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The English spelling can vary - sometimes written as "Sawaiye" or "Savaiye" , etc

This word refers to a metre of composition used extensively in the Sikh holy scriptures. It normally consists to a longer line in each metre of 4 lines and in that respect is different from Chaupai metre which consists of short lines in the verse

This word is also used to refer to the "Savaiya" bani in the Dasam Granth. There are thirty-three savaiyas in all. Apart from describing the form of the Khalsa, these describe God in a style very similar to that employed in the Akal Ustat. God as described here is above the limiting descriptions of the Vedas and the puranas. He is Omniscient, Omnipotent, the Sublime, The Transcendent, the Supreme Being. He is the Creator, Without hate, Without fear, Beyond time, Not incarnated, Self-existent, the Enlightener. He always takes care of his followers. In these compositions, the false hoods of people who masquerade as saints have been exposed.

Swayya from Benti Chaupai

Below if the composition from the Bani (sacred composition), Benti Chaupai in Savaiye measure from the famous composition by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru found in the second holy book of the Sikhs, called the Dasam Granth.

ਸ੝ਵੈਯਾ ॥

ਪਾਂਇ ਗਹੇ ਜਬ ਤੇ ਤ੝ਮਰੇ ਤਬ ਤੇ ਕੋਊ ਆਂਖ ਤਰੇ ਨਹੀ ਆਨਿਯੋ ॥
ਰਾਮ ਰਹੀਮ ਪ੝ਰਾਨ ਕ੝ਰਾਨ ਅਨੇਕ ਕਹੈਂ ਮਤਿ ਝਕ ਨ ਮਾਨਿਯੋ ॥
ਸਿੰਮ੝ਰਿਤਿ ਸਾਸਤ੝ਰ ਬੇਦ ਸਭੈ ਬਹ੝ ਭੇਦ ਕਹੈ ਹਮ ਝਕ ਨ ਜਾਨਿਯੋ ॥
ਸ੝ਰੀ ਅਸਿਪਾਨਿ ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾ ਤ੝ਮਰੀ ਕਰਿ ਮੈ ਨ ਕਹਿਯੋ ਸਭ ਤੋਹਿ ਬਖਾਨਿਯੋ ॥੮੬੩॥


O God ! the day when I caught hold of your feet, I do not bring anyone else under my sight; none other is liked by me now.
The Puranas and the Quran try to know Thee by the names of Ram and Rahim and talk about you through several stories, but I do not accept any of their opinions;
The Simritis, Shastras and Vedas describe several mysteries of yours, but I do not agree with any of them. O sword-wielder God!
This all has been described by Thy Grace, what power can I have to write all this?. (863)

See also

These are the Popular Banis of Sikhism

Mool Mantar | Japji | Jaap | Anand | Rehras | Benti Chaupai | Tav-Prasad Savaiye | Kirtan Sohila | Shabad Hazaray | Sukhmani | Salok Mahala 9 | Asa di Var | Ardas