Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Does Anand Mean Leave?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

Have you ever noticed at the end of a keertan or at the end of a program at the gurdwara, once Anand Sahib starts everyone gets up and leaves. Some people come to listen to katha,, after the katha vaachak finishes they get up and leave, some people come to listen to a keertani, once the keertani is finished, they get up to leave. No matter which gurdwara you go to it’s the same scene. Once Anand Sahib starts people start getting up to leave.

This is wrong. We take out time to come listen to a keertani, or katha vaachak, but when its time for Guru Sahib to give us our orders for the day (hukamnama) we all get up and leave before hukam is given. We can sit and listen to keertani’s and katha vaachaks, is it really to much to ask for people to stick around for an extra 15 minutes for Anand Sahib, Ardas, and most importantly Hukamnama. Hukamnama is the most important thing to listen to, it is when Guru Sahib talks to us and tells us what to do. It is dissapointing to see that when it comes time for us to listen to Guru Sahibs hukam, most of the ‘darbar sahib’ is empty.

That’s where the question comes up, are people confused? When they hear the word Anand, when Anand Sahib starts, do they think Anand means leave? Because judging from peoples actions it seems like it does.

If we make the effort of going to the Gurdwara what is an extra 15 minutes to stay for Hukamnama so we can hear what Guru Sahib’s message to us is for that day. Guru Sahib gives us everything and does everything for us, the least we can do is stick around to listen to Guru Sahibs hukam to us

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh