In the month Magh, instead of merely visiting pilgrimages to bathe the physical body in holy waters one must bathe the mind with compassion and the spiritual dust of teachings from the Guru. Compassion, alongside the constant remembrance of Paramatma, helps us develop the virtues that help rid us of our vices.
Through compassion we are able to wash away all the dirt of the evil and sinful deeds of our lifetimes and rid the mind of arrogance. We will not be allured by lust and anger, and even greed will disperse.
Our Guru’s teachings provide us with all that is needed to attain victory over our vices, our pain and our struggles. Let us be grateful for the blessings of our Guru and the virtues of Paramatma that protect and sustain us all.
Param Sant Ram Singh Ji would often share the analogy of not fighting the waves when one falls under the water and also told us of the writings of the Qaseeda Ghousia in which Abdul Kadir Gilani Ji mentions that when he started on the path of spirituality, he encountered many struggles. At times, when immense pressure would overwhelm the mind, he would lie on the ground and repeat “Beshak tangi de naal asani hai”; in struggle there is bliss, in struggle there is ease. Slowly this repetition would calm the mind and the feeling of despair would dispel.
One must train the mind to feel stable and present at all times; not to be enveloped by grief due to struggles. We too should not fight the will of Paramatma and rather try to float and pass the roughness of the tide. This way we can break through our mental struggles and be victorious over challenges.