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