Pancham Patshah Guru Arjun Dev Ji has established in the First Ashtpadi of Sukhmani that Naam Simran is the highest level of service to the Akal Purakh.  Through this divine piece of knowledge, Akal Purakh has very kindly  blessed us, by telling us in plain and simple words that if we want  to achieve the Eternity, experience Almighty, come out of the cycle of life and death, achieve eternal silence and happiness, achieve salvation, become a Sant Hirda, Naam Simran is the only way.

The purpose of this text is to reinforce this divine knowledge in the inside of the Sangat, so that they could restore to Naam Simran with complete belief and commitment and realize their spiritual dreams.   Today we see the Sangat all over the world is engaged in various kinds of religious acts – Dharam Karams such as reading Gurbani, listening to Kirtan, going to a Gurudwaaras, 68 pilgrimage – Atsath Teerath, donations to the religious places and for helping the poor etc. etc.

There is nothing wrong in doing these acts of religious nature, but if these acts are combined with the Naam Simran, then the results of such acts will be phenomenal, because:  PRABH KAA SIMRAN SABH TEY OONCHAA meaning Naam Simran is the highest service of the Akal Purakh Paar Braham Parmeshwar.  

Naam Simran brings the highest level of comfort and happiness for ever, all ages to come, a complete peace of mind, a complete silence,  wins over the mind for ever, controls the five vices – Panj Doot,  Asa, Trishnaa and Mansaa, enlightens the soul with Param Jyot and  transforms it in to a Pargateyo Jyot, brings salvation – Jivan Mukti. 

If we are reading Sukhmani everyday but don’t follow it and do it in our daily life then we will not be able to achieve our spiritual goals as fast as they can be achieved by bringing the words of Sukhmani in daily practice. The key is to believe in these divine words and dedicate ourselves completely to do whatever is being told through these words.

The first Ashtpadi of Sukhmani very clearly explains the Mahima of Naam Simran, and if we read and understand these divine words and bring them in our daily lives we will be rendering a very high service to Almighty. In the following text we will try to explain the Mahima of Naam Simran as presented in the first Ashtpadi of Sukhmani Bani.

Again our explanations might not give the literal meaning of the Grubani, but whatever we have learned  and experienced, we will bring to the service of the Sangat. Please accept this seva. 

aad gur-ay namah.
I bow to the Primal Guru.
 
jugaad gur-ay namah.
I bow to the Guru of the ages.
 
satgur-ay namah.
I bow to the True Guru.
saree gurdayv-ay namah. ||1||
I bow to the Great, Divine Guru. ||1||

SGGS 262-9 – Sukhmani

This divine Shalok is telling us how should be start the Naam Simran.  Whenever we start Naam Simran we should first bow before the Akal Purakh and Namaskaar Him with folded hands, a better way will be to do dandaut bandhna to Him before starting the Simran, He is the one who is the complete truth, everything else is perishable, whatever we see is perishable, only Akal Purakh is the Truth that lives forever, never born, never dies, is truth from the beginning, has remaind  truth through all ages and will remain the truth for all ages to  come.

So the first Namaskaar and dandaut bandhna should go to the Akal Purakh, the next Namaskaar and dandaut bandhna should be performed to the Guru. Dandaut bandhana has been recognized as a great act of goodness to ourselves – Kar Dandaut Punn Wadda Hai.  We will also request the Sangat to Namaskaar and dandaut bandhna to Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ten Gurus, all Sants and Bhagats, and all the Braham Gyani Maha Purakhs of the past and present.

The best thing will be to bow before everybody who is connected with the Naam.  This will bring humbleness in us, and extreme humbleness is the key to the Dargah of Akal Purakh. So before we start the Naam Simran it is of paramount importance that we should perform the Namaskaar as requested in above words. 

simra-o simar simar sukh paava-o.
Meditate, meditate, meditate in remembrance of Him, and find peace.
 
kal kalays tan maahi mitaava-o.
Worry and anguish shall be dispelled from your body.
 
simra-o jaas bisumbhar aykai.
Remember in praise the One who pervades the whole Universe.
 
naam japat agnat anaykai.
His Name is chanted by countless people, in so many ways.
 
