The following is an excerpt from the book Heroes, Saints and Yogis: Tales of Self Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma, compiled by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa and Guruka Singh Khalsa.
Anyone can take a Hukam. A Hukam is the “order of the day.” It is the Guru telling us what to remember and understand in order to guide our lives and put our circumstances into perspective. The procedure is that after covering your head and washing your hands, you stand and offer a prayer, make an offering, and bow your forehead to the ground, then go and sit behind the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. After chanting a few lines of an appropriate shabd or mantra, meditatively asking for guidance, you reverently open the pages of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib at random. When you see the first section or shabd that begins on that page, read it. It is the Guru’s direct message to you.
A hukam is understood with the heart, not the head. Let the Guru’s words penetrate and the meaning will become clear; you don’t have to ‘figure it out.’
The Hukam should be read out loud and clear with the understanding that you are conveying the Guru’s powerful pronouncement. It is the Guru speaking directly to the Sadh Sangat giving an order, an instruction to be meditated upon and taken to heart. So the reader sharing the Guru’s words needs to speak with firmness and conviction.
In the book Heroes, Saints and Yogis: Tales of Self Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma, compiled by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa and Guruka Singh Khalsa:
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