reincarnated into different life forms again and again, based on their actions in that lifetime (karma), until they are able to achieve that purpose. The human life is very special because it is the only life form in which it is possible to achieve our purpose. Once that purpose is achieved, we break the cycle of reincarnation.

To reach God we need to control our mind. Our mind likes to go all over the place! There are generally considered to be three categories of thoughts: “Good”, “neutral”, and “bad”. The bad is considered to be lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride. These thoughts are like an obsession that takes over the mind. They are described as many things in our scriptures, one of them being “5 thieves.” These are called 5 thieves because they are stealing away our chance at meeting God! The more we are thinking about anger for example, we are using up all of our time in anger instead of remembering God or doing service and helping other people. Our mind gets so wrapped up, it starts to love its thoughts more than God, and forget our purpose. Does that make more sense?

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Sat Nam, sikhwarrior...I havent' found a calm moment yet to check you link, at least I wanted to send you my appreciation for your Reply anyway... take care....with lightful, best wishes, Yves

lightcolor7 gravatar imagelightcolor7 ( 2016-09-26 03:39:11 -0500 )edit

no problem :)

sikhwarrior gravatar imagesikhwarrior ( 2016-09-27 15:19:37 -0500 )edit

Sat Nam, Sikhwarrior...your link is interesting, especially for someone who has enough Knowledge about the Details which are mentioned in the video and someone who has a good english understanding... I am looking for an Explanation more simple and understandable for daily living for a simple man:-)

lightcolor7 gravatar imagelightcolor7 ( 2016-09-28 03:53:53 -0500 )edit

hey, see my edit above, sorry about that!

sikhwarrior gravatar imagesikhwarrior ( 2016-09-29 00:41:32 -0500 )edit

Sat Nam, Sikhwarrior....Yes, indeed, this IS's interesting because on one Hand side we Need lust to be able to produce children for example, on the other Hand it steals away our clarity if we dont have Control... By writing this, originally I was looking for clarity for each thieve..

lightcolor7 gravatar imagelightcolor7 ( 2016-09-29 09:10:38 -0500 )edit

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