Why do we have to do Ardaas? (At the end of the function, just read Gurbaani in the holy book).

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 folded hands.

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.

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