Japji Sahib follows a very clear and specific sequence and each pauree occurs at a specific point in the evolution of Japji for a specific purpose. By the time we get to the 27th pauree, we are ready for the impact that this pauree has on the consciousness, but it has taken the previous 26 paurees to get us ready for it. For this reason, although specific paurees of Japji can be recited individually for the benefits they bring, it is best to do this only after reciting the entire Japji Sahib first. The 27th pauree is also referred to as the Sodar, God’s gate, and a very similar version of the Sodar is recited as part of Rehras Sahib, the evening prayer of the Sikhs.
Guru Nanak asks the question, “How great is the door and how great is the mansion where God dwells and observes his creation?” That door is an internal and secret door that devotees have been searching for throughout the ages. There are two doors in our conscious, one that opens towards the sensations of the phenomenal world and the other that open to the dwelling place of the Divine One. Guru Nanak, in his spiritual ecstasy, first walked through that door to the Divine when he experienced his Jalstambha Samadhi, his experience of liberation during three days under the water of the river Kali Bein. There, spontaneously, Guru Nanak went through that Great Door into the mansion where God dwells. The Janam Sakhis tell us that it was during this Jalstambha Samadhi that Guru Nanak encountered the Divine One and was given his commission to create a new way of life for human beings.
In Japji Sodar, standing right at the gate of God, Guru Nanak is telling you what God is. Then in the Rehiras Sodar he is confirming it. Then there is another Sodar in which he reconfirms it. For God’s sake, compare everything that he says, write it in your own hand, and then evaluate your own values, and then feel good or bad. That is who you belong to. – Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, September 24, 1989
So dar kayhaa so ghar kayhaa jit beh sarb samaalay.
Vaajay naad anayk asankhaa kaytay vaavannhaaray.
Kaytay raag paree si-o kehee-an kaytay gaavannhaaray.
Gaaveh tuhno paunn paannee baisantar gaavai raajaa dharam du-aaray.
Gaaveh chit gupat likh jaanneh likh likh dharam veechaaray.
Gaaveh eesar barmaa dayvee sohan sadaa savaaray.
Gaaveh ind idaasann baithay dayvti-aa dar naalay.
Gaaveh sidh samaadhee andar gaavan saadh vichaaray.
Gaavan jatee satee santokhee gaaveh veer karaaray.
Gaavan panddit parran rakheesar jug jug vaydaa naalay.
Gaaveh mohannee-aa man mohan surgaa machh pei-aalay.
Gaavan ratan upaa-ay tayray athsath teerath naalay.
Gaaveh jodh mahaabal sooraa gaaveh khaannee chaaray.
Gaaveh khandd manddal varbhanddaa kar kar rakhay dhaaray.
Sayee tudhno gaaveh jo tudh bhaavan ratay tayray bhagat rasaalay.
Hor kaytay gaavan say mai chit na aavan naanak ki-aa veechaaray.
So-ee so-ee sadaa sach saahib saachaa saachee naa-ee.
Hai bhee hosee jaa-ei na jaasee rachanaa jin rachaa-ee.
Rangee rangee bhaatee kar kar jinsee maa-ei-aa jin upaa-ee.
Kar kar vaykhai keetaa aapannaa jiv tis dee vaddi-aa-ee.
Jo tis bhaavai so-ee karsee hukam no karnnaa jaa-ee.
So paatishaaho saahaa paatisaahib naanak rehnn rajaa-ee. II 27 II
Where is that gate, and where is that dwelling,
in which You sit and take care of all?
The sound-current of the Naad vibrates there,
and countless musicians play on all sorts of instruments there.
So many ragas, so many musicians singing there.
The praanic wind, water and fire sing;
the Righteous Judge of Dharma sings at your door.
Chitr and Gupt, the angels of the conscious and the subconscious
who record actions, and the Righteous Judge of Dharma
who judges this record sing.
Shiva, Brahma, and the Goddess of Beauty, ever adorned, sing.
Indra, seated upon his throne, sings with the deities at Your door.
The siddhas in samaadhi sing; the saadhus sing in contemplation.
The celibates, the fanatics, the peacefully accepting,
and the fearless warriors sing.
The pandits, the religious scholars who recite the Vedas,
with the supreme sages of all the ages, sing.
The mohinis, the enchanting heavenly beauties
who entice hearts in this world, in paradise,
and in the underworld of the subconscious sing.
The celestial jewels created by You,
and the sixty-eight holy places of pilgrimage sing.
The brave and mighty warriors sing; the spiritual heroes
and the four sources of creation sing.
The planets, solar systems, and galaxies, created
and arranged by Your hand, sing.
They alone sing who are pleasing to Your Will.
Your devotees are imbued with the nectar of Your essence.
So many others sing, they do not come to mind.
O Nanak, how can I consider them all?
That True Lord is True, forever True, and True is His Name.
He is, and shall always be. He shall not depart, even when
this universe which He has created departs.
He created the world, with its various colors,
species of beings, and the variety of maya.
Having created the creation,
He watches over it Himself, by His greatness.
He does whatever He pleases. No order can be issued to Him.
He is the King, the king of kings, the Supreme Lord
and Master of kings. Nanak remains subject to His Will.
Enjoy this beautiful musical recitation and English explanation of the 27th Pauree of Japji Sahib by Bhai Simran Singh (USA), courtesy of the SikhNet Gurbani Media Center:
So dar Keha So Ghar Keha – Musical Recitation and English Explanation – Bhai Simran Singh (USA)
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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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