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Anand Sahib: This Bani is part of the Nitnem (prayers) which are read by Amritdhari Sikhs in the morning. This Bani was written by Guru Amar Das, the third Guru of the Sikhs and forms part of the 5 Banis that are recited daily by baptised Sikhs. The Bani appears on pages 917 to 922 of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy Scriptures. It is said that the person who recites this Holy Bani daily with dedication, attention and comprehension, will achieve Anand (Complete Happiness or Bliss) in life.

Anand Sahib is also chanted at all religious ceremonies of the Sikhs irrespective of the nature of event, be it a marriage or death. In the beautiful composition and with the Grace of Sri Guru Amar Das, the mind and soul of a true Sikh remains steadfast and goal oriented in all circumstances of life. In an awakened mind with Guru Consciousness and intoxicated with the Nectar of Naam, one is always tuned with the Sweet Will of the Lord in all ups and downs of life, in pain and pleasure alike. His is a mind which is ever luminous with Guru Consciousness and is in perpetual intoxication of Naam and Amrit Bani, accepting without question the Hukam of the Almighty. All Dukh (Pain) and Sukh, (Pleasure) appear as the same to the devoted Sikh of the Guru.

Anand: Bliss, blessing and Love

Bliss, Anand, Love of the Beloved Satguru is a strange and mysterious phenomenon. It is this Supreme Blissful Anand which flows from the mouth of Sri Guru Amar Das. The Guru Love with His Beloved Satguru that has inspired the Anand Sahib, which bursts out like showers of soothing rain in the overpowering heat of the mid-summer sun. This is indeed an Eternal Blessing in the shape of Holy Anand Sahib, for the whole of mankind for all times to come. This Bani is completely enveloping, engulfing, overwhelming, and gripping in its nature and effect. Pure Guru Consciousness totally takes over. It completely encircles and grips all the faculties and senses of a true lover and opens the flood gates of Pure Love (Param) for Him and His Creation. One remains totally immersed in this Ocean of Bliss.

Having tasted the Nectar of Divine Bliss in meeting the Beloved Satguru and having tasted the Naam Ras by Satguru’s Grace, no worldly happiness, pleasure is comparable to a fraction of this Bliss and no worldly sorrows and affliction can unbalance and shake this bliss because once submerged in this bliss, one completely transcends all pleasant and unpleasant dimensions of living experience.

Sri Guru Amar Das most wonderfully expresses the Supreme Bliss experienced, enjoyed, and attained in begetting, finding, meeting the Holy True Guru.

In this hour of Supreme Bliss, all celestial musicians, nymphs, fairies have rushed forth in joining and singing the Glory of the Lord and Satguru. All celestial singers and Raags have joined in this symphony of ecstasy and captured this state of continuous rapture.

All seeming earthly joys of the world disappear and vanish at the time of death. The fleeting joys and pleasures of the world abruptly end up with the death of the body. But True Anand, Bliss blessed by the Satguru survives even death. It is ‘Sadeevi Sukh’, Perpetual Joy, Infinite and Supreme Heavenly state, True Affection for Eternity; Never changing; Always there.

Merged in this Anand one rises far above all dualities. This Anand is different from the worldly pleasure or joy. It is also not dependant on worldly objects. This Anand pertains to the Bliss of the Atam (Soul, Primal energy). It does not diminish in adversity. It is perpetual in all ups and downs of life. This Anand transcends pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow. Merged in this Anand, one is actually merged in the Lord, and he feels, beholds, and experiences only the Eternal Presence of the Lord every moment of his earthly life.


The Bani

Below are the first 5 and the 40th (last) Shabads of the Anand Sahib: (This is NOT the complete Anand Sahib which consists of 40 Shabads in total!

ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ਅਨੰਦ੝

raamkalee mehlaa 3 anand

Raamkalee, Third Mehl, Anand ~ The Song Of Bliss:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ ਪ੝ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

ik-oNkaar satgur parsaad.

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਅਨੰਦ੝ ਭਇਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਝ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰੂ ਮੈ ਪਾਇਆ ॥

anand bha-i-aa mayree maa-ay satguroo mai paa-i-aa.

I am in ecstasy, O my mother, for I have found my True Guru.

ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ੝ ਤ ਪਾਇਆ ਸਹਜ ਸੇਤੀ ਮਨਿ ਵਜੀਆ ਵਾਧਾਈਆ ॥

satgur ta paa-i-aa sahj saytee man vajee-aa vaaDhaa-ee-aa.

I have found the True Guru, with intuitive ease, and my mind vibrates with the music of bliss.

ਰਾਗ ਰਤਨ ਪਰਵਾਰ ਪਰੀਆ ਸਬਦ ਗਾਵਣ ਆਈਆ ॥

raag ratan parvaar paree-aa sabad gaavan aa-ee-aa.

