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The meanings of the daily Sikh prayers (banis)
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. GuruNanak 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 their beloved.
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 others.
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 whenyour principle worldly wealth is endangered. In naad, reh means live, and raas means commodity, so Rehiraas means living commodity. Rehiras Sahibhelps 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 thatit eliminates any negativity for miles and miles. When you are endangered by any species of direct or indirect source, and when you want to protectyourself with the surrounding of the entire magnetic field of the earth, recite Kirtan Sohila.
Quotes from Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture and present Guru of the Sikhs
FIRST MEHL: From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one. O Nanak, only the True Lord is without a woman. That mouth which praises the Lord continually is blessed and beautiful. O Nanak, those faces shall be radiant in the Court of the True Lord. - Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Thus, the slanderer crumbles away.This is the distinctive sign - listen, O Siblings of Destiny: he collapses like a wall of sand.When the slanderer sees a fault in someone else, he is pleased. Seeing goodness, he is depressed.Twenty-four hours a day, he plots, but nothing works. The evil man dies, constantly thinking up evil plans.The slanderer forgets God, death approaches him, and he starts to argue with the humble servant of the Lord.God Himself, the Lord and Master, is Nanak's protector. What can any wretched person do to him? " - Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl (Guru Arjan Dev ji) - Page 823
SGGS Page 1084 Full Shabad First, is the Lord's Praise; second, contentment; third, humility, and fourth, giving to charities. Fifth is to hold one's desires in restraint. These are the five most sublime daily prayers.
SGGS Page 223 Shabad 706 "In the earth and in the sky, I do not see any second. Among all the women and the men, His Light is shining.(3)"
SGGS, Guru Arjan, Raga Bhairon page 1136 "I observe neither Hindu fasting nor the ritual of the Muslim Ramadan month; Him I serve who at the last shall save. The Lord of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one;From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free. I perform neither Kaaba pilgrimage nor at bathing spots worship; One sole Lord I serve, and no other. I perform neither the Hindu worship nor the Muslim prayer; To the Sole Formless Lord in my heart I bow. We neither are Hindus nor Muslims; Our body and life belong to the One Supreme Being who alone is both Ram and Allah for us."
SGGS, Guru Arjan, Siree Raag, Page 70 "When you are confronted with terrible hardships, and no one offers you any support, when your friends turn into enemies, and even your relatives have deserted you, and when all support has given way, and all hope has been lost, if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, even the hot wind shall not touch you."
SGGS, Guru Nanak Dev, Rag Sarang, pg. 1245 "He who eats what he earns through his earnest labour and from his hand gives something in charity; he alone, O Nanak, knows the true way of life"
SGGS Guru Arjan, Siree Raag, Page 70 "Our Lord and Master is the Power of the powerless. He does not come or go; He is Eternal and Permanent. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is known as True. If you are weakened by the pains of hunger and poverty, with no money in your pockets, and no one will give you any comfort, and no one will satisfy your hopes and desires, and none of your works is accomplished if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall obtain the eternal kingdom. When you are plagued by great and excessive anxiety, and diseases of the body; when you are wrapped up in the attachments of household and family, sometimes feeling joy, and then other times sorrow; when you are wandering around in all four directions, and you cannot sit or sleep even for a moment if you come to remember the Supreme Lord God, then your body and mind shall be cooled and soothed. When you are under the power of sexual desire, anger and worldly attachment, or a greedy miser in love with your wealth; if you have committed the four great sins and other mistakes; even if you are a murderous fiend who has never taken the time to listen to sacred books, hymns and poetry if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, and contemplate Him, even for a moment, you shall be saved. People may recite by heart the Shaastras, the Simritees and the four Vedas; they may be ascetics, great, self-disciplined Yogis; they may visit sacred shrines of pilgrimage and perform the ceremonial rituals, over and over again, performing worship services and ritual baths. Even so, if they have not embraced love for the Supreme Lord God, then they shall surely go to hell. You may possess empires, vast estates, authority over others, and the enjoyment of myriads of pleasures; you may have delightful and beautiful gardens, and issue unquestioned commands; you may have enjoyments and entertainments of all sorts and kinds, and continue to enjoy exciting pleasures and yet, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall be reincarnated as a snake. You may possess vast riches, maintain virtuous conduct, have a spotless reputation and observe religious customs; you may have the loving affections of mother, father, children, siblings and friends; you may have armies well-equipped with weapons, and all may salute you with respect; But still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, then you shall be taken and consigned to the most hideous hell! You may have a body free of disease and deformity, and have no worries or grief at all; you may be unmindful of death, and night and day revel in pleasures; you may take everything as your own, and have no fear in your mind at all; but still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall fall under the power of the Messenger of Death. The Supreme Lord showers His Mercy, and we find the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. The more time we spend there, the more we come to love the Lord. The Lord is the Master of both worlds; there is no other place of rest. When the True Guru is pleased and satisfied, O Nanak, the True Name is obtained."
Quotes from the Sikh Gurus
"Raj Bina Nahin Dharam Chale Hain, Dharam Bina Sab Dalle Malle Hain"- Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This literally means that sovereignty is a MUST in order for a religion to survive; otherwise religion perishes . This provides a greater significance why Sikhs need a separate country called Khalistan. This is supported by many Sikhs to this day even though the Indian government has tried literally murdering Sikhs who rallied for this cause.
“The greatest comforts and lasting peace are obtained, when one eradicates selfishness from within.” - Guru Gobind Singh Ji
The Lord forgives some, and unites them with Himself, they forsake their duality and sinful ways.” - Guru Gobind Singh Ji
“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.” - Guru Nanak Dev Ji
“Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die.” - Guru Nanak Dev Ji
That man who in the midst of grief is free from grieving, And free from fear, and free from the snare of delight, Nor is covetous of gold that he knows to be dust, Who is neither a backbiter nor a flatterer, Nor has greed in his heart, nor vanity, nor any worldly attachment, Who remains at his centre unmoved by good and ill fortune, Who indifferent to the world's praise and blame And discards every wishful fantasy Accepting his lot in the disinterested fashion, Not worked upon by lust or by wrath, In such a man God dwelleth. The man on vjhom the Grace of the Guru alights Understands the way of conduct: His soul, 0 Nanak, is mingled with the Lord As water mingles with water! - Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675): Rag Soorath