38th Pauri of Japji
POSTURE: Sit in Easy Pose, with a straight spine.
MUDRA: The hands are resting on the knees in Gyan Mudra (first fingers and thumb tips are touching).
EYES: The eyes may be open or closed.
MANTRA: The 38th Pauri of Japji Sahib.
TIME: 11 times.
Jat pāhārā dhīraj suni-ār.
Let self-control be the furnace, and patience the goldsmith.
aharaṉ mat vayd hathī-ār.
Let understanding be the anvil, and spiritual wisdom the tools.
bha-u khalā agan tap tā-u.
With the Fear of God as the bellows, fan the flames of tapa, the body’s inner heat.
bhānḏā bhā-u amrit tit ḏhāl.
In the crucible of love, melt the Nectar of the Name,
ghaṟī-ai sabad sachī ṯakasāl.
and mint the True Coin of the Shabad, the Word of God.
jin ka-u nadar karam tin kār.
Such is the karma of those upon whom He has cast His Glance of Grace.
nānak nadarī nadar nihāl. ||38||
O Nānak, the Merciful Lord, by His Grace, uplifts and exalts them. ||38||
As a little girl, I remember my mother reciting the 25th and 38th pauris of Japji every day as she brushed my hair or drove me to school. At the time, it was soothing and comforting to hear my mother’s sweet voice singing the pauris 11 times each in a simple melody. It wasn’t until I was older that I had an understanding of what the words meant or what affect they had.
The 25th pauri (Bahuta Karam) is well known for bringing wealth, gifts and prosperity and yet the Siri Singh Sahib Ji taught my mother and many others the importance of also reciting the 38th pauri (Jat Pahara) to bring oneself to a state of higher consciousness; to gracefully handle and sustain the wealth and prosperity gained from the 25th pauri. It is a part of the Raj Jog consciousness where you need the higher heavenly energy to manifest the gifts from the earthly plane. The two go hand in hand.
That was my introduction and initial training of the 38th pauri. My personal experience of the power of this pauri continued into my adult life and I found it to be a touchstone for keeping me connected to the highest good. When I was faced with challenges and uncertainty, I recited the 38th pauri and found clarity, understanding, patience and always, a way through the obstacle.
The Siri Singh Sahib Ji said the following about the 38th pauri of Jap Ji in his lecture dated July 18th, 1979.
“Thirty-eighth pauri, you will find majority of mental difficulty cleared out. It is the power given by Nanak.”
“I tell you one woman did it and she was successful. She told her husband, ‘I have to read this pauri for 120 days and you should promise, in case I can’t, that you will.’ So to cover her up, he read it and all his mental disability got cleared out.”
“It’s a very small pauri, every husband can read it if he wants to. It gives clarity of thought, inductive, deductive and a pattern style of the faculty of the Eastern Hemisphere. Eastern Hemisphere of the brain gives you a possibility of the original thought, whereas the Western Hemisphere gives you the projection and to always coordinate Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the brain which is the left side and right side of the brain into the unison-ness, so that you can know clearly. This is the mantra and it is the 38th pauri”. ~ The Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan 7/18/1979
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