Fruits of Simran
The Sikh Scriptures detail many a benefit from Simran. When an overwhelming adversity besets your path, when there is no other help, when foes hotly pursue you, when close relations desert you, when all hopes are dashed and when all avenues are closed, if you still remember God, no harm shall ever touch you.
The Lord is the strength of the weak. He is eternal. He is known through the Guru’s Shabd.
When a person is depressed for want of food and resources – when even the last penny has left him, when he is without a job, even then if he gives place to the Lord in his heart, he shall forever be freed from want.
When one is torn by cares and anxieties, when his body is diseased, when he is deeply immersed in domestic worries, when he is at the mercy of the buffets of sorrow, when he wanders to and fro and finds no home nor hearth where he can rest – even then, if he carries out the Simran of the Lord, he shall attain inner calm and peace.
When a person is under the sway of lust, anger and attachment, when he is assailed by miserliness and avarice, when he is in the grip of the four vices, namely stealing, drinking, adultery and the persecution of saintly people, when demon-like desires to annihilate others have taken hold of him, when he will not listen to the reading of a holy Scripture – even then, if he thinks of the Lord, he shall gain freedom in the twinkling of an eye.
A person may be well-versed in the Vedas and Scriptures; he may undergo penances and austerities; he may undertake pilgrimages; he may perform the six sacred deeds, viz., offering and receiving of charity, reading and teaching the Vedas, and performing Yagya and having it performed, doing all this, if he is still not dyed in the love of the Lord, he will doubtless go to hell.
A person may have many kingdoms; he may rule vast dominions; he may have access to all luxuries; he may own many gardens and orchards; he may enjoy many privileges; he may revel in the pleasures of the world; yet if he has not the remembrance of the Lord, he is doomed to be a snake in his next birth.
A person may be extremely wealthy; he may be abstemious and high principled; he may love his parents, family and relations; he may have a host of men who stand ready with folded hands to carry out his commands; even then, if he does not think of the Lord, he is doomed to hell.
A person may be healthy of body; he may suffer from no disease nor sorrow; he may be completely forgetful of death; he may be engrossed in sense pleasures day and night; he may own everything he wants; yet if he does not think of the Lord, he goes straight into the jaws of hell.
Simran puts an end to sins, pain and doubts. It removes anger and ego. It takes away cares, all ills, and the three attributes. It rids us of ghosts and goblins. It bestows peace and bliss. By Simran a person is emancipated, and becomes a good example and a spiritual benefactor. He becomes a real philanthropist, has few needs, and becomes a leader of men.
The devotees of the Lord are alive only through Simran, because without thinking of the Lord they cannot live even for a moment. They are forever absorbed in His Name.
Simran banishes fear of death and frees one from the cycle of births and deaths. It removes obstacles and difficulties, and pleasure and pain. It grants miraculous powers, esoteric knowledge, and the merit of recitals and penances.
Duality is shed, the dross and filth of the mind wear off, and the refulgence of God’s Name becomes manifest. The devotee is ever at the feet of the Master.
He gains glory in the Court of the Lord and, crossing the ocean of phenomena, he attains everlasting salvation.
A person doing Simran remains detached even while he lives among people.
The fruits are not obtained by the Simran done the behest of mind, but by the Simran revealed to us by a Perfect Adept.