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Shabad to Cure Insomnia

This shabad will cure insomnia. Many who deal with serious insomnia issues find that following proper sleep hygiene, or doing simran or listening to kirtan does not help them fall asleep at night. Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep at night for many nights in a row. It is a chronic condition and does not just refer to difficulty falling asleep one night, as some seem to think.

Recite the following shabad 15 times before bed. Once you have it memorised, continue reciting it until you fall asleep. After several days, or sooner, your sleep problems will have disappeared. After trying numerous other methods and consulting with sleep experts, this method is the only thing that cured my insomnia. My own sleeping problems had lasted for several years and had severely affected my life.

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ ਰੋਗੁ ਗਇਆ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਆਪਿ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥

The disease is gone; God Himself took it away.

ਨੀਦ ਪਈ ਸੁਖ ਸਹਜ ਘਰੁ ਆਇਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

I sleep in peace; peaceful poise has come to my home. ||1||Pause||

ਰਜਿ ਰਜਿ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਖਾਵਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ॥

Eat to your fill, O my Siblings of Destiny.

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਰਿਦ ਮਾਹਿ ਧਿਆਈ ॥੧॥

Meditate on the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, within your heart. ||1||

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਰਨਾਈ ॥

Nanak has entered the Sanctuary of the Perfect Guru,

ਜਿਨਿ ਅਪਨੇ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਰਖਾਈ ॥੨॥੮॥੨੬॥

Who has preserved the honor of His Name. ||2||8||26||

Overcoming Nasal Congestion and Allergies

Without stability of the breath it’s nearly impossible to achieve stability of the mind. If you don’t believe me, try doing naam abhyaas while keeping your breathing shallow and uneven.  Many are forced to deal with nasal congestion from myriad possible causes in this  toxic world.

Along with the following suggestions, remember to keep up naam abhyaas. The increased energy that flows through the body will help open up clogged energy channels and also detoxify the body. As always, dass suggests to do nishkaam abhyaas (without worldly desires). All the above happens automatically. If you find it difficult to always jap naam, then jap naam internally, while having gareebi nitnem (track 34-36) constantly playing on your ipod. There is great khich from this uchaaran that I find helps alleviate my nasal congestion.

The following suggestions may help in decreasing or even curing your suffering:

