Japji Sahib – 17th Pauree

17th Pauree

The Seventeenth Pauree brings freedom and resurrection.


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

The 17th pauree is the first of three Asankh paurees, which means “countless.” (…) Asankh is so many that it is beyond measurement, even beyond comprehension. As you recite the word “asankh,” you can experience the infinite vastness of the phenomenal world that links us to the One. Guru Nanak tells us that countless are those who meditate on the One. Countless are the yogis who have left all attachment behind. Countless are those who give charity. Countless are the brave warriors who lead the battle and who sacrifice for the common good. When you recount all this goodness, your capacity to conceive of infinity expands.

Then he ends this pauree with the question, “What power can describe the One and the divine intentions of the One?” He answers that question with this musing, “I cannot even once be a sacrifice to the One. If I give everything, even the ultimate sacrifice of this one life, it pales in comparison to all that is given by the One.”

Do you know the translation of this line Kudrat Kavan Kahaa Veechar? “The creative universe of God, who can think and creatively say what is all about?” Vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar. “I cannot even be a sacrifice once to the entire bewitchment of this totality of God.” Jo tudh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. “Whatever suits you, God, that creativity is good for me.” Too sadaa salaamat nirankaar. “You are ever and forever, Oh Lord God, in your own existence.”

~ Siri Singh Sahib – July 23, 1986


17th Pauree


Asankh jap asankh bhaa-o. Asankh poojaa asankh tap taa-o.

Asankh granth mukh vayd paath. Asankh jog man reheh udas.

Asankh bhagat gunn gi-aan veechaar. Asankh satee asankh daataar.

Asankh soor muh bhakh saar. Asankh mon liv laa-ei taar.

Kudrat kavann kahaa veechaar. Vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar.

Jo tudh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. Too sadaa salaamat nirankaar. ]17]


Countless are the meditations, countless the loves.

Countless are the worship services, countless the austere disciplines.

Countless are the scriptures and ritual recitations of the Vedas.

Countless are the yogis, whose minds remain detached from the world.

Countless are the devotees who contemplate the wisdom and virtues of the Divine.

Countless are the holy, countless the givers.

Countless are the heroic spiritual warriors, who bear the brunt of the attack in battle (who receive blows to their faces).

Countless are the silent sages, vibrating the string of Divine Love.

How can Your Creative Potency be described? I cannot even once be a sacrifice to the One.

Whatever pleases the One is the only good done. You, Eternal and Formless One.


Musical Recitation

Enjoy this beautiful musical recitation of the 17th Pauree of Japji Sahib by Meditative Mind.

 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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