Ardas is a Sikh prayer that is recited on various occasions, such as before and after religious services, at the start and end of community gatherings, and before and after meals. It is a formal prayer that is recited in Gurmukhi, the Sikh script.
There is no one standard Ardas, but it typically includes the following elements:
- Invocation of God: The Ardas begins with an invocation of God, often using the phrase “Ik Onkar Waheguru” (One God, the Transcendent Lord).
- Praise of the Gurus: The Ardas then praises the ten Sikh Gurus, who are revered as teachers and guides.
- Remembrance of Sikh history: The Ardas also remembers Sikh history, including the sacrifices made by Sikhs for their faith.
- Petitions to God: The Ardas then includes petitions to God, asking for blessings for the Sikh community and for the world at large.
- Conclusion: The Ardas concludes with a plea for God’s grace and mercy.
The Ardas is a powerful prayer that expresses the Sikh faith in God and in the teachings of the Gurus. It is a reminder of the Sikh community’s shared history and values, and it is a way to ask for God’s blessings.
Here is an example of a short Ardas in English:
One God, the Transcendent Lord. We praise the ten Sikh Gurus, who are our teachers and guides. We remember Sikh history, including the sacrifices made by Sikhs for their faith. We ask God to bless the Sikh community and the world at large. We pray for God's grace and mercy.
The Ardas is a versatile prayer that can be used on a variety of occasions. It can be recited by individuals or by groups. It can be recited silently or aloud. It can be recited quickly or slowly. The most important thing is to recite the Ardas with devotion and sincerity.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ardas, there are many resources available online and in libraries. You can also find many recordings of the Ardas that you can listen to and chant along with.
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