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Rhythm-A-Day Blog for January 3, 2020: Guru Har Rai's Birthday

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Guru Har Rai's Birthday
(Sikh religion, India)

The Sikh religion is based on the sacred writings of Guru Granth Sahib. Sikh beliefs include faith in the one creator, divine equality of all men, selfless service for social justice for all, and honesty in conduct and livelihood. Among Sikh devotional practices are Mantra and Kirtan, musical practices held to transform the "Five Thieves" of lust, rage, greed, attachment, and ego.

The "Mool Mantar" or Primary Chant is shown here in Guru Har Rai's own script.

Guru Har Rai was asked reading the Gurus' hymns without comprehension still benefitted men. The next day he found a broken pot of butter, melting in the sun.The Guru picked up a fragment and said, "Look my Sikhs, broken pot shards—when heated, the butter melts. As the butter sticks to the pottery, so do the Gurus' hymns to the hearts of his Sikhs. Whether understood or not, they hold the seeds of salvation. Perfume still clings to a broken vase." The beauty of the Mool Mantra chant is remarkable; the rhythms here are derived from various recordings of the mantra.

Here is today's Video Lesson!

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