Mortality, Life and Guru’s Gift

It is always a blessing to go to the Gurdwara and meet with my Guru (The Siri Guru Granth Sahib) and be with the Sangat. Today I got a lot of comfort and support sitting in Gurdwara and listening to the Gurbani. Last week my Grandfather passed away due to complications from a stroke. He was almost 96 years old and had been married to my Grandmother for around 68 years. As I sat in Gurdwara I remembered his soft and quiet manner, his joyful smile and the good person that he was. I have not had many friends/family who were close to me pass away, so this was a new experience. It made me think about my family and parents, and how one day they too will die. The realities of life seemed to sink in. It is easy to just feel like they will always be there, when in reality one’s life could end at any moment without any warning. It is one of those reality checks, that makes you think differently about those loved ones around you and what you do with every day in your life.

As I listened to the Shabad (Tera Naam Rooro Roop Rooro) and felt the words of the Gurbani sink in, I found tears welling up in my eyes. It was as if the Guru was talking to me and giving me comfort. I didn’t understand the meaning in English…but somehow felt the meaning in my heart. Then as I looked at the translation of the Shabad it all seemed so clear. The Siri Guru Granth Sahib tells us over and over what we need to do and how to live life. Such a Gem that we all have and yet most don’t even realize the gift which is right before us. 

Here are a few audio clips from Gurdwara, played by Hari Bhajan Kaur (Vocals, Harmonium), along with Guru Jot Singh (vocals, dilruba), Hari Rai Kaur (Violin).

Tera Naam Rooro Roop Rooro,
Ath Rang Rooro Mero Rameeaa

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Wahe Guru Wahe Jio
Chanting Waheguru while the Granthi does Sukhasn after Gurdwara.

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Kal Akal, Siri Akal, Maha Akal,
Akal Murath, Wahe Guru

This is a very energetic recording as the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is carried in procession to the Guru’s room after Sukhasn.  You can hear the deep beat of the huge Nagara drum along with the rhythmic tabla.

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8 Responses to “Mortality, Life and Guru’s Gift”

  1. Glad to see you posting recordings again. And I’m glad to hear how well this came out. There were some feedback issues that took me too long to resolve, but you can’t really tell on the recording. This shabd is so powerful that it transcends any mistakes.
    I’m way behind on all the audio I want to post. These would’ve been on my list, but it would’ve take me awhile to get to. I still have allot of recordings to go through from Solstice as well the whole New Years Rensabai (which came out awesome!).
    Plus they get much more exposure on your blog.
    Widespread Sach Kand
    Keep the great work Gurumustuk Singh Ji!
    WJKK WJKF

  2. Leah says:

    I’ve been thinking of mortality a lot lately. Compared to some friends of mine who have had harder lives, not too many people I have known and loved have died. But, all but one grandparent has, and a close friend died when I was in college. Thinking about mortality has me thinking about having children, because otherwise I will be very lonely when I am old. That’s not the only reason i was children, but they do continue the family and they have a role in the cycle of life. Not that I have any prospects anyhow!

  3. Gurjeet Singh says:

    Waheguru … Gurumustak Singh Ji…

    just like my dear veer Parwinder Singh said… wish i could express my the emotions in words …

    you are truly a brave human being and an inspiration to a lot others just like me…

    the shabad Tera Naam Roroo Roop Rouroo Ath Rang Ruroo Mero Ram Maiiya… is just an expression that …O my Lord in sadness or hapiness i never forget you, i sing Your grace with the utmost respect… u have learnt a much from the hapennings in your life and experiences… Waheguru bless us all…

    Sat Naam Waheguru
    Guru Fateh !!!

  4. Amarjot Singh says:

    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Even when the physical body leaves the presence of the being is still felt thru numerous memories we have of them. Needless to say he still lives thru you. I send my prayers and blessings.

    Satnam.

  5. Jagjt says:

    Chanting Waheguru while the Granthi does Sukhasn after Gurdwara.

    I think that when you do sukhasan you are suppose to recite kirtan sohila but if you are moving Guruji then you should recite Benti Chaupi…

    just my observation

  6. Jagit, The granthi does Kirtan Sohila…quietly while doing Sukhasn….but the Sangat normally does chanting of Waheguru…or something similar while this is going on.

  7. Sifar says:

    Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee Maharaaj has so valuable teachings that we do not even have to pay to anyone to get the crux of life that is emmitting light in Guru Granth Sahib jee. On remembering death, Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib jee Maharaaj gives us the Gyan that cannot be found anywhere else. Our Ninth Master so vivdly has written about the only truth of life. Click here to read/listen to Ninth Master’s Bani You can just press play and then scroll down to “Salok mehalaa 9” on the page.

  8. Sifar says:

    For some reason (unknown to me), the link did not appear in my previous comment. Here it is for one more time.

    Salok Mehala 9

    Just in case the link fail to appear again, just copy and paste the following URL in your web browser.

    http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&g=1&h=1&r=1&t=1&p=0&k=0&Param=1426

    Chardi Kala….