Wednesday, November 29, 2006

re mann jap: Waheguru Waheguru Waheguru

The mala for Naam Simran - a great gift, a tool that I did not understand much for a very long time. Today I want to reflect a little more on it after reading a lovely book called, 'Prayer Beads' by Manuela Dunn Mascetti and Priya Hemenway.

The mala is a tool of tremendous significance. To wear one is to acknowledge an inner state of surrender, a devotion to the journey of exploring oneself.

We all move through the many different phases of life, but your mala can be the eternal material constant. The author describes that experience of putting it on in the morning was like remembering something sacred about herself and taking it off at night, she could see in the beads an aspect of herself that would not die. I thought that was a beautiful experience that we can have - especially manmukhs like me, who sometimes need material assurances to keep them on their track of spiritual growth.

The mala has been used for hundreds of years as a tool for remembering - remembering a prayer, remembering a mantra, repeating and remembering. This also includes remembering to respect, remebering to love and remembering to be true.

The mala is one of the many ways that can be used to become acquainted with oneself. Taking the beads in hand, one makes them a part of ones song to existence, an invocation or a call to God.

It is a blissful experience to try those beads at least once to help remember - remember God :)
p.s.// Photo, courtesy of Satvinder bhenji (http://satvinder.blog.com/)

Friday, November 24, 2006

wake up with a smile

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food,
and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies with yourself.
-Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Darshan

I wanted to share this stunning photo of Sri Harmandir Sahib in the Amrit Vela taken by Raminderpal Singh from Amritsar, who continues to bless the sangat throughout the world with wonderful, blessed views of Sri Harmandir Sahib. But somehow I'm unable to blog it. So you can use the link below to feel the warmth, as if you are in the premises of Harmandir Sahib at that very moment!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

lest you forget

Today's Hukamnama was too compelling to not post! SatNaam Waheguru!

SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL:
Millions of obstacles stand in the way of one who forgets the Name. O Nanak, night and day, he croaks like a raven in a deserted house. 1 FIFTH MEHL: Beauteous is that season, when I am united with my Beloved. I do not forget Him for a moment or an instant; O Nanak, I contemplate Him constantly. 2 PAUREE: Even brave and mighty men cannot withstand the powerful and overwhelming army which the five passions have gathered. The ten organs of sensation attach even detached renunciates to sensory pleasures. They seek to conquer and overpower them, and so increase their following. The world of the three dispositions is under their influence; no one can stand against them. So tell me  how can the fort of doubt and the moat of Maya be overcome? Worshipping the Perfect Guru, this awesome force is subdued. I stand before Him, day and night, with my palms pressed together. 15
Saturday, 5th Maghar (Samvat 538 Nanakshahi)
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