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My next Gurdwara trip will be to a politically-oriented one. A Smagam is coming up and I am told that “Usually Singhs have all books of Bhai Sahib at Smagams.” It has been recommended that I fetch and read Bhai Randhir Singh’s book titled “Anhad Shabad Dasam Duar”.
Check the link under Smagam for an an experiential description. Alternate spellings are Samagam and Smaagam. The word means 'gathering'.
In Smagams, Sikhs gather for Kirtan and Gurbani recitatals and apparently the Singhs bring the books written by Bhai Randhir Singh, who is a “Freedom Fighter, Reformer, Theologian, and Hero of Lahore Conspiracy Case, First Prisoner of Gurduara Reform Movement”.
Any more than that and I dare not say until I've been to one! I expect it will be interesting. Hahaha!
Sat Sri Akal,
I must admit that i do have that strange feeling when i visit the Gurdwara especially if all the Sangat members are present in the hall and when i move in and bow before the Guru, the back of my mind says all the Sangat is watching you, and i become uncomfortable and strange feeling of shyness comes within me. I am not able to get rid of this problem. Probably this issue is because of me being an introvert and a shy natured guy.
Well done for taking the first step to get to a Gurdwara. Kelli do forgive me upfront if I overstep the mark or make you feel uncomfortable with what I am about to write.If in any way it helps you then I feel that I have passed on Wahagurus message. I also write from personal experience.
When people have personal problems or issues they turn to God looking for the answer to their problems, the answers and solutions to the problems are within ourselves, going to the Gurdwara and being with the Sangat is a catalyst environment for Guru ji to help us find our own solutions to the challenges we have. For me personally there used to be a time that I would pray and ask Guru ji to help me with certain problems, after a while the realization came to me that instead of focusing on myself actually to ask how I may be able serve Guru Ji. In doing this I found that I was not focused on my problems and instead was focused finding the solutions as WahaGuru ji in his safe environment helped me empty my mind and let go of the past. Kelli in my opinion you have a calling to attend the Gurdwara, when you are able to let go of your personal fears and are more in touch with yourself and allow Guru Ji in your heart all shall be taken care of
Sat Sri A Kal
Chiranjeev Aka Raj