Does your experience of life reflect the 'normal' ups and downs, heightened only by your desires? Is it simply your lot as a human being to live this transitory existence, of being bounced around in a perpetual cycle of happiness, sorrow and apathy? Or is there a way out of this cycle?
Drawing upon timeless wisdom, Anand: Living Blissfully shows that a way out of this cycle is not only possible, but that it is eminently feasible. Through an enlightened, disciplined and inspired living, Anand (a blissful life) is possible. However, it requires courage to leave what you already know.
Have you had enough of happiness? Are you ready for bliss?
Born in India, Gaurav holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and lives in Palatine, Illinois, with his lovely wife and two amazing daughters. A prolific speaker and a budding poet, Gaurav is a lover of Gurbani, reading, music and the outdoors; a sports enthusiast, philosopher, teacher and he is a student of politics, psychology, among others. Called to serve as a pathway for fulfillment of human possibility, Gaurav takes every opportunity to meaningfully engage with those interested. He can be reached via email at AnandTheBook@gmail.com or at www.1infinite.com or on Facebook.
Prayer is an essential part of Sikhism. As food nourishes and strengthens the body, prayer purifies the mind uplifts the soul.
Sikhs are ordained to rise in the morning and meditate on the Name of God ‘Waheguru’.
They are also expected to do ‘Nitnem’ which literally means ‘Daily Routine’.
Nitnem is composed of a collection of five prayers to be done during different periods of the day.
Morning (3 prayers) Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib and Sawaiye.
Evening (1 prayer) – Rehras Sahib
Night (1 prayer) – Kirtan Sohila
Ardaas should be done after every prayer session.
I have included Ardaas for the reader in this book too.
The person who forms the habit of doing Nitnem daily, ultimately experiences bliss and peace.
While the best experience would be derived from reading the prayers in Gurmukhi, there should be no hindrance for anyone who does not know the Gurmukhi script, to do Nitnem
While every effort has been made to simplify the transliteration, I encourage the reader to read the prayers while listening to them in audio format a couple of times.
This will help them grasp the correct pronunciation.
There is a section for links to the individual prayers in YouTube. This will help to get the correct pronunciation, or if you wish to just listen to the prayers.
This prayer book is perfect to carry around in one’s device, so the prayers can be performed from anywhere.
It is also a wonderful gift to offer to friends and family.
After doing prayers regularly, one can look for translation books to assist in helping understand the Bani.
I am certain that by Waheguru ji’s grace, the reader will eventually seek to learn the Gurmukhi script.