This article is written with the unlimited Gur Parsaad and Gur Kirpa of God (Agam Agochar Anant Beyant Aprampar Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmesar) and the Guru.
Let us pray to them for divine understanding and divine knowledge about the benefits of Naam Simran.
Let us pray for Gur Parsaad.
Let us pray to be always blessed with this Eternal Gift of Naam and Naam Simran.
Naam is the ladder for the complete realization of the Almighty. Naam is the ladder which leads us to :
· the discovery of the Eternal Truth (
the Param Tatt – Supreme Essence,
the Braham Tatt – God’s essence,
the Puran Jyot Parkash – Complete Brightness of God’s Light,
the Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh – Spiritual Form of Timelss God)
· the complete silence of mind and soul,
· becoming completely truthful
· Sach Khand (God’s realm Of Truth).
By doing Naam Simran we keep on climbing on this ladder and step by step get closer to the Almighty. Eventually we merge in Him.
Naam is the Eternal Truth.
By doing Naam Simran we can realize this Eternal Truth, the Almighty Himself, the Amrit, the Atam Rus.
Naam is the highest eternal gift one can get through Gur Parsaad:
jaevadd aap thaevadd thaeree dhaath ||
As Great as You Yourself are,
By doing Naam Simran we can realize this highest eternal gift. This gift contains
· Akal Purakh Himself
· All His eternal treasures and
· all His spiritual and divine powers
So why ask or settle for anything less than that? We can get the highest eternal gift with our sustained efforts. We should forget about day today and worldly things and ask for the highest eternal gift, which contains everything, which contains Paar Braham Himself. Once He becomes ours and we realize Him completely within ourselves and become His then all His possessions will become ours. This is the biggest and unexplainable benefit of Naam and Naam Simran. However, there are a lot of other benefits of doing Naam Simran, some of which are listed below with a brief description:
YOU BECOME BEYOND DESCRIPTION
kinakaa eaek jis jeea basaavai ||
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. If a person is able to plant even a little bit of the Naam in his Hirda, then it will be impossible to descibe 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. Naam Simran will bring the highest level of happiness to us. All our sorrows will disappear and we will be filled with complete joy and happiness forever.
SALVATION FROM THE CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH – JIVAN MUKTI
The highest level of sorrow is the involvement in the cycle of birth and death. We all have been involved in this cycle for a very long time. We have been through countless births and deaths in 8.4 million species. 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.
FEAR OF DEATH
The biggest fear is the fear of death. This is a universal truth and a fact that cant be denied. Such a fear vanishes only with the Naam Simran. Actually when you go in deep meditation – Smadhee and Sunn Smadhee you might encounter out of body and soul travel experiences. During such incidents the soul actually physically leaves the physical body and goes into various astral planes depending upon the spiritual state of the soul and see and experience the higher levels of spiritual worlds – Sach Khand and so on. These experiences teach you what can happen to you after you die physically and where your soul will be after your physical death. That is why the Sants and Braham Gyanis know beforehand about what will happen to their souls after death.
WINNING THE MAYA
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 chronic mental sicknesses along with Asa, Trishna and Mansha, Nindya, Chugli and Bakhili. The Naam is the prescription to cure our heart from these deepest mental sicknesses. All these enemies of our soul form a barrier between us and the Almighty. 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-to-day life. Thereby defeating them every time they try to cheat us and rob us of the Amrit.
WINNING OVER MIND
Your mind operates all your five senses, and your mind is operated by your own wisdom. Your own wisdom is operated under the three attributes of Maya: Rajo, Tamo and Sato. By winning over Maya your soul goes beyond the shackles of Maya. It is liberated from the shackles of Maya and your mind comes under direct control of the divine wisdom. In fact your own wisdom and your mind are eliminated when you reach the heights of spirituality. Then all your five senses come under direct control of the divinity and the divine wisdom operates your five senses. They no longer remain under the control of Maya. This is salvation from Maya. By winning over your own mind you replace your mind with Param Jyot (Supreme Light)
man thoo(n) joth saroop hai aapanaa mool pashhaan ||
NO ILLUSIONS OR DELUSIONS
The illusions, delusions, distractions, doubts and all the negative forces governing your mind and soul are eliminated by doing Naam Simran. Your mind starts to become stable and eventually you win over all the situations that cause distractions in your mind. Your concentration of mind will increase with the advancements in your spirituality and eventually your mind and soul will become free from all kinds of illusions and distractions.
MAKES US FEARLESS
Naam Simran makes us fearless in our day today activities. With Naam Simran we keep on becoming more and more truthful to ourselves, to others and to the 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.
ELIMINATION OF ALL SORROWS & SICKNESSES
sarab rog kaa aoukhadh naam ||
Naam Simran eliminates all the sorrows in our life. We become so strong mentally that we are able to tolerate all kind of sorrows and diseases including chronic mental diseases. There remains no difference between sorrow and happiness. We become single vision and enjoy the complete, pure and pious happiness – Sat Chit Anand – which is Param Jyot Puran Parkash – Nirgun Saroop of Akal Purakh.
