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The Prayer Revolution - The Heart of Sikhism

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  1. Claudia G. S. Martins

    Claudia G. S. Martins
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    The Prayer Revolution - The Heart of *Sikhism

    Sikhs have always known the power and the purpose of prayer. People are
    been awakening to the fact that our relation with God sometimes have
    been a bit too cold and a bit too domesticated; we yearn to sing to
    God, to let our souls fly flee. And we feel that through prayer we can
    rediscover our inner selves, and tie ourselves to the Guru.

    There is not surprising about this. Prayer is an irrepressible
    expression of the human spirit, and the sikhs appeared on the
    historical scene as a praying people. Yes, we know how hard prayer is.
    We know that moments of true inspiration are rare; we do not expect
    that every Shbad Keertan we will leave Gurdwara personally transformed.
    But we do expect that our prayers will make us feel closer to God.

    We need a Sikhism that welcome exuberance and song as well ideas,
    celebrates the cerebral but pulsates with emotion. Sikhism has always
    prescribed two paths to tradition : the path of mind and the path of
    the heart. SGGS study is the way of thinking and prayer the way of
    feeling. And even though these paths are parallel, sikhs have always
    been required to walk them both. Therefore, sikh must be both a
    studying sikh and a praying sikh. We sikhs must *make our Gurdwaras
    worship our foremost concern.

    The prayer revolution *will require an accurate understanding of what
    sikhs mean by tradition. The heart of the prayer tradition is the
    order, language and raag that has become standardized over the last
    five centuries.

    However, everything else - the chanting styles, the music, the
    aesthetics - has been ever-changing. In fact, much of what is referred
    to as tradition is a reflection of 16th through 19th-century Punjab culture.

    Communal prayer requires recognizable constants that bind worshiper to
    worshiper and congregation to congregation, but sikhs need not be bound
    by cultural precedents that no longer resonate.
    And just as many people reject nostalgia disguised as tradition, so too
    do many Sikhs reject contemporary worship that is faddish or trendy.
    There is no sikh worship without age-old prayers and time-honored
    chants. In short, there is no need to choose between "traditional" worship and
    "contemporary" worship. Sikhism must insist on the best of both worlds:
    continuity with tradition and constant reformation.

    Finding the right balance requires both innovators and conservators -
    those who push the envelope and those who hold back. At this moment, it
    is the innovators we need most. Sikh leaders must have the freedom to
    develop new forms of communal prayer.

    What will be the single most important key to the success or failure of
    communal prayer ? *Music. Sikh leaders must invite their members to
    join in song because they know that people feel welcomed, accepted and
    empowered when they sing.

    Ritual music touches people in a way that words cannot. Music converts
    the ordinary into the miraculous, and individuals into a community of
    prayer. Music enables overly intellectual sikhs to rest their minds and
    open their hearts.

    All sikhs must join together in creating a Gurdwara that is a center of
    sikh life in all its sweep and scope, but that is first and foremost a
    center of worship, reverence and awe. And *we sikhs will do this
    because absence of meaningful prayer represents a live without God.

    Claudia Gaspar Soares Martins
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  3. Arvind

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    Dear Singh ji,

    Just thought to let you know about similar thread created today - 'Ardaas' by VaheguruSeekr i.e. Tejwant ji.

    Hopeful to get better inputs to know more about Ardaas from learned members of this forum.

    Best Regards.
     
  4. Tejwant Singh

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    Claudia,

    Nice to see you here. I am glad you could make it. Wonderful article. I always enjoy the depth and view of a non-sikh and I admire your depth and love for sikhi. In fact I always enjoyed your articles.

    Bemvindo - welcome- to the forum

    Abracos - regards-

    Tejwant
     
  5. Claudia G. S. Martins

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    Dear Tejwant,

    The question is that I'm a Sikh (sehajdhari). I don't keep 4 K's so far (only wear a kara) but I'm a Sikh of the Guru.


    Fateh

    Claudia
     
  6. Tejwant Singh

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    Querida Claudia,

    Please accept my sincere apology for prejudging you. That was not a nice thing on my part.

    Please introduce yourself in the OFFTOPIC section so everyone else can also get the oppurtunity to welcome you.

    Peace & Love

    Abracos

    Tejwant
     
  7. Gauge

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    Hello and welcome.

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