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Japji Sahib English Translation

Japji Sahib English Translation

Japji Sahib English Translation


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Japji Sahib In Translation

ik oNkaar
There is Only One God
Sat Naam
Truth is His Name
kartaa purakh nirbh-a-o nirvair akaal moorat
He is the Creator, Protector, Without Fear, No Enmity, The First Entity,
ajoonee saibhN gur parsaad. jap.
Never born, Self-perpetuating; With the Guru’s grace: Recite!
aad sach jugaad sach.
True in the beginning, True Through the Ages,
hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach.
True even now and says Nanak will be True in the future


Japji Sahib English Translation

Pauri 1

sochai soch naa hov-a-ee jay sochee lakh vaar
By thinking and thinking again a hundred thousand times, one cannot find a solution
chupai chup naa hov-a-ee jay laa-i rahaa liv taar
By being quiet, peace cannot be found even if poised deep in meditation forever
bhukhi-aa bhukh naa utree jay bannaa puree-aa bhaar
The hunger of the hungry cannot be quenched if food is carried as baggage
sehas si-aanpaa lakh hoh taa ik naa chalai naal
One may possess a hundred thousand clever ideas, but even one will not accompany him/her*
kiv sachi-aaraa ho-ee-ai kiv koorhai tutai paal
How then can one be purified? How can one throw away the falsehood?
hukam rajaa-ee chalnaa naanak likhi-aa naal
Says Nanak, By Abiding by the Command of God, which is written along with everyone!

Pauri 2

hukmee hovan aakaar hukam na kahi-aa jaa-ee.
By Your Command entities are formed. Your Command cannot be predicted.
hukmee hovan jee-a hukam milai vadi-aa-ee.
With your Command one obtains respect and is praised.
hukmee utam neech hukam likh dukh sukh paa-ee-ah.
By Your Command Ups & Downs occur. With Your Command is written suffering and happiness.
iknaa hukmee bakhsees ik hukmee sadaa bhavaa-ee-ah.
Without Your Command no one is blessed. With your Command one lives in perpetual migrations.
hukmai andar sabh ko baahar hukam na ko-ay.
Everyone in Within Your Command, None is outside His Order.
naanak hukmai jay bujhai ta ha-umai kahai na ko-ay.
Says Nanak, “Whosoever realizes Your Command, Never speaks in ego.”

Japji Sahib English Translation

Pauri 3

gaavai ko taan hovai kisai taan. gaavai ko daat jaanai neesaan.
Many sing of His power, who has that power. Many sing of the Gift, who knows the sign.
gaavai ko gun vadi-aa-ee-aa chaar. gaavai ko vidi-aa vikham veechaar.
Many sing of virtues, praises and greatness. Many sing of knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
gaavai ko saaj karay tan khayh. gaavai ko jee-a lai fir dayh.
Many sing about how He creates and destroys Many sing about how He takes life and then restores it.
gaavai ko jaapai disai door. gaavai ko vaykhai haadraa hadoor.
Many sing, chant and see far Many sing that He watches, is ever-present one-on-one.
kathnaa kathee na aavai tot. kath kath kathee kotee kot kot.
There is no shortage of those who preach and teach. Millions upon millions offer millions of sermons and stories.
daydaa day laiday thak paahi. jugaa jugantar khaahee khaahi.
The Great Giver keeps on giving, the receivers grow weary of receiving. Throughout the ages, the consumers keep on consuming.
hukmee hukam chalaa-ay raahu. naanak vigsai vayparvaahu.
The Commander, by His Command, leads us to walk on the Path. O Nanak, only He blossoms forth, carefree and untroubled.

Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 4

saachaa saahib saach naa-ay bhaakhi-aa bhaa-o apaar.
True Master, True is His Name – Meditate it with utmost humility and deep love.
aakhahi mangahi dayhi dayhi daat karay daataar.
Ask and plead, “Give, give” – The Giver gives in abundance.
fayr ke agai rakhee-ai jit disai darbaar.
What can we place before Him, by which the Darbaar can be seen?
muhou ke bolan bolee-ai jit sun Dharay pi-aar.
What words can our mouth utter, listening to which His Love is gained?
amrit vaylaa sach naa-o vadi-aa-ee veechaar.
In the Ambrosial period, dwell upon His True Name and praises.
karmee aavai kaprhaa nadree mokh du-aar.
With good past karmas, this robe is obtained, By His Grace, the Gate of Liberation is found.
naanak evai jaanee-ai sabh aapay sachiaar.
O Nanak, know this well: Everything is in the Righteous Lord!


Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 5

thaapi-aa na jaa-ay keetaa na ho-ay. aapay aap niranjan so-ay.
He cannot be established; By doing it cannot be done. He Himself is Immaculate and Pure.
jin sayvi-aa tin paa-i-aa maan. naanak gaavee-ai gunee niDhaan.
Whoever serves Him receives honor. O Nanak sing – “Only Lord has endless Virtues”.
gaavee-ai sunee-ai man rakhee-ai bhaa-o. dukh parhar sukh ghar lai jaa-ay.
Sing, listen, and keep your mind humble. For your pains, take home every peace.
gurmukh naadaN gurmukh vaydaN gurmukh rahi-aa samaa-ee.
The Guru’s Word is the Sound-current, wisdom of the Vedas and remains the ultimate protector.
gur eesar gur gorakh barmaa gur paarbatee maa-ee.
The Guru is Shiva, Gorak and Brahma; the Guru is Paarvati and Lakhshmi.
jay ha-o jaanaa aakhaa naahee kahnaa kathan na jaa-ee.
Even knowing Him, I cannot describe Him; He is beyond description in words.
guraa ik dayhi bujhaa-ee. sabhnaa jee-aa kaa ik daataa so mai visar na jaa-ee. 5
The Guru has extinguished this doubt:All creatures have only the one God – May I never forget this! 5


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Pauri 6

tirath naavaa jay tis bhaavaa vin bhaanay ke naa-ay karee.
If by bathing at holy places, He could be obtained, Without His Blessing one cannot get there
jaytee sirath upaa-ee vaykhaa vin karmaa ke milai la-ee.
I gaze upon His Creation: without good karmas, what will they receive?
mat vich ratan javaahar maanik jay ik gur kee sikh sunee.
Within the mind are gems, jewels and rubies, when the Sikh listens to the One Guru.
guraa ik dayhi bujhaa-ee.
The Guru has extinguished this doubt:
sabhnaa jee-aa kaa ik daataa so mai visar na jaa-ee.
All creatures have only the one God – May I never forget this! 6

Pauri 7


jay jug chaaray aarjaa hor dasoonee ho-ay.
Even if you lived the four ages, or even ten times more,
navaa khanda vich jaanee-ai naal chalai sabh ko-ay.
and even if you were known throughout the nine continents and everyone followed you,
changa naa-o rakhaa-ay kai jas keerat jag lay-ay.
with a good name and reputation, the whole world sang your praises –
jay tis nadar na aavee ta vaat na puchhai kay.
still, if you do not please the Lord, no one will ask about you!
keetaa andar keet kar dosee dos Dharay.
Among worms, you would be considered a lowly worm, and even contemptible sinners would hold you in contempt.
naanak nirgun gun karay gunvanti-aa gun day.
O Nanak, He makes unworthy, worthy and gives virtues to the virtuous.
tayhaa ko-ay na sujh-ee je tis gun ko-ay karay. 7
I know of no other who can grant so much to others! 7

Pauri 8

suni-ai siDh peer sur naath.
Listening – the saints, priests, warriors and recluse.
suni-ai Dharat Dhaval aakaas.
Listening – the earth, its support and sky.
suni-ai deep lo-a paataal.
Listening – the oceans, lands of the world and the nether regions.
suni-ai pohi na sakai kaal.
Listening – Death cannot even touch you
naanak bhagtaa sadaa vigaas.
O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss.
suni-ai dookh paap kaa naas.
Listening – pain and sin are erased. 8

Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 9

suni-ai eesar barmaa ind.
Listening – Shiva, Brahma and Indra.
suni-ai mukh saalaahan mand.
Listening – even foul-mouthed people praise Him.
suni-ai jog jugat tan bhayd.
Listening – the technology of Yoga and the secrets of the body.
suni-ai saasat simrit vayd.
Listening – the Holy Books, Philosophy and the Vedas.
naanak bhagtaa sadaa vigaas.
O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss.
suni-ai dookh paap kaa naas. 9
Listening-pain and sin are erased. 9

