Universal Teachings for Humanity
Sikh Dharma offers universal teaching for all humanity to experience our origin, which is the root meaning of religion, to take us back to our origin or spiritual essence to which we are eternally bound. Based on the teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus as recorded during their lives, the living Siri Guru Granth Sahib preserves their original and pure teachings as they were given between the 15th and 18th centuries in the Punjab region of Northern India. The essential message of the Sikh Gurus is Ek Ong Kaar, or there is One Creator of the Creation, One Spirit that moves throughout all creation, and the Creator and the creation are one. Sikh Dharma teaches individual responsibility and authority for our lives and our world. Through a daily spiritual practice, service to others in honest labor, and giving one tenth of our earnings back to the Source, to our universal family, are the sacred responsibilities of a Sikh. Sikhs wear a turban and bana (clothes you can recognize), so if you need help or assistance, you know that you can always ask a Sikh. With no discrimination of any kind whatsoever, a Sikh serves the spiritual essence that resides in every living being, so that we can continually grow our peaceful and healing environments and increase our prosperity and justice for all people throughout our world now. If you meet a Sikh who is not living up to these standards then say to that person, “Shame on you.”
Song of the Soul
A course in How to Recite Jaapji Sahib in the Original Gurmukhi Sound Current
Jaapji Saahib is the bani or sacred verse, which is a synopsis of the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib. It is given to us by Guru Nanak, the First Guru of the Sikhs, immediately following three days in which he was immersed in a river in divine communion. Jaapji is known as the primal bani and it is the preamble to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, and the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the explanation of Jaapji. It is the key bani to Sikh teachings and it is the bani recited by Guru Gobind Singh (the Tenth Sikh Guru) while he prepared the Amrit ceremony or Sikh baptism. Jaapji gives us a portal to salvation and self-liberation. When we recite it, we experience the ecstasy of Guru Nanak because we speak as he spoke and we match that divine frequency.
Jaapji consists of the Mool Mantra, (opening verse) 38 pauris or stanzas, and the slok (closing verse). Nanak gave us Jaapji just to explain how we can achieve union with the divine. He takes us step by step so that any one is able to go through the steps and achieve realization and be one with the One. The Mool Mantra or opening verse, every pauri or stanza, and the slok or closing verse all have specific codes and frequencies that provides unique benefits. For example, The opening Mool Mantra is a fate killer that enables us to change our destiny. The 3rd pauri provides sufficiency from insufficiency, and the 22nd pauri gives victory in legal battles.
Understanding Jaapji gives us the vastness of mind to reign in our environmental domain. Just as the flower gives off a fragrance, so will your radiance shine in the world. Through Jaapji, Nanak laid down the path of the householder, saying we should live in the world and perform our duties, while remembering the Divine with each breath.