BHAYAA MERI MAYEE
year (2004) we are celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the
installation of the Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
disciples of Guru Gobind Singh were full of grief when the Guru was about to
leave the body. They asked the Guru, Who would guide them to find God, when Guru
Gobind Singh was gone?
Gobind Singh replied that the Great Book of the Sikhs: The Guru Granth Sahib,
would become a Living Guru for the disciples. The Guru said that whenever they
(the disciples) were troubled, or they missed him, they could open and read the
Guru Granth Sahib, and the answer would be revealed to them.
Guru Granth Sahib (The Guru in the book form) has since been regarded as the
Living Guru, for the Sikhs.
IS A GURU?
According to Ma Indira Devi, a guru is one who you can love trust and say 'yes'
to. He is on the path that you are most comfortable in, just ahead of you,
lighting the way, with your hand firmly in his/hers.
believe that ones real Guru resides within oneself.
SHOULD WE HAVE A GURU?
Just like one requires a teacher for anything in life that one wishes to learn.
It makes it easier rather than experiment by trial and error, especially in the
Spiritual path. But most importantly he/she is one who is able to point out
where you are straying from your god-given mission.
SHOULD BE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GURU & HIS DISCIPLE?
us celebrate and bring joy to our hearts. Why? Because we have been fortunate to
find our guru, without much effort.
ANAND BHAYYAA MEREE MAEE SATGURU MAIN PAAYA
TA PAAYA SAHAJ SETEE MAN VAJEEA VADHAEEA
RATAN PARVAR PAREA SHABAD GAAVAN AEEA
TO GAVAH HAREE KERA MAN JINEE VASAIYA
NANAK ANAND HOA SATGURU MAI PAAYA
MERIA SADA RAHU HAR NALEY HAR NAAL RAHU TU MAN MERE
SABH VISARNA ANGEEKAR OH KAREY TERA
KARJ SABH SAVARNA SABHNA GALA SAMARTH SWAMI
SO KIU MANAH VISARE KAHEY NANAK MAN MERE SADA RAHU HAR
SACHEY SAHEBA KYA NAHEE GHAR TERE GHAR TA TERE SABH
JIS DEVE SO PAVAI SADA SIFAT SALAH TERI
NAAM MAN VASAVE NAAM
JINKE MAN VASIYA
VAAJEY SHABD GHANERE
KAHEY NANAK SACHE SAHEBA
KYA NAHEE GHAR TERE.
SAACHA NAAM MERA AADHAARO SAACH NAAM AADHAR MERA
JIN BUKHA SABH GAVAEEYA KAR SAANT SUKH MAN AI VASSIA
JIN ICHHA SABH PUJAIYA
SADA QURBAN KEETA GURU VITOH
JISDEEYA EH VADIAEEA
KAHEY NANAK SUNO SANTOH
SHABAD DHAROH PYARO SAACHA NAAM TERA AADHAARO
VAJEY PANCH SHABD TIT
GHAR SABHAAGE GHAR SABHAAGE
KALA JIT GHAR DHAARIA
PANCH DOOT TUDH VAS KEETEY
KAAL KANTAK MAARIA DHUR KARAM PAIYA TUDH JAN KAU
SE NAAM HARKE LAAGE
KAHEY NANAK TAH SUKH HOA
ANAND SUNOH VAD BHAGIYO SAGAL MANORATH POOREY
PAARBRAHM PRABH PAIYA UTRAY SAGAL VISOOREY
DOOKH ROG SANTAAP UTRAY SUNEE SACHEE BAANEE
SANT SAAJAN BHAE SARSEY POOREY GUR TEY
SUNTEY PUNEET KAHTEY
PAVIT SATGUR RAHYA BHARPOOREY
GUR CHARAN LAAGEY VAAJEY ANAHAD TOOREY.
PAVAN GURU PAANI PITA MATA
DIVAS RAAT DUI DAYI DAIYA KHELEY SAGAL JAGAT
CHANGIAEEYAN BURYAEEYA VAJEY DHARMA HADOOR
KARMI AAPO AAPNEE KAY NERAY KAY DOOR
JINI NAAM DHIYAIA GAYE
NANAK TAY MUKH UJLAY KAYTEY CHHUTEY NAAL.
The above prayer, loosely translated means:
I feel blissful, since I have found my Guru, without
My heart fills with immense joy
The Raagas sing Your song! (and so does one) who has got
you in his heart sing your song (praise)
I feel joyful since I have found my guru!
Oh mind of mine! forget all (your) problems, stay near the
thought of God.
Stay with Hari. He will accept you and fulfill all your
He is 'All capable'. Don't forget Him. Nanak says,
“Oh my mind, always remain close with God.”
Oh True Lord! What exists that You do not possess?
Whosoever is receptive will receive your grace.
Your teachings (The chanting of your Name) must remain in
In whosoever's heart lives Your Name… Constant Grace
Guru Nanak states, what exists that You do not possess?
Your True Name is my support. You have annihilated all my
desires, you have
brought me happiness. I love you so much, I will naturally
surrender. You have given me a desireless status. Nanak says, “Hear, O holy
ones, keep the True Name as your support!”
Whoever is fortunate, hears these 5 words within his heart. The 5 senses have you in their
grip. Time is running out. Wake up! Listen to the words (of the Guru).
Whoever's heart has the name of God, their bad karmas will dissolve to dust.
In whose heart His Name resides…his heart will be full of joy.
(Breath) Wind is the Guru, Water is the Father, Earth is
the Mother. Day & night dance on.
I may be good, I may be evil, I have come to your feet.
Give me Your blessings whether
We are close or far from you. Whoever has taken the Name
has given up their ego. Whoever has reached there, they are worthy of praise!
Oh Fortunate Ones! all your desires will be fulfilled. Once
you achieve (Your Spiritual Goal) all your problems will vanish
(illness, mental disturbances etc). When you listen to the True Guru you
will easily become saintly and pure. Nanak touches the feet of the Guru and the
ANAHAD SHABD (The Soundless Sound of the Name) resounds.
GURU NANAK—JAPUJI SAHIB
Kulbir Kaur, Excerpts
Japuji sahib is the opening composition of
the Guru Granth Sahib.
It is a morning prayer
Composed by Guru Nanak.
Japuji Sahib contains a prologue called the
Mool Mantra is the basic creed of the Sikh
It sums up the characteristics of the
There is only 1 God
Beyond Circle of Birth, Death and Rebirth
He is the Creator
Without Fear and hate
Guru Nanak says:
In order to be a Man of Truth
Your Actions should be pure
You must suppress ego with the discipline
Moulding ones life with
Hukam and Raza- His will.
How does one get rid of ego?
Sunai: Listen to the Holy Name
Maniai: Conviction in the truth of God's
Nidhiaasan: Carrying out the Guru's
instruction in daily life.
Ardas: Seeks the welfare of entire
Sarbat da bhalla: Seeks welfare of entire
Because True worship of God is Service of
In the last section of Japuji Sahib, Guru
Nanak mentions 5 stages of man's progress on the path of
Saram khand ( Spiritual effort to train
Karamkhand: The region of Grace, he
becomes Gurmukh, inclined towars God)
Sachkhand: The abode of Formless
The qualities of continence, patience,
divine knowledge, wisdom, prayer, austerity and love of the
Divine Word makes him a True man of God