The Golden Temple- Amritsar

Golden Temple- the Holiest Place in the Sikh Religion

“Do you know the story behind this temple?”

I shook my head, “No.  I don’t really know much about it at all.”

“I like to tell people because they don’t do much to explain it here.  And it really is a lovely story.”

Bathing In Holy Water

I nodded eagerly and the lady began, “A young girl Rajni was sitting around with her sisters admiring the gifts they had just received from their father.  The sisters praised their father’s greatness for the gifts, and Rajni corrected them, saying the gifts were really sent to them from god through their father.  Her father overheard this and grew very angry.  To punish Rajni, he married her to a leper and she had to become a beggar.”
“Nice guy,” I joked.

“Where the water is now, there was originally a small pond.”  I looked out over the expansive rectangular shaped pool as she spoke, “The local people would use that pond and there started to be reports of healings happening in the water.  Rajni often came to that pond.  Her husband heard about the miracles and so he himself went and bathed in the water there.  When he came out he was cured.  And when he went to see his wife, she did not recognize him.  But then she did, and so she went to the Guru and convinced him to give the pond his blessing.”

Line for the Golden Temple

I nodded, and she continued, “They dug the pond and they made it bigger and wider.  Later the sixth Guru of the Sikh religion sat under that tree…” I looked over at the tree, sitting there propped up by a metal and concrete, “and supervised the construction when they added the temple made with pure gold.”

I stared at the dozens of women kneeling by the waters edge, and brushing water onto themselves, and the men holding onto large metal chains as they climbed into the tank to bathe, and suddenly cherished this moment more than words could say.  I believe that water is healing; I believe that it is holy, and that our intentions can create miracles.  And sitting there by the water that day, it felt my whole life was just one miraculous event.

A large Sikh man came over to Kevin at this point, and politely but firmly asked him to stop filming because he hadn’t gotten official permission.  Kevin agreed and put away the camera, and we decided to walk around the temple once more.  The line to get into the Golden Temple itself would have taken hours to get through, and the thought of being jammed so tightly together for so long seemed the opposite of my meditative experience.  So, after I thanked the lady for her story and her warm welcome to India, we once again joined the flow of people walking around the water tank.

walking around the pond

walking around the pond

As I walked slowly, I stared at the water remembering the miracles, my mind slipping back into restfulness and peace.  I believed it was the water itself that allowed this meditative experience inside a place full of so many people.  The calm of a lake, the stillness of a bath… water quiets and rests the mind, opens us up to hear the soul.  It’s no wonder so many religions and spiritual traditions consider it holy.

A young Sikh approached Kevin and I and introduced himself as ‘Lucky.’

After a discussion with Kevin about the brotherhood of all people, our joyful, lucky friend started to explain the words to the haunting calls echoing over the Temple’s loudspeakers.  Although I don’t remember the literal words he said, I hope to do justice with this recollection of what I heard and felt,

“God is friendly to everyone.  God is a friend to everyone.  God does not have fear.  God as creator is in all of us.”

Feather on Holy Water

2 thoughts on “The Golden Temple- Amritsar

  1. The man named Vasu Bharadwaj
    was a skeptic Indian science
    writer diagnosed with bone
    cancer called multiple myeloma
    which had destroyed much of his
    bones. On April 29th 2002, He
    had completed three and half
    years of painful life as a
    terminally bed-ridden cancer
    patient. He was slowly dying of
    cancer. He also had suffered from
    tumour on the right side of his
    head. The bony structures of his
    right ear had been eaten away by
    bone cancer that lead him total
    deafness in his right ear. He did
    six chemotherapy sessions – one
    every 28th day. He was advised by
    someone to undertake a
    pilgrimage to the holy Golden
    Temple at Amritsar, India and
    offer Akhand Path(continuous
    recitation of sacred sikh text) and
    Ardas(Sikh prayer) with complete
    faith. He was permitted to
    photograph and tape-record
    entire Akhand Path as well as
    Shabad Kirtans(recitation of
    hymns or mantras from sacred
    sikh text) which he wanted to
    keep listening even after the
    kirtan session was over. He did
    not speak Punjabi but he knew
    little bit of Urdu, that made him
    understand some of the Sikh
    hymns and kirtan. In the middle
    of kirtan session, the moment the
    ceremonial reader started reciting
    the Akhand Path, he reported to
    began feeling streams of energy
    entering and flowing through his
    body. The white light as he
    reports rose majestically from the
    pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib
    (sikh sacred text) like a serene
    cool flame of light entering his
    body through his fingers. He
    reported that after that incident
    the excruciating pain which he
    had suffered while struggling to
    reach the Golden Temple also
    disappeared. He further reports
    that after 48 hours, he got up on
    his own feet and began to feel
    and enjoy such vibrant health
    that he almost ran with joy. His
    appetite returned. On 8th May
    2002 and on 25th May again bone
    marrow analysis and
    electrophoresis tests were done
    his my body and no cancer was
    detected. To obtain second
    medical opinion, the samples
    were sent to Mumbai and
    Ahmedabad and medical doctors
    there also confirmed that the
    bone cancer is gone. His
    oncologist at Ahemedabad Dr.
    Pankaj Shah was preparing for
    stem cells transplant on him. The
    entire medical world was taken by
    surprise. All doctors agreed that
    this is, indeed, a miracle because
    there is no medicine in Allopathy
    that can cure deadly cancer
    within 48 hours and effect a 180
    degree change. The latest
    electrophoresis: serum protein
    test done is dated April 7th 2003
    at Abha Clinical Laboratory. The
    doctors have signed this medical
    test report with comments: ” no
    melanomas band.” He has
    preserved all the medical reports
    and x-rays done before and after
    the Akhand Path and Ardas at
    Golden Temple and they all tell
    the true story of my miraculous
    cure. Ever since this miracle, I am
    not only experiencing Guru’s
    vibrations within me but also feel
    God’s spiritual energy within me
    which inspires me and guides me
    in thought and deed, and vibrate
    in unison with him. I am joyfully
    back to ” cheers and gears of
    life.”, soulfully sharing my God-
    Given spiritual energy with those
    who love and faithfully listens to
    Guru Granth Sahib and enrich
    their mind, body and soul with
    divinely vibrant health. Now, he
    reports to be enjoying the life of
    guru-inspired faith and taking Sri
    Guru Granth Sahib and God as
    his constant companion. The
    divine magnetic spell of Sri Guru
    Granth Sahib, which he realized
    through Naam therapy(recitation
    of the holy sikh text) that has not
    only blessed him with healthy life
    but considering his greatly
    vibrant health, spiritual strength
    and new youthful looks and
    glamorous shining black hair, the
    same oncologists tells him that he
    is totally free of all kinds of

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