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Chapter 10: Patience Is the Goldsmith

Self-restraint is the furnace; patience is the goldsmith;
Intellect is the anvil; knowledge is the hammer;
Fear is the bellows; austerity is the fire;
Feeling is the crucible into which the nectar falls.
The coinage of the Word is cast in the mint of truth.
Only those receiving His grace can succeed in it.
Nanak says, one becomes exalted by His compassionate look.

Epilogue

Wind is the guru; water is the father; the great earth is the mother;
Night and day are midwife and groom; and the whole world is playing with them.
Good and bad deeds are read out in His court by Dharma,
And our own actions determine whether we are near to Him or far.
Those who meditate on His name and labor sincerely earn merit;
Their faces are radiant with success,
And many others are liberated by contact with them.
Self-restraint is the furnace; patience is the goldsmith;
Intellect is the anvil; knowledge is the hammer;
Fear is the bellows; austerity is the fire;
Feeling is the crucible into which the nectar falls.
The coinage of the Word is cast in the mint of truth.
Only those receiving His grace can succeed in it.
Nanak says, one becomes exalted by His compassionate look.

Self-restraint means giving direction to life, giving it vision and a goal. A man without restraint runs in all directions, not knowing where to go or what is to be attained; he has no aim, no goal in life. He is like a blind man shooting an arrow. A life of restraint is one in which a person is well aware of his goal; he knows exactly where to let his arrow fly. An arrow that is let fly haphazardly cannot possibly hit the target. No power is attained without restraint and moderation.

So the first quality, self-restraint, involves having a direction, a goal. Once you decide upon a goal then you have to let go of everything that does not further your goal. If you want to achieve one thing you have to let go of a thousand others. He who tries to attain everything ends up with nothing; you have to make a choice.

Now you have come to listen to me here. You had to practice some restraint in choosing to hear me: you left some work half done, or you could have put this much time to some better use, or you could have done some profitable business in the time you spent here. You could have done many things, but once you made the decision to come here, you renounced all the other possibilities for this period of time.

Each moment carries infinite possibilities that can carry you in a thousand directions. A man chooses going to a house of prostitution instead of the temple; another goes to the temple who could also have gone to the prostitute. Both have practiced restraint in not taking the other choice or a thousand and one other possibilities.

You take one step and you leave thousands of steps behind. Only that person requires no restraint who does not walk at all. Whoever walks will have to direct each step of his with the utmost awareness and understanding.

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