bayd puraan simrit suDhaakh-yar.
The Vedas, the Puraanas and the Simritees, the purest of utterances,
 
keenay raam naam ik aakh-yar.
were created from the One Word of the Name of the Lord.
 
kinkaa ayk jis jee-a basaavai.
That one, in whose soul the One Lord dwells
 
taa kee mahimaa ganee na aavai.
– the praises of his glory cannot be recounted.
 
kaaNkhee aykai daras tuhaaro.
Those who yearn only for the blessing of Your Darshan
 
naanak un sang mohi uDhaaro. ||1||
– Nanak: save me along with them! ||1||

SGGS 262 – Sukhmani

Naam Simran will bring the highest level of eternal happiness to us.  All our sorrows will disappear and we will be filled with complete joy and happiness forever. All the religious books – Ved, Puran,  Simratyan, also tell us that Akal Purakh’s Naam – Satnaam is the only most pious and pure Naam, it is the only truth that prevails.

There are countless creatures which do the Naam Simran, because they have learned the benefits of Naam Simran, therefore, we should also restore to the Naam Simran and bear the fruits of such a highest level of service to the Almighty. 

The Naam is unlimited, it is Agam Apaar Anant and Beant like Akal Purakh Himself, It is the origin of the universe, it is Akal Purakh’s Aad Jugaadi Naam, created by Himself, so if a person is able to plant a little bit of the Naam in his Hirda, then it will be impossible to explain the Mahima of such a soul, because such a soul will become a Sant Hirda and will become unlimited like Almighty Himself. Such a soul will become a Pargatyeo Jyot Braham Gyani and a Puran Sant, a Puran Khalsa.

The Sangat of  such a soul, who is always absorbed in the Akal Purakh, who resides in Sach Khand, who has discovered the complete truth and become completely truthful, who serves the truth and nothing else, is the greatest boon to the ones who become a part of such a Sangat.  If we are lucky and have Purbley Janma Kay Sanjog, then we will be blessed with Such a Sangat and we will be able to achieve salvation – Jivan  Mukti. So we all should pray for becoming a part of such a Gurparsadi Sangat, where we can achieve our spiritual goals and get relieved of  the cycle of death and birth. 
 
sukhmanee sukh amrit parabh naam.
Sukhmani: Peace of Mind, the Nectar of the Name of God.
 
bhagat janaa kai man bisraam. rahaa-o.
The minds of the devotees abide in a joyful peace. ||Pause||
SGGS 262 – Sukhmani

The real happiness and enjoyment is the Naam of Akal Purakh which is Satnaam – very clearly written in Mool Manter, this means that such happiness which is known as highest level of happiness – complete  silence – Param Jyot Puran Parkash, is achieved by Naam Simran, when Naam goes into the Chit- mind then Hirda and then in every bit of our body such is the condition which brings in us this highest level of  happiness, and such Naam always remains for ever in the Hirda of His Bhagats.

This is the reason why Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is full of praise for such souls who have become His Bhagats, who have become Puran Sants, Pargatyeo Jyot Braham Gyanis, Satgurus.  Such souls are the custodians of the Naam Amrit and are blessed with the powers to give Naam and salvation to their Sangat. 

parabh kai simran garabh na basai.
Remembering God, one does not have to enter into the womb again.
 
parabh kai simran dookh jam nasai.
Remembering God, the pain of death is dispelled.
 
parabh kai simran kaal parharai.
Remembering God, death is eliminated.
 
parabh kai simran dusman tarai.
Remembering God, one’s enemies are repelled.
 
parabh simrat kachh bighan na laagai.
Remembering God, no obstacles are met.
 
parabh kai simran an-din jaagai.
Remembering God, one remains awake and aware, night and day.

parabh kai simran bha-o na bi-aapai.
Remembering God, one is not touched by fear.
 
parabh kai simran dukh na santaapai.
Remembering God, one does not suffer sorrow.
parabh kaa simran saaDh kai sang.
The meditative remembrance of God is in the Company of the Holy.
 
sarab niDhaan naanak har rang. ||2||
All treasures, O Nanak, are in the Love of the Lord. ||2||
SGGS 262 – Sukhmani

This one and the following Shaloks are telling us in a very plain and easy to understand language what are the fruits of Naam Simran.  The highest level of sorrow is the cycle of birth and death, we all have been in this cycle for unlimited time, we all don’t know how many times we have been through the birth and death and how many times we have been through the 84 lakh junee. Naam Simran is the only power, which can take us out of the cycle of life and death.  We will be able to get ourselves out of the fear of death only by Naam Simran.

