Satnaam is made up of 2 words , Sat and Naam
Sat – It means ” True / Everlasting ”
combined together SAT + NAM means – whose name is truth and everlasting , SATNAM is used with EkomKar
What is the meaning of Ek oan Kar
OAN , it’s a sacred word which is used in starting or end of religious book or sacred ceremony, and is meant to be everywhere
So Ek Oan Kar means one almighty god who is the one who is the without change and is present everywhere.
A lot of us have never learned the meaning of our banis. We have been reciting the banis since our childhood, when our mom used to tell us that we should do Japji Sahib in the morning to remember our Waheguru, we used to do path at school as a daily activity, but never thought of actually learning the meaning of the same, some of you may have interest was in doing sewa in Gurudwara sahib as that involved physical work , thats one of the important part of sikh life i.e Seva and some get bored learning our Gurubani as its also Education and as we all know young age or elder educating a person is very difficult , sometimes people get bored sometimes we are not willing to learn and sometimes we dont have time, We are thinking of daily posting and educating about our Gurubani so that with daily little information about our gurubani we all could learn something about Gurubani.
We will be sharing small articles everyday whenever we are wrong in any of the posts, if anybody reads the same please correct us.
“Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki fateh”
Day 1 post will be shorly posted, lets see what we learn.
Below is the what we will be learning about in the coming days
We will start with our Nitnem( our Daily naam , our Banis that every sikh is supposed to read daily)
Personally I believe that every religion teaches proper way of life, and in Sikhism also we have different Banis at different times of the day so that we should always remember our God, our Waheguru, and as everyone says that we should wake up early in the morning so we have banis in the morning and some Sikhs( or anyone who understands the importance or Gurubani) even start there day at 3 am daily, to wake up and do their daily Naam simran/ Nitnem of 5 banis and then start their daily works, and remember the god all day, Morning Prayers according to sikh mariyada is supposed to be done before sunrise i.e before 6am. In evening do Rehras Sahib at sunset and at night do Kirtan Sahila before sleep.Proper way of living peacefully away from any sins and bad habits.
Basically gurbani is what is written by our Gurus , “Gur” “Bani”, Gur : teacher , “bani” : words
“Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki fateh”
Being a Sikh we all come along question why do we wear this accessory, why Kara and most of us don’t know why we wear it what is the significance of Sikh’s 5 kakars, so I started looking for a reason for wearing the Kara on my wrist, I had cloudy memories on what my mom tough me and my brother about the Kara, that
It’s a symbol of equality and we should always wear it to salute and remember the sacrifices of our gurus and Shaheeds,
At that time I was convinced and as you know when we grow up we sometimes forget what we have learned or we want in-depth knowledge,
Below is what I found when I started searching online
Kara symbolizes dignity, equality, independence and emancipation from slavery.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Khalsa Panth was born in year 1469 in Punjab, the land of five rivers. Coincidentally this was the same year when in the west Machiavelli was also born.
This was the time when the Indian society was cursed with four divisions on the basis of birth in a particular clan. Vast majority was termed as shudras, or so-called lower castes. The biggest hallenge that the Guru faced at that time was to ensure the upliftment of vast majority of the people who were facing blood-stained subjugation, torture, humiliation, and deprivation, not on the basis of their ethnicity, colour, gender, knowledge, race or region, but the birth in the house of a shudra
That was the time when the alleged low castes were deprived of their right to enter or participate in the temples of learning, and temples of religious prayers. A human being deprived of these two gifts will become and behave in a manner less than human beings. In older times the cursed were branded or forced to live in ghettos. Perpetuating and implementing his thoughts Manu, founding father of the socio-religious laws of Hindus, pronounced that the low caste shudras should wear the black-iron ornaments.
Their dress (shall be) the garments of the dead, (they shall eat) their food from broken dishes, black iron (shall be) their ornaments, and they must always wander from place to place. [Manu Smriti – Chapter X, canto 52.]
This was not acceptable to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev ji. In absolute humility and humbleness, he categorically declared and identified himself with the lowest of the low by saying,
ਜਿਥੈਨੀਚਸਮਾਲੀਅਨਿਤਿਥੈਨਦਰਿਤੇਰੀਬਖਸੀਸ ॥4 ॥3॥
(ਗੁ.ਗ੍ਰੰ.ਸਾ. ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ, ਮ:1)
Nanak seeks the company of the lowest of the low class, the very lowest of the low. Why should he try to compete with the great? In that place where the lowly are cared for-there, the Blessings of Your Glance of Grace rain down. ||4||3||
(Guru Granth Sahib, Siri Rag, M:1)
This message was carried to its logical ends by the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh when he initiated the Khalsa Panth by bestowing Amrit (nectar). In order to de-brand the so-called shudras and to bestow divine acceptance to all he directed every Sikh to always wear kara (black iron bangle like ornament) on the wrist.
Kara thus became a divine hand-cuff reminding the adherent of his obligation to follow the diktats and desist from prohibited commands.
Thus wearing a Kara means we all are equal, we will always remember our gurus and their teachings of always doing what’s right.
What metal should we wear Kara of?
After being convinced by the above I also came to know that we should always wear a Black iron Kara, These days people are also wearing Kara of various metals e.g. silver, copper, gold etc some seems to have allergy from iron, some like to wear different metals. I am not against anything as far as we remember that we wearing the Guru’s Kara and should always think that we are all equal and should always do what’s right its fine .
Some websites have scientific reason for wearing the Kara also
Iron has magnetic power and receives the energy coming through the Root Chakra. This energy is basic, pure and impeccable. Iron, as a natural metal, has an electromagnetic field which is capable of storing this energy and reflecting it back to us when we need to bring balance to our physical and spiritual health. It heals the subconscious mind, helps to strengthen the heart Charka and to have a blissful experience of the soul.
Which arm to wear Kara in?
Men should wear the Kara on the right hand and women on the left. He says that balances the dominating hemispheres of the brain accordingly.
The Indian Nihangs wear their Kara on both arms as they see themselves as not man and not woman, but as creation of God. That way both hemispheres are being balanced. Some Sikhs also believe that you should wear the Kara on the hand you use the most as it reminds you not to do anything unjust with that hand.