“The Shabad Guru is a special kind of technology with a unique contribution to develop potentials and handle the problems of…the Aquarian Age. In the body, it produces vitality. In the complex of the mind, it awakens intelligence and develops wisdom and intuition. In the heart, it establishes compassion. In each person’s consciousness, it builds the clarity to act with fearless integrity.”
–Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan
In its earthly form, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is 1430 pages of sacred teachings and songs. There are a total of 36 contributors to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. In addition to 6 of the Sikh Gurus, there are compositions from 30 saints from different religions, places and times. These songs are set to 31 different musical scales, called Raags. Raags are very particular musical scales. Different Raags are meant to be sung at different times of day or at different seasons.
The spiritual technology for awakening yourself to your Inner Divinity in Sikh Dharma is to pronounce and sing the songs from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. It is especially powerful to sing them in the Raags in which they are given. But singing or chanting them, in Raag or not, will have a profound healing effect on your body, communication and mind.
Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan explained the power of the Raags this way:
“The power and projection of the sound current in the Shabads of Siri Guru Granth Sahib are in Raagas. These Raagas are a methodology of harmonies, they are the play of the life force. The blessings of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib nurtures the trees, humans, bees and birds, demons and angels alike.”
“Once the honeybees sat on a branch to create honey. A tape of Gurbani was played at a distance constantly. That beehive gave three times the honey of the other hives.”