Pauri 10

suni-ai sat santokh gi-aan.
Listening – truth, contentment and spiritual wisdom.
suni-ai athsath kaa isnaan.
Listening – bathe at the sixty-eight holy places.
suni-ai parh parh paavahi maan.
Listening – reading and reciting, honor is obtained.
suni-ai laagai sahj Dhi-aan.
Listening – one attains sure dedication.
naanak bhagtaa sadaa vigaas.
O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss.
suni-ai dookh paap kaa naas. 10
Listening-pain and sin are erased. 10


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Pauri 11

suni-ai saraa gunaa kay gaah.
Listening – dive deep into the ocean of virtue.
suni-ai saykh peer paatisaah.
Listening – the religious scholars, spiritual teachers and emperors.
suni-ai anDhay paavahi raahu.
Listening – even the blind find the Path.
suni-ai haath hovai asgaahu.
Listening – the Unreachable comes within grasp.
naanak bhagtaa sadaa vigaas.
O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss.
suni-ai dookh paap kaa naas. 11
Listening-pain and sin are erased. 11

Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 12

mannay kee gat kahee na jaa-ay.
The state of the Believer cannot be described.
jay ko kahai pichhai pachhutaa-ay.
The One who tries shall regret the attempt.
kaagad kalam na likhanhaar.
Neither paper nor pen can narrate.
mannay kaa bahi karan veechaar.
Many study the concept of faith.
aisaa naam niranjan ho-ay.
Such personality obtains purity.
jay ko man jaanai man ko-ay. 12
If one mind understands another’s mind. 12

Pauri 13

mannai surat hovai man buDh.
With faith, awareness and enlightenment is obtained.
mannai sagal bhavan kee suDh.
With faith, all types of realms are understood.
mannai muhi chotaa naa khaa-ay.
The faithful do not face trouble.
mannai jam kai saath na jaa-ay.
The faithful do not go with the Messenger of Death.
aisaa naam niranjan ho-ay.
Such personality obtains purity.
jay ko man jaanai man ko-ay. 13
If one mind understands another’s mind. 13

Pauri 14

mannai maarag thaak na paa-ay.
The path of the faithful is never blocked.
mannai pat si-o pargat jaa-ay.
The faithful shall depart with honor and fame.
mannai mag na chalai panth.
The faithful do not follow empty religious rituals.
mannai Dharam saytee san-banDh.
The faithful are firmly bound to the Dharma.
aisaa naam niranjan ho-ay.
Such personality obtains purity.
jay ko man jaanai man ko-ay. 14
If one mind understands another’s mind.14

Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 15

mannai paavahi mokh du-aar.
The faithful find the Door of Liberation.
mannai parvaarai saaDhaar.
The faithful uplift and redeem their family and relations.
mannai tarai taaray gur sikh.
The faithful are saved, together with the Sikhs of the Guru.
mannai naanak bhavahi na bhikh.
The faithful, O Nanak, do not wander around begging.
aisaa naam niranjan ho-ay.
Such personality obtains purity.
jay ko man jaanai man ko-ay. 15
If one mind understands another’s mind. 15


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Pauri 16

panch parvaan panch parDhaan. panchay paavahi dargahi maan.
The chosen are accepted and preside. The chosen are honored in the Court of the Lord.
panchay sohahi dar raajaan. panchaa kaa gur ayk Dhi-aan.
The chosen look beautiful in the courts of kings. The chosen meditate single-mindedly on the Guru.
jay ko kahai karai veechaar. kartay kai karnai naahee sumaar.
What is said, mediate on this thought. the actions of the Creator cannot be counted.
Dhoul Dharam da-i-aa kaa poot. santokh thaap rakhi-aa jin soot.
Bull, the Dharma, is the son of compassion; Contentment patiently holds it in its place.
jay ko bujhai hovai sachiaar. Dhavlai upar kaytaa bhaar.
One who understands becomes pure. What is the great load on the bull?
Dhartee hor parai hor hor. tis tay bhaar talai kavan jor
There is another world, then many, more and more! Who holds their weight in balance with this force?
jee-a jaat rangaa kay naav. sabhnaa likhi-aa vurhee kalaam.
Beings, species, colors have names. were all inscribed by the Almighty’s Pen
ayhu laykhaa likh jaanai ko-ay. laykhaa likhi-aa kaytaa ho-ay.
This written account is only known to a few? How massive is this written account?
kaytaa taan su-aalihu roop. kaytee daat jaanai koun koot.
What awesome power, fascinating beauty! Whose wonderful gifts! Who can know their limit?
keetaa pasaa-o ayko kavaa-o. tis tay ho-ay lakh daree-aa-o.
He created the Universe with One Word! Within it flow hundreds of thousands of rivers.
kudrat kavan kahaa veechaar. vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar.
Think about the mighty Creative Potency? I cannot even begin to describe You.
jo tuDh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. too sadaa salaamat nirankaar.16
Whatever pleases You, All will be blessed, You always protect us, Formless One! 16

