Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Simran Mean?

In Hindu and yogic philosophy, simran is the act of profound reflection that leads to awareness of the true nature of the Self. Simran is a Punjabi word that comes from the Sanskrit word, smarana, meaning “reminiscence,” “remembrance,” “mental recitation” and “calling upon the name of God.”

In Sikhism, simran is the act of reciting or repeating the name of God in remembrance. It is believed that practicing simran purifies the believer, freeing him/her from attachment and helping attain mukti (salvation or spiritual liberation).


Yogapedia Explains Simran

In Surat Shabda yoga, simran is the repetition of the mantra given to the yogi at initiation. It is typically a silent recitation. In some traditions, simran is used to refer to the practice of meditation that inspires the inner reflection. By practicing simran, the yogi not only discovers his/her true essence and purpose in life, but continuously remembers this spiritual state, even as he/she performs worldly tasks and shares his/her inspiration.

To practice simran, the yogi typically sits in a comfortable position and begins meditating by repeating the naam, name of God. Simran calms the mind and allows the yogi to focus on and realize the divine qualities or the Higher Self. Sikhs typically use Waheguru as the name of God, and they believe that simran destroys the ego, thereby allowing union with the infinite reality.

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