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Simran – Contemplative Meditation


Simran, a Singh sitting in silent contemplation.

Simran, a Singh sitting in silent contemplation.

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Simran means to remember, and is a means of contemplative meditation using repetition which enables one to realize that they are an inseparable part of the divine. Gurmanter a repetition which is focused on the recitation of Waheguru or the identity of the divine is known as naam simran

Simran may be performed:

  • Anytime day or night.
  • As an early morning meditation.
  • Inaudibly, while listening with the mind.
  • Audibly with the tongue while listening with the ears.
  • While singing hymns from the Sikh scripture Guru Granth.
As the soul merges with its maker, simran produces a kind of ecstatic state which scripture describes as an elixir of enjoyment.

Alternate Spellings: See Gurmukhi Spelling of Simran

Bhagat Kabeer wrote:
"Jaag soe simran ras bhog||
While awake and asleep, enjoy the essence of meditative contemplation. SGGS||971

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