Pauri 17

asaNkh jap asaNkh bhaa-o. asaNkh poojaa asaNkh tap taa-o.
Countless mediate, countless yearn. Countless worship, countless exercise self-restrain.
asaNkh garanth mukh vayd paath. asaNkh jog man rahahi udaas.
Countless recite granths and Vedas prayers. Countless Yogis detached their minds from the world.
asaNkh bhagat gun gi-aan veechaar. asaNkh satee asaNkh daataar.
Countless devotees contemplate the Virtues and Wisdoms. Countless sacrifice; countless donate.
asaNkh soor muh bhakh saar. asaNkh mon liv laa-ay taar.
Countless warriors, face attack head on. Countless in silence, focus their thoughts.
kudrat kavan kahaa veechaar. vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar.
Think about the mighty Creative Potency? I cannot even begin to describe You.
jo tuDh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. too sadaa salaamat nirankaar. 17
Whatever pleases You, All will be blessed, You always protect us, Formless One! 17

Pauri 18

asaNkh moorakh anDh ghor. asaNkh chor haraamkhor.
Countless fools, blinded by ignorance. Countless thieves and cheaters.
asaNkh amar kar jaahi jor. asaNkh galvadh hati-aa kamaahi.
Countless impose their will by force. Countless cut-throats and gather sins.
asaNkh paapee paap kar jaahi. asaNkh koorhi-aar koorhay firaahi.
Countless sinners who keep on sinning. Countless liars, wander lost in their lies.
asaNkh malaychh mal bhakh khaahi. asaNkh nindak sir karahi bhaar.
Countless wretches, eat filth for food. Countless slanders, make their heads heavy
naanak neech kahai veechaar. vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar.
Lowly Nanak, gives this explanation. I cannot even begin to describe You.
jo tuDh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. too sadaa salaamat nirankaar. 18
Whatever pleases You, All will be blessed, You always protect us, Formless One! 18

Pauri 19

asaNkh naav asaNkh thaav. agamm agamm asaNkh lo-a.
Countless names, countless places. Inaccessible, unapproachable, countless celestial bodies.
asaNkh kehahi sir bhaar ho-ay. akhree naam akhree saalaah.
Even to call them countless is to carry weight on your head. The Word brings Naam; the Word brings Praise.
akhree gi-aan geet gun gaah. akhree likhan bolan baan.
The Word brings wisdom and the singing of songs of His Glory. The Word brings the written and spoken words and hymns.
akhraa sir sanjog vakhaan. jin ayhi likhay tis sir naahi.
The Word brings destiny written on one’s forehead. But Writer of the destiny – None are written on His Forehead.
jiv furmaa-ay tiv tiv paahi. jaytaa keetaa taytaa naa-o. vin naavai naahee ko thaa-o.
As He proclaims, so do we receive.Whatever You do, its in Your Name. Without Your Name, there is no place at all.
kudrat kavan kahaa veechaar. vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar.
Think about the mighty Creative Potency? I cannot even begin to describe You.
jo tuDh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar. too sadaa salaamat nirankaar.19
Whatever pleases You, All will be blessed, You always protect us, Formless One! 19

