Guru Nanak Ashram Patiala - Books by Sant Giani Naranjan Singh Ji

Books compiled from katha by
Sant Giani Naranjan Singh Ji

Shiromani Kathakar

The books shown below are compiled from the katha done by Sant Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, Patiala. You can download the digital copies in pdf format.

1. Divine Mystic Reflections on Gurmat Book 1

Topics addressed include:

The Power Of Naam
Naam and the Mind
Naam Perkash
Naam and Naam Japna
The True and Authentic Guru
Who is a True Guru?
God's Love
Drink the Holy Amrit
Sensual Pleasures and Naam Ras
Union with God
The Sikh Way of Life
What is Sewa or Service?
What is God's Grace?
Waheguru Gurmantar
Who is a Sikh?
Purpose of the Human Body

About the Book:

In the words of Saint Scholar Naranjan Singh Ji, the purpose of this book is to make one worthy of the love of God and to enable him to receive His bounties.

Presented in simple English and easy to the eye fonts, the contents will stir any reader's thoughts. This is significant as Sant Ji had always emphasised on "CONTEMPLATION" .

Readers will be amazed at the simplicity in which seemingly difficult aspects of Gurbani and Sikhi are explained with ease using examples and analogies. It will answer most (if not all) of the thoughts and questions that we keep harboured in our minds.

A highly recommended read for all - Sikhs and non Sikhs.

Quotations from the Book:

We sometimes feel happy and satisfied with what little we offer to Guru Ji by way of a beautiful rumala. It is a good gesture. Sometimes we place a few dollars before Guru Ji as an offering. Guru Ji explains that this gesture is only the ABC of Gurmat. This is to say that, for maybe many years, some of us have not progressed beyond the stage of reading ABC. In other words, this is only the beginning of Gurmat.

One great endeavour of all the Sikh Gurus was to pull back and reduce the importance of their physical selves in favour of the importance of worship of God, devotion to Him, remembrance of His Name - the things which are emphasized most in the contents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Ultimately this reduction and withdrawal of physical selves was complete and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji became the Guru containing all their teachings.

The Lord only wants the offering(paytaa) of body and mind. Sometimes we surrender our body but keep the mind to ourselves. The mind does not surrender. Have you ever thought what would take place when we reach the end of our road? Well, the body will be burnt to ashes which will be scattered by the wind in four direction. We wouldn't know where the wind is going to deposit us finally. It would be much better if we could find some fire while we are still alive and burn our ego into ashes. This burning of our ego will lead us to the Lord's mansion.

To be successful in both the material and spiritual worlds, it is extremely important for the mind to be powerful. In this spiritual field, the war with our mind is a lifelong process.

Japji Sahib was composed by Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. It is meant to be recited daily. It offers a spiritual remedy for all our ills. It is a highly inspired verse and the thoughts expressed therein are of eternal value and significance. Its recitation is useful in more than one way. It enables us to enjoy communion with God. It helps us to realize the Truth and thereby make our life more purposeful and contented. We realize our real selves. The recitation of Japji Sahib removes the delusions from our minds and sets us on the road to discover the eternal mind - the creator of the universe.


2. Divine Mystic Reflections on Gurmat Book 2

Topics addressed include:

Gurmukh Marg
Secret of God's Hukam
To become Immortal
Complete Surrender
Divine Knowledge
God's Grace
Birth & Death
How to Remember God
Peace of Mind
Nindah (Slander & Gossip)
Peace of Mind
Aim of Human Life
Kirtan & Katha

About the Book:

As described by Sant Ji, the purpose of this book is to liberate man from the three-fold sufferings, namely:
        1. Physical disease.
        2. Mental disharmony.
        3. Spiritual ignorance.

The presention is similar to Book 1 - in simple English and easy to the eye fonts.

Every analogy and assertion is backed by quotes from Gurbani - all explained in a simple easy to understand style.

Sant Ji had always emphasised on "CONTEMPLATION" and the contents inevitably lead the reader towards self examination.

It also highlights repeatedly the most important endeavour required of us - NAAM JAPNA (ie. the practical aspect).

Quotations from the Book:

Upon waking up early in the morning and opening our eyes, we should repeat "Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji" five times, before proceeding to perform anything else. This will ensure that we will always be in correct frequency with Guru Ji, similar to a bulb connected to the powerline. Our centre or powerhouse is the Lord.

