Morning Ritual, Taking Hukams

During my Sikh dharma days, I learned about taking a “hukam” (pronounced “hook-um” and means “divine order”) from the “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” which is the compilation of writings that the Sikhs consider their living guru.  I have expanded this practice to include any inspirational book.  Many mornings I have started my day by taking a hukam as a part of my daily sadhana or spiritual practice.   

A hukam is taken by choosing a book of teachings or one of motivation, such as “The Dhammapada”, the “Tao te Ching”, the “Bhagavad Gita”, the “Bible”, the “Koran” or whatever your choice may be and then randomly opening the book to a particular verse or section to which you are guided. 

Before making your selection, sit quietly for a few moments, opening yourself up to receiving whatever passage you are shown and then ask a question to which you would like guidance, then open the book and read until you feel you have received your message.  You may choose not to ask a question; just allow whatever message that has appeared to be your inspiration for the day.

Many times the passages are connected to what I may be experiencing in my life at the time and are always a source of insight and “divine” guidance.  This simple practice has never failed to bring a feeling of upliftment to my day.

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  1. jgavinallan

     /  May 23, 2011


    ok…I will ge a Bible…it sound like fun…and maybe good for me.




    • Only do it if you feel so inclined–I am no preacher. I’m just sharing something that has given me inspiration in my life.

      Lots of love,
      Gayle xoxo


  2. That’s a little different than my old ritual of hook ups. I didn’t sit still till I hooked up with the man. I couldn’t help myself; I didn’t mean to make light of a fantastic way to start the day.


    • Hey, whatever floats your boat! 🙂 I am in no way offended.

      Just thought I would share something that’s made a nice difference in my life.


  3. This is delightful. Thanks for writing about it. Don’t know much about Sikhism, though we have many of that faith living here.

    A nice custom we should all adopt. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs!

    P.S.: Don’t know where you found the photo, but it is perfect for this. Lovely.


  4. I love this simple practice, Jamie.

    That photo was found on through a Google search. No attribution was given that I could tell. That is a photo of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.

    Hugs! xoxo


  5. What an inspiring idea – it sounds like it gives you a lot of comfort in life 😀 Definitely something I am gonna try one of these days!

    Chloe xx


    • It’s given me a lot of comfort and inspiration, Chloe. Just thought I would pass along the idea. Thanks for coming by and letting me know what you thought.

      Gayle xoxo


  6. So true Gayle, I start my day meditating or doing yoga and mediatating afterwards. I always try to find a daily message to inspire me so as to live that day peacefully. It is not exactly the same as you have described but there is a peace in knowing that something is going to be around you throughout your day to help guide you.



    • Yes, somehow it sets the tone for the day doesn’t it. Also to know that there are timeless teachings that support us still today. Very comforting.

      Thanks, Izzy. Namaste.

      Gayle xoxo


  7. loved it. the way you spiritually connect to God.



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