This means that we will be able to achieve salvation – Jivan Mukti through Naam Simran only. The biggest fear is the fear of death – which is a universal truth and a normal person can’t deny this hard fact, and such a fear vanishes only with the Naam Simran.

Naam Simran is so powerful that it saves us from all our enemies – and what are these enemies – these are Panj Doot – Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Ahankaar, which are the deepest mental sicknesses along with Asa, Trishna and  Mansha, Nindya, Chugli and Bakhili.

The Naam is the prescription to cure our heart and soul from these deepest mental sicknesses. All these enemies of our soul form a barrier between us and the Almighty,  and Naam Simran is the most powerful weapon to kill all these enemies. These enemies are the road blocks in the path to Sach Khand and Naam Simran removes these road blocks, by keeping our mind alert and helping us to restrain from doing any such deeds which are performed under the influence of these enemies of ours.

Our mind remains awake all the time and we are able to deal with these enemies in our day today life, thereby defeating them every time they try to cheat us and rob us of the Amrit.  Naam Simran makes us fearless in our day today activities – which means that with Naam Simran we keep on becoming more and more truthful to ourselves, to others and to Almighty, we are given the strength to speak the truth, see the truth and serve the truth, we are not afraid of speaking and serving the truth. We start to see the difference between the truth and non- truth, and save ourselves from non-truth deeds.

Naam Simran  eliminates all the sorrows in our life, we become so strong mentally that we are able to tolerate all kind of sorrows, there remains no difference between sorrow and happiness, we become a single vision, and enjoy the complete, pure and pious happiness – Sat Chit Anand –  which is Param Jyot Puran Parkash – Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh. 

Such a Naam and Naam Simran is blessed in the Sangat of Puran Sants, Puran Braham Gyanis, by such enlightened souls. Such souls who are involved in the Gurparsadi Game, and are engaged in this highest  service to the Almighty – Naam Simran, are blessed by Akal Purakh with all the treasures of eternal happiness, silence of mind, and  unlimited spiritual powers. 

parabh kai simran riDh siDh na-o niDh.
In the remembrance of God are wealth, miraculous spiritual powers and the nine treasures.
 
parabh kai simran gi-aan Dhi-aan tat buDh.
In the remembrance of God are knowledge, meditation and the essence of wisdom.
 
parabh kai simran jap tap poojaa.
In the remembrance of God are chanting, intense meditation and devotional worship.
 
parabh kai simran binsai doojaa.
In the remembrance of God, duality is removed.
 
parabh kai simran tirath isnaanee.
In the remembrance of God are purifying baths at sacred shrines of pilgrimage.
 
parabh kai simran dargeh maanee.
In the remembrance of God, one attains honor in the Court of the Lord.
 
parabh kai simran ho-ay so bhalaa.
In the remembrance of God, one becomes good.
 
parabh kai simran sufal falaa.
In the remembrance of God, one flowers in fruition.
 
say simrahi jin aap simraa-ay.
They alone remember Him in meditation, whom He inspires to meditate.
 
naanak taa kai laaga-o paa-ay. ||3||
Nanak grasps the feet of those humble beings. ||3||

SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

Naam Simran brings all the treasures comprising of Ridhis and Sidhis.  Please keep in mind that these treasures give us all kinds of powers to create Karamaats – public surprising acts, which can attract a large number of people towards us, and by using such powers we can full fill worldly desires of such people and become famous, and make a lot of money and all kinds of worldly comforts, but keep in mind, if we use these powers even once, our spiritual progress will stop right there and then, and we will never be able to achieve salvation. 

Naam Simran brings the divine knowledge and divine intelligence in  us, we start to listen to the Gurbani and start to understand the Gurbani, and by doing so we are motivated further to adopt the Gurbani in our daily lives, our commitment and belief in the Guru,  Gurbani and Akal Purakh keeps on enhancing. All kinds and means of worshipping the Almighty are contained with in Naam Simran.
This means that Naam Simran is the highest level of service of Almighty.  By doing so we realize and establish in our inside the fact that there is no one like the Almighty Himself and that He is the Supreme  and creator of the entire universe.

