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Musings Meditation, the Japji Sahib and Sikhism

An Early Meditation and the Japji Sahib leads to a Renewed Interest in Sikhism and Kundalini Yoga
The Meditation

Over the last few days I have changed up my morning routine. On the days that I am not working at Target, I have started my morning with a twenty-minute meditation. Typically, my meditation comes after my yoga. Both times I have done this my meditation has been very very good. I think I will keep it that way at least for a while. I also think the music I used for the soundtrack.had a hand in making the meditation better. Both days the soundtrack was from the album Alive in the Vortex by Steve Roach.  Steve Roach is one of those musicians whose name I know but whose music I never listen to much. I think I’ll have to change that, and check out some more of his stuff.

Many years ago, I did Kundalini yoga for a year or so. During that time I also started to explore Sikhism. The reason was that many of the Kundalini exercises used the phrase “Sat Nam”. In addition I was reciting many  mantras. Consequently, I decided I would like to know what I was saying.What I found was that Sikhism is based on the belief in One God (Ek Ong Kar) whose name is truth (Sat Nam).

About Sikhism

The religion was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji who taught his followers….

… there is one God and he is the Truth and Ultimate Reality. To emphasize this point, Guru Ji said, “There is neither Hindu nor Muslim.” In God’s eyes, the labels of Hindu, Muslim, Jew, Christian, etc. don’t mean anything. Guru Ji also taught that God has created the universe and he is everywhere. In order to spread these messages, Guru Nanak Dev Ji took four long journeys. On these journeys, Guru Ji had many followers and was able to relate his message to many people.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us that all human beings regardless of skin color, wealth, caste, and gender are created equal. When Guru Ji left this world at the age of 70, in 1539, he had laid down the foundations for a great religion

another of the most important teachings of Guru Nanak included the need to

…. to help the needy and the poor. Guru Ji was always ready to help the poor and he served food to them. In fact, Guru Ji often invited the needy and the poor into his house. Another example of Guru Ji helping the poor and the needy occurred while he was a storekeeper. Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to spend a large part of his wages in order to feed the poor and the hungry. Read More

More about the Concepts and Principles of Sikhism

As I read more and more about Sikhism I discovered that many of the religions core beliefs aligned with what I believed. The following are some of the core elements of Sikhism…..

Sikhism believes in One God Who is Creator, Sustainer and Degenerator of this universe. He is Eternal and Self Existent.

Sikhism believes in the concept of doing honest labour, sharing the earnings with needy and doing meditation on the Name of God Who is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.

Sikhism stands infallible for the concept of human liberty, equality and fraternity. This concept gave birth to a new thought against privileged hierarchy of elite. From this thought erupted the immense consequences of civil liberties against human oppression in the world. It gave birth to new changes that the sovereignty rested with the people and that the government is merely agent of the people and for the people.

Although social and economic liberty play essential part in maintenance of materialistic needs of a human being but spiritual liberty is of top-notch importance in spiritual concepts of Sikhism. This is the reason spiritual attitude is given top priority over anything else in Sikhism. Read More

Restarting my Kundalini Practice which includes Sikhism

I am writing about Sikhism today, because after this morning’s meditation I read the first parts of the Sikh prayer the Japji Sahib. It was the first time I have read the prayer for a long time. Japji Sahib may be the most important of the Sikh prayers..I have not been a practicing Sikh for quiet a while, but I still recite the Mool Mantra almost daily.The Mool Mantra is the opening part of the Japji Sahib. The point of all this I am considering restarting my Kundalini practice which will also be accompanied by a study of Sikhism. And even if I am not fully a Sikh I still know that I hold many of the same beliefs as the true followers of the faith.

Now it’s back to  babysitting my granddaughter Zoe!! Who does not appear to be going to take a nap today even though she has been yawning for the last half hour.! Wish me luck!

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