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SLANDER
(NINDAA)
Slander me, slander me - go ahead, people, and slander me.
Slander is pleasing to the Lord's humble servant.
Slander is my father, slander is my mother.
If I am slandered, I go to heaven;
the wealth of the Lord's Naam abides within my mind........
The slanderer is drowned, while I am carried across (sggs 339).
No one believes what the slanderer says.
The slanderer tells lies, and later regrets and repents.
He wrings his hands, and hits his head against the ground.
The Lord does not forgive the slanderer (sggs 1153).

Bhagat Kabir Sahib had a jealous neighbour, whose only pastime was
slandering (Nindaa) Kabir Sahib; day in and day out. One day this
foolish man died. People thought that the news of this man's death
might make Kabir Sahib very happy. To the contrary, when Kabir Sahib
found out about it, he became very sad. His devotees naturally
inquired as to why he was sad instead of being happy. Kabir Sahib
said " the reason I feel sad, now as my slanderer is gone, who will
wash my sins off and take upon himself". The Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth
Sahib, SGGS) declares that there are countless such slanderers
(Nindak).

Kayee kot par dookhnaa karahi. Kayee kot maya sram maahi:

Many millions slander others. Many millions struggle in Maya (sggs
275).

A janitor (Bhangee or Jamaadaarni) spends his time in inspecting and
cleaning filth of others; then he loads it up and carries on his
head. A slanderer is a self-appointed Bhangee who finds faults in
others and then, by engaging in gossip and back-bite, carries the
load of their trash (sins) on his own head. In the process, he simply
ends up turning his own body, mind and intellect into a "trash
basket" for the sins of others. Very appropriately, the Gurbani
likens slanderers to a "cleaning-woman".

Kubudh doomnee kudayiyaa kasaayan par nindaa ghat chooharee muthee
karodh chandaal: False-mindedness is the drummer-woman; cruelty is
the butcheress; slander of others in one's heart is the cleaning-
woman, and deceitful anger is the outcast-woman (sggs 91).

These verses make it clear that the calamity is of the slanderer, not
of the slandered. As such, slanderers are considered to be very
beneficial for their victims. It is the slanderer, for example, who
helps his victims become purified and ultimately liberated.
Slanderers are thus said to clear the way of devotees for
emancipation. In the process, however, Nindaks rot and waste away in
the fire and hellish womb of reincarnation.

Nindak nindai mujhai piyaaraa. jis nindahi soyee bidhi jaanai Gur kai
Shabade dar neesaanai: The slanderer slanders me, but even so, I love
him. He alone knows the way, who has been slandered. Through the
Guru's Shabad, he is stamped with the Lord's Insignia in His
Court
(sggs 1330).

A body scorched with fire develops blisters. With his own words, a
slanderer constantly scorches his inner psyche; making his mouth
blister with the action and attitude of slandering. By making Nindaa
his intimate habit, he is sure to bring him shame and pain; here and
hereafter. In the love of duality, a Nindak is asleep in the utter
darkness of spiritual ignorance.

Jan nirvair nindak ahankaaree. Jan bhal maanahi nindak bekaaree: The
God's slave is uninimical, and the slanderer is egotistical. The
Lord's humble servant wishes well, while the slanderer dwells on
evil
(sggs 869).

The impurity of the mind is greed, the impurity of the tongue is
falsehood, the impurity of the eyes is to gaze upon the beauty of
another man's wife and his wealth, the impurity of hands is to
perform ungodly acts, and the impurity of feet is to walk on ungodly
path. Similarly, the impurity of the ears is to listen to the slander
of others. In other words, both the slanderer and the listener are
equal partner in this false trade.

Nindak muyaa nindak kai naal: The slanderer dies with the rest of the
slanderers (sggs 1151).

Mithiyaa saravan par nindaa sunai: False are the ears which listen to
the slander of others (sggs 268).

A slanderer in the Gurbani is compared to a Manmukh who hates
holiness. As such, a Nindak is the embodiment of evil instincts, who
wanders around in doubt and duality. As a result, he practices
excessive indulgences and falsehood. He cannot meditate on the One
Lord because his mind is filthy and polluted; deep within, it is
soiled and stained by the love of Maya (ignorance, delusion, and ego-
sense). Such individuals do not attain perfection or intuitive
understanding of the Shabad, for their intellect is dimmed by
material contamination. Tossed by the waves of lust, anger and greed,
they suffer in pain. As paper breaks down and dissolves in water, the
slanderer wastes away in delusion. Such faithless cynics chase after
the mirage of Maya, and end up wandering in the desert of material
existence. Thus, the life of a slanderer becomes useless; he comes
and goes in shame.

A crane spreads his feathers to look like a swan; but he can never
become a swan. Similarly, the existence of a slanderer is like a wall
of sand; his hollowness comes into the open within no time. The
moment he speaks with his mouth, he is exposed and driven out. In
other words, he tastes his own medicine and suffers. As fruits of his
actions, a Nindak is inflicted with severe misery; in this world and
the next. This is the conclusion of all scriptures.

Naaraayan nindas kaayi bhoolee gavaaree. Dukrit sukrit thaaro karam
ree: Why do you slander the Lord? You are ignorant and deluded. Pain
and pleasure are the result of your own actions (sggs 695).

Nindaa kahaa karahu sansaraa. Nindak kaa pargat paahaaraa.....: The
emptiness of the slanderer is soon exposed. I have carefully thought
about the fate of the slanderer. Says Ravi Daas, he is a sinner; he
goes to hell (sggs 876).

Par dhan par tan par kee nindaa in siyu preet na laagai. Santah sang
sant sanbhaakhan Hari Kirtan man jaagai: Others' wealth,
others'
bodies, and the slander of others - do not attach your love to
them.
Associate with the Saints, speak with the Saints, and keep your mind
awake to the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises (sggs 675).

The instinct for slandering exists because of inflated ego. Once the
ego-sense is thinned out, many urges such as slandering will lose
their grip. Ego rises from ignorance or Maya (absence of the Self-
knowledge). As the ego-sense is false, so are its branches such as
Nindaa. Accordingly, a spiritually wise-being (Gurmukh) will renounce
all cravings and temptations for Ninda. Instead, he will attach his
love to Waheguru only, because everything is in Waheguru and Waheguru
is in everything. For that to happen, the Gurbani recommends the
process of joining the Saad Sangat (Satsang or holy company) and the
practice of Shabad.

Kaam krodh lobh mad nindaa saadh sang mitiyaa abhimaan: Lust, anger,
intoxication, egotism, slander and egotistical pride are eradicted in
the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the saintly souls (sggs 1151)