Shakti Parwha Kaur and Sikh Dharma International have been working hard on a much needed book about Sikh Dharma. This book is to serve the need of the growing number of people (not from Indian origin) who want to get a better understanding about Sikhi. Last week alone I got four emails from people asking about how they can become a Sikh and various questions related to living this lifestyle! Many people start by practicing Kundalini Yoga and see the many Sikh teachers with turbans on without knowing very much about this lifestyle. They chant various mantras from Gurbani and want to know more. This book is will help serve the growing need of those people that are new to Sikh Dharma and interested in incorporating this lifestyle into their life. Of course this book will also be a huge gem to many people within the Sikh community as well because it is presented in a very unique way and is not your typical preachy/scholarly/history book on Sikhi. The book is very modern in the way the content is presented using stories and people’s experiences of living this lifestyle as well as teaching the basics.
Here are a few excerpts from the draft book from the chapter "Science of Sound" that I thought would be interesting for you all. When the book is released you’ll be sure to hear about it on SikhNet :)
THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECT OF RECITING GURBANI
There are eighty-four meridian points on the upper palate of the human mouth. One can feel that upper palate with the tongue and experience its different surfaces. There are two rows of meridian points on the upper palate and on the gum behind the upper teeth. The tongue stimulates those meridian points, and they in turn stimulate the hypothalamus which makes the pineal gland radiate. People talk about the pineal gland secreting, but secreting hormones is only part of the story. The pineal gland is also sensitive to light. The great Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, called it “the gateway to heaven and earth.”
When the pineal gland radiates, it creates an impulse in the pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland gives impulses, the entire glandular system secretes and a human being obtains bliss. This is the science.
The whole language of Gurbani has the power to make a person divine simply by reciting it correctly. One need not be concerned with its meaning in order to experience a change in consciousness. Banihas to be understood by the heart, not by the head. There is no power in the head. It is in the heart. The head is for God and the heart is for you. That is why on that historic Baisakhi day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh asked for the head, and not for the heart. Whosoever lives with head to God and heart for self, that prayer is complete. The entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the calling of the lover for the Beloved. It is in naad.”
EXPERIENCING AND UNDERSTANDING GURBANI
“The Guru’s Word (Gurbani) is what the Guru spoke. It is the imprint of the essence of God. It is the pathway to God. If the ordinary human being speaks it, it will always elevate him to that state of consciousness of the Guru. The Guru’s consciousness is united with God, so the person will automatically get united with God if he speaks the same words. It is a scientific and direct way to unite the finite with the Infinite Consciousness. The hypothalamus will get the same tingling. The impulses of the pituitary will function the same way and get the other glands to secrete also in the same way as it was in the body of Guru Nanak.
“Gurbani is nothing but a total illustrated, facilitated science of naad for human knowledge. It is an individual effort. Read Gurbani in the way Guru says it, and understand it, and you will be in such ecstasy you will not believe it! Concentration on the construction of the word, and the sound is the proper way to recite Gurbani. As you are creating the sound, the meaning will automatically come to you, now or later. It is just a matter of time and space. You must listen to your own construction of the Gurbani. This is the technical way in Naad Yoga.”
“There are two ways to go about understanding Gurbani. The first is to know the meaning through purposeful study; and the second is to recite it, and you will automatically understand the meaning intuitively. Gurbani has to be recited with the tongue, through japa. But, when you read meditatively for the purpose of understanding the meaning, it is okay.
Daily Recitation Of Guru’s Bani
“I am trying to illustrate to you that after a certain age in life, if you do not have nitnem and sadhana, then you will not churn yourself. When milk is churned, it takes a lot of milk to make a little butter. As milk has to be churned to make butter, life has to be churned. Gurbani works to churn the brainwaves through the hypothalamus. You need not be a Sikh. In