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Q. Describe our Ardas (supplication) and its meanings.

A. The word 'Ardas' is derived from the Persian word, Arz-I-Dasht, which means petition. The meaning of Ardas is much broader and higher than 'prayer'.

Our Ardas is our whole history encapsulated in a microcapsule of five minutes from which space and time have been removed. In Ardas there is no mention, by name, of any specific person (except the ten Gurus and Guru Granth Sahib), no matter how great he/she might have been, nor is any grand period named. The words used in Ardas are as follows:

Those who recited the Naam, or those who wielded their swords valiantly, or those who got their bodies cut piece by piece.

Even those who, at the present time, dedicating their bodies, minds and wealth, for the success of Dharma and are steadfast in their faith and are keeping the sanctity of their hair are mentioned in the daily Ardas.

The first five and one half lines of the Ardas, which the tenth Master himself composed cannot and should not be changed. The unique and noteworthy point in these lines is that the word 'Guru' is used only for Guru Nanak Dev and no other Master. Even when in the second line, the word 'Gur' appears (phir Angad Gur te Amar Das), it comes after the name 'Angad'. This signifies that Guru Nanak is also Guru Angad. Thus there is only one Guru, not ten.

Second: The five beloved ones (piaray) and the four Sahibzadas (the sons of Guru Gobind Singh) are not to be described by their names in the Ardas.

Third: Only "Sri Amritsar Ji de Ishnaan", bath in the pool of Amritsar (Golden Temple) is to be narrated. Bathing at a pool of any other Gurdwara is not to be mentioned. The bath of Amritsar indicates that we are one nation and we have the desire to live together. The words uttered in the Ardas are our common valuable heritage.

Fourth: When the lines, "Sikhan da mann neewan, matt uchi, matt da rakha aap Waheguru" (may the Sikhs have humble mind and high intellect, and may Waheguru Himself be the protector of their intellect) are uttered, the word 'Patt' (honor) should not be added with 'Matt'.

Fifth: During Ardas, it is imperative that every one stands with folded hands and pays attention to each and every word.

Sixth: It has been observed that when the person leading the Ardas says, "Karhah parsad di deg hazar hai, dar parvaan hovay" (the Karhah parsad or blessed sweet pudding has been brought, may it be accepted by You O Waheguru), then some person lacking the knowledge of Sikh traditions, immediately introduces Kirpan (sword) in it. This should never be done. A directive (Hukam Nama) to this effect has been issued several times from Akal Takhat. The Kirpan has to touch the Karhah Parsad only after the 'Vaak' (reading from Guru Granth Sahib) is concluded.

Seventh: In the last sentence of the Ardas (Nanak Naam Charhdi Kala-----------) "Blessed by Nanak, may our spirits be ever on ascendance. O God, may the whole world be blessed in Your will". To this never add the name of Guru Gobind Singh with the name of Guru Nanak. The word "Nanak" is the seal as in most hymns of the Gurus, e.g., Nanak Naam milay ta jeevaan.

Eighth: At the end of Ardas a couplet is recited by the entire congregation, which is, "Agya Bhei Akal ki tabhi chalayo Panth------------------------------------- khwaar hoi sabh milain ge, bachay sharan jo hoi". Some times additional couplets like "Waheguru Naam Jahaaj hai -------------------------- Gur paar utaran haar", or "Khanda ja ke haath mein kalghi sohay sees -------------------------- Kalghi Dhar Jagdish", are also recited. These should not be recited. Only the first couplet, "Agya Bhei Akal ki ----------", should be recited and after this the "Jaikara", Bolay so nihal, Sat Sri Akal, makes the service complete.

The English version of Ardas is:

Having first involved the dynamic power of God, call on Guru Nanak. Then on Angad Guru, Amar Das and Ram Das, may they ever protect us. Then call on Arjan, and Har Gobind, holy Hari Rai and on Hari Krishan, whose sight dispels all sorrows. Then remember Tegh Bahadur by whose remembrance the nine treasures come hurrying to ones home. Be ever with us O Masters. May the tenth king, Guru Gobind Singh be ever on our side. Let us now turn our thoughts to the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib, the visible embodiment of the ten Gurus and utter, O Khalsa Ji, Waheguru (glory be to God).

The five beloved ones, the four sahibzadas (sons of the tenth Master), the forty emancipated ones, the martyrs, the true disciples, the contemplators of God, and those who remained steadfast on the path of Dharma, remember their glorious deeds and utter O Khalsa Ji, Waheguru.

