There was a man who was walking along the top of a steep cliff when he accidentally got to close to the edge and fell. Luckily, as the man fell, he grabbed a branch. The branch temporarily stopped his fall. The man looked down and to his horror saw that the canyon fell straight down for more than a thousand feet. He couldn't hang onto the branch for long as either his strength or the branch would give way and there was no way for him to climb up the steep side of the cliff.
So the man began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something. 'Help! Help! Is anyone up there? Help!' He yelled for a some time, but no one heard him. The man was about to give up when he heard a voice.
'Hey! Can you hear me?'
'Yes, yes! I can hear you. I'm down here! Help me!'
'I can see you. Are you all right?'
'Yes, but who are you, and where are you?
'I am the Lord. I'm everywhere.'
'The Lord? You mean, God?'
'God, please help me! I promise if, you'll get me down from here, I'll stop sinning. I'll be a really good person. I'll serve You for the rest of my life.'
'Easy on the promises. One step a time. Let's get you off from there, then we can talk. Now, here's what I want you to do. Listen carefully.'
'I'll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do.'
'Okay. Let go of the branch.'
'I said, let go of the branch. I will take hold of you. Just trust me. Let go.'
There was a long silence.
Finally the man yelled, 'Help! Help! Is anyone else up there?'
We are like this man, walking along the top of the cliff passing our lives and sooner or later we will fall into the abyss. Some, who are fortunate, have something to hold onto, some do not. Some have been given signs from God, some have accepted Gods word (Gurbani) and some have not.
For some unfortunates, when they find the will of Guru Ji, they can't handle it. The path of the Khalsa sounds too scary, too difficult, they can't let go of their bad behaviours. They decide to look elsewhere. Kaam, krodh, lobh, moh and ahankar fulfill their temporary needs.
When Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj stands in front of us with his sword in his hand, and says, 'Let go of the things that stand between you and me, and trust me with your life, give me your head' it sounds pretty scary. But when we let go, we find his hands are the best and safest place to be in.