The Ardās (Gurmukhi: ਅਰਦਾਸ) is a Sikh prayer (see below for the full Ardas) that is carried out before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after. Ardas: Darshan Rup Abhiyaas (Gurmukhi). Author: Jaswant Singh Neki. ISBN: 81 This book, Ardas of the Sikhs, is an inclusive, yet discreet work on. Sikh Roots is the largest Sikh multimedia website. We have an extensive catalogue of Sikh audio MP3 kirtan, videos, photos, literature and.
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In Sikhism, these prayers are also said before and after eating. The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.
Periodically throughout the recitation, the assembly as a whole repeats the word Waheguru in order to support the idea that God, the “Wondrous Guru”, is the Supreme Being.
The Ardas incorporates a variety ardaz images and ideas within its folds. It acts as a bridge that transgresses time to report the cruelties that have been inflicted upon the Sikh people while at the same time serving as a way for the Sikh people to seek guidance from Waheguru. Broadly, the Ardas is divided into three sections.
The first section remembers all the ten gurus and their legacies to the Sikh religion. The second section discusses the sacrifices made by brave and spiritual leaders of the Sikh history and conspires a Sikh to be like them and protect others from the unjust world and oneself from worldly vices. The Ardas ends with the ultimate appeal for the ‘good of all’ equality. The Ardas also provokes positive human emotions such as nimrata humility ggurmukhi, daya compassionchardi kala fearlessness; in high spiritual state of mind.
A sense of community and the betterment of the society sarbat da bhala are the key components of Ardas.
During the Akhand Path, the ardas is recited after Anand Sahib, a prayer in which the entire congregation stands and recites as one, and the distribution of Kara Parshad, a blessed offering made of wheat flour, butter, and sugar; but prior to the sangat taking Hukam listening to a randomly chosen passage from the Guru Granth Sahib.
The Ardas is also read at the end of naming ceremonies, engagements, and the beginning of the Anand Karaj marriage ceremony. During the funeral ceremonies, the ardas is said as the body is being taken away, while consigning the body to fire, when the pyre is fully aflame, upon returning to the gurdwara, and after Anand Sahib is recited.
One of the most momentous occasions when ardas is recited occurs during the ceremony where Sikhs take Amrit in order to become amritdhari Sikhs or members of the Khalsa Panth.
During this ceremony, the “five beloved ones” or Panj Pyare perform ardas, the prayer is repeated after the Sikhs take Amrit, and then once more after all the expectations for an Amritdhari Sikh is revealed. Based on the fact that Ardas is said so often within the course of such a significant ceremony like Amrit Sanskar, as well as with such frequency within such a large variety of ceremonies, one is able to understand how significant the Ardas is within the Sikh culture.
The correct way to stand during the Ardas is to stand tall, straight and balanced with your feet together. Bring the palms of your hands together at the center of your chest.
Allow the elbows to relax comfortably, your eyes should be closed wherever possible. There is a common belief is that gurmukui hands-folded posture was derived from an ancient practice symbolizing submission. In guemukhi times, a captured soldier could avoid immediate death by joining the hands together. Just as waving a white flag today, the message was clear, ‘I surrender.
Centuries later, subjects demonstrated their loyalty and paid homage to their rulers by joining their hands. In Sikhism it denotes our humility before God. All victory is of the Wondrous Guru God.
May they help us! May the choirs, the mansion and the banners exist forever; may the truth ever triumph; utter Waheguru Wondrous God! Your are the protector of wisdom.
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Structure Broadly, the Ardas is divided into three sections.