How To Pray

Too thaakur tum peh ardas.
Jee-o pind sabh tayree raas.
Tum maat pitaa ham baarik tayray.
Tumree kirpa meh sookh ghanayray.
Ko-ay na jaanai tumraa ant.
Oochay tay oochaa bhagvant.
Sagal samagree tumrai sutir dhaaree.
Tum tay ho-ay so aagi-aakaaree.
Tumree Gat mit tum hee jaanee.
Nanak daas sada kurbaanee.  8.4.


Guru Pancham Patshah Ji is very kindly giving us the divine wisdom on how to pray to the Almighty for the GurParsaad of Naam, Naam Ki Kamai, Puran Bandgi and Seva and how to unite with Him.  Utmost humbleness, Puran Nimrata, is the key to success in making a successful prayer.  If our prayer is not made with utmost humbleness then it will not be accepted.  If our prayer is not made with full and complete belief and commitment, faith and trust in Gur, Guru and Gur Bani and if it is not made with devotion and love, then the chances of acceptance are very remote.  But, if we do so with full surrender to the Gur and Guru, then even a one-off prayer will bring unbelievable rewards.  So what should the prayer contain?
First of all, with pressed palms and with full humility do Kottan Kot (countless many) Dandauth Bandana and Shukrana (thanks) to the Almighty and the Guru.  Remember and believe that these highest divine entities are omnipresent.  Then do the same thing to the Guru Sahibs (Masters), Sants and Bhagats, Braham Gyanis of all ages and present time.  Then do the same thing to Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.  Then do the same thing to the entire creation.  Unless we become the Charan Dhool of the entire creation we can’t achieve the utmost humbleness. 

Next, start our Ardas (prayer) as follows, “Agam, Agochar, Anant, Beant, Alikh, Adikh (Invisible) Dhan Dhan Paar Braham Parmeshwar Ji, please accept our prayer.  Everything belongs to You.  Nothing belong to us.  This body mind and soul is all of ours.  You are the Creator.  You are the Doer.  You are our father and mother and we are just Your humble children.  We are just Your humble servants.  Only Your eternal grace can bring us the real eternal and unending happiness.  Nobody has been able to find out Your unlimited super powers and nobody has the power to do so.  You are the Highest of the High.  You are the Supreme.  You take care of all of us.  You are the Giver of Everything.  You give us everything to live this life.  You have given us this life with our great kindness.  The entire universe is Your creation and belongs to You only.  You are the only owner of everything that exists in this universe.  Everything happens under Your command – Hukam.  Only You can know Your own super powers.  Only You can know Your capacity and limits.  We are a sacrifice to Your kindness and for everything You have given us.  Only Your kindness can bring us GurParsaad of Your Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva.  Only Your grace can only take us out of this deep well full of the scum and mud of Maya.  Please help us achieve the objective of this human life and attain salvation.  Please give us the GurParsaad of Naam, Puran Bandgi and Seva and unite us with Yourself.”