Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Lekh 78 Part 1 Sangat (Company)

The word ‘sangat’ when used as a noun refers to a gathering of people and when used as a verb, it signifies the ‘inter-action’ that takes place when people meet in groups.

As our externally orientated view point is dependent on intellectual knowledge, we have come to regard the bodily ‘gathering’, the ‘physical-meeting’ and ‘intellectual exchange of ideas’ akin to a sangat or company and are quite satisfied with this understanding.

This sangat or the inter-action is taking place automatically among humans and within the whole visible creation - which includes both the animate and inanimate things.

Modern science has also proved that visible ‘matter’ such as air, water, minerals, metals, fire, earth, moon, sun, plants, animals, birds and man are all created by the inter-action of natural elements. All these chemical elements are the manifestation of the invisible external vibration and energy of the invisible minute electrons.

The invisible vibrations and energy of the electrons are indeed the cause of all creation of the universe of which there is one and only one ‘source’ - the primal source—i.e. the Timeless Being.

For example:-
From the combination of hydrogen and oxygen



water is made.

From the combination of nitrogen and oxygen ‘air’ is made.

From the combination of carbon and oxygen ‘fire’ is made.

From the combination of hydrogen and carbon petrol, gas, rubber, liquor and many other things are made.

Similarly with the ‘combination’ or ‘association’ of elements many different kinds of metals, alloys, fertilizers, medicines etc. are made.

Mixing with tin, the copper transforms into bronze.
The same copper mixed with zinc appears in the form of brass.
Copper mixed with lead changes into pewter.
With the touch of the philosopher’s stone, the same copper be comes gold.
When transformed into ashes, copper becomes a medicine.
Likewise, though the Lord is omnipresent, yet the effects of the company of man are different over men. Knowing this much the Lord is lauded ( praised) in the holy congregation. VBG 2/6

Lightening generated by friction in clouds and the electricity used by us daily are indeed the creation and expression of electronic vibrations and potential of the electrons.

These ‘elements’ with the ‘association’ of the fine vibrations of one another in a natural way influence (other elements) and get influenced (by them) and their structure and characteristics continue to change just as in the earth’s crust there is the formation of various natural metals such as coal, petroleum, stones of different colours, jewels etc.

Man doing scientific research with his intellect and ‘combining’ or ‘separating’ these ‘chemical elements’ has succeeded in making innumerable useful and comfort giving products and systems

such as:-
household appliances
transport systems
comfortable buildings
means of communications

It is natural for demerits—the opposite of merits— to arise upon interaction – close association between these elements in the same way as water can get ‘clean-dirty’, ‘bitter-sweet’, ‘hot-cold’, and iron becomes ‘rusty’ under the influence of air moisture etc.

Man too, by tempering himself with the hue or colour of evil intellect, has researched into the demerits of ‘fusion’ and ‘separation’ of these elements, and made them the means of extreme destruction such as (the making of) -

intoxicating drugs
destructive weapons
nuclear and chemical bombs

These devices are becoming the cause of destruction of the creation and mankind, and out of fear of the dread, people are crying out in agony.

Hidden behind the word ’sangat’ are extremely deep and mysterious secrets. It is extremely essential to understand and experience their intrinsic spiritual meaning. Without the awareness or knowledge of this intrinsic meaning, we continue to regard the ‘sangat’ just as a gross physical interactive gathering.

Through these series of Lekhs an effort is being made from the intuitional view point of Gurbani’s light to explain the significant hopes that this word holds pertaining to the subtle intrinsic spiritual feelings.


Water from the sea, evaporating and taking various forms, such as steam, clouds, snow, hail stones, rain and passing through drains, streams, rivers, pits, pools etc. merges again with its original source in the sea. This water changes into various forms according to its association (or interaction) just as:-

In association with heat it becomes ‘steam’.
In association with cold it becomes ‘clouds’.
Then under the influence of heat it becomes ‘rain’.
From the rain are formed pits, pools, drains, streams and rivers
according to the condition of the earth.

