Guru Granth Sahib on humility

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ਮਿਠਤੁ ਨੀਵੀ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਗੁਣ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਤਤੁ ॥ Humility, O Nanak, is the the essence of all virtues, the root of all goodness and virtues. - Guru Nanak Sahib in Sri Guru Granth Sahib (470)

Humility is the most important virtue in Sikhi. According to which we all have to bow in humility before God. Humility or Nimrata, in Punjabi are closely related words. Nimrata is a virtue that is vigorously promoted by Gurbani. The literal translation of this Punjabi word is "Humility", "Benevolence" or "Humbleness." Someone whose mind is not poisoned by the thought that he or she is better or more important than others.

This is a very important quality for all humans to nurture and one that is an essential part of a Sikh's Mind Set and must accompany the Sikh at all times. The other four qualities in the arsenal are: Truth (Sat), Contentment (Santokh), Compassion (Daya) and Love (Pyar). These five qualities are essential to a Sikh and it is their duty to meditate and recite Gurbani so that these virtues become a part of their personality.

Bani of Guru Nanak

ਸਿੰਮਲ ਰੁਖੁ ਸਰਾਇਰਾ ਅਤਿ ਦੀਰਘ ਅਤਿ ਮੁਚੁ ॥

ਓਇ ਜਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਆਸ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਹਿ ਨਿਰਾਸੇ ਕਿਤੁ ॥
ਫਲ ਫਿਕੇ ਫੁਲ ਬਕਬਕੇ ਕੰਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਹਿ ਪਤ ॥
ਮਿਠਤੁ ਨੀਵੀ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਗੁਣ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਤਤੁ ॥

Simmal rukẖ sarā▫irā aṯ ḏīragẖ aṯ mucẖ.

O▫e jė āvahi ās kar jāhi nirāse kiṯ.
Fal fike ful bakbake kamm na āvahi paṯ.
Miṯẖaṯ nīvī nānkā guṇ cẖang▫ā▫ī▫ā ṯaṯ.

The simmal tree is straight as an arrow; it is very tall, and very thick.

But those birds which visit it hopefully, depart disappointed.
Its fruits are tasteless, its flowers are nauseating, and its leaves are useless.
Humility, O Nanak, is the the essence of all virtues, the root of all goodness and virtues.(470)

What Gurbani tells us

"The fruit of humility is intuitive peace and pleasure. With Humility they continue to meditate on the Lord, the Treasure of excellence. The God-conscious being is steeped in humility. One whose heart is mercifully blessed with abiding humility. Sikhism deal Humility as begging bowl before the god," Guru Nanak, First Guru Of Sikhism said,

"Listening and believing with love and humility in your mind cleanse yourself with the Name, at the sacred shrine deep within." (Page 4,Guru Granth Sahib)

"Make contentment your ear-rings, humility your begging bowl, and meditation the ashes you apply to your body." (Page 6,Guru Granth Sahib).

"In the realm of humility, the Word is Beauty. Forms of incomparable beauty are fashioned there." (Page 8,Guru Granth Sahib).

"Modesty, humility and intuitive understanding are my mother-in-law and father-in-law" (Page 152,Guru Granth Sahib).

More Gurbani

ਕਬੀਰ ਦਾਵੈ ਦਾਝਨ੝ ਹੋਤ੝ ਹੈ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਸੰਕ ॥ ਜੋ ਜਨ੝ ਨਿਰਦਾਵੈ ਰਹੈ ਸੋ ਗਨੈ ਇੰਦ੝ਰ ਸੋ ਰੰਕ ॥੧੬੯॥
Kabīr ḝĝvai ḝĝjẖan hoṯ hai nirḝĝvai rahai nisank. Jo jan nirḝĝvai rahai so ganai inḝar so rank. (169)
Kabeer, those who brag, shall burn. Those who do not brag remain carefree.

That humble being who does not brag, looks upon the gods and the poor alike. (169)

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