Sunday, February 02, 2014

50.Naam Aukhad: Steps for Healing the Physical Body.

   (Simran Healing)

The devout Sikhs have all along been taking recourse to Ardass and Gurbani to bring their body back to health. A compilation of Shabads from Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji “Dukh bhanjani sahib” also exists. These Shabads build up the faith in those who recite them, in the power of Naam to heal.

The state of disease in the physical body is a result of presence in our mind of thoughts and feelings which create blocks and barrier for the power of Naam to keep body in balance and healthy. These are emotional blocks of anger, resentment, anxiety, fear, blame, victim, judgmental, insecurity, inadequacy, grief, ego etc. The reasons of disease are varied and at times the cause is difficult to pinpoint.

The state of Naam is opposite of all these. There is peace, love, contentment and above all awareness of presence of a Truth that supports the web of creation. In this world of Naam there is awareness about the transient nature of physical reality. The Gurbani call it “Maya” also called by some as grand illusion. On the one side is maya which keeps one involved in the physical world and its varied enticements. On the other side is the world of truth and actual reality. The door of this world is gradually opened up when we focus our mind inward.

Gurbani explains that the way to live in the world of maya is to live with Naam. Touch of Naam is also the way to heal the diseased body back to health. Gurbani enables one to vibrate at a level that is nearer to Naam.

The way of healing (broadly speaking) is a three step process:

Step one is to reflect for the purpose of finding a possible cause of disease. This cause is different from the one that the medical reports and the doctors state. The other cause is to be located in the mind. The mind and body are closely interlinked. These two are not separate but one. In fact we are a single bodymind while living in this physical world. Every part of our body and its shape and functioning is an expression of mind. Our mind is reflected in our body. (There is enough evidence and detailed knowledge available to corroborate this point on the Net and also in so many books .Interested person can do further research to quite any doubts.) The truth is that all our thoughts and feelings get translated into chemicals that affect the chemical composition and behaviour of the body’s cells. Both our sad and good feelings influence the cells. Growing body of medical research shows that both mind and body respond to each other.

When we look and do vichar (contemplation) on Gurbani we find that the scientific evidences being found now are already accounted for in the gurbani’s principles for living.
The cause of this mind-body disease as per Gurbani is connected with the five vikars (weaknesses of human personality) or thieves or passions or engrossments. The group of five comprises Kama (lust/addiction), Krodh (anger /rage/wrath), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment/worldly infatuation) and Ahankar (ego/pride).

The first step towards healing through Naam Aukhad is to find the mind related cause of disease. This can be done through a quite intuitive reflection. Here are two ways through which these can be found.

First by watching the physical effects in the body of different situations, thoughts and feelings. Observe yourself. Observe what is happening in the body when there is anxiety or worry. Watch body reactions when irritated, frustrated or angry.  Look for the part of the body being affected. Where pain is being felt. Which body part muscles are tight? See what is happening to your breathing, shoulders, back, stomach, legs and other parts. And also what happens to body afterwards. All these would give a clue to the behaviour and thoughts that are causing the problem.
Second way is to recall through memory the bad situations and past events. See what feeling in the body these evoke. Ask questions.

Is there any suppressed anger. Is there a person is connected with disagreeable situation? Is some situation or thought keeps awakening fear. Are you stuck with old belief systems? What is there which you are finding disagreeable? Am I judgmental? Am I blaming other without accepting responsibility? Is there an unnecessary guilt feeling?
The answers can be found if you sit quietly and reflect .The intuition would definitely bring you the answer. Look back to the time when the symptoms of the disease begin to appear and even before. Look at what was happening in your life and your reactions.
The cause would be connected with one or the other five vikars. These vikars appear in our thoughts in subtle way and are when the behaviour is repetitive these then get reflected as disease in the body. When a possible cause is found then the next step is to let go and release the same.