But the important point is that although the ‘water’ took many forms according to its ‘association’ (with other agents), in its innermost consciousness only one ‘life-current’ prevails and despite it having different appearances, streaks, colours, names according to its association, the ‘pull’ to meet its master ocean continually remained intact.

Similarly as a result of its association, water absorbs the effect of the ‘colour’, ‘smell’, ‘taste’, of whatever we put in it and thus different types of ‘solutions’ are made. Although this ‘solution’ changes with the addition of everything else, it’s (intrinsic) form still exists under different appearances, colours, streaks, with names such as lassi (butter-milk), tea, lime-water, liquor, medicine etc. - but in these various life-forms’, there is the existence of ‘water’. In other words the existence of water is just one and the same—but its various ‘forms’ keep on changing according to the mixture or ‘association’.

Exactly in the same way, the ‘existence ‘or ‘life-current’ or light of ‘man’ is one which is wholly permeating but man’s mind ‘form’ or ‘personality’ continues to change according to his ‘company’.

We are clearly aware of the influences of the ‘company’ and ‘interaction’ of ‘men’, because this happens in our daily experience,
such as—

In the company of addicts one becomes an addict.

In the company of thieves one becomes a thief,
In bad company one becomes bad,
In good company one becomes good.
In the company saints-evolved souls one becomes spiritual etc.

1 The whole vegetation planted near sandal tree becomes fragrant like sandal.
Being in touch with the philosophers’s stone and the alloy of light metals
transforms into one metal (gold).
Rivers, streams and brooks after joining the Ganges are known by the name of Ganges.
The redeemer of the fallen ones is the holy congregation wherein the dirt of sins is cleansed. VBG 2/16

The association with the sadhus and the wicked
invariably produces sin and meirit, sorrows and pleasures. VBG 31/13

In other words it is according to the company of our previous internal
‘subconsciousness’ and external ‘environment’ that our life is made and undergoes change.

3 According to the company it keeps, so are the fruits it eats. 1369

When the influence of the ‘company’ becomes intense, then the effect of the ‘company’ on the mind gets ‘ingrained’ and becomes ‘permanent’. In this way the whole life acquires the ‘colouring’ of good or bad company. It is according to the ‘colouring’ of this ‘company’ that we are being carried away automatically in the ‘flow’ of our daily lives.

Our daily life’s:-

reverse course or cycle
thought ‘flow’


have become so ingrained and powerful that despite

we cannot come out of the old materialistic system on our own and are again and again entangled and deeply engrossed in it.

Moreover the materialistic ‘reverse course (cycle)’ or the ‘flow of ‘base thoughts’ becomes so strong and intense that the thought of ‘looking’ or ‘thinking’ (of ways and means) of coming out of it does not even arise in us.

1 The foolish mind has not yet reformed itself, although I have grown weary of continually instructing it. 536

2 This mind does not follow my advice one tiny bit.
I am so tired of giving it instructions - it will not refrain from its evil- mindedness.
It has gone insane with the intoxication of Maya; it does not chant the Lord's Praise.
Practicing deception, it tries to cheat the world, and so it fills its belly. Like a dog's tail, it cannot be straightened; it will not listen to what I tell it. 536

3 Again and again, the crow falls into the trap.
Then he regrets it, but what can he do now? 935

4 Kabeer, the mortal knows everything, and knowing, he still makes mistakes. 1376

The proof of our ‘helplessness’ or ‘constraint’ is that despite many:-

religious places
religious books


recitation worship
yogic practices,

man’s mental and spiritual ‘life’, instead of becoming lofty and noble, it is sinking’.

