Tuesday, March 04, 2008

27. Miracle of Ardas (prayer) --Part II

Ardas ( prayer) is an important spiritual tool in the life of a Sikh. A Sikh is a house holder. He works honestly for living and in this world he faces problems like any other individual. An Ardas not only solves his daily life problems but brings him nearer to Waheguru. An Ardas is also a simran. Waheguru ji is ‘antaryami’ meaning already knowing our inner thoughts. HE does not need a prayer with a concentration to know our needs or desires but we need to do Ardas to be nearer to HIM.
An Ardas of a Sikh for his needs is heard and universal forces are activated for the fulfillment.
An Ardas which benefits many is heard.
An Ardas without involving ‘I’ or ego is heard.
An Ardas that reduces ego or haume and is spiritually uplifting is heard.

The life that we are to live as per guru’s guidance is that of living in the presence of Waheguruji. We know and are aware that HE the creator is ever present everywhere. HE is within and without. HE is the Guru within. HE is the only presence. The world is a maya and our separateness is an illusion. The ego perpetrates this separateness. The relationships with, other persons and objects in the world perpetrates this separateness.

A person who lives life as per Guru's given wisdom and understanding is a Sikh (Disciple). The Sikh moulds his mind to Guru's teachings.A Sikh lives life in such a way that the element of separation is gradually reduced and in this way the Sikh gets nearer and nearer to HIM. The Sikh is not a renouncer of the world and its objects but ever lives enjoying the world in a non-attachment way. It is like travelling in a train and knowing all the time that the seat does not belong to him at the same time during the journey it is for his sitting comfort. The Sikh’s relationship with the worldly relations and objects should be like that.

A Sikh also is an ever acceptance state of mind. He knows that what is happening in the world is a result of HIS Will. This WILL is creative force acting in accordance with thoughts and beliefs in collective consciousness. This world is ever changing one. There is cycle of life and death. There are many such cycles. A Sikh does not resists or feels angry at what has happened or is happening but knows that HIS prayer would be heard and the same forces would shift and bring about the desired change. The change brought about is within the ambit if creative pattern of the universe. The change is in accordance with the universal laws.
Take for example, a person who prays to heal the body from a disease .His body has become diseased because of his own karma consisting of negative thinking, emotions and behavior which affect the physiology and creates pathological changes in the body over some time. A prayer would not immediately change the body to a healthy state. The change initiated by prayer is in accordance with the universal laws. Regeneration and recovery is initiated through the removal of cause of disease. At mind level the proximity of divine and the state of surrender dissolves the mental blocks which are now positive emotions. At the ethric level the negative energy is disintegrated. At the physical level the body’s regeneration mechanism becomes operational. The external situations change and the medical intervention where needed is appropriate and effective with right persons involved.
For even such a desired change to occur, the prayer has to be in the right way.
The first requirement is the state of mind that stops struggles and surrenders. There is no resistance of the type ‘Why me?’ There is also no dependence on external sources like a medical system or medication. The medical systems and the medicines work in accordance with the universal forces of change and have nothing absolute about them. Fear and doubt about the effectiveness of the Creator or the divine towards whom the prayer is directed only results in that very fear being manifested. Here we are not allowing the Creator. In this world the rule is ‘what one sows so one reaps’. When we sow the confidence of effectiveness of creative forces then what we reap is the result of a successful prayer outcome. This is perceived as a miracle but in fact not a miracle but a manifestation as per laws. All that happens is within the Hukam (God’s will) .
Prayer is a method of moving forces of creation in a more powerful way than we do in the daily life. When we pray and allow the initiation of action by the higher creative forces without any doubt and fear in the mind and in full confidence and so it happens. The mechanism of ardas is a part and parcel of the design of this world created by Waheguru.It is part of path towards knowing our origin of being same as the creator. In prayer our awareness is focused within at a level of consciousness closer to subtle spiritual dimensions.
Way of the prayer is one of Love. We are in communion with the divine. We are in present eternal time of NOW without any anxiety towards outcome or failure. We pray and remain in a state of confidence.
After the prayer we should recite shabads only and should avoid repeating the prayer as it shows our lack of faith in the prayer and giving of appropriate result by the Karta (creator).The recitation of shabads when any doubt comes would keep us in a positive frame of mind.
Ardas shold be done preferably during amrit vela ( before 6.00 AM early morning) and if possible before SGGSji.During ardas keep eyes closed and the focus of awareness deep within. Feel the presence of Karta within. HE is ever present wether we are aware or not. The purpose of prayer should be genuine and for the benefit . The purpose which has element of raising the ego ( ahankar) or is harmful is less likely to be fulfilled. We can also put forward an arrangement whereby an assertion is made that as thankfulness a spiritually uplifting activity would be undertaken. Here thankfulness which is ritualistic or donation that does not raise ones spiritual level is less likely to be acceptable. In a prayer love relationship and spiritual advancementis of paramount importance.