For example, let us see how anger gets reflected in the physical body.
Medical evidence suggests that accumulated anger and grudges encourage formation of stones in the body. These can be said to be solidified anger. Anger would not have remained if one had forgiving attitude as well as Guruji advises.
Persisting Anger, irritation, frustration, bitterness, resentment and overly critical attitude is associated with the disease Arthritis. These people have slowly moved away from joy and appreciation. If caring, sharing, tolerance and appreciation comes back in their life then the disease would definitely stop troubling them.
Long time repressed anger is also associated with liver and digestive problems.

Changing and embracing the new is the difficult part. Well if you need the cure then you have to change.
What is needed in life are positive attitudes which Gurbani advises and asks one to bring in their life. Some of these attitudes are.
Some of the positive qualities that need to be developed are sharing, truthfulness, accountability, contentment, non-threatening or nonjudgmental behavior, fairness, trust, sacrifice, love, compassion, selfless service (Nishakaam Sevaa) , humility, friendliness, mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, mutual respect, seeking spiritual wisdom, development of faith, etc.
The spiritual guidelines of the Gurbani are meant to be applied or lived.
For healing to start one guidance of SGGSji has to be applied first which is “to forgive and to forget”.

ਜਹਾ ਲੋਭੁ ਤਹ ਕਾਲੁ ਹੈ ਜਹਾ ਖਿਮਾ ਤਹ ਆਪਿ
jehaa lobh theh kaal hai jehaa khimaa theh aap ||

Where there is greed, there is death. Where there is forgiveness,
there is God Himself.
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ਖਿਮਾ ਗਹੀ ਬ੍ਰਤੁ ਸੀਲ ਸੰਤੋਖੰ
Khimaa gahee brat seel santokh.

To practice forgiveness is the true fast, good conduct and contentment
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ਖਿਮਾ ਗਹੀ ਸਚੁ ਸੰਚਿਓ ਖਾਇਓ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮ
ਖਰੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਭਈ ਅਨਦ ਸੂਖ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮ
Khimaa gahee sach sanchio khaaio anmrit naam.
Kharee kirapaa thaakur bhee anad sookh bisraam.

(One who) Adopts an attitude of forgiveness, gathers truth, and partake of the Amrit Naam, the Lord bestows upon him His Great Mercy, and he finds Peace, Happiness and Bliss.
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ਖਿਮਾ ਵਿਹੂਣੇ ਖਪਿ ਗਏ ਖੂਹਣਿ ਲਖ ਅਸੰਖ
Khimaa vihoonae khap geae khoohan lakh asankh.
Without patience and forgiveness, countless hundreds of thousands have perished. - sggs 937

The healing of disease in the body would start when forgiveness removes the blocks caused by stored anger, resentment, bitterness, irritation, grievance, shame, or pain. It must be understood that forgiveness isn’t about condoning an action that caused pain for us or others but is an act that releases the impact of that event on us. This release has to occur by forgiving others including self while doing Ardas in step two below. This process is thus very important for healing process.
This release makes way and opens up space for Naam.

Second important step is to seek good positive quality and attitude. Positive attitude has a higher vibration. From the level of a positive vibration it is easy to shift towards state of Naam where one feels the presence of Karta. So seek the positive attitudes advised in Gurbani. These have to be sought during Ardas and then brought into practice in life.

Step two is Ardaas. Ardaas (prayer) is the Guru’s specified way connecting with the creator. Ardaas also enables us to present our issues and problems to the Karta (creator). In Ardaas we seek Naam so that the issues and problems get resolved.
The disease is persisting in the bodymind because of continued state of unforgiveness.

In the state of Ardaas we seek forgiveness and forgive others. We assert our state of oneness so as to align with Naam. We seek peace so as to be in state of connectedness with naam.

Through Ardas we communicate with the divine. In Ardas one asks for pardon of mistakes, fulfillment of objectives, company of likeminded souls, and prosperity of all the persons.
Do a Short personal Ardas. (A full panthic ardas can also be done). The precursor to Ardas comprise recitation of lines from gurbani. So the first part is to recite Gurbani lines and surrender to the Guru. Know that Waheguru (God) is ever with you and is in everything. Everything is happening perfectly and in love as per HIS Hukam (command).