There are lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of people who believe in living Gurus whereas Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji's last words to his Khalsa were, that, 'Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is your living Guru now'. This is the same Jyot (or light) that was in the 10 Gurus. Shabad is the Guru. Sad to say, there are very few people now who have real faith in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as their eternal Guru.

In life, there are two things which one would be wise to remember : one is the theory and the other is the practise. For example : an engineer may know everything theoretically about engineering, but, as long as he is incapable of carrying out construction work practically, so long he would be unsuccessful in his work. Therefore the principles of theory must be followed by principles of practise.


3. The Miracle of Ardas

Topics addressed include:

Ardaas and Naam
Ardaas and Gurmat
Ardaas and Sadh Sangat
Pointers for a Successful Ardaas
Qualities Required for an Ardaas
Language & Sentiments in Ardaas
Congregational Prayer
The Impossible Becomes Possible
Ardaas and Devotion
Suitable Time for Ardaas
Best Place for Ardaas
How to Beg in Ardaas
Ardaas and Naam Nivaas

About the Book:

Ardaas is the master key for success. It can help us solve problems and overcome difficulties of all nature; worldly or spiritual.

What is this key? How can we harness the power of this key? What pearls and gems can we find inside the treasure-chest opened with this key? What is this treasure-chest?

This book tries to answer the above questions and provides a guide on how to correctly do the basic thing (Ardaas) we have always been doing whenever we want something from God.

Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all looking for ..the miracle of Ardaas.

Quotations from the Book:

We do Ardaas in times of sorrow as a cry to Guru Ji to rid our suffering. Ardaas done in happier times is a show of our gratitude to the Lord.

God resides in the pure, deep recesses within our soul. In order to get whatever we desire, the secret of a successful Ardaas is to go into the depths of our soul as per the guidance of Guru Ji.

The letters on a seal are carved upsidedown but appear right-side up when stamped. Likewise, when we bow before Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the bad actions written on our forehead will be erased and replaced by good actions.

Although all times are auspicious for Ardaas, the experiences of highly spiritual souls recommend that out of the 24 hrs of a day, there is one time slot, known as AMRITWELA, which is especially auspicious. A cry done during these ambrosial hours is heard faster in God's Court.


4. Guide to Spiritual Consciousness

Topics addressed include:

Why Should We Believe In Religion
Where Is Guru Sahib Ji
Ferry Across The Ocean Of Life
Naam And Spiritual Fulfillment
The Path Of Salvation

About the Book:

The contents of this book provide a deep insight into spiritual consciousness and require serious contemplation and understanding. This book is not like an ordinary novel, which is read once and put aside, without any need to be read again. As Bacon said: Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested. This book certainly falls in the category of books that need to be chewed and digested.

Quotations from the Book:

Ego is a big hindrance that does not allow our spiritual level to rise high. A person on the path of Spirituality falls when 'I' or 'my' comes into him. Guru Sahib Ji repeatedly cautions a Sikh to escape from this danger and also emphasises on the need to efface this ego. According to Bhai Gurdass Ji, a person only qualifies to be called a Gursikh if he lives his life above the pitfall of ego.

The mind has become like a wild boar which repeatedly goes to other people's farmland. Even if you try to stop it , it still continues to wander. The mind has cultivated a similar habit; it does not stay at its center and wanders around aimlessly. Wise farmers solve the problem of the wild boar by tying a wooden restraint on its neck and because of this, the wild boar is unable to poke its mouth here and there. In this same way, Sadh Sangat teaches us to put the restraint of Guru Sahib Ji's Shabad to the mind.

Bowing in reverence, offering of flowers, fruits etc - these are external gifts and presents and these are just the beginning rituals and practises. However, the real gift is to focus within ourselves. This understanding comes only after much spiritual practise. Real spiritual consciousness (and understanding) comes only when the mind starts to internally mark spiritual attendance in Guru Sahib Ji's Court. It is only then that the veil of ego will be broken.

To embrace Guru Maharaj Ji's Path of Salvation, it is not conditional that a person must be without sin from the time of birth. This Path gives equal opportunity to the sinner as well as to the virtuous. In fact, it is even possible that the realisation of his sins may make a sinner humble and thus achieve the Path of Salvation quickly. On the other hand, a person of good virtues may remain entrapped in his ego and thus remain deprived of Salvation.


