“The thirty-eighth Paurī gives you the power to rewrite your own destiny.”
~ from the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan (1)
Reflections on the 38th Pauree from Guruprakash Kaur Khalsa:
As a little girl, I remember my mother reciting the 25th and 38th Paurīs of Japjī Sahib every day as she brushed my hair or drove me to school. At the time, it was soothing and comforting to hear my mother’s sweet voice singing the Paurīs 11 times each in a simple melody. It wasn’t until I was older that I had an understanding of what the words meant or what affect they had.
The 25th Paurī (bahutā karam) is well known for bringing wealth, gifts and prosperity, and yet the Siri Singh Sahib Jī taught my mother and many others the importance of also reciting the 38th Paurī (jat pāhārā) to bring oneself to a state of higher consciousness; to gracefully handle and sustain the wealth and prosperity gained from the 25th Paurī. It is a part of the Raj Jog consciousness where you need the higher heavenly energy to manifest the gifts from the earthly plane. The two go hand in hand.
That was my introduction and initial training of the 38th Paurī. My personal experience of the power of this Paurī continued into my adult life and I found it to be a touchstone for keeping me connected to the highest good. When I was faced with challenges and uncertainty, I recited the 38th Paurī and found clarity, understanding, patience and always, a way through the obstacle.
The Siri Singh Sahib Jī said the following about the 38th Paurī of Japjī Sahib in his lecture dated July 18, 1979:
“You will find majority of mental difficulty cleared out through the Thirty-eighth Paurī. It is the power given by [Gurū] Nānak.”
“I tell you one woman did it and she was successful. She told her husband, ‘I have to read this Paurī for 120 days and you should promise, in case I can’t, that you will.’ So to cover her up, he read it and all his mental disability got cleared out.”
“It’s a very small Paurī, every husband can read it if he wants you. It gives clarity of thought, inductive, deductive and a pattern style of the faculty of the Eastern Hemisphere. Eastern Hemisphere of the brain gives you a possibility of the original thought, whereas the Western Hemisphere gives you the projection and to always coordinate Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the brain, which is the left side and right side of the brain into the unison-ness, so that you can know clearly, this is the mantra and it is the 38th Paurī.”
(1) Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 80.
(2) The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 18, 1979.
*This article was originally shared in a 40-Day Japji Sadhana hosted by Sikh Dharma International in partnership with other legacy organizations.
Guruprakash Kaur Khalsa
Guruprakash Kaur, born October 3, 1979 in Altadena California is the proud daughter of Dr. Santokh Singh and Suraj Kaur Khalsa. Guruprakash Kaur grew up as a Sikh and student of the Siri Singh Sahib and attended Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India as a student. Guruprakash Kaur has worked for several of the Siri Singh Sahib’s Legacy non-profit organizations and lives in Espanola, NM. She is married to Guru Darbar Singh Khalsa of Espanola, NM and is the mother of Ravijit Singh Khalsa (10) and Sukhprem Singh Khalsa (6).