The reason for this is that through the company of previous births, the residual inclinations of these births have penetrated, infiltrated and permeated the ‘subconsciousness’ so much that the powerful ‘steam’ or ‘odour’ of this hue, predominates over the influence of the current good company or it can be said that the effect of the good company on us is superficial, momentary—is like the passing wind and therefore old or entrenched influences of previous lives automatically emerge. In this way our mind gets carried away in the ‘flow’ of the effects of the previous actions of past lives.

Therefore for man to save himself from the materialistic degrading

reverse course or cycle
flow of base or low thoughts

Gurbani has strongly recommended the continuous (need for exposure to the) counsel of the company of spiritually elevated beloveds.

Without the continuous ‘company of the holy’ there is no other way for man to save himself or escape from materialistic degradation.

1 Without the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, no one swims across. 373

2 The ignorant mind is encouraged, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy.
Now, it does not waver at all; it has become stable and steady. 890

3 With each and every breath, I meditate in remembrance on my God; I live continually in the Society of the Saints.
The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is my only support and wealth; O Nanak, from this, I obtain bliss. 533

He who remembers God obtains all the comforts,
We should daily go and sit and associate with the society
of evolved persons. 550

The good or bad vibrations of our physical, mental and spiritual ‘colouring’ automatically undoubtedly emerge and spread from within us
and whatever that comes in (the path of ) of the rays of the aura or associates with it, is bound to be influenced by its ‘colour or hue’.

In this way by being in a ‘company’ or by ‘interacting in it, the influence of people’s good or bad ‘vibrations’ keeps on taking place automatically. We are not even aware of all this or are unable to recognise (its existence). But this influence definitely takes place and with the passing of time and through practice it becomes deep, intense and powerful.

In this creation there are two realms:-

1 The spiritual realm
2 The materialistic realm

These two realm are contrary to or opposite of each other.

On the one hand in the ‘spiritual realm’ thee is the existence and the expression of divine merits or virtues such as:-

divine ‘illumination’
‘Shabad’ or Word


peace (calmness)


On the other hand in the ‘materialistic realm’ there is the flourishing and prevalence of demerits or shortcomings such as:-

passion or lust

Therefore if we wish to make our lives better, loftier, more beautiful and divine then we have to:-

1 ‘Forsake’ the company of self willed people who are immersed in the materialistic realm and in worldly affairs.


2 Join the ‘company’ of guru-orientated spiritually evolved

This means that we have to change every aspect of our old ‘life-routine’ such as:-

life goals
etc. and moving (in the direction that is)

completely contrary

to them, we have to acquire the divine merits (or virtues) of the spiritual realm or ‘lofty company’, - (virtues) such as

faith filled desire
love filled longing

capaciousness (big heartedness)
prevalence of kinship (interconnectedness)
service orientatedness
sacrificing oneself, etc.

For this reason in Gurbani (we find) motivation and mandatory commands (urging us) to participate in the sadh-sangat, the holy congregation:-
or keep the company of spiritually evolved guru orientated beloveds:-

1 Come, O Saints - let's meet together and chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord.
In the Sangat, the Holy Congregation, let's earn the lasting profit of the Naam. 173
2 Everyone who joins the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy,
obtains eternal peace; pain does not afflict them any longer. 196

3 Sing the Praises of the Lord, the Lord of the Universe, each and every day.
Join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, and vibrate, meditate on Him, O my friend. 296

4 One who attains the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, has his desires fulfilled.
In the Saadh Sangat, immerse yourself in the Love of the Lord; remember the Lord of the Universe in meditation. 457

5 Go, and sit in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, where the Name of the Lord is churned.
In peace and poise, contemplate the Lord's Name - don't lose the essence of the Lord. 587

6 Come and join together, O my Siblings of Destiny; dispel your sense of duality and let yourselves be lovingly absorbed in the Lord.
Let yourselves be joined to the Name of the Lord; become Gurmukh, spread out your mat, and sit down. 1185

7 Meet with the humble Saints, O Siblings of Destiny, and contemplate the True
Name. 49

8 O dear beloved mind, my friend, abide in the Society of the Saints. 79

9 So join together with the humble Saints, O madman, and you shall find the Gate of Salvation. 1200

10 I speak with the Company of the Holy; I am in love with the Holy
people of the Lord. 1202

11 Joining the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, vibrate and meditate on the Lord. This is the high destiny written on your forehead. 1297

12 Kabeer, do not leave the Society of the Saints; walk upon this Path.
See them, and be sanctified; meet them, and chant the Name. 1371

The Timeless Being is the ‘embodiment of love’.

