Who Are You?
ਕਵਨ ਤੁਮ੍ਹੇ ਕਿਆ ਨਾਉ ਤੁਮਾਰਾ, ਕਉਨੁ ਮਾਰਗੁ, ਕਉਨੁ ਸੁਆਉ ॥ ਸਾਚੁ ਕਹਉ, ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਹਮਾਰੀ, ਹਉ ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਉ ॥ ਕਹ ਬੈਸਹੁ, ਕਹ ਰਹੀਐ ਬਾਲੇ, ਕਹ ਆਵਹੁ, ਕਹ ਜਾਹੋ ॥ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਬੋਲੈ, ਸੁਣਿ ਬੈਰਾਗੀ, ਕਿਆ ਤੁਮਾਰਾ ਰਾਹੋ ॥੨॥
Paurhi (step) 2
Who are you? What is the space from which you arise? What is your path and purpose? I am willing to concede my ways of being and to meaningfully consider yours.
(Nanak says, the Yogis asked) How is it that you are centered? Where is it that you are focused? How do you operate? O’ transcendent one, what is your Way (of Being)?
Freedom lies in being clear about who you are being at every moment and in being aware of who/what you honor; and in choosing that which serves you as a self-created being.
So, naturally, the most important question is – do you know who you are?
Why is it that you are the way you show up in the world – in your relationships, at work, etc.?
What is your purpose in life? Or are you a rudderless ship traversing rough seas?
Is your attention piqued yet? Are you yearning to know?
Is your hunger strong enough that you are willing to put aside all that you know – your opinions, your agreements and disagreements, your self-indulgence?
Are you finally ready to put your knowledge aside? Are you willing to consider this inquiry in a way that is urgent and new? Are you willing to stop comparing this to what you already know?
Anytime you find a part of you resisting, all you need is to remember that your life does not reflect your highest aspirations. You are not effective in having the life you want.
This is not to say that you have never had the life of your dreams. You have. Even if they were fleeting moments, you have lived such moments. Only, they were separated by long stretches of disappointments and a lack of any real power in life (money and popularity are not synonymous with power).
So, are you committed to your life the way it is? Or are you attached to your misery?
Are you willing to consider an approach that may challenge your thinking? Are you willing to have your view of the world fundamentally altered?