We develop a total belief and commitment to the Almighty. The real pilgrimage is in the Naam Simran – this means that when we go through different stages of Naam Simran in Smadhi, when we go through different stages of spirituality as described in the Jap Ji – Dharam Khand, Gyan Khand, Saram Khand, Karam Khand and Sach Khand, then we physically see the divine things and experience the divinity, Puran Parkash, Guru Darshan, Sach Khand Darshan and so on, and this is the real pilgrimage.

When we pass through such stages of spirituality and go into Smadhi and Sun Smadhi then we are recognized by the Dargah for this highest level of service to the Akal Purakh. We remain satisfied and contented in all circumstances and everything that happens around us appears to be due to the will of God – Hukam.

This means that we are able to recognize the Hukam of Akal Purakh, we don’t complain for anything and thus remain silent and peaceful under all circumstances. By doing so we are able to achieve our spiritual objectives – Hukam Bhooj Param Pad Payee. Naam Simran is a priceless gift which is given to us only with the blessings of Akal Purakh, and that is what Gurparsadi means.  There is nothing more precious than Naam Simran. We should all bow to such souls who have been blessed with Naam Simran.  

parabh kaa simran sabh tay oochaa.
The remembrance of God is the highest and most exalted of all.
 
parabh kai simran uDhray moochaa.
In the remembrance of God, many are saved.
 
parabh kai simran tarisnaa bujhai.
In the remembrance of God, thirst is quenched.
 
parabh kai simran sabh kichh sujhai.
In the remembrance of God, all things are known.
 
parabh kai simran naahee jam taraasaa.
In the remembrance of God, there is no fear of death.
 
parabh kai simran pooran aasaa.
In the remembrance of God, hopes are fulfilled.
 
parabh kai simran man kee mal jaa-ay.
In the remembrance of God, the filth of the mind is removed.
 
amrit naam rid maahi samaa-ay.
The Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, is absorbed into the heart.
 
parabh jee baseh saaDh kee rasnaa.
God abides upon the tongues of His Saints.
 
naanak jan kaa daasan dasnaa. ||4||
Nanak is the servant of the slave of His slaves. ||4||
SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

Here Almighty has made it absolutely clear, there should remains no doubt in anybody’s mind whatsoever, that Naam Simran is the highest service of Akal Purakh.  This means that all the other Dharam Karams are of a lower value than Naam Simran. So why don’t we devote our time to Naam Simran?

When Naam Simran is going to bring us the highest and the sweetest fruits, highest level of happiness, complete silence, Param Jyot and Puran Parkash Darshan, then why don’t we concentrate on Naam Simran, once we have learned this fact from Sukhmani.

Just reading Sukhmani is not the highest level of the service of Akal Purakh, but Naam Simran is the highest service of Almighty. This is a part of Puran Tat Gyan and is mandatory for Puran Bhagtee, and people who don’t follow this Gyan and do it, they are still in Dharam Khand.

Naam Simran is the only weapon which can kill all our enemies which stand in between us and Akal Purakh – these are serious mental sicknesses and have already been defined earlier in this text. But we will name them again here – Panj Doot, Nindya, Chugli, Bakhili, Asa, Trishna and Mansa. Trishna – means the desire can only be over come by Naam Simran.

Desire is counted as a highest level of mental sickness, desire gives birth to all kinds of Asat Karams, and involves our actions and reactions in the worldly affairs which are run by Maya. This enemy of ours is the hardest to kill, and only Naam Simran can kill it, because only Naam Simran can bring us the enlightenment and the divine knowledge combined with divinity which will keep us alert of these deep mental sicknesses and not let us perform any Asat Karams in our daily life.

This powerful divine weapon of Naam Simran full fills all our desires, this means that we are relieved of all the desires with Naam Simran as well as the fear of death. Naam Simran is the only weapon with which we can conquer over the death, this means we get relieved from the cycle of life and death. Only Naam Simran can clean our inside, which has been superimposed with the dirt of all our Asat Karams from all our previous lives.

Our mind is full of dirt from previous lives that is  why we are unable to concentrate on Naam Simran, but if we continue to strive and don’t leave it, Naam Simran will eventually clean all the dirt from our mind and inside, and our mind will become stable and get absorbed in Naam Amrit forever.

