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Summary of Question:Suggestion For A Meaningful Sikh Reading
Category:Gurbani
Date Posted:Sunday, 7/18/2004 4:15 PM MDT

As way of background, I am a Sikh and am getting married next month. We will have 2 wedding ceremonies - one a sikh ceremony and the other at a non-denominational meeting house. For the latter ceremony, I would like someone close to me to do a reading that incorporates either a meaningful passage from the guru granth sahib (in english) or a reading that enunciates the sikh way of living . . .


I would be greatly appreciative of any suggestions you may have.

Thanks.

Prabhkirat Narula

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Sat Siri Akaal. Other than the Lavan (wedding song recited at Sikh weddings), you might try this:
SHALOK, THIRD MEHL:
O bride, decorate yourself, after you surrender and accept your Husband Lord. Otherwise, your Husband Lord will not come to your bed, and your ornaments will be useless. O bride, your decorations will adorn you, only when your Husband Lord's Mind is pleased. Your ornaments will be acceptable and approved, only when your Husband Lord loves you. So make the Fear of God your ornaments, joy your betel nuts to chew, and love your food. Surrender your body and mind to your Husband Lord, and then, O Nanak, He will enjoy you. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The wife takes flowers, and fragrance of betel, and decorates herself. But her Husband Lord does not come to her bed, and so these efforts are useless. || 2 ||
THIRD MEHL: They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together. They alone are called husband and wife, who have one light in two bodies. || 3 ||
PAUREE: Without the Fear of God, there is no devotional worship, and no love! for the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Meeting with the True Guru, the Fear of God wells up, and one is embellished with the Fear and the Love of God. When the body and mind are imbued with the Lord's Love, egotism and desire are conquered and subdued. The mind and body become immaculately pure and very beautiful, when one meets the Lord, the Destroyer of ego. Fear and love all belong to Him; He is the True Lord, permeating and pervading the Universe. || 9 || (Page: 788 in SGGS) .

In the end, this is very personal; I suggest you spend some time with Siri Guru Granth Sahib yourself to determine what shabd fits the occassion for you. Guru ang sang
-DKK



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