The jewelled melodies and their related celestial harmonies have come to sing the Word of the Shabad.

ਸਬਦੋ ਤ ਗਾਵਹ੝ ਹਰੀ ਕੇਰਾ ਮਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਵਸਾਇਆ ॥

sabdo ta gaavhu haree kayraa man jinee vasaa-i-aa.

The Lord dwells within the minds of those who sing the Shabad.

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਅਨੰਦ੝ ਹੋਆ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰੂ ਮੈ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੧॥

kahai naanak anand ho-aa satguroo mai paa-i-aa. ((1))

Says Nanak, I am in ecstasy, for I have found my True Guru. ((1))

ਝ ਮਨ ਮੇਰਿਆ ਤੂ ਸਦਾ ਰਹ੝ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਲੇ ॥

ay man mayri-aa too sadaa rahu har naalay.

O my mind, remain always with the Lord.

ਹਰਿ ਨਾਲਿ ਰਹ੝ ਤੂ ਮੰਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਦੂਖ ਸਭਿ ਵਿਸਾਰਣਾ ॥

har naal rahu too man mayray dookh sabh visaarnaa.

Remain always with the Lord, O my mind, and all sufferings will be forgotten.

ਅੰਗੀਕਾਰ੝ ਓਹ੝ ਕਰੇ ਤੇਰਾ ਕਾਰਜ ਸਭਿ ਸਵਾਰਣਾ ॥

angeekaar oh karay tayraa kaaraj sabh savaarnaa.

He will accept You as His own, and all your affairs will be perfectly arranged.

ਸਭਨਾ ਗਲਾ ਸਮਰਥ੝ ਸ੝ਆਮੀ ਸੋ ਕਿਉ ਮਨਹ੝ ਵਿਸਾਰੇ ॥

sabhnaa galaa samrath su-aamee so ki-o manhu visaaray.

Our Lord and Master is all-powerful to do all things, so why forget Him from your mind?

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਮੰਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਦਾ ਰਹ੝ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਲੇ ॥੨॥

kahai naanak man mayray sadaa rahu har naalay. ((2))

Says Nanak, O my mind, remain always with the Lord. ((2))

ਸਾਚੇ ਸਾਹਿਬਾ ਕਿਆ ਨਾਹੀ ਘਰਿ ਤੇਰੈ ॥

saachay saahibaa ki-aa naahee ghar tayrai.

O my True Lord and Master, what is there which is not in Your celestial home?

ਘਰਿ ਤ ਤੇਰੈ ਸਭ੝ ਕਿਛ੝ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ੝ ਦੇਹਿ ਸ੝ ਪਾਵਝ ॥

ghar ta tayrai sabh kichh hai jis deh so paav-ay.

Everything is in Your home; they receive, unto whom You give.

ਸਦਾ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਸਲਾਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਨਾਮ੝ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਾਵਝ ॥

sadaa sifat salaah tayree naam man vasaava-ay.

Constantly singing Your Praises and Glories, Your Name is enshrined in the mind.

ਨਾਮ੝ ਜਿਨ ਕੈ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਵਾਜੇ ਸਬਦ ਘਨੇਰੇ ॥

naam jin kai man vasi-aa vaajay sabad ghanayray.

The divine melody of the Shabad vibrates for those, within whose minds the Naam abides.

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਸਚੇ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਕਿਆ ਨਾਹੀ ਘਰਿ ਤੇਰੈ ॥੩॥

kahai naanak sachay saahib ki-aa naahee ghar tayrai. ((3))

Says Nanak, O my True Lord and Master, what is there which is not in Your home? ((3))

ਸਾਚਾ ਨਾਮ੝ ਮੇਰਾ ਆਧਾਰੋ ॥

saachaa naam mayraa aaDhaaro.

The True Name is my only support.

ਸਾਚ੝ ਨਾਮ੝ ਅਧਾਰ੝ ਮੇਰਾ ਜਿਨਿ ਭ੝ਖਾ ਸਭਿ ਗਵਾਈਆ ॥

saach naam aDhaar mayraa jin bhukhaa sabh gavaa-ee-aa.

The True Name is my only support; it satisfies all hunger.

ਕਰਿ ਸਾਂਤਿ ਸ੝ਖ ਮਨਿ ਆਇ ਵਸਿਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਇਛਾ ਸਭਿ ਪ੝ਜਾਈਆ ॥

kar saaNt sukh man aa-ay vasi-aa jin ichhaa sabh pujaa-ee-aa.

It has brought peace and tranquility to my mind; it has fulfilled all my desires.

