Excerpted from the book Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib:
In the 25th pauree, Guru Nanak describes how limitless are God’s bounties, remarking that they are so extensive that they cannot be counted. Guru tells us that God gives openly and freely with no expectation of receiving anything in return. Those who beg and receive are so many that they are beyond counting.
Kayti-aa dookh bhookh sad maar. Ayeh bhi daat tayree daataar. “So many endure distress, deprivation, and constant abuse. Even these are Your Gifts, O Great Giver!” Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan cherished these two lines and spoke about them extensively. He had [these] two lines from the 25th pauree inscribed on his memorial stone, which stands at the Ranch in Espanola, New Mexico. This was his pran sutra, the prayer that defined his life’s path. To live with the awareness that all things come from God, both the good and the bad, and to have gratitude are the marks of an elevated consciousness. It is only in our limited minds that we judge the infinite gifts from the Divine as good or bad.
When the sun comes out of the clouds, everything is lit. When the mind comes out of the duality, prosperity is there. The 25th pauree of Japji Sahib has the power to take away the duality of the mind because it covers every aspect of the projection of the self and its radiance. It works on the tenth body, the radiant body. That’s how the prosperity is produced. Those people who have never seen richness, nothing, if they read the 25th pauree eleven times a day, they will become so prosperous they won’t even be able to deal with it. – Siri Singh Sahib – April 23, 1997
Bahutaa karam likhi-aa naa jaa-ei.
Vaddaa daataa til na tamaa-ei.
Kaytay mangeh jodh apaar.
Kayti-aa gannat nehee veechaar.
Kaytay khap tutteh vaykaar.
Kaytay lai lai mukar paa-eh.
Kaytay moorakh khaahee khaa-eh.
Kayti-aa dookh bhookh sad maar.
Ayeh bhi daat tayree daataar.
Band khalaasee bhaannai ho-ei.
Hor aakh na sakhi ko-ei.
Jay ko khaa-ik aakhann paa-ei.
Oho jaannai jaytee-aa mu-eh khaa-ei.
Aapay jaannai aapay day-ei.
Aakheh si bhi kayee kay-ei.
Jis no bakhsay sifat saalaah.
Naanak paatishaahee paatishaaho. II 25 II
His blessings are so abundant that there can be no written account of them.
The Great Giver does not hold back anything.
There are so many great, heroic warriors begging at the door of the Infinite Lord.
So many contemplate and dwell upon Him, that they cannot be counted.
So many waste away to death engaged in corruption.
So many take and take again, and then deny receiving.
So many foolish consumers keep on consuming.
So many endure distress, deprivation, and constant abuse.
Even these are Your Gifts, O Great Giver!
Liberation from bondage comes only by Your Will.
No one else has any say in this.
If some fool should presume to say that he does,
he shall learn, and feel the effects of his folly.
He Himself knows, He Himself gives.
Few, very few are those who acknowledge this.
One who is blessed to sing the Praises of the Lord,
O Nanak, is the king of kings.
Enjoy this beautiful musical recitation of the 25th Pauree of Japji Sahib by Mata Mandir Singh, courtesy of SikhNet:
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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