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Many people think "simran" means chanting and repeating, but that is "jap". Simran is more of a deep inner connection to God. SatNam is known as the 'seed' mantra. Join Sadasat Simran Singh as he shares many things, and leads us through a basic breathing meditation.
"Meditation is one process through which you can resolve conflict and misfortune, rather than playing it through in real life."
So what exactly is meditation? How do you do it? Well, actually meditation is like a mental "oil filter." Just as the oil filter in a car catches the dirt as the oil is circulating, so meditation catches your mental dirt so the subconscious mind is cleaned. This is how you become clear, neutral and joyful. It is an automatic process. If you don’t take a bath you start to stink. In the same way, without meditation this is how your mind gets, as the "mental dirt" piles up in your mind and effects your actions, words and whole being.
"Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man."Read more
In this video Shanti Kaur Khalsa discusses the topic on "Why One Should Even Bother living the Sikh Lifestyle?" She explains that even though it is difficult, Sikh history is full of success stories, of those sikhs who kept the lifestyle, regardless of the pressures of the times.
We received a number of questions from users on the topic of taking Amrit (Sikh "Baptism"). With this being a central part of the Sikh lifestyle it is no surprise that there are so many different kinds of questions related to this topic. In the below video Guruka Singh answers some of the below questions related to Amrit Sanchar as well as discussing commitment & discipline in relation to this subject. Everyone who has received the Guru's Amrit probably has had a different experience, different motivation and different calling that inspired them to take this step of commitment to the Guru. Many years ago I wrote about my experience & I'm sure others can tell their experiences as well which give a larger picture about the blessing of receiving the Guru's Amrit.
The Four Stages of Meditation
1. First, you must set yourself to meditate. It’s a good idea is to do some pranayama (breathing exercises such as alternate nostril breathing) and yoga exercises first to get your body stretched out, relaxed and energized so that your body doesn’t distract you during your meditation, plus, the energy that is stimulated by the yoga will help you meditate much better. All the energy in the central nervous system moves through the spinal cord, so you have to sit with a straight spine – all the vertebrae lined up without tension, but straight. Shoulders relaxed. That way you will not get sleepy, and will have a much more powerful experience. Meditation can be done with eyes closed and gazing at the third eye point (ajna) right in between the eyebrows, or with the eyes 9/10 closed but very slightly open ("sleepy eyes") gazing at the tip of the nose. The fixed gaze stimulates the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland and brings the brain into the alpha rhythm (relaxed but alert state) to allow yourself to let go and become absorbed into concentration. You can even meditate with your eyes open, staring at a single point such as a candle or a mandala. This is called yantra meditation. But we are going to discuss mantra meditation here, and that is much more easily done with eyes fully closed or 9/10 closed.Read more