Muscle Man

Narayan flexing his muscles trying to show his strength. Then he jumps on me and we wrestled for a while till I gave in to his strength.

16 Responses to “Muscle Man”

  1. Anonymous says:

    how does narayan meditate?
    does he do bani’s?
    we would love to see that too.

  2. Narayan is still learning. We are trying to encourage him and teach him to meditate with us. He is only 3 years old, however he does know Mulmantra and some other sections of banis that we may chant.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gurumustuk Singh ji,

    Do you plan to send Narayan to India for studies as you had gone there?

    Also, I was wondering what your daily routine is like… I mean as far as when you do your banis?

  4. I do plan to send Narayan to school in India (Miri Piri Academy, Amritsar).

    My daily routine varies however I do specific things every day as part of my Sadhana.

    I normally get up in the morning and do some yoga first to stretch my body and give my body a “tune up”. I then do a some meditation and then end with Japji Sahib. In the evening I do Kirtan Sohila with Narayan. It normally takes about 45minutes to an hour.

    I have been working on being consistant with this practice and making a base to slowly build my practice. I have gone through many ups and downs in my spiritual practice and I am trying to be stable, rather than do more than I can and then stop.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does meditation really help you stay focused when you are reading your banis? I have a really hard time staying focused even when I’m just listening to the banis.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your response Gurumustak Singh ji.

    I have one more question for you and that is, do you read the Punjabi or English versions of banis? If Punjabi, then did you learn Punjabi when you were in India? I don’t know how to read Punjabi but, I want to learn. Do you recommend any websites or programs (I.E. audio/video)?

    Better yet, how about creating a little section on you’re website on learning Punjabi?? :))

  7. To answer the first question about meditation and banis. Doing banis is a meditation, however I do other meditations which definitely help me stay focused when doing banis. Part of the reason why we as Sikhs are supposed to get up early in the morning to do our Sadhana is that this is a special time of day. A quiet time, before the hustle and bustle of the day starts.

    I find that I don’t like to do banis by just listening to a CD, and especially not do other things while doing banis. I love to multi-task but I have found that I don’t get as much out of doing bani when I am trying to do other things….and just “getting the bani done”.

    Doing banis shouldn’t become a chore that you “have to do”. It should be a daily experience and connection to the Guru.

    When I do banis, my mind does start to wander…and I always try to be conscious of this and bring it back and focused on the bani. I try to feel the bani through me as I recite it and get into it.

    If you want to try a very simple breath meditation you can do try this before doing your banis next time.

    Sit with your spine straight, eyes closed. Take the thumb of your right hand and close off your right nostril (of your nose) and start to breath in, long and deep. Fill your lungs with air and then slowly let it out. When you inhale mentally chant in your head “Sat” and on exhale mentally think “Nam”.

    Continue this for at least 3 minutes. The left nostril is very “cooling” and “relaxing”. Breathing through your right nostril is “energizing”. You should feel more calm and centered when done. Then do your banis and see what happens!

  8. I do my banis in Gurmukhi/Punjabi. I learn them in school (when I was in India – Mussoorie, Dehradun – UP) so know them mostly by memory, but need a nitnem to help with the order of pauries.

    My wife Arjan does the banis using a nitnem with romanized punjabi since she can’t ready punjabi. These nitnems are readily available or you can download banis as on SikhNet.

    I am not familiar with any website that teach punjabi,but I have seen some of them. You can do a search:

    I actually registered the domain: with the idea to do something like this in the future. We’ll see :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very cool, Gurumustuk Singh ji!

    Thank you again answering my questions.

    Btw, I have to tell you i’m very glued to your blog! You are a very inspiring person!

  10. You are very welcome! I’m glued to the blog too! hahaha…

  11. sikho sikho gurmukhi says:

    on the topic of learning gurmukhi. i tried doing a web site a long time ago (6 years ago). i got only as far as learning/teaching the alphabet and when i had the time to go back and work on it some more i realized that i had lost all my hard work.

    it is extremely hard/exausting work to do a non-english website let alone try to teach someone. it’s not a one man job as i was trying to do.

    i’m willing to help…if someone wants to be the project manager. i’m sure there’s ’nuff of us out there. i’m proficient in c, java, html, css, javascript/jscript, cf, actionscript…i suppose flash would be the best software to use…i’m willing to donate 5 hours/week. sorry i can’t do much more(time wise) i feel horrible but i’m in love with my 9 month old and can’t get enough.
    [email protected]

  12. Anonymous says:

    this could be great help to the kids growing up here in western all are great.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gurumustuk Naryan looks like you when you used to be that small we love you and stay out of this heat love your cousin Jenny Miner

  14. Jaspal says:

    How long will he be there for? What studies will he be studying? I am keen to know more, is there a website? etc.?

  15. Anonymous says:

    HEY Gurumustuk your doing good and asome job keep it up Love your cousin jenny Miner kisses to you all miss you all take care email soon

  16. Anonymous says:

    Do you only do japji sahib ji? Or full panj banis – Jaap sahib, tav prasad swaiyae, chaupay sahib and anand sahib?