Some Gurbani Shabads or pungtees to recite are.

 1)     ਮੈ ਤਾਣੁ ਦੀਬਾਣੁ ਤੂਹੈ ਮੇਰੇ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੈ ਤੁਧੁ ਆਗੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ  

      ਮੈ ਹੋਰੁ ਥਾਉ ਨਾਹੀ ਜਿਸੁ ਪਹਿ ਕਰਉ ਬੇਨੰਤੀ ਮੇਰਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਤੁਝ ਹੀ ਪਾਸਿ

Mai Thaan Dheebaan Thoohai Maerae Suaamee Mai Thudhh Aagai Aradhaas ||
Mai Hor Thhaao Naahee Jis Pehi Karo Baenanthee Maeraa Dhukh Sukh Thujh Hee Paas ||2||

You alone are my strength, and my Court, O my Master; unto You alone I pray.There is no other place where I can offer my prayers; I can tell my pains and pleasures only to You. ||2||

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2)    ਦੁਇ ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ ਕਰਉ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਤੁਧੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਆਣਹਿ ਰਾਸਿ
Dhue Kar Jorr Karo Aradhaas || Thudhh Bhaavai Thaa Aanehi Raas ||

Pressing my palms together, I offer my prayer; If it pleases You, Lord, please bless me and fulfill me.

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3)    ਤੀਨੇ ਤਾਪ ਨਿਵਾਰਣਹਾਰਾ ਦੁਖ ਹੰਤਾ ਸੁਖ ਰਾਸਿ ਤਾ ਕਉ ਬਿਘਨੁ ਕੋਊ ਲਾਗੈ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਆਗੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ
Theenae Thaap Nivaaranehaaraa Dhukh Hanthaa Sukh Raas || Thaa Ko Bighan N Kooo Laagai Jaa Kee Prabh Aagai Aradhaas ||1|| 
The Lord is the One who removes the three fevers; He is the Destroyer of pain, the warehouse of peace. No obstacles block the path of one who prays before God.
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4)    ਤਾਤੀ ਵਾਉ ਲਗਈ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਸਰਣਾਈ ਚਉਗਿਰਦ ਹਮਾਰੈ ਰਾਮ ਕਾਰ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਗੈ ਭਾਈ
ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਭੇਟਿਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਬਣਤ ਬਣਾਈ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਅਉਖਧੁ ਦੀਆ ਏਕਾ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ ਰਹਾਉ
ਰਾਖਿ ਲੀਏ ਤਿਨਿ ਰਖਨਹਾਰਿ ਸਭ ਬਿਆਧਿ ਮਿਟਾਈ ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਭਈ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਭਏ ਸਹਾਈ ੧੫੭੯

Thaathee Vaao N Lagee Paarabreham Saranaaee || Chougiradh Hamaarai Raam Kaar Dhukh Lagai N Bhaaee ||1|| Sathigur Pooraa Bhaettiaa Jin Banath Banaaee || Raam Naam Aoukhadhh Dheeaa Eaekaa Liv Laaee ||1|| Rehaao || Raakh Leeeae Thin Rakhanehaar Sabh Biaadhh Mittaaee || Kahu Naanak Kirapaa Bhee Prabh Bheae Sehaaee ||2||15||79||

The hot wind does not even touch one who is under the Protection of the Supreme Lord God. On all four sides I am surrounded by the Lord's Circle of Protection; pain does not afflict me, O Siblings of Destiny. I have met the Perfect True Guru, who has done this deed. He has given me the medicine of the Lord's Name, and I enshrine love for the One Lord. ||1||Pause The Savior Lord has saved me, and eradicated all my sickness. Says Nanak, God has showered me with His Mercy; He has become my help and support.
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( The above Shabads/ lines are suggestive only . There is often personal choice and other Shabads/ lines can be chosen from SGGSji as well. )

The ardas is Spoken with feeling and reflection.

