do we have to do Ardaas? (At the end of
the function, just read Gurbaani in the
Why do we stand up for performing Ardaas?
A formal Sikh function, whether at home
or in a Gurdwara, is complete only when,
after singing His virtues, we pray (do
Ardaas) to God to bless us with those
virtues. Ardaas makes our mind feel humble
and become receptive. In that state of
mind, we make a promise to follow the
right path and give up our ego, lust,
anger, etc. That is the way to achieve
peace. Hence, the Ardaas is essential
to serve the complete purpose of going
to the Gurdwara. Ardaas is followed by
the reading of a passage from the Guru
Granth Sahib, which is regarded as the
order of the day for the Sikhs. It is
usually explained in simple words to the
audience for their benefit.
When any public servant takes the oath
of office he stands up and arises his
right hand. Whenever we request something,
we do so while standing before the authority.
Hence, we say Ardaas while standing with
Informal Ardaas can be said in any position,
sitting, lying, driving, working etc.
When a Sikh opens the door of his car,
he thinks of God and requests His blessings.
The mere one word 'Waheguru' uttered by
him at that time is complete Ardaas. A
person may pray and seek His blessing
as many times as he can during the day
by thinking of the Almighty without standing
or folding his/her hands. On formal occasions
and for congregational prayers, the
Ardaas is always said standing and with
folded hands keeping the mind tuned to
the blessing of God.