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  1. Any amount of bandgi we could ever do is no more significant than a young child running up to their parent at the end of school to show the painting they made. The painting is a few brush marks, nothing special. But still the parent praises their child and proudly hangs the painting on the fridge at home. Why? Because the painting was made with genuine love and innocence, even the child wanting to show their parent what they made was out of love. There was no ego of wanting to show themself to be the best artist. A mahapurkh did bachan that the ultimate aim of human life is not reaching sachkhand. The ultimate aim is to achieve union of our Surat with Gur-Shabad. Like a person stuck down a hole thinking their aim is to reach the top. Yes and no. Yes that is the goal, but setting that goal does not actually get them out. Their job is to grab hold tightly of the rope thrown down to them and not let go. Pulling them to the top is the job of the person who came to rescue them. While sachkhand is where we dream to go, the thing is, that place is so great beyond all comprehension or imagination. If we apply our logic of how to reach there we will definitely fall short and not make it. Your best guess of sachkhand won't even be 0.00000001% of how majestic or anand it actually is, for that's the place where all souls of the true bhagat, bhramgiani, sants even God himself reside. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj came to help us in kalyug by giving Shabad di daat. Our only real hope is to attach completely our Surat with the Gur-Shabad. There should be deep emotion, surrender and trust. It's the surrender of our Surat unto that Gur-Shabad which results in the soul embarking on Surat Di Yatra back home to sachkhand. Gur-Shabad is ALIVE. It's magnetized in qualities of the Satguru. Ocean of compassion, unconditional love, destroyer of pain, everlasting peace, liberator of reincarnation and so much more. We just have to lose ourself in anand of meditating on the Gur-Shabad, the rest is his kirpa
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  2. Where can I view Sant Singh Maskeen Ji's full length katha videos that used to air on ETC Punjabi back in the day?
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  3. Fateh ji Abhyaas has four main stages ji: 1. Baikhri (mouth): this is the beginning stage. jaap is done with mouth open using our tongue. Basically chanting like we talk normally. Abhiyaas starts off loud as the mind is not used to bhagti so is constantly running, hence we do simian loudly so it's easier to concentrate at this stage. ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਜਪੁ ਰਸਨਾ ॥ Meditate on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har - chant it with your tongue. 2. Madham (throat): As the mind is becoming accustomed to listening to the shabad, we can now lower our voice to whispering jaap. as our mouth is open but we are using our breaths, this jaap occurs at the throat. If the mind starts to run go back to stage 1, then slowly turn it to whispering again. 3. pasanti (hirdha): the most important stage to reach as a gursikh. jaap turns to simran. now our mind begins to chant. there is no need to open our mouth or make any noise, all the sound is internalised. in this stage simran is matched with our breathing: ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ ਸਾਸ ਹੈ ਜੇਤੇ ਮੈ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮੑਾਰੇ ॥ With as many breaths as I have, I chant the Naam, under Guru's Instructions. ਜੋ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਧਿਆਏ ਮੇਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਸੋ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ॥ One who meditates on my Lord, Har, Har, with every breath and every morsel of food - that GurSikh becomes pleasing to the Guru's Mind. 24/7 simran occurs at this stage. we are constantly breathing, we breath when we talk, sleep go to work etc. guru sahib has given an instruction to gursikh many times for our simran to be going 24/7: ਆਠ ਪਹਰ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲੇਇ ॥ Twenty-four hours a day, he takes the Name of the Lord. ਊਠਤ ਬੈਠਤ ਸੋਵਤ ਜਾਗਤ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਸਗਲ ਅਵਰਦਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ While standing and sitting, while sleeping and while awake, meditate on the Lord, all your life. ||1|| ਊਠਤ ਬੈਠਤ ਸੋਵਤ ਜਾਗਤ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਈਐ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Sitting down, standing up, sleeping and waking, forever and ever, meditate on the Lord. ||1||Pause|| As our simran is now internalised and matched with breathing, we can do simran all the time. Whatever we do throughout the day, that is what we dream in the night. if we are constantly chanting with out breaths throughout the day it will occur when we are sleeping as well. when our eyes open at amritvela, if simran Is going on inside that means mind ws chanting while asleep. This is why matching simran with our breaths (swass swass or swaas graas) is so important. it's the technique guru sahib has given. when every breath is connected to Abhiyaas, guru sahib has himself called that gursikh a sant: ਜਿਨਾ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾਂ ਮਨਿ ਮੰਤੁ ॥ Those who do not forget the Lord, with each breath and morsel of food, whose minds are filled with the Mantra of the Lord's Name ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਸੋਈ ਸੰਤੁ ॥੧॥ - they alone are blessed; O Nanak, they are the perfect Saints. ||1|| this is the technique Maharaj is referring to in this Shabad: ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਭੇਟਿਐ ਪੂਰੀ ਹੋਵੈ ਜੁਗਤਿ ॥ O Nanak, meeting the True Guru, one comes to know the Perfect Way. ਹਸੰਦਿਆ ਖੇਲੰਦਿਆ ਪੈਨੰਦਿਆ ਖਾਵੰਦਿਆ ਵਿਚੇ ਹੋਵੈ ਮੁਕਤਿ ॥੨॥ While laughing, playing, dressing and eating, he is liberated. ||2|| because while "laughing, playing, dressing and eating" we are breathing, and if we have reached this stage where simran is connected to our breaths then Abhiyaas doesn't stop while doing any of those activities. Maharaj has even said: ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਬਸਿਓ ਤਿਨ ਮਾਤ ਕੀਜੈ ਹਰਿ ਬਾਂਝਾ ॥ The Lord's Name does not abide within their hearts - their mothers should have been sterile. Thus, mind must begin to do Abhiyaas with every breath. this is the technique. you don't need to go into the forest, or spend your life with a sant. How merciful Maharaj is. The technique to salvation is as simple as that. Our breathing is going on constantly, just match your simran with it internally. But don't be fooled! The technique may be simple, but for the mind to begin chanting it takes a lot of effort. We should dedicate around 2 hours at amritvela to reach this stage. but don't rush. start off with 15 mins then work your way up. ਮੁਖਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਕਰੈ ਵਿਰਲੈ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਵਸਾਇਆ ॥ Everyone can chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har with their mouths, but only a few enshrine it within their hearts. ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿਨ ਕੈ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਵਸਿਆ ਮੋਖ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਤਿਨੑ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੮॥੨॥ O Nanak, those who enshrine the Lord within their hearts, attain liberation and emancipation. ||8||2|| ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਕਹਿਐ ਰਾਮੁ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥ Everyone chants the Lord's Name, Raam, Raam; but by such chanting, the Lord is not obtained. ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਰਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸੈ ਤਾ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਕੋਇ ॥੧॥ By Guru's Grace, the Lord comes to dwell in the mind, and then, the fruits are obtained. ||1|| when simran is internalised then no one knows you are doing it. you can go to work, eat, sit with your family they'll all be oblivious to the simran going on within: ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਐਸੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥ Such is the Glory of the True Guru; ਪੁਤ੍ਰ ਕਲਤ੍ਰ ਵਿਚੇ ਗਤਿ ਪਾਈ ॥੨॥ in the midst of children and spouses, they attain emancipation. ||2|| 4. Para (nabhi) when simran is connected to our breaths then it will go right down to the source of our breaths, our nabhi. at this stage our breath is seated at navel and our consciousness rises to the tenth gate. ਨਾਭਿ ਪਵਨੁ ਘਰਿ ਆਸਣਿ ਬੈਸੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਖੋਜਤ ਤਤੁ ਲਹੈ ॥ The breath is seated in the home of the navel; the Gurmukh searches, and finds the essence of reality. ਸੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਆਛੈ ਤ੍ਰਿਭਵਣ ਜੋਤਿ ਸੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਲਹੈ ॥ This Shabad permeates the nucleus of the self, deep within, in its own home; the Light of this Shabad pervades the three worlds. at this stage the lotus which is upside down in our nabhi will turn upright and we will begin to hear anhad shabad, drink amrit rass and see the jyot of Maharaj within our hirdha. this cannot be explained, only experienced. ਕਹਿਬੇ ਕਉ ਸੋਭਾ ਨਹੀ ਦੇਖਾ ਹੀ ਪਰਵਾਨੁ ॥੧੨੧॥ I cannot describe its sublime glory; it has to be seen to be appreciated. ||121|| Sikhi is practical. guru sahib never said trust in me and in death you shall see I was telling the truth as the prophets of other religions have said. guru sahib is saying do simran, and see it for yourself. to summarise: jaap begins out loud with our tongue it then goes quieter to whispering jaap is internalised with our breaths, turns to simran, mouth is closed, shabad is vibrating inside simran travles to nabhi, lotus is turned upright, tenth gate is opened, anhad shabad, amrit rass and jyot parkash.
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