How Do I Recognize the Shabad as my Guru?
The way to recognize your Guru is simple: does this bring you an experience of God within yourself? The spiritual teacher supports the process of going to the Guru, but the Guru is the carrier itself; it brings us to an experience of God within. In the Sikh faith, no human is a Guru. We have supporters who help us find and stay on the path and inspire us to keep going through our journey, ultimately connecting with the Shabad Guru to guide our way.
What makes the Shabad Guru so Special?
The Shabad Guru is written in the sound current of Naad, the sound of Infinity. This means that the mantras penetrate through our mind to connect us with our Infinite selves and bring us an experience of Infinity.
“Naad means the essence of all sounds. All languages contain sounds, which relate to one or more of the five elements of air, fire, water, earth, and ether. Gurbani is a perfect combination and permutation of sounds relating to all the five elements in complete balance…When you read and recite Gurbani, it stimulates your hypothalamus. It is totally different than any scriptures because Gurbani is made in a scientific way. One who knows the Naad, knows the Aad, the primal creativity. One who knows the Aad is Parameshwar, the Supreme God.
The whole language of Gurbani has the power to make a person divine, just in its recitation, if done correctly. One need not be concerned with the meaning for a change in consciousness. Read Gurbani in the way Guru says it, and understand it, and you will be in such ecstasy you will not believe it!
Shabad brings inner balance. The shabad has the power to control you and your mind, otherwise there is no way you or your mind can be controlled. When controlled, our minds can create great things, because the power of the mind is also very infinite. When disciplined, it can change the vibrations and the magnetic psyche of the Earth. Shabad is a part of the power of God, and when the shabad merges in you, you become God.
When Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru Nanak, compiled Siri Guru Granth Sahib in 1604, he put in only those banis which were in Naad. These compositions are called Gurbani.”
~ Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan