“The twenty-ninth Paurī is a shield of protection from enemies. It vaporizes animosity towards you.”
~ from the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan (1)
Reflections on the 29th Pauree from Simran Singh:
In the twenty-ninth Paurī, Gurū Nānak asks us to connect to our infinite hearts through our inherent, divine wisdom and compassion. Experiencing this incredible gift of connectivity unites us with our source and thereby with everything that is, while living in any other way is uncomfortable and lonely.
Yet finding that path is a blessing that can only be bestowed, and not something that we can demand or acquire. Once that occurs, we understand our own timeless, pure nature and are connected to infinity for infinity. This experience of surrendering and bowing before God and thereby our own vastness is hailed throughout time.
The key paradox in this passage is the dichotomy between connecting through our compassion, while at the same time acknowledging our inability to make the decision to do so ourselves.
All that we are able to do is bow to the process of bowing, to surrender to the process of surrendering, and pray through our innocent hearts that connectivity may be bestowed upon us.
(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.
Simran Singh was born into a German Kundalini Yoga and Sikh family, and as a teenage Miri Piri Academy student began teaching yoga and training yoga teachers. Yogi Bhajan asked him to “travel the world and inspire the people,” which he plans to do for the rest of his life. Simran recites Japji Sahib every day, and during times of special need, or during the occasional road trip, he recites it dozens of times to receive peace, connectivity and bliss.