The Narayan Shabad was composed by the fifth Sikh Master, Guru Arjan.
Narayan is one of the many different names for the Divine. It relates to the quality of water. As a plant needs water for its flowers to blossom, in the same way chanting Narayan nurtures the Divine Identity within you so that your soul can bloom into its full beauty and grace.
Narayan is the quality that restores. It allows life to become fresh, lush and green again.
Narayan also can defend against death. It is said in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib that when Narayan is chanted, death cannot approach.
Chanting this Shabad restores what has been lost. It brings forth abundance and life. It protects against the power of death.
The Power of the Narayan Shabad
“And now, I am telling you Akal Takhat shall not be completed and restored back to its glory if we do not sing the Narayan Shabad and participate to the full glory of it. This is a shabad by Guru Arjan Dev. Guru Arjan Partakh Har personified God. He stood the test of fire and came out totally pure. That purity entitled Guru Hargobind to construct Akal Takhat. Akal Takhat didn’t get constructed because somebody had the brick and the paste and the mortar and sat down and built it up. No. And I did hear the story that Brahma came and Vishnu came and Shiva came and Narayan came and they built the Akal Takhat…”
Download shabad sheet with Gurmukhi/English/Transliteration
Audio Files – Listen to the Narayan Shabad performed by the artists below:
Dev Suroop Kaur Khalsa
Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa
Sangeet Kaur Khalsa
Satkirin Kaur Khalsa