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A CHALLENGE & REMEDY FOR MY READERS-CLEANING TEMPLES AND KARMA

“Sikhs don’t do any remedies and still they are rich and successful and mostly happy. Why is that so?”

I have heard this question several times and have given a few points which would take a long time to explain and I don’t have that kind of time today. 

I would share the gist in only two points: 

  1. The Regular Practices: My personal hero, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, was a genius in Karmic sciences. He baked in so many good karma in the Sikh code of conduct from charity, to giving food, to worshipping one’s Guru and weapons, that most remedies are already done for them. I will write another article about this.

But today we are going to talk about something simple but profound:  

#2 Cleanliness: I also ask them “When was the last time you saw a dirty Gurudwara?” The answer is invariably NEVER. Unfortunately, dirty temples are somewhat of a norm. 

I visited Naina Devi a few years ago. I was happy to see Hindu and Sikh brothers visiting the shrine and paying respects to the Mother Goddess. But the mess, the indiscipline, and the loads of rubbish just thrown around, broke my heart. 

Our next stop was a sharp contrast, a few hours away, Gurudwara Kesh Garh Sahib…Sikh shrine which was squeaky clean. Few five stars can boast of such cleanliness and orderliness. I was so impressed and delighted but at the same time I felt bad for the temple. 

Both the temple and the Gurudwara had thousands of visitors in a day. I know the management of Gurudwara is with an organising committee and like all big temples, the Naina Devi is most probably managed by that useless, slothful, corrupt entity called the Government of India. That is something that cannot be addressed immediately. We can’t change much about our governments. They have a 70+ year history of rubbish.  

BUT WHAT STOPS THE DEVOTEES? Why do we go around defiling the premises, throwing wrappers and Prasad etc. While not even bothering to pick a rag from the floor. May be we all feel like entitled VIPs (most temples have VIP queues which you can take for a small amount). 

In contrast, at the Gurudwara, even the richest and most powerful of men were not shy about picking up a wiper and cleaning the floor, I saw even the real life VIPs doing this. It was a sheer pleasure to watch men with a Swiss watches and diamond studded gold karas pick up shoes and wipe floors. We can learn a thing or two from our Sikh brothers. 

Let me declare: As long as the temples are dirty, the people would remain poor…! 

Here is my challenge: And I am going to participate in it myself. I challenge the reader to clean one temple in his vicinity, at least one day in a week. Do this cleaning for 40 days and let me know your experience. 

PS: When place of worship is clean, the people prosper. Ever heard the name Saturn, yes the Boss of Kaliyuga is mighty pleased with people who keep their place of worship clean. 

God Bless,

G. Vijay Kumar

22 Comments on “A CHALLENGE & REMEDY FOR MY READERS-CLEANING TEMPLES AND KARMA

  1. I have also seen other astrologer talk about this online. They said however about India being financially poor as a nation not religion wise. They have talked about people rejecting wealth and being culturaly and religiously falsely taught that wealth is not necessary and to reject it. This has angered Goddess Laxmi and she sees bestowing wealth on such people as a waste. Also, the disrespect of women, which I firmly believe. The goddesses including Laxmi are unhappy with our nation. They will not bestow prosperity on those who reject respect of females and females themselves. Goddesses are also female and highly offended. And this is true.

    1. this is also a way of looking at it…however there is a difference between LOGICAL thinking. Rational and scientific societys which celebrate capitalism and enterprenureship would almost always grow rich. We have had this double whammy of slavery and socialism which has sapped this nation dry. We don’t even think of dirt as anything bad. One good thing the current PM did was introduce Swachh Bharat. I am a humble single person all i can try to do is do my bit for a 5 KM radius. But imagine if only 10lac people did this…our roads would glitter like gold. God willing.

      1. Yes exactly, which is why I said disrespect of women part is definitely true, not the rejection of wealth part. Females in this country are suffering till date how can our hindu goddesses forgive and bestow prosperity on our nation? It has to stop otherwise goddeses will also not stop being angry. Till this date I am hearing of cases of female foeticide tell me how goddess will be happy if ghar ki devi and ghar ki laxmi are so hated they are stopped from being born? There is tooo tooo much reform required in treatment of females in society before this nation can truly prosper. Wecan talk of us urban people doing our part or how our grandfather taught our illterate grandmother how to read, and lo behold we are prosperous enough to access internet, smartphone and use your website. There is still a huge amount of people in this country who are no where near as progressed neither morally nor socially nor financially and still giving hell to females, of course Laxmi will not help these people out of their situation if they don’t change their ways….

  2. Let me tell you my story. In my childhood everyday i use to clear floor or do other stuffs in temple. One day i saw shani dev idol with oil spilled over him, for me shani dev were looking dirty so i just took surf nd brush nd scratched every bit of blackness nd oil from him.
    Lol that was horrible thing for my parents when they came to know.
    Lucky me he didn’t punished me instead always loved me for this act

  3. this question i had for many years…you are going to rewrite the mythology soon sir….valmiki will be happy with you….

  4. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    Sir,
    I am utterly pleased to see your humble opinions about Sikh temples. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    We are dedicated to follow on the principles of Naam, Daan and Ishnaan.

    Cleanliness at Gurudwaras is a collective effort of all devotees and employees. Sewa – A selfless service is practiced unconditionally.

    Thanks
    Roby G

    P.S. I’m in line and eagerly waiting to connect with you.

    1. Thank you for your comments Roby. I am a punjabi and for us Gurudwara is as respectable as a temple in fact as a young kid i did not know if i was a hindu or a sikh…realized around age of 7. My nana would take me to a gurudwara every morning. …Guru Gobind Singh Ji is my personal hero and favorite historical figure…What love we share

      Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

  5. Sir,
    Thank you kindly for replying. I’m jumping in joy. Your message brought a major smile to me. Big jaffi to my elder brother.

    I also want to emphasize your huge tenacity for community service. All you do through this platform is remarkable beyond words. Your entire website speaks volume about your character, and true purpose.

    I feel privileged to be associated with your pervasive intuition and intelligence.

    Waiting to connect.
    Rab Rakha.

    Truly
    Roby Grewal

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