Today’s Sacred Text Sunday post comes from the Sikh holy book called the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. There are so many aspects of the Sikh faith that have inspired me as I have learned from the followers of this beautiful religion. One thing that has truly touched me is the respect and reverence they give to their holy book. I plan to write more about the Sikh faith later this month, but for today I will share a section from an often read part of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib called the Sukhmani Sahib. This passage was shared by my friend Raman Singh, the President of the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metro Detroit, Volunteer for Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit (WISDOM), World Sabbath and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

“The Sukhmani Sahib is comprised of 24 sections and each has 8 subsections. Sukhmani means the garland of Peace. Sometimes we read the whole thing, sometimes we read just one of the sections and sometimes we read the subsections.  Each of the 24 sections has a theme, which is described in a short couplet that comes before the 8 subsections 

This one I am sharing comes from the second section. I will share the couplet and first subsection with you. These thoughts have been very comforting during these uncertain times.”

Shalok:

O Destroyer of the pains and the suffering of the poor, O Master of each and every heart, O Masterless One:I have come seeking Your Sanctuary. O God, please be with Nanak!

Ashtapadee:

Where there is no mother, father, children, friends or siblings

O my mind, there, only the Naam, the Name of the Lord, shall be with you as your help and support.

Where the great and terrible Messenger of Death shall try to crush you,

There, only the Naam shall go along with you.

Where the obstacles are so very heavy,

The Name of the Lord shall rescue you in an instant.

By performing countless religious rituals, you shall not be saved.

The Name of the Lord washes off millions of sins.

As Gurmukh, chant the Naam, O my mind.

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