Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Just a few perspectives.
None of them is going to be the exact right perspective
because only Maharaj has the exact right perspective.
First thing in the morning, you're basically having a big bath of truth.
Your soul -as you start progressing spiritually- likes to hear this beautiful truth that Gurbani is full of.
Aligned from Gurbani from Japji Sahib actually He confirms this
when it says
Having a bath first thing in the morning,
it makes it nice and clean hopefully
Then during the day, we all are going to get affected by society.
At that point, you do Rehras Sahib and that kind of gets you back into the routine
of what you were thinking about earlier first thing in the morning.
And then last thing at night, before you go to sleep you remind yourself of this truth again.
By doing Kirtan Sohila is a way of washing away the filth of the world that's going to fall upon you,
because of the fact that we choose to live in the world.
So we eat every day three times a day
and your soul also needs the food of this Giaan, this wisdom.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Sukhmani says
The person who is spiritually enlightened, they actually live of Giaan.
And paat is a way of kind of basically filling yourself up with this truth and this love
and keeping us all nice and strong and healthy
so that when you come across these obstacles you can react in the best way.
So really it's food that sustains us throughout the day.
If we have a big meal first thing in the morning by doing our Nitnem,
then through the rest of the day, we actually are feeling quite strong.
And then by the evening, when we're getting a little bit hungry again,
we have another big meal.
Then at night time, Kirtan Sohila that keeps us going on to the morning.
And again we go back the same routine.
Doing your paat every day is a bit like reminding yourself of the essential truths about life.
Imagine a bucket which is full of holes and there's loads of little holes all around the bucket,
but you want to keep as much water in the bucket as possible.
So obviously the first thing you do is put as much water into the bucket.
And then what you try to do is during the day when the water starts going down, you top it up.
Your Nitnem is a bit like that.
We have to accept the fact that a lot of us are like leaky buckets.
Another way that a lot of people look at paat as actually an expression of their love for their Guru.
Guru Sahib uses the analogy of a bride and her husband.
Reaffirming that love is a very important part of any relationship.
So you can imagine if somebody loves Vaheguru, Gurbani and their Guru as well,
then what they're going to do is to wake up first thing and express that love by singing this paat out.
One important thing to understand is that Gurbani is not simply teaching us about the way,
it actually is the way!
So by singing Gurbani, by reading it with love
we can actually look through Guru Nanak Dev Ji's eyes.
Actually doing paat becomes like seeing your Guru.
We all know the line:
So if you say it with with love and devotion then really it becomes a spiritual act in itself.
Also it becomes an act of love.
Accompanying that love whenever you see your beloved,
imagine if you are in love and you hug that person then you get a lot of joy from it.
So actually becomes a pleasure, it isn't a chore anymore.
It's a joy to be able to do paat
When you look at Benti Chaupai, for example, Guru Gobind Singh Ji says:
Let me be thirsty to do your praises, to sing your praises.
This paat is really that Bhajan,
we can only ask our Guru to give us the the thirst for that.
For example, the father of a modern philosophy, Descartes.
When you study philosophy, you spend a lot of time reading this again and again and again...
Because within a paragraph, you go through so many different concepts
that you have to really be careful about what he's trying to say here and reread it.
It's the same with Gurbani.
In fact, Gurbani is far more densely packed, I would say.
One Shabad can teach you enough you need to do to live your life in a very beautiful way.
Imagine the whole of Japji Sahib is so so deep.
It takes a long time to really unpack all of that and take on that wisdom.
Every day you do need to think about it.
You can't just read it once and then hope to take on that meaning.
Every point you're going to be only getting a certain percentage of that density
that is actually there and so hopefully another day you will get some other parts.
That goes on to another point which is
when we're talking about Bani being Guru.
Doing your Nitnem is a bit like having a conversation with your Guru every day.
So it's kind of like you hear and you see things the Guru wanted you to know.
They wanted to tell you and they're doing it through the paat.
Because Gurbani is the Guru.
We can't say oh it's just a document, it's not!
Sahib Mera Neet Navaa
which means that basically my Lord daily He's new.
He never gets old.
Similarly with us, every day is a new day.
But if you're committed to following Gursikhi and Guru's mat,
and this is the path for you,
naturally first thing in the morning waking up and reading paat
is a bit like reaffirming your commitment to what you want to follow.
Japji Sahib, for example, Anand Sahib, Jaap Sahib,
other things like people read Sukhmani Sahib everyday..
These are all paats that were written specifically by our Gurus.
We know that Bhai Lehna when he met Guru Nanak Dev Ji, he would be reading Japji Sahib.
