Japji Sahib – 2nd Pauree

2nd Pauree

The Second Pauree imparts patience and stability.


Artwork by Sewa Singh – sikhphotos.com


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

In the first pauree Guru Nanak introduces the importance of recognizing the Will of the One. In the second pauree, he explains the unlimited scope of that domain and states that by recognizing the command of the One, the ego, which holds us back from having the experience of consciousness, is sublimated. He tells us Hukmee, which is from the word “Hukam” meaning command or order.  Here in the Japji, Hukam also means the natural order of the universe. Guru Nanak says that everything is subject to the Hukam of the One; none is outside it…

Guru Nanak shows us the absolute authority of the Hukam over all things, seen and unseen, known and unknown, things of form and that which is formless. “Everyone is subject to Divine Order; no one is beyond Divine Order.”

Living in the Hukam is being fully present in the here and now – no illusion, no fantasy, no duality – living in alignment with the flow of the Divine. When we are fully present we see the Truth and this humbles us. We gain an attitude of gratitude for all that happens, both the good and the bad. Living in the Hukam, we understand the Siri Singh Sahib when he said, “All things come from God and all things go to God”….


Musical Recitation

Enjoy this beautiful recitation of the 2nd Pauree from Wahe Guru Kaur (WHA!), courtesy of the SikhNet Gurbani Media Center:



2nd Pauree

Hukmee hovan aakaar hukam na kahi-aa jaa-ee.

Hukmee hovan jee-a hukam milai vaddi-aa–ee.

Hukmee utam neech hukam likh dukh sukh paa-ee-eh.

Iknaa hukmee bakhsees ik hukmee sadaa bhavaa-ee-eh.

Hukmai andar sabh ko baahar hukam na koei

Naanak hukmai jay bujhai ta haumai kahai na koei. II 2 II


By the Divine Command, bodies are created,

the Divine Command cannot be described.

By the Divine Command, souls come into being,

by the Divine Command, glory and greatness are obtained.

By the Divine Command, some are high and some are low,

by the written Divine Command, pain and pleasure are obtained.

By the Divine Command some are blessed and forgiven,

by the Divine Command others wander aimlessly forever.

Everyone is subject to the Divine Command,

no one is beyond the Divine Command.

O Nanak, one who understands the Divine Command

does not speak in ego.

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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