Remembering God…

Simar simar sukh paa-i-aa.
Remembering His name, I have found peace.

Simran is a Punjabi word, derived from the Sanskrit word smarana; it means realizing of that which is of the highest aspect and purpose in one’s life. And what is that? The majority of us, in all our emptiness, or, fullness return to the essential core of recognizing through our experiences the elements of God’s continuous presence. This is that. Simran means devoutly repeating, the ‘name’ of God. Guru Granth Sahib reveals that by practicing simran, one can attain the final goal of peace and salvation; ‘si-mar’ means ‘to die over’ something for which we must kill our ego in order to have union with the ultimate truth which is: God.

Let us create a passion within us to remember God. God has ‘many names’. Let us outline His name according to our faiths. Let us enjoy the mystical communication of repeatedly repeating His name.

Of course, one must avoid the fundamental error of being grossly mechanical by repeating/chanting the name of God. Reciting His name without absorbing the spiritual significance is notoriously a waste of time. Therefore, a measured discipline of thought process is required to flow with the reciting note. The Naam (Name) can range from Allah, Ishwara, Bhagwan... depending upon one’s trust.

Walking, working, meditating – pause between the favourite recited Naam (Name). Progressively, if this exercise is exerted in the right fashion, it can invoke His blessed light upon all of us.

As a scenic beauty is to the eye, so is simran to the soul.

Geeta Chhabra

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