Japji Sahib – 9th Pauree

9th Pauree

The Ninth Pauree gives expansion.

Sikh Art by Sewa Singh – SikhPhotos.com


Excerpted from the book Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib:

In this second of the “deep listening” paurees, Guru Nanak explains what power and knowledge is gained by listening deeply . . .  In the ninth pauree, Guru tells us to listen deeply and he describes what occurs when we do. By deeply listening to the vibrational frequency of the One, we are blessed with an extemporaneous wellspring of inspiration, knowledge, and power. By deeply listening we merge into the vibration of Shiva the Destroyer, Brahma the Creator, and Indra the lord of the deities. By deeply listening, the praises of the One emanate from our being in beautiful expression even if we are a coarse and foul-mouthed person! By deeply listening, we merge in union with the One and the secrets of yoga and how the energies of our body work naturally unfold to us. By deeply listening, the great book-knowledge of all the ages is spontaneously revealed to us without effort.


This story by Siri Singh Sahib,Yogi Bhajan illustrates the deep power of this type of listening:

“Once I decided I will learn astrology. The greatest in astrology at that time, was Pundit Ram Lal. So I went to him and I asked if he would teach me. He said, ‘Fine, but you have to bring carrot pudding every morning, when you go to the Golden Temple.’ So I brought a big dish of carrot food every morning and came there, sat there, but he would never speak to me… For two years, he never spoken a word to me and ate carrot pudding every morning and give it to everybody. … Two years later, one day Sunday we were sitting and he brought four horoscopes. He said, ‘Hey, interpret them.’ First I thought it wasn’t him. Second, I recognized [what to do]. Third, I took the horoscopes and one by one I started interpreting them. He said, ‘That’s all good. You know, good, now you are done.’ I said, ‘You didn’t tell me left, you didn’t tell me right, all you ate is carrot pudding and that’s it and…’ He said to me, ‘Come tomorrow.’ So next day I went there, with my big pudding bowl and he called all his students, he gave them the four horoscopes, the same horoscopes each one and told them interpret it. Everybody failed, everybody. So he told me, ‘You were here and I was not talking to you. You listened carefully to everything what went on here and you have become learned.’ Then, he told me in the words of Nanak, Sunni-ai sidh peer sur naath . . .  I realized that was his way of teaching me. He said to me, ‘The appreciation I had for you is that you brought the pudding and I ate it. That was favor, that was a blessing.’

– Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, July 28, 1997


Musical Recitation

Enjoy this version of the 9th pauree from Meditative Mind



9th Pauree

Sunni-ai eesar barmaa eind.

Sunni-ai mukh saalaahann mand.

Sunni-ai jog jugat tan bhayd.

Sunni-ai shaasat simrit vayd.

Naanak bhagataa saadaa vigaas.

Sunni-ai dookh paap kaa naas. || 9 ||


Deeply listening are Shiva, Brahma, and Indra.

Deeply listening,

even foul-mouthed people praise the True One.

Deeply listening,

one understands the technology of Yoga and the secrets of the body.

Deeply listening,

one understands the Shaastras, the Simritees, and the Vedas.

O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss.

Deeply listening, pain and sin are erased.

Need to practice your pronunciation of Japji Sahib?

One of the best ways to learn how to recite Japji is to listen to and read along with someone else reciting it.

To help with that, we have a FREE Japji for the Aquarian Age App for IOS and Android.  Once you download it, you can use it to recite the complete Japji Sahib in your daily practice, or you can choose the “Repeat Paurees” feature and follow along with the recitation of each section of Japji Sahib.

A special 40 week practice of reciting Japji Sahib is to recite one section 11x a day for one week and then do the same for the next section and so on, until over 40 weeks, you’ve completed a practice of reciting each of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib 11x a day for a week.

Here are instructions for downloading the Japji for the Aquarian Age App

In Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib, by Gurutej Singh Khalsa with Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Based on the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan:

In Japji Sahib, Guru Nanak touches the deepest essence of individual consciousness, elevating one to the universal consciousness. Japji is made up of 40 remarkable segments where Guru Nanak not only explains the mysteries of the cosmos, but also gives us spiritual instruction that we can follow to achieve the same experience of higher consciousness that Guru Nanak embodied. In this book the Mul Mantra and each of the 38 paurees of Japji, plus the Slok, are explained from a spiritual as well as historical perspective, enhanced by the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan. It is our sincere prayer that this book will open up to you the miraculous wonder of Japji Sahib.

194 pages including an in-depth exploration of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib, 48 full color illustrations, 15 meditations that enhance the effects of the pauris, pronunciation guide and glossary and a foreword by Bhai Sahiba, Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD. Includes beautiful full-color paintings by Sewa Singh and Sewa Kaur.

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