Friday, September 02, 2005

Hukamnama today

I was just going off to bed...and came back to check on the Hukamnama as on Sikhnet. I really like it:


DHANAASAREE, FOURTH MEHL:
The Lord is the Fulfiller of desires, the Giver of total peace; the Kaamadhaynaa, the wish-fulfilling cow, is in His power. So meditate on such a Lord, O my soul. Then, you shall obtain total peace, O my mind. 1 Chant, O my mind, the True Name, Sat Naam, the True Name. In this world, and in the world beyond, your face shall be radiant, by meditating continually on the immaculate Lord God. Pause Wherever anyone remembers the Lord in meditation, disaster runs away from that place. By great good fortune, we meditate on the Lord. The Guru has blessed servant Nanak with this understanding, that by meditating on the Lord, we cross over the terrifying world-ocean. 2 6 12
Friday, 18th Bhaadon (Samvat 537 Nanakshahi)
(Page: 669)

There are some that I save and I love to read them again and again. I know the whole of Gurbani is sweet and amazing and not to forget very soothing....but for the limited understanding, and for I don't know some other reasons, some Hukams sink in with more ease and make your day brighter. This is kinda ironic to the experience I had earlier today. As I might have mentioned earlier, I'm very religious on April 13 and Sep 1. So, today I did all the paths (all means: Japuji Sahib, Shabad Hazaare, Sukhmani Sahib and Chaupai Sahib). These are all I can do. And even though there is so much I could not understand, the whole experience was so settling and calming - it was incredible. I especially enjoyed the Sukhmani Sahib today - for unlike other paths, I literally have to read every single word consciously to do this Paath, cuz others I know a lot my heart. But this consistent effort, helped me concentrate better on trying to make sense of every word. Sukhmani Sahib, I feel has an easier approach, a little easier to understand. I loved it - I alwasy do. But usually just cuz of the length of it, I dont attempt. So, whenever I feel the spirits elevated, I do all the rest of the paths and kinda skip on this one. But today was incredible. And even though I could not go to the Gurudwara, cuz of stupid problems, my day was as divine as I was hoping it to be.

....Only if all my days could be like this! Closer to Waheguru and His word. Although on days like today, when I repeatedly do the paths, trying to make up for all other days....yet, I cannot seem to justify my heart's doubt this time around. I thought that Path is the food of the soul. If I starve myself for months, and then overeat one day in a blue moon....that'll kill me later if not sooner. And yes, tis true that the distance grows exponentially. When the gap between my Praying sessions increase, so does the speed of my dying soul.

I dont know why exactly I feel the need to say that this blog is not just a platform to share Sikhi....it is my hidden stage to revive my spirit with Naam, Gurbani and the Guru.

A beautiful day smiles....

7 Comments:

Blogger Hari Singh said...

I feel very happy for you that you had a most enjoyable Guru Prakash day. May you enjoy many hundreds more!

Regarding your love for Sukhmani Sahib, Can I make a suggestion? If time always, read this bani "sahaja sahaja" (slowly slowly). What I mean by that is that you start the Bani and everyday you read a few pages (or few minutes) and then mark that page with a paper marker. The next day you again read a little bit more of this bani carrying on from where you left off. Then after your allocated time (5, 10 or 20 minutes, etc) again mark where you stop. After a few days, you will have completed the Bani and then you start again. I find this is very helpful when we do not have a lot of time everyday but equally we love to read a particular bani. I hope this helps, Waheguru ji di Fateh!

Friday, September 02, 2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

I don't believe you can "over-eat" with gurbani :-)
Even if you do not get the chance to read any banis, you can still pray. You don't even need to pray out loud. Just take some time to remember what God has given you and reflect upon what you wish to pray for. Just speak directly with God, because God is already nearer to you than anything else!
I think it is funny that you are very religious on two days out of the year. You don't feel religious on the other days?
From personal experience I feel that Sadhana (daily spiritual practice) is the most important part of a Sikh's life. Sadhana is best in the Amrit Vela, but if you can't make it, it is still important to do it. In order to build up to a great Sadhana you can start small. I do a very special meditation for 31 minutes everyday which involves, amongst other things, the repitition of the mantra 'sat nam.' I also read at least 6 banis everyday. I also take a cold shower every morning before meditating. This sadhana took me a while to build up, several months in the begining, but I do it everyday without fail. This is the only reason I'm capable of being who I am. The only reason I'm not ruined by maya and am barely affected by it. There are so many hardships and problems that everybody has to face everyday, so I would rather have done my sadhana in the morning and be ready.
If nothing else, you could chant 'WaheGuru' for three minutes everyday, sitting cross legged on the floor with your back straight. Just do something everyday and I'm sure you'll feel religious all the time. We know from your blog that you already have faith.
Sat Nam

Friday, September 02, 2005 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Kate Da Great! said...

hey!

I wish I knew more about Sihkism to post a more accurate comment. I used to live next to a whole gathering of Sihks when I lived in England, and in sharing 12 years as neighbours all I picked up was that they had a large ceremony every year and lots of peacocks...not their best assest...

The passage included is very pretty, I'm sceptical however on anything that mentions God (if you read my blogs around april/march 2005) for reasons this year has brought to light. however I also have not researched a variety of religions, so I suppose I'm just a quitter. However if doing those paths causes you to feel spiritually cleaner, or clearer, then congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones!

xoxoxo

p.s. thank you so much for your comment on my blog, it meant alot to me!

Friday, September 02, 2005 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Hari Singh ji:
Thank for for taking the time to give such a wonderful advice. I'm definitely going to give it a shot. I'll keep you posted on the experience. Thanks again :)

Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:53:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Prabhu Singh ji:
Sat Sri Akal!
Thank you SO muchf or sharing your awe-inspiring regime. WoW. I don't know how long it'll take me to get anywhere closer to your blessedness - but I shall defintely work on the 3 min Satnam simran. It sounds so energizing and reviving :)

I was however wondering if you can guide me on this: Dhian.
I cannot seem to keep my mind from racing all through 'nothing' anytime that i sit to do paath or simran. Any suggestive strategies are welcome and appreciated.
Thanks.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 3:02:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Hiya Kate!
Good to hear from you. But what's the peacock thing that you mentioned?? lol.
I'm sure I'll be seeing a lot of you in the future.
Thank you so much for a reflective comment.
Love.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 3:06:00 AM  
Blogger xSHANTIx said...

penji this post made me almost cry...its not particularly sad but jus that i love when people are trying to understand Sikhi more and when in the beginning ur spirit opens up to all the little things that Sikhi has, i do all my banis everyday and i feel weird now if i miss one.. :o) they are good for the soul and the mind.

If you say them silently, like i do mostly its fine but if you say them out loud you are then consuming the words by both sound and sight...also wen u recite Gurbani out loud the tongue touches many meridian points in the mouth which trigger off a more meditative, focused and calm state of being....but just do whatever way works best for you.

I also agree with Prabhu Singh Ji on setting up some sort of Sadhana (daily practice) at first its very difficult, and you may even stop and start a few times before getting into a routine but its definitely worth it....

CHERDI KALA

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sunday, September 04, 2005 3:57:00 PM  

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