  1. Use pressure points to help flush the sinuses. Rub them in a circular motion 10 times, and then 10 times again after 10 minutes just to be sure the sinuses have flushed. Too much pressure is not needed, there should be no pain.For more, see mind-energy.net
  2. Exercise. It flushes lymph and gets the blood flowing.
  3. Smile. Or envision an inner smile, as if your heart is smiling out. I find it helps energy flow.
  4. Use the neti pot regularly, especially during allergy season or when you are exposed to irritants. I use it even on days when I feel that I don’t need it to keep the sinuses flushed out. . It really helps with congestion. If you make a habit of using this after being around people who are ill, you’ll get sick less often because you’ll flush out all the germs! I’ve heard using sea salt is better than table salts, we really don’t want extra chemicals up our nose. A more advanced method that you don’t need a neti pot for is to block one nostril, suck up the saline water with the other, and spit it out the mouth. It takes a few tries to get used to this, but it is the superior method. Otherwise, just tilt the head and pour the water down one nostril with the neti pot. Do some fast deep breathing to get rid of excess water from the nose afterwards.  Use from 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per 8 oz. cup of warm water.
  5. If it gets really bad, just sip a teaspoon or so of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth afterwards b/c you don’t want to leave such an acidic product on your teeth.
  6. Regular pranayam helps immensely. I don’t know which method is best, try different ones and feel free to let me know which worked best for you. There’s the breath of fire and kabalphati, and the 9 step bottled wind pranayam. Regular pranayam can actually cure the diseases and restore a person to full health, but it takes serious and regular practice. A work colleague of mothers was told she had only a few months to live. She began determined practice of pranayam and all of her illnesses reversed themselves. Now, at the age of 95, she moves with far greater energy than much younger women!
  7. Homeopathic medicine also can cure it. Allergies can have different causes, some people get allergies due to an overload of toxins. It’s the liver’s job to detoxify the body, when it gets overloaded these toxins cause allergies. So naturopaths recommend a colon cleanse, followed by a liver cleanse may be able to reverse this.  The colon cleanse needs to come first otherwise the liver will be continually detoxifying junk from the colon that should have been put out of the body! Triphala can be found in most Indian stores for the colon. Usana’s Hepa Plus is a great liver detoxifier. So are products containing quercetin (most effective of the three for me), pau d’arco, or milk thistle.  I’ll leave it to you to research other ways to do this as I’m not aware of them all. Some do liver and gallbladder flushes, such as the one below.
  8. I highly recommend Dr. Schulze’s Liver Cleanse. This helped me an incredible amount, more than anything else. The herbs in these products are much more powerful than those used in most natural products.
  9. Some use over the counter allergy drugs during the allergy season to keep symptoms in check. They don’t solve the problem but at least they allow people to function. It’s important to cycle these every month or else they lose effectiveness.
  10. There are vidhian (techniques) to resolve long term health ailments in Sharda Pooran Granth. You can download it from http://www.scribd.com/khojee-wordpress-com. Let me know if you need a translation.
  11. There are all sorts of helpful supplements. Stinging Nettle helps some people, but only if you get a good name brand. Poor name brands are often worthless. Just keep researching as there will likely be new supplements popping up from time to time. Since no one is willing to pay for a scientific study on these, the best way to evaluate their effectiveness is to test them on someone you know or to look to a trusted source to see if they have tested them. Pau d’Arco is also an effective supplement.
  12. Eliminate or reduce all suger, milk, and grain products  (more refined grains are worse). This will give huge relief and reduce resha (mucous) which blocks breathing.
  13. Eat more fruits and veggies. I find bitter greens like bitter melon (karella) very helpful. When the body is in a more alkaline state, allergies have less of an effect on us, inflammation is reduced, and our overall health is much better. For sample diets see Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live.
  14. Also, find out what you are allergic to. What time of day are those pollens most active? That’s the best time to stay inside.
  15. Fix your posture. Slouching or excessive chest breathing may make breathing more difficult. Additionally, maintaining a straight spine during meditation helps keep breathing clear and easy, it also allows energy to easily flow within the body. Maintaining a straight spine during the day can also help keep breathing clear, both for mechanical and energy reasons. This is one of the biggest helps when nothing else works.
  16. For deeper information on this and other health issues, read Bhagat ji’s Health pothi.

I have tried all of the above, and can affirm to you that they work. The only thing I haven’t done is use a viddhi from Sharda Pooran granth or from Mukt Marag granth as my allergies are not that bad anymore. However, from past experience, the viddhis do work and have cured dass’s severe insomnia.

edited: added  a point.

Shardaayi

This cools you down and powers your brain. It also provides all the essential amino acids.

For 4 servings:

  • 1/2 cup of nuts (Almonds and/or Pistachios)
  • 1/2 cup of seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin and/or Melon)
  • A tablespoon of Poppy Seeds A teaspoon of fennel seeds (if you like the flavour)
  • A pinch of Saffron
  • A few black peppercorns
  • A pinch of cardamom seeds (discard the pods first)
  • Water for desired thickness
  • Sugar or Honey for desired sweetness

Shardaayi can stay in the refrigerator for a couple of days. In winter, it can be boiled with some chopped dates (instead of sugar) for extra warmth and body. This nut-milk is many times superior than the dairy counterpart in terms of nutrition. It also carries a much smaller carbon and cruelty footprint. Soak nuts overnight(optional – peel off almond skin as it loosens upon soaking). Soak rest of the ingredients. Grind all ingredients to a very smooth paste adding small quantities of water very slowly. Blend in appropriate amount of sweetener and rest of the water. Chill before serving.

– written by Gurmeet Kaur from Sikhnet. Read the original article, it’s good.

Just a note, soaking seeds and nuts for a few hours before eating makes the nutrients more bioavailable. Also, there’s a layer of phytic acid (which removes nutrients from the body) on all grains, legumes, seeds. After being soaked for several hours, the seeds begin to sprout and the phytic acid layer disappears.