The desires of love cannot be fulfilled by their own selves. In the existence and fulfillment of ‘love’ desires, two aspects of love are needed.

One aspect - to love, and the
Second aspect - having received love to respond with love.

Therefore in the ‘play of love’ it is a must for the ‘two individual souls’ to have -
give and take or commune

in their innermost consciousness.

For this ’love-drama’ tow ’lives’ are needed—

On one side — the lover
On the other side — the beloved.

The love (filled)

tender impulses
innate self love

between these two lovers are indeed said to be —

the cord of love
the swing of love
the language of love
the give and take or communion of love

the ‘transaction of love’
the ‘play of love’
the ‘union’.

The Timeless Being is the ‘lover’ of all the beings in the whole creations. That is why He is referred to in Gurbani as ‘Being of love’ or the ‘very dear lover’.

To complete the arena of this ‘play of love’, the Timeless Being put His light in His creatures and created His ‘off-springs’ or spiritual ‘family’. Just like (our) ‘parents’, HE loves and cuddles this ‘spiritual family’.

1 The Dear Lord is my mother, the Dear Lord is my father; the Dear Lord cher ishes and nurtures me.
The Dear Lord takes care of me; I am the child of the Lord.
Slowly and steadily, He feeds me; He never fails.
He does not remind me of my faults; He hugs me close in His embrace.
Whatever I ask for, He give me; the Lord is my peace-giving father. 1101

2 He plays with me, He fondles and caresses me. Forever and ever, He blesses me with bliss.
He cherishes me, like the father and the mother love their child. 1214

Although our Divine ‘Mother-Father’ (interacting) with His ‘off-springs or children
‘is forever with us’
‘exists with us’
‘is unable to separate’ (from us)
‘nurtures us’
‘ever looks after everyone’
‘joyfully cuddles us’
‘joyfully plays with us’
‘does not remind us of our demerits’

‘does not speak rudely’
‘hugs (us) with love’
‘heaps goodwill (on us’
‘is not lazy’
‘love (us)’
‘pulls us with (His) love cord’,

but we have become so absorbed in the visible ‘company’ of the materialistic world that we have forgotten our ‘Beloved’ or divine ‘Mother and
Father’. Because of this ‘forgetfulness’ or ‘atheism’, our mental connection with our Beloved, the ‘Love-Being’ or ‘divine Mother-Father’ has broken or snapped.

By disregarding or tuning away form our ‘Beloved’ or ‘Love Being’ in this way we remain deprived of His:-

divine warm bosom
divine presence
divine guardianship
divine sympathy
divine love
divine gifts
divine power
divine affection
essence of love
divine hue or colour
divine happiness
divine joy
divine partnership
divine inheritance.

1 I am Your meek and helpless child; You are God my Father. As You know me, You save me.
When I am hungry, I ask for food; when I am full, I am totally at peace.
When I dwell with You, I am free of disease; if I become separated from You, turn to dust. 1214
Breaking away from the divine ‘’wire of love’ or Naam, we cannot have the ‘company ‘ of Divine presence and there can be no ‘give and take’ (interaction) or ‘trade’ in the spiritual realm and we remain incapable of acquiring the love filled desires of our ‘dearest beloved’. For this reason we are unable to respond to the divine love.

