The Song of the Soul
At the last retreat, Lightness of Being, each early morning began with the recitation of Japji Sahib (one of the five daily prayers of the Sikhs). I am always delighted when people are interested in learning more and starting their own practice of this powerful and life affirming prayer.
Jap means to repeat, and Ji means soul.
Stated very clearly, “Guru Nanak spoke Japji as a way to guide and enlighten other human beings about the reality of the Divine within the Creation. Japji is a teacher for anyone seeking 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 with God’s Creation in a spirit of joyful surrender.”
Recitation of Japji Sahib has brought many blessings into my life, mostly the very beautiful and satisfying feeling of being devoted to the Divine in Me, knowing it is the same as the Divine in You and that we are all connected through this Divine energy to the earth, the cosmos and something more. What a lovely way to start each day!
You can recite Japji in it’s entirety, which will take time to master. Be patient with yourself and keep at it. Soon these words flow through you with ease. You will want to print the entire written Japji and keep it on or near your altar.
Want to practice Japij in its entirety?
Another way to practice Japji is to focus on one stanza or Pauri for its very specific effect.
PAURIS and their SPECIFIC EFFECTS:
Reciting the entire Japji daily will balance all aspects of your self and activate your soul. You may also choose to recite each pauri 11 times a day to work on a particular facet.
The MUL MANTRA removes the fate and changes the destiny to prosperity.
The FIRST PAURI contains the total knowledge and ecstasy of God. The second half is an antidote to depression. It will lift you from depression, insecurity, nightmares, and loss.
The SECOND PAURI imparts patience and stability.
The THIRD PAURI transforms insufficiency into sufficiency, turns depression into elevation, and transforms low self-esteem into complete self-confidence.
The FOURTH PAURI blesses those trapped in feelings of poverty and lack of means. It blasts through the trap of these feelings like a thunderbolt.
The FIFTH PAURI must be recited when you feel a sense of failure within yourself. When you feel that you are not up to the job this pauri will grant you all success.
The SIXTH PAURI dispels limitation. Recite it when you feel limited, cornered, trapped, or coerced. When you suffer from greed, madness for power, overbearing expansion and the need to control or when you become trapped in your territoriality.
The SEVENTH PAURI will heal you.
The EIGHTH PAURI gives the power to be a perfect sage.
The NINTH PAURI gives expansion.
The TENTH PAURI grants grace.
The ELEVENTH PAURI gives virtuousness.
The TWELFTH PAURI gives your solidarity of self, self-impressiveness, and self-respect, when you feel small.
The THIRTEENTH PAURI gives you the occult knowledge of infinity. It brings deep intuition.
The FOURTEENTH PAURI will show you the way, when you cannot find your path in life, when you cannot see the direction to your destiny, and when you cannot achieve fulfillment.
The FIFTEENTH PAURI brings liberation.
The SIXTEENTH PAURI gives knowledge of the structure of universe.
The SEVENTEENTH PAURI brings freedom and resurrection.
The EIGHTEENTH PAURI fights madness, deep feelings of inferiority, and self-destructive behavior.
The NINETEENTH PAURI brings universal knowledge, inspiration, and revelation.
The TWENTIETH PAURI wipes away all your misdeeds when the monsters are nipping at your heels.
The TWENTY-FIRST PAURI will maintain your status, grace and position.
The TWENTY-SECOND PAURI brings victory in legal battles. It gives you’re the strategy.
The TWENTY-THIRD PAURI dispels darkness and elevates the self.
The TWENTY-FOURTH PAURI breaks through all limitations with the force of a thunderbolt, so powerfully that it affects generations; it has the power to kill misfortune.
The TWENTY-FIFTH PAURI pre-fulfills all your needs. Prosperity, virtue, estate, and wealth are yours without asking.
The TWENTY-SIXTH PAURI transforms nothing into everything. In your business it banishes losses, misfortunes, and miseries.
The TWENTY-SEVENTH PAURI shows you the way when you are stuck and you cannot see the window of opportunity before you. It removes obstacles so you can leap over hurdles.
The TWENTY-EIGHTH PAURI is the strongest permutation and combination of words in the world. It unites you with God.
The TWENTH-NINTH PAURI is a shield of protection from enemies. It vaporizes animosity towards you.
The THIRTIETH PAURI places you upon the throne of divinity. It makes you into a sage and a saint.
The THIRTY-FIRST PAURI pulls all virtues from the heavens.
The THIRTY-SECOND PAURI pays your debts and completes your karma.
The THIRTY-THIRD PAURI destroys your ego and brings forth your divinity. It removes negativity, neutralizes your destructive nature, and prevents harm to others by your hand.
The THIRTY-FOURTH PAURI brings stability.
The THIRTY-FIFTH PAURI gives you’re the capacity to do your duty and fulfill your responsibility.
The THIRTY-SIXTH PAURI brings divine realization. It grants complete understanding of the Heavens and the Earth.
The THIRTY-SEVENTH PAURI cuts the karma. It eliminates the impact of all bad karmas.
The THIRTY-EIGHTH PAURI gives you the power to rewrite your own destiny.
The SHALOK brings self-satisfaction, elevation, acknowledgement, and respect.
Copyright: The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
We invite you to participate in our Japji Sahib for the Aquarian Age Course to improve your pronunciation of these divine sounds and discover a deeper understanding of each of the 40 pauris or stanzas.
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