I hand wrote this post some 8 months ago while travelling on the train on a Monday morning. Something had bugged me the day before at an event so I jotted down some thoughts. The draft remained on the back page of my work notepad, ink dry on a rough sandpaper type piece of paper. Today I attended an event and came across the same experience 8 months earlier, so I decided to transfer dry ink to electronic font!
I sat down gently, my posture facing the front. The Divan Hall was packed, both sides balancing each other out. Not pretending to know everything that was being spoken, I tried to understand, learn, cling onto phrases I may recognise and hence piece together the meanings.
But, my focus was broken and I sensed the focus of the one speaking was also beginning to waiver. I felt an intense heat of shame on my back, starting to feel its way into my skin and to my head. It was the noise of the others sitting behind me, talking, continuously, embroiled in conversation, almost like the sound of a swarm of bees. I really felt angry, disappointed….suddenly, the stage reacted. Someone stood up, nodded to the Priest reading from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (The Sikh Holy Scripture) to lower his tone, then addressed the Sangat (congregation) by saying Chup Da Dhaan Buckshaw – grant us the plea for peace. A hush hovered over everyone, I felt relaxed again, I closed my eyes, but then the heat started working its way back, the Sangat had started talking again, loudly, and I couldn’t make out what the Priest was reading.
The Sukhmani Sahib Path (prayer) is one of bliss and joy, which when absorbed brings tranquillity to one’s heart, like all Sikh prayers. When we attend the Gurdwara (Sikh Holy place of worship) or any other place of worship then why do people insist on talking between each other? Would you talk between yourself when someone at your workplace is giving you an important presentation? The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji must be treated with the utmost respect – realise your environment and its importance to you and those around you. You may not understand each and every word that is uttered from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji or by the Priest, however this is your opportunity to learn, even if it’s in small segments.
Please, respect your surrounding, those around you, don’t lose the opportunity in your grasp.