Published On: Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

The Effect of Swearing and Bad Language

ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਸਿਖ ਗੰਦ-ਵਾਕੀ ਨਾ ਹੋਵੈ ||
“The Sikh of the Guru should never speak disgusting speech.”
(Rehitnama Bhai Chaupa Singh)

A Chardi kallaa Gursikh from America was found crying uncontrollably. His friends asked him why he was crying. He said he had dream and he was waiting outside a tent to see Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the guard didn’t let me in. He kept asking the guard, “why, why am I not allowed in?” The guard just said, “Guru Sahib doesn’t want to see you.”

The friends who were listening to his story asked, “but you are a Chardi kalla (fine), Bana-vala (wearer of the Guru-given dress), and Abhiyaasi Singh (practitioner of Naam)! Why wouldn’t you be allowed in?” He said, “I carried on pleading to be let in and then was asked to leave. That evening I returned and asked the guard to ask Guru Ji personally why I am not allowed in. The guard went inside to ask Guru Sahib.”

When the guard returned he narrated to the Singh what Guru Sahib had said. The guard said, “Guru Ji says you can do as much paath (prayers) and simran (meditation) that you want but I will never see you, because on some occasions you swore (used disgusting language) at your wife.”

This is a true story and has a very important message for those people who think it’s okay to swear and use disgusting language.

ਕੂੜੁ ਬੋਲਿ ਮੁਰਦਾਰੁ ਖਾਇ ||
“Speaking filth, they eat dead bodies.”
(Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Ang 139)