Due to the ‘divine Light’ in human beings, the constituent of love is present in them. It is because of this that through the love-pull one feels the necessity of having the ‘company’ of another. Therefore, man

gets more attached
carries out deals
gets deceived
daily bears losses

in the company of someone who like himself is ‘alienated (from) and attached to, worldly possessions. Thus getting entangles in this trade experiences, he suffers.

2 By egotism and pride, the self-willed manmukhs are enticed, and consumed.
Those who center their consciousness on duality are caught in it, and remain stuck. 513

3 Those who attach their consciousness to emotional attachment and Maya, O my soul, depart regretfully in the end. 540

4 Friendship with the self-willed manmukhs lasts for only a few short days.
This friendship is broken in an instant; this friendship leads to corruption. 5 87


1 Friendship with the self-willed manmukhs is an alliance with Maya.
As we watch, they run away; they never stand firm.
As long as they get food and clothing, they stick around.
But on that day when they receive nothing, then they start to curse.
The self-willed manmukhs are ignorant and blind; they do not know the
secrets of the soul. 959

2 His body and wealth pass away, and he is torn by skepticism and cynicism; in the end, he regrets and repents, when the dust falls on his face. 1014

3 They deal in falsehood, and nothing but falsehood; telling lies, they suffer in pain. 1062

4 Friendship with the faithless cynic breaks down mid-way. 811

For this reason we are warned in Gurbani to be wary of the company of people who are self-willed, worldly or materialistic.

5 Such faithless cynics, who have forgotten the Naam, are thieves. O my mind, do not even go near them. 170

6 False is the love of the false one; break the ties, O my mind, and your ties shall be broken. Break your ties with the faithless cynic. 535

7 As far as possible, do not associate with the faithless cynics, O Beloved.
Meeting with them, the Lord is forgotten, O Beloved, and you rise and depart with a blackened face. 641

8 The evil people live in the love of duality.
They wander around, totally attached and thirsty.

9 They sit in evil gatherings, and suffer in pain forever; they earn pain, nothing but pain. 1068

10 O Nanak, break away from the false, and seek out the Saints, your true friends. 1102

11 Kabeer, I have been ruined and destroyed by bad company, like the banana plant near the thorn bush.
The thorn bush waves in the wind, and pierces the banana plant; see this, and do not associate with the faithless cynics. 1369

12 Kabeer, do not associate with the faithless cynics; run far away from them.
If you touch a vessel stained with soot, some of the soot will stick to you.1371

13 The mind of the self-willed, broken up into eight pieces (i.e being scattered), gets lost in doubt-fallacy in the company of evil minded. VBG 5/17

In other words—because there is a suggestion of ‘love-constituent’

in the innermost consciousness of man, the ‘link of love’, the pull of love exists in everyone. As a result of this unknowingly there is this yearning or simmering of love in everyone. For the fulfillment of this love of one’s
innate self’, one feels the need to ‘interact’, to ‘associate’ and to be in the company of someone else with whom he can share and commune the inner emotions of love.

When this divine pure ‘love-spark’ expresses itself in the materialistic world, through the relationship of—

mother - child
sister - brother
wife - husband
friendship etc.

then it manifests itself in the materialistic ‘hue’ Gurbani refers to this (link) as ’attachment’ or ’possessiveness’.

1 The enticing desire for Maya leads people to become emotionally attached to their children, relatives, households and spouses.
The world is deceived and plundered by riches, youth, greed and egotism.
The drug of emotional attachment has destroyed me, as it has destroyed the whole world. 61

2 Their love is false, their displays are false, and they are engrossed in false hood. 166

3 Your attachment to your family, your attachment to all your affairs. 356

4 He has lofty palaces, mansions and queens,
elephants and pairs of horses, delighting the mind;
he is blessed with a great family of sons and daughters.
But, engrossed in attachment, the blind fool wastes away to death. 392

All the beings in the creation are indeed entangled in this false world. Warning (about this state) is given in Gurbani thus:-