Sarab Rog ka Aukhad Naam

Throughout history humanity has resorted to many kinds of medications to cure illnesses. Allopathic, homeopathic, natural and herbal medications of all kinds sometimes fail to cure an ailment where Naam succeeds. This website features true testimonials from people who have been healed through meditation on Gurbani.

http://gurunanakhealing.com/testimonials.htm

ਬੀਜ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੁ, ਸਰਬ ਕੋ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਚਹੁ ਵਰਨਾ ਮਹਿ, ਜਪੈ ਕੋਊ ਨਾਮੁ

Bīj manṯar sarab ko gi▫ān. Cẖahu varnā mėh japai ko▫ū nām.

The Beej Mantra, the Seed Mantra, is spiritual wisdom for everyone. Anyone, from any class, may chant the Naam.

ਸਰਬ ਕਾ ਬੀਜ ਰੂਪ ਜੋ ਓਅੰ ਮੰਤ੍ਰ ਹੈ ਤਿਸੀ ਕੇ ਜਾਪ ਸੇ ਰਿਦੇ ਕੀ ਸੁਧੀ ਦ੍ਵਾਰਾ ਸਰਬ ਕੋ ਗਿਆਨ ਹੋਤਾ ਹੈ ਵਾ ਸਰਬ ਸਾਧਨੋਂ ਕਾ ਬੀਜ ਮੰਤ੍ਰ ਗਿਆਨ ਹੈ ਭਾਵ ਸੇ ਸਤ ਅਸਤ ਕੇ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਹੋਣੇ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਾਧਨ ਹੋਤੇ ਹੈਂ ਵਾ ਸਰਬ ਕਾ ਬੀਜ ਮੰਤ੍ਰ ਗਿਆਨ ਕਾ ਦਾਤਾ ਨਾਮ ਹੀ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਚਾਰੋਂ ਵਰਨੋਂ ਮੈ ਜੋ ਕੋਈ ਨਾਮ ਜਪਤਾ ਹੈ ਤਿਸੀ ਕੌ ਗਿਆਨ ਹੋਤਾ ਹੈ॥

ਜੋ ਜੋ ਜਪੈ, ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਗਤਿ ਹੋਇ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ, ਪਾਵੈ ਜਨੁ ਕੋਇ

Jo jo japai ṯis kī gaṯ ho▫e. Sāḏẖsang pāvai jan ko▫e.

Whoever chants it, is emancipated. And yet, rare are those who attain it, in the Company of the Holy.

ਔਰ ਜੋ ਜੋ ਪੁਰਸ਼ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤਾ ਹੈ ਤਿਸ ਕੀ (ਗਤਿ) ਕਲਯਾਨ ਹੋਇ ਜਾਤੀ ਹੈ ਪਰੰਤੂ ਸੰਤੋਂ ਕੇ ਸੰਗ ਦ੍ਵਾਰਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਹੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਕੋ ਪਾਵਤਾ ਹੈ॥

ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ, ਅੰਤਰਿ ਉਰ ਧਾਰੈ ਪਸੁ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ, ਮੁਘਦ ਪਾਥਰ ਕਉ ਤਾਰੈ

Kar kirpā anṯar ur ḏẖārai. Pas pareṯ mugẖaḏ pāthar ka▫o ṯārai.

By His Grace, He enshrines it within. Even beasts, ghosts and the stone-hearted are saved.

ਜਿਸ ਪਰ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਤਾ ਹੈ ਸੋਈ ਜਨ ਅਪਨੇ ਰਿਦੇ ਅੰਤਰ ਨਾਮੁ ਕੋ ਧਾਰਤਾ ਹੈ ਪਸੁ ਔਰੁ ਪ੍ਰੇਤੋਂ ਸਮ ਮੂਰਖ ਔਰ ਪਥਰੋਂ ਵਤ ਕਠੋਰੋਂ ਕੌ ਬੀ ਨਾਮ ਤਾਰ ਦੇਤਾ ਹੈ ਵਾ ਪਸੂ ਪ੍ਰੇਤੋਂ ਮੂਰਖੋਂ ਔਰ ਪਾਥਰੋਂ ਕੋ ਭੀ ਤਾਰ ਦੇਤਾ ਹੈ॥

ਸਰਬ ਰੋਗ ਕਾ, ਅਉਖਦੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਲਿਆਣ ਰੂਪ, ਮੰਗਲ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਮ

Sarab rog kā a▫ukẖaḏ nām. Kali▫āṇ rūp mangal guṇ gām.

The Naam is the panacea, the remedy to cure all ills. Singing the Glory of God is the embodiment of bliss and emancipation.

