Japji Sahib: This bani controls one's "ji," one's soul. When your ji, your being, is endangered, when the radiance of your soul is weak, recite Japji. Guru
Nanak said that the thirty-eight pauris of Japji would liberate the humanity from the cycles of birth and death.
Shabad Hazare: This is the highest love letter by a disciple, written by Arjan to Guru Ram Das. Its gift is that it gives the benefits of a thousand shabads,
and one's soul will merge directly with God. It makes the separated ones come home with grace. One who recites this shabad will never be separated from
Jaap Sahib: The naad of Jaap Sahib rouses the soul and the self of the Being. "Sahib" also means grace. Recite it when your position is endangered, or
when your authoritative personality is weak. This bani brings grace and greatness. It will also give you the ability that, whatever people say, you will
automatically be able to compute what they are actually saying. Once you are able to recite it correctly, it will give you the power, the siddhi, that whatever
you say must happen. Man can direct God, and God can direct man. Guru Gobind Singh recited Jaap Sahib so we won't become beggars at the doors of
Tavprasad Swaye: This bani was spoken by Guru Gobind Singh. When you are not getting any satisfaction out of life, this is the bani to recite.
Anand Sahib: Whoever recites the forty pauris of Anand Sahib will have endless bliss, because the Guru is limitless. In this bani, mind and body are
explained in relation to cosmic divinity. Guru Amar Das gave us the song of bliss, which is Anand Sahib, to qualify the mind and to understand the depth.
For husband and wife to get together, recite it together, alternating sutras (lines).
Rehiras Sahib: This bani is recited after one has worked and is tired. It adds energy (raa-hu) to one's being, to one's total concept. Also, recite it when
your principle worldly wealth is endangered. In naad, reh means live, and raas means commodity, so Rehiraas means living commodity. Rehiras Sahib
helps you when you are physically weak, or weak in money, property and earthly goods.
Kirtan Sohila: This bani is done before sleep at night. It is the most harmonious naad ever uttered. It multiplies the aura to the sensitivity of protection that
it eliminates any negativity for miles and miles. When you are endangered by any species of direct or indirect source, and when you want to protect
yourself with the surrounding of the entire magnetic field of the earth, recite Kirtan Sohila.
Rensubhai - Continual repetition of Gurbani
Naad - The essence of all sounds
Gurbani - A perfect combination of sounds related to all the 5 elements in complete balance
Bani - That which ??? on the Naad and is balanced
One who knows the naad knows the Aad, which is God.
Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the Guru, and it contains the Guru. What is the Guru? It is the formula for experiencing one's own divinity. Siri Guru Granth
Sahib has the power to give one the experience of God because it is a Siri Guru. Here is the progression: Guru, the one who tells you the truth of the
formula, and Siri Guru, the one who tells you the universality of the formula, the application of the entire applied formula. Siri Guru Granth Sahib always
tells you what you need to hear in order to be able to rise above the limitations of the particular time and space. Waheguru is the ecstasy of the experience
of the application of the formula. In other words, by doing what the Guru says, you experience the blessing of that.
The Science of Naad and Gurbani
Naad means "the essence of all sounds." All languages contain sounds which relate to one or more of the five elements of air, fire, water, earth and ether.
Gurbani is a perfect combination and permutation of sounds relating to all the five elements in complete balance. When Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru
Nanak, compiled Siri Guru Granth Sahib in 1604, he only put in those banis which were in naad. These compositions were called Gurbani.
When we break up the words, "Siri Guru Granth Sahib," into their naad, the syllables of each word tell the essence of the meaning of Siri Guru Granth
Sahib. Every word has a naad, and every naad has a combination.
Siri means the entire light of the sun's creativity, Lakshmi. Whatever has been created, whatever is possibly created, shall be created or can be created, is
Guru ("Gu" means darkness, and "ru" means light) means from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge. Guru is one who gives you the technology
to remove your ignorance about something.
Granth ("gra" means knot, "an" means ultimate, and "naath" means owner, master, God) is that which creates the ultimate knot with God. Anything which
creates the ultimate knot with God is called a granth. Granth is not a book and can never be a book. Sahib ("saa" means light, infinity, and "hib" means
now) is the totality of here and now.
How Naad Works In Recitation of Gurbani
There are eighty-four meridian points on the upper palate of a human's mouth. One can feel that upper palate with the tongue and experience its different
surfaces. There are two rows of meridian points on the upper palate and on the gum behind the upper teeth. The tongue stimulates those meridian points,
and they in turn stimulate the hypothalamus which makes the pineal gland radiate. When the pineal gland radiates, it creates an impulse in the pituitary
gland. When the pituitary gland gives impulses, the entire glandular system secretes and a human being obtains bliss. This is the science.
Gurbani is the combination of the tongue with the meridian points. When you read and recite Gurbani, it stimulates your hypothalamus. It is totally
different than any scriptures because Gurbani is made in a scientific way. One who knows the naad, knows the aad, which is the primal creativity. One
who knows the aad is Parameshwar, the supreme God.
The whole language of Gurbani has the power to make a person divine, just in its recitation, if done correctly. One need not be concerned with the
meaning to experience a change in consciousness. Bani has to be understood by the heart, not by the head. There is no power in the head; it is in the heart.
