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asked 2013-07-15 08:13:35 -0500

Nihang Gavinpal Singh Khalsa gravatar image

i have all of a suden become awear of my swass brweath understading that it is measured and every breath i waisty not utterinhg th lords name is a breath waisted of this life i can feel my life going away and im not sure what to do!

any suggestions to calm my mind oh brothers and sisters i think i may need to go into deep abyias

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answered 2013-07-15 22:46:32 -0500

Your Average Sikh Guy gravatar image

Dear Brother,

It is the kirpa of the true guru that you have developed so much love and devotion for the guru that you feel like every breath taken without the naam is a breath wasted. It is the kirpa of the true guru that you are so close to waheguru and have such a strong feeling of separation that when you are not thinking about the lord, you feel down.

To certain extent, I can relate to this feeling. However, I am not as blessed as you clearly are as I have only felt such strong emotions for the guru for a very short periods of time. These moments have been filled with a feeling of just pure energy and the yearning to met the guru, to be able to see the radiant face of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Je Maharaj. But my feelings have been very short lived.

Its much easier to tell others to recite the name of god if they are not doing so. But it is much more difficult to tell someone in your situation what to do if they feel like they should be reciting naam with every breath!

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji maharaj tells us to remember god 24/7. So, in a way, you are on the right track! However, sometimes we tend to get carried away with our emotions (good or bad ones) and endup in a state of depression because "we are not doing enough for the lord". We want to be the best Sikhs or students we can possibly be and in the pursuit of such perfection, we loose interest in everything else. In a way, this state of mind is also moh (attachment). Note that I am not saying that being close to god is an attachment. I am saying that getting too emotional about your feelings towards the guru is an attachment. To me, the guru does not want his Sikh to be attached to anything. Not to money, kids, wife, parents, siblings, status, job, your own body, mind and even soul. Because guru teaches us that "Ma naahi prubh sub kich teraa" (I am nothing, and everything I have is with your grace).

So I am sure that the guru does not want us to attach our self with any type of emotions that will take us away from our Chardi Kalaa attitude towards life. We are suppose to be Khalsa, the army of god. We are the soldiers of god so we can't get too caught up in emotions that may prevent us from doing our duty which is to serve and protect the creation of our creator. So, keep that chardi kalaa attitude towards life and know that guru is always with you and within you. And if you are serving the creation of the creator, then your breath is not going to waste but its giving life to everything that surrounds you.

If what I wrote above made even a fraction ... (more)

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answered 2013-07-15 22:44:51 -0500

kanwaljit.singh gravatar image

Yes our swaas (breaths) are our limited wealth. We must use each and every one of it to remember Lord, understand Life, gain Wisdom and do the Right things - all within Gurmat. The only thing you can do is focus on the present, forget the past and future. Merge yourself with Akaal, the timeless. Enjoy the day and night, the winters and the summers. Now and then take a deep breath and let out a Jaikara. Say Fateh to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. Love your enemies, meet your friends. And yes, eat your green vegetables.

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answered 2013-07-20 19:22:04 -0500

Gurujis Daughter gravatar image

Yes our swaas are going away. Once I heard of a metaphorical story. Once a soul was soul was standing near the ocean. A man came and saw, that the soul was throwing one very shiny thing in ocean one after the other. The man came close. That shiny thing looked precious. He surprisingly came and asked soul - what is this and why are you throwing? Soul replied, "Its a breath. And I am continuously throwing it away." This is what happens to us too. Its true that our all swaas are going to go away one day. Swaas Swaas Simro Gobind! Lets contemplate on God with Every Breath! Dharam Rai jab lekha maange baaki bigsi paari. When Dharam Raj will read our accounts, all the sensory organs we have that distract us from Naam will run away (Body is left and burnt on Earth) and then the soul will be trapped in front of Dharam Raaj.

Calm your mind by doing intense amount of Simran. By making your every swaas worthwile. Do keep in mind that your all swaas dont run away before Amrit. Because if this happens, the soul indeed will be trapped. But if we die after taking Amrit and after living as a Gursikh... asi marni jo mare bahor na marna hoye - Who ever dies such a death will not have to come in this world again to die again.

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answered 2013-12-06 15:05:46 -0500

Raman Preet Singh gravatar image

You answered my question. I'm new at this site so couldn't find any way to contact you, so thought to comment here.

Ahh....don't you think that's nothing but sheer cruelty?? :/ :/

And can't Khalsa live a vegetarian life now? And how the vegetarian life couldn't be lived earlier? How they used to eat the meat without cooking?

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answered 2013-12-10 13:22:02 -0500

Nihang Gavinpal Singh Khalsa gravatar image

you can contact me at my email; [email protected]

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