An Attitude of Gratitude and Giving nourishes our relationship with the Divine

gratitude and givingby Angad Kaur

Guru Ram Das, in his service to humanity, transforms takers into givers. At any time, we can reflect on what we have to give and bring to the world.

Yogi Bhajan says that when we enquire deeply within the heart, we find all the answers to all of our questions. So we could make the same link to what we have to share with the world – that it is already sitting within our hearts, we just have to reach inside… like the bud which knows the moment in which to flower and bring forward its beauty and grace.

Being a giver connects us with the attitude of gratitude – we have the opportunity to thank God for all we receive. The challenge is whether we can accept all that we are given, without measure, disappointment or complaint; that we accept that what we are given is what we need (although not necessarily what the ego mind wants).

If we accept God is love, then there is nothing given to us that isn’t given from, and of, love.
And if we can remember this, then we keep God in our remembrance in every moment, which allows us to expand, experience abundance and cultivate a merging with the Divine.

Sings Ravi Daas Ji:
If You are the mountain, Lord, then I am the peacock.
If You are the moon, then I am the partridge in love with it.
O Lord, if You will not break with me, then I will not break with You.
For, if I were to break with You, with whom would I then join? ||Pause||
If You are the lamp, then I am the wick.
If You are the sacred place of pilgrimage, then I am the pilgrim.
I am joined in true love with You, Lord. I am joined with You, and I have broken with all others.
Wherever I go, there I serve You. There is no other Lord Master than You, O Divine Lord.
Meditating, vibrating upon You, the noose of death is cut away.
To attain devotional worship, Ravi Daas sings to You, Lord.

Sings Guru Arjan Dev Ji:
Come out, O soul-bird, and let the meditative remembrance of God be your wings. Meet the
Holy Saint, take to His Sanctuary, and keep the perfect jewel of God enshrined in your heart.

Yogi Bhajan also shared this beautiful message:
When God is in your remembrance, the Divine is in your presence.

December is the last month of the year. It could be thought of as the month that completes the year we’ve lived. In this sense, it offers an opportunity to review our activities, what we’ve experienced, fulfilled and learnt.

In light of the message of Guru Ram Das, we could also consider what we have to be grateful for. As December is the month that many of us enjoy a range of festive riches, there are many others without a home, family, simple food and nourishment.

How might we each express our gratitude within the consciousness of giving? For some, this may include donating to charities who work around the clock with the homeless at this time of year. For those without the means to offer financial support, perhaps it cold be volunteering for a local cause, asking the children of family and friends to donate toys to give to a children’s charity, dedicating our sadhana or writing a special prayer to those in need of loving support.

Let us dive deep into our hearts, which long to give, and cultivate our attitude of gratitude and giving. And in this way, we merge with the Divine who is the essence within us, who is ever giving, loving and true. Let’s make December a month to drop our complaints, let go of our disappointments, sacrifice what we don’t need and instead remember the Divine lives in all, so let’s open our hearts to each other.

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