Anand Karaj literally means joyful ceremonial occasion or proceedings. It is the name given to sikh marriage ceremony which comprises of 4 rounds (Laavan) …
In the first round of the marriage ceremony, the lord sets out his instructions for performing the daily duties of married life. Instead of the hymns of the Vedas to brahma, embrace the righteous conduct of dharma, and let go the sinful actions. Meditate on the lord’s Name, worship and adore the Guru, the Prefect True Guru, and all our sins shall be dispelled. By great good fortune, celestial bliss is attained, and the lord, Har, Har, seems sweet to the mind. Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the first round of the marriage ceremony has begun.
In the second round of the marriage ceremony, the lord leads us to meet the True Guru, the Primal being. With the fear of god, our mind should get rid of all the fear and the filth of egoism is eradicated by his grace. By enchanting his name and singing his praise, we can meet/ behold them face to face. The supreme soul, the Guru, is everywhere, fully filling all spaces. Deep within, and outside as well, there is only One Lord God. With gurus sangat, his humble servants, we shall sing the song of joy. Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the second round of marriage ceremony, the un-struck sound current of the shabad resounds.
In the third round of the marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with divine love. With Guru’s grace and the great fortune we have found saintly people in our lives who help us to meet the lord, Akalpurakh. By singing the glorious praises/ hymns of Guru sahib we can find the immaculate lord. By the great good fortune, we have found the humble Saints, and speak the unspoken speech of the Lord. The name of the Lord, Har, Har, Har, vibrates and resounds within my heart, meditating on the lord, we have realised the destiny inscribed upon my forehead. Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the third round of the marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with Divine Love for the Lord.
In the fourth round of the marriage ceremony, our mind has become peaceful and we have found the lord. As Gurmukh, I have met him, with intuitive ease, the lord seems so sweet to my mind and body. The lord seems so sweet, I am pleasing to my god night and day, I lovingly focus my consciousness on the lord. I have obtained my lord and Master , the fruit of my minds desires. The lord’s name resounds and resonates. The Lord , blends with his bride, and heart blossoms forth in the Nam. Servant Nanak proclaims that, in thus the fourth round of the marriage ceremony, we have attained the Eternal lord God.