Blog post from http://conversationsfromasikh.blogspot.co.uk/ Without Naam Simran, one cannot achieve salvation. Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji stresses this in his simple message of Jaap Naam, work honestly and share your earnings. There’s a lot of focus on attending the Gurdwara Sahib and partaking in Seva, and quite rightly this is vital for a Sikh, however, the highest action is to Jaap Naam, especially in the Sangat. Guru Ji says that one must arise within the ambrosial hours and take a cleansing bath and then cleanse his mind through Naam. It is Simran that erases past sins and this is our mission – to make ourselves pure. One thing Guru Ji does is make things clear of how a Sikh should live and what they should be doing to merge with Waheguru. There are many reasons why Sikhs do not follow the Guru’s path or have not yet realised the value of it to fully commit themselves: lack of faith, past deeds, wrong Sangat around them, the list can go on… If you know in your heart that this is the right path to take but cannot discipline yourself to stay on the path than do Ardaas. The Guru Ji has given us the gift of Ardaas to directly communicate with Waheguru and it probably is the last thing some people think of when needing help. Often people look to other people and put their hopes in them instead of the one that gives you breath of life. I’ve reached a point in my life where my understanding for the importance naam simran is blossoming. Whilst trying to progress with my Sikhi, Maya had me in a strong grip and it still does. I’d often take one step forward and then two steps back. My mind and body was filled with lust and I finally realised that I couldn’t control it, once putting my ego to one side that is. I finally did Ardaas to Guru Ji to give me the power to rise in the early morning to do simran, to keep my mind down at his Charaan (lotus feet) and give me faith that he would take care of all my affairs. Right now I’m taking things one day at a time, that’s what works for me. I see each day as a building block and focus on accumulating spiritual wealth through Naam, Bani and Seva. If you’re one of those blessed souls who already has a high spiritual state, perhaps an Ardaas can be done purely to thank Waheguru. Wherever you are on you journey I pray to Waheguru to continue to give your soul guidance. Forgive me for any mistakes which I have made. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.