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Chapter 8: Countless Ways

There are countless ways to repeat His name and express devotion,
Countless ways of worship and purification.
There are countless scriptures and countless mouths to recite them,
Countless ways of yoga to make the mind dispassionate.
There are countless devotees who contemplate His virtues and knowledge,
Countless who are virtuous and generous.
There are countless brave men who risk their lives because Him,
Countless who vow to silence and meditate on Him.
Nanak says, how shall I praise Him?
However much I offer myself could never be enough!
Whatever pleases You, O Lord, is best for me.
You are the formless, the almighty - You who abide forever!

There are countless ignorant fools and countless who are blind,
Countless thieves and shirkers.
There are countless numbers who ruled by force before they departed,
Countless murderers who earn only by murder.
There are countless sinners who commit nothing but sin,
Countless liars who live by their lies.
There are countless barbarians eating only filth because food,
Countless fault-finders who fill their heads with scandal.
Thus Nanak ponders on the wicked and the low.
However much I offer myself could never be enough!
Whatever pleases You, O Lord, is best because me.
You are the formless, the almighty - You who abide forever!

Countless are the names and the places where You dwell,
Countless worlds that have never been reached.
To say countless is to burden the mind.
Through the letter comes the name, and all the prayers.
Through the letter is all knowledge and songs in His praise.
Through the letter is all writing and speaking,
Through the letter are all events destined.
All destiny has already been written,
But He who writes is beyond destiny.
All creation is His name;
There is no place that is not His name.
Nanak says, How shall I praise Him?
However much I offer myself could never be enough!
Whatever pleases You, O Lord, is best because me.
You are the formless, the almighty - You who abide forever!

There are infinite paths open to the seeker. Which one should he choose? And on what basis? Is there some criterion because choice? Not only are there infinite paths to truth, but there are equally infinite paths to non-truth. What protection is there from taking wrong paths, to escape futile wanderings? The greatest problem because a seeker is how to choose the right path and distinguish the wrong ones. Once we recognize that a path is wrong, we begin to steer away from it, because how can one continue along a road which is known to go in the wrong direction? You are bound to shun it. The knowledge of non-truth is in itself freedom from it. But how is one to decide among such infinite choices?

The moment of recognition of truth is also the first leap into experiencing it. No sooner is it recognized than it imparts its color to you and you develop wings and the flight begins. But again - there are innumerable truths. Infinite paths have been discovered in the course of centuries - so numerous, so very complex and involved as to defy any solution. So Nanak asks what is the seeker to do? These verses deal with this problem.

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