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Divine Mystic Reflections On Gurmat Book-Sant Naranjan Singh Ji

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very good book on Sikh Spirituality the website has many good book on spirituality

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http://www.gurukhoj.com/eBooks/SBNS%20eBook%2001%20DMROG%20ONE.pdf

DIVINE MYSTIC

REFLECTIONS ON GURMAT

BOOK 1

TOPICS ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

The Power Of Naam

Naam and the Mind

Naam Perkash

Naam and Naam Japna

The True and Authentic Guru

Who is a True Guru?

Khalsa

God's Love

Drink the Holy Amrit

Sensual Pleasures and Naam Ras

Union with God

The Sikh Way of Life

What is Sewa or Service?

What is God's Grace?

Waheguru Gurmantar

Daswand

Who is a Sikh?

Purpose of the Human Body

ABOUT THE B OOK:

In the words of Saint Scholar Naranjan Singh Ji,

the purpose of this book is to make one worthy of

the love of God and to enable him to receive His

bounties.

Presented in simple English and easy to the eye

fonts, the contents will stir any reader's

thoughts.

This is significant as Sant Ji had always

emphasised on "CONTEMPLATION" .

Readers will be amazed at the simplicity in which

seemingly difficult aspects of Gurbani and Sikhi

are explained with ease using examples and

analogies.

It will answer most (if not all) of the thoughts

and questions that we keep harboured in our

minds.

A highly recommended read for all - Sikhs and

non Sikhs.

QUOTATIONS FROM THE BOOK:

We sometimes feel happy and satisfied with what

little we offer to Guru Ji by way of a beautiful

rumala. It is a good gesture. Sometimes we place

a few dollars before Guru Ji as an offering. Guru

Ji explains that this gesture is only the ABC of

Gurmat. This is to say that, for maybe many

years, some of us have not progressed beyond

the stage of reading ABC. In other words, this is

only the beginning of Gurmat.

One great endeavour of all the Sikh Gurus was to

pull back and reduce the importance of their

physical selves in favour of the importance of

worship of God, devotion to Him, remembrance of

His Name - the things which are emphasized

most in the contents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Ultimately this reduction and withdrawal of

physical selves was complete and Sri Guru Granth

Sahib Ji became the Guru containing all their

teachings.

The Lord only wants the offering(paytaa) of body

and mind. Sometimes we surrender our body but

keep the mind to ourselves. The mind does not

surrender. Have you ever thought what would

take place when we reach the end of our road?

Well, the body will be burnt to ashes which will

be scattered by the wind in four direction. We

wouldn't know where the wind is going to deposit

us finally. It would be much better if we could

find some fire while we are still alive and burn our

ego into ashes. This burning of our ego will lead

us to the Lord's mansion.

To be successful in both the material and spiritual

worlds, it is extremely important for the mind to

be powerful. In this spiritual field, the war with

our mind is a lifelong process.

Japji Sahib was composed by Sri Guru Nanak

Sahib Ji. It is meant to be recited daily. It offers

a spiritual remedy for all our ills. It is a highly

inspired verse and the thoughts expressed therein

are of eternal value and significance. Its recitation

is useful in more than one way. It enables us to

enjoy communion with God. It helps us to realize

the Truth and thereby make our life more

purposeful and contented. We realize our real

selves. The recitation of Japji Sahib removes the

delusions from our minds and sets us on the road

to discover the eternal mind - the creator of the

universe.

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DIVINE MYSTIC

REFLECTIONS ON GURMAT

BOOK 2

download part 2

http://www.gurukhoj.com/eBooks/SBNS%20eBook%2002%20DMROG%20TWO.pdf

TOPICS ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

Gurmukh Marg

Secret of God's Hukam

To become Immortal

Salvation

Complete Surrender

Divine Knowledge

God's Grace

Birth & Death

How to Remember God

Peace of Mind

Nindah (Slander & Gossip)

Simran

Ardas

Amritvela

Gurbani

Peace of Mind

Aim of Human Life

Kirtan & Katha

A BOUT THE B OOK:

As described by Sant Ji, the purpose of this book

is to liberate man from the three-fold sufferings,

namely:

1. Physical disease.

2. Mental disharmony.

3. Spiritual ignorance.

The presention is similar to Book 1 - in simple

English and easy to the eye fonts.

Every analogy and assertion is backed by quotes

from Gurbani - all explained in a simple easy to

understand style.

Sant Ji had always emphasised on

"CONTEMPLATION" and the contents inevitably

lead the reader towards self examination.

It also highlights repeatedly the most important

endeavour required of us - NAAM JAPNA (ie. the

practical aspect).

QUOTATIONS FROM THE BOOK:

Upon waking up early in the morning and opening

our eyes, we should repeat "Dhan Sri Guru Granth

Sahib Ji" five times, before proceeding to perform

anything else. This will ensure that we will always

be in correct frequency with Guru Ji, similar to a

bulb connected to the powerline. Our centre or

powerhouse is the Lord.

There are lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of

people who believe in living Gurus whereas Sri

Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji's last words to his

Khalsa were, that, 'Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is

your living Guru now'. This is the same Jyot (or

light) that was in the 10 Gurus. Shabad is the

Guru. Sad to say, there are very few people now

who have real faith in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as

their eternal Guru.

In life, there are two things which one would be

wise to remember : one is the theory and the

other is the practise. For example : an engineer

may know everything theoretically about

engineering, but, as long as he is incapable of

carrying out construction work practically, so long

he would be unsuccessful in his work. Therefore

the principles of theory must be followed by

principles of practise.

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