“The Tenth Paurī grants grace.” – from the Teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan (1)
Reflections from SS Prabhu Nam Kaur Khalsa
This Paurī is the 3rd 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.
The Tenth Paurī grants grace. Grace is the unexpected gift, which perhaps you have not even earned. Grace is entirely born out of the kindness and compassion of the Gurū. It is the overflowing love of Gurū. It is freely given forgiveness.
Resting in the security that you are cared for and loved and that you have been granted the grace to sit in the presence of your Gurū, your highest awareness infinitely multiplied, listen to and experience Truth, Contentment and Knowledge. Listen and submerge your Self in the holy waters of all the 68 places of pilgrimage, the holy places where countless saints have bathed leaving the whispered and delicate sound of their prayer.
Listen to the sounds of the sacred words being read over and over again until the reader merges fully in their sound and essence. Listen and experience deeply the grace of meditating on the Divine One. Oh Nānak, the devotee is ever in bliss. In this way of listening, trouble and sin dissolve.
Yogi Bhajan said this about Jap Jī, and in particular about the 4 Suṉi-ai Paurīs: “I read Jap Jī in the vīchar (deep understanding, reflection) of it. I understand it, I enjoy it, I love it, because there is no other way to love Gurū Nānak but through Jap Jī. Nānak is the soul (that is the Jī) and the repetition (Jap) is life, the Prāna. When I read Jap Jī, I read it in the love of Nānak. Take these four Pauris and see if there is anything left out – nothing. What happens when you listen? When you only listen or even try to listen, it penetrates. In the smallness of you, in the narrowness and shadowness of you, huge Almighty God lives. Just realize it, experience it, by listening to the Gurū ’s words when you close your eyes and ears from all other garbage and close your mouth from just bellowing out words. Maybe one word of Gurū’s Kīrtan (singing the praises of) may enter you and that’s enough to solve it.” (2)
(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.