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"Dhan Sri Guru Amar Das Ji Maharaj
 
Types and Levels of Bhagti (Meditation)
Bhai Govind ji alongside Bhai Kahnu ji and his son, Bhai Maeaa ji once asked Guru Amar Das Ji to bless them teaching that will enable them gain all good virtues – Guru Ji said in this world, the most supreme virtue is to do Parmatma Bhagti (meditation of the Creator). Listening to Guru ji's answer they further asked the method to do Bhagti. They requested Guru Ji to enlighten them so that they can develop the love to meditate. Guru Ji then explained three levels of Bhagti to them.
a) In the first level of Bhagti, there are nine types of practices that builds the foundation of your Bhagti. If one practices even one of these nine, he shall be liberated and his sufferings shall be eliminated.
Listen to Guru Ji’s teachings with full faith and concentration
Perform Katha and Kirtan
To remember Parmatma (Simran) with each and every breath and consistently while performing all worldly affairs.
To keep consciousness and focus in the lotus feet of the Satguru Ji and His holy elevated devotees.
Offer food first to Guru Mahraj (Bhog lagave) and then to meditating devotees of the Guru and also offer clothing to them.
Attend Sat-sanggat in Gurdwara, do Bhandna (Metha tek) and then circumambulate (parkarma) around the Guru Ji. Burn incense, light ghee light, sprinkle perfume and flowers.
Acknowledge Parmatma as the Master and treat oneself as His servant. Recognise that the body, mind and wealth are Parmatma’s gifts. The relationship between a Parmatna and us, the servants must akin to a wife who only thinks or serves her husband and no one else.
Form a relationship by making Parmatma your best friend and accept His will readily and never question Him - to trust that whatever a true friend do is for our good because he would always want the best for you.
ਮੀਤੁ ਕਰੈ ਸੋਈ ਹਮ ਮਾਨਾ ॥
Whatever my Friend does, I accept.
ਮੀਤ ਕੇ ਕਰਤਬ ਕੁਸਲ ਸਮਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
My Friend's actions are pleasing to me. ||1||
(Ang 187, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
Acknowledge that the mind and body belongs to Parmatma. Abandon worldly attachments and see all padarath (treasures/wealth) as given by Parmatma.
These above are the nine practices of the first level of meditation
b) Guru ji then proceeded to explain about the second level of Bhagti, which is known as Prema Bhagti (meditation of love) and there is no other Bhagti more superior than this one. Just like how a green unripe fruit from the tree is bitter, it will eventually change colour to yellow or red and the taste is very sweet when the fruit is ripe. Similarly, a person who has love for Parmatma, just like the unripe fruit, he exhibits these characteristics:
He takes deep breaths, and sometimes unable to speak. At times he sings the Parmatma’s praises and at other times, he just sits down quietly. As his loves for Parmatma increases, his appetite for food and thirst for water reduces. He immerses deeper in love for Parmatma day and night. His pain and restlessness increase due to separation from Parmatma. He becomes pale and he attentively listens whenever someone talks about his beloved Parmatma.
Acknowledging Parmatma’s presence within, his love for Mahraj keeps on increasing. As his company with the saints (enlightened beings) increases, he begins to see Parmatma in everyone. Then his face starts glowing and his mind becomes satisfied at the same time stops wandering.
He then eventually begins to feel bliss within through the realisation of real-self (Atma). He achieves the steadfastness of the mind and focuses his mind on abhiyaas and gyan, reaching the third level of Bhagti, Pra-Bhagti.
c) Pra Bhagti - beyond the physical form. This level is reached when one is able to see Parmatma within all creation.
Guru Ji concluded that if one does Bhagti like this, one becomes merges into Parmatma and knows his real-self (Aatma). Bhai Veer Singh in their Gurpratap Suraj Parkash commentary also adds an important note on this, reminding readers that all this levels and types of Bhagti (meditation) sounds easy in words, but extremely difficult to achieve in reality. It is indeed only by the kirpa of Guru Mahraj, can one gain the blessing of Bhagti. May we all continuously do Ardass for this blessing and to progress on our spiritual journeys.
- Adhyai 38, Raas 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth
3 Types of Benevolence & Best Type of Donation
Bhai Lalo, Bhai Jivanda & Bhai Gopala once asked Guru Amar Das Ji to give them teaching that can lead them to salvation. Guru Ji replied that there is nothing as good as being a benevolent person (Parupkari). Guru Ji then further explained that there are three ways through which one can perform selfless service for the benefit of others.
1. Wealth
Have compassion on the poor and orphans by donating things like food and clothes. Give as much as you can to relieve person’s difficulty.
2. Speech
Use your speech to help resolve others' work or arguments. If you have knowledge or any particular skill, then teach that to others voluntarily.
3. Mind
Wish for others' good all the time and not think of anything bad to happen to a person.
This are 3 ways you can help remove someone else's suffering. Guru Ji then continued that donating food is the best out of all donations because of it is a basic need of humans to live. Be it cooked or uncooked food, never say no to donating food when you see someone hungry. Regardless of whether it is day or night, when it comes to donating food, do not think twice and give without a further thought. Give food without considering person's caste and give until that person is satisfied.
- Adhyai 39, Raas 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth
Need of Gurbani and Rain Analogy
A Pandit once asked Guru Amar Das Ji on the need of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to recite Gurbani when there were already other Dharm Granths like Ved & Purans available. Guru Ji answered his question by giving a rain analogy in two shabads of Raag Gauree. Guru Ji said the clouds pour their rain down upon the earth, but isn't there water within the earth as well? Even though there is water in form of wells, it can’t be used for crops just like that – only certain amount of crops field can be watered & a lot of effort is needed.
Wells are only available at certain places. Similarly, the existing Granths were like earth water & only certain people deemed worthy (Adhikari) were allowed to read them - for instance only Brahmans can read & Sudhars cant. A lot of effort needed to understand & preach them too.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji Mahraj, a cloud full of blessings therefore blessed us with rain of Gurbani that can be read by anyone and anywhere with an easier way of understanding spirituality. We are blessed to have such great Guru.
- Adhyai 46, Ras 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth"
 
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"Dhan Sri Guru Amar Das Ji Maharaj
 
Types and Levels of Bhagti (Meditation)
Bhai Govind ji alongside Bhai Kahnu ji and his son, Bhai Maeaa ji once asked Guru Amar Das Ji to bless them teaching that will enable them gain all good virtues – Guru Ji said in this world, the most supreme virtue is to do Parmatma Bhagti (meditation of the Creator). Listening to Guru ji's answer they further asked the method to do Bhagti. They requested Guru Ji to enlighten them so that they can develop the love to meditate. Guru Ji then explained three levels of Bhagti to them.
a) In the first level of Bhagti, there are nine types of practices that builds the foundation of your Bhagti. If one practices even one of these nine, he shall be liberated and his sufferings shall be eliminated.
Listen to Guru Ji’s teachings with full faith and concentration
Perform Katha and Kirtan
To remember Parmatma (Simran) with each and every breath and consistently while performing all worldly affairs.
To keep consciousness and focus in the lotus feet of the Satguru Ji and His holy elevated devotees.
Offer food first to Guru Mahraj (Bhog lagave) and then to meditating devotees of the Guru and also offer clothing to them.
Attend Sat-sanggat in Gurdwara, do Bhandna (Metha tek) and then circumambulate (parkarma) around the Guru Ji. Burn incense, light ghee light, sprinkle perfume and flowers.
Acknowledge Parmatma as the Master and treat oneself as His servant. Recognise that the body, mind and wealth are Parmatma’s gifts. The relationship between a Parmatna and us, the servants must akin to a wife who only thinks or serves her husband and no one else.
Form a relationship by making Parmatma your best friend and accept His will readily and never question Him - to trust that whatever a true friend do is for our good because he would always want the best for you.
ਮੀਤੁ ਕਰੈ ਸੋਈ ਹਮ ਮਾਨਾ ॥
Whatever my Friend does, I accept.
ਮੀਤ ਕੇ ਕਰਤਬ ਕੁਸਲ ਸਮਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
My Friend's actions are pleasing to me. ||1||
(Ang 187, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
Acknowledge that the mind and body belongs to Parmatma. Abandon worldly attachments and see all padarath (treasures/wealth) as given by Parmatma.
These above are the nine practices of the first level of meditation
b) Guru ji then proceeded to explain about the second level of Bhagti, which is known as Prema Bhagti (meditation of love) and there is no other Bhagti more superior than this one. Just like how a green unripe fruit from the tree is bitter, it will eventually change colour to yellow or red and the taste is very sweet when the fruit is ripe. Similarly, a person who has love for Parmatma, just like the unripe fruit, he exhibits these characteristics:
He takes deep breaths, and sometimes unable to speak. At times he sings the Parmatma’s praises and at other times, he just sits down quietly. As his loves for Parmatma increases, his appetite for food and thirst for water reduces. He immerses deeper in love for Parmatma day and night. His pain and restlessness increase due to separation from Parmatma. He becomes pale and he attentively listens whenever someone talks about his beloved Parmatma.
Acknowledging Parmatma’s presence within, his love for Mahraj keeps on increasing. As his company with the saints (enlightened beings) increases, he begins to see Parmatma in everyone. Then his face starts glowing and his mind becomes satisfied at the same time stops wandering.