Japji Sahib English Translation – Pauri 20

bharee-ai hath pair tan dayh. paanee Dhotai utras khayh.
Hands, feet and the body that are polluted, With water the dirt can be washed away.
moot paleetee kaparh ho-ay. day saaboon la-ee-ai oh Dho-ay.
Clothes that are soiled and stained by urine, With soap they can be washed clean.
bharee-ai mat paapaa kai sang. oh Dhopai naavai kai rang.
When the intellect is stained and polluted by sin, That can be cleansed by the Color of the Naam.
punnee paapee aakhan naahi. kar kar karnaa likh lai jaahu.
Virtue and vice do not come by mere words; actions repeated, again and again, are engraved on the soul.
aapay beej aapay hee khaahu. naanak hukmee aavhu jaahu. 20
What you plant is what you shall harvest.O Nanak, by God’s Command, we come and go. 20


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Pauri 21

tirath tap da-i-aa dat daan. jay ko paavai til kaa maan.Pilgrimages, austere discipline, compassion and charity. these, by themselves, bring only an iota of merit.suni-aa mani-aa man keetaa bhaa-o. antargat tirath mal naa-o.By listening and believing bring humility in your mind; Within the sacred inner shrine, cleanse your mind.sabh gun tayray mai naahee ko-ay. vin gun keetay bhagat na ho-ay.Lord, all virtues are Yours, none are mine. Without good deeds, there is no worship.su-asat aath banee barmaa-o. sat suhaan sadaa man chaa-o.Forever vibrate the Bani of Brahma. O Mind, forever seek the Companionship of Truth.kavan so vaylaa vakhat kavan kavan thit kavan vaar. kavan se rutee maahu kavan jit ho-aa aakaar.What is that time, that moment? What is that day, that date? What is that season, that month, when the Universe was created?vayl na paa-ee-aa pandtee je hovai laykh puraan. vakhat na paa-i-o kaadee-aa je likhan laykh kuraan.The Pandits, who have the writings of the Puraans, cannot provide this time. The time is not known to the Qazis, who study the Koran.thit vaar naa jogee jaanai rut maahu naa ko-ee. jaa kartaa sirthee ka-o saajay aapay jaanai so-ee.The day and date are not known to the Yogis, nor is the month or the season. The Creator who created this creation only He Himself knows.kiv kar aakhaa kiv saalaahee ki-o varnee kiv jaanaa. naanak aakhan sabh ko aakhai ik doo ik si-aanaa.How does one describe or give an opinion of Him or praise or get to know Him? Nanak, everyone speaks of Him, one wiser than the next!vadaa saahib vadee naa-ee keetaa jaa kaa hovai. naanak jay ko aapou jaanai agai ga-i-aa na sohai. 21The Great Master with a Great Name by His doing – everything happens. O Nanak, one who thinks he knows all, shall not move forwarded. 21

Pauri 22

paataalaa paataal lakh aagaasaa aagaas.
Planets upon planets and hundreds of thousands of skies upon skies.
orhak orhak bhaal thakay vayd kahan ik vaat.
Forever and ever, one can search until one grows tired, the Vedas say one thing;
sahas athaarah kahan kataybaa asuloo ik Dhaat.
The scriptures speak of 18,000 worlds, in reality there is only One Universe.
laykhaa ho-ay ta likee-ai laykhai ho-ay vinaas.
If one had the knowledge, one could write the account, but it could not be finished.
naanak vadaa aakhee-ai aapay jaanai aap.22
Nanak, call Him Great, for He Himself knows all. 22

Pauri 23

saalaahee saalaahi aytee surat na paa-ee-aa.
The praisers praise Him, but this is not how understanding is obtained!
nadee-aa atai vaah pavahi samund na jaanee-ahi.
The streams and rivers entering the ocean do not know its vastness.
samund saah sultaan girhaa saytee maal Dhan.
Ocean sized kingdoms owners with mountains of material wealth.
keerhee tul na hovnee jay tis manhu na veesrahi. 23
Even an ant outweighs them, if the Lord doesn’t dwell in their mind. 23

