In the dictionary, the meaning of `Simran’ is given as follows :- To contemplate by focusing the mind on the `Name’ or `Virtues’ of the Divine.
Since the beginning of time, Sidhas, Sants, Spiritually evolved souls and gurus have recommended the practice of Simran for religious development.
But in Gurbani `Simran’ holds a unique position and the practice of simran has been made mandatory (a must).
While reading Gurbani, participating in Satsangs and listening to the special virtues (attributes) and power of `Simran’, enthusiasm develops in the minds of many seekers to practice simran, but when they began the practice of Simran they are faced with many doubts and obstacles.
Generally seekers express the following complaints and doubts about Simran :-
- What is Simran?
- Practice Simran on which word or mantra?
- When should Simran be done?
- The mind does not calm down in Simran.
What is Simran?
For any idea or thought
- in the mind
- in the heart
- in the subconscious
in the soul –
- for it to be mastered
- for it to settle within
- for it to be internalised
- for it to be manifested
over and over again, it has to be
- dwelled upon
- meditated upon
- worked upon.
The activity which does this is called ‘Simran’ The religious activity of Simran – namely
- meditating loudly
- worshipping in the mind
- contemplating in the heart
- mentally witnessing the unutterable name
- experiencing spiritual bliss through love-link
is the seekers principle assignment, his duty, his life.
The divine practice of Simran by the ‘grace of the guru’ is made easier through the Sadh Sangat (gathering of spiritually elevated souls).
Extracted from Lekh 110 page 1-2
Nām Japō is one of the Three pillars of Sikhism, along with Kirat karō and Vaṇḍ chakkō. Critical importance is given to the meditation in the Guru Granth Sahib as the way in which humans can conquer ego, greed, attachment, anger and lust, together commonly called the Five Evils or Five Thieves and to bring peace and tranquility into one’s mind. – Wikipedia
simra-o simar simar sukh paava-o.
Meditate, meditate, meditate and find peace.