Reflections on the Sixth Paurī from JapJī Sāhib by Gurū Nānak

“The sixth Paurī dispels limitations, traps and coercion.”

~ from the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan (1)

Reflections on the 6th Pauri from Sat Hari Singh Khalsa:

Many times I’ve started improving my translations from Gurū’s Japji over and over again. I have never been satisfied with it and have always been wondering what it is, that makes Gurū’s Bani so powerful, so life changing, such a revolution in the spiritual world, so Aquarian, that oftentimes people who listen to it only once never forget it again.

Most of the known English translations of Japji that I looked at, have not given me any answer. They’ve been using expressions for and about God that we also know from Christianity. If for example “Ek Ong Kār Satinām” is translated: “There is but One God – Truth is His Name.” It is rather a description that doesn’t touch me on the inside, it creates a distance. It stays a theoretical, theosophical question. As the Siri Singh Sahib explains it again and again: “Understand your true identity, You are God, All is God!” and he let us sing it: “God and me, me and God are One” (2) This would hit.

And isn’t this the only thing Gurū tells us?

gurā ik dayh(i) bujhā-ī

The Gurū has given me this one understanding.

If I just comprehend and listen to the Gurū, even if just one time, it will change my life, my perspective, my consciousness forever. We grow in consciousness; we grow on our path as much as we remember: We are one! This is the teaching opening the gemstones in our own mind: We need to remember this sacred truth again and again, as it is too much for our limited mind to realize once and for all. But the more we are going to really experience and feel it, the more it will change our lives as well as the life on the whole planet altogether towards Aquarian consciousness. Sat Nām.


1. Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 80.

2. Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 69.

This article was originally shared in a 40-Day Japji Sadhana hosted by Sikh Dharma International in partnership with other legacy organizations.

Sat Hari Singh Khalsa

Sat Hari Singh, born 1950 – joined the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Hamburg / Germany in 1981. Both of his sons Simran Singh and Sadhana Singh are born there in 1982 and 1985. He holds a degree in Education and Arts of the University of Hamburg but decided that the true nature of teaching was to be a Yoga Teacher. Yet, in the beginning of his career he served at Golden Temple Restaurant Hamburg as a baker, waiter and manager, as the Ashram needed a solid financial foundation. In 1986 he started the EU Yogi Tea Business. His love has always been the song, the Shabd, and he recorded ‘Soul Rise’ Sadhana, ‘Servant of the heart’ and ‘Song of the Soul‘ (with Hari Bhajan Kaur and Thomas Barquee). Lately he inspired the Golden Temple Teahouse, the German Kundalini Yoga Festival and the Guru Ram Das Aquarian Academy into life.

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