DAVINDER P.S. SANDHU

The one treasure

The one treasure

My Teacher told me this Sufi story. A man had three sons. When the eldest son came of age, he...

To know is to  surrender

To know is to surrender

Behlol was a Sufi master—the master of masters. The world discovered him when he gave up a usual life, and...

The inclusive framework

The inclusive framework

The fifth Teacher Guru Arjan Dev, decided to build a place of worship in Amritsar. It would simply be called...

Pillars of a  plural nation

Pillars of a plural nation

The number five is important across cultures. There are five books of the Torah, five pillars of Islam, and the...

The camel’s shadow

The camel’s shadow

The Eighth Teacher, Guru Harikrishan, was all but eight years in age. One day, he was in congregation when the...

Burn the ‘I’

Burn the ‘I’

My teacher recounted the story of Queen Chudala of the Malava kingdom. Chudala spent the morning in meditation, and aided...

A journey with four friends

A journey with four friends

The Indian sub-continent is blessed with diversity of philosophical strains. A devotee has the good fortune of selecting from amongst...

A gentle warrior

A gentle warrior

Guru Har Rai was the seventh Teacher in the line of apostles, and one of his contributions to the faith...

Truth is selfless

Truth is selfless

It is in our very nature to query, and gain knowledge. The first part of this nature seeks to understand,...

Only needs can  be satisfied

Only needs can be satisfied

A rich man goes to a temple congregation, and impressed with the sermon, invites the sage to stay at his...

Focus on His  glory

Focus on His glory

When his grandmother points out towards the moon, a child can have different reactions. If the grandmother is holding a...

Focus on his  glory

Focus on his glory

When his grandmother points out towards the moon, a child can have different reactions. If the grandmother is holding a...

One with the teacher

One with the teacher

To walk in His way is to forget one’s being, and merge in Him. There were many who sat down...

Don’t run, stay here

Don’t run, stay here

Sometimes, we are advised to “leave” this materialistic life, and retreat to the jungles, caves, and mountains. It is said...

Spiritual practice

Spiritual practice

My Teacher said the man who discovered fire was named Noor, and thus the light of fire came to be...

The Bottle and the Cherry

The Bottle and the Cherry

There was a forest, with a monkey who loved cherries. There was also a hunter, who captured monkeys. He realizes...

Need for a teacher for self-realisation

Need for a teacher for self-realisation

There is always debate between devotees on the issue of the need of a teacher for self-realisation and being one...

Love alone is the ‘correct’ method

Love alone is the ‘correct’ method

Sit like this, close your eyes like that, walk in this fashion, apply the mark—the flow of instructions to the...

See beyond the perishable

See beyond the perishable

This particular incident from the travels of Guru Nanak Dev alludes to the practice of “Charon’s obol”, which was the...

Beware of the  ego trap

Beware of the ego trap

Bhai Joga Singh was a devout Sikh in the service of Guru Gobind Singh, and had been so since he...

An exemplary devotee

An exemplary devotee

There is a question that frequently troubles the travelers of the spiritual path. “How should I live this life”? There...

Being old, but wise

Being old, but wise

About 20 km to the north east of Amritsar is the village of Kathu Nangal. In October 1506, a child...

Only Water in ­Water

Only Water in ­Water

The devotee reached the Teacher’s abode. “I want to be free and emancipated,” he said. The teacher asked him why...

From intoxication to humility

From intoxication to humility

The conventional understanding of the word “intoxication”, madh in Sanskrit, is linked to wine, or to other substances like opium....