Naam eventually goes into the Hirda and resides there forever. Such souls become Sant Hirda and  Almighty always lives in them, we should all bow before such souls  who have become stable in their mind, who have won over their mind,  and who have absorbed themselves in the Almighty.

Such souls are full of humbleness, their extreme humbleness takes them to the height of spirituality, they become the dust of the feet of Kot Brahamand, and we should all bow on the feet of such souls. Such humbleness comes only with Naam Simran, and such humbleness is the key to the Dargah of Akal Purakh. 

parabh ka-o simrahi say Dhanvantay
Those who remember God are wealthy
 
parabh ka-o simrahi say pativantay
Those who remember God are honorable
 
parabh ka-o simrahi say jan parvaan
Those who remember God are approved

parabh ka-o simrahi say purakh parDhaan
Those who remember God are the most distinguished persons
 
parabh ka-o simrahi se baymuhtaajay
Those who remember God are not lacking
 
parabh ka-o simrahi se sarab kay raajay
Those who remember God are the rulers of all
 
parabh ka-o simrahi say sukhvaasee
Those who remember God dwell in peace
 
parabh ka-o simrahi sadaa abhinaasee
Those who remember God are immortal and eternal
 
simran tay laagay jin aap da-i-aalaa
They alone hold to the remembrance of Him, unto whom He Himself shows His Mercy
naanak jan kee mangai ravaalaa. ||5||
Nanak begs for the dust of their feet. ||5||

SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

The biggest treasure is Akal Purakh’s Naam – Satnaam, and when we do Naam Simran, we will become the owner of this priceless treasure of Akal Purakh. When we own this priceless jewel – Satnaam and it goes into our mind and Hirda, then we will become honorable in the Dargah of Akal Purakh.

The Sant Satguru Puran Braham Gyani who owns this priceless jewel of Naam becomes the most rich soul of the universe,  there is nothing above this treasure, such a soul becomes honorable and is respected everywhere in the universe. Such souls complete their pilgrimage and are accepted as successful in the Dargah, such souls are always in very high spiritual state, they don’t need to look for anything more, they have obtained everything, when they have achieved Eternity, and they become the King of the entire universe –  king of 14 Lok Parlok.

Whatever such souls say that happens, their words are honored by the Almighty. Such souls never die, they achieve the Eternal happiness and Eternal silence, they win over everything, they are always absorbed in Almighty. Such souls are blessed by Akal Purakh and He brings them in for achieving such highest levels of spirituality, that is why this is a known as a Gurparsadi Game.

We should all pray for the dust of the feet of such souls, and by doing so Akal Purakh will bless us and get us involved in this Gurparsadi Game. All this doesn’t happen without the Gurkirpa., so we should all pray for Gurkirpa and ask for the eternal  treasure of Naam Simran. 

parabh ka-o simrahi say par-upkaaree
Those who remember God generously help others
 
parabh ka-o simrahi tin sad balihaaree
Those who remember God – to them, I am forever a sacrifice
 
parabh ka-o simrahi say mukh suhaavay
Those who remember God – their faces are beautiful
 
parabh ka-o simrahi tin sookh bihaavai
Those who remember God abide in peace
 
parabh ka-o simrahi tin aatam jeetaa
Those who remember God conquer their souls
 
parabh ka-o simrahi tin nirmal reetaa
Those who remember God have a pure and spotless lifestyle
 
parabh ka-o simrahi tin anad ghanayray
Those who remember God experience all sorts of joys
 
parabh ka-o simrahi baseh har nayray
Those who remember God abide near the Lord
 
sant kirpaa tay an-din jaag
By the Grace of the Saints, one remains awake and aware, night and day
 
naanak simran poorai bhaag. ||6||
O Nanak, this meditative remembrance comes only by perfect destiny. ||6||
SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

With this eternal treasure of Naam Simran our Hirda will become very powerful and very vast, it will develop in us the highest qualities of head and heart, selflessness, sacrifice for others, helping the poor and others, doing good to others, think about the well being of others, not live for self but live for others, such qualities will make our life more and more meaningful to the society, and imagine if every one becomes like this than will it not be an age of the Truth –  Sat Yug.

