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Mool Mantra(the beginning hymn)

IK ONKAR

There is only one God, He is the Supreme Power, Unchanging, All Pervading.

ik: one, onkaar: combination of two words, oam and kaar, oam means Supreme, kaar means unchanging, consistent, implkies consistently present everywhere or all pervading, onkaar means Supreme Being that is unchanging and all pervading.

SAT NAAM

His name is True (i.e. His presence in the whole Universe is real, not imaginary).

sat: true or real, Naam: His name

KARTA PURAKH

He is the creator (of the universe) who is present everywhere in His Creation.

kartaa: creator, purakh: Supreme power that is present everywhere.

NIRBHO

He is without fear (nobody is more powerful than Him).

nir: without, bho: fear

NIRWAIR

He is without enmity (He has no enemies, He is not discriminating).

nir: without, vair:enmity

AKAAL MOORAT

He is beyond death (His existence cannot be destroyed).

akaal: a: without, kaal: death or time, akaal: beyond death or beyond time, immortal, moorat: form, existence.

AJOONI

He is beyond the cycle of birth and death.

a: without, jooni: cycle of birth and death

SAIBHANG

He is self-illuminated (He is self-existent or nobody has brought Him into existence).

sai: self, bhang: illuminated

GUR PARSAAD

He can only be realized by Divine Grace.

Gur: God, parsaad: blessing or Grace

Note: The Moolmantra ends here, after this is a slok which ends before the first Pauri.

JAP

Name of this bani is “JAP”.

jap: name of the bani, means repeat or meditate

AAD SACH

He was True (existed) from the beginning.

aad: original or from beginning, sach: true or real, implies eternal existence

JUGAAD SACH

He was True (existed) since beginning of ages.

Jug: age, jugaad: beginning of ages

HAI BHEE SACH

He is also True (exists) now.

hai: is, bhee: also

NANAK HOSEE BHEE SACH

Nanak says, He will also be True (exist) forever in the future.

hosee: will be

This is a good opportunity to memorize Gurbani, one Pauri at a time. You can concentrate better and enjoy more if you recite bani without looking at the gutka.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at rajsinghmarwah@yahoo.com Any suggestions for improvement will be most welcome.

DID YOU KNOW
ONE SPIRIT, DIFFERENT BODIES

After Guru Nanak Dev ji, none of the Gurus used their names in their writings. They always used the name “Nanak” as if everything was written by Guru Nanak Dev ji. This reinforces our belief that all our Gurus had the same spirit in different bodies. The eternal source of spiritual knowledge that was within Guru Nanak Dev ji was passed on to each Guru and they uttered Gurbani that originated from the same source.)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
vidi-aa veechaaree taaN par-upkaaree.
jaaN panch raasee taaN tirath vaasee. (SSGS)

[Contemplate and reflect upon knowledge and you will become benefactor to others.
When you conquer the five passions (lust, anger, greed, attachment, ego), then you shall become pure like a sacred shrine of pilgrimage. ||1|| ]