Healing at Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, India
We hear of reports of healing that occurred in Harmandir sahib, Amritsar. These are reported to be a Miracle. Recently Ms. Kaveri a 15 year old girl who had bone cancer and got cured of it. There were several other reported cases including of a paralyzed boy who on getting up while bowing begin to walk. A popular case is of Mr. Vasu Bhardwaj who was cured of cancer while on visit there. Also of Ms. Sunita Rawat, who is reportedly cured of kidney Cancer after Holy Dip in the Sacred Sarovar of Harmandir Sahib.
Apart from these reported cases there are others too wherein Gurbani cured diseases. Only miraculous appearing are reported in media.
A healing is reported as a Miracle when -
- Occurs at a religious place
- as a result of prayer or recitation of Gurbani
- The cure happens fast and is not through mainstream medical treatment.
- Also, the state of mind of the person cured cannot be replicated by individuals in general.
In such a position we have to look at Gurbani for explanation and method.
Anyone doing vichar of Gurbani would fond that it says" the cure for all diseases is Naam". Gurbani calls the healing that Naam brings as "Naam Aukhad" meaning Naam is medicine that is cure for all types of problems. The above cures have aspects of not just faith but a back ground of prayer and recitation of Gurbani Hymns. Here the result are due to "Naam Aukhad" which can be had by other persons in general.
First let us look at the cause of diseases mentioned in Gurbani as "involvement with five vices" whereby the person is not aware of his spiritual legacy.
These five vices change the state of mind of the person. They harbor in mind resentments, anger, apathy, guilt, jealousy, feeling victim, unloved, pride, greed, attachments. Such a state of mind affects the functioning of the body which reflects the disease. Other causes are living in a negative environment, having negative experiences due to bad events. The causes are karmic in nature due to diverse reasons. What ever the cause it is the state of mind and lifestyle brought by these which is reflected as disease in body.
Gurbani says Naam is the Cure.
Naam is our true spiritual identity. Gurbani says we have two identities. One is that of Haume, a sense of individuality that identifies with materialism and the physical body. Haume easily gets attracted towards the five vices.
On earth which Gurbani calls as Dharamsal, meaning a place where both right and wrong exists. It is where Good and bad are there in the world. Here the circumstances are decided by " what we sow that we reap" rule. IT is our thoughts and state of mind that is reflected in body as well as life circumstances.
Naam is our true nature which is true reality. Naam is pure awareness of the Creator. Our conscious awareness is the same light, Jyote that is the all pervading Jyote in creation that keeps giving rise to Creation.
Naam is Nirbhau meaning fear is not part of it. Fear is created part of physical reality. It is not part of Spiritual reality.
Naam is also Nirvair, meaning no one is enemy. It is a state of awareness which has nothing connected with fear like anxiety, resentment, anger and many other negative emotions . It may be noted that fear is mot a single emotion but has many variants for example insecurity is a kind of fear while confidence comes from state of Love.
Gurbani Hymns are known to be of Spiritual origin. These have come from within to Saints and the Sikh Guru's. These hymns are called Sabad meaning word of the true Guru. Sabad is Celestial Sound of Creation which brings vibratory as a field giving rise to five elemental parts of creation which are Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Sky ( space).
Gurbani recitation by contemplation of words in a state of prayer changes state of mind of the individual. When we pray and recite Gurbani then we connect with Naam. This repeated state of mind daily is reflected in general mental state and brings healing. This is Naam Aukhad which everyone can bring in their life.
Now the explanation of Miraculous healing.
Gurbani explains that everything in this world is Hukam creation. This process of creation is happening every instant. Hukam is like the intent of creator ( Karta). It has all information and pattern that is created in the past, present and future.
Past in fact is a memory and future is potential possibility. The present is Now that we are experiencing.
The Mool Mantar lines :
“ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ ॥ ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ॥੧॥
Aad Sach Jugadh Sach. Hei Bhi Sach Nanak Hosi Bhi Sach,
Sach(true) in the primodal time (aad) and Sach (true) thereafter (Jugadh);
In the present is Sach (truth) ; and says Nanak, the Sach( truth) would be come ahead also.
(Guru Granth Sahib:1)