Ik Ardaas – This Shabad Builds a Meditative and Prayerful Mind

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This shabad builds a meditative and prayerful mind. Meditate on this Shabad or recite it 11 times a day to cultivate your meditative mind.


Swayye  – Guru Arjan DevSri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Panna 1406

Author: Bhatt Kirat Ji

Ham avagun bharay ayk gun naahee.

Amrit chaad bikhai bikh khaee-ee.

Maayaa moh bharam pai bhoolay

Sut daaraa si-o preet lagaa-ee.

Ik utam panth suni-o gur sangat

Teh milant jam traas mitaa-ee.

Ik ardaas bhaat keerat kee

Gur Raam Daas raakho sarnaa-ee II 4 II 58 II

I am filled with sins, and have not even one virtue.

Turning my back on the Nectar, I eat nothing but poison.

I stray into doubt, maya and worldly love.

I have become attached to my children and my spouse.

I have heard that the one highest path is that of the Guru’s congregation.

Meeting with them, the fear of death is dispelled.

This is the one prayer of Kirat the minstrel:

O Guru Ram Das, grant me Your protection.

Here are some options to listen to this Shabad

Bibi Amarjit Kaur

Sat Nirmal Kaur Khalsa 

Bibi Manika Kaur Kandhari  

Livtar Singh Khalsa 


These recordings, and many others, are available to stream via the SikhNet Gurbani Media Center.


It is recommended to recite shabads 11 times a day for a minimum of 40 days to realize their full effects. 

This post was drawn from the Psyche of the Golden Shield, compiled by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur with English translations by Sardarni Nirbhao Kaur Khalsa and transliterations by S.S. Sant Singh Khalsa, M.D.  This resource is available to purchase through Sat Nam (Europe) or Amazon.


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    • Kirtan-Singh Khalsa says:

      This reference is from Sikiwiki.org
      Bhatt Kirat, son of Bhikha, besides being a poet, had the privilege of being an enrolled soldier in the army of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, the 6th Guru. He had attended the celestial grandeur of the Darbars of Guru Ramdas Ji and Guru Arjun Dev Ji and had also enjoyed later on the benevolence of the Master of Miri and Piri, under whose command, he had fought on the battlefield.

      When it came to the writing of Swaiyas, he chose to eulogise Guru Amardas Ji and Guru Ramdas Ji. His writings are included in Adi Granth on pages 1395 to 1405, and in the Sri Guru Granth Saahib Ji on angs (pages) 1389 to 1410. Out of these, four Swaiyas are in praise of Guru Amardas Ji, the 3rd Guru, and an equal number are in the praise of the 4th Guru, Guru Raam Daas Ji. A staunch believer in the house of Gurus, he died fighting under the command of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Extreme humility and complete submission can be observed in the following hymn authored by him.

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