By Promod Puri
“Satnam Waheguru,” two simple words of profound spiritual significance.
A companion in solitude, Satnam Waheguru, where the universal truth of His wonders is accepted with utmost reverence. And that adoration becomes a prayer, Satnam Waheguru, Satnam Waheguru….
‘Sat’ stands for Truth, ‘Nam’ identifies that Truth.
‘Wahe’ is a feel of ‘wow’ moment, an exclamation of the divine Wonder.
Guru is interpreted here as the path that leads us from darkness to light. It is the journey towards truth and enlightenment.
Satnam Waheguru is a pragmatic or logical approach towards the understanding of God, rather than worshipping Him as a divine image.
Satnam Waheguru is meditative in its spirit installing harmony in our conscious mind.
For that reason, Satnam Waheguru is a repetitive mantra that flows well with our inhaling and exhaling breathing. Here the mantra breaks down into four steps: Sat-Nam-Wahe-Guru; repeat: Sat-Nam-Wahe-Guru….
There is no healing, a therapeutic or miracle value in the Satnam Waheguru mantra, but it does initiate a conscientious mind of spiritual significance.
Satnam Waheguru, in all its elements, is a mantra, a prayer, and a divine companion in solitary moments.
Dear Promod Puri. Thank you for the insightful article for our Sikh faith. “SatNam Waheguru”.
I would like to correct you on one sentence you mention “ There is no healing, a therapeutic or miracle value in the Satnam Waheguru mantra, but it does initiate a conscientious mind of spiritual significance.“
SatNam WaheGuru helps one creates a conscientious mind of spiritual significance, heals the mind, purifies the mind, provides therapeutic relief and is consider a miracle mantra and prayer.
Please amend the sentence accordingly.
Thanks for your comment. I agree that “Sat Naam Wahe Guru….” beside a prayer “helps one creates a conscientious mind of spiritual significance, heals the mind, purifies the mind.” But I disagree that the mantra has miracle values. If we believe in that hypothesis, then we believe in blind faith. In “Guru Maneo Granth” declaration, Guru Gobind Singj-ji explicitly says khoj shabad mein le, he rejects blind faith or miracle, rather an emphasis on khoj (research). Moreover, the mantra is not a prescription medicine that its reciting would cure some ailment.
Dear Promod Puri, Thank you for your reply.
But the word miracle is very subjective. Plus miracles are also based on personal experiences and personal beliefs.
What if someone believes SatNam WaheGuru is a mantra or prayer which enables them to experience miracles, who are we to deny them that.
Plus when I say miracles I say in a sense a miracle on a spiritual level not on a materialistic plane.
A mantra has the ability to cure physical ailments and internal issues, like a placebo effect, again it’s all in the belief of the individual that if he or she repeats the prayer or mantra they may be cured on a conscious and subconscious level.
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Yes, in the Biology of Belief, a mantra cures physical ailments, which is the scientific rationale for Mantra’s power. Like you, I also take it in the sense of its spiritual values rather than on the “materialistic plane.”
Dear Promod Puri, thank you for the reply.
I’m glad we both have a clear consensus on sentence.
If you don’t mind, please edit the original sentence in your article to reflect what we discussed. Thank you.
The essence of the mantra lies more in its spiritual sense rather than any miracle value to cure physical ailments. Therefore, I won’t downgrade the mantra as a prescription medicine. The sentence will stay. And with that, I close the discussion. Once again, thanks for your views.