Our Guru, as Sikhs, is in the form of a Book, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. There is paper, pages, ink and words. Yet is not a book. It is a Living Guru.
Written on the pages are hymns called shabads which encode the Naad, the original Sound or vibrational frequency, of the Universe.
DOORWAY TO THE DIVINE
A Guru is the Doorway to the Divine. The Guru brings you to God, to your highest Self. The Guru not only gives Teachings to guide and uplift, but awakens your soul to its purpose, as we are usually born asleep to our consciousness and must, at some point, wake up!
Traditionally Gurus are in the form of humans. A disciple’s relationship is to serve, worship, obey, and be awakened by their Guru.
If your Guru is a human, you can serve them in their human needs or duties – care for their clothes, cook their food, carry their water and fetch their wood. Clean their homes, massage their feet, serve them food and drink.
It is pleasurable to sit at their feet, have their Darshan (be in the Presence of), listen to them speak, ask questions. Record their lectures and discourses, rent the hall and invite people. It is a great honour to prepare a special area for your Guru to sit and wave a fan over their heads.
These activities bring humility, develop reverence and a heart-connection through this relationship with a Living Being.
AQUARIAN GURU, NO MIDDLEMAN, YOU ARE THE GURU
With His Hukam (Command) the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh Ji changed this relationship forever. Our Guru is now in the form of a Book, the relationship is still one of worship and service but there is a dramatic difference.
We care for and bow before the Guru: wrap and cover the Guru in beautiful cloths, create a throne for and wave a fan over the Guru. To awaken the Guru we now open the Angs (pages lit. limbs) and retire the Guru by closing the Angs and placing the Guru in a prepared space for the night.
More importantly, however, we can now read the Words of the Guru ourselves, create the Sound Current (Naad) ourselves and literally become the Sound of the Guru – the Shabd Guru, the original Sound that created and sustains the integrity of form in the manifest Universe. Creating this Sounds shatters old programs of fear residing within and allows the Authentic Self to develop.
This is the Aquarian Form of Guru. The middleman is gone. No longer do we give away our power to an Other, but we now have direct access to the Guru force. We create the Sound with our own tongue, larynx, and voice. This Sound then vibrates the glandular systems in our head, the pituitary and pineal glands, that then communicate with all the body’s systems to activate our highest consciousness by increasing the neuronal pathways in the brain for optimal activity. Not only are we healed – made whole – by the resonance of the Sound’s high vibration, but all those listening are equally healed.
READING, SINGING EFFECT ON THE BRAIN
Then, the act of reading the letters as words, and creating rhythm for its poetic form, programs our brain to balance the hemispheres, right and left, and bring us personally into wholeness. After reading from the Guru we are refreshed, relaxed and in a more positive, expanded state of being.
Too, there is the enormous body of study of the musical raags (types of scales) in which each of the shabads(hymns) are composed. Singing not only balances the brain, it reduces the stress of the limbic system which rules the emotions. Singing shabads channel emotional energy into devotion, a powerful heart-centred experience and merger with the Divine. The Guru and the disciple become One. And all those participating- the sangat – can also merge into Oneness as a group consciousness.
This Dharma teaches that there is only one God (Oneness). It is through the Guru that this union is accomplished and that the ultimate goal of the student or disciple is to become the Guru, the Field of Intuitive Awareness, for the Reality is that the Guru and the disciple are the same.
This is the Miracle of Guru Ram Das.