' Speak the truth on solemn affirmation and utter not falsehood. The disciple ought to follow the route which the Guru points out'
Discourses – (Pavitar Updesh)
‘Gurbani has been scribed for our avail. Satsang is a primary part of our lives. We must procure some time from our daily work schedule for meditation: sit with pious people who enhance us spiritually: read those books which relate our purpose on this earth and our eventual destination.’ – His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj
A common and popular feature of His holiness Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji’s life was his holy sermons – short and long talks in which Satguru Ji advised the sadh sangat & other people on how to be better Sikhs and humans. We are very fortunate to have a very large number of these sermons both in audio and video media.
In April 2016, the Vishwa Namdhari Sangat (Gurdwara Sri Bhaini Sahib) released a English translation of some of Satguru Ji’s Discourses in book form. The collection is a mere drop in the ocean of the Guru’s sermons. It covers a wide range of topics including MEDITATING ON NAAM, ATTAINING PEACE OF MIND, CHARITY, FORSAKING EGO, ERADICATION OF JEALOUSY, RESPECT FOR ALL FAITHS, PRAYERS AND MEDITATION and THE IMPORTANCE OF A GURU.
In His ‘Forward’ of the book, Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji says ‘ The concept of this (English) translation came to mind as a large number of the younger generation are unable to understand Punjabi. Satguru Ji emphasized the importance of learning punjabi for every Sikh, so that they can aid their interpretation of Gurbani; without which understanding the nuances of Sikhi can be difficult’
DISCOURSES SRI SATGURU JAGJIT SINGH JI: MEDITATING ON NAAM
When people start meditation, one of the questions they often have is that they are unable to concentrate. This is heartening because the most difficult step of beginning to meditate has been taken, and only once a person is meditating do they think about concentration. This sense of realisation does not occur to us whilst watching a movie or when indulging in gossip or slander. It is only when we step on this path of naam simran, do we begin thinking about our shortcomings; just as someone can only be treated when they acknowledge they have an illness. Therefore, those who meditate should not lose faith even if initially they feel they are unable to concentrate.