In this double video, you will first hear Amandeep Singh’s very clear explanation of this most profound kernel of understanding the Creation and our part in it! Then you will hear his 11 min. recitation of Guru Nanak’s Mul Mantra that you may chant with.
~~~~ IK Oankar Satnaam Kartapurkh Nirbhauo Nirvair Akaal Murat Ajoni Sahibhang Gurparsad ~~~
Ik Oankar – One universal Eternal unchanged Awareness Being-Light-Knowledge- God- all in one, one in all- expressing itself in its movement – creating, preserving and changing creation spontaneously.
Satnaam- which is Eternal Absolute Eternal existence truth,
Kartapurkh- creative Consciousness,
Nirbhauo- Fearless as resides in all (Fearless)
Nirvair- No enmity towards anyone as resides in all (Without Enemy)
Akaal Morat- Timeless being
Ajooni – Unborn
Gurparsad- Awareness Consciousness Bliss/Gurparsad- realized by grace of Guru (Enlightened Realized Being).
Sit back and relax- take deep breaths in and out, enjoy listening to Mool(Root) Mantra from Sikh Spiritual Gnosis, meditate on it with perception of oneness to connect with our One universal awareness light (Ik Oankar) within.
According to the Janam Sakhis, Guru Nanak Dev Ji accompanied by Bhai Mardana Ji, stopped near the temple of Jagannath, which is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu. Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Bhai Mardana Ji stopped near the shrine upon which sat centuries of history mute and immobilized. The notes from Bhai Mardana’s Rabaab (rebeck) touched the devotees’ hearts with fresh fervor. Several of them came to hear the Guru’s word. The temple priests felt angry and held the Guru Ji guilty for not making adoration to the deity within the sacred enclosure. The local chief whose name has been described, as Krishan Lal one day visited the Guru and invited him to join the aarti, or the evening service of lights, in the temple. The Guru readily offered to go with him.
As dusk fell, the priests lighted the lamps and sumptuous ritual for which the devotees had been waiting began. Twinkling lights fed by ghee were placed on a jewel studded salver, amid flowers and incense, and worshipfully swung from side to side by the priest in front of the enshrined image to the accompaniment of the chanting of hymns, blowing of conchs and the ringing of bells. The priests had a complaint as they concluded. The Guru had remained seated in his place and not participated in the ceremony. The Guru burst into a divine song:
ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਆਰਤੀ
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ਗਗਨ ਮੈ ਥਾਲੁ ਰਵਿ ਚੰਦੁ ਦੀਪਕ ਬਨੇ ਤਾਰਿਕਾ ਮੰਡਲ ਜਨਕ ਮੋਤੀ ॥
ਧੂਪੁ ਮਲਆਨਲੋ ਪਵਣੁ ਚਵਰੋ ਕਰੇ ਸਗਲ ਬਨਰਾਇ ਫੂਲੰਤ ਜੋਤੀ ॥੧॥
ਕੈਸੀ ਆਰਤੀ ਹੋਇ ਭਵ ਖੰਡਨਾ ਤੇਰੀ ਆਰਤੀ ॥
ਅਨਹਤਾ ਸਬਦ ਵਾਜੰਤ ਭੇਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
The sky is the salver
And the sun and the moon the lamps.
The luminous stars on the heavens are the pearls.
Scented air from the sandal-clad hills is the incense,
The winds make the fan for Thee,
And the vast forests wreath of flowers.
The unstruck music of creation is the trumpet.
Thus goes on the Arati (adoration) for Thee,
O’ Thou dispeller of doubt and fear!
Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught the listeners, how Nature’s tribute to the Creator was superior to any ritualistic oblation offered before images.
Once actor Balraj Sahni asked the late Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, “You have written the national anthem for India. Can you write an international anthem for the whole world?” “It has already been written, not only international but for the entire universe, in the 16th century by Nanak,” replied Tagore. He referred to the Sikh aarti (ceremony of light). Tagore was so enamoured of this universal aarti that he personally translated it into Bengali.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji says in Japji Sahib: “Accept all humans as your equals, and let them be your only sect” (Japji 28), and Guru Gobind Singh tell the world: “manas ki jat sabhe eke paihcanbo – recognise all of mankind as a single caste of humanity”.
