The first part of Sikh Ardas invokes God and the blessings of first nine Gurus. The second part recounts the events in the life of the Tenth Guru, the subsequent Sikh history, the struggles faced and the sacrifices made, for the reform of temples and the maintenance of Sikh tradition. The third part pertains to the individual's own thoughts and any special purpose or the occasion for it. In the end, the Sikh prays for humble mind and sound intellect, the victory of the Khalsa Panth, "the Word" and betterment of the humanity.
A Sikh believes in a personal God to whom he must go every now and then because he regards Him as friend and benefactor. He recites a prayer before he starts any work or business. Even if he has no time for a full ardas, he shall make a short prayer.
Sikh prayer can be led by any man or woman; it is congregational in the nature of its contents. It recounts the sacrifices of Sikhs and without mentioning the enemies of the Sikhs, prays for greater strength to face even bigger tests. The basic idea is to inspire the Sikhs to similar heroic deeds in any future times of need.
Prayer is a means of ridding the mind of material desires and filling it with noble thoughts & aspirations. The prayer requires an effort at heart-searching, an effort to become still more noble. The mind must be emptied of all worldly ambitions so that peace may enter it.
The Sikh Ardas demands a complete surrender to Divine Will. It is not a passive resignation to the Will of God, but a conscious acceptance of His Will which is accepted as ultimately benefiting the individual as His Will can only bring goodness for humanity. Thus Lord never fails a Sikh as a Sikh only seeks the strength to accept His Will. This submission eliminates the ego- the wall which stands between man and his Creator.
The reading of Guru Granth Sahib is itself a prayer. We seek the Guru's command. He gives us wise counsel, but it depends on us to obey. Merely worshipping the scripture without carrying its teachings into daily life is seen as total negation of prayer. True prayer is the practically living up to the word of the Guru and a continuing effort for spiritual development.
Sikhs are directed to share their joys and sorrows with Waheguru through the "Ardas" only and keep praying for Waheguru's blessings / forgiveness.
ik onkar waheguru ji ke fateh
siri bhagautti ji sahai
vaar siri bhaguautti ji ki paattshaahi dasmi
prithm bhagautti simar kay gur nanak laee(n) dhiaae
phir angad gur tte amardas(u) ramdasay hoi sahai
arjan hargobind no simrau siri har rai
siri harkrishan dhiaaeeay jisDiThe sabh dukh jaae
teg bahadur simri-ay ghar nau nidh aavay dhaae
sabh thaai(n) hoe sahai
dasvaa(n) paattshah siri guru gobind singh sahib ji
sabh thaai(n) hoe sahai dasaa(n) paatshaahiaa(n) di jot
siri guru granth sahib ji di path didar da dhiaan dhar ke bolo ji waheguru.
panjaa(n) piyaaariaa(n), chauhaa(n) sahibzaadiaa(n), chaaliaa (n)
muktiaa(n), ha Thaiaa(n), jupiaa(n), ttapiaa(n), jinaa(n)h ttera naam
jupiaa, va(n)D chhakiaa, deg chalaaee, teg vaahi, deg ke anDiTh
keetta, ttinaa(n)h piyaariaa(n), sachiaariaa(n) di kamaai da dhiaan
dharke, khalsa ji, bolo ji waheguru.
jinaa(n)h singhaa(n) singhbeeaa(n) nay dharam haytt sees dittay,
ba(n)d ba(n)d kaTaa-ay, khopriaa(n) luhaaiaa(n), charkhiaa(n) ttay
charhay, aaray-aa(n) naal chiraa-ay gae, gurdwariaa(n) di seva laee
kurbanniaa keettiaa(n), dharam nahee(n) haariaa, sikhi kesaa(n)
suaasaa(n) naal nibaahi, ttinaa(n) di kamaai da dhiaan dharkey,
khalsa ji bolo ji waheguru.
prithmay sarbatt khalsa ji ki ardass haY ji, sarbatt khalsa ji ko
waheguru waheguru waheguru chitt aavay, chitt aavan ka sadkaa
sarab sukh hovay. jahaa(n) jahaa(n) khalsa ji sahib,
ttahaa(n) ttahaa(n) rachhiaa riaa-aytt,
deg-tteg fatteh, birdh ki paYj, panth ki jeet, siri sahib ji sahaai,
khalsa ji kay bol baalay bolo ji waheguru.
Sikhaa(n) noo(n) sikhi daan, kes daan, raYhatt daan, bibayk daan,
visaah daan, bharosa daan, daanaa(n) sir daan, naam daan, siri
amritsar ji day darshan ishnaan, chau(n)kiaa(n), jha(n)Day, bungay,
jugo jug atall dharam ka jaYkaar, bolo ji waheguru.
Sikhaa(n) da man nivan mat uche, mat da rakha Akal Purkh Waheguru..!!
hey Akal Purkh Waheguru, apne panth de sada sahaie datar jeo... sri nanakana sahib
te hoor gurdwarey gudhaman jina tu panth nu vichoria gaya hai ...khule darshan didar
te sewa sambal da daan khalsa ji nu baksho,..hey niamnian de maan netinian te tian,
neoyetian de oyt, sache peeta, waheguru , ji aap ji de ...........ardas hai ji , akhar wada ghata
bhul chuk maaf karna ji, sarbat de karaz raas karney, sai payarey mail jina milian tera naam
chit aawaey , nanak naam chardi kala , tere bhaney sarbat da bhala
BOLAY SO NIHAL, SAT SRI AKAL.