Daily Hukamnama from Amritsar - English
Tuesday, February 21, 2017RAAG SOOHEE, THIRD MEHL, FIRST HOUSE, ASHTAPADEES: ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU: Everything comes from the Naam, the Name of the Lord; without the True Guru, the Naam is not experienced. The Word of the Guru?s Shabad is the sweetest and most sublime essence, but without tasting it, its flavor cannot be experienced. He wastes this human life in exchange for a mere shell; he does not understand his own self. But, if he becomes Gurmukh, then he comes to know the One Lord, and the disease of egotism does not afflict him. || 1 || I am a sacrifice to my Guru, who has lovingly attached me to the True Lord. Concentrating on the Word of the Shabad, the soul is illumined and enlightened. I remain absorbed in celestial ecstasy. || 1 || Pause || The Gurmukh sings the Praises of the Lord; the Gurmukh understands. The Gurmukh contemplates the Word of the Shabad. Body and soul are totally rejuvenated through the Guru; the Gurmukh?s affairs are resolved in his favor. The blind self-willed manmukh acts blindly, and earns only poison in this world. Enticed by Maya, he suffers in constant pain, without the most Beloved Guru. || 2 || He alone is a selfless servant, who serves the True Guru, and walks in harmony with the True Guru?s Will. The True Shabad, the Word of God, is the True Praise of God; enshrine the True Lord within your mind. The Gurmukh speaks the True Word of Gurbani, and egotism departs from within. He Himself is the Giver, and True are His actions. He proclaims the True Word of the Shabad. || 3 || The Gurmukh works, and the Gurmukh earns; the Gurmukh inspires others to chant the Naam. He is forever unattached, imbued with the Love of the True Lord, intuitively in harmony with the Guru. The self-willed manmukh always tells lies; he plants the seeds of poison, and eats only poison. He is bound and gagged by the Messenger of Death, and burnt in the fire of desire; who can save him, except the Guru? || 4 || True is that place of pilgrimage, where one bathes in the pool of Truth, and achieves self-realization as Gurmukh. The Gurmukh understands his own self. The Lord has shown that the Word of the Guru?s Shabad is the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage; bathing in it, filth is washed away. True and Immaculate is the True Word of His Shabad; no filth touches or clings to Him. True Praise, True Devotional Praise, is obtained from the Perfect Guru. || 5 || Body, mind, everything belongs to the Lord; but the evil-minded ones cannot even say this. If such is the Hukam of the Lord?s Command, then one becomes pure and spotless, and the ego is taken away from within. I have intuitively tasted the Guru?s Teachings, and the fire of my desire has been quenched. Attuned to the Word of the Guru?s Shabad, one is naturally intoxicated, merging imperceptibly into the Lord. || 6 || The Name of the Lord is known as True, through the Love of the Beloved Guru. True Glorious Greatness is obtained from the Guru, through the Beloved True Name. The One True Lord is permeating and pervading among all; how rare is the one who contemplates this. The Lord Himself unites us in Union, and forgives us; He embellishes us with true devotional worship. || 7 || All is Truth; Truth, and Truth alone is pervading; how rare is the Gurmukh who knows this. Birth and death occur by the Hukam of His Command; the Gurmukh understands his own self. He meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and so pleases the True Guru. He receives whatever rewards he desires. O Nanak, one who eradicates self-conceit from within, has everything. || 8 || 1 ||
Daily Hukamnama from Amritsar - Punjabi
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Origin of Sikhism
Sikhism was founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak and nine successive Sikh Gurus in fifteenth century Punjab, is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world. This system of religious philosophy and expression has been traditionally known as the Gurmat (literally the counsel of the gurus) or the Sikh Dharma. Sikhism originated from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit root si?ya meaning "disciple" or "learner", or sik?a meaning "instruction."