These are the vital signs of a Sant Hirda and such souls will always be regarded in the Dargah and in the universe, such souls will always have bright and shining faces in the society and in the Dargah, they will always enjoy the highest level of eternal comforts and happiness in their inside. Such souls win over their minds and their life becomes very pure and pious, truthful and dignified.

Such souls who are engaged in the Naam Simran will always stay very close to the Almighty, and stay in eternal happiness, everlasting happiness – Sat Chit Anand. Such souls live with the Almighty, always remain in awareness of the things happening around them, for that matter the things happening in the entire universe.

And how can we become like such a soul that has been described above? Only with the blessings of a Sant, it means that such high spiritual treasure can only be obtained from a Puran Sant Satguru Puran Braham Gyani a Pargatyeo Jyot, who has absorbed Himself in the Almighty and become one with Him. This is the reason why we have been calling this Eternal Game a Gurparsadi Game which is attainable only if we are very fortunate and come across such a soul who is a Puran Sant and get His Gurparsadi blessings.

Only a Puran Sant can give the eternal treasure of Naam to us and put us on this path to eternity and  salvation, to Sach Khand and closer to the Almighty and eventually make us a Sant Hirda. 

parabh kai simran kaaraj pooray
Remembering God, one’s works are accomplished
 
parabh kai simran kabahu na jhooray
Remembering God, one never grieves
 
parabh kai simran har gun baanee
Remembering God, one speaks the Glorious Praises of the Lord
 
parabh kai simran sahj samaanee
Remembering God, one is absorbed into the state of intuitive ease
 
parabh kai simran nihchal aasan
Remembering God, one attains the unchanging position
 
parabh kai simran kamal bigaasan
Remembering God, the heart-lotus blossoms forth
 
parabh kai simran anhad jhunkaar
Remembering God, the unstruck melody vibrates
 
sukh parabh simran kaa ant na paar
The peace of the meditative remembrance of God has no end or limitation
 
simrahi say jan jin ka-o parabh ma-i-aa
They alone remember Him, upon whom God bestows His Grace
 
naanak tin jan sarnee pa-i-aa. ||7||
Nanak seeks the Sanctuary of those humble beings. ||7||

SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

The soul and mind which absorbs itself in the Naam Simran never remains under the need of worldly desires, he will always remain in complete satisfaction, he will never feel deficient of anything, no worldly comforts can distract him, all his worries disappear, and so happens to him because all his actions and reactions are recognized by him as and under the Hukam of Akal Purakh.

Basically his mind and soul become totally stable. This is a very high spiritual condition the soul remains in, and such a condition comes only in Sach Khand, when a person becomes completely truthful, speaks the truth, listens to the truth and serves the truth only. Such a soul is always engaged in the praise of Akal Purakh and in the service of the Guru and Sangat.

Such a soul will always remain stable and absorbed in the Almighty. Nothing can distract such a soul, which always stays in the state of complete eternal peace and happiness. His heart always remains blossoming like a lotus flower. Such souls enjoy the eternal music vibrations on a continuous basis in their body, and always stay in a never ending eternal happiness.

Only such people who are blessed by the Akal Purakh Himself can get this eternal treasure of Naam Simran – which again means it is a Gurparsadi Game. We will be very fortunate if we can get in to the Sangat of such souls who have been blessed with the Gurparsadi Naam Simran, and we should all bow before such souls.

Here again humbleness is the key to success. 

har simran kar bhagat pargataa-ay
Remembering the Lord, His devotees are famous and radiant
 
har simran lag bayd upaa-ay
Remembering the Lord, the Vedas were composed
hhar simran bha-ay siDh jatee daatay
Remembering the Lord, we become Siddhas, celibates and givers
 
har simran neech chahu kunt jaatay
Remembering the Lord, the lowly become known in all four directions
 
har simran Dhaaree sabh Dharnaa
For the remembrance of the Lord, the whole world was established
 
simar simar har kaaran karnaa
Remember, remember in meditation the Lord, the Creator, the Cause of causes
 
har simran kee-o sagal akaaraa
For the remembrance of the Lord, He created the whole creation
 
har simran meh aap nirankaaraa
In the remembrance of the Lord, He Himself is Formless
 
kar kirA Humble Servants aap bujhaa-i-aa
By His Grace, He Himself bestows understanding
 
naanak gurmukh har simran tin paa-i-aa. ||8||1||
O Nanak, the Gurmukh attains the remembrance of the Lord. ||8||1||
SGGS 263 – Sukhmani

All the Sants and Bhagats have become existent only through Naam Simran, such souls could reach these highest levels of spirituality only because of the eternal treasure of Naam Simran they obtained and  performed on a regular basis in their lives. This is how these souls became so powerful spiritually and became one on one with Almighty. 

