In our daily supplication (Ardas), which is primarily offered to Waheguru (Pritham Bhagauti) we go on to say “Bolo Ji Waheguru (utter Waheguru/Wondrous God/Lord)” six times on remembering Sikh Gurus by name, and all those individuals who were Naamis in the first place; and the Gurduaras or places/shrines (Takhats) which are associated with Sikh religion and its practices mainly reciting of Gurbani and Keertan etc.
After remembering the early history of the Sikhs, we go to the MAIN part of the Ardas, which starts like:-
“Prithme sarbat khalsa ji ki ardas hai ji, sarbat khalsa ji ko Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru chitt avai, chitt avan ka sadka sarab sukh hovai.”
(Waheguru Ji ! First the entire Khalsa Panth makes this supplication that may the members of Khalsa meditate on Your Name; and may all pleasures and comforts come through such meditation).
A special request is made in asking for ‘danan sir daan – Naam Daan’ (the most significant gift of Naam).
Again in the middle part of Ardas, the Sikhs request Waheguru to grant them humility, exalted wisdom and also to protect their wisdom:-
“Sikhan da mann nivan, mat uchi, mat da rakha aap Waheguru”
Before the Ardas ends, a special appeal is made: ‘sei piare mel, jinahan millian tera Naam chit avai’ (Kindly cause us to meet those true Gursikhs by meeting whom, we may remember Your Name).
The Ardas ends reassuring ourselves that: ‘Nanak naam chardi kala, tere bhane sarbat da bhala’ (Your name is a divine tool to bring universal prosperity).
In all we say ‘Waheguru’ minimum 11 times ( though some and I go on saying Waheguru many more times at each prescribed step of ‘Bolo Ji Waheguru’).
Do we ever pause that how come some Gurmukhs came up recommending us “Bolo Ji Waheguru” so many times in our daily Ardas and does the repetition of Waheguru has any significance?
In fact, if you read the Guru Granth Sahib carefully, the whole Bani resounds “Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru…….”
Without doubt our forefathers had had a good comprehension of Gurbani who prescribed the repetition of Waheguru, Waheguru………..in the Ardas.
ਸਾਜਨ ਸੰਤ ਕਰਹੁ ਇਹੁ ਕਾਮੁ ॥ ਆਨ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਜਪਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ (Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 290-3).
O friends, O Saints, make this your work. Renounce everything else, and chant the Name of the Lord.
i.e. uttering of His name is glorious and vertuous.
Wellington, New Zealand