Guru Gaddi Day: Celebration of Shabad Guru


Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji. November 1, 1992

“Today, we are celebrating the Shabad Guru.  But what does it actually mean?  It means Naam. It means perpetual experience of happiness. It means ecstasy. It means Anand.  It means a lot of things. But it is not practiced. It is not understood. Naam means noun. Noun means personal identity.  My personal identity bows to the Shabad Guru.  It’s a very simple human thing.  I bow that my words bring light to me and to my surroundings, even if I am in a grave. What does ecstasy mean, other than that?

It doesn’t matter what is wrong with you. It is immaterial. But when you speak, it should be heavenly.  It should be authentic. When you teach, it should be a penetrating, cut-throat, straight truth. Therefore, Shabad Guru means we are free from man’s opinion, worship or experience.  If we are free from man’s worship, then what are we worshipping?  We are worshipping ourselves as a man.  The Shabad Guru and its domain practically means that you worship yourself by yourself.  Be yourself, worship yourself, by yourself. That is exactly what Shabad Guru means.”

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