Pauri 24

ant na siftee kahan na ant. ant na karnai dayn na ant.
Countless don’t Praise Him; Countless don’t speak. Countless don’t act; Countless don’t give.
ant na vaykhan sunan na ant. ant na jaapai ki-aa man mant.
Countless don’t see Him; Countless don’t listen. Countless don’t worship Him, What’s in their mind?
ant na jaapai keetaa aakaar. ant na jaapai paaraavaar.
Countless don’t realise the doings of the Almighty. Countless don’t know of His scope and presence.
ant kaaran kaytay billaahi. taa kay ant na paa-ay jaahi.
Countless yearn and struggle to know His limits, but His limits cannot be found.
ayhu ant na jaanai ko-ay. bahutaa kahee-ai bahutaa ho-ay.
No one knows these Limits. The more you describe, the more there is to be known.
vadaa saahib oochaa thaa-o. oochay upar oochaa naa-o.
Great is the Master high is His status. Highest of the High, and still higher is His Name.
ayvad oochaa hovai ko-ay. tis oochay ka-o jaanai so-ay.
Only a few can get this high, His Lofty and Exalted state is only known by them.
jayvad aap jaanai aap aap. naanak nadree karmee daat. 24
How Great He is? Only He knows Himself. Nanak, only by His Grace and Doing do we receive His Gifts. 24

Pauri 25

bahutaa karam likhi-aa naa jaa-ay. vadaa daataa til na tamaa-ay.
His doings are beyond our written record. The Great Giver does not hold anything back.
kaytay mangahi joDh apaar.kayti-aa ganat nahee veechaar.
Where will the great warriors beg? So many do not contemplate or dwell upon Him.
kaytay khap tutahi vaykaar. kaytay lai lai mukar paahi.
How many in pain break and waste away? How many keep taking over and over again, and then deny it?
kaytay moorakh khaahee khaahi. kayti-aa dookh bhookh sad maar.
How many fools keep continuously consuming? So many endure pain, deprivation and constant abuse.
ayhi bhe daat tayree daataar. band khalaasee bhaanai ho-ay.
Even these are Your Gifts, Great Giver! Liberation from bondage comes only by Your Will.
hor aakh na sakai ko-ay. jay ko khaa-ik aakhan paa-ay. oh jaanai jaytee-aa muhi khaa-ay.
No one else has any say in this. If some fool should say otherwise, he certainly will have to eat his words.
aapay jaanai aapay day-ay. aakhahi se bhe kay-ee kay-ay.
He Himself knows, He Himself gives. Few, very few acknowledge this.
jis no bakhsay sifat saalaah. naanak paatisaahee paatisaahu. 25
One, who is blessed to sing His Praises Nanak, is the king of kings. 25


Japji Sahib English Translation

Pauri 26

amul gun amul vaapaar. amul vaapaaree-ay amul bhandaar.
Priceless are Virtues, Priceless are Dealings. Priceless are Dealers, Priceless are Treasures.
amul aavahi amul lai jaahi. amul bhaa-ay amulaa samaahi.
Priceless are the comings; Priceless are taken away. Priceless is Love for Him, Priceless are absorbed.
amul Dharam amul deebaan. amul tul amul parvaan.
Priceless is Dharma, Priceless is His Court. Priceless are the scales priceless are the weights.
amul bakhsees amul neesaan. amul karam amul furmaan.
Priceless are His Blessings, Priceless is the Banner and Insignia. Priceless is His Mercy, Priceless is His Royal Command.
amulo amul aakhi-aa na jaa-ay. aakh aakh rahay liv laa-ay.
Priceless, O Priceless beyond expression! By repeating continually remain absorbed in His Love.
aakhahi vayd paath puraan. aakhahi parhay karahi vakhi-aan. aakhahi barmay aakhahi ind.
The Vedas and Puraanas speak. The scholars speak and lecture. Brahma speaks Indra speaks.
aakhahi gopee tai govind. aakhahi eesar aakhahi siDh. aakhahi kaytay keetay buDh.
The Gopis and Krishna speak. Shiva speaks the Siddhas speak. The many created Buddhas speak.
aakhahi daanav aakhahi dayv. aakhahi sur nar mun jan sayv.
The demons speak the demi-gods speak. The warriors, the heavenly beings, the silent sages, the humble Sewadars speak.
kaytay aakhahi aakhan paahi. kaytay kahi kahi uth uth jaahi.
Many say He is obtained by speaking. Many having spoken over and over have arisen and departed.
aytay keetay hor karayhi. taa aakh na sakahi kay-ee kay-ay.
Having done all this, have it done again; even then, they could not describe Him.
jayvad bhaavai tayvad ho-ay. naanak jaanai saachaa so-ay.
Whatever the Great one desires so shall transpire. O Nanak, Only the True Lord knows.
jay ko aakhai boluvigaarh. taa likee-ai sir gaavaaraa gaavaar. 26
If anyone presumes to describe God, he shall be known as the greatest fool of fools! 26

