Reflections on the Thirty Third Paurī from JapJī Sāhib by Gurū Nānak

“The thirty-third Paurī destroys your ego and brings forth your divinity.  It removes negativity, neutralizes your destructive nature, and prevents harm to others by your hand.”

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

Reflections on the 33rd Pauree from S.S. Satkirin Kaur Khalsa:

No power to speak or silence to keep no power to beg no power to give . . . By God’s will none can be good or bad, God alone has the power to reveal the way.” ~ Gurū Nānak (poetic translation provided by author).

I love this 33rd Paurī from Gurū Nānak’s Jap Jī and use it regularly as a stopgap for many situations. God is the Doer and provider of all (not you or Prince Charming). You can repeat this Paurī  to neutralize the destructive nature of the ego, to be free from self-vengeance, from being too critical, to clear the damage from misunderstanding yourself and others in time and space.

The Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan had us sing this Paurī  in English so many times at the summer sessions of Khalsa Women’s Training Camp in his daily lectures. He emphasized the importance of knowing these words, as their meaning would sink into our consciousness and effortlessly guide us as an Ajapa Jaap, auto repeating in our mind.

In the words of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, “Japa means to repeat. This is how you learn the science of spirituality” (2).

This is a sadhana, and this is how you let God work for you, and we can realize that God is the Doer and the provider of All.

Thus, I was able to record this 33rd Paurī on CD: Universal Prayer (in Gurmukhī)and Sacred Kiss (in English).

At a Gurdwara talk in Española in 2003, the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan explained the 33rd Paurī of Jap Jī Sahib in a way we can all understand.  He said:

“The World has come to that understanding of how all of you, good or bad, right or wrong, have to start self-analysis. In the Age of Pisces, nobody did the self-analysis. Just a few. And those few wrote their experiences. But now, whether you like it or not, you have to analyze where are you going, and why you are going where you are going” (3).

The self analysis has to happen now because we are in the Aquarian Age. The answers to these questions are in Japjī Sahib, meaning that when we self-analyze we find the gap in intentions. He calls this gap in intentions like being vultures. We want fame, we want money, but we want them to come through someone else and in the end we are just picking at dead bodies anyway because we have lost our own connection to our inner truth.  But as Jap Jī brings us closer to God, the answers to these gaps close.

In this Pauri in particular, we realize that we do not have the power to go through this kind of transformation. We repeat many times na jor, no power. When we do this the ego loses its grip, and we allow our Jaap, our meditation to guide us into the higher consciousness that is intrinsically within each of us. There is a grace to it that comes from the Divine though and not something that we can force.

The Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan explains it this way: “God, in whose hands the power is, exercises the same and beholds it. Nānak says that none can become good or bad by his own strength. One who thinks he’s most powerful in it, and he can do what he wants to do, let him try. Because everybody’s distant destiny, and destination is guarded by the Creator in the most perfect manner.” (3)

With the help of the 33rd Paurī, you can learn to surrender to God’s will, let go of your ego’s destructive nature and experience the freedom of being the authentic you.


(1) Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 80

(2) Women in Training VIII, July 1, 1983

(3) The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 6, 2003


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

S.S. Satkirin Kaur Khalsa

Satkirin Kaur is beloved world acclaimed performer and founder of Naad Academy of Gurbani Kirtan, leads this Sacred Chant style of group meditation. Her mastery of Naad & Raga beholds the beauty of years of study with masters.

Performing across the globe her 18 celebrated kirtan CD’s are landmarks of every Kundalini Yoga class. Satkirin brings vibrancy, humor and deep understanding of spiritual sound current. Her music delivers a deep experience of how Naad and rhythm work together to calibrate the ten bodies for a quintessential experience of bliss.

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