Daily Hukamnama from Amritsar - English
Wednesday, March 29, 2017JAITSREE, FIFTH MEHL: After wandering through so many incarnations, I have come to Your Sanctuary. Save me ? lift my body up out of the deep, dark pit of the world, and attach me to Your feet. || 1 || Pause || I do not know anything about spiritual wisdom, meditation or karma, and my way of life is not clean and pure. Please attach me to the hem of the robe of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; help me to cross over the terrible river. || 1 || Comforts, riches and the sweet pleasures of Maya ? do not implant these within your mind. Slave Nanak is satisfied and satiated by the Blessed Vision of the Lord?s Darshan; his only ornamentation is the love of the Lord?s Name. || 2 || 8 || 12 ||
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.