Guru Har Rai

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Baani Guru, Guru Hai Baani

ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਾਰੇ ॥

ਗੁਰੁ ਬਾਣੀ ਕਹੈ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਜਨੁ ਮਾਨੈ ਪਰਤਖਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਿਸਤਾਰੇ ॥

Baani Guru Guru Hai Baani Vich Baani Amrit Saaray ||

Gur Baani Kehai Sayvak Jan Maanay Parathakh Guru Nisathaaray ||

The Bani (the Word) is Guru, and Guru is the Bani.

Within the Bani, the Ambrosial Nectar is experienced.

Those devoted persons who utter Gurbani with delight are liberated by the perfect manifest Guru.

~Raag Nat Narain Guru Ram Das SGGS p. 982

Story of Guru Har Rai and the words “Baani Guru…”

One day the Guru’s Sikhs asked Guru Har Rai Ji whether those who read Gurbani but didn’t understand it or take the time to understand its meaning, derived any spiritual benefit. The Guru gave no reply at that time.

The next morning, while on a riding expedition with some of his Sikhs, on a level plain he saw pieces of a pot which had held ghee and noticed the ghee melting in the sun.

The Guru took one of the pieces in hand and said, “Look my Sikhs, broken pot shards – when heated the ghee that adhered to them rapidly melts. As the ghee holds to the pots, so do the Guru’s words stick to the hearts of the Sikhs.  Perfume still clings to a broken vase. At the hour of death, the Guru’s instruction will surely bear fruit. Whether understood or not, the Guru’s words have within them the seed of liberation.

Then Guru Har Rai Ji quoted Guru Ram Das Ji’s words, “Baani Guru, Guru Hai Baani, Vich Baani Amrit Saaray…”.


Sit in an easy pose: Place your left palm at the heart center with the right palm over the left hand. Close the eyes; meditate at the third eye or tip of the nose. Listen to the recording referenced below. Feel the words flowing through your being like the water of a mountain stream refreshing, healing and cleansing your total being and rejuvenating your spirit. Do this for 11, 31 or 62 minutes. You may also simply recite these lines 11x’s or 108x’s per day.

Make a daily habit of practicing this for 40, 90, 120 or even 1,000 days.

You can also, listen to the recording on auto play for 31” or 62” or throughout the day or night for any given number of days.

Make it your personal meditation to bring peace, love and healing to yourself, your environments and the world and the planet. Let us know your experiences.

Below are some beautiful musical renditions of this verse which you can listen to.

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*We would like to offer special appreciation for the artwork of Guru Har Rai used for this altar card by Bhagat Singh

Musical Versions of this Shabad

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