Japji sahib translation 1

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ਜਪ੝ਜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ - Japji Sahib

Pauri 1 - Step number 1

ik oa(n)kaar
There is but one God, He vibrates continuously in all His creations as ‘Aong’

ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮ੝
sath naam
His Name Is Truth

ਕਰਤਾ ਪ੝ਰਖ੝
karathaa purakh
Supreme creator, who lives in all His creations


Is not vindictive (has no enmity)

ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ
akaal moorath
Eternal form

Is Beyond Birth & Death

Exists by Himself (in the form of ‘Prakash’ (light) & Naad ( Sound : ‘Aong’)

ਗ੝ਰ ਪ੝ਰਸਾਦਿ
gur prasaadh
His Grace extends to all His creations/By His Grace He can be realized/ By His Grace He (Guru Nanak) is reciting

॥ ਜਪ੝ ॥
|| jap ||
The name of the Bani -meditate

Essence: Salok: The Japu ji Bani begins with this Salok which is an elaboration of the term ‘ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ’ used in the Moolmantar. Akaal Murat means ‘eternal’. In this salok he emphasises that the Lord alone is eternal. All other things – the universe, the galaxies, the planets, the worldly things and the bodily forms that exist in His entire expanse are ephemeral – transient, temporary, subject to change & perishable. Guru Nanak says that He alone exists from the beginning of the ages, He exists through all the ages and shall exist for all ages to come

ਆਦਿ ਸਚ੝ ਜ੝ਗਾਦਿ ਸਚ੝ ॥
aadh sach jugaadh sach ||
He exists as ‘Truth’ from the beginning of the ages. He exists as ‘Truth’ throughout the Ages.

ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚ੝ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚ੝ ॥੧॥
hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach ||1||
He exists as ‘Truth’ as of Now. O Nanak, He shall exist as ‘Truth’ for all times to come

Essence: Pauri 1 Guru Nanak cautions against superficial acts of purification/meditation/penances (maun vrat, fasts etc), which were in vogue in His times, as these do not lead to salvation (union with God). He counsels that it is the wall of filth (kaam, krodh, lobh, moh, ahankar) that separates the mortal from the Lord. Without breaking this wall salvation cannot be achieved. Therefore, the first step we need to take to break this wall is to submit our ego/our will at the feet of the Lord. How do we do this? By beginning to accept the Lord’s Will unquestioningly. Accepting Lord’s Will implies that we accept the Lord’s teachings unflinchingly and use them in the conduct of our life. Guru Nanak says that this is the only way to achieve salvation; all other means will be of no avail in the Lord’s court

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