Japji Sahib Ji

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The above menu allows you to select each Pauri (section) of this most important Sikh holy Bani. You can read this Gurbani in English text with English translation. Also by clicking on Play Audio at the top of the screen, you can listen to the Gurbani in Gurmukhi/Punjabi. Choose from one of the following 40 options:

  • M stands for Mool Mantar,
  • 1 to 38 represents the 38 Pauris from number 1 to 38 and
  • S stands for the final Salok.
  • Start reading and listening to this Bani now by clicking on M on the above Menu and then click on Play Audio.

A calligram of Guru Nanak Dev ji using Japji Sahib Bani, by Devinder Singh
The Mool Mantar in the handwriting of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Thanks to S. Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa

Japji Sahib consists of the Mool Mantar, an opening Salok, a set of 38 Pauris (hymns) and a final Salok. This Bani called Japji Sahib, appears at the very beginning of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib from Page 1 to Page 8 in the Holy Book of the Sikhs. It is regarded as the most important Bani or 'set of verses' by the Sikhs and is recited every morning by all practising faithful of this religion. The word ‘Jap’ means to ‘recite’ or ‘to ‘chant’ & implies practising this truthful path to achieve the aim of human life i.e. …to meet GOD. ‘Ji’ is a word that is used to show respect as is the word ‘Sahib’.

Japji Sahib is said to be the condensation of the whole of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib and whoever recites this Bani with love, dedication and humility will have the complete blessing of Guru Nanak Dev ji. One who regularly recites Japji daily will gain; spiritual peace and tranquility; wisdom about the mysteries of God’s creation; understanding and appreciation of the ups and downs of life; the knowledge and confidence to move forward in this world at a higher moral level; the ability to become an inspiration to others and a support for the many. The Bani will have a magical influence on your life.

This Bani was composed by the founder of the faith, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who was the first of ten human Gurus of this faith. The Ten Gurus of Sikhism were responsible for the creation of this faith which took place over the period from 1469 to 1708 - a period of about 239 years. At the point when the last of these Gurus departed this Earth, the Guruship was passed to the Sikh Holy Book, the SGGS. The Sikh treat the SGGS as a living Guru and the respect shown for the Shabad or ‘Message of the Gurus’ is unique.

Background

Japji is a universal song of God composed by Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. Japji uses the technology of "Naad" - the science of the sound current. Reciting the words of Japji, which speak of that which is beyond words to express, serves to bring the frequency of Infinity into your life. Japji is a tool designed to deliver a human being to a higher level of conciousness. Japji is a requirement for the seeker of Truth. The Sound Current of Japji and the meaning of its words, when meditated upon with openness and love, awakens a soul to its destiny. Step by step, Japji gives you the comprehensive power to know yourself as you are and be one with God's Creation in a spirit of joyful surrender and connection.

"Repeating the entire Japji adjusts all the elements in all the charkas and gives you a complete tune up in your entire subtle and physical bodies…" -Yogi Bhajan on Japji. Once a man came to me and said, I want to be the wisest man in the world. I said, "Read Japji, and you will be. He never came back. Where is he? I don't know. That's all it takes. If anyone can understand Japji, he can understand the entire wisdom of God."

You can start reading and learning about this Bani by listening and reciting it right now. The Bani has been divided into individual sections called Shabads or Pauris (literally steps)and you can learn this important composition step-by-step, one pauri (step) at a time.

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