“The thirty-fifth Paurī gives you the capacity to do your duty and fulfill your responsibility.”
~ from the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan (1)
Reflections on the 35th Pauree from S.S.S Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa:
The key to understanding the Sirī Gurū Granth Sāhib is found in Jap Jī Sahib, with the Mūl Mantra being the key to Jap Jī. In the 35th, 36th and 37th Paurīs at the end of Jap Jī, Gurū Nānak gives humanity an understanding of the realms of consciousness. These realms or ‘Khanḏs’ offer us clarity toward understanding the evolution of consciousness through the development of our faith.
Dharam Khanḏ: Realm of Dharma (Duty)
By their deeds and actions, they shall be judged. God himself is True, True is His Court. There in grace and ease sit the self-elect, self-realized saints who receive the mark of Grace from the merciful Lord. The ripe and unripe, the good and bad, shall be judged when they go home. This is righteous living in the Realm of Dharma.
In the Realm of Dharma, Gurū Nānak explains the Law of Karma. Every thought, deed or action taken has a consequence that will be judged within the Court of God: a Court of Truth.
Gurū Nānak explains that we must self-initiate our growth of consciousness. Only those who become self-realized can live in Grace beyond the duality from which this world presents itself to us with all of its polarities.
We need faith to receive this mark of Grace, after which we can self-elect to proceed in fulfilling our prescribed destiny. Then through a process of self-initiation we can become self-realized.
In faith we take action, and sit with the self-realization that every action has a consequence, even unintended consequences. For this the Grace of God covers us with mercy.
(1) Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 80
*This article was originally shared in a 40-Day Japji Sadhana hosted by Sikh Dharma International in partnership with other legacy organizations.
S.S.S. Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa
Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa holds the office of the Siri Sikdar Sahiba of Sikh Dharma and serves to support those walking onto a path of Sikh Dharma by promoting a high quality of spiritual practice. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religions and became a Minister of Sikh Dharma in 1977. She served on the Siri Singh Sahib’s staff from 1974 until his passing, when he bestowed upon her the role of Siri Sikdar Sahiba (Chief Spiritual Minister).
Sardarni GuruAmrit Kaur has dedicated her life toward serving and developing Dharma through expanding the work of our nonprofits and spreading the light of the Shabad Guru.