He then eventually begins to feel bliss within through the realisation of real-self (Atma). He achieves the steadfastness of the mind and focuses his mind on abhiyaas and gyan, reaching the third level of Bhagti, Pra-Bhagti.
c) Pra Bhagti - beyond the physical form. This level is reached when one is able to see Parmatma within all creation.
Guru Ji concluded that if one does Bhagti like this, one becomes merges into Parmatma and knows his real-self (Aatma). Bhai Veer Singh in their Gurpratap Suraj Parkash commentary also adds an important note on this, reminding readers that all this levels and types of Bhagti (meditation) sounds easy in words, but extremely difficult to achieve in reality. It is indeed only by the kirpa of Guru Mahraj, can one gain the blessing of Bhagti. May we all continuously do Ardass for this blessing and to progress on our spiritual journeys.
- Adhyai 38, Raas 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth
3 Types of Benevolence & Best Type of Donation
Bhai Lalo, Bhai Jivanda & Bhai Gopala once asked Guru Amar Das Ji to give them teaching that can lead them to salvation. Guru Ji replied that there is nothing as good as being a benevolent person (Parupkari). Guru Ji then further explained that there are three ways through which one can perform selfless service for the benefit of others.
1. Wealth
Have compassion on the poor and orphans by donating things like food and clothes. Give as much as you can to relieve person’s difficulty.
2. Speech
Use your speech to help resolve others' work or arguments. If you have knowledge or any particular skill, then teach that to others voluntarily.
3. Mind
Wish for others' good all the time and not think of anything bad to happen to a person.
This are 3 ways you can help remove someone else's suffering. Guru Ji then continued that donating food is the best out of all donations because of it is a basic need of humans to live. Be it cooked or uncooked food, never say no to donating food when you see someone hungry. Regardless of whether it is day or night, when it comes to donating food, do not think twice and give without a further thought. Give food without considering person's caste and give until that person is satisfied.
- Adhyai 39, Raas 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth
Need of Gurbani and Rain Analogy
A Pandit once asked Guru Amar Das Ji on the need of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to recite Gurbani when there were already other Dharm Granths like Ved & Purans available. Guru Ji answered his question by giving a rain analogy in two shabads of Raag Gauree. Guru Ji said the clouds pour their rain down upon the earth, but isn't there water within the earth as well? Even though there is water in form of wells, it can’t be used for crops just like that – only certain amount of crops field can be watered & a lot of effort is needed.
Wells are only available at certain places. Similarly, the existing Granths were like earth water & only certain people deemed worthy (Adhikari) were allowed to read them - for instance only Brahmans can read & Sudhars cant. A lot of effort needed to understand & preach them too.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji Mahraj, a cloud full of blessings therefore blessed us with rain of Gurbani that can be read by anyone and anywhere with an easier way of understanding spirituality. We are blessed to have such great Guru.
- Adhyai 46, Ras 1, Sri Gurpratap Suraj Parkash Granth"
 
By: Aspiring Begumpuri

Waheguru just amazing 

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