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹ

ik onkar waheguru ji ke fateh siri bhagautti ji sahai vaar siri bhaguautti ji ki paattshaahi dasmi prithm bhagautti simar kay gur nanak laee(n) dhiaae phir angad gur tte amardas(u) ramdasay hoi sahai arjan hargobind no simrau siri har rai siri harkrishan dhiaaeeay jisDiThe sabh dukh jaae teg bahadur simri-ay ghar nau nidh aavay dhaae sabh thaai(n) hoe sahai dasvaa(n) paattshah siri guru gobind singh sahib jisabh thaai(n) hoe sahai dasaa(n) paatshaahiaa(n) di jotsiri guru granth sahib ji di path didar da dhiaan dhar ke bolo ji Waheguru.

Heh Waheguru jee Aap dah hazoor Ardaas haae jee,……………

(Here say the supplication. See forgiveness. Forgive all and specific persons. Say thanks for all the bounties, health and protection already granted. Ask for the required qualities of love and peace flow through you. Ask that health be granted).

Akharr daa vaadhaa ghaataa, bhull chukk maaf karnaa jee, sarbatt dae karaj raas karnae,Sae-ee piaarae maelo jinhaan’ miliaan’ Taeraa Naam chitt aavae. Nanak Naam charh'dee kalaa, T'arae bhaanae sarbatt daa bhalaa.
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh


Meaning of Ardas:

Contemplate on the Primal Power of the Almighty ,the creator. Then while calling to mind the Guru’s remember that it is through them the Shabad Guru expressed .They emphasized that the Karta watches over us, seeing HIM (in the flow of creation) all our sufferings shall depart. By remembering HIM the nine treasures shall hasten to your (inner spiritual) home. HE protect and help us everywhere. And that the very contemplation of Gurbani from the Living Guru, the Word of God, the Truth of Truths Siri Guru Granth Sahibji , would bring forth a state that we say in awe and wonder Waheguru ,Waheguru ,Waheguru … as we experience the truth.
In Ardas is sought association of those whose company (sangat) helps in remembering the Naam and seek good for all.

Step three is to bring forth the flow of State nearer to Naam through Gurbani. Gurbani is a doorway to Naam. Gurbani induces the state of mind that touches Naam. This is done through recitation of Gurbani in such a way that the vibrational level of Gurbani changes our state of mind so that there is flow of Naam.
Here are some suggestions for coming nearer to Naam for healing with Gurbani.

Ø  To experience touch of Naam within listen to Gurbani kirtan of Shabads. Get involved. One gets involved along when while listening open a Pothi , or an application on Ipad or Android Phone . Read along the Gurbani, dwell on its meaning. FEEL and make Gurbani a part of you. Get involved knowing well the Shabad is meant for you and is happening to you.
Ø  Repeat any Gurbani pungtee (line) during the day which clicks and the mind likes. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat ... this is Jap. Reputation has to be with feeling so as to become Simran.
Ø  Repeatedly Read and Listen to Gurbani Shabads. Read Vichar on Shabads.
Ø  Do Waheguru Simran. Feel the jyote within and about.

Some Shabads from Gurbani are listed below.


1)  Shabads lines to develop and keep FAITH.

Do Simran of these. Keep singing one or more of these repeatedly. These are indicative other Shabads can be also repeated.

ਹੇ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਹੇ ਗੋਪਾਲ ਹੇ ਦਇਆਲ ਲਾਲ ਰਹਾਉ
ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਨਾਥ ਅਨਾਥ ਸਖੇ ਦੀਨ ਦਰਦ ਨਿਵਾਰ
Heh gobind heh gopaal heh dyiaal laal.(rahaao)
Praan naath anaath sakhe deen darad nivaar.

O Omniscient, O Sustainer, O Compassionate Graceful God,
Master of Life, Friend of the Supportless, Rid me of pain.
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ਏਕ ਆਸ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ
ਸਰਬ ਰੋਗ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਿਟਿ ਜਾਹਿ
Ek aas raakho man maahe.
Sarab rog naanak mit jaahe.