5 He lives in a castle of sand.
He enjoys the games of pleasure and the tastes of Maya.
He believes them to be permanent - this is the belief of his mind.
(cont next page)


Death does not even come to mind for the fool.
Hate, conflict, sexual desire, anger, emotional attachment,
falsehood, corruption, immense greed and deceit:
So many lifetimes are wasted in these ways. 267-8

1 Emotional attachment has drugged him, and he has forgotten the Lord, the treasure of virtue.
Don't think that he is alive in the world - he is dead, through the love of
dual ity. 643

2 He sees the terrible, awful wilderness as a city.
Gazing upon the false objects, he believes them to be real.
Engrossed in sexual desire, anger and egotism, he wanders around insane.
When the Messenger of Death hits him on the head with his club, then he
regrets and repents. 707

3 I judge the false world to be true, and I have fallen in love with it. 718

4 Hope, doubt, corruption and emotional attachment - in these, he is engrossed.
The false material world abides in his mind, and he does not understand the Supreme Lord God. 815

The illumination of electricity is pure—but its external expression or manifestation is according to the colour of the bulb.

Similarly the pure spiritual love of one’s inner being, coming into contact or ’company’ of the colour of external mental thoughts, emotions and desires, it assumes the form of attachment-possessiveness and (in the process) gets contaminated, turns false and becomes painful.

5 The world is polluted with the filth of egotism, suffering in pain. This filth sticks to them because of their love of duality. 39

6 Those who focus their consciousness on emotional attachment to Maya must leave; they depart crying out in despair. 81

7 False is the king, false are the subjects; false is the whole world.
False is the mansion, false are the skyscrapers; false are those who live in them.
False is gold, and false is silver; false are those who wear them.
False is the body, false are the clothes; false is incomparable beauty.
False is the husband, false is the wife; they mourn and waste away.
The false ones love falsehood, and forget their Creator. 468


1 These worldly attachments, loves and pleasurable tastes,all are just black stains.
One who departs, with these black stains of sin on his face.
shall find no place to sit in the Court of the Lord. 662

2 Those who indulge in attachment, conflict and egotism shall surely weep and cry.
Those who are separated from the Naam shall never find any peace. 761

3 With greed within them, their minds are filthy, and they spread filth around.
They do filthy deeds, and suffer in pain. 1062

4 Emotional attachment to Maya is very powerful; this attachment is a black stain which sticks. 1324

Exactly contrary to this—our materialistic, impure atheistic minds
having the ‘company’ of spiritually evolved guru-orientated great holy men and having the ‘touch’ of their pure souls, experience the miracle of the philosopher’s stone as a result of which—


sprouts and becomes firmly entrenched in our dry­-burnt faithless minds.

5 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, faith wells up.
Outwardly, and deep within, God's Light is always radiant. 343

6 O my companions and fellow maidens, please implant that balanced under standing within me.
Serve the Holy Saints lovingly, and find the treasure of the Lord. 400

7 In the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, this faith is established, that the Lord is with us, in life and in death. 401

8 Without the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, love for the Lord does not well up; without this love, Your devotional worship cannot be performed.


1 Dance to the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har, Har; meet with the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, with sincerity. 698

2 But when he joins the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, he is confirmed in his faith, and he is saved by the Name of the Lord. 981

The (presence of) fear (of separation) and (the overflowing) love (for God) in the sadh sangat, the company of the holy, creates a intuitive state of non-
attachment. VBG 3/13

4 The (presence of) fear (of separation) and (the overflowing) love (for God) in the sadh sangat, the company of the holy, one discovers his Own innate Self within. VBG 3/20

The sprouting of :-
divine love
love orientated desires
love the innate Self
the pull of love
is natural in such purified minds or hearts.

