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Teach Me To Pray!

Discussion in 'Sikh Sikhi Sikhism' started by singhbj, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. singhbj

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    Nov 4, 2007
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    Lets ask WAHEGURU to teach us to pray

    Please teach me, Lord ...
    I want to know
    Exactly how to pray.

    I need some words
    Which ones are right?
    Please tell me what to say.

    I've bowed my head
    I have knelt down,But ...
    should I be upright?

    I've closed my eyes,
    I've raised my hands,Or ...
    should I fold them tight?

    Do I stand up?
    Should I sit down?
    Dear Lord ... what do you like?

    Are lights turned on
    Or are they off?Maybe ...
    candle light?
    Wear my glasses?

    Take them off?
    Be at my desk or table?
    Should I whisper?
    Speak out loud?

    Do I quote the holy books?
    What do you think about the time?
    Do You prefer the dawn?

    Should I pray fast,
    Or keep it slow?
    Better short ... or long?

    I'm new at this
    What are the rules?
    I want to do it right.

    How do I know
    You'll even hear
    That I am in Your sight?

    And while I sat there quietly,
    Waiting for some sign,
    I heard a gentle voice say,

    "Oh, dearest child of mine ...
    Do you think I really care
    About the time of day,
    Or whether you are standing up,
    Or kneeling when you pray?"

    "I don't care about your posture,
    Or about the place you choose;
    Just open up your soul to me,
    I have no other rules.

    Tell me what is in your heart,
    And tell me what you seek;
    Tell me of your sorrows,
    And of those things that made you weak."

    "Speak to me in private
    About what concerns you most;
    I know about your good deeds ...
    You have no need to boast.

    My child, you don't need lessons,
    Just talk to me each day;
    Tell me anything you want, dear child,
    Anyone can pray."

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  3. gurvinder_janu

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    Jun 3, 2007
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    Very nice poem. I have noted down for my children too.
  4. Flower2

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    Jul 1, 2008
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    Thanks for that,Singhbj.

    Really nice poem and very true...as long as you wanna open urself up to God and develop a close relationship to him thats all that should matter really:)
  5. Huck_Finn

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    Jun 7, 2006
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    ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਮਹਲਾ ਘਰੁ ਚਉਪਦੇ
    रामकली महला १ घरु १ चउपदे
    Rāmkalī mehlā 1 gẖar 1 cẖa­upḏė
    Raamkalee, First Mehl, First House, Chau-Padas:
    ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ
    ੴ सति नामु करता पुरखु निरभउ निरवैरु अकाल मूरति अजूनी सैभं गुर प्रसादि ॥
    Ik­oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa­o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ.
    One Universal Creator God. Truth Is The Name. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying. Beyond Birth. Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace:
    ਕੋਈ ਪੜਤਾ ਸਹਸਾਕਿਰਤਾ ਕੋਈ ਪੜੈ ਪੁਰਾਨਾ
    कोई पड़ता सहसाकिरता कोई पड़ै पुराना ॥
    Ko­ī paṛ­ṯā sehsākirṯā ko­ī paṛai purānā.
    Some read the Sanskrit scriptures, and some read the Puraanas.
    ਕੋਈ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੈ ਜਪਮਾਲੀ ਲਾਗੈ ਤਿਸੈ ਧਿਆਨਾ
    कोई नामु जपै जपमाली लागै तिसै धिआना ॥
    Ko­ī nām japai japmālī lāgai ṯisai ḏẖi­ānā.
    Some meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and chant it on their malas, focusing on it in meditation.
    ਅਬ ਹੀ ਕਬ ਹੀ ਕਿਛੂ ਜਾਨਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਏਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਛਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
    अब ही कब ही किछू न जाना तेरा एको नामु पछाना ॥१॥
    Ab hī kab hī kicẖẖū na jānā ṯėrā ėko nām pacẖẖānā. ||1||
    I know nothing, now or ever; I recognize only Your One Name, Lord. ||1||
    ਜਾਣਾ ਹਰੇ ਮੇਰੀ ਕਵਨ ਗਤੇ
    न जाणा हरे मेरी कवन गते ॥
    Na jāṇā harė mėrī kavan gaṯė.
    I do not know, Lord, what my condition shall be.
    ਹਮ ਮੂਰਖ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਸਰਨਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਤੇਰੀ ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਮੇਰੀ ਲਾਜ ਪਤੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
    हम मूरख अगिआन सरनि प्रभ तेरी करि किरपा राखहु मेरी लाज पते ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
    Ham mūrakẖ agi­ān saran parabẖ ṯėrī kar kirpā rākẖo mėrī lāj paṯė. ||1|| rahā­o.
    I am foolish and ignorant; I seek Your Sanctuary, God. Please, save my honor and my self-respect. ||1||Pause||
    ਕਬਹੂ ਜੀਅੜਾ ਊਭਿ ਚੜਤੁ ਹੈ ਕਬਹੂ ਜਾਇ ਪਇਆਲੇ
    कबहू जीअड़ा ऊभि चड़तु है कबहू जाइ पइआले ॥
    Kabhū jī­aṛā ūbẖ cẖaṛaṯ hai kabhū jā­ė pa­i­ālė.
    Sometimes, the soul soars high in the heavens, and sometimes it falls to the depths of the nether regions.
    ਲੋਭੀ ਜੀਅੜਾ ਥਿਰੁ ਰਹਤੁ ਹੈ ਚਾਰੇ ਕੁੰਡਾ ਭਾਲੇ ॥੨॥
    लोभी जीअड़ा थिरु न रहतु है चारे कुंडा भाले ॥२॥
    Lobẖī jī­aṛā thir na rahaṯ hai cẖārė kundā bẖālė. ||2||
    The greedy soul does not remain stable; it searches in the four directions. ||2||
    ਮਰਣੁ ਲਿਖਾਇ ਮੰਡਲ ਮਹਿ ਆਏ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਸਾਜਹਿ ਮਾਈ
    मरणु लिखाइ मंडल महि आए जीवणु साजहि माई ॥
    Maraṇ likẖā­ė mandal meh ā­ė jīvaṇ sājeh mā­ī.
    With death pre-ordained, the soul comes into the world, gathering the riches of life.
    ਏਕਿ ਚਲੇ ਹਮ ਦੇਖਹ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਭਾਹਿ ਬਲੰਤੀ ਆਈ ॥੩॥
    एकि चले हम देखह सुआमी भाहि बलंती आई ॥३॥
    Ėk cẖalė ham ḏėkẖah su­āmī bẖāhi balanṯī ā­ī. ||3||
    I see that some have already gone, O my Lord and Master; the burning fire is coming closer! ||3||
    ਕਿਸੀ ਕਾ ਮੀਤੁ ਕਿਸੀ ਕਾ ਭਾਈ ਨਾ ਕਿਸੈ ਬਾਪੁ ਮਾਈ
    न किसी का मीतु न किसी का भाई ना किसै बापु न माई ॥
    Na kisī kā mīṯ na kisī kā bẖā­ī nā kisai bāp na mā­ī.
    No one has any friend, and no one has any brother; no one has any father or mother.
    ਪ੍ਰਣਵਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਜੇ ਤੂ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਅੰਤੇ ਹੋਇ ਸਖਾਈ ॥੪॥੧॥
    प्रणवति नानक जे तू देवहि अंते होइ सखाई ॥४॥१॥
    Paraṇvaṯ Nānak jė ṯū ḏėveh anṯė ho­ė sakẖā­ī. ||4||1||
    Prays Nanak, if You bless me with Your Name, it shall be my help and support in the end. ||4||1||
    #4 Huck_Finn, Jul 2, 2008
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