Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sikhi and Being Healthy

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

So Daas had a fitness test done, and it turned out pretty well. Anyways while talking to the personal trainer and nutrionist, they went over 5 areas of healthy living. Exercise, Nutrition, Vitamins, Sleep, Attitude.

I won't get in to the specifics of each topic, but I will talk about the correlations of some of the advice I recieved with the lessons our Guru Sahibs gave us. Below is the advice given in Fitness books and by trainers:

1) Attitude: Wake up every morning and thank god for everything you have, spend some time meditating each morning when you wake up, and meditate before sleeping at night.

Guru Sahib has given us Amritvela, aswell as RakhiyaDe Shabad and Kirtan Sohila before bedtime, and told us to do swaas swaas simran 24/7. Science is just starting to scratch the surface of the benefits of this.

2) Nutrition: Only eat as much as your body needs, don't over eat or under eat. In the past people have talked about certain diets and how to eat to much of one type of food and less of another, but now scientists are realizing this may not be wise.

Guru Sahib has told us to just eat when you need to, not to eat for taste, but for need.

3) Sleep: A human being runs on a 24hr clock based on the sun. When we mess with our sleeping patters it has an adverse effect on our health. No matter what we should be asleep from 11pm to 1am, as this is the time the body gets the most fruit from sleeping.

Guru Sahib has told us that when one day turns into the next we should be sleeping, and we should wake up amritvela. Science is just scratching the surface of the advice Guru Sahib has given us.


In conclusion, many of us trust science, and books and reports, but we don't trust Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib knows all, and has already given us all the advice we need on how to live our lives, we don't need to look anywhere else. If we study Gurbani, SGGS, Dasam Granth, Sarbloh Granth, all the answers are given to us. Where to take out daswandh, how to interact with
others, when to talk - when not to talk,how to fight a righteous war, how to play politics and with who, how to protect ones self from the 5 vikaars, how to protect from slipping into the trap of kaam, how to protect onesself from false accustations, and so much more.

We have no need to use our own mind, or look to books to figure out how to live, Guru Sahib loves us so much that they gave us everything right there infront of us, all we have to do is make the effort to learn from Guru Sahib.

Some people think that they have Sikhi all figured out, but if we learn a new thing every single day, after a million years we still wouldn't know it all.

What a Treasure that Guru Sahib has left us with, what a treasure we have in what we call Sikhi.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh