Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Guruduara Sahib

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Here is something I wrote quite some time ago.. a matter of many months. I skimmed through it quickly when I found it in one of my misplaced folders, and it's lovely how much we feel we've changed sometimes. The writing seems so poor, I could not possibly have felt only this at that time. Of course, there's a reason it's this short, and in this tone, but.. that's a tidbit of information that shall remain with me =).

Anyway.. enjoy?:

"Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Guruduara. Guru ka duaar - House (Door) of Guru Ji

When we know someone well enough, we get invited to their house, or invite them to our own. It’s an everyday thing, but you must get to know the person a bit first. The better you get to know the person, the more and more frequent these visits become. The invitations come often, and soon, even unexpected visits become the norm-and they are welcome visits as well.

Similarly, you go to the Guruduara Sahib once or twice. For whatever reason you start to go, it is then up to you to accept the invitation from Guru Ji that is always there-the invitation from The Lord to come into Guru Ji’s Darbaar. If you begin to attend on your own, your intimacy with your Guru Ji grows. You will soon begin to attend regularly, and your love, your prem for Sikhi will grow. You will be filled with a sweet, blissful peace, if you attend the Guruduara Sahib as often as you can, and take something away. Really listen to the Kirtan, Kathha, or Paath.

ਿਜਸ ਨੋ ਕਥਾ ਸੁਣਾਇਿਹ ਆਪਣੀ ਿਸ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੈ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਹੇ॥
Jis No Kathhaa Sunaaihi Aapnee Si Gurdhuaarai Sukh Paavehae||
Those whom You cause to listen to Your sermon, find peace in the Gurdwara, the Guru's Gate.

[Guruduaarai Jaae Sojhi Paaesi]

Listen to what Guru Ji is saying to you through His Sikhs. It is vital that you not only sit in the Darbaar Hall, but also try to truly find the Guru. Then, soon, you will reach that avasthha where you will not even need to go to the Guruduara Sahib to feel your Guru Ji beside you. Of course, even then, one should attend the Guruduara Sahib, but you will not need to go when you feel the need of your Guru’s presence.

ਗੁਰੂ ਮੇਰੈ ਸੰਿਗ ਸਦਾ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ॥ ਿਸਮਿਰ ਿਸਿਮਿਰ ਿਤਸੁ ਸਦਾ ਸਮ੍ਾਲੇ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Guru Maerai Sang Sadhaa Hai Naalae|| Simmar Simmar This Sadhaa Samaalae||
My Guru is always with me, near at hand. Meditating, meditating in remembrance on Him, I cherish Him forever. ||1||Pause||

Then, Guru will reside in your very soul, and you will feel it, Guru Ji will be such a complete part of you, that you will have guidance in every little thing you do, Guru will be you heart, your mind, all your body and soul, Guru your each and every single breath, with which you will remember God, ‘Wah-Guru Wah-Guru’, and all your pains and sorrows will be forgotten, and before where you were at that stage where you could not even eat or fall asleep without having thought of your Guru a hundred times, or having seen your Guru,

ਮੈ ਿਬਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਦੇਖੇ ਨੀਦ ਨ ਆਵੈ॥ ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਤਿਨ ਵੇਦਨ ਗੁਰ ਿਬਰਹੁ ਲਗਾਵੈ॥
Mai Bin Gur Dhaekhae Needh N Aavai|| Maerae Mann Thann Vaedhun Gur Birahu Lagaavai||
Without seeing my Guru, sleep does not come. My mind and body are afflicted with the pain of separation from the Guru.

Now you will feel Guru Ji within yourself in such a way, that all is forgotten, and you remember Him, always, always, and no longer remains in your heart the thought that I must go to the Guruduara Sahib, that is the only way I may see my Guru, feel my Guru, speak to my Guru, no, now Guru Ji is so strong within your soul, that all your pains and anguishes, and daily tires and sorrows, and little angers, all will be forgotten, and all that will remain is Naam. Sweet, True Naam. The only truths ever in existence-Guru’s word, and Naam. And who brought about this stirring of Naam within you? How did it come to be? Who is responsible for this joyous occurrence?

Guru Ji.

ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੁ ਕਿਰ ਮਨ ਮੋਰ॥ ਗੁਰੂ ਿਬਨਾ ਮੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਹੋਰ॥
Guroo Guroo Gur Kar Mann Mor|| Guru Binaa Mai Naahi Hor||
Chant Guru, Guru, Guru, O my mind. I have no other than the Guru.

This will come about all in the physical presence of your Guru. You must start out at the bottom, and work your way to the top, as in anything else, only, on this climb, you Guru is with you always. You’ve only to realize this. All this is behind a door, a certain door. That door is the Guruduara. I have no other than the Guru.

ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੈ ਲਾਇ ਭਾਵਨੀ ਇਕਨਾ ਦਸਵਾ ਦੁਆਰ ਿਦਖਾਇਆ॥
Gurdhuaarai Laae Bhaavnee Iknaa Dhasvaa Dhuaar Dikhaaiaa||
Through the Gurdwara, the Guru's Gate, some are blessed with loving faith, and the Tenth Door is revealed to them.

When we attend the Guruduara Sahib, there are many things we do, to show respect, to show our love for Guru Ji. Among these things is something called prakarma, the act of taking one or more circumambulations around the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Sikhs are not the only religious peoples to have practiced the act of prakarma. For example, Muslims also take prakarma of their Kaaba. This act is called Tawaf. Hindus do pradakshana (prakarma) of the sacred fire, when getting married. The Jews also have a tradition of taking seven circumambulations of the synagogue platform.

Why, however, do so many peoples practice this same act? What is the meaning of such an act? Like many other things, this also has a symbolic meaning behind it. Take the universe, for example:

In our solar system, all the planets revolve around the sun. If any were to fall out of this gravitational pull, what would happen? They would fall endlessly, and no one can fathom what might then happen to them. The sun basically has a type of control over these planets. The way each of the planets in turn have control over their moons. It is submission, in a sense, to a higher power. The way the moons orbit the planets, the planets the sun, the sun orbits something else, so on and so forth, in such a way do we submit ourselves to our Guru Ji.

In the same sense, the sun provides the planets with energy, and our Guru Ji does the same with us, His Sikhs. He provides us with the spiritual energy we need on the path of Sikhi. The act or prakarma is symbolic of the fact that we are mere servants of our Guru Ji, and that we have given ourselves wholly to Him. There is little difficulty in performing this act in the Guruduara Sahib, but for those of us who do take prakarma of Guru Ji, we must stop to think...have we submitted ourselves wholly to Him elsewhere as well? In life, in spirituality?

Bhul chuk maaf.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!"

It's definitely not up to par, but it made me smile. I actually felt like I was finally DOING something.. of course what this was for shall remain my little secret =P. But it's kind or random {the bit about Prakarma} simply because that's what I was supposed to talk about - Guruduara Sahib and Prakarma - and keep it short.

I think I'll actually go through and read it, edit it, expand it, make something out of it...then return a year from now, and consider it once again obsolete.


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh

6 Responses to “Guruduara Sahib”

Raminder Kaur said...

Lovely article Bhan Ji. I hope you'll share more of your beautiful thoughts and inspirations with us :)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

TeraRoop said...

Waheguru Ji


Niyara Khalsa said...

phenji another view ( to to contest , but show the beauty of gurbani and its parallel existence in diffrent levels of meaning ):

One GURsikh had once told me that it is : GUR , GURmantar , GURbani , GURmat, GURdwara , GURsikh
The GUR (the special method) was given to Guru Nanak By AKAL PURAKH ( he himself was the sakar roop of the AKAL )
Guru Nanak gave us that in the form of the GURmantar …. It was this GUR that Guru nanak wanted to spread so he took the 4 Udasis.
Hence GURmat is every thought based on that GUR .
GURbani is the bani emanatig from that GUR and resounding with that GUR.

GURdwara is the door/house of that GUR.

GURsikh is one who is learning to follow that GUR.

That is why we also have the ardas which says first rembering Bhagauti Nanak contemplated the GUR … That GUR was sahai to Angad , Amardas and Ramdas … Arajan , Hargobind & harrai did simran of the GUR … Sri Harkrishan who is the cure of all pains is the did dhyan of the gur , Taeg Bahadur’s simran of the GUr brought all 9 nidhis … ( hre is where Guru Gobind singhs bani ends and panthic ardas begins )

bhul chuk maaf...

TeraRoop said...

Waheguru Ji

Thank you for the comment Jeeo =)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Singhstah said...

poorly written?? i beg to differ, the amazed-ness is most definetly coming back ;)

TeraRoop said...

ah nooo make it go away go away go away! no amazed-ness! it's not allowed on teraroop's blog =)P

hahaha no begging either.. sheesh, you could just ask.. ;)

hahaha talk to you later bro

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh

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