This poem is from page 194-195 of the book “Furmaan Khalsa: Poems to Live By” by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Khalsa Yogiji, published in 1987.
Bana… Bani… Simran… Seva…
These Immortal Truths are the fruits of our labor.
Symbols of the Rehit. Gifts of the Guru.
The Servant of God takes His Name to be True.
Without the Guru, of what use is Devotion?
Without Bana, how can you be married to God?
Without the Bani, how can you fix your mind in the Light?
Without Simran, what can you really accomplish?
Without Seva, how can you sing God’s Praises?
Oh Being! Control your pranas and meditate on God!
Merge with God, smoothly and naturally.
Let go of your ego and serve others.
Practice Yoga and learn to concentrate,
Hold your breath in Mahabhand,
And meeting God, become one with Him.
Our Bana is the Rehit of the Five K’s.
Our Sovereignty comes from God Himself.
The technology of Khalsa is the Rehit.
How can you be Liberated without a Spiritual Teacher?
Serving others is the essence of Bliss.
Such men and women become Khalsa.
They learn the Secret of practicing the Nam,
Controlling the breath, they meditate on God.
They righteously earn the Profit of God’s Name,
They share with others and serve God thereby,
They know the Art of Yogic Living,
And, serving God…
They become God!
Explanation of this poem by Guruka Singh Khalsa
(As it appears on page 267 of the book Furmaan Khalsa: Poems to Live By)
Bana… Bani… Simran… and Seva… The foundation of our Khalsa lifestyle.
Bana is the dress of a Sikh: turban, kachera, churidas and chola, together with the keeping of all five K’s.
Bani is the Guru’s Shabd, the sound current that keeps our minds connected to the Infinite.
Simran is the constant remembrance of God by chanting His Name with the mouth, lips, tongue, heart, mind and Soul.
Seva is selfless service to others rendered in the Guru’s name.
The Mahabandh or Great Lock is the yogic technique wherein the rectum and sex organs are contracted and pulled up (Moolbandh or Root Lock), the stomach is drawn in and the diaphragm raised (Udyanabandh or Diaphragm Lock), and the chin pulled in slightly applying a lock to the neck which straightens the neck vertebrae (Jalinderbandh or Neck Lock). This combination of three locks creates a pressure which causes the energy to flow through the Shushmana, or central channel to the higher centers in the skull.
The Siri Singh Sahib ~ Yogi Bhajan: The saint, the teacher, the humanitarian, the leader. Within these pages of “Furmaan Khalsa” lies a manual of conscious living written in the form of 108 luminous and inspiring poems. Based on the science of human consciousness called Raj Yog and written as a guide for future generations, these poems answer questions on how to live successfully with an open heart and mind amidst the challenges of the modern world.
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