5 Through loving devotional worship, the supreme status is obtained, and in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, sorrows are dispelled. 382

6 Through loving devotional worship, O Nanak, I have obtained peace; in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I am absorbed into the Lord. 384

7 My mind is in love with the Lord. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I meditate on the Lord, Har, Har; my lifestyle is pure and true. 431

8 O Nanak, they enshrine love for the Lord, meeting the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. 454

9 The Lord, the Lord of the Universe is the Beloved of the minds of those who join the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. The Shabad of His Word
fascinates their minds. 492

10 Associating with Truth, obtain Truth, and love the True Name. 586

11 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I have escaped from these troubles; Nanak loves the One Lord. 673

12 But if he joins the Society of the Saints, then he comes to embrace love for the Truth. 756

13 Meeting with the Lord's Saints, I have obtained the sublime essence of the Lord. I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice to His humble servants. (cont.next page)


The Lord's Saint loves the Lord in his mind, like the lotus flower gazing at the moon. 975

1 Fall in love, fall deeply in love with the Lord;
clinging to the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, you will be exalted and embellished. 982

2 In the Realm of the Saints, one's lifestyle is immaculate.
In the Society of the Saints, one comes to love the One Lord. 1146

3 Spontaneous innate delight results from loving devotion. VBG 3/1

4 When one becomes attached to the abode of truth in the form of holy
congregation, he through loving devotion meets the Lord. VBG 7/20

5 Quaffing the cup of love in the holy congregation, the Sikhs of the Guru
absorb their consciousness in the Word. VBG 11/8

6 In the sadh sangat one quaffs the nectar of fear and love of the Lord. VBG 14/16

7 Engaged the discipline in the holy congregation, and drinking the cup of love, one bears the unbearable. VBG 18/16

In this way the mind having become impure and degraded with the hue of materialism can also become pure and clean with the holy touch of ‘sadh sangat’, the company of the holy.

8 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, you shall become absolutely pure, and the noose of death shall be cut away. 44

9 In the Society of the Saints, meditate in remembrance on the Lord, and wash off the filth of countless incarnations. 48

10 The Perfect Guru is the Ambrosial Pool of the Lord's Nectar; join the Holy Con gregation, and wash away this pollution. 234

11 Of all religious rituals, the most sublime ritual is to erase the filth of the dirty mind in the Company of the Holy. 266

12 In the Saadh Sangat, one becomes pure, O Nanak, imbued with the Love of God. 297

13 By the Grace of the Saints, her mind becomes pure; night and day, she re mains awake and aware, singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises. 343

14 The filth of my mind is removed, when I dwell in the Saadh Sangat, the
Com pany of the Holy. 520

1 O Nanak, the sinners become pure, joining the Company of the Holy; following the Guru, the True Guru, they are emancipated. 528

2 I seek Your Sanctuary, O my Perfect True Guru.
My mind is purified by the dust of the Saints. 563

3 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, filth is washed off.
The Supreme Lord God has become our friend and helper. 625

4 Join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, and meditate in
remembrance on the Lord; even a sinner like yourself will become pure. 631

5 The rust of poison and corruption from countless incarnations sticks to us; joining the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, it is cleaned away.
It is just like gold, which is heated in the fire, to remove the impurities from it.

6 In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, you shall become immaculate and pure; you shall not come to be reincarnated again. 1220

7 Just as when the iron slag is transmuted into gold by touching the
Philosopher's Stone - when the sinner joins the Sangat, he becomes pure, through the Guru's Teachings. 1297

8 The filth of egotism from countless incarnations sticks to me; joining the
Sangat, the Holy Congregation, this filth is washed away. 1309

9 The redeemer of the fallen ones is the holy congregation wherein the dirt of sins is cleansed. VBG 2/16

10 The pleasure fruit of gurmukhs is the company of holy persons which purifies the impure ones even in one day (sitting). VBG 16/6

11 Association with such humble sadhus is altruistic and makes one habitual
liberator of the fallen ones. VBG 25/9



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