ਸਰਬ ਰੋਗੋਂ ਕੌ ਦੂਰ ਕਰਤਾ ਦਾਰੂ ਨਾਮ ਹੀ ਹੈ ਪੁਨਾ ਕਲ੍ਯਾਨ ਰੂਪ ਔਰ ਮੰਗਲ ਕਾ ਦਾਤਾ ਗੁਣੋਂ ਕਾ (ਗਾਮ) ਗਾਵਣਾ ਹੈ॥

ਕਾਹੂ ਜੁਗਤਿ, ਕਿਤੈ ਪਾਈਐ ਧਰਮਿ ਨਾਨਕ, ਤਿਸੁ ਮਿਲੈ, ਜਿਸੁ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਧੁਰਿ ਕਰਮਿ ॥੫॥

Kāhū jugaṯ kiṯai na pā▫ī▫ai ḏẖaram. Nānak ṯis milai jis likẖi▫ā ḏẖur karam. ||5||

It cannot be obtained by any religious rituals. O Nanak, he alone obtains it, whose karma is so pre-ordained. ||5||

ਕਿਸੀ ਜੁਗਤ ਔਰ ਕਿਸੀ ਧਰਮ ਕਰਕੇ ਨਾਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਪਾਈਤਾ ਹੈ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਹਤੇ ਹੈਂ ਸੋ ਨਾਮ ਤਿਸਕੌ ਮਿਲਤਾ ਹੈ ਜਿਸਕੇ ਮਸਤਕ ਮੈ ਆਦੋਂ ਹੀ ਉਤਮੁ ਕਰਮੁ ਲਿਖਾ ਹੋਤਾ ਹੈ॥

From my own life, dass knows an elderly person who had fallen and displaced her hip. The doctors stated that she was too old to operate on and they could not help her. She would lose her balance and fall everytime she tried to stand. It was then that she placed her trust in Guru ji and began to continually meditate on the shabad ”Sree Hur Krishan dhi-aa-ee-ayy, Jis Ditt(h)ay Sab Dukh Jaa-ay!” After a few months she felt a current of energy in her leg and her hip was moved back into place – fixed as good as new!!

Dass himself used the healing power of Gurbani for a pinched nerve near the spine. Everyday meditating on the above shabad for at least one mala (108  repetitions). After a few days the energy vibration in my back increased and the pain disappeared!!

It is important to always always always do ardass (a prayer) after any meditation, otherwise we may not see the full benefit from it. It’s also HUGELY more beneficial to meditate nishkaam (without worldly desires). In my case I didn’t ask for ending my pain or fixing the pinched nerve, I just meditated on the mantr, and afterwards did ardass of the same mantr (Sree Har Krishan Dhiaaeaye, Jis Ditthay Sub Dukh Jaa-aay).  As you can clearly see, the power of Naam is not merely psychlogical as some nishardic (faithless) people claim.

If anyone suffers from great mental stress, continual meditation on gurmantr, mool mantr, or any Gurbani helps avoid the stress & it helps avoid the weakening of the mind the occurs from constant stress. An easy way is to download the Gareebi Nitnem from www.Gursevak.com and just play them in your ears 24/7.

Tandahi – nutritional support

This is a recipe for a drink that provides nutritional support for those who do lots of brainwork, such as students and serious meditators. The drink also can help if someone has a nose that runs whenever it is cold. Sometimes people meditate a lot but still have problems with concentration. In SOME cases this is due to an underlying nutritional deficit, and this drink can provide the nutrients to fix this concentration problem over time, when taken every day. The recipe was given to dass by Giani Thakur Singh ji

-soak almonds for minumum several hours and then peel the skin.

-grind almonds (after wiping dry) and charay mugaj and couscous (poppy seeds) in a coffee grinder, or crush them using mortar and pestle. I use about equal amounts of each b/c I’m not sure what is the best ratio to use.

-Also take whole grains of unground black pepper, grind them. You don’t need too much black pepper.

-Add all ingredients to milk in pot, also add micerey (crystallized sugar you get from indian stores, not regular sugar). Bring milk slowly to a boil.

update: This should make cleanup easier

update: This also helps with those who suffer from the effects of indulging in kaam (lust) too much. Cease and heal your body with proper nutritional support!