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It Is 6 Am as I Walk Into the Divan Hall at Sidak

An Inspiring Morning

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2016
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It Is 6 Am as I Walk Into the Divan Hall at Sidak

An Inspiring Morning

Tuesday
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26
July
2016
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It Is 6 Am as I Walk Into the Divan Hall at Sidak

An Inspiring Morning

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July
2016
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To spend two-weeks immersed into Sikh culture, language, values, and community is a gift beyond measure. A feast for mind and the senses. The 160-acre border of the Khalsa Centre overlooking Miracle Valley is enveloped in majestic trees on multiple lakes amidst breathtaking beauty in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Voices chanting Vahiguru, Vahiguru fill me. Arpinder Kaur, is already there. She guides us ever so gently as we recite five pauris’ from Asa-ki-Var. Her love, dedication and patience is truly humbling.

After Asa-ki-Var a Sidaker sings:


“Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Light, recognize your Origin.
Consciousness, the All-Pervading is with you; through the Guru’s Wisdom, embrace the Color.
Acknowledge your worth; recognize your Owner; understand death and birth.
Through Guru’s Grace, know the One; there is none but the One.
Consciousness synchronized, sound resounds; celebration transpires.
Says Nanak: Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Light – recognize your own worth.
-Guru Granth Sahib 441

Eyes mist, for many moons ago this was the line, “Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Light, recognize your Origin,” that entered my consciousness and my journey with Guru began.

And then…

The Hukam…

“In my prime, I did not realize that I was only a guest at my father’s home (in this world)…O! Breath of Breath, O! Life of Life (Bal Ram Jeo)
The fortunate-Colored-maiden  is eternally wedded; never widowed, never stained…
Maya (illusion) departs crying; seeing the bride and Groom (in love)…
Says Nanak: Pain of separation dissipates; cradled in Guru’s Wisdom…”
-Guru Granth Sahib 763

I listen carefully, the Hukam is for me.

Pangs of separation have been arising within me.

I pause.

I reflect.

Why the pangs? For the one I love resides within and is always with me. I need to go deep inside and bathe in the fountain of love. For there, I will be in harmony with the one I love.

A truly inspiring morning….

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