Daas received these question in private email from someone. The answers to these questions are also herein.
Can a normal sikh who isn't a gursikh do naam simran and whilst doing so with full dedication achieve Vak sidhi?
First of all, no one can stop anyone from doing Naam Simran. One can chant Naam as one pleases. Secondly, if one wants some spiritual progress, then one must chant Naam after getting authorized to do so, from the true Guru. Now a days, one gets authority to Japp Naam, when one becomes Amritdhari. The whole purpose of becoming an Amritdhari is to obtain Naam and then chant Naam to meet Vaheguru.
In olden days when Guru Sahibaan used to be in human form, then Guru Sahib themselves gave Naam to the new candidates but since 1708, there can be no human Guru, therefore, Naam is given by Punj Pyare, in the Hazoori (presence) of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee, at the time of Amrit Sinchaar. Only, Naam Abhyaas done after receiving Naam from the Guru, can one progress spiritually to meet Vaheguru.
Having said that, if one just wants Vaak Sidhi or other such worldly objects, then one can just do Gurbani Paath with full concentration or even Naam Jaap, without authority. Many people who are not Amritdhari have been heard to have attained worldly objects and Vaak Sidhi kind of powers by chanting Naam and reciting Gurbani.
also did you do your ardas prior to naam simran?
Normally just a gupt informal Benti Roopi Ardaas is done prior to Amritvela Abhyaas. There is no tradition of doing full formal Ardaas prior to Naam Abhyaas, albeit there is no harm in doing so.
Is Naam simran and Namm abhyas th same thing?
Yes, many Gursikhs use these terms interchangeably.
Bhul chuk dee Maafi jee.