Keep faith in One in mind,
Nanak, dispel diseases of all kind.
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ਅਨਿਕ ਉਪਾਵੀ ਰੋਗੁ ਜਾਇ
ਰੋਗੁ ਮਿਟੈ ਹਰਿ ਅਵਖਧੁ ਲਾਇ
Anik Oupaavee Rog N Jaae ||
Rog Mittai Har Avakhadhh Laae ||

All sorts of remedies have not cured the disease the disease is cured only by giving the medicine of the Lord's Name.
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ਅਵਰਿ ਉਪਾਵ ਸਭਿ ਤਿਆਗਿਆ ਦਾਰੂ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਇਆ
ਤਾਪ ਪਾਪ ਸਭਿ ਮਿਟੇ ਰੋਗ ਸੀਤਲ ਮਨੁ ਭਇਆ
ਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਆਰਾਧਿਆ ਸਗਲਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਗਇਆ
ਰਾਖਨਹਾਰੈ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਅਪਨੀ ਕਰਿ ਮਇਆ ਰਹਾਉ
Avar upaav sabh tiyaagiyaa daaroo naam lyaa.
Taap paap sabh mite rog seetal man bhiyaa.
Gur pooraa aaraadhiyaa saglaa dukh gyaa.
Raakhanharai raakhiayaa apanee kar myaa.(rahaao)

Discarding other remedies, Adopted the medicine of Name,
Fevers, sins diseases all have vanished, Cool of mind gained.
Worshipping the Perfect Guru, All sorrows are erased,
The Divine Preserver in His Grace Has saved my humble self.(Pause)
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ਰੋਗੁ ਮਿਟਾਇਆ ਆਪਿ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਾਂਤਿ
ਵਡ ਪਰਤਾਪੁ ਅਚਰਜ ਰੂਪੁ ਹਰਿ ਕੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਦਾਤਿ
ਗੁਰਿ ਗੋਵਿੰਦਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੀ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਮੇਰਾ ਭਾਈ
ਹਮ ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਸਰਣਾਗਤੀ ਜੋ ਸਦਾ ਸਹਾਈ ਰਹਾਉ
ਬਿਰਥੀ ਕਦੇ ਹੋਵਈ ਜਨ ਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ
ਨਾਨਕ ਜੋਰੁ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਕਾ ਪੂਰਨ ਗੁਣਤਾਸਿ
Rog Mittaaeiaa Aap Prabh Oupajiaa Sukh Saanth ||
Vadd Parathaap Acharaj Roop Har Keenhee Dhaath ||1|| Gur Govindh Kirapaa Karee Raakhiaa Maeraa Bhaaee || Ham This Kee Saranaagathee Jo Sadhaa Sehaaee ||1|| Rehaao ||Birathhee Kadhae N Hovee Jan Kee Aradhaas ||Naanak Jor Govindh Kaa Pooran Gunathaas ||

God Himself eradicated the disease; peace and tranquility have welled up.  The Lord blessed me with the gifts of great, glorious radiance and wondrous form. The Guru, the Lord of the Universe, has shown mercy and saved me, O my brother. I am under His Protection; He is always my help and support. Pause .The prayer of the Lord's humble servant is never offered in vain. Nanak takes the strength of the Perfect Lord of the Universe, the treasure of excellence.
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ਆਪਹਿ ਮੇਲਿ ਲਏ ਜਬ ਤੇ ਸਰਨਿ ਤੁਮਾਰੀ ਆਏ ਤਬ ਤੇ ਦੋਖ ਗਏ ਰਹਾਉ ਤਜਿ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੁ ਅਰੁ ਚਿੰਤ ਬਿਰਾਨੀ ਸਾਧਹ ਸਰਨ ਪਏ ਜਪਿ ਜਪਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੋ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਤਨ ਤੇ ਰੋਗ ਖਏ

Aapehi Mael Leae || Jab Thae Saran Thumaaree Aaeae Thab Thae Dhokh Geae ||1|| Rehaao || Thaj Abhimaan Ar Chinth Biraanee Saadhheh Saran Peae || Jap Jap Naam Thumhaaro Preetham Than Thae Rog Kheae ||1||

He Himself merges us with Himself. When I came to Your Sanctuary, my sins vanished. ||1||Pause|| Renouncing egotistical pride and other anxieties, I have sought the Sanctuary of the Holy Saints. Chanting, meditating on Your Name, O my Beloved, disease is eradicated from my body.
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ਤੁਮ ਦਾਤੇ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲਕ ਨਾਇਕ ਖਸਮ ਹਮਾਰੇ ॥ ਨਿਮਖ ਨਿਮਖ ਤੁਮ ਹੀ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲਹੁ ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਤੁਮਰੇ ਧਾਰੇ ਜਿਹਵਾ ਏਕ ਕਵਨ ਗੁਨ ਕਹੀਐ ਬੇਸੁਮਾਰ ਬੇਅੰਤ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤੇਰੋ ਅੰਤੁ ਕਿਨ ਹੀ ਲਹੀਐ ਰਹਾਉ ਕੋਟਿ ਪਰਾਧ ਹਮਾਰੇ ਖੰਡਹੁ ਅਨਿਕ ਬਿਧੀ ਸਮਝਾਵਹੁ ਹਮ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਅਲਪ ਮਤਿ ਥੋਰੀ ਤੁਮ ਆਪਨ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਰਖਾਵਹੁ
ਤੁਮਰੀ ਸਰਣਿ ਤੁਮਾਰੀ ਆਸਾ ਤੁਮ ਹੀ ਸਜਨ ਸੁਹੇਲੇ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਰਾਖਨਹਾਰ ਦਇਆਲਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਘਰ ਕੇ ਗੋਲੇ
Thum Dhaathae Thaakur Prathipaalak Naaeik Khasam Hamaarae ||
Nimakh Nimakh Thum Hee Prathipaalahu Ham Baarik Thumarae Dhhaarae ||1|| Jihavaa Eaek Kavan Gun Keheeai || Baesumaar Baeanth Suaamee Thaero Anth N Kin Hee Leheeai ||1|| Rehaao || Kott Paraadhh Hamaarae Khanddahu Anik Bidhhee Samajhaavahu || Ham Agiaan Alap Math Thhoree Thum Aapan Biradh Rakhaavahu ||2||. Thumaree Saran Thumaaree Aasaa Thum Hee Sajan Suhaelae || Raakhahu Raakhanehaar Dhaeiaalaa Naanak Ghar Kae Golae ||

You are the Giver, O Lord, O Cherisher, my Master, my Husband lord. Each and every moment, You cherish and nurture me; I am Your child, and I rely upon You alone.  I have only one tongue - which of Your Glorious Virtues can I describe? Unlimited, infinite Lord and Master - no one knows Your limits. ||1||Pause|| You destroy millions of my sins, and teach me in so many ways. I am so ignorant - I understand nothing at all. Please honor Your innate nature, and save me! I seek Your Sanctuary - You are my only hope. You are my companion, and my best friend Save me, O Merciful Saviour Lord; Nanak is the slave of Your home.
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(The above Shabads/ lines are suggestive only. There is often personal choice and other Shabads/ lines can be chosen from SGGSji as well. )


2) Waheguru Simran

Waheguru Simran meditation should also be done for Naamaukhad. Amrit vela (ambrosial hours in the early morning) is ideal for the Simran although when it can be done undisturbed as the worldly activities are standstill in the outside world. Otherwise it can be done any time.
Some tips are as below:

- The Waheguru Jap being done mentally has also to be listened to. This pulls and keeps the awareness within.
- The physical body has to be relaxed so that it does not create disturbances. This activity also keeps awareness within. For relaxing the body the method used by hypnotherapists is quite useful. They use mind triggers for achieving this. The trigger here is the suggestion to the body part to relax and then feel it relaxing.
Start by placing the awareness (surt) in the head. Be aware of the scalp and tell it to relax and then feel it relaxing. Feel the stress leaving the body part. Then shift awareness to forehead. Repeat the above suggestion and then feeling the relaxation and release of any stress. Repeat this process one by one next with nose, mouth , chin , cheeks , ears , whole head , neck , right shoulder , right arm , right hand , then left shoulder , left arm , left hand . Then shift awareness to chest, organs within chest (name them) and ask them to relax, then back, lower back, abdomen, this and legs. Do the same with all body parts.

- After this body relaxation do short Waheguru Simran and be aware that all the body parts are working as per Hukam of the Karta in harmony and perfection. Waheguruji has made a beautiful perfect human body as a dwelling place of the soul. This soul has a personality with a self-identity (haume). As per Gurmat we are just self identities with personalities. The body is also a part of physical world created by Wheguruji with naam as support. The jyote within the body observes and knows. The jyote is part of the supreme jyote. This awareness of our body is a Simran to be done as many times as possible. At least two times a day. During this Simran meditation be aware that jyote is present in all parts of the body and in each cell. The whole play is as per structure created by Waheguruji. Know that with naam this harmony is restored .The change in body was brought due to our mind’s negative thoughts, feelings and our behaviour. 

3 ) Hukam Razai Chalna

Naam blossoms when the thoughts in the mind are positive and so also the feelings. So along with listening to the Gurbani Shabads another step is commitment towards the Gurmat principles. These must be followed and lived, unceasingly, every single day. This is the Simran meditation of the Shabad. Step by step the thoughts and feelings are mastered, and Naam would enter your life.
Your whole future life relies on your action now - whether it is health or circumstances in life.

One main Gurmat principle is “Hukam Razai Chalna” meaning to walk the path of seeing flow of Hukam (command) of creator (karta) in creation and to be in the state of Raza (positive acceptance). This has been stated by Guruji in the beginning of Japji Sahib in answer to the most common and most important spiritual question – how to become sachiara (pure) and how the veil of illusion (false in the material world).

ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ
ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ
Kiv Sachiaaraa Hoeeai Kiv Koorrai Thuttai Paal ||
Hukam Rajaaee Chalanaa Naanak Likhiaa Naal ||1||

So how can one become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away? Says Nanak, walk in the way of Hukam and Raza. This would get written as your destiny.
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It is important to understand Hukam and Raza.
Hukam is the command of the karta (creator), the underlying laws that make for the world as it is and keeps it moving. Whatever we see is as per Hukam. All interplay of matter is as per hukam. Our body and its working is as per hukam. There is preciseness and ever accuracy in creation. Law of Karma is also a hukam.
As Naam is the support of the creation so Hukam is thus associated with Naam.

Raza is a mind state of acceptance and neutrality. Normally in the behaviour there is resistance and anger towards circumstances. There is judgment and criticism in our behaviour. Raza is a neutral state where the situation or circumstance or person (s) are accepted as such. This acceptance is as such despite the position of whether we agree or do not agree. In the state of acceptance there is peace.

In ‘hukam razai’ we see the hukam in all situations. We see the Hukami (the creator) through observing the Hukam’s so there is love in our acceptance. This is a form of Simran. This Simran is a way towards becoming Sachiar (pure). Here mind has changed. Here the five passions do not trouble. In this state there is love and peace. There is acceptance.

The problem of ill health and body’s disease is a reflection of impure state of mind due to presence of behaviour effect of Kama (lust/addiction), Krodh (anger /rage/wrath), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment/worldly infatuation) and Ahankar (ego/pride).  Apart from these there is Haume (self-identity).

The tools that bring the change away from such a state is forgiveness, tolerance, patience which are to be made a part of behaviour while doing Simran .

This simran for healing can be done by following steps given below:

-      Chose a time when you would be undisturbed. Recite a few shabads.

-      Next close your eyes and become antermukh i.e mind is inward.Be quiet and do Waheguru Simran or Mool Manter Simran to keep the minds focus within. 

