Guru Amar Das Ji became the third Sikh Guru in 1552 at the age of 73, after devotedly serving Guru Angad Dev Ji for 13 years. He remained Guru until he was 95, when he passed on the Guruship to Guru Ram Das Ji. He formalized the institution of langar and selected the site in Amritsar Village where the Golden Temple now sits. His more than 900 compositions included in Siri Guru Granth Sahib are distinguished for their beautiful and direct language, with Anand Sahib being the most referenced in Sikh daily practice.
“Sometime try to understand the Gurbani. When you speak Gurbani you exactly speak as Guru spoke. Your lips, your tongue move in the same combination and permutation. You create the same sound as your Guru created. At that time when you sing Gurbani, you become the very spirit, the light, the flow of the Guru. Therefore, sing it with understanding; stand under it. Speak, but hear what you speak and understand what you speak. Put your mind into it. Understand what you are saying. Realize what you are saying and that is called realization. When you hear the Gurbani and you understand it and when you put that into your life, that is realization. ” ~ Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan
1st Pauree of Anand Sahib
The first of forty paurees (steps/stanzas) of Anand Sahib, the Song of Bliss, was written by Guru Amar Das Ji. Anand Sahib is one of the five banis (prayers) read by Sikhs daily. The first five paurees of Anand Sahib are sung at the conclusion of all kirtan programs.
Raamkalee Mehalaa Teeja Anand
Ik Ongkaar Satgur Prasaad
Anand Bhaiaa Mayree Maaeh Satguroo Meh Paaiaa Satgur Ta Paaiaa Sahj Saytee Man Vajeeaa Vaadhaaeeaa Raag Ratan Parvaar Pareeaa Sabad Gaavan Aaeeaa Sabado Ta Gaavho Haree Kayraa Man Jinee Vasaaiaa Kaheh Naanak Anand Hoaa Satguroo Meh Paaiaa
Raamkalee Mehalaa Third Guru
One Universal Creator God. By the Grace of the True Guru.
I am in bliss, 0 my Mother, for I have found my True Guru.
I have found the True Guru, with intuitive ease, and my mind vibrates with the music of bliss.
The jeweled melodies and celestial harmonies have come to sing.
The Lord dwells within the minds of those who sing the Shabad, the Word.
Says Nanak, I am in bliss, for I have found my True Guru.
Words from the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan about this Pauree
Oh, my mother I am in a state of bliss. It is your declaration which you are speaking.
Anand Bhaiaa Mayree Maaeh Satguroo Meh Paaiaa…
In the True Guru I have found Anand, bliss.
You have found it and you are telling your universal mother, this Mother Earth, ‘Oh, my mother Divine Nature, I have found that l am in the state of bliss and I have found this bliss in the True Guru.’ You are the one saying these words.”
The Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan Recounts a Story
(paraphrased here) from a July 14,1984 lecture:
I went to see a man in the hospital who was very near death. The man, very faint of breath, uttered, ‘Say something to me’. I said ‘Anand Bhaiaa Mayree MaaeW… and the man finished the line and said ‘Satiguroo Meh Paaiaa’. It was a miracle, what I saw. Instantly his life force beganbto return, and he was glowing.
“Bliss belongs to those who bless others and bless themselves. In the morning bless yourself. Bless me myself; I am awake. Bless me my breath; I am awake. Bless me my God; I am awake. Bless me my environments; I am bliss.” ~Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan
Chant this Pauree of Anand Sahib 11 times a day to bring bliss and blessings to your life.
Here is a recording of the first pauree of Anand Sahib by Snatam Kaur. (Note: this version has a rousing recitation of “Wahe Guru” in the beginning of the music track and the 1st pauree of Anand Sahib does not start until about 3:24 in the track.)
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