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Waheguru ji da khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh. Hello, I just started reading Sukhmani Sahab at 3:00 A.m in the morning. I am usually up studying or doing random stuff and that's why I read it at that time. Since I do not know how to read or write punjabi but I know how to speak it, my mother got Sukhmani Sahab translated in hindi from a gurudwara at Amritsar. I've been reading it since 3 days now but what I am a bit confused as I do not get the meaning of each and every line even when they're in hindi. I am punjabi not Sikh but I love every religion and culture and believe in "Sabka maalik ek" and I love being a part of sikhism as it makes me feel peaceful and loved. I read it with alot of faith, but my mind is constantly thinking about other things too as I am kind of an overthinker, but I read it with alot of love and patience. Though I don't undertand the meaning of each and every line, whenever I understand even one, I feel very blessed and happy and fortunately there are many lines that I do understand! Bhai Saheb Gurupreet singh ji has said in his videos of Amritvela channel that you can read or listen to it even if you don't understand it properly, it still can do wonders and I agree, it really gives me peace for some time. But let me know if that's not alright and if you think that it's important to know the meaning of each and every line because I am indeed going to watch a video or two regarding that. Also, what I am really confused about is that, I've been reading the same 2 ashtpadi from the last 3 days, because I am reading it slowly and with patience, but I think that's not the right way? I mean I am not sure, but yeah and I've been doing so for like 1 hour..like this is how slowly and patiently I read it. I read every line with pauses and try to get it's meaning but I don't know if that's alright or not. Should I complete it in one sitting? Or should I keep reading it the way I am? Any rituals to follow before reading it? Because I just wash my hands, legs and body, brush my teeth, cover my head and start to read it. I also say "ik onkar satnaam" after I finish and I've this line from the paath "prabh ke simran ridh sidh nau nidh" which I keep repeating throughout the day as much as I can. Please guide me, I will be very greatful for the same.
http://www.gurukhoj.com/eBooks/SBNS eBook 06 Guide to SC.pdf Quotations from the Book: Ego is a big hindrance that does not allow our spiritual level to rise high. A person on the path of Spirituality falls when ‘I’ or ‘my’ comes into him. Guru Sahib Ji repeatedly cautions a Sikh to escape from this danger and also emphasises on the need to efface this ego. According to Bhai Gurdass Ji, a person only qualifies to be called a Gursikh if he lives his life above the pitfall of ego. The mind has become like a wild boar which repeatedly goes to other people’s farmland. Even if you try to stop it , it still continues to wander. The mind has cultivated a similar habit; it does not stay at its center and wanders around aimlessly. Wise farmers solve the problem of the wild boar by tying a wooden restraint on its neck and because of this, the wild boar is unable to poke its mouth here and there. In this same way, Sadh Sangat teaches us to put the restraint of Guru Sahib Ji’s Shabad to the mind. Bowing in reverence, offering of flowers, fruits etc - these are external gifts and presents and these are just the beginning rituals and practises. However, the real gift is to focus within ourselves. This understanding comes only after much spiritual practise. Real spiritual consciousness (and understanding) comes only when the mind starts to internally mark spiritual attendance in Guru Sahib Ji’s Court. It is only then that the veil of ego will be broken. To embrace Guru Maharaj Ji’s Path of Salvation, it is not conditional that a person must be without sin from the time of birth. This Path gives equal opportunity to the sinner as well as to the virtuous. In fact, it is even possible that the realisation of his sins may make a sinner humble and thus achieve the Path of Salvation quickly. On the other hand, a person of good virtues may remain entrapped in his ego and thus remain deprived of Salvation.