For those who don't know the Sikh Japji, (Song of the Soul) which we sometimes use in Kundalini yoga, was written spontaneously from the heart by Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak was an awakened being and in states of expanded awareness he would use the Gurmuhki language like keys to open the doors to our psyche. The Japji is the story of the ego versus the soul. It guides us towards the path back to oneness. It also reminds us of the traps of the ego whilst allowing us to remember what is possible when we commit to a spiritual path. There are 40 pauris in the Japji and each pauri has its own meaning inviting us to explore the many ways back to our soul. Through chanting or repeating the sounds of the Japji we are able to change the program of our subconscious patterning.
This week we offer pauri 33 as a support in these challenging times. Throughout the Japji it is repeated often that when we get up early meditate, create a regular practice and remember simran (the name - truth) then we will reach somewhere. But in this powerful 33rd pauri it goes one step further. It reminds us of the importance of making a conscious effort toward our own spiritual journey and then says that actually none of this has any power if we do it from a place of 'I' (ego) Basically if we can let go of the expectations of our actions, expect the least from all our efforts, only then are we truly able to experience oneness. If we do this, then there is no longer an 'I'. If we can allow the subconscious to support us in that moment of divine grace and remember 'none of it is in our hands', then true transformation can occur.
Aakhan jor chupai neh jor
Jor na mangan dayn na jor
Jor na jeevan maran neh jor
Jor na roaj maal man sor
Jor na surtee gi-aan veechaar
Jor na jugatee chhutai sansaar
Jis hath jor kar vaykhai so-i
Naanak utam neech na ko-i
The power to speak or keep silent, I don't have that power.
I don't have the power to beg or to give.
When I live, when I die, is far beyond my power.
I have no power to rule as a King, with wealth Or through the force of my own mental manipulations.
I have no power to attach myself to God through meditation, Or to attain wisdom, or to reflect on what I see.
I have no power to know the way to liberate myself from the world.
Whose Hand Holds this power?
The One who does and sees all.
Nanak, no one is high and no one is low.
Translation by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa