Two simple words, Satnam Waheguru, carry profound spiritual significance.
A companion in solitude, Satnam Waheguru, offers the universal Truth of His wonders, accepted with utmost reverence. The adoration becomes a prayer: Satnam Waheguru, Satnam Waheguru.
‘Sat’ stands for Truth, and ‘Nam’ identifies the Truth.
‘Wahe’ is a feel of a ‘wow’ moment, an exclamation of the divine Wonder.
Guru is interpreted here as the path that leads us from darkness to light. It is the journey towards Truth and enlightenment.
Rather than worshipping Him as a ritualistic divine image, Satnam Waheguru is a pragmatic or logical approach toward His realization and virtuous perception.
In that perception resides the dynamics of Satnam Waheguru.
It initiates spiritual awareness. There is no healing, any therapeutic or miracle value. Instead, it is meditative in its spirit, installing moral and ethical principles in our conscious minds.
So how does “Satnam Waheguru” create its dynamics?
These are born from Nanak’s message of “Hukam razai chalna, Nanak likhyea naal; hukmae andhar sabh, bahar hukme no koe.
These are the two separate mandates. But discussing them together initiates an integrated understanding of the messages while building the desired impact of their practicality in our lives.
Hukam means Order or command, razai stands for acceptance, chalna means walk, and likhyea naal means written down.
To follow (razai), the walk (chalna) guided by the hukam of God as inevitably written (likhyea naal) creates our fundamental realization of the divine message from Guru Nanak Dev.
The keyword in the proclamation is Hukam, where our razai or acceptance is based.
Does it mean that we dispel all our reasons and accept every situation or event as the will of God? In other words, that is our fate, good or bad.
If our answer is yes, then we are stereotypically and ritualistically wrong. And we miscarriage the Hukam.
Guru Nanak says: “Hukmae andhar sabh, bahar hukme na koe.”
A simple translation of the mandate is that everybody (sabh) under(andhar) His command (hukam), nobody (na koe) is beyond (bahar) His command.
The question is, what is that divine command or Hukam, signed and delivered by Nanak, from which we do not deviate or stray.
It is a path that refers to the divine Order. The moment we disregard this Order, it is a violation of God’s Hukam.
Divine Order is the system established by His Hukam, where we do not create chaos and misery for ourselves or fellow human beings, animals, plants, and our living environment.
This way, we are neither damaging our conscious mind nor hurting others. And we are staying hukmae andhar or within His Order.
In this Order resides our religiosity of being honest, humble, and sincere, be considerate and helpful to others, be merciful, forget and forgive, love fellow beings and care for the environment, including animals, plants, and nature. And everything else which is pious, pure, and morally firm.
All this establishes the Divine Order, the perfect nature of God for all worldly purposes.
Satnam Waheguru, which gets its dynamics from the Nanak message of “Hukam razai chalna…., hukme andhar sabh….” represents the Divine Order.
Its practicality lies in following the Order as envisioned by Nanak in creating peace and harmony within ourselves and the environment around us.