-      Think of the disease or illness. Now accept the fact that your body is experiencing this illness. This experience is a result of you’re your own actions and purpose is to correct you. This Dukh(trouble) is Daru( Drug) and is there to correct your thought and behavior. Naam Simran would bring right thinking and behavior. Accept that you are committed to change and so the disease would go.

-      Now visualize or imagine the picture of persons in your life one by one . The image may not be clear here. Ask forgiveness from all for any action during dealing with them. Trust your mind to tell you. Ask forgiveness from people you do not like, from enemies even and friends too. Here you may not agree with them but purpose here is that the negative effect on yourself has to go. Forgive yourself also.

This Simran gives instant result. Do and experience the start of change.

4. Practicing state of Nirbau and Nirvair.

Gurbani ever asks us to do ‘Sat Sangat’ i.e to associate with Sat (truth and purity). ‘Sat Sangat’ also changes us and restores our health.

Sat Sangat’ has two aspects. One not to associate with that which is increases impurity of mind and second to keep associating with that which adds to the minds state of purity reflected by presence of love , appreciation , helpfulness , patience , acceptance , peace , joy etc.

The Sat which is naam is Nirbau (there is no fear) and Nirvair (there is no enemity).
The quality or power of creation that creates is naam and the quality that conceals the truth or viels it is called by Gurbani as Maya.
Fear is a part of maya and so it is associated with that part of creation which is not permanent, ever changing and is an illusion. Love is associated with naam.
When we are in anxiety or fear then we are under influence of maya. When we perceive distinctness in creation as compared to oneness (Eka or one) then there are enemies. In naam there is no distinction so there are no others and so there is no vair or enmity.

The best way to associate with Nirbau and Nirvair is to keep a check on your thoughts and feelings. Do not use words which have fear resonance but used words which are associated with love, peace and joy. Know that we are influenced by the words we use and hear. In Japji Sahib guru ji has clarified the importance of Akhar (word) and how these words write our destiny. The destiny written on our forehead is by the words and sentences which are part of us in usage and beliefs.

If we keep on talking and thinking about sadness, anxiety, problem, difficulty, criticism, judgment, irritation, egoist, jealousy , frustration , lies etc. then so would these persist.
The gurbani’s way is that of Chardikalan (an uplifted way of thinking and action). Guru’s Sikh talks of hope, confidence, action, togetherness, peace, tolerance, forgiveness, sharing, contentment, acceptance, truth etc.

  • Our mind is influence by what we see, read, hear and then think about in our thoughts. Do not dwell much of negative images and news on TV. Do not go through negative and graphical accounts given in newspapers. A cursory information is sufficient if at all any information is a need. The mind gets influenced by these and so our health keeps getting a subtle poison through negative emotions in our mind.
  • Keep away from persons whose behaviour and values are bad and negative. Seek and keep company of good people. So company of people who do seva, do Gurbani vichar should always be preferred. Best of all is the Company of SGGSji and Gurbani in gurdwara and outside.
  • Keep a check on your thoughts and the words being used. Immediately change these. The words used should be positively worded. What is being said should not reflect anxiety, fear or a bad outcome. But these sentences should be restated to reflect confidence and a positive outcome.
  •  Sangat of gurbani vichar ( contemplation) is the best sat sangat.

ਅਉਖੀ ਘੜੀ ਦੇਖਣ ਦੇਈ ਅਪਨਾ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਸਮਾਲੇ
ਹਾਥ ਦੇਇ ਰਾਖੈ ਅਪਨੇ ਕਉ ਸਾਸਿ ਸਾਸਿ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲੇ
Aoukhee Gharree N Dhaekhan Dhaeee Apanaa Biradh Samaalae ||
Haathh Dhaee Raakhai Apanae Ko Saas Saas Prathipaalae ||1||

HE does not let His devotees see the difficult times; this is His innate nature.
Giving HIS hand, HE protects HIS devotee; with each and every breath, HE cherishes him.
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