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Doing Ardas For someone else

asked 2018-06-25 20:48:42 -0600

strongKaur gravatar image

updated 2018-06-26 02:14:28 -0600

I did ardas for someone who is ill in our community and gone for Surgery. I've done ardas for other people sometimes at their request like Christian friends will say please pray because I'm having a tough time. I think one part of me totally has been doing that because we do ardas for Sarbat Da Bhalla so why not others. But my uncle brought up the point last yr that we are using up our own Naam and they should do ardas for themselves. Then there's also the idea that we are taking on burden by doing another's ardas, and doing it in sangat it gets divided but its a lot for an individual. I guess I'm confused. My heart tells me to keep doing Ardas when my conscience pulls me to help someone. Now I wonder about those points about the Naam and the burden (bojh) we take on, or that each person needs to learn to do their own ardas? Thanks.

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answered 2018-06-26 10:18:45 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

updated 2018-06-26 10:21:34 -0600

Thank you for your beautiful and well thought out question. You cannot "use up your own Naam." Naam is a state of consciousness that is limitless in which all you experience is experienced as God. It exists beyond time and space and can never be "used up."

As you know, Ardas is not a list of wishes, a "shopping list." e.g., "bless so-and-so, and so-and-so, etc." It's a projection and visualization of purity, healing, radiance, prosperity, happiness for another person in which you experience that the other person is you. In this prayer, Guru Ji's Peace, Love and Light is consciously shared with another. The ardasee loses nothing and, in fact, is blessed equally along with whomever is being blessed in prayer.

These videos may help: "What is Prayer?" and "What is the Nature of Prayer?"

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Thank you! Especially about clarifiying about Naam. Sometimes other people get us mixed up!

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2018-06-26 12:46:16 -0600 )edit

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