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asked 2013-09-12 16:38:22 -0500 gravatar image

SSA, I have a question, does a prayer mean anything if I am a smoker? I recite the Japji Sahib and Sopurkh daily. Will the prayer be effective still? I am trying to quit but its so so hard and I want to be good sikh.

Please advise.

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answered 2013-09-14 07:17:46 -0500

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updated 2013-09-14 21:19:37 -0500

Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki Fathe.

Habits are incredible hard to get rid of and it can take a very long time but keep at it and never give up. When you get up in the morning look at youself in the mirror and say that you are the son/daughter of Guru Gobind Singh. I'll tell you right now that you will not be able to look in to your eyes and say it because you know that you are not all because of your unhealthy habit.

Keep that in your mind and trust me when you have quit smoking for good and you are able to say that to yourself without hesitation that feeling of accomplishment and the love you will feel from your Guru will never leave you.

Conquer your mind and your habit will go away. Go to your doctor and seek help. Get the support of your family and that journey will not be so hard or depressing. And when you emerge from your tunnel you will be an entirely different person.

As for your question, yes and no. God obviously does listen and yes it is effective but your disobeying the rehat set by Guru Gobind Singh. Who's ardass do you think that the guru listens to first with full heart? His devotional Sikhs. The effectiveness of your ardass increases as you become a person that keeps the rehat and recites God's praises not just a person that's a Sikh. 'rehat piari muj ko Sikh piara nahe'

I hope that helped.

Bhul chok muaff karna

Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki Fathe.

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answered 2013-09-13 17:32:40 -0500

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Dear Sir,

Our efforts are limited to the amount of strength the Guru provides us, so long your recitation of Gurbani and Ardas to Guru ji is with faith and love, you will obtain the rewards as the Guru Ji awards. Based on what you've said, it seems your hearts in the right direction as your trying to change bad habits, what you need is strength from Guru Ji to overcome the bad habits and face the challenges in eliminating (i.e withdrawl symptoms and temptations). Keep trying and don't give up, even if you keep failing, keeping on trying, and keep faith that Guru Ji will help you overcome it. Have a strong will and Guru Ji's blessing and you will overcome this habit. I've seen alcoholics and drug abusers literally change into quite amazing and influential people, Your not any less, you have the potential to become the better person you desire in this life-time, don't waste it. Giving up tabacoo/smoking isn't easy if you've done it for a long time, the body will cling to an intoxicant that relieves a mind state it can't handle (i.e commonly stress etc) Since your desire is to overcome the bad habit, you'll have to face that mind state, praying to Guru Ji, reciting Gurbani in times your tempted will help a lot. Try taking those rehabilitation programs which have a lot of good experience with people who have gone through your situation. Start of by making a firm decision that your going to stop the bad habit, once you have the firm decision mentally, eliminate any thoughts that try to influence you to give in to the bad habit, naam simran will help a lot, after this slowly the need of the intoxicant will fade away. Remind yourself your hurting your body, mind and soul each time you use this intoxicant, don't let the bodies urges or fickle mind convey you into giving in. You'll love it when you'll have overcome the bad habit, just don't ever give up! I wish you the best!

Namastwang Akaale, Namastwang Kirpaale!

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