Reflections on the Eighth Pauri from JapJī Sāhib by Gurū Nānak

 

“The Eighth Paurī gives the power to be a perfect sage.” – from the Teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan (1)

Reflections from SS Prabhu Nam Kaur Khalsa

This Paurī is the 1st of the 4 Suṉi-ai Paurīs. Suṉi-ai means “through listening”. Deep listening that involves not only hearing with your ears, but hearing with all the senses, every cell of you vibrating in awareness, consciousness, and inner knowing. All the 4 Suṉi-ai Paurīs broaden your base of information, teaching you to expand your awareness. No judgement, no belief, no conclusion is required just yet. Simply listen.

The Eighth Paurī is a meditation that touches on many subjects and guides the “listener” to merge into the essence of a Siddha, the person who can manifest the seemingly miraculous; a Pir, the revered spiritual guide; and Sur nāth, the great yogi of divine caliber; – to experience as near as is possible the consciousness of such illumined beings.

“Listen” to the Earth and the Heavens as supported by the mythological bull of Dharma – to experience the vastness and wonder of the universe.

“Listen” to the great expanses of the world and it’s people and the nether world. And explore the world and its myriad manifestations of creation and consciousness that exist in both external awareness and the internal awareness that is buried beneath the surface of consciousness. In this consciousness, Time and Death shall not touch you. Oh Nānak, the devotee ever expands/blossoms into bliss. In this way of listening, trouble and sin dissolve.

Gurū Nānak addressed adepts and masters of all traditions and cultures where he lived and taught. He did not favor one tradition over another and always reminds us of the One Spirit pervading all. And that the highest Path is where spirit flourishes and is infused into practice to experience True Essence.  Sat Nām.

(1)  Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 80.

This article originally appeared as part of the 40 Day Sadhana of Japji Sahib, hosted by Spirit Voyage.  (Also available in German, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese).
Prabhu Nam Kaur has been singing sacred mantra and shabad from the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh traditions for more than 40 years. She aspires to sing these songs of God with devotion, so that their wisdom and beauty can shine forth, and so that listeners can find their own ability to sing and experience them as well. Her most recent CD  titled Ardaswas released in 2014 by Spirit Voyage Records.  She has also recorded Sopurkh,  Seasons of the Soul, and with her daughter Snatam Kaur, Divine Birth and Mother’s Blessing.

 

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