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Simran: Panacea for ills

india Updated: May 15, 2012 17:18 IST
Dharminder Singh Ubha
Dharminder Singh Ubha
Hindustan Times
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The flow of healing energy from its spiritual source to someone who needs it is called spiritual healing. The treatment works on the body, mind and spirit, which seen as a single unit, must harmonise for good health.

Though, the Indian spiritual system prescribes spiritual healing as a remedy for maladies, Sri Guru Granth Sahib declares that the panacea for all human ailments and sufferings is Naam Simran (Chanting and assimilating the name of God).

It is through regular recitation of Bani, holy hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib, with deep involvement and living a life of piety that love of God emanates within one’s soul.

Then the meaning of the holy teachings begins to dawn upon the person. The Sikh then finds that the Shabad Guru is always with him, forever giving intuitive guidance. “Diseases and sins are destroyed by hearing the name of God,” says Nanak.

Here is the story of Vasu Bhardwaj, a journalist in Gujarat who was suffering from cancer. His meditation at Sri Harmandir Sahib with firm belief in Sri Guru Granth Sahib cured him.

In his own words, “I have preserved all the medical reports done before and after the Akhand Paath (Non-stop recitation of the holy scripture) and Ardaas (prayer) at the Golden Temple (Amritsar) and they all tell the true story of my miraculous cure.

Ever since this miracle, I feel God’s spiritual energy within me which guides me in thought and deed. I am back to “cheers and gears of life.” It must be remembered that it is not because of any ritual or superstition, but it was the outcome of deep faith based on involvement in the power of the Simran.