SOME SHABADS FROM SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHEBJI ARE QUOTED BELOW :



Everyone begs from You, and all offer prayers to You each day. Those, unto whom You give, receive everything. You are far away from some, and You are close to others.
SGGS 86




So offer your prayers to Him, the Giver of Peace, the Destroyer of fear.
Showing His kindness, the Kind Master shall resolve your affairs.
SGGS 44

He is the Presence Ever-present; offer your prayers to Him. Pain and pleasure are in the Hands of Karta (creative aspect), the True Creator.
SGGS 352

When your soul is feeling sad, offer your prayers to the Guru. Renounce all your cleverness, and surrender your mind and body to Him. Worship the Feet of the Guru (touch of divine within), and your evil-mindedness shall be burnt away.
SGGS 519

You are our Lord and Master; to You, I offer this prayer. This body and soul are all Your property. You are our mother and father; we are Your children.

SGGS 268

DHANAASAREE, FIFTH MEHL: He has extended His power in all four directions, and placed His hand upon my head. Gazing upon me with his Eye of compassion, He has dispelled the pains of His devotee. 1 The Guru, the Lord of the Universe, has saved the Lord's humble servant. Hugging me close in His embrace, the kind, forgiving Lord has erased all my sins. Pause whatever I ask for from my Lord and Master, he gives that to me. Whatever the Lord's slave Nanak utters with his mouth proves to be true, here and hereafter. 2 14 45
SGGS 681

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know what you are saying is right that one should accept everything - but why does God hurt you more when you are so down and alone (widow) - we are brought up to respect everyone and one sacrifies one's life doing that - pleasing your husband, kids, your in-laws - I am sorry but alot of sikhs are evil - even a widow needs a shoulder to cry on so what can she do - please advice

gurmit singh said...

GOD does not hurt anyone.The world runs as per Hukam(laws). The law of Karma is As you sow so you get.
Our thoughts and beliefs are our choices. What we think and feel is what we get. When our feelings are negative and we are in a resentment feelings we would attract(get) negative circumstances only. We should first accept our circumstances as such - good or bad. now when we are not resisting these we can choose again. Chosse and intend for new circumstances, feel the positive action of Hukam in your life. Feel and act happy,joyful and confident. Do this and see circumstances change. Don,t resent people . Their attitude would change too. Give love to get love. Give smile to get smile.Give happiness to get happiness.

Anonymous said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
I'm from UK and have been diagnosed with Cancer the drugs didn't work and the tumour is growing in veins towards heart please help.

gurmit singh said...