This paat that we're reading now, is kind of reaffirming all the things that the Gurus have done,
and praying trust in them that this is going to transform us from the inside.
Guru's a bit like an alchemist.
The highest art of alchemy is to convert the human being into something higher.
We know that Guru in Asa Di Vaar
I'm a sacrifice to my Guru who made demigods out of just mere mortals.
This word Kamaee is an important word to learn
because what it means is to earn
and we know that if anything which is hard and difficult you have to put effort in,
Mehnat, to achieve something from that.
If you want to be a great Kirtani, or learn thavils or dilruba, even tabla...
to be a master who star in tabla takes a lot of time and dedication.
You can't just get it straight away and it's a saying with paat.
To get a real appreciation of the flavour of this paat, you have to do it every day.
Then at some point, you're going to appreciate how beautiful it is!
Guru Sahib wrote it for us for a reason.
If you feel that it's worth testing your Guru on this,
I would suggest you to take a paat that you would like to learn,
for example even if it's your Nitnem or other paats you might want to practice
and do it every day for maybe 40 days or maybe even for two or three months,
and then see after those two or three months how much more you get from that paat.
After those three months and before you started out.
and that's the Kamaee of it (spiritual earning)
and always start off your paat by doing Ardaas.
Ardaas to Guru Ji and Vaheguru Ji: please help me to really appreciate this paat and understand it,
or appreciate your Naam, Jap Naam or your Gurmantar and value it.
Then when you start doing it, Guru would automatically help you.
That's the beauty of our Guru.
He's right here right now; He's not gone anywhere.
Guru Sahib came on this Earth not just to give us the beautiful wisdom that He has,
but really to change the world.
We see that because he says: look, I've come to spread Dharam: righteousness.
And really the Khalsa being the Akaal Purakh Fauj, and not just the Khalsa, but the Sikhs,
they actually effectively become Guru's hands and fingers on this planet.
Now they are trying to achieve Guru's aims which is to achieve a world based upon compassion.
If we're to achieve that, we need to have a community which can work together.
Nitnem is a little bit like building a community.
A good example would be Muslims.
I will always say how amazing it is that all of them bow down towards the Kaaba.
For us is the Nitnem and Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
This is the kind of things that bind us together.
How are we ever going to have Panj Piaare if we don't do our paat?
We have to memorize all Panj Bania in order to become part of the Panj Piaare.
We cannot achieve that unless we start doing apart every day.
Because it's very hard to memorize some of the paat
and actually memorizing it makes it even more beautiful.
The last but not in any way the least important point I want to bring up.
Our Nitnem is actually the one about Rehit that is prescribed.
Guru Sahib is saying 'do this every day'.
Gurparsad is a very important part of being a Sikh.
You would gain nothing from taking on somebody who's not enlightened as your Guru.
You take me.
If you if you decided you want to learn from me I can teach you the limited knowledge that I have.
I'm not enlightened I can't help you any further.
then I just give you the basics.
Another part from Sukhmani Sahib says:
The Guru gives the Sikh the treasure of the Naam.
Even in Asa Di Vaar, Guru Sahib is saying look
Amrit, this nectar of immortality basically.
Guru Sahib has that in his grasp.
He has the power of Gurparsad
and He can give that to us but we have to follow Him
and we see the example in Sikh history of Bhai Lehna
who follows his Guru with all his mind, body and soul.
and look for he achieves, he becomes the next Guru.
Now we look at the Panj Piaare and how they give their everything to the Guru
prepared to give their life even, their head even
and then they become the Guru Khalsa Panth.
Why not do it to please your Guru?
Guru Ji is so great He's given us so much!
Just a quick Shabad about this:
Make me all servant.
And really, you know
It may seem for some people, it seems like
'oh why are you reducing your essentials of human to that of a servant?'
But when you have somebody so beautiful and so great as your Guru,
it's a pleasure to give you a head to that person.
And even Anand Sahib, we see that now
If you see such a great Guru, give your head to that Guru.
And then loose yourself.
Remember the game essentially is to loose your ego.
And this ego is what you're giving to your Guru.
It's I,I,I, now you're saying You, You, You..
because Guru is enlightened and he has the power to bless us: the Gurparsad.
He's being blessed by Vaheguru with this amazing truth and this amazing power to bless us.
We give ourselves to our Guru and Guru Ji gives us everything.
If any of these examples have helped, that's great.
they haven't really come from me, I've been told all these by a lot of the great Gursikhs I've met in my time.
Please if I've made any mistakes feel free to tell me so
and hopefully I can learn from that as well.
Let's all ask Guru Ji for wisdom that we can learn from Him
and practice that in our lives
we have to listen, learn and apply.
Hopefully we can all do that, me included.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.