I want to do a Sukhmani Sahib paath at my house. It will only be house hold members. How do I prepare? I know I must clean the house properly and make sucha langar in the morning. Do I need a coconut and romalla? What else do I need? I need in depth help to ensure it is all correct.
First let me say that I find holding a Sukhmani Sahib paath at home with close relatives brings me peace and serenity and I hope it does the same for you. You are correct in that you need to clean your home prior to the paath. You can use you own gotka (small prayer book) and recite the Sukhmani Sahib yourself. The following is a list of items you will need in your home:
1. Gotkas – it’s nice to have extras for those who do not have their own. Also, there are a few apps that carry the Sukhmani Sahib in Gurmukhi, English and/or both. People can download an app very quickly on their smartphones and one such site is Gurbani Anywhere; look under ‘Quicklist’- Sukhmani Sahib- pick your language.
2. Normally each person can alternate (take turns) to lead the reading of a verse of the Sukhmani Sahib, while the group follows with the next line. The entire Sukhmani Sahib is read easily this way plus each person will have a chance to read verses without putting a burden on just one person.
3. Ramals (head coverings for men)
4. Parshad (must be made while wearing head covering and reciting paath or Vahe Guru, Vahe Guru) – See recipe for details http://www.askauntyji.net/parshad-recipe/
5. Napkins in prayer room
6. Thali, steel bowl, kirpan for the blessing of the Guru ka langar
7. Langar groceries: vegetables, daal, spices, plates, spoons, glasses, tea and masalas (See sample menus at http://www.askauntyji.net/sample-akhand-paath-langar-menu/
8. Buy or borrow large white sheets to lay down on your carpet where people will sit during the paath
A coconut is not necessary for the paath and you do not need a ramala as there is no altar for the Guru Granth Sahib on which the ramal would be used. This type of paath is the reading of a specific prayer and not the entire a reading of the Guru Granth Sahib (which occurs at an Akand Paath or Sahej Paath), therefore it does not require a formal altar of any of the items and processes that goes with constructing an altar and housing the Granth Sahib. For the Sukmani Sahib each person will be holding their individual gotkhas and reading from them. Once the recitation is complete and the ardaas has been done, the congregation can gather and enjoy langar that has been prepared prior to the paath. I hope this helps you complete the Sukhmani Sahib Paath in your home.