WJKK WJKF

The health situation you have mentioned is no doubt serious from physical body's point.
Gurmat explains that Naam is the cure for all diseases. To access the power of Naam the following suggestions are based on Gurmat.
1. Opening up to Naam- Surrender the mental thinking which has anxiety,fear,doubts and have the Gurmat thinking which has forgiveness,tolerance,confidence,peace,love,responsibility , awareness of Hukam.
This is possible through Ardas.
2. Touch of Naam - To acess Namm do Simran of Gurbani Shabads and pungtees. Keep your awareness inward. Be in meditation. Keep doing Simran.
The state of mind should be of confidence and of Faith. Chardikala.
3 Expressing intention - the health is a state of body natural to the person who who has Naam connection. Naam is our Mool. The Mool. The mool is a State of sat (true state) and the disease is a part of world of maya. When we identify ourself with mool by being jyote swarope we give up being a person with haume.
while doing simran through gurbani feel it being an image of Jyote and so being Healthy.
Focus on health and not on the way health has to come.
Keep faith.

Anonymous said...

Wjkk wjkf

Very grateful to receive reply will continue Simran

Nee2 K said...

WKWF, wonderful blog. Lots of love to everyone.

Anonymous said...

WKWF everyone, I would like to know that which is Gurmantar - is it Waheguru or Satnaam? What should one meditate on. Also is it compulsory to do the Ardas written in the prayer book and if not then how should one perform the Ardas. I am unsure because I am not very good at punjabi.

Love.

gurmit singh said...

WJKK WJKF
Question : I would like to know that which is Gurmantar - is it Waheguru or Satnaam? What should one meditate on.
Reply :
The Gurumantra is "Waheguru" Bhai Gurdasji has also made it clear. More so the Simran of Gurbani has close connection with "Waheguru" gurumantra as in the whole creation the Shabad is prevailing and Shabad is our Guru. Through Simran we keep the focus on the wonders of creation through this Gurumantra - the Hukam in operation, the presence of Karta in everything . The whole creation is wondrous and vismad.
Satnaam is part of Moolmanta and specifies that the Karta is the only Sat(truth) in the creation and rest is changing and maya(illusion). The Satnaam (which is part of Mool mantra)calls for extended vichar so that our mind comes to realize the truth behind creation.The whole of Mool mantra has Vichar associated with it about waheguruji and the creation. The simran through Gurumantra is done with vichar in the background. As we keep doing Simran the Mool Mantra unveils the truths as intuitive experiences.

Question : Also is it compulsory to do the Ardas written in the prayer book and if not then how should one perform the Ardas. I am unsure because I am not very good at punjabi.

Reply : The prayer book has ardas which is done when there is sangat like in a Gurdwara.The individual ardas can be short . Even a single word or sentence said to Waheguruji is an ardass however for proper focus and concentration the short ardas commonly has beggining part of the full Panthic ardas where we remember the Gurus. Some Sikhs recite shabads or sentences from gurbani as part of ardas. The purpose is to shift focus to a peaceful mind with an inward awareness . This way faith is there . In an ardas it is imperative that we believe and avoid any doubts. The inward focus achieves such a state of mind which has faith .

Nee2 K said...

WKWF, Thank you so much for your kind reply. Please Sadh Sangat ji, could you pray for me and my family. We are going through a rough patch. Das would appreciate it very much. Lots of love to the beautiful Sadh Sangat.

jessie said...

ssa
why iam always hurted despite being kind . can i break this cycle ? i ve recently taken shelter of gurbani .

jessie said...

ssa
why iam persistently huer n discouraged despite being kind to others . i ve recetly started doing path. kindly help n show apath

gurmit singh said...

Jessieji
wjkk wjkf
Often the Dukh( suffering,hurt etc) is a cause toward a Shift towards spiritual understanding and living. This is the main purpose we have taken birth as a human. The cycle can be broken when we embrace RAZA (acceptance ). Accept whether what is being accepted is to our liking or not. Guruji says "Farida Bure Da Bhala kar gussa man na handae" Embrace Sikh thought,beliefs and life. The 'Gurbani' when read with attention on words , meaning . Gurbani changes our state of mind and brings Naam in our thoughts and life. Attach yourself to Guru and the Guru takes care of the Sikh

gurmit singh said...

To anonymous

WJKK WJKF

The answer to your question “. Can my sister gain through prayers” is YES.
ਜੀਅ ਕੀ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਹੋਇ ਸੁ ਗੁਰ ਪਹਿ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਕਰਿ ॥Jeea Kee Birathhaa Hoe S Gur Pehi Aradhaas Kar.
- SGGS 519.

