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Sarbat da Bhalla

Discussion in 'New to Sikhism' started by cherylyoung, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. cherylyoung

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    I would be most grateful if someone would explain the Sikh philosophy of Sarbat da Bhalla - Welfare of mankind
     
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    Mostly when people pray, they have their own demands from their dieties. Sikhs pray to the One, who is called by different names by different people. In the Ardaas i.e. prayer, a sikh asks for Sarbat da bhala (sarbar=mankind, da=of, bhala=welfare) and not only his/her own bhala (welfare).

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    This is a Guru Nanak'Doctrine of peace & goodwill for all creation inc.humankind by active participation in worship of ONE who is Creator of all & everything manifest & unmanifest around us,Labor & Charity to promote equal oppurtunity for all irrespective of gender,creed,color,caste ,religion ,race or national origin. Kirpal Singh
     
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    Is there a difference between an "Ardaas" prayer and a "Bani" (prayer)? Are these standardized prayers that an individual repeats verbatim?

    What all does "bhalla" (welfare) include? physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, communal? Does it include peace between nations, tolerance between religions? Does is include intercession for earthquakes and tornados, rain in the desert and balanced ecology?
     
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    Hi Cheryl Ji -
    I am a new "convert" to Sikhism, but i believe Bani are prayers such as:
    japji
    Jaap
    Sohila
    Rehraas sahib, etc.

    Ardas is a prayer reminding onself of the the gurus, martyrs, and so on.

    In Gurdwara, everyone stands and folds their hands for Ardas.
     
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    Thank you for your response. I will look up the names of the Bani prayers that you listed.

    Do you know what "bhalla" (welfare) means?
     
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    The "welfare" includes everything what you have already listed above in your post. And you may like to extend sarbat to total existence and not only mankind.

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