Gurmukh

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Gurmukh (meaning "to face the Guru" in Punjabi) is the practice of following the "ways of the Guru" instead and following your animal instincts and basic desires of the mind. The opposite of Gurmukh is Manmukh.

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Gurmukh is a word employed in Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, in several distinct shades of signification. Gurmukh is also known as Gursikh.The gurmukh is, for instance the "Primordial Guru (God) who created all forms; it is He, too, who strings them into one thread — oan gurmukhi kio akara ekahi suti provanhara" (GG, 250). In the Gurmukh, the Guru instills the awe of the Fearless One, and through the Word shapes the mis-shapen (minds). In another sense, gurmukh is the God-conscious being or the God-inspired man who, imbued with the Word, is crowned with glory at the Lord's portal — "The Gurmukhs are honored in the Court of the Lord - gurmukhi hari dari sobha pae" (GG, 125). In Maru Solahe by Guru Amar Das, "Gurmukh is the mystic sound (nad), spiritual knowledge (Ved), and the contemplation thereof" (GG, 1058). At a few places in the Guru Granth Sahib the word gurmukh is used in its literal sense of the face of the Guru. "Beholding the Guru's countenance one attains the highest bliss — guru mukhu dekhi garu sukhu payau" This means that by just by being in the presence of the Guru a disciple or person's psychology can become irrevocably changed. The path of enlightenment can be...
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