Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Beautifully put, our fivebelovedones appears to be lost in his enthusiam.
There are 7 layers of ego defined, the most subtle yet dangerous one is the Dharmic ego, ego driven by "thoughts" that one is following GOD's rules! The guys in Glasgow thought the same too.
Followers of Buddha are called Buddhists
Followers of Christ are called Christians
Follwers of Mohammed are called Mohammadans
We are not called Nanakist, or Nanakians, Nanakdans... we are known as SIKHS... those always in a process of learning through humility, not arrogance. If you feel you KNOW, that how can you learn anything else? You can only fill something that is empty, not that which is full of its own content.
Sikhs are probably the only people who have been given PERMISSION to question their Guru. Remember sakis of Guru Gobind Singh ji as Ucha da Peer?? The Amrit initation, whe Guru Gobind Singh Ji was questioned by the 5 Pyare? Even Guru Nanak asks, Kiv sachara Hovia? See, its a question!
One can not question Islam, Mohammed or Koran.... its called Blind faith, blind leading the blind. In order to learn you need to have a question, the question starts simply..... who am i? My essense. Jot saroop, that is what we need to investigate. The mind can only be conquered by the Mind through the use of concentrative meditation focused on the vibrations of Shabad.
We are called Sikhs for a reason, we are in a contant state of learning, to learn we need to start with a recognistion that we DONT KNOW.
Of course the relationship between Guru and Sikh is a profound one that is based on acceptance, humility and an exchange of energies, teachings and understandings. However, the GURU (teacher, or the one that takes you from darkness to light, from a state of not knowing to knowing, avidya, ignorance to vidya, knowledge), is essential but we need to FOLLOW the gurus teachings, not retrace his footsteps. Each one of us has our own path specific to us, we need to allow the Guru to show us the direction.
The Guru is pointing his finger at the moon to show us the moon, and we we wish to do is to look at his finger.
Finally, there are four types of Sikhi. The first is Exeperinec, its like putting your hand in the fire, experiencing the pain.
The second is knowledge, when someone standing beside you, who sees you putting your hand into the fire, sees your pain, therefore has KNOWLEDGE of the suffering, BUT NOT the experience
The third type is belief, when one tells aother and it is accepted as truth, dont go near the fire it burns.
The fourth is ritual, when you dont go near fire, but dont know why.
I have attached a simple meditation by Bhai Kirpal Singh from Malaysia. If you wish try it, if not... so be
Vibrational Celestial Meditation, based on Gurbani by Bhai Kirpal Singh - MAINLY FOR THE SIKHS
Besides the particular phrases used for the Mantra chantings all the other basics of Meditation covered below are applicable to all communities, besides the Sikhs.
Chant or just say the Holy phrase, SATNAAM SRI WAHEGURU a few times. Before undertaking any task, uttering the Lord's Name invokes the Blessings of the Divine. Also by doing so, ones attention is elevated and lifted towards God Almighty. Protective Prayer
If you know the hymn, "TAATI VAAO NA LAGAEE PARBRAHEM SARNAEE", then it is good to recite or chant it, as this hymn invokes pervasive protection. It is necessary to protect oneself from the lower elemental negative forces, which are rampant in the troubled world of Kali Yuga, the Black Age. Preparatory Chantings
Now comes the main part, the chanting of the Mantras. There are three Mantras to be chanted. The MOOL MANTRA
is chanted three times. This incidentally, is one of the most potent passages ever revealed to man by God. Then comes the NAAM MANTRA - which is chanted 5 to 6 times and finally the GURMANTRA, is chanted. This last mantra is recited as the inner promptings make us do so. One may ask, in what precise manner are these Mantras chanted. With deep devotion, love and reverence chant the three Mantras in kirtan form, in slow solaceful melody. Do not be in a haste. With long intonations and short pauses in between, sing each word spreading it through the entire breath-span so that their transcendental vibrations manifest in your being. As you come to WAHEGURU, WAHEGURU, the Gurmantra, if you have not already relaxed and submitted, then let go and reduce yourself to nothingness, a vacuum, with body and mind completely and wholly sacrificed on the alter of God.
"EK OANKAAR SAT NAAM
KARTA PURAKH NIRBHAU NIRWAIR AKAAL MURAT
AJUN SAIBHANG GUR PARSAAD"