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amrit velaa

amrit velaa

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har dhhan anmrith vaelai vathai kaa beejiaa bhagath khaae kharach rehae nikhuttai naahee
The devotees of the Lord plant the seed of the Lord's wealth in the ambrosial hours of the
Amrit Vaylaa; they eat it, and spend it, but it is never exhausted. (Ang 734, SGGS Ji)

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anmrith vaelaa sach naao vaddiaaee veechaar ||
In the Amrit Vaylaa, the ambrosial hours before dawn, chant the True Name, and contemplate
His Glorious Greatness. (Ang 2, SGGS Ji)

The Bani of Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj gives special importance to Amrit Vela. If we
look at the way nature has formed us, we can observe that seasons and time have their
influences on one's mind. During monsoon season, the whole natural landscape looks
melancholic. The strong gushing winds, the falling leaves, make the branches change their
appearance, and the trees appear sad and naked. The nature of one's mann appears to be
exactly the same as well. In the spring season, the entire vegetation, leaves and flowers look
bright and happy. Beautiful flowers of different colours provide a colourful costume to the land
and decorates it with immense grace. The spring season also leaves a special impression on
one's mind. Similarly, summer and winter season both create impact on one's mind. In winter,
we have to switch to warm clothes while summer forces us to put these warm clothes aside.
Therefore, seasons influence one's body and mind both.

Just like seasons, time - the four pehars of day and four pehars of night, also creates their
influence on one's body and mind. Sants had figured out long ago that, if one has sleeps before
the end of the first pehar of the night, the body's need for sleep completes in the fourth pehar of
the night. It is a different matter that, if one has not slept on time, it is difficult to wake up at
Amrit Vela. But, if one has gone to sleep at the right time, then nature automatically wakes one
up on time as well. We can observe nature wakes up the birds and animals on the right time, this
is because their sleep is natural, in total accordance with the laws of nature. When the night
enters the fourth pehar, the birds wake up and start twittering, the cows and their calves start
mooing, the animal kingdom obeys this law of nature. Human beings, however, have made their
sleeping and waking patterns artifical, and this artificiality can be observed in the eating and
dressing habits as well.

By distancing themselves away from nature, human beings started going further away from
Akaal Purakh too. In order to come closer to Akaal Purakh, it is imperative one comes closer to
nature and adopt its laws in the lifestyle. So, the great Sants realised the fact that this fourth
pehar is highly beneficial for Naam Simran. It is said, if one has eaten properly at night, it brings
about laziness in the body and sleep takes over. During the sleep, the food is digested and the
body starts getting rid of the laziness, and the body eventually wakes up when the laziness is
over. Just like body will need food again, similarly, the mind will need Naam Simran too. It is
said, 'Sau lugmeh din de, te ik lugmah subeh da' \u2013 saadhna done during the entire day and the
saadhna done at amrit vela becomes equal. Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji clearly states:

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jae eik hoe th ougavai ruthee hoo ruth hoe ||
If the seed is whole, and it is the proper season, then the seed will sprout. (Ang 468, SGGS Ji)

That, even if the seed is complete, still it will need the help of proper season, only then it will
sprout. The farmer who does not sow the seeds in accordance with the present season does not
develop properly. That farmer will not be able to fill his granary with the sub-par output of his

The fourth pehar of the night has been referred by the snaatan sants as 'Bhram-Mahurat' \u2013 the
time to meditate and connect with Bhram's Name. Guru Nanak Dev Ji called this time amrit vela
\u2013 that time when rain of amrit is falling. Mohammed Sahib termed this time, 'Allill Subah', the
morning of Allah - that morning, which automatically reminds one of God. Therefore, anyone
who has any desire to be an 'Antarmukhi', this time helps immensely. Dhan Guru Ramdas Ji
Maharaj says:

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har dhhan anmrith vaelai vathai kaa beejiaa bhagath khaae kharach rehae nikhuttai naahee
The devotees of the Lord plant the seed of the Lord's wealth in the ambrosial hours of the
Amrit Vaylaa; they eat it, and spend it, but it is never exhausted. (Ang 734, SGGS Ji)

Even Avtari Purash regard anybody who has recited the Naam at Amrit Vela in the highest of
esteem. Bhai Sahib Bhai Nand Lal says:

He says, Maharaj, there is only one desire left in my heart \u2013 Make me dust of the feet of that
sangat that go towards you at Amrit Vela, such feet are pure and that walk is great. So, this walk
is the walk towards Akaal Purakh, and waking up and meditating at Amrit Vela is a great device
to accomplish that journey.

Bhai Nand Lal Ji goes further and says that anybody who has remained asleep during Amrit Vela,
his sleep is Haraam, he has slept a sinful sleep.
Anybody who has got spiritually wiser, he has considered sleeping at Amrit Vela totally haraam.
He wakes up naturally at amrit vela and utilises that time to its maximum.
Bhai Gurdas Ji does a prayer to Akaal Purakh:
nK isK lau sgl AMg rom rom kir
kwit kwit isKn ky crn pr vwrIAY ]
He says, hey Akaal Purakh, such is the state of my mind that I want my whole body to be cut into
pieces, these pieces should go under the feet of the Gursikhs. But, the pieces of flesh will still
remain. So, Bhai Gurdas Ji says:
Agin jlwie, Puin pIsn pIswie qWih
lY aufy pvn huie Aink pRkwrIAY ]

Burn the pieces of my flesh and crush the bones that remain. Then, request the wind to blow it all away. But then, wind cant keep dust with it, it will have to drop it somewhere at some time. Bhai Gurdas Ji says, yes, do drop it:

jq kq isK pg DrY gur pMQ pRwq
qwhU qwhU mwrg mY Bsm kY fwrIAY ]
But oh kind wind, drop this dust anywhere where the beloved Gursikhs wake up at amrit vela
and meditate the name of Akaal Purakh.
iqh pd pwdk crn ilv lwgI rhY
dXw kY dXwl moih piqq auDwrIAY ]672]

This way, O Akaal Purakh Waheguru, a patit like me will be able attain salvation. So, anyone who
wakes up at amrit vela and recites or listen to Gurbani, or does Waheguru Naam Jaap to move
closer to God, such feet are truly blessed.
Bhai Gurdas Ji has written a precious pauri in regards to this:

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charanodaku hoi surasaree taji baikuntd dharati vichi aaee|
Ganges, the wash of the Lords' feet, left heavens and came down to arth. (Vaar 3, Pauri 4,
Bhai Gurdas Ji)

The mythology says Ganges is the water of Shiva's hair, of Bhrama's Karmandal, and water that
washed Vishnu's feet. The myth goes like this: Brahma had thrown the water from that
karmandal on vishnu's feet. This water ended up falling on Shiv's hair and that water eventually
came to be known as Ganges. The shape given to this myth by Bhai Gurdas Ji is indeed

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charanodaku hoi surasaree taji baikuntd dharati vichi aaee|
Ganges, the wash of the Lords' feet, left heavens and came down to arth.
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nau sai nadee narhinnavai atdasatdi teeradi angi samaaee|
Nine hundred ninety nine rivers and sixty eight pilgrimage centres erged in it. (Vaar 3, Pauri 4,
Bhai Gurdas Ji)

According to Bhai Gurdas Ji, there are nine hundred and ninety nine perennial rivers flowing on
this earth. Bhai Gurdas Ji says, out of all these rivers, Ganges is considered as the most
important, and its water has its own unique properties because of the minerals and other
elements found at its floor at various places. People often suggest someone sick to try 'changing
the air', and it has been observed it does have a positive affect. Actually, physical fitness is one of
the important conditions of Naam Simram. And, water from the Ganges used to work like amrit

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