5. Re Mun Aiso Kar Sanyasa (ਰੇ ਮਨ ਐਸੋ ਕਰ ਸੰਨਿਆਸਾ ॥)

About the Book:

Saint Scholar Naranjan Singh Ji (Shiromani Kathakar) used to stress on the need to rise at amritwela.

For thirty-five years, he led an amritwela sadhana from 3am to 5am every morning at Guru Nanak Ashram, Patiala. During these amritwela sadhanas, the lights would be turned off at 3am sharp. Only a dim candle would be lighted near the Pothi Sahib on Sant Ji's harmonium. He did the sadhana with intense love. Everything would come to a still and the atmosphere felt peaceful and tranquil.

This book gives the transcripts of one amritvela sadhana (mp3 of this can be downloaded at the KATHA page of this website). This recording is from one of these amritvela sadhanas. It is strongly recommended that you read this chapter and listen to the audio at the same time.


6. ਜੀਵਨ ਜੁਗਤਿ (Jivan Jugat)

About the Book:

ਧਰਮ ਕੀ ਹੈ ? ਕੀ ਇਹ ਜੀਵਨ ਜੁਗਤ ਹੈ ਜਾਂ ਤਨ ਨੂੰ ਕਸ਼ਟ ਦੇਣ ਦਾ ਮਾਰਗ ਹੈ ਜਾਂ ਰਸਮੀ ਪਾਠਾਂ ਤਥਾਂ ਕੁਝ ਰਸਮਾ ਦੀ ਮਕੈਨੀਕਲ (mechanical) ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਪੂਰਤੀ ਹੈ ?

ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਭੇਟਿਐ
ਪੂਰੀ ਹੋਵੈ ਜੁਗਤਿ ॥

O Nanak, by meeting the True Guru, man comes to know the perfect way,

ਹਸੰਦਿਆ ਖੇਲੰਦਿਆ ਪੈਨੰਦਿਆ ਖਾਵੰਦਿਆ
ਵਿਚੇ ਹੋਵੈ ਮੁਕਤਿ ॥੨॥

and while laughing, playing, dressing and eating, he gets emancipated.

(Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 522)

ਉਹ ਪੂਰਨ ਜੁਗਤ ਕੀ ਹਾਂ ? ਇਸ ਦਾ ਕੁਝ ਨਿਰਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਵੇਰਵਾ ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਦੇ ਪੰਨਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਿਲੇਗਾ । ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਦਾ ਅਧਾਰ, ਆਮ ਕਰਕੇ ਉਹ ਵੀਚਾਰ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਇਸੇ ਵਿਸ਼ੇ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਸੰਤ ਸਕਾਲਰ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ (ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਕਥਾਕਾਰ) ਨੂੰ ਸਤਿਸੰਗਾਂ ਸਮੇਂ ਇੱਕ ਚਿੱਤ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਫੁਰ ਹੋਇ । ਉਹ ਵੀਚਾਰ ਪਾਠਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਭੀ ਓਵੇਂ ਲਾਭਵੰਦ ਹੋ ਸਕਣ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਕਿ ਸਰੋਤੇ ਹੋਇ ਹਨ ।

ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਦੇ ਆਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਨੀਅਤਨ ਸੰਕੋਚ ਵਿੱਚ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਇਹ ਐਸੇ ਵੀਚਾਰਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਹੈ ਜਿਹੜੇ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਵਸਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਇਹ ਕਿਸੇ ਨਾਵਲ ਵਾਂਗ ਨਹੀਂ ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਇਕ ਵੇਰ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਸੰਭਾਲਣ ਜਾਂ ਮੁੜ ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀ । 'Bacon' ਦੇ ਕਥਨ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਕੁੱਝ ਪੁਸਤਕਾਂ ਐਸੀਆਂ ਵੀ ਹੁੰਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਚੱਬਣ ਅਤੇ ਹਜ਼ਮ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਆਵਸ਼ਕਤਾ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ । ਇਹ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਇਸ ਮਾਰਗ ਪਾਂਧੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਐਸੀ ਹੀ ਸਾਬਿਤ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ ।


7. ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਲਾ (Ardas Kla)

About the Book:

ਅਰਦਾਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਗੁਪਤ ਸ਼ਕਤੀ ਹੈ, ਇੱਕ ਕਲਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਦੇ ਸਭ ਭੇਦ ਖੋਲ੍ਹਦੀ ਹੈ । ਇਹ ਸਰਬ-ਪੱਖੀ ਕੁੰਜੀ ਹੈ, Master Key ਹੈ, ਜੋ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਹਰ ਮੁਸ਼ਕਲ ਨੂੰ ਆਸਾਨ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ, ਹਰ ਗੁੰਝਲ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਫ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਉਹ ਗੁੰਝਲ ਪਰਮਾਰਥ ਦੀ ਹੋਵੇ ਜਾਂ ਸਵਾਰਥ ਦੀ, ਵਿਹਾਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਹੋਵੇ ਜਾਂ ਗਿਆਨ ਧਿਆਨ ਦੀ । ਐਸਾ ਕੋਈ ਮਾਮਲਾ ਜਾਂ ਮਸਲਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਜਿਸ ਦਾ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਪਾਸ ਰਾਹ ਨਹੀਂ । ਹਰ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਮੰਨੇ ਜਾਂ ਨਾ ਮੰਨੇ, ਜਾਣਦਾ ਜਾਂ ਨਾ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਲਾ ਦੀ ਲੋਚਨਾ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ।

ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਕਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਇ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਿਉਂ ਸਿਰੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਚੜ੍ਹਦੀ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਿਵੇ ਸਿਰੇ ਚੜ੍ਹੇ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਿਸ ਪ੍ਰਯੋਜਨ ਲਈ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਇ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਮਹਾਂ ਪੁਰਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਕੀ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਹਨ ? ਅਰਦਾਸ ਤਥਾ ਨਾਮ ਲਈ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਕੀ ਅਵਸ਼ਕਤਾ ਹੈ ? ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਵਿੱਚ, ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੇ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਉੱਤਰ ਦੇਣ ਦਾ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ।


8. ਅਕੱਥ ਕਥਾ (Akath Katha)

About the Book:

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਬਾਰੇ, ਭਟ ਕੀਰਤ ਜੀ ਲਿਖਦੇ ਹਨ:

ਗੁਰ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ ਕੀ ਅਕਥ ਕਥਾ ਹੈ
ਇਕ ਜੀਹ ਕਛੁ ਕਹੀ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥

Ineffable is the story of Guru Amar Dass, which cannot, at all, be told, with one tongue.

(Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 1406)

ਅਤੇ, ਇਹ ਵਾਸਤਵਕ ਬਾਤ ਹੈ, ਕੋਈ ਮੁਬਾਲਗਾ ਨਹੀਂ । ਬਿਆਨ ਉਸ ਚੀਜ਼ ਦਾ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਦੇਖੀ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ, ਅੱਖਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜਾਂ ਯੰਤਰ ਨਾਲ । ਉਸ ਵਸਤੂ ਬਾਰੇ ਵੀ ਕਥਨ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਕੰਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਜਾਂ ਜੀਭਾ ਆਦਿ ਦਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਾ ਹੋਵੇ । ਪ੍ਰੰਤੂ, ਗੁਰੂਪਦ ਕਹਿਣ ਸੁਣਨ ਤੋਂ, ਉੱਪਰਦੀ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਹੈ । ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਗਤਿ ਨੂੰ ਕੌਣ ਬਿਆਨ ਕਰ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ? ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਵਾਕ ਹੈ

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਜਾਣੈ ॥
ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਆਪਣ ਭਾਣੈ ॥

The True Guru's Glory, only the True Guru knows.

(Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 1078)

ਇਸ ਲਈ, ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ ਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਸੰਬੰਦਤ ਕੁਝ ਚੋਣਵੇਂ ਪ੍ਰਸੰਗਾਂ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਕਰ ਹੈ - ਜਿਵੇਂ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਪ੍ਰਾਚੀਨ ਤੇ ਨਵੀਨ ਪੁਸਤਕਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਅਤੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਬਾਬੇ ਦੇ ਵਰੋਸ਼ਾਇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਵਿਦਿਤ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ । ਇਹ ਇਕ ਕਿਸਮ ਦੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਚਰਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਰਦਾਂਜਲੀ ਹੈ ।