It is 6 am as I walk into the Divan Hall at Sidak.

Voices chanting Vahiguru, Vahiguru fill me.

Arpinder Kaur, is already there. She guides us ever so gently as we recite five pauris’ from Asa-ki-Var. Her love, dedication and patience is truly humbling.

After Asa-ki-Var a Sidaker sings:
“Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light, recognize your own worth.
Consciousness, the Divine is with you; through the Guru’s Wisdom, embrace the Color.
Acknowledge your worth; recognize your Husband; understand death and birth.
Through Guru’s Grace, know the One; there is none but the One.
Consciousness synchronized, sound resounds; celebration transpires.
Says Nanak: Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light – recognize your own worth.
[GGS: 441]

Eyes mist, for many moons ago this was the line, “Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light, recognize your own worth,” that entered my consciousness and my journey with Guru began.

And then…

The Hukam…

“In my prime, I did not realize that I was only a guest at my father’s home (in this world)…O! Breath of Breath, O! Life of Life (Bal Ram Jeo)
The maiden of the Divine is eternally wedded; never widowed, never stained…
Maya (illusion) departs crying; seeing the bride and groom (in love)…
Says Nanak: Pain of separation dissipates; cradled in Guru’s Wisdom…”
[GGS: 763]

I listen carefully, the Hukam is for me.

Pangs of separation have been arising within me.

I pause.

I reflect.

Why the pangs? For the one I love resides within and is always with me. I need to go deep inside and bathe in the fountain of love. For there, I will be in harmony with the one I love.

A truly inspiring morning….


Inni Kaur is the CEO of the Sikh Research Institute. She is the author of Sakhi-Time with Nani ji; Thank You, Vahiguru and the series Journey with the Gurus.



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