Regarding “If so what shabad and how she must do for this kind of situation” a small explanation of the method is required. Through the Ardas done with love and FAITH we can ask the Akal Purakh through the Shabad Guru for fulfillment of our desire . The fulfillment of the desire is within the Hukam.The explanation as per “gurmat” is as below:

Gurbani asks us to live within the HUKAM and RAZA. It means that there should be No Blaming ,No resentment,No Anger,No Rationalisation, No judgement etc . The situation may not be to our liking but associated negativity should not be there in our mind , after all we created such a situation in the first place individually as well as collectively - the individual contributions vary.
Know that you would have to empty your mind of associated negativity so that the door opens up for the touch of Naam to be there. Naam is the MOOL . Naam is within all. The events and occurrences are within the Hukam. Ardas as per “gurmat” is within Hukam. We had sown the seeds that gave us this result and now we can sow “different thoughts , feelings , actions and intention “ so that the new situation comes in our life.

The family ( close and near ones)should do a collective ardas during Amritvela after recitation of Gurbani – nitnem or Sukmani Sahib . They should do the Ardas that “ that their beloved daughter come back to the loving fold of the family “

Subsequently the close family members and any other who volunteers should recite repeatedly lines fro Gurbani to keep the faith alive . This recitation should be kept up at individual level and done quietly within the mind keeping Birti (awareness) within.

The following lines are a suggestion others can be chosen as well.

ਜੋ ਮਾਗਹਿ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਤੇ ਸੋਈ ਸੋਈ ਦੇਵੈ ॥ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਸੁ ਮੁਖ ਤੇ ਜੋ ਬੋਲੈ ਈਹਾ ਊਹਾ ਸਚੁ ਹੋਵੈ ॥
Jo Maagehi Thaakur Apunae Thae Soee Soee Dhaevai Naanak Dhaas Mukh Thae Jo Bolai Eehaa Oohaa Sach Hovai
-sggs 681


ਜਨ ਕੇ ਪੂਰਨ ਹੋਏ ਕਾਮ ॥ ਕਲੀ ਕਾਲ ਮਹਾ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਮਹਿ ਲਜਾ ਰਾਖੀ ਰਾਮ ॥੧॥
Jan Kae Pooran Hoeae Kaam . Kalee Kaal Mehaa Bikhiaa Mehi Lajaa Raakhee Raam

-sggs 682

ਗਉੜੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ਥਿਰੁ ਘਰਿ ਬੈਸਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਤੁਮਰੇ ਕਾਜ ਸਵਾਰੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ਦੁਸਟ ਦੂਤ ਪਰਮੇਸਰਿ ਮਾਰੇ ॥ਜਨ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਰਖੀ ਕਰਤਾਰੇ ॥੧॥ਬਾਦਿਸਾਹ ਸਾਹ ਸਭ ਵਸਿ ਕਰਿ ਦੀਨੇ ॥ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮ ਮਹਾ ਰਸ ਪੀਨੇ ॥੨॥ਨਿਰਭਉ ਹੋਇ ਭਜਹੁ ਭਗਵਾਨ ॥ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਕੀਨੋ ਦਾਨੁ ॥੩॥ਸਰਣਿ ਪਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀ ॥ਨਾਨਕ ਓਟ ਪਕਰੀ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਸੁਆਮੀ ॥੪॥੧੦੮॥

-SGGS 201

ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਦਾ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਤਿਸੁ ਸਦਾ ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਲੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ਤੇਰਾ ਕੀਆ ਮੀਠਾ ਲਾਗੈ ॥ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਾਂਗੈ
-SGGS 394


These are only suggestions appropriate Shabad lines can be chosen from Gurbani which connect us with Naam , are an ardas and keep our faith.

My ardas to akal purakh is that this affair is resolved through kripa of the Shabad guru.