hen people, especially family members and friends, tell us to enjoy life, we tell them about reincarnation. They often respond, who cares? We aren’t going to remember. This article discusses what those people consider enjoyment to be and how we should respond to their questions.

Worldly or Spiritual Pleasure

People asking such questions have already defined what enjoyment means. Enjoyment for them means drinking, going out clubbing, etc. You can say that enjoyment means worldly pleasures to them. Guru Ji says that there is a higher pleasure than worldly pleasure and the following line from Gurbani (Guru’s words) clearly states that,

ਆਨੰਦੁ ਆਨੰਦੁ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਆਨੰਦੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਤੇ ਜਾਣਿਆ ॥

I am in bliss, people proclaim; Everyone proclaims they are in bliss, but true bliss is only known through the Guru. 

Guru Ji is intoxicated

The Yogis/Sidhs (those with spiritual powers) offered Guru Nanak Dev Ji cannabis to drink and said, let’s get high together. Guru Ji answered, 

ਭਉ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਾਂਗ ਖਲੜੀ ਮੇਰਾ ਚੀਤੁ ॥ ਮੈ ਦੇਵਾਨਾ ਭਇਆ ਅਤੀਤੁ ॥

The loving fear of You, O God, is my cannabis; my consciousness is the pouch that holds it. Being intoxicated in this cannabis of Your loving fear, I have become detached from the world.

Guru Ji said the fear of God is my Bhaang (cannabis) and the pouch that carries it is my Chit (consciousness). I have now gotten high and I am Ateet (intoxicated) with fear and the love for God. My consciousness is attached to Vaheguru's Charan (holy feet) and I'm feeling that high.

Our families have been programmed to doubt Sikhi all the time but not the world. We have to try and introduce some doubt into them about the world. Let them doubt the world and say, we believe in the Guru, but we doubt the world. 

Naam Nasha (Intoxication of God’s name)

Guru Sahib has given us Naam Nasha. If you experience bliss yourself, only then you can educate others about it. It's helpful if you feel it first. People will ask you, do you feel it? If you don’t experience bliss, then you’ll say, not yet. Then they'll say, leave it, you’re talking nonsense. So at first, work hard to experience the spiritual bliss that Guruji is saying to try, and experience the true bliss of Naam (God's name) yourself. Then you can say to them just like I said “I used to take that Anand that you're talking about. I've had it. Now I left it for something better”. You don't have to go into it. You can still say, there's something called Anand (spiritual bliss) and I can experience it. I don't need those drugs that you are paying for. I don't need to enjoy life the way you're enjoying life. I'm enjoying life anyway from the bliss of God.

You will Remember

Guru Sahib is not trying to take your life out of all the pleasures. They’re not trying to give you a boring life. They’re trying to give you deep spiritual bliss. If people say that they don’t care and they won’t remember, tell them that you will remember. Do you know which day you’ll remember? On the last day of your life. We all know there's an end to life. No one denies that. On the last day of your life, everything comes in front of you. People who died and have come back say that they saw their whole life. Do you know what the crazy thing is? You don't get to just see this life, you get to see all your past lives. You will see what happened to you and why. You get full Giaan (wisdom) and then you will regret it. Bhagat Kabir Ji says in the following lines of Gurbani, 


ਰਾਮੁ ਸਿਮਰੁ ਪਛੁਤਾਹਿਗਾ ਮਨ॥ 

Meditate in remembrance of Vaheguru, or else you will regret it in the end, O mind.


ਧਰਮਰਾਇ ਜਬ ਲੇਖਾ ਮਾਗੈ ਕਿਆ ਮੁਖੁ ਲੈ ਕੈ ਜਾਹਿਗਾ॥

When the Righteous Judge of Dharma calls for your account, what face will you show Him then?


The people that say who cares? They will care. You can also refer them to the

10 Courts of Hell - Reincarnation (Sikh View) or the Yolo videos. 

This article is a transcribed version of the video  

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