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    • This use to happen with me a lot before. Now it rarely happens. Don’t know what’s going on with me now where am I going.. 😔  I didn’t know it’s called locus of awareness but thanks to u.. amazing topic.. after reading ur and happy days posts I’m confused where one should be keeping their dhyaan.. where??
    • Eckhart Tolle 
      Excerpt from: A New Earth 
      -A MUST READ- **The initiation of the awakening process is an act of grace. You cannot make it happen nor can you prepare yourself for it or accumulate credits toward it.** Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Even those rare beings who experience a sudden, dramatic, and seemingly irreversible wakening will still go through a process in which the new state of consciousness gradually flows into and transforms everything they do and so becomes integrated into their lives. Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self­serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge or your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought. The initiation of the awakening process is an act of grace. You cannot make it happen nor can you prepare yourself for it or accumulate credits toward it. There isn't a tidy sequence of logical steps that leads toward it, although the mind would love that. You don't have to become worthy first. It may come to the sinner before it comes to the saint, but not necessarily. That's why Jesus associated with all kinds of people, not just the respectable ones. There is nothing you can do about awakening. Whatever you do will be the ego trying to add awakening or enlightenment to itself as its most prized possession and thereby making itself more important and bigger. Instead of awakening, you add the concept of awakening to your mind, or the mental image of what an awakened or enlightened person is like, and then try to live up to that image. Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living – another unconscious role the ego plays. So if there is nothing you can do about wakening, if it has either already happened or not yet happened, how can it be the primary purpose of your life? Does not purpose imply that you can do something about it? Only the first awakening, the first glimpse of consciousness without thought, happens by grace, without any doing on your part. If you find this incomprehensible or meaningless, it has not yet happened to you. If something within you responds to it, however, if you somehow recognize the truth in it, it means the process of awakening has begun. Once it has done so, it cannot be reversed, although it can be delayed by the ego. For some people, the reading will initiate the awakening process. For others, the function is to help them recognize that they have already begun to awaken and to intensify and accelerate the process. Another function of this book is to help people recognize the ego within them whenever it tries to regain control and obscure the arising awareness. For some, the awakening happens as they suddenly become aware of the kinds of thoughts they habitually think, especially persistent negative thoughts that they may have been identified with all of their lives. Suddenly there is an awareness that is aware of thought but is not part of it. What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Once you have had a glimpse of awareness or Presence, you know it firsthand. It is no longer just a concept in your mind. You can then make a conscious choice to be present rather than to indulge in useless thinking. You can invite Presence into your life, that is to say, make space. With the grace of awakening comes responsibility. You can either try to go on as if nothing has happened, or you can see its significance and recognize the arising of awareness as the most important thing that can happen to you. Opening yourself to the emerging consciousness and bringing this light into this world then becomes the primary purpose of your life. “I want to know the mind of God,” Einstein said. “The rest are details.” What is the mind of God? Consciousness. What does it mean to know the mind of God? To be aware. What are the details? Your outer purpose, and whatever happens outwardly. So while you are perhaps still waiting for something significant to happen in your life, you may not realize that the most significant thing that can happen to a human being has already happened within you: the beginning of the separation process of thinking and awareness. Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they may feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no­man's land between two worlds. They are no longer run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged.
    • It took a few years but I have finally figured out how to read Guru Granth Sahib correctly. While I am still in the process of learning and refining my pronunciations and developing a better flow, I have got the basics down.   One of the things we are taught is that you don't pronounce Sihari ( ਿ  ) and Aunkar (   ੁ ) at the end of a word.  This is wrong. I used to think that sometimes you pronounce the sihari, sometimes you don't that is wrong as well. You always pronounce the Sihari. See this thread for details -   Unlike Sihari, Aunkar is sometimes pronounced and sometimes not. In this thread, we'll only be covering words that end in Aunkar.   Aunkar (  ੁ ) as Silent The reason why Aunkars are sometimes silent (not pronounced) is because they are used to indicate a word that is masculine and singular. So for example, in Mool Mantra - ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ Satye naam karta purakh nirbhau nirvair akaal moorti ayooni (/ajooni) saimbhau gur prashadi.   Satye, Prashadi - see the Sihari lesson linked above on why it is pronounced this way Notice how the last Aunkar in the words Naam, Purakh, Nirvair,  is silent. This is because in this sentence, these words are referring to a singular, masculine subject, that is, God.   Aunkars are not pronounced when the word is singular and masculine.   Another example - ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ ॥ Aadi sach yugaadi (/jugaadi) sach . Aadi, Yugaadi - see the Sihari lesson linked above on why it is pronounced this way Sach - meaning Truth is referring to the One Ultimate Truth, that is God. So in the word Sach, the last Aunkar is not pronouced.   So we know Aunkar is not pronouced when it is there to indicate masculine and singular. But when is Aunkar pronounced? When Aunkar is part of the original word, then it is either pronounced. To know when to pronounced it you need to be familiar with these words.   Aunkar (  ੁ ) as Short OO Aunkar is pronouced as Short OO, the sound that it normally makes, when it part of the original word. Even if the word is Masculine Singular, if the Aunkar is part of the original word, then it is pronounced. ਗੁਰੁ Pronounced as Guru Meaning Teacher. ਗੁਰੁ ਈਸਰੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਬਰਮਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਰਬਤੀ ਮਾਈ ॥ Guru Eshar guru gorakh Bramaa guru paarvatee mai Notice how the Aunkars on Ishar and Gorakh are silent, whereas the Aunkars on Guru are pronounced. Even though in all cases the words are Masculine Singular, the Aunkars on Guru are pronounced because the original word has an Aunkar.   ਪ੍ਰਭੁ Pronounced as Prabhu. Meaning Lord. ਸਤਗੁਰਿ ਮੇਲਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ Satguri mele milaya Nanak so Prabhu naale Satgure, Mele, Naale - see the Sihari lesson linked above on why it is pronounced this way   ਸਾਧੁ Pronounced as Sadhu. Meaning Saint. ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਸਾਧੁ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ॥ Kare kripa mohe Sadhu milaya
          Aunkar (  ੁ ) as Short -Wa In Guru Granth Sahib, Short - Wa sound is also indicated with an Aunkar. An Aunkar is used instead of the ਵ - Wa letter. The reason for that is, Aunkar sounds very much like a Short -Wa sound.   ਤਤੁ Pronounced as Tatwa. Meaning substance, core substance. ਮਿਠਤੁ ਨੀਵੀ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਗੁਣ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਤਤੁ ॥ mitthat neeveen nanaka gun changyayian Tatwa   ਬਿਸੁੰਭਰ Pronounced Vishuambar, Vishwambar. ਸਿਮਰਉ ਜਾਸੁ ਬਿਸੁੰਭਰ ਏਕੈ ॥ Simarau yaash (/jaas) Vishuambar (/Bishuambar) Ekai.  
    • That's something I will consider. But at your level of pronunciation, do you really need audio?
    • Can you please post an audio file, where you (or someone else) is pronouncing these words?   Bhul chuk maaf
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