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wjkk wjkf,

I just wanted to ask, as a sikh, what do we need to know about meditation? I know its a big part of sikhi and dasam duar and stuff, but in a world where everyone is becoming more busy and stressed out and they find that life is deeper than the materalialism and maya, I feel like more people are willing to try out spirituality and meditation, i want to know what to say to people about the sikh way of meditation, When people think of meditation they usually think of like buhddist zen meditation or the hindu vedas or something, or even kundalini yoga and yogi bhagan (can someone explain the deal on that guy aswell) But not sikh meditation, whats the best way to describe our meditation of naam and how can i reccommend it to people who want to get into mediation?

Thank you look forward to any response

Wjkk Wjkf

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Waheguru ji ka khalsa

Waheguru ji ki fateh

Best option is to bring them in Sadh Sangat.

It could be a Naam Simran program like Akhand Jaap.

Let them experience for themselves.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa

Waheguru ji ki fateh

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We meditate on the creator. His qualities and praises. But especially his name. Waheguru. We constantly repeat this name it means Wonderful Enlightener or Amazing Guru or Wow The being who takes us from darkness to light. Our goal is to become like the creator through two ways: meditate and practice godly/saintly qualities like compassion, sweetness, ever happiness, truthful, loving, humility, contentment etc and to realize that we are truly a soul which came from god so realize this world is fleeting and our true origins and our trueself and merge with god.

Basically we meditate by repeating waheguru over and over so that we can become more spiritual/moral and realize our soul.

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When people think of meditation they usually think of like buhddist zen meditation or the hindu vedas or something, or even kundalini yoga and yogi bhagan (can someone explain the deal on that guy aswell)

Yogic meditation is showmanship - it's becoming popular because sitting in a lotus pose makes pretentious Western people feel profound and spiritual. As for Kundalini, it's predicated on the whole idea that there is some energy coiled at the base of the spine which needs to be awakened and redirected elsewhere. A glancing familiarity with Sikhi should be enough for people to conclude that these activities are not in keeping with the humble and simplistic spirit of Sikhi.

This. unfortunately, is also why Sikh meditation will have a hard time catching on. It doesn't appeal to people's small minded need for theater - they want cool poses and zany eastern music in the background. All one has to do to enter Samadhi is empty themselves of everything but the Naam for a few moments - you can do this sitting on a sofa. It requires immense willpower, but it helps if you chant the naam out loud and surround yourself with brothers and sisters who are doing the same.

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Yogic meditation is showmanship - it's becoming popular because sitting in a lotus pose makes pretentious Western people feel profound and spiritual. As for Kundalini, it's predicated on the whole idea that there is some energy coiled at the base of the spine which needs to be awakened and redirected elsewhere. A glancing familiarity with Sikhi should be enough for people to conclude that these activities are not in keeping with the humble and simplistic spirit of Sikhi.

This. unfortunately, is also why Sikh meditation will have a hard time catching on. It doesn't appeal to people's small minded need for theater - they want cool poses and zany eastern music in the background. All one has to do to enter Samadhi is empty themselves of everything but the Naam for a few moments - you can do this sitting on a sofa. It requires immense willpower, but it helps if you chant the naam out loud and surround yourself with brothers and sisters who are doing the same.

Sikhi has always been incredibly difficult, most want to complicate things especially for the simplest path to Vaheguru, people want the difficulty.
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