Circle : Sawal-e-Safar


ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ONE Divine Creator.
All Pervading & Permeating in The Creation.
The Truth, The True Wisdom, The Guru is Pouring this Grace.

“ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ”
The happiness & prosperity of all.

A sharing circle to ask and reflect upon the difficult questions that create block/disturbance in our internal growth or fills us with sorrow.

A circle to explore the sense and the essence of ‘self’ in the larger ecosystem
& co-create the possibilities of human harmony & simplicity.

A journey of ‘self growth’ in the abundance of collective wisdom, love & trust. 

Sharing Circle

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The TRUTH is always present.
We just need to meditate within and observe gently ‘what is’ around.

We all co-exist, inter-weaved in larger life-patterns, guiding and healing each other through our energy interactions.

Co-existence + Collaboration + Cooperation = Collective Wisdom

Collective Wisdom has an incredible power to enrich our understanding.
It is one of the profound ways to support the holistic growth & evolution of all in the larger ecosystem.

Our answers can surprisingly come from any space or direction,
Many times, it comes from where we least expect them to.

ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਤਿਸ ਦੈ ਚਾਨਣਿ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਹੋਇ ॥
Amongst all is the ONE Light. By its illumination, everything illuminates. 

ONENESS is an experience of harmony in the diverse ecosystem of life”.

“ਮਿਲਿ ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਖੋਜੁ ਦਸਾਈ ਵਿਚਿ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਵਸੈ ਜੀਉ ॥”
joining the true congregation, I searched my path.. in the congregation, the Lord abides.

“ਵਿਚਿ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਬੁਝਹੁ ਸਬਦ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥”
the Lord prevails in the holy congregation; reflect upon this Shabad (words of wisdom) and understand.

ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕਵਣ ਕਹਾ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਵਾਰਿਆ ਨ ਜਾਵਾ ਏਕ ਵਾਰ ॥
ਜੋ ਤੁਧੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸਾਈ ਭਲੀ ਕਾਰ ॥ ਤੂ ਸਦਾ ਸਲਾਮਤਿ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ॥

There is so much to learn even from the most shaded space in life.
If we seek consciously, we can use the abundant life energy to reform the ecological harmony all around & grow positively.

Intentions speak louder than words, Intention is everything.
More we learn to observe the intention behind the words of fellas, more we connect with their concerns; more we embrace the truth, more we resonate with such vibrations and rise.

Let’s begin a journey to nurture compassion over conflict; equality over superiority; & receptivity over despise. 

Energies create ripple effects, those who are willing to co-create a harmonious space by weaving all dynamic energies together are welcome with love.

Its an invitation to all of you to co-create a safe space for fellow travellers who are struggling with some deeper conflicts & seeking a true company where they can open their hearts and mind to ask difficult questions.

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ABOUT THE SPACE: A SHARING CIRCLE
to co-create an inclusive environment.

  • It is a non-judgmental, non-comparative & non-competitive learning space for all.
  • Our happiness and sorrows are not only ours, the whole web is connected. Even our actions and responses are not isolated, We are ONE ecosystem. We all are dancing, changing and transforming timelessly. This is the real opportunity to free our ‘self’ from all the rigid and burdening images of ‘self’.

Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck.
Faith is the solvent that sets you free.
~Shannon Alder

  • Honesty Heals us all. Its often vulnerable to witness the flaws and the weirdness that we carry within but the honest admission and openness has an incredible power to unlock the heavy chains of our suffering. We invite you to trust the ecosystem and speak bravely about your triggers (that wobbles you) & the deeper ground (of values) that inspire you to grow through.
  • Love begins with acceptance. We are drops of the ONE ocean.
    No matter where you are in your personal journey, we accept you, the way you are & respect the path and pace of your learning.

ਰੰਗਿ ਰਤਾ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ॥
The Divine creator is imbued in all the colors of creation, permeating and pervading in all.

  • In this play of life, we all are unique & special in our ways.
    We invite you to free yourself from all the unwanted social/civil/cultural burdens (that you carry on your self) & renounce all kind of ego & hegemony that you see inside and around you.

ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਜੇ ਬੁਝੈ ਤ ਹਉਮੈ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥
Everyone is in the Natural Divine Flow; no one is out of the Divine Flow. O Nanak, one who understands the Divine Flow, does not speak in ego.

  • Uncover the mask, recognize your ‘energy-self’ & join the circle with incredible love. light and compassion that you are carrying within.
  • Hold your mind, if your mind is internally preoccupied with worries, rigid perceptions and extreme judgments.
  • Hold your mind again, if your mind is outwardly/externally distracted.
  • We embrace deep listening, self-observation and slow reflective conversations.
    We invite you to Listen deeply & expand your horizon with collective understanding of life.
  • Rather correcting, imposing or controlling others, we are learning to respect and embrace the freedom of all.
  • Keep it simple. Yes! it works:)
    We are learning to naturally align ourselves with the underlying order of life.

ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥

Divine Life Energy is all pervading, when we forget this, we start controlling and taking things on our personal ego, we act over-passionately, hold things tight & get entangled by self-created sorrows.

In the larger ecosystem,
Visibly, invisibly, directly or indirectly, all life patterns are inter-weaved.

“There are as many paths to God as there are souls on Earth”.
~ Sufi Proverb

ਅਸਰ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਮਨ ਦੇ ਫੁਰਨਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਚੰਨ ਤਾਰਿਆਂ ਤੇ ਵੀ..
~ਦਰਸ 

By heart, we want happiness & prosperity of all.
Happiness & Prosperity, These are not only demo words for us.
We do not live merely in the words, but in the ‘sense of experience’ and the ‘nature of life‘.

Yes : ) Our essential practice is to raise our abilities/capabilities to live for what we really value. We all value the absolute freedom, completeness within, vastness in love, compassionate living, experience of trust, humility in relationship, forgiveness, resilience, inner peace, spiritual richness, true consciousness, calmness, contentment & joyful celebration.

All our sorrows and sufferings are because of our emotional/sensational hooks in the material body fabric or divide in the social body fabric. In order to be free, we need to remind ourselves again and again that the spirit energy is the center of this whole life play, ever changing & transforming timelessly.

Material & Spirit are working together. The role of material fabric is to support the spirit. The spirit fabric in life is equally (or much more) essential. For a healthy spirit, we need a healthy body and a healthy mind (a healthy vehicle) to travel healthy in our journeys & present healthy in the whole ecosystem.

“Truth is a pathless land”
~ J. Krishnamurti

Whatever we pay attention to, grows.
Healing is like breathing. We all constantly need to de-clutter our mind and body from excessive destructive influences. Mistakes are nothing but a different pattern of thoughts and actions of a differently learned person.

If our actions are influenced by some rigid conditions or wandering sensations, we must learn to raise our ability to re-weave our patterns to keep the human-spirit always high. Rather blaming others or threatening ourselves, we must learn to respond responsibly.  We all are innately blessed to re-program our thinking, No matter what our body age is we can re-craft our behavior patterns to enhance our practical living experience.

What we often see is ‘a part’ of The Whole.
The only catch is to sense the essence of our-being in the whole-being. 

We all are different and that makes us similar.
One’s nature and understanding is different from another because one perceives and experience life through different causes and conditions.

TRUTH IS ALL COMPASSING.

We watch…  We observe…
We feel…  We sense…
We think…  We listen… We learn…
We analyze…  We understand…
We dream…  We chase…
We demand…  We make choices…

We want to live in our choice…
We (try to) do, what we want to do…
We really want to experience…

We travel… We explore…
We seek… & We find…

Our doing, becomes our being…
Our being, becomes our nature…

Our nature is the quality of our being…
Our beingness is the quality of our energy…

In our sight, in our thoughts, in our attitude and our actions, there is an energy.
In our growth, in our movement, in our stillness & in our breaths, there is an energy.
There is an energy in our natural being and natural expressions.

We are not only our mind, body, gender or skin,
Not merely our passion, memory or dreams,

We are an incomprehensibly subtle & vast Energy of Life.

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ABOUT THE QUESTIONS

  • When do questions arise? why do they arise? from where do they arise?
  • What do questions really do?
  • What is a right or a wrong question?