There are a number of such souls whose Bani is included in Shri Guru Granth Sahib Jee, including our Great Ten Gurus. Some of them are Sant Kabir Ji, Bhagat Ravidass Ji, Bhagat Nam Dev Ji, Bhagat Baba  Farid Ji, Bhagat Peepa Ji, Bhagat Sain Naai Ji, Bhagat Benney Ji and some others. All these souls reached the highest levels in spirituality became absorbed in Akal Purakh and obtained Param Padvi,  and became Puran Braham Gyanis.

Such souls are also known as Pargatyeo Jyot Puran Braham Gyanis. Such souls have continued to come to this world after Dassam Patshah Ji, some of them are Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji, Sant Baba Ishar Singh Ji and Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji.  Souch souls who are now engaged in this highest level of service to the Almighty – Naam Simran will continue to provide spiritual energy and guidance to the Sangat for all ages to come, some of them are there at this moment as well, who are serving the Sangat, and will continue to come to this world in all ages to come – Har Jug Jug Bhagat Upayea.  

This was due to the power of the eternal treasure of Naam Simran that various Rishis and Munnis attained the Braham Gyan and wrote all the relegious books – Ved and Purans and other Dharam Granths as well.  Only Naam Simran could produce such souls who became Sidh – the souls that live at very high levels of spirituality, Jati – the souls who controlled the Panj Doots, and Daatey.

This earth and the life on earth is supported and run by such souls only who reach at such high levels of spirituality and become Puran Sant, Puran Braham Gyani. God has created this world for us as human beings to be involved in this eternal game and make our lives sublime by achieving salvation. This is the highest eternal objective of this precious life as a human being given to us by the Almighty.

Akal Purakh is present and reveals His presence where ever there is Naam Simran and in whosoever, who  is engaged in this eternal treasure of Naam Simran. Here it has been made absolutely crystal clear, if we do Naam Simran with complete and full belief and commitment, then God will reveal His presence in us,  and believe us we experience this every moment on a continuous basis.  This is an ETERNAL TRUTH.

But here again it is mentioned in very clear words that only a Gurmukh – who is a Puran Sant can help us and put us on this path of Naam Simran, and that happens only with the blessings of Akal Purakh Paar Braham Parmeshwar. This means again that it is a Gurparsadi Game.  

In the end we will very humbly request the Sangat to seriously look in to their daily lives and make a fair judgement as to weather any efforts are being made by us on this path to eternity – Naam Simran,  which is the highest service of the Almighty and is mandatory for us  to follow to meet our spiritual objectives and goals. 

If we find that we are not devoting any time to Naam Simran then we should start doing so right away, if we are putting in some time then we should increase our efforts and time. We should at least do Naam Simran for two and half hours every morning, if we are not doing so then we should pray and try to reach that level, and if we have already reached that level then we should try to go beyond that and go in to longer hours.

If we have obtained the Gurparsadi Naam then we are already very fortunate to be involved in the Gurparsadi game, and if we are not yet blessed with Gurparsadi Naam then we should pray for that.  Only Gurparsadi Naam can take us to these high levels of eternal peace and happiness, closer to Almighty, and help us in achieving our spiritual goals in a shorter period of time and we can make our life sublime.

The divine knowledge discussed above is just a tremendous source of motivation for all of us and should be able to develop the kind of belief and commitment we need to move on this path to eternity. Naam Simran is the only eternal treasure which can transform us in to a Puran Khalsa – Puran Jyot Jage Ghat Meh Tab Khalas, Tahi Nakhalas Janey, the Puran Jyot can be ignited inside us only through Gurparsadi Naam and then Naam Simran.  Naam Amrit is the highest Amrit and only Gurparsadi Naam can lead us in to Sach Khand.

Dassan Das (Slave Of God’s Slave)