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Can plz anyone tell me the awasthas while meditAting in sikhism. I heard some of these in katha like baikhri bani , pra bani, then madma but i just know only know this but not actually know about awasthas. Please help me to know.

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Vaikhri Bani is uttering Naam with your mouth causing vibration in your vocal chords and in surrounding air. The attention/dhyan is focused externally.

Madhyama Bani is chanting softly localised in the throat area where your vocal chords are. It is called madhyama which means middle because attention/dhyan is half outer and half inner. The Naam vibration begins to go from outside to inside.

Pasyanti Bani means seeing, this occurs in the heart, it is chanting Naam in the imagination. It is a visualisation that is internal - attention/dhyan is totally inner. The Naam vibration has passed the madhyama/middle and is now vibrating on the inner plane of imagination. As you carry on practicing, the Naam vibration begins to grow and cleans the imagination which has a lot of Sh*t in it. 

Para Bani is beyond everything it is Oankaar.

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These videos are must, check it out by sant hari singh ji randhwale:









Only thing i wished gyani ji talked about dyan, dhyata, dhaie aspect or stage and gyan, gayta, gaie aspect/stage in detailed. Also in the videos its been presented these are stages only that one has to go through each of them. Whilst from stage perspective these are true but from different aspect of meditation this is lot more deeper. From aspect of meditation perspective, one does not need go through stages as from absolute point of view at each and every moment- turiya (non dual pure awareness/knowledge) is inherently present within all of us. From gyan perspective, they don't occur in a linear fashion one after the other. They are always there exactly at the same time


ਗਉੜੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ गउड़ी महला ५ ॥ Ga▫oṛī mėhlā 5. Gauree, Fifth Mehl:
ਅਗਮ ਰੂਪ ਕਾ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਥਾਨਾ ॥ अगम रूप का मन महि थाना ॥ Agam rūp kā man mėh thānā.
The Lord of Unfathomable Form has His Place in the mind.
ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ਕਿਨੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਜਾਨਾ ॥੧॥ गुर प्रसादि किनै विरलै जाना ॥१॥ Gur parsāḏ kinai virlai jānā. ||1||
ਮਨ ਰੇ ਤ੍ਰੈ ਗੁਣ ਛੋਡਿ ਚਉਥੈ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਇ ॥ मन रे त्रै गुण छोडि चउथै चितु लाइ ॥
Man re ṯarai guṇ cẖẖod cẖa▫uthai cẖiṯ lā▫e. O mind, renounce the three qualities, and focus your consciousness on the fourth state.
ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਤੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਭਾਈ ਸਦਾ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਇ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ हरि जीउ तेरै मनि वसै भाई सदा हरि के गुण गाइ ॥ रहाउ ॥
Har jī▫o ṯerai man vasai bẖā▫ī saḏā har ke guṇ gā▫e. Rahā▫o.
The Dear Lord abides in the mind, O Siblings of Destiny; ever sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. ||Pause|




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On 6/13/2015 at 7:28 PM, Paappi said:

Can plz anyone tell me the awasthas while meditAting in sikhism. 

Dear Paappi ji,

different people may give you different valid replies, but that much  in simple words I may tell you that there are 3 stages.

The first one is of realization.

Here one realizes the importance of this type of bhakti of meditating of which you are asking. 

We all agree, we are sinners, and our sins are the huge barrier between us and  our beloved Lord Waheguru. Therefore we want to get purified with His grace, in order to go there where He is and merge in Him.

In this respect the Bani tells us:  

ਪਤਿਤ ਪਾਵਨ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾ ॥

Pathith Paavan Har Naamaa ||

The Lord's Name is the Purifier of sinners.

So firstly,  we realize that if there is any such thing which can purify us, is that one of  meditating on His holy Name only.


Then the second stage is the one of application.

Means, we have to apply to a practical method, a jugtee, or let us say  Bhakti, in order to reach our goal, of that which one,  that  we realized its supreme importance in the first stage, and as said, it was of getting purified.

Now here once again, different questions may arise  in different minds, some may ask,   how much time should one engage in this practice.... minutes? hours? days? timings?  Or some may even think of substituing it with other practices, for that is what they have mainly seen others doing...

But fortunately we have Guru Jee with us, to remind and correct us, and bring us back to the right path again and again, for as Guru Jee tells us :

gur satgur kaa jo sikh akhaa-ay so bhalkay uth har naam Dhi-aavai.
One who calls himself a Sikh of the True Guru, shall rise in the early morning hours and meditate on the Lord's Name.

Not only that much, rather Guru goes a step further by telling us :

Kirapaa Keejai Saa Math Dheejai Aath Pehar Thudhh Dhhiaaee ||

Show Your Mercy, and bless me with such understanding, that I may meditate on You, twenty-four hours a day.

Some may protest and say, why 24 hours? 

This also has an explanation, Guru Jee never says anything without a solid reason.  Though it is clear, that in the early morning hours we should meditate on Him, but, when He says all the 24 hours, it means, all the maximun time possible should be done, while eating,  walking, waiting, jogging, bathing etc.... every step towards Him counts in our favor, for having kept His name the maximum time of the day in our minds, then the result is, that we are unconciouslly subduing the mind, so, when on the next day we sit to meditate in the early hours, our mind will be almost groggy and will not be able to play mischiefs with us, by distracting us with its countless thoughts being poured continously....

The the other reason for which Guru Jee tells us to meditate on Him, all the 24 hours, that is becuase He knows how stupid and weak we are, so in this way, we will focus only on what He wants us to do and not do any sort of manmat of our which we usually do....


And the last and third stage, is that of transformation.

In this respect the Bani says:

Jin Har japeeya se Har hoeeya.

He who repeats His Name, becomes Him.

Thus we are transformed by getting purified with His name, from an alone and a wandering soul in pain, caught in the net  of the ceaseless chaurasee ka chakar, into the Infinte and blissful Waheguru Akal Purukh.

This in short, is the mahima of  Waheguru and the bhakti of meditating upon His Nao, His Nam, Satnam...


Stay blessed.


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