Nighttime prayers - #100happydays - Day 117




When I was a little girl, I used to lay with my mom in bed at night with my mom reciting this Sikh Shabad, night after night. It was something I looked forward to everyday and today is one of my fondest memories of my childhood. So it was only natural for me to sing it to my kids while putting them to bed every night.  

This passage is sung before the final prayers of any devotional Sikh service. The Sikh Ardas, Tum Thakur Tum is a Sikh Shabad found in the Sukhmani Sahib on page 268 of the Guru Granth Sahib. My grandparents have been followers of Guru Nanak and we have been visiting the Gurudwara regularly. For me the Gurudwara is a place I love to go to. I can be there for hours just sitting and listening to the kirtans and paath. It fills me with peace and calmness, it's almost meditative. 

Now the kids have learnt it too and at times join me in singing this every night. If not, the request is to sing this on a loop and sometimes with other prayers too. 

THE MEANING
You are our Lord and Master; to You, I offer this prayer.
This body and soul are all Your property.
You are our mother and father; we are Your children.
In Your Grace, there are so many joys!
No one knows Your limits.
O Highest of the High, Most Generous God,
the whole creation is strung on Your thread.
That which has come from You is under Your Command.
You alone know Your state and extent.
Nanak, Your slave, is forever a sacrifice.

This is a part of MY #100happydays challenge - a way to remind myself to pause and find happiness in the little things in life and to live in the moment. To be grateful for all that I have, every single day. Hopefully you will join me in this journey of self discovery and find your own happiness along the way.

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