Those who dwelled on God's Name, shared their honest earnings with others, wielded sword in battlefield, distributed food in companionship, offered their heads at the altar of Dharma, were cut up limb by limb, skinned alive, boiled or sawn alive, but did not utter a sigh nor faltered in their faith, kept the sanctity of their hair until their last breath, sacrificed their lives for the sanctity of Gurdwaras; remember their glorious deeds and utter O Khalsa Ji, Waheguru.

Turn your thoughts to the five Takhats (seats of Sikh authority) and all the Gurdwaras and utter O Khalsa, Waheguru.

First, there is supplication for all the Khalsa Panth. May the Lord bestow upon His Khalsa the gift of His remembrance, Waheguru, Waheguru,Waheguru, and may the merit of this remembrance be happiness of all kinds. O God, wherever are the members of Khalsa, extend Your protection and mercy on them; let the Panth be ever victorious, let the sword be ever our protector. May the order of the Khalsa achieve ever-expanding progress and supremacy. Utter O Khalsa, Waheguru.

May God grant to the Sikhs, the gift of faith, the gift of uncut hair, the Keshas, the gift of discipline, the gift of spiritual discrimination, the gift of mutual trust, the gift of self confidence and the supreme gift of all the gifts, the communion with God, the Name and the gift of dip in the holy lake of Amritsar.

May the administrative centers, banners, the cantonments of Khalsa ever remain inviolate. May the cause of truth and justice prevail everywhere at all times, utter O Khalsa, Waheguru.

God Almighty! Our helper and protector ever, restore to us the right and privilege of unhindered and free service and access to Nanakana Sahib and other centers of Sikh religion from which we have been separated.

God, the helper of the helpless, the Strength of the weak, the Supporter of the fallen, the true father of all, (here the specific purpose and the occasion for the supplication is stated by the person leading in the supplication and the blessings and aid of God are beseeched)

Forgive us O Lord, all our faults, extend Your helping hand to everyone. Grant us the company of those who may help keep Your Name fresh in our hearts.

May Your Name, the religion preached by Nanak, prevail and prosper forever and ever more. The Khalsa belongs to God and to Him the victory, always and forever. (Now the whole congregation bow to Guru Granth Sahib by touching the ground with their foreheads and then the congregation stands and chant in unison the couplet: "Agya bhei Akal ki ----------------- khwar hoi sabh milain ge, bachay sharan ji hoi". The leader then loudly chants: "Bolay so Nihal" and the congregation then shout "Sat Sri Akal".

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NIrmale, Nihangs and Hazur Sahib still practice the puratan ardas which more beautifull and more majestic than the SGPC-masand one. The SGPC has cut out several segments from the original ardas. The Nihangs' and Hazur Sahib's maryada remain the most authentic because of the unbroken parampara between these institutions and Guru Gobind Singh.

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Fateh Ji,

NIrmale, Nihangs and Hazur Sahib still practice the puratan ardas which more beautifull and more majestic than the SGPC-masand one. The SGPC has cut out several segments from the original ardas. The Nihangs' and Hazur Sahib's maryada remain the most authentic because of the unbroken parampara between these institutions and Guru Gobind Singh.

Care to share the original version with us all?

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NIrmale, Nihangs and Hazur Sahib still practice the puratan ardas which more beautifull and more majestic than the SGPC-masand one. The SGPC has cut out several segments from the original ardas. The Nihangs' and Hazur Sahib's maryada remain the most authentic because of the unbroken parampara between these institutions and Guru Gobind Singh.

Instead of the usual 'spiel' can you be more constructive. I must have read this 'soundbite' a dozen times. Doesn't get any more convincing the more I read it. Let's have facts here and not the endless regurgitation of something an Udasi told some old hippy in some dera in Punjab.

So when can we hope to see the 'sanantan' version of the Ardas ?

GurFateh

Bikramjit

Mod Note: Post edited due to inclusion of personal comments

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Gurfateh

the Nihang ardas can be found in the Nihang gutka. The Nirmala ardas differs in minor points from the Nihang ardas in that it has more titles for Guru Gobind Singh and other points.

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The Budha Dal Sampooran Ardas will be available soon on www.sarbloh.info along with a lot of other Gurbani (audio, video and text) along with transiliterations.

please visit any one of the Sanatan Sikh Shastar Vidiya Savya Rakshah Akharas or on your next trip to India visit Batinda and get yourself a Budha Dal Sundar Gutka Sahib.

Mod Note: Post edited due to irrelevant and insulting comments. Further comments of this nature will result in an automatic deletion.

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Gurfateh

the Nihang ardas can be found in the Nihang gutka. The Nirmala ardas differs in minor points from the Nihang ardas in that it has more titles for Guru Gobind Singh and other points.

Cheerz that is really helpful !!

You said you were working on putting something about the 'sanatan' Ardas, is this it ??. Must have taken you hours of hard work. If you chose to criticise the mainstream Ardas at least have the good sense to have the information necessary to point out exactly what the differences are between the various 'sanatan' Ardas and the mainstream Ardas. Prove your contention that the non-mainstream Ardas is more majestic. Or is this as I suspect another case of lallesvari diyan gappan !. Don't just make statements which you cannot back up with the necessary quotes. And just what exacty are 'other points' ?. That's a good 'catch all' phrase when you can't actually list the points ! Keep trying.

Sidak

Thanks. I suppose we'll see lallesvari's hours of research that he posted above regurgitated endlessly on here. I think he's got himself a new soundbite :)

GurFateh

Bikramjit

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What is this discussion all about... a joke ? Is only a particular kind ardaas acceptable to Rabbji and not others... Do you mean He discriminates?

Third: Only "Sri Amritsar Ji de Ishnaan", bath in the pool of Amritsar (Golden Temple) is to be narrated. Bathing at a pool of any other Gurdwara is not to be mentioned. The bath of Amritsar indicates that we are one nation and we have the desire to live together. The words uttered in the Ardas are our common valuable heritage.

ha haa Mr. Bikz herez something for you !!! :twisted: :arrow: desire to live together...

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What is this discussion all about... a joke ? Is only a particular kind ardaas acceptable to Rabbji and not others... Do you mean He discriminates?

ha haa Mr. Bikz herez something for you !!! :twisted: :arrow: desire to live together...

This is a discussion and it has nothing to do with whether we have a desire to live together or not. If you want to take part than do so.

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This is a discussion and it has nothing to do with whether we have a desire to live together or not. If you want to take part than do so.

Oh really!! then could you tell me What all this crap all about ?

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Oh really!! then could you tell me What all this crap all about ?

What you mean ?? :shock:

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No Offence...

I meant : What is this discussion all about...? Is only a particular kind ardaas acceptable to Waheguru & not others... Do you mean He discriminates?

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I understand now. Perhaps your question should be put to Lallesvari who said that the Nirmala and Nihang Ardas is more 'majestic' that the maistream one.

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NOTE TO MODERATOR

Can you fail to see the barely concealed contempt with which Bikramjtsingh replies to and about lalleshvari's posts? You like to give narsingha a warning and cut stuff out but Bikramjit Singh needs to hava a bit of that treatment.

Unless this is of course not an objective, unbiased monitoring going on and you wish to favour one online persona with another.

Lalleshvari since it seems like you have read both nirmala and nihang ardas, can you tell me whether in either the line " Guru Granth Sahib Ji dha dhian dhar ki bolo ji vaheguru" comes in? Are we telling Guru Ji to say Vaheguru?

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Yes dear Nihal Kaur both Nihang and Nirmala arda texts refer to this and ask to repeat Vahiguru. I am typing both texts at the moment and will bring them on the forum within the next weeks or so.. Both texts have nice titles for Guru Gobind SIngh such as Giver of Amrit, Beloved of the Panth, Master of the Two Worlds, Father of the Shamsher etc...

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Yes dear Nihal Kaur both Nihang and Nirmala arda texts refer to this and ask to repeat Vahiguru. I am typing both texts at the moment and will bring them on the forum within the next weeks or so.. Both texts have nice titles for Guru Gobind SIngh such as Giver of Amrit, Beloved of the Panth, Master of the Two Worlds, Father of the Shamsher etc...

We are eagarly awaiting your both of the translerations plz... :D

Regards

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Panth ke vali: Beloved (wali:arabic word) of the Panth

Shamsher Pita: Father of the Shamsher, or Father holding the Shamsher

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No wali in Arabic means friend or beloved, like in the Shia statement

ashaduaan Ali al wali Allah: I testify that Ali is the wali (friend, beloved) of God.

vali could not be of Indian origin as it would be feminine by its grammatical gender so it is the Arabic wali/vali. :D

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NOTE TO MODERATOR

Can you fail to see the barely concealed contempt with which Bikramjtsingh replies to and about lalleshvari's posts? You like to give narsingha a warning and cut stuff out but Bikramjit Singh needs to hava a bit of that treatment.

Unless this is of course not an objective, unbiased monitoring going on and you wish to favour one online persona with another.

Lalleshvari since it seems like you have read both nirmala and nihang ardas, can you tell me whether in either the line " Guru Granth Sahib Ji dha dhian dhar ki bolo ji vaheguru" comes in? Are we telling Guru Ji to say Vaheguru?

I didn't know it was contemptous, concealed or otherwise to ask for someone to show why they feel that one Ardas is more 'majestic' than another. Maybe you could help the moderators and point out where I have breached the forum guidelines.

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