The Panj Pyare were from 5 different casts and Guru ji made them one. The five Sikhs formed the nucleus of the self-abnegating, martial and casteless fellowship of the Khalsa Guru Gobind Singh Ji had brought into being.
The fact that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji has compositions from people of different backgrounds just shows how equity is a massive part of the Sikhi. We bow our head to the teachings within because we are told by the 10th master that this is our Guru. Our guru is composed of different cultures, yet within the community we still discriminate and use castism to create divisions.
Source: Siki Wiki : The writings in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji generally appear in chapters which are given names of Raags. Within each chapter or Raag, the writings of the Gurus appears chronologically. Each of the Gurus signed their hymns as Nanak. Their compositions are identified by the numerals at the beginning of each hymn, ie. Mahalla 1 is Guru Nanak, Mahalla 2 is Guru Angad and so on. These are then followed by those of other saints (Bhagtas) and other contributors. Their are 3,384 hymns found in the Guru Granth Sahib broken down by 43 authors of who many were non-Sikhs including Hindus and Muslims. The authors of Guru Granth Sahib include:
The 7 Gurus
- Guru Nanak: 974 hymns including sloks and pauris
- Guru Angad: 62 sloks
- Guru Amar Das: 907 hymns including sloks and pauris
- Guru Ram Das: 679 hymns including sloks and pauris
- Guru Arjan: 2,218 hymns including sloks and pauris
- Guru Tegh Bahadur: 59 hymns and 56 sloks
- Guru Gobind Singh: 1 slok
The 15 Bhagats
Holy text of saints of both Muslim and Hindu faiths has been included in the Guru Granth Sahib; Sheikh Farid, who was a Muslim was a major contributor to the Guru Granth Sahib. Bhagat Namdev and Bhagat Ravidas were Hindus who have substantial prominence in the Guru Granth Sahib.
- Kabir: 292 hymns
- Namdev: 60 hymns
- Ravidas: 41 hymns
- Sheikh Farid: 4 hymns and 130 sloks Sheikh
- Trilochan: 4 hymns
- Dhanna: 4 hymns
- Beni: 3 hymns
- Sheikh Bhikan: 2 hymns
- Jaidev: 2 hymns
- Surdas: 1 hymn Bhagat
- Parmanand: 1 hymn
- Pipa: 1 hymn
- Ramanand: 1 hymn
- Sadhna: 1 hymn
- Sain: 1 hymn
The 17 Bhatts
The Bhatts were a group of musicians who lived in the sixteenth century. All of them were scholars, poets and singers.
- Kal: 49 Swayyas
- Kalsahar: 4 Swayyas
- Tal: 1 Swayya
- Jalap: 4 Swayyas
- Jal: 1 Swayya
- Kirat: 8 Swayyas
- Sal: 3 Swayyas
- Bhal: 1 Swayya
- Nal: 6 Swayyas
- Bhikha: 2 Swayyas
- Jalan: 2 Swayyas
- Das: 1 Swayya
- Gayand: 5 Swayyas
- Sewak: 7 Swayyas
- Mathura: 10 Swayyas
- Bal: 5 Swayyas
- Harbans: 2 Swayyas
The 4 Sikhs
- Mardana: 3 sloks
- Satta and Balwand: 1 Var
- Sunder: 1 hymn
Akaal translates as ‘not subject to time or death’ and Moorat translates as form, shape, image. God is beyond time: An Eternal, Indestructible Entity. – aad sach jugaad sach (its the truth) have a read of this interesting article – http://www.sciencealert.com/new-theory-suggests-the-big-bang-never-occurred and watch the following.
so satgur pyara mere naal hai by bhai lakhwinder singh huzoori ragi sri darbaar sahib
in very sweeet n melodoius voice !!!
Amrit velae utthnaa|
Arise during Amritvela
Amritvela or early morning meditation is a vital part of a Sikhs daily worship schedule. According to the Sikh code of conduct, Amritvela is three hours prior to dawn. Amritvela is considered to be the most opportune time to achieve that instance of immortality when the soul relinquishes ego for union with the divine. To successfully observe Amritvela, it is essential to establish a routine so that early morning meditation becomes a habit.