Naam Simran brings all the eternal treasures and also supernatural powers- comprising of nine treasures and Ridhis and Sidhis. Please keep in mind that these treasures give us all kinds of powers to create miracles - Karamaats – public surprising acts, which can attract a large number of people towards us. By using these powers we can fullfill worldly desires of people, become famous, make a lot of money and obtain 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. We will never be able to achieve salvation. When you reach the heights of Bandgi then Akal Purakh Himself uses these powers to create miracles for you. Such miracles were created by the Almighty many times during the Guru Sahibans times.
DIVINE INTELLIGENCE – BRAHAM GYAN
Naam Simran brings the divine knowledge and divine intelligence inside us. We start to listen to and understand Gurbani. This motivates us further to practise the teachings of Gurbani in our daily lives. Our commitment and belief in the Guru, Gurbani and Akal Purakh keeps on growing. 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 INTERNAL PILGRIMAGE
The real pilgrimage is the internal pilgrimage and this happens due to 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 esperience the divinity, Puran Parkash, Guru Darshan, Sach Khand Darshan and so on. 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 a round 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 boojh param padh paaee ||
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.
HIGHEST SERVICE TO THE ALMIGHTY
prabh kaa simaran sabh thae oochaa ||
Just reading Sukhmani is not enough. Doing Naam Simran as sukhmani instructs us to is the highest service of Almighty. This is a part of Perfect Original Divine Wisdom (Puran Tat Gyan) and is mandatory for Perfect Devotion (Puran Bhagtee). And people who don't follow this Gyan remain in doing lowest service of mere religious acts (Dharam Khand).
Naam Simran brings into us the divine quality of utmost humbleness. The souls which get absorbed in Naam become full of humbleness. Their extreme humbleness takes them to the height of spirituality:
breham giaanee sagal kee reenaa ||
The God-conscious being is the dust of all.
They become the dust of the feet of the entire creation. We should all bow on the feet of such souls. Such humbleness comes only with Naam Simran. Such humbleness is the key to the Dargah of Akal Purakh.
THE BIGGEST TREASURE IS AKAL PURAKH'S NAAM – “IK OANKAAR SATNAAM”
a(n)mrith naam nidhhaan hai mil peevahu bhaaee ||
When we do Naam Simran, we will become the owner of Akal Purakh’s priceless treasure “Ik Oankar Satnaam”. When we own this priceless jewel and it goes into our mind and spiritual heart (Hirda), then we will become honorable in the Royal Court Of the Immortal One (Dargah of Akal Purakh). The Sant, Braham Gyani who owns this priceless jewel of Naam becomes the wealthiest soul in the universe. There is nothing above this treasure. Such a soul :
· becomes honorable
· is respected everywhere in the universe
· completes his pilgrimage
· is accepted as successful in the Dargah
· is always in a very high spiritual state
· never needs to look for anything more
· has obtained everything
· has achieved Eternity
· becomes the King of the entire universe – King of 14 Dimensions Here and Hereafter (Lok Parlok).
· Speaks and it happens - their words are honored by the Almighty
· never dies - they achieve the Eternal happiness and Eternal silence,
· wins over everything,
· is always absorbed in the Almighty.
We should all pray for the dust of the feet of such souls. By doing so, Akal Purakh will bless us and get us involved in this Gurparsadi Game. All this doesn't happen without the Gurkirpa. We should all pray for Gurkirpa and ask for the eternal treasure of Naam Simran.
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, forgiveness, kindness, contentment and openness of heart comes in, total peace and silence of mind comes in, 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. Souch 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.
NO DESIRES AND WORRIES
The soul and mind which absorbs itself in the Naam Simran no longer is controlled by the need to fulfill 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. This all 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.
SMOOTHNESS IN DAILY LIFE
With Naam Simran, everything starts to fall in the right place for you. All your problems start to disappear and things will start to happen in your way. Your life will become very clean and smooth. No difficulties will remain in your way. The people around you will become more understanding of you and will start to cooperate with you. Your work environment and family environment will become more and more congenial. Things will start to appear very simple and easy for you. The family disputes and other problems will gradually start to disappear and your surrounding will become very enjoyable and nice.
All the Sants and Bhagats of every religion have only become Sants and Bhagats 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.
Such souls also exist now and are engaged in this highest level of service to the Almighty – Naam Simran. They 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. They are serving the Sangat, and will continue to come to this world in all Ages to come
har jug jug bhagath oupaaeiaa paij rakhadhaa aaeiaa raam raajae ||
The benefits of Naam Simran are indescribable. we have just tried to give you a glimpse of what happens when you do Naam Simran. In reality these benefits have to be felt and physically experienced to be truly understood. The above descriptions are just a taste of this divine eternal blessing, the Gur Parsaad to help you get motivated and start doing Naam Simran. Then you will reap its unlimited rewards and make your human life sublime. The only condition is to surrender yourself completely to the Gur and Guru and have full faith, trust commitment and belief in Gur, Guru and Gurbani.