Monday, May 09, 2005

The Miracle of Ardaas

The state of salvation and freedom from bondages is achieved after a long struggle. It is reached neither by mere aimless talks nor by book knowledge. Firm commitment in action is required. The most important actions are
1. Ardaas
2. The daily practice of tuning-in with the support of Gurshabad.

The restless mind wanders in the ten directions – it needs to be pacified and restrained.
Says Nanak, whoever knows this technique is judged to be liberated.
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 201)

There is a huge gap between a restless mind and a still mind. This gap disappears slowly and over a long period of time. This is a journey which we have to travel ALONE by going within ourselves. The company of Saint Gurmukhs can only give us inspiration and encouragement but we still have to do the walking ourselves.

As a devotee goes within himself, his ego decreases and he becomes more carefree. This makes him more focused internally and he achieves increased stillness of the mind. Such a person is woven in humility and love and has overflowing sentiments during Ardaas. He reduces his awareness of the outside yet is aware of himself and moves inwards. Through repeated meditation, he reaches such a stage whereby he becomes totally unaware of the outside world and feels bliss within himself. In this bliss, there is an intense yearning. Sometimes there is restlessness in this yearning. However, even in this restlessness and yearning, there is pleasure, encouragement, harmony, coolness and peace. After sometime of yearning in this state of bliss, one day, Grace comes suddenly. He then experiences the existence of the all-pervading, all-powerful Master – GOD.

(Adapted from the Book THE MIRACLE OF ARDAAS - available from www.sikhnation.com)