By Harnaak Singh

Our THOUGHTS are very IMPORTANT in our lives. 

THOUGHTS make us do evil. THOUGHTS make us do good.

THOUGHTS make us stressful.  THOUGHTS make us happy.

THOUGHTS make us say bad things. THOUGHTS make us say good things.

It is THOUGHTS that can make our life HELL or HEAVEN.

THOUGHTS are very important to us and we should delve into this area.  Gurbani generally provides teachings for the benefit of our inner self.  It mainly focuses on our MIND.  Our personality is the result of what is going on in our MIND that is our THOUGHTS. Therein lies the importance of THOUGHTS.

We are starting a series of short articles to delve in THOUGHTS and the MIND.  This is in relation to the article “Logic and reasoning in relation to Gurbani” at LINK:

Today we look at PICTURES in relation to THOUGHTS

“What are PICTURES?” we ask. “PICTURES are what we see through our eyes” we answer. “So what” we may say “we see PICTURES all the time”.

There is a very DEEP MEANING to this.

The visual sense is one of the FIVE SENSES through which we get information about our external world.  These are PICTURES.  For our discussion lets term all the information we get from our FIVE senses as PICTURES.

PONDER over the number FIVE for some moments. FIVE (ਪੰਚ) is one of the most important keys to our lives our Gurus taught us.  Further it is through FIVE ORGANS that we action the world we live in.

“What MORE?”

It is FIVE EVILS (Lust ਕਾਮ, Anger ਕਰੋਧ, Greed ਲੋਭ, Attachment ਮੋਹ, Ego ਹੰਕਾਰ) that we have to overcome and then will we attain the FIVE VIRTUES (Truth ਸਤ, Contentment ਸੰਤੋਖ, Compassion ਦਯਾ, Righteousness ਧਰਮ, patience ਧੀਰਜ) our Gurus want us to acquire. When we realise this, then and only then we can claim to have UNDERSTOOD OUR GURUS’ MESSAGE.  This is the TRUTH.


We have been exposed to two important concepts in this discussion.  The concept of THOUGHT and the concept of PICTURES.  PICTURES are all information related to our five senses.

What are the five senses?  We all know these.  These are related to the five sense organs.  They are SIGHT (eyes), HEARING (ears), SMELL (nose), TASTE (tongue) and FEELING (skin).  The FIVE SENSE organs (ਗਿਆਨ ਇੰਦਰੀਆਂ) provide us the information about everything around us.

We have to interact with everything around us.  How do we do this?  We do this through our FIVE ACTION ORGANS (ਕਰਮ ਇੰਦਰੀਆਂ).  The FIVE ACTION ORGANS are MOUTH, HANDS, LEGS, organ of PROCREATION and organ of EXCRETION.

PICTURES connect our INNER-SELF to the outside world through the FIVE SENSES and the FIVE ACTION ORGANS.  Essentially we can say our RELATIONSHIP and INTERACTION with the CREATION occurs through these organs.

Our INNER-SELF (ਅੰਤਹਕਰਣ) is in control of the sense and action organs.  The picture shows this.


… to be continued