Bhai Davinder Singh Ji Nirman (Amritsar)


Lekh 112 (page 1-3) – Simran Part 10 by Bhau Ji
Meditate, meditate, meditate and find Peace.

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In gurbani special emphasis has been placed on Amrit Vela (3am-6am) and the noisy and confusing vibrations of materialism in the worldly atmosphere are less. During amrit vela nature’s environment is calm and especially beneficial for doing simran.

  1. Early in the morning utter the name and reflect upon GOD’S greatness. 2
  2. early in the morning, repeat the name and night and day meditate on the Lord. 255
  3. The pied cuckoo chirps in the ambrosial hours of the morning and then is his prayer heard in God’s court. 1285
  4. Rising early let God’s saint visit my house like a guest. The name I hear, the name I amass and with the name I embrace love.318
  5. Rise early in the morning and bathe (in naam simran). Whilst sleeping remember your God. 1185

By reading these lines from gurbani we often come to the conclusion that by sitting to chant the naam or do simran for a while, we have completed our religious obligation. But this is a mistake.

Initially when we sit down to do simran our external tendencies distract our mind from the (actual) aim of simran and do not allow the mind to calm down. If the mind begins to focus itself even for a moment, the mind and the body, due to the relaxation that follows, becomes the victim of sleep. The time set aside for simran is spent in this “tug of war” state. We begin to assume that this wrestling or “tug of war” of the mind is simran.

It is true, that our effort, pleading or labour if done with faith and love, will bear fruits in time and slowly the mind will begin to settle down in simran.

Our mind, over many previous births, has been incessantly doing the simran of materialism (worldly things) thereby causing this simran of materialism to

  • pierce
  • reside.
  • diffuse

permanently into the mind heart and the subconscious.

It becomes extremely difficult to change this ingrained influence of materialism or to coat it with the colour of spiritualism, because by living daily in this materialistic environment, we are in fact strengthening this influence of materialism. In this way the materialistic side of our mind’s balance is becoming heavier all the time.

In other words to remove the materialistic influence from the subconscious mind a half hearted attempt or effort to do simran at “amrit vela” is not enough. In gurbani we have been encouraged to do simran,

  • while standing or sitting
  • every second
  • with each breath
  • while walking about
  • in sleep or awake state
  • during night or day
  • every moment
  • all the 24 hours
  • daily
  • incessantly (without a break).
  1. Standing and sitting, sleeping and waking, ever and ever, meditate on God. 379
  2. All our lives through, we ought to remember God-whether standing, sleeping or waking. 101
  3. Every moment and instant, ever remember the lord. 806
  4. Whilst walking, sitting, sleeping and waking deliberate over the God’s instruction in the mind. 1006
  5. Standing, sitting sleeping and waking with every breath of mine I contemplate on God. 1298
  6. Ever, ever dwell on Him day and night, whilst standing and sitting and at every breath and morsel. 971
  7. Any time is good for God’s meditation. 1150
  8. My dear ,remember the lord, day and night. Delay not even for a moment. 498

This means that a gurmukh has to get up at amrit vela and meditate on the naam and then while sitting or standing he also has to meditate on the naam. By meditating while sitting or standing (meaning all the time) the colour of materialism will begin to neutralize itself and life will become more and more divine.

In gurbani this aspect of simran has been very clearly explained.

  1. Whether standing, sitting or sleeping, meditate on the Lord. Walking along the path sing the praise of the master. 386
  2. Throughout the 8 watches contemplate on your Lord and with your soul and body ever remember Him 500
  3. Twenty-four hours a day, meditate in remembrance on God’s Name. In it are the many sacred shrines of pilgrimage and cleansing baths. 184
  4. Throughout the eight watches of the day meditate on the Lord’s name. It equals baths and ablutions at many places of pilgrimage. 340
  5. Praise the Lord day and night. With every breath and morsel of yours meditate on Him. 280

To be continued

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