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The Morning Hukam:
A Meditation
Wednesday, November 27, 2013



Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib, Amritsar - Wednesday, November 27, 2013


In the company of the saadh sangat, I contemplate Naam. I am in peaceful poise and bliss, day and night; the seed of my destiny has sprouted. || Pause||

I have met the True Guru, by great good fortune; the one who has no end or limitation. Taking me by the hand, the Creator has pulled me out of the poisonous world-ocean. || 1 ||

Birth and death are ended for me, by the Word of the Guru’s Teachings; I shall no longer pass through the door of pain and suffering. Nanak holds tight to the sanctuary of his creator; and bows in humility and reverence.  || 2 || 9 || 28 ||

[Guru Arjan, Raag Todi, GGS:717]



Listening to today’s Hukam, I remember a conversation that I had with my beloved aunt.

She was my saadh sangat. She used this shabad to explain to me the importance of keeping company with people who are nurturing the seed of divine love.

There must be a reason why I am sharing her conversation with everyone. Yes! I know why. Her birthday was three days ago. Subconsciously, I must be remembering her.

“Within each of us is the seed of divine love. You cannot see this seed – like you cannot see the seeds of the five thieves (lust, anger, greed, attachment & ego) – but they are within you.

“The seed of divine love needs a place to grow.

“First, you have to soften the ground (your body) before you can plant any seed. The only way to soften the body is in the company of people who are already awakened. In their company, the desire within you will also awaken. This happens through simran (meditation) – this is the first part. Simran will soften you – compassion will become part of your nature. The seed within will begin to sprout. Your destiny takes shape. Through Guru’s grace, the duality within you will also end and you will see Waheguru in everyone and in everything.”

I clearly remember interjecting at this point, “Aunty ji, if everything happens through Guru’s grace, what is the point of my effort?”

I remember her laughter. “My – she says. Where are the My and I coming from? Make the effort, prepare your body and experience the grace of Guru. Guru will walk with you and take you out of the world of the five thieves.

“There is also a second part – the saadhana (practice). You need to pay close attention to the bani of Anand Sahib. ‘O my ears! you have come here to hear what - and what are you hearing? O my eyes! you have come here to see what - and what are you seeing?’ Align your every thought, word and deed to Guru’s teachings (this is your practice) – through Guru’s grace – the seed of divine love will blossom within you and you will emit Guru’s fragrance.”

My beloved aunt emitted that fragrance.

She was the epitome of love.

For me, her life was a shining example of Guru’s Grace.

I miss the conversations that I had with her …


November 27, 2013

Conversation about this article

1: Ajit Singh Batra (Pennsville, New Jersey, USA), November 29, 2013, 1:03 PM.

Each soul is potentially divine. Human beings can manifest this divinity by controlling their nature, both externally and internally. Which means, "know thyself." "Know thyself" is spirituality and religion which belong to mankind. Sikhi's inherent belief is described in Guru Granth Sahib, p795 -- the mind is the true priest within the sacred temple of the human body ("man mandir tunn vayse ...)

2: Sam Bajwa (USA), December 01, 2013, 9:58 PM.

Salaam. Although I am a Muslim, I have a deep attachment with Sikhism. One reason is that Guru Nanak's message is the same as given by Muslim saints of the sub-continent. I also know that he and many contemporary Sufi saints were very close to each other. Second, truth is the same in every religion. Third, my dad's side were Sikhs only a few generations back. I hold a lot of respect for the message of Sikhism. Really liked your post and I can totally relate to it. Blessings to all of you and yours.

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