Amrit Vela: Ponder and look into the mirror of your own mind

Amritvela the ambrosial hours is when there is stunning quietness and tranquillity, as if the whole world is asleep and life is virtually at a standstill. Human beings, animals, birds, plants in the garden, the traffic on the road, everything seems frozen in meditation. There is awe-inspiring darkness all around. The mind and the body are doing nothing while incessantly chanting the gurmantar, Waheguru-Waheguru which means, O Lord, you are wonderful.

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਉ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥

Amrit Vela Sach Nau, Vadiayi Vichaar

At the morning ambrosial hours meditate on His true Name and praise His eminence.

Time rolls on. There is complete silence. The koel announces the arrival of dawn and soon the birds start chirping in the trees. A distant glow of light in the skies appears to be waking up all things and the world comes alive. The movement of traffic is discernible. Early risers are seen going about on the road. The Qazi's azaan and the sound of the temple bells beckon the believers. The plants in the garden with exquisite flowers in various hues are swaying in ecstasy. The tall trees look majestic. The joyful birds are flying about. A pretty butterfly is settled on a plant. The clear blue sky punctuated with a few white clouds looks heavenly.

The atmosphere is rejuvenating. One feels exuberant and it is as though one has come alive gently awakened to the omnipresence of God. Such meditation then brings in it's wake peace and bliss. Like the lotus which grows towards the heavens despite the mud and slush around it, one's atman (soul) then rises above the materialistic surroundings.

The rosary can be of immense help when crossing these milestones on the path of life. Just as the Persian wheel throws out the stagnating water from the well, the rotating rosary with the simultaneous chanting of the gurmantar in one's mind, eliminates negative cerebrations, giving place to noble thoughts leading to self realisation and attunement with His eminence. Amritvela is a great source of one's internal & external devotion and understanding of divinity. When sitting alone at the ambrosial hours, one must analyse oneself and introspect to discover one's shortcomings and negative traits. The drawbacks in you will get projected before you. The misleading mind shall, however, intervene time and again to ask you to desist from this exercise of looking into your ugly self. Be determined and recognize your evil side. The awareness of your dark side itself will give you relief as if you are liberated from the shackles of the volatile mind, to know and understand yourself better.

After recognizing the undesirable and dark side, one could try to consciously eradicate the negative traits from one's system with His Gurparshad. When your faults become apparent and you try to oust them gradually from yourself, virtues like truth, love, compassion and the stance of ‘detached attachment’ will automatically start blooming within. As virtues start blossoming in you, one becomes eligible for true meditation on God and His creations. One starts seeking Him and pray for the company of saints.

ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਪਰਾਹੁਣਾ ਮੇਰੈ ਘਰਿ ਆਵਉ ॥

Ponder and look into the mirror of your own mind.


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