Time of Prayer

Time of Prayer

The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer,
and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things,
I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.

– Brother Lawrence

Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Optional

Jaskaran Singh, California

I was in Delhi in 1984 when anti-Sikh riots broke out. I was fortunate in that I was safe, and shielded from the bloodshed. I did not see much, though what I did see was bad enough.

I used to read this shabad written in big letters on the outer wall of a house in Punjabi Bagh and it had always comforted me. I was a small town kid, away from home for the firs time, staying in a college boarding house, being ‘ragged’ by seniors, had been hurt in a road accident etc. etc. But whenever I read these words, I felt I ‘belonged’ (to my Guru), that He was watching over me and therefore no serious harm could come to me.

Then the prime minister was assasinated and the carnage soon started. Many houses, businesses and countless vehicles belonging to Sikhs in the neighborhood were burnt during the riots. But miraculously, this house was spared.

The owners of the house had hung a blanket over the words, so people won’t identify the house as belonging to a Sikh. Now, whenever I walked by, I would expect the blanket to be gone, but somehow I thought of the hidden words more. I did some research (we didn’t have access to computers and the Internet) and learnt what the shabad meant. It was the same shabad, but instead of saving me from minor irritants, that’s what my troubles of a few days ago seemed now, it had now saved my life.

When He protects you, nobody and nothing can harm you. There was really no question in my mind that He protects us all the time. In return we have to be true to Him and to ourselves. This is what I have continued to believe since then.

We change as we go through life, our needs change and so do the prayers that provide us with strength, comfort and guidance.

I know what I write is nothing new or profound, but I felt it strongly and it is therefore of great significance to me.

The blanket was taken away after a few weeks and the shabad is still there for all to see.

WaheGuru

Mindfulness

Current of life

We all need a personal experiment in mindfulness, to revel in the wonder and simplicity of present moments. But we don’t have to go out of our way or find someplace special to practice mindfulness. It is sufficient to make a little time in our life for stillness and ‘non-doing’, and then tune in to our breathing.

The miracle of the changing seasons is within our breath. Our parents and our children, our body and our mind, all are within our breath. The breath is the current connecting body and mind. It is the current of life.

God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.

– Contributed by Z

Acceptance

Much of our time is spent saying, “I’m not good enough for that job,” “She’s too good for me.” Sometimes we are very status conscious because we feel unworthy. We take either superior or inferior roles with every one we deal with. So, it’s difficult to have peers or friends.

The status games are really silly.

True humility occurs when we stop shaming or inflating ourselves and begin accepting ourselves as no worse and not any better than anyone else. In the eyes of God, we are all equal.

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

Ray Bradbury (1920 – ), advice to writers

Taati Vao Na Lagaee Parbrahm Sarnaee

Sukirat Kaur believes people of different faiths can live together in harmony while staying true to their beliefs.

tati vao na lagae

Taati Vao Na Lagaee Parbrahm Sarnaee is my favorite prayer because of many reasons.

My mom used to recite it every night before my brother and I went to sleep, so it became a habit. Whenever I’m sick or in pain it just comes into my mind naturally, it provides comfort and gives me strength. The meaning of the shabad is that nobody can harm you when you’re under the protection of God; he’s always by your side to help you out.

Aspiration

Aspiration

Be at one with the Spirit of the universe. As we think, so we are.
I pray that my deepest affection be on things spiritual.
That I may think of and desire that which will help, not hinder, my spiritual growth.
That I may be one with God.

I pray that I may think Love, and Health, so that is what will surround me.

Patience

Lao-Tzu_Tao-Te-Ching

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

-Lao-Tzu, Tao-te-Ching

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.

Be a Guiding Light

Be generous in prosperity,

and thankful in adversity.

Be fair in judgment,

and guarded in your speech.

Be a lamp to those who walk in darkness,

and a home to the stranger.

Be eyes to the blind,

and a guiding light to the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,

a dew to the soil of the human heart,

and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

– Baha’i prayer, Persia