The principal belief of Sikhism is faith in Vahiguru—represented using the sacred symbol of ek oa?kar, the Universal God. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. A key distinctive feature of Sikhism is a non-anthropomorphic concept of God, to the extent that one can interpret God as the Universe itself. The followers of Sikhism are ordained to follow the teachings of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, as well as the holy scripture entitled the Guru Granth Sahib, which, along with the writings of six of the ten Sikh Gurus, includes selected works of many devotees from diverse socio-economic and religious backgrounds. The text was decreed by Gobind Singh, the tenth guru, as the final guru of the Khalsa Panth. Sikhism's traditions and teachings are distinctively associated with the history, society and culture of the Punjab. Adherents of Sikhism are known as Sikhs (students or disciples) and number over 23 million across the world. Most Sikhs live in the Punjab in India and, prior to the India's partition, millions of Sikhs lived in what is now Pakistani Punjab
Sikhism - History
Sikhism, the youngest of the world religions, is barely five hundred years old. Its founder, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, was born in 1469. Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji spread a simple message of "Ek Ong Kar": we are all one, created by the One Creator of all Creation. This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism. Guru Ji aligned with no religion, and respected all religions. Guru Ji expressed the reality that there is one God and many paths lead to him, and the Name of God is Truth, "Sat Nam". Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's followers were Sikhs (seekers of truth). Guru Ji taught them to bow only before God, and to link themselves to the Guru Ji, the Light of Truth, who lives always in direct consciousness of God, experiencing no separation. Through words and example, the Guru Ji demonstrates to followers how to experience God within themselves, bringing them from darkness into light. Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a humble bearer of this Light of Truth. He opposed superstition, injustice, and hypocrisy and inspired seekers by singing divine songs which touched the hearts of the most callous listeners. These songs were recorded, and formed the beginnings of the Sikhs' sacred writings, later to become the "Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji". What our Great Guru Jis Preached, Practiced and Lived is our Sikh Religion. The purpose of the incarnation of the Guru Jis, their Life Samples and cause for which they died is our Glorious Religion - Sikhism. The Divinity which flowed like Nectar from their Holy Lips is our Most Luminous and Eternal Sikh Scripture called Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Sikhism is nothing else but the Glowing Purest of the Pure Lives lived by our Great Guru Jis in this Darkest of the Dark Age of Kalyug. When the God almighty desires to establish a new Dharma in the deteriorating scenario in Humanity, descent of the Almighty and All-Compassionate Lord becomes inevitable. His Most Beloved Ones thus incarnated in Human garb then establish the Kingdom of God in the midst of the perishable and sinking Humanity. Those Incarnations set the highest examples of Truth, Purity and Sacrifice, thereby opening new frontiers of reaching the Almighty and chart out hitherto unexplored Tracks and Paths reaching out to the Ultimate Reality. What was thus established by our Great Guru Jis is our Sikh Religion and what was so gloriously followed in their Sacred Footsteps is our Sikh way of Life – Sikhism
Fundamentals of Sikhism
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion with origins in north-western India and began about five centuries ago. There are about 30 million Sikhs worldwide and about 500,000 in the United Kingdom. Sikhs have been in the United Kingdom for over 100 years and are proud productive contributors to British society in all areas including arm forces, commerce, education, medicine and agriculture. Sikhs believe in peace, unity and that all people are created equal. Sikhs do not shave or cut their hair, and cover their long hair with turbans.
Gurdwara Sahib Ji Protocol
Before entering the prayer hall
• Remove your shoes and put them in the shoe racks provided.
• Wash your hands. Men's and Women's rest rooms are provided.
• Visitors without a proper head covering can borrow scarves provided by the Gurudwara Sahib Ji, or otherwise use a large handkerchief.
Inside the prayer hall
• Bow in front of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh Holy Scripture). Non Sikhs are not required to bow but show of respect is appreciated.
• Everyone sits cross-legged on the carpet in the prayer hall irrespective of their status as a sign of equality. If you can not sit on the floor for some reason, chairs are provided outside the prayer hall.
• Sit on the appropriate side of the prayer hall.
• Preacher (Raggi) or a member of the congregation will read from the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Translation in English is displayed on the TV screens and on the front walls.
• Raggi's or members of the congregation hymnody from the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
• Religious prayer known as Shri Anand Sahib Ji
• Ardas (Prayer) where everyone stands up
• After Ardas everyone sits down and Hukamnama (Daily Hymn from Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji) is read.