The following ten tips can help you to attain, maintain, and sustain a richly rewarding meditation practice for life.
Go to bed four to eight hours before you plan to awaken so that you will be fresh when you meditate. Set an alarm for the time you wish to rise. Say an evening prayer such as Kirtan Sohila before retiring for the night to set your consciousness in meditative mode.
Wake up early when everything is quiet so you are less likely to be disturbed while meditating. Rise at the same time everyday so that you become accustomed to rising on schedule and are more likely to wake up naturally.
Begin meditation audibly as soon as you wake. Get out of bed stand up right away to avoid falling back asleep.
Perform isnaan, and take a quick shower or bath. Cold or cool water will help wake you up and keep you alert. Continue your meditation audibly while bathing, tending your hair, and dressing.
Wear comfortable loose clothing so that nothing restricts, binds or hampers circulation. Have a special shawl or light weight blanket to provide warmth while in meditation. Wear the same clothing and use the same wrap every day to help establish your routine, laundering as necessary.
Choose a place where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Consider setting aside a special space or place in your home for meditation.
Avoid artificial lighting. If necessary for your comfort, a candle or night light may be lit, preferably behind your line of sight.
Watch with your inner eye. Center your focus by closing your eyes and mentally visualizing a Sikh symbol such as a khanda, Ik Onkar or imagine writing one word such as Waheguru.
Listen with your inner ear. Center your focus by concentrating on a single word or phrase such as Waheguru, Ik Onkar, to repeat either audibly or silently.
At dawn read, recite, or otherwise review nitnem, or daily prayers. Take a hukam from the Guru Granth Sahib.
Amritvela reflection: Why are more and more people depressed?
Depression is not an illness, its a condition of life. Guru Nanak writes ‘Dukh daru sukh rog paiaya, ja sukh tam na hoi – Sadness is the remedy happiness is the disease, in happiness I forget thee’. This is a positive take on the sadness life can bring, that we can use this time to introspect and do naam simran and sewa, and carry these positive activities on into good times as well!
In the UK depending on where you live anti-depressants are prescribed to between one in six to one in twenty people, so the actual rate is much higher. Many people self-medicate with certain drugs like alcohol which will not make you better, alcohol is a CNS depressant each time you have it your brain will literally go deeper into depression. Food will also not help fill the void, as too many carbohydrates will over stress the dopamine reward pathways.
The Guru tells us in Gurbani that life is dukh and sukh, sadness and happiness, we just can’t get away from it. All of us will lose loved ones, have illness, have good times, have family and friends we love, and good experiences of life, and this really goes without saying. Sometimes depression is when we can’t accept the sadness in life, so we get hung up on it. We so desperately want to be happy, that we make ourselves more miserable, that even the sight of a happy person makes us even more upset. We can get increasingly frustrated that are life is not the perfect KEN and BARBIE dream! Well real life is never going to be plastic is it? We also say why me? This is not true, Guru Nanak says: ‘Nanak dukhia sabh sansar’, the whole world is in suffering but through naam we can find bliss.
The first part of tackling depression, is to use reasoning, this part of the mind often works less in those who are depressed (PFC), so an active attempt at using reasoning must take place. That firstly it is ok to feel down, and accept it, that life has ups and downs, and this is just where I am on the journey. Secondly, be mindful of negative thoughts and emotions, and actively strive to balance with positive affirmations and feelings.
A proven way of tackling depression without the need for medication is simple meditations like witnessing the breath going in and out, breath of fire (kapalbati), mindfulness, singing or listening to Rag Durga, and the use of mantras. Also getting sunlight everyday for at least 10 minutes in the afternoon, and exercise, all help to loosen the grip depression has on us. So, if you feel down then lift yourself up. Then when you know your slipping you know how to elevate yourself.
Here is prayer meditation used in the tradition said to relieve us of sadness:
Dasam Granth Sahib Gurbani is said to get one back into chardikalah very quickly!
Have a beautiful day!
By Kamalroop Singh (Author)
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