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How to read banis ?

asked 2014-09-23 10:24:17 -0500

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It my summer holidays, and I've been doing some of my banis daily but not all 5. The problem is that I get many though when reading for example I get thoughts of bad stuff happening to my family and friends and I dont mean it but I get worried and stop reading my bani and say sorry to Waheguru, some times I get really bad thoughts of me saying bad stuff to the Guru, I dont mean this but it breaks my concentration and I say sorry to Guru Sahib Ji again. Should I be doing this ?

I want to read more banis but the thing is when these thoughts come into my head, it takes me much more to read my Japji Sahib in the morning, that I dont have time to read my other banis. Some times it takes me along time to read my Japji Sahib, that I get upset and sometimes cry because I really want to do my banis good.

I start Uni soon, so sometimes I wont be able to do Rehras Sahib and im kind of confused what to do, I used to listen to it on the train.

Currently I read my banis, and have a rough idea of the english meaning coming in my head and this requires me to do it at a slow pace. If I do it at a faster space I miss the meaning of certain parts, and feel guilty. So how should I be doing my banis ? or how do you do it ?

I feel more at peace when I slowly do Japji Sahib but then I run out of time to do other banis.

Should I slowly build up to do 5 banis daily ?

sorry for this long message, please forgive me if i said anything wrong or offensive.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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answered 2014-10-07 14:37:56 -0500

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updated 2014-10-14 14:27:23 -0500

It is good that you are getting guilt. It shows that you care about your baanis. read them in English (or whatever language you are best in) so that it would be easier. It doesn't matter if you read it in Punjabi/Gurmukhi - as long as you know the meaning and it resonates within you.

If you feel it's easier to - do build up to the five and with Waheguru's blessing you'll find lots of more time to do more. Take naps so you get more rest so you can wake up earlier. 4:00 AM is suitable for me personally, but it may vary for others.

Don't worry about doing your baanis "good". If you are doing your baanis, then that itself is good. I know many Amritdhari Sikhs who neglect to read their baanis - so know that you are not as astray as you think you are.

It's fine if you go a little after 6:00 AM for your morning baanis. It's not like Guruji will become angry with you. Just relax and go with the flow. If you miss a baani because of time, make time later to do it whether it's 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM, etc.

If you are thinking bad thoughts - make sure to meditate each morning (and night). But in the meantime, make a pattern in your head to get out the thought. What I do is imagine a tile. It quickly grows and you must follow it in your mind and when you see each tile, they each becomes the same color. Rapidly though, let the colors have to change. Do this for a few minutes if needed.

If you cannot do Rehraas Sahib, just do it later when you can. The time to do it from is 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. If you cannot make it during those hours. Try another window of time maybe between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM based on your schedule. These are called pehrs which are three hour chunks of the day. 12:00 AM - 3:00 AM, 3:00 AM - 6:00 AM, 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM.

When in doubt, chant Waheguru - the healer of all wounds.

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answered 2015-09-27 18:31:14 -0500

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what I do to avoid thoughts like that is I make the ardaas as detailed as possible (if these thoughts bug you, ask god to help you with it) and then surrender completely (I know it is kind of hard as we are tend to be control freaks). Surrender to god, (which means all the bad thoughts) and just simply stop judging the thoughts as well. One thing that seems to work for me is also, chanting waheguru with every breath (it calms down a lot of negativity) and throughout the day be conscious of what you watch, listen to etc. i personally really enjoy listening to this

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answered 2015-09-27 18:32:32 -0500

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and how much you do initially doesn't really matter, as long as you do it with heart felt love and devotion.

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