HEALING TOUCH OF GURBANI
Guru Sahiban’s sublime wisdom contained in the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is meant for the whole world bestowing upon mankind a supreme bliss. Their ideology is meant for every community, in every country and in every age. All generations can benefit from an indepth study of Guru Sahiban’s BANI, because it is futuristic in its vision and wisdom. The BANI is a treasury of philosophic wisdom and spiritual solace. The message of GURBANI is better felt than understood. It is comprehended better through congregational hymn recitals and recital in the original script. May the great Guru give the grace and long life to those who enlighten and nurture the souls of those who need the healing touch of GURBANI. Ultimately, it is GURBANI that answers our prayers and GURBANI is the source of our strength and inner enlightenment. We have to understand the healing power of prayers:
ਤੀਨੇ ਤਾਪ ਨਿਵਾਰਣਹਾਰਾ ਦੁਖ ਹੰਤਾ ਸੁਖ ਰਾਸਿ ॥
ਤਾ ਕਉ ਬਿਘਨੁ ਨ ਕੋਊ ਲਾਗੈ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਆਗੈ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ॥
– Guru Granth Sahib, p. 714
The Lord is the One who removes the three fevers; He is the Destroyer of pain, the warehouse of peace. No obstacles block the path of one who prays before God.
We are unable to see the silent voice of the spirit which emanates from the depth of consciousness. GURBANI brings ME and THOU into one fold. This immense ethereal energy can accomplish any miracle. Sri Guru Amar Das points out the inherent healing touch of Gurbani in Anand Sahib:
ਦੂਖ ਰੋਗ ਸੰਤਾਪ ਉਤਰੇ ਸੁਣੀ ਸੱਚੀ ਬਾਣੀ ||
Pain, illness and suffering have departed, listening to the True Bani.
– Guru Granth Sahib, p. 922
Healing touch of Gurbani can be felt only with love, compassion and humility in the heart. To be able to have an access to the gateway of bliss and Gurus’ grace, one must have utmost humility and submission to God. It is not always visible, and can take many forms. It involves reaching your inner self. The real goal is to gain the anchor and support of GURBANI when the situations confronted are like broken heart, the loss of loved ones, the unfulfilled longing for that perfect partner, betrayals from those who were dear to us, hopes and expectations dashed. And so often we do not know how to cope with, what to do, change things, or ourselves, or how to mend.
Guru Arjan has shown us that the answer to life’s pain comes by fully embracing the moment and acknowledging the authentic will of God and the Guru. The broken heart is healed through its complete acceptance and embrace. Guru Sahib healed people with love and kindness. His shabads a are universally powerful affirmation, regardless of one’s belief system.
ਦੂਖ ਸੂਖ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਦੇਵਨਹਾਰ ॥
God is the Giver of pain and pleasure.
Guru Granth Sahib, p. 283
ਦੂਖ ਦਰਦ ਨਾ ਭਉ ਬਿਆਪੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਸਦ ਸੁਖੀ ॥
Guru Granth Sahib, p. 446
ਦੂਖ ਭੂਖ ਸੰਸਾ ਮਿਟਿਆ ਗਾਵਤ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਨਾਮ ॥
Pain, hunger and scepticism have been dispelled, singing the Name of God.
Guru Granth Sahib, p. 819
ਦੂਖ ਦਰਦ ਕਲੇਸ ਬਿਨਸਹਿ ਜਿਸੁ ਬਸੈ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ ॥
Pain, suffering and troubles are eradicated, when the Lord abides in the mind.
Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1017
ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਤੇਰੀ ॥ ਸੁਣਿ ਸੁਣਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਰਮ ਗਤਿ ਮੇਰੀ ॥
ਜਲਨਿ ਬੁਝੀ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਹੋਇ ਮਨੂਆ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਪਾਏ ਜੀਉ ॥
The Word of Your Bani, Lord, is Ambrosial Nectar.
Hearing it again and again, I am elevated to the supreme heights.
The burning within me has been extinguished, and my mind has been cooled and soothed, by the Blessed Vision of the True Guru.– Guru Granth Sahib, p. 103
Guru Nanak was a prophet and teacher who preached how to connect with God. He brought people directly to God. He used chanting hymns of Gurbani and meditation to open the hearts and taught people how to see the humanity in all. We are children of God. He used the words “SATNAM” or “My identity is Truth.” It does not matter by what name we call God, what matters is the connection we make with that God, confidence in our self and in all humanity is the crux of the matter.
ਦੂਖ ਭੂਖ ਸਭ ਤਿਸੁ ਰਜਾਇ ॥
Pain and pleasure all come by His Will. – Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1188
ਦੂਖ ਤਿਸੈ ਪੈ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਸੂਖ ਜਿਸੈ ਹੀ ਪਾਸਿ ॥
Tell your troubles to the One who is the Source of all comfort.
– Guru Granth Sahib, p. 16
ਦੂਖ ਸੰਤਾਪ ਨ ਲਗਈ ਜਿਸੁ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥
Suffering and sorrow do not touch those who have the Support of the Name of the Lord. – Guru Granth Sahib, p. 44
ਦੂਖ ਵਿਸਾਰੁਣ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਦਾਤਾਰੁ ॥
I serve Him, who makes me forget my pains; He is the Giver, forever and ever. – Guru Granth Sahib, p. 660
Guru Arjan Sahib reminds us in Sukhmani Sahib that when we meditate, peace is obtained, and worry and anguish are expelled from the body.
ਸਿਮਰਉ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਉ ॥
ਕਲਿ ਕਲੇਸ ਤਨ ਮਾਹਿ ਮਿਟਾਵਉ ॥
Meditate, meditate, meditate in remembrance of Him, and find peace.
Worry and anguish shall be dispelled from your body. – Guru Granth Sahib, p. 262
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