Guru Nanak states authoritatively that God’s reign prevails everywhere in the cosmos. Here again he is speaking of the tradition of the yogis and the storehouses maintained for their food. He tells us that God has a seat of authority, aasan, in world after world, lo-ei lo-ei, and each one of these have abundant provisions for all, bhanddaar. In this way he reminds the yogis (and us) that all the creation belongs to the One and is under Divine authority.
Guru Nanak reveals something extraordinary in this pauree, Jo kichh paa-i-aa so ayko vaar. Guru says that whatever is in the divine storehouse was put there only once, all at the same time, at the very beginning of creation and those stores are enough for all things, forever. With a single act of his Will, aykaa vaar, the One created all matter and energy and filled the entire universe. This is a remarkable and profound statement, for here, Guru Nanak echoes the concept of the “Big Bang” theory nearly five-hundred years before it became known as a scientific theorem.
Aasann lo-ei lo-ei bhanddaar.
Jo kichh paa-i-aa so aykaa vaar.
Kar kar vaykhai sirjannahaar.
Naanak sachay kee saachee kaar.
Aadays tisai aadays.
Aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays. || 31 ||
On world after world are His seats of authority and His storehouses.
Whatever was put into them, was put there once and for all.
Having created the creation, the Creator Lord watches over it.
O Nanak, True is the Creation of the True Lord.
I bow to Him, I humbly bow.
The Primal One, the Pure Light,
without beginning, without end.
Throughout all the ages,
He is one and the same. || 31 ||
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.
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 paurees, 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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