This mantra prayer is dedicated to Guru Amar Das, the 3rd of the Sikh Gurus. He was Guru for 7 years. He inspires us to live a life of humility, compassion, integrity, and service. Known as the Lord of Miracles, the days leading up to Guru Amar Das’ birthday are said to be an auspicious time for the fulfillment of blessings and prayers.
Guru Ram Das stressed the importance of mantra singing (kirtan), which remains an essential part of the Sikh tradition. There are 688 hymns composed by Guru Ram Das which have different spiritual teachings for Sikhs, that are in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh supreme Granth.
Moreover, Guru Ram Das composed a sacred hymn known as ”Lawan” in Suhi Mohalla 4, page 773 of Guru Granth Sahib, and asked his Sikhs followers to chant them to solemnize marriages. The powerful Sabad ”Lawan” embodies in itself a profound lesson for the couple to develop a true love for each other.
Ardas Bhaee Mantra lyrics in Gurmukhi:
”Ardaas bhayee, amar das guru
Amar das guru, ardaas bhayee
Raam das guru, raam das guru
Raam das guru, sachee sahee.”
Ardas Bhaee mantra translation and meaning:
”The prayer has been given to Guru Amar Das. The prayer is manifested by Guru Ram Das. The miracle is complete.”
The great Yogi Bhajan said about this healing chant that it is “the highest prayer” or “the prayer of all prayers”, with the power to fulfill all desires and prayers.
“Normally there is no power in the human but the power of prayer. And to do prayer, you have to put your mind and body together and then pray from the soul. Ardas Bhaee is a mantra prayer. If you sing it, your body, mind, and soul automatically combine and without saying what you want, the need of life is adjusted. That is the magic of this mantra prayer.” – Yogi Bhajan.
Ardas Bhaee meditation technique:
There is no right time to practice meditation, but the best time for spiritual practice is in the morning, between the hours of four and six o’clock.
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position (easy pose) with elevated hips and closed eyes. Put your hands on opposite shoulders. Your arms must cross. Hold your shoulders well, the arms relaxed on the chest. This is the posture of peace.
Focus your attention on your breathing and relax. Notice as the air goes in and out of your body. Feel the energy. Feel the gentle rise and fall of your lungs. Once you are feeling relaxed, begin to silently repeat this mantra to yourself. Continue to repeat the mantra over and over in your mind.
To bring the mantra to a close, slowly let your repeating decrease until it fades away as an external sound and can only be heard mentally. Then let the internal sound fade away into silence. At the end of the meditative practice, sit in the resonant silence, letting the vibrant silence have a refreshing healing effect on your body and mind.
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