WaheGuru ji ka Khalsa, WaheGuru ji ki Fateh. Greetings Sat Sangat, My apologies but I have yet another question to impose upon the learned members of the forum. I have a practice that whenever I do my Nitnem Before I start I prostrate myself and say (in english because I can't yet speak panjabi) something to the effect of "Glorious God, I realize I'm wretched and disgusting and am not a worthy sacrifice to you, yet I still bow my head in offering to your greatness, Please have mercy on my pathetic soul and bless me with your darshan." (Also, please let it be known that I say these things from my heart and I prostrate as an observance of how I feel inside. I'm very aware of the pettiness of rituals and the realisation that I can bow as many time as I want but if I'm just doing it outwardly or mechanicly that it means nothing and I'm just waisting my time and insulting Guruji, something that I am in NO way trying to do) Its not always in those exact words but thats the basic jist of it. I prostrate once before I start my Nitnem, For example I bow then say japji, Jaap, Anaand etc then Ardaas, Then after I finish I prostrate 1 more time. Anyways, I suppose my question is, am I the only one who does this? Is this a False practice? and am I wrong for doing it? I've personally always liked prostarating, I don't know why. I suppose its just always invoked something deep inside of me when I do it. Like I said before I realise that rituals are pointless. But I only ever bow as a reflection of how I feel on the inside and as a sign of respect for God and Guruji. Also, I suppose in my own mind, when I bow before I start to me its like a submission of my ego saying, "I realize I am nothing before you and as such my own logic is false and I am ready to receive YOUR divine logic." Then when I bow when I finish its like, "I agree and submit to what has been said and thank you for allowing me to read/recite such wonderful knowledge." I realize of corse that its a thousand times more important to bow and show submission in your soul, than it is to do it outwardly by prostrating. Putting your head on the ground dosn't mean you've submitted to God, only when you bow in your soul do you truthfully submit to God. Still though I enjoy prostrating and will more than likely keep doing it but still I wish for the opinions, comments and concerns of the sangat. Also, like I said before, I'm curious if I'm the only one who prostrates outside of the Gurdwara. Thank you very much for your time and patience. Peace, Love and Respect Sat Naam.