Chandi di Vaar

By Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

Last week, a dear friend of mine and I had lunch together at one of the local New Mexico Mexican restaurants. We love to spend time together, hang out, talk about this and that. The week before, late one night, I was meditating on what’s happening in Pakistan – tens of thousands dead from the earthquake, millions without shelter and winter looming. The UN is pushing for financial support and the Associated Press is predicting a “second wave of death” in the disaster – from “people who could freeze to death, starve to death, or just be sick because of infected water.” There is such devastation, such disaster that, in many ways, we have no power to stop.

In Sukhmani, Guru Arjun writes “Aath pahaar” – 24 hours a day, just keep the prayer going. In these moments, when the plight of humanity looks so bleak – there is tremendous solace in prayer. The Shabad has a power – a power that we cannot understand, command or control – but a power, nonetheless, to bring what is out of balance back into harmony.

That night, the prayer that wanted to be prayed was Chandi di Vaar written by Guru Gobind Singh about the goddess Durga and her war against the demons who had taken over Heaven. When destruction is so prevalent, so undeniable, so unavoidable – what can we pray for?

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