Why Sikhs Practice Morning Sadhana

Our identity as a Sikh represents a discipline of comprehensive commitment to our higher consciousness, which Sikhs believe is a direct connection to God.

Our life force is based on the sun’s energy, and when the sun hits the sixty degree angle, we are on the sliding projection of the top peak of our mental projection. This time of day can be called Picha, Amrit Vela, “Ambrosial Hours,” or other names.

All those who do Sadhana have to deeply commit to that particular hour. Because that is the hour when a person wants to sleep. It is the most burdened hour because, even if we do not rise to meditate, we will often not have the energy to sleep restfully. Instead we dream. Even when we sleep for eight hours, scientific studies on sleep patterns prove we are generally only in deep sleep for approximately one hour—traveling up and down in deep and light sleep, like a roller coaster, through the night. In the REM (rapid eye movement) state we are dreaming and losing energy.

Sikhs believe that during the ambrosial hours, when the sun hits sixty degrees up from the nadir, we are at our best. When the sun hits any longitude and latitude at sixty degrees, we can change our attitude and inner vitality to gather the virtues. When we rise in the ambrosial hours, meditate, and empty our subconscious mind, the unconscious mind can bring in virtues and opportunities. That is Simran—self-purification. Those who practice Sadhana have increased vitality, and increased vitality gives us the opportunity to embrace our destiny.

Amrit Vela Sach NaoSikhs believe that when we rise in the ambrosial hours, and praise the Infinite Lord, we will be covered. The gate of salvation will be within our reach. In the ambrosial hours, many devotees and Gursikhs are awake. They all meditate and do their Nitnem. Thus a huge combining of the forces in the heaven showers blessings on the people of earth who are awake at that time to receive the blessings. This is ecstasy.

~Resource: this information was originally shared in the book Living Reality (1994) by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa.