Guru's Kirpa

Recently i've been wondering as to wether i should re-start my gym sessions. The reason why I am giving it thought is that when I used to previously 'work out' i used to get very proud of my body.

When I'd walk around i could feel myself subconsciously puffing out my chest or I'd flex my arms for no reason.

I've come to the conclusion that I am going to re-start my gym sessions but the only way that I am going to be able to control my ego is by knowing that everything happens with Guru's Kirpa (Blessing).

In life when we win an award at school, or when we do a big Seva at the gurudwara its because the Guru has blessed us with the ability to do such a thing.

Without Guru Ji we cant do anything, it's only when we realise this that we can kill our personal ego/pride.

hukmY AMdir sBu ko bwhir hukm n koie ]
hukamai a(n)dhar sabh ko baahar hukam n koe ||
Everyone is subject to His Command; no one is beyond His Command.

nwnk hukmY jy buJY q haumY khY n koie ]2]
naanak hukamai jae bujhai th houmai kehai n koe ||2||
O Nanak, one who understands His Command, does not speak in ego. ||2||

Quote taken from Siri Japji Sahib, the first Nitnem Bani (Everyday prayer) of the Sikhs.

(Please note, I have no real knowledge of Gurbani so these quotations may not be entirely relevant. Please leave a comment for my mistakes and forgive me.)


xSHANTIx said...

hello ji have you ever thought of trying yoga rather than the gym....maybe its not suitable for you im not sure but yoga balances the ego, especially kundalini yoga, i cant praise it enough it works wonders at "smoothing" your ego out...b4 i did it i was the opposite i had no ego whatsoever and was always really self conscious of how i looked now i see it as Guru has given me this body so i have to accept may or may not help but it would certainly be worth a try...but any form of exercise is good just as long as it doesnt become an obsession for a 6 pack or something...blessings Shanti Kaur

Confused Khalsa said...

Thanks for your idea, i have tried yoga in the past.
i did kundalini yoga for nearly two years, and it helped alot. at the moment i just dont have the time, but its definately something that will help.

thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I work out on a regular basis, I do it because it makes me feel good (in shape) but then I always wonder if this is adding to my ego since I get a lot of attention (feels good) but it also feels good that I am so fit (excel in sports). I am not amritdharee yet but will be in the near future (next April when a got to Punjab) but I don't want my ego to be a issue, so should I stop working out so much?

boom said...

bodybuilding is pointless if your doing it to get big, however to train to be fit is totally acceptable.

every Sikh should be fit and disciplined as much as possible.

for ego, you could try doing simran of 'vaheguru vaheguru' while sitting down for 30 mins a day, try it for 40 days - it always helps to focus your mind to actually sit.