A Hukamnama is not just a random Shabad. It is a conversation with Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji. A 17 year old girl who addicted to cocaine came forward and asked, “Can Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj forgive my past sins, and put me on the path in the future?”. We took a Hukamnama Sahib, and the Guru said:
“Pichle avgun baksh le prabh aage marag pave II2II
On another tour when Bhai Sukha Singh was in America someone came up to him and asked, “Can Guru Granth Sahib ji talk? He said, “Let’s go to Guru Granth Sahib”. The man said, “I want to hear Guru Granth Sahib ji say that they can speak. It if doesn’t come up in the Hukamanma then think about what I’m saying”. Sukha Singh thought, “Ok my job is done, Guru ji it is up to you to take care of this from here”. The man wasn’t a bad person, he just misunderstood what the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is. He thought it is a book with some spiritual understandings. No, Guru Granth Sahib Ji IS spirituality. It is not a prophet. It is the message. It is the voice. So they did an ardas and received a Hukam. When one line came up the man put his head down. Not with shame but with sharda (belief), with satkar (respect). The line was:
“har naavai naal galaa har naavai naal masalath har naam hamaaree karadhaa nith saaraa ||
This line is saying: You can speak to me. You can ask my advice. It is the Name of God that looks after me.
So when we take a Hukamnama Sahib, it’s not that it’s just a random Shabad that may or may not be applicable. It is a direct message to you.