ਸਦਾ ਕ੝ਰਬਾਣ੝ ਕੀਤਾ ਗ੝ਰੂ ਵਿਟਹ੝ ਜਿਸ ਦੀਆ ਝਹਿ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ॥

sadaa kurbaan keetaa guroo vitahu jis dee-aa ayhi vadi-aa-ee-aa.

I am forever a sacrifice to the Guru, who possesses such glorious greatness.

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਸ੝ਣਹ੝ ਸੰਤਹ੝ ਸਬਦਿ ਧਰਹ੝ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥

kahai naanak sunhu santahu sabad Dharahu pi-aaro.

Says Nanak, listen, O Saints; enshrine love for the Shabad.

ਸਾਚਾ ਨਾਮ੝ ਮੇਰਾ ਆਧਾਰੋ ॥੪॥

saachaa naam mayraa aaDhaaro. ((4))

The True Name is my only support. ((4))

ਵਾਜੇ ਪੰਚ ਸਬਦ ਤਿਤ੝ ਘਰਿ ਸਭਾਗੈ ॥

vaajay panch sabad tit ghar sabhaagai.

The Panch Shabad, the five primal sounds, vibrate in that blessed house.

ਘਰਿ ਸਭਾਗੈ ਸਬਦ ਵਾਜੇ ਕਲਾ ਜਿਤ੝ ਘਰਿ ਧਾਰੀਆ ॥

ghar sabhaagai sabad vaajay kalaa jit ghar Dhaaree-aa.

In that blessed house, the Shabad vibrates; He infuses His almighty power into it.

ਪੰਚ ਦੂਤ ਤ੝ਧ੝ ਵਸਿ ਕੀਤੇ ਕਾਲ੝ ਕੰਟਕ੝ ਮਾਰਿਆ ॥

panch doot tuDh vas keetay kaal kantak maari-aa.

Through You, we subdue the five demons of desire, and slay Death, the torturer.

ਧ੝ਰਿ ਕਰਮਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਤ੝ਧ੝ ਜਿਨ ਕਉ ਸਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਹਰਿ ਕੈ ਲਾਗੇ ॥

Dhur karam paa-i-aa tuDh jin ka-o se naam har kai laagay.

Those who have such pre-ordained destiny are attached to the Lord's Name.

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਤਹ ਸ੝ਖ੝ ਹੋਆ ਤਿਤ੝ ਘਰਿ ਅਨਹਦ ਵਾਜੇ ॥੫॥

kahai naanak tah sukh ho-aa tit ghar anhad vaajay. ((5))

Says Nanak, they are at peace, and the unstruck sound current vibrates within their homes. ((5))

ਅਨਦ੝ ਸ੝ਣਹ੝ ਵਡਭਾਗੀਹੋ ਸਗਲ ਮਨੋਰਥ ਪੂਰੇ ॥

anad sunhu vadbhaageeho sagal manorath pooray.

Listen to the song of bliss, O most fortunate ones; all your longings shall be fulfilled.

ਪਾਰਬ੝ਰਹਮ੝ ਪ੝ਰਭ੝ ਪਾਇਆ ਉਤਰੇ ਸਗਲ ਵਿਸੂਰੇ ॥

paarbarahm parabh paa-i-aa utray sagal visooray.

I have obtained the Supreme Lord God, and all sorrows have been forgotten.

ਦੂਖ ਰੋਗ ਸੰਤਾਪ ਉਤਰੇ ਸ੝ਣੀ ਸਚੀ ਬਾਣੀ ॥

dookh rog santaap utray sunee sachee banee.

Pain, illness and suffering have departed, listening to the True Bani.

ਸੰਤ ਸਾਜਨ ਭਝ ਸਰਸੇ ਪੂਰੇ ਗ੝ਰ ਤੇ ਜਾਣੀ ॥

sant saajan bha-ay sarsay pooray gur tay jaanee.

The Saints and their friends are in ecstasy, knowing the Perfect Guru.

ਸ੝ਣਤੇ ਪ੝ਨੀਤ ਕਹਤੇ ਪਵਿਤ੝ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ੝ ਰਹਿਆ ਭਰਪੂਰੇ ॥

suntay puneet kahtay pavit satgur rahi-aa bharpooray.

Pure are the listeners, and pure are the speakers; the True Guru is all-pervading and permeating.

ਬਿਨਵੰਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਗ੝ਰ ਚਰਣ ਲਾਗੇ ਵਾਜੇ ਅਨਹਦ ਤੂਰੇ ॥੪੦॥੧॥

binvant naanak gur charan laagay vaajay anhad tooray. ((40)(1))

Prays Nanak, touching the Guru's Feet, the unstruck sound current of the celestial bugles vibrates and resounds. ((40)(1))


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