Hukam, or “Hukamnama” is usually translated to mean “Divine Command” or “Divine Order”. The Hukam is a randomly-selected reading of a section of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. And it is seen as an instruction from the Divine.
A Hukam is usually taken each day but it can be taken whenever guidance is needed. Sikhs around the world seek the guidance of their Guru through the technology of the Hukam, feeling the wisdom of the Guru penetrate as the words are read aloud. These words can address global issues as well the most personal.
Sikh Dharma International has created this page on our website to provide resources to learn about the technology of the Hukam and for any individual to learn how to take a Hukam. Here you will find a video in our “How to Video Series” entitled, “How to Take a Hukam” that shows, step-by-step the protocols and procedures for taking a Hukam. This video also addresses the differences in handling a mixed-language version of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib as opposed to an all-Gurmukhi version. You will find other resources here, such as where to find the daily Hukam from the Siri Harimandir Sahib, the Golden Temple.
May reading from the Guru bring you many blessings, so that you may always live in Chardi Kala (exalted spirit).