Seeking Wisdom is Therapeutic

By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt. (Hons).

It was the beginning of 2016 when my son Ravi suggested that I undertake a new project to save my sanity – cajoling my ageing brain to keep it alive and kicking. Several possibilities immediately flashed in my mind.

I searched for something that would permit continual reading and discerning, researching, and sharing with my friends. Ravi loved the idea, and he urged me to research and contemplate, so that I would write articles which entice people to respond. The reason being that responses and critiques continually challenge the thinking process, and clear up the fuzziness around the brain cells.

Cerebral Fuzziness

Ravi shaped up the idea into starting a website / blog where I post my writings and collect inputs from readers to further engage with friends in intellectual gymnastics. Not to win a battle, but to continually stimulate thinking – which leads to getting rid of cerebral fuzziness.

For 15 years I had edited a medical research journal, so the idea was not a challenge, but the mechanics of doing it was. I had no technical competency to run a blog, but lucky for me, Ravi offered to help with copy editing, formatting, posting and maintenance of this site.

The next step was to come up with a title. In the realm of my belief system, I have been following the teachings of Sikhism as imbibed in the sacred scripture of the Guru Granth. The term Sikh literately means a learner or a seeker of Wisdom. Hence, Seeking Wisdom was an obvious choice for the blog name.


Suddenly, I was put on the spot to think about defining wisdom. It should, too, not be difficult. Don’t all of us aspire to be wise, or acquire wisdom?  Did not we give the name of Wisdom to our spiritual tutors? Then, it should not be a difficult task to come up with ideas on Wisdom.

To me, Wisdom is a pursuit of learning a trait and forming a habit that will nourish my mental faculties, the faculties that appreciate wisdom. Implicit in that process is that there are countless ways of becoming wise or wiser. Confucius called it gen meaning that which precedes the decision.  For us, it is what guides us in making life-impacting choices every moment.

And, where do you acquire wisdom? Some people acquire wisdom through experience. We, the Sikhs, look up to the Wisdom showered upon us by the Divine Wisdom, by our gurus and their hymns enshrined in the Guru Granth.

The Blog

So here is the result. A blog, named Seeking Wisdom, that has been running since 2016.

Looking back at the process, the writing really helped. I began to look forward to the process. When something comes to mind, I dictate a note in my cell phone. Then I consult the Guru Granth. Most frequently I use, managed by Dr. Kulbir Singh and his computer wizard son Jasjit. When I post the blog, I look forward to hearing from my friends and colleagues.

I find all this really therapeutic.

This blog has essays based upon the human experiences to resolve life problems using guidance from the sages, and the wisdom provided by the Guru Granth. First, these blogs may assist in overcoming the challenges of life and the challenges my communities are facing in practicing their belief systems in the new world. And, then they take to the pathways in the service of their Guru.

The idea is to explore and learn the means that make us wiser in all respects and to relish the opportunities showered upon us by the Creativity of the Creator.

Guru Nanak wrote,
ਭੁਗਤਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਦਇਆ ਭੰਡਾਰਣਿ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਵਾਜਹਿ ਨਾਦ ॥ SGGS, p. 6.

Let spiritual wisdom be your food and the compassion your attendant. The Sound-current of the Naad may vibrate in every heart. 

Guru Nanak wrote further,

ਅਖਰੀ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੀਤ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਹ ॥ SGGS, p 4

From the Word will come spiritual wisdom, so that you may sing the Songs of the glory of the Creative Wisdom as manifested in the creation.

I hope that all of you share my enthusiasm.

If you want to start your own blog, I recommend two free tools: WordPress and MailChimp.

Send all communications to:

Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt (Hons)

Professor Emeritus & Chairman, Dept of Pharmacology & Neurosciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Professor Emeritus, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.
President, Academy of Guru Granth Studies.



11 thoughts on “Seeking Wisdom is Therapeutic

  1. The “Seeking Wisdom” was not any blog for me, but, it was the major source of my self-discovery. I was born and raised in a liberal Sikh family. From my paternal side, I learnt that all humans are the same, it is the environment which shapes our outlook, molded and crafted by our family, peers, community and the nation-state. Our social and political behavior is determined by the environment within which we live in. My maternal side of the family was relatively recent converts from the Hindu traditions of the fertile valley of the Punjab. They were strong believers in the Sikh theology and scriptures while keeping many rituals associated with major concepts of casteism, transmigration of soul, fasting, Karma and Moksha. According to the maternal family, our lives are controlled by an outside power which determines our life trajectories and we having minimum control over our personal actions. The end result was that my siblings and I were raised in a secular framework of believes; occasionally attending Gurdwaras for special occasions including births, deaths and naming services of relatives and friends. However, there was, always an inner calling for a deeper understanding of our faith and principles associated with it. The “Seeking Wisdom” blog ignited my interests in learning more deeply about the true meaning of being a Sikh, including the belief in One God–The Truth; belief in the human equality; performing Seva; earning an honest living; and wishing all people well! I am very thankful to you, Dr. Harbans Lal, for taking this wonderful journey of enlightening us all.

  2. Thank you for your words of wisdom on this important issue. Your sharing of your life journey with us is so precious. It gives all of us an impetus to probe more into the Wisdom that our Guru bestowed upon us for the successful journey of our life. Your thoughts are always appreciated, Professor Daljit Singh ji.

  3. ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਕਾ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਗਿਆਨ ॥: Spiritual Wisdom (ਉੱਚੀ ਸਮਝ, etc.) is the food of the Brahm Giaanee – the knower of Truth. (sggs 273).

    Thank you Bhai Sahib Ji!

  4. Dr. Lal
    Received & reviewed your eloquent, informative & intellectual 21st century “Seeking Wisdom” blog.
    Love it.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Learned the meaning of Sikh (Knowledge Seeker/ Ever Learner) from your blog first time in my 75 years of life.
    Your powerful cover letter motivated me to expedite (on Amazon) Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
    I must study first time ever Sikh Scripture’s epigrams to enrich my mind & soul.
    My sincere greetings to Bhabi Sahiba Ji & love to Ravi.
    Irfan Ali
    Denton, Texas

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