This end-of-year reflection was shared by Deva Hardeep Singh (Oklahoma, U.S.A.)
I love the poeticness of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
“O Nanak, the Gurmukhs are blessed with the Name of the Lord; they merge imperceptibly into the True Lord.”
-Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Ang 591
First, I love the word imperceptibly, it’s an adverb meaning, in a way that is so slight, gradual, or subtle as not to be perceived. Becoming Gurmukh means getting rid of haumai, which is selfishness, ego and pride.
Sikhs believe that haumai conceals the divine spark of God in a person. To get rid of haumai, a person must stop being Manmukh (which translates literally as ‘facing me’) and become Gurmukh (which translates literally as ‘facing God’).
To gracefully or subtly merge into God, to face God by losing my ego selfishness, and pride.
Holidays mean a lot to many people, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, or Kwanzaa. The ending of the year is and has been a very special time for me.
So this year, with it being the strangest year I’ve ever experienced, I embrace 2021 to be a year of growth for me, losing more of my ego, pride, selfishness, and facing God more and more each day!