The lead is for God and the heart is for you. That is why Guru Gobind Singh asked for the head, and not for the heart. "Whosoever lives with head to God
and heart for self, that prayer is complete." (Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan)
The entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the calling of the Beloved. It is in naad. The following are the daily banis given by Guru Gobind Singh, and which
tattvas (element) they relate to:
à Japji, Shabad Hazare Ether
à Jaap Sahib, Tavprasad Swaye Air
à Anand Sahib Fire
à Rehiras (including Bentee Chaupaee) Water
à Kirtan Sohila Earth
These banis should be read from the gutkaa (book of banis), so that one does not get engulfed in one's thoughtfulness. They are best read, even though
one may have them memorized.
Experiencing and Understanding Gurbani
The Guru's Word (Gurbani) is what the Guru spoke. It is the imprint of the essence of God. It is the pathway to God. If the ordinary human being speaks
it, it will always elevate him to that state of consciousness of the Guru. The Guru's consciousness is united with God, so the person will automatically get
united with God, if he speaks the same words. It is a scientific and direct way to unite the finite with the Infinite Consciousness. The hypothalamus will get
the same tingling. The impulses of the pituitary will function the same way and get the other glands to secrete also in the same way as it was in the body of
Gurbani is nothing but a total illustrated, facilitated science of naad for human knowledge. It is an individual effort. Read Gurbani in the way Guru says it,
and understand it, and you will be in such ecstasy you will not believe it! Concentration on the construction of the word, and the sound is the proper way
to recite Gurbani. As you are creating the sound, the meaning will automatically come to you, now or later. It is just a matter of time and space. You must
listen to your own construction of the Gurbani. This is the technical way in Naad Yoga.
There are two ways to go about understanding Gurbani. The first is to know the meaning through purposeful study; and the second is to recite it, and you
will automatically understand the meaning intuitively. Gurbani has to be recited with the tongue, through japa. But, when you read meditatively for the
purpose of understanding the meaning, it is okay.
The Power of the Shabad, Gurbani Kirtan, and Nam Simran
In Siri Guru Granth Sahib each shabad has its own individual domain, power, ridhi (worldly riches), sidhi (spiritual power), and nau nidhi (nine
treasures). All occult powers are there. The recitation of shabads gives you the power to redeem the environments. Shabad is a part of the power of God,
and when the shabad merges in you, you become God.
The lotus feet of God is the shabad of God. The sound itself will uplift you and take away the disease and sorrow from within you. Meditate on the lotus
feet of God in your heart. The sound of the spirit is the shabad. Decorate yourself with it. Shabad is the fountain of spirit. It will always keep you flowing
The neutral mind records the shabad, the Truth. When your mind is freaking out, the shabad automatically comes. The shabad has the power to control
you and your mind. Otherwise there is no way you or your mind can be controlled. Shabad brings inner balance. The power of inner balance is the shabad,
and the power of the shabad is inner balance.
When controlled, our minds can create great things, because the power of the mind is also very infinite. When disciplined, it can change the vibrations and
the magnetic psyche of the earth. That is why we come before Siri Guru Granth Sahib and do kirtan (singing of God's praises). Kirtan is to change the
magnetic psyche of the universe with those vibrations of the Word of the Guru, the naad, so that we can principally enrich the self in ecstasy.
Nam simran (continuos remembrance of God's Name, of Self) is the preparation for Gurbani. You grind the ground, make the earth ready, and then you
do simran. Simran is gurmantra (mantra given by the Guru). Khalsa is to recite Waheguru, and a Sikh is to recite Sat Nam. Sat Nam can elevate the
consciousness of any person to Infinity, and Waheguru can bring you the experience of that Infinity. Wha means Infinite, he means Thou, and guru means
self. When chanted, it brings you very near God. Sat Nam is a panch shabad (mantra containing five parts). Saa means Infinity, taa means birth, naa
means death, and maa means resurrection. Sat Nam is the shabad in which you have superiority over God. God is a slave in the hand of the devotees. Sat
Nam purifies the entire time and space, when you speak it even once; it does not matter when. It is superior self-power of God. God is remembered by His
actions. Nam simran is a must to prepare for Gurbani to have its effect. It is the complete science of the word and sound. It changes a human's biological
and psychological metabolism of his body, mind, and soul.
Nitnem: Daily Recitation of Guru's Bani
The following is a story which Siri Singh Sahib ji told at Khalsa Women's Training Camp: "There is a surprising story about my grandmother. She never
spoke in a loud voice. I have never seen that woman offending anybody, and I have never seen a single human being offend her. The respect was so great
that everyone would settle disputes by Mata ji's decision, without going to court. Whatever she would say, people would accept it as the truth and nothing
but the truth. That reputation and non-offensiveness was built from her perfection of her nitnem, her sadhana and Gurbani.
I am trying to illustrate to you that after a certain age in life, if you do not have nitnem and sadhana, then you will not churn yourself. When milk is
churned, it takes a lot of milk to make a little butter. As milk has to be churned to make butter, like has to be churned. Gurbani works to churn the brain
waves through the hyp0othalmus. You need not be a Sikh. In India, for example, there are a lot of Hindus and Muslims who recite Gurbani. Gurbani is for
a person who wants to be graceful, a person who wants to be balanced, and a person who wants to do things by their radiance. A person's presence alone
should see the job done."
Nitnem in Gurbani gives you a very powerful meditative mind. It gives you the balance required. Energy comes to a person from the head, and the head is
the distributing center through the spine. It is a must that when one reads Gurbani, it be done in the correct harmony and rhythm.
It is compulsory for Khalsa to read all the five banis daily. They were given so that a person's incarnated personality may elevate itself to defend through
any negativity or misfortune.