As you grow with time and experience..

  • Do your questions remain the same or do they change?
  • Do your questions further lead to a series of questions or do they disappear with time?
  • Where you go and search for your answers? How you do that?
  • To whom do you ask your questions?
  • Do you feel safe when you ask questions or do you feel afraid of being judged, threatened or victimized?

Observe a relationship between your ‘will to know’ & your ‘fears’.

What kind of people, culture or ideal environment do you really seek/need to completely open up yourself (even your vulnerable layers) to explore and evolve mindfully?

The Answer is…

  • Where we feel safe. (without any judgement or divide by anyone).
  • Where we receive natural acceptance and support.
  • Where people deeply listen, (willingly) expand their acceptance and respond calmly.
  • Where there is human equality, the value and the respect of the spirit.
    (no hegemony of any kind).
  • Where compassion is the core value in action.
  • Where the bonding of love is deeply pure and you feel safe.
  • Where the togetherness nourish all and brings the holistic awareness in all.
  • Where the environment is really grounded, sensitive, inspiring & joyous.

If this your answer, COME! lets create it together: )

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ABOUT THE ANSWERS

  • Do answers to every question exist? (visible or hidden?)
  • Do we create our own answers or they are allover same?
  • What is the right (or true) answer?

What do answers do? How do they affects us?

  • Brings clarity, peace and joy.
  • Calms our mind, heals our heart and lights our spirit.
  • Creates comfort & contentment within.
  • Shows us the bigger reality and the truth.
  • Trigger our curiosity/excitement OR create more disturbance/conflict.

Is there any clear answer OR everything is just a clue to walk on the path.

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How does one learn..?

What does ‘complete knowing or understanding’ mean? How does it look/feel like?

How do we operate?

  • When we think that we have learned everything and ‘we know it all’.
    OR
  • When we feel that we are still in the process of learning.

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PROPOSAL TO INTROSPECT ‘WITHIN’

  • All our fundamental questions are internal.
  • We ultimately ask all real questions from inside.
  • We receive all the final answers from inside.

TRUTH IS REALLY SIMPLE.

When The Light (Wisdom) illuminates from within,
We begin to care all & do not see any separation.
Every particle in this timelessness is dancing in amazement,
of which nothing can be said.

ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥
O my mind, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light – recognize your own origin.

ਜੋ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੰਡੇ ਸੋਈ ਪਿੰਡੇ ਜੋ ਖੋਜੈ ਸੋ ਪਾਵੈ ॥
The One who pervades the Universe also dwells in the body; whoever seeks Him, finds Him there. 

ਧੁਨਿ ਮਹਿ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਧਿਆਨ ਮਹਿ ਜਾਨਿਆ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅਕਥ ਕਹਾਨੀ ॥
By meditating on the Eternal Sound Vibration, the disciple-seeker comes to know the Unspoken Story of the Existence. 

ਮੰਨੈ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਮਨਿ ਬੁਧਿ ॥ ਮੰਨੈ ਸਗਲ ਭਵਣ ਕੀ ਸੁਧਿ ॥
The faithful receives intuitive awareness and intelligence. The faithful get to know about all the worlds and realms. 

ਸੂਰਜ ਕਿਰਣਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਜਲ ਕਾ ਜਲੁ ਹੂਆ ਰਾਮ ॥ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਲੀ ਸੰਪੂਰਨੁ ਥੀਆ ਰਾਮ ॥
The rays of light merge with the sun, and water merges with water. One’s light blends with the Light, and The ONE completes. 

When we are ready to listen,

Everything becomes our Guru.

Guru’s Word is all pervading.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਈ ॥

Gurmukh Rehya Samayi

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We encourage everyone to carry forward the Circle in your own environments, be it home, school, friends, or any other space you wish to. Give people the support they need.

Note: You can use this text or improve it the way you want, sharing is open (no credits required). There is no copyright on the Wisdom that we are blessed to receive from the diverse forms of life:).

The simple intention is,
‘the happiness and prosperity of all’.
Sarbatt Da Bhala
“ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ”

With Love:)
Daras:)