Jun 012016

Naam Simran


Naam is at the heart of Sikhi – “Nanak ke ghar keval Naam” – (The house of Nanak is filled with just Naam). The purpose of life, according to Gurbani, is union with God through Naam Simran.

Naam is a very broad and deep, mystical concept. We will look at both the meaning and practice of Naam Simran.

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  1. Dear S. Inder Mohan Singh Ji,

    Sat Sri Akal

    Your presentation was enlightening as usual. Congratulations.

    According to Gurbani, I believe that the understang of “Naam Jaap and Simran” come with the Grace of Waheguru as His gifts only:

    ਨਾਉ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਖਸੀਸ ਨਦਰੀ ਕਰਮੁ ਹੋਇ ॥੪॥੩॥੫॥(Raag Suhi M. 1, GGS. 729).
    Naao Naanak Bakhasees Nadharee Karam Hoe ||4||3||5||
    O Nanak, the Naam, the Name of the Lord is the blessing, given to those who receive His Mercy, and His Grace. ||4||3||5||
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    is a state where one lives consciously with Prab without the need for any other support.

    ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕੈ ਸਿਮਰਨਿ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਦੂਜਾ ॥ (Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 262).
    Prabh Kai Simaran Binasai Dhoojaa ||
    In the remembrance of God, duality is removed.

    Simran is total (consciously) absorption in Waheguru without a trace of duality (Dubida). This can only achieved only with His Grace (Nadr/Kirpa/Gurparsad).

    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਜਿਸੁ ਆਪਿ ਬੁਝਾਇਆ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਤਿਨਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੮॥੧॥( Raag Gauri M.5, GGS. 263).
    Kar Kirapaa Jis Aap Bujhaaeiaa ||Naanak Guramukh Har Simaran Thin Paaeiaa ||8||1||
    By His Grace, He Himself bestows understanding. O Nanak, the Gurmukh attains the remembrance of the Lord. ||8||1||

    – ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨ ਮਹਿ ਆਪਿ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰਾ ॥ (Raag Gauri, M. 5, GGS. 263-18).
    Har Simaran Mehi Aap Nirankaaraa ||
    In the remembrance of the Lord, Presence of Formless is felt.

    – ਹਰਿ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੧॥ (Raag Asa, M. 5, GGS. 375-4).
    Har Saevaa Mukh Anmrith Naam ||1||
    Serving the Lord, the Ambrosial Naam comes into one’s mouth. ||1||

    ਨਾਮ ਸੰਗਿ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ॥ (Raug Gauri, M. 5, GGS. 281-11).
    Naam Sang Jis Kaa Man Maaniaa ||
    One whose mind accepts the Company of the Naam,

    ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਨਹਿ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥੩॥
    Naanak Thinehi Niranjan Jaaniaa ||3||
    The Name of the Lord, O Nanak, knows the Immaculate Lord. ||3||

    The above Tuk clearly tells that Naam is a Divine-Door when it is opened with Divine Sohjee/Bud-bebik grasped from Gurbani brings one to an awastha of knowing and becoming Ik-Mik with Waheguru – “sito-sita mehima Mahe”. This is further reinforced by Guru Nanak Dev Ji when he beautifully sums up in a clear direction:-

    ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ ਤਾ ਸਹੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਅਉਰੁ ਕੈਸੀ ਚਤੁਰਾਈ ॥ (Raag Tilang, M. 1, GGS. 722-13).
    Aap Gavaaeeai Thaa Sahu Paaeeai Aour Kaisee Chathuraaee ||
    Give up your self-hood /ego/homai, and so obtain Waheguru; whereas no other clever tricks are of any use?

    A Gradual ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ – is “Naam Simran”. On loosing oneself, Waheguru’s Yaad becomes one’s companion.

    With Waheguru’s blessings.

    Kirpal Singh
    Wellington, New Zealand

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