Pauri 27

so dar kayhaa so ghar kayhaa jit bahi sarab samaalay.
What is that Place like? What is the House like? Where that Lord resides?
vaajay naad anayk asankhaa kaytay vaavanhaaray. kaytay raag paree si-o kahee-an kaytay gaavanhaaray.
Numerous Sound-currents vibrate simultaneously – Where are the musicians? So many melodious Ragas are sung – Where are the singers?
gaavahi tuhno pa-un paanee baisantar gaavai raajaa Dharam du-aaray.
Singing for You are the wind, water and fire; the King Dharma sings at Your Door.
gaavahi chit gupat likh jaaneh likh likh Dharam veechaaray.
Chitr and Gupt, the angels of the conscious and subconscious who record actions sing; Dharma keeps writing, then thinks.
gaavahi eesar barmaa dayvee sohan sadaa savaaray. gaavahi ind idaasan baithay dayviti-aa dar naalay.
Sing, Shiva, Brahma and Devi, beautifully decorated. Sing, Indra, seated upon His Throne, with the deities at Your Door.
gaavahi siDh samaaDhee andar gaavan saaDh vichaaray.
Sing, Yogis in their posture/trance; the holy priests in contemplation.
gaavan jatee satee santokhee gaavahi veer karaaray.gaavan pandit parhan rakheesar jug jug vaydaa naalay.
Sing, celibates, fanatics and the peaceful; Sing, the fearless warriors. Sing, Pandits, the religious scholars who have studied the Vedas for many ages.
gaavahi mohnee-aa man mohan surgaa machh pa-i-aalay.
Sing, Mohinis, the enticer of hearts in this world, in paradise, and in the underworld of the subconscious.
gaavan ratan upaa-ay tayray athsath tirath naalay. gaavahi joDh mahaabal sooraa gaavahi khaanee chaaray.
Sing, celestial jewels created by You, with the 68 holy places of pilgrimage. Sing, brave mighty warriors, Sing, the four sources of creation.
gaavahi khand mandal varbhandaa kar kar rakhay Dhaaray.
Sing, the planets, solar systems and galaxies, created and arranged by Your Hand.
say-ee tuDhuno gaavahi jo tuDh bhaavan ratay tayray bhagat rasaalay.
Only those alone sing, who yearn for You, Your immersed and purified Bhagats.
hor kaytay gaavan say mai chit na aavan naanak ki-aa veechaaray.
Who else sings? They do not come to mind. O Nanak, What can be considered?
so-ee so-ee sadaa sach saahib saachaa saachee naa-ee. hai bhee hosee jaa-ay na jaasee rachnaa jin rachaa-ee.
He and only He, the True Lord is always True and True is His Name. He is, and shall always be. He shall never depart – the Creator of the Universe.
rangee rangee bhaatee kar kar jinsee maa-i-aa jin upaa-ee.
He created the world, with its various colors, species of beings, and the variety of Maya.
kar kar vaykhai keetaa aapnaa jiv tis dee vadi-aa-ee. jo tis bhaavai so-ee karsee hukam na karnaa jaa-ee.
Having created the creation, He watches over it Himself, by His Greatness. He does whatever He pleases. No order can be issued to Him.
so paatisaahu saahaa paatisaahib naanak rahan rajaa-ee. 27
He is the King – the King of kings. Nanak remains submissive to His Will. 27

Pauri 28

munda santokh saram pat jholee Dhi-aan kee karahi bibhoot.
Make contentment your ear-rings, humility your begging bowl and meditation the body ash.
khinthaa kaal ku-aaree kaa-i-aa jugat dandaa parteet.
The thought of death; aspiration of the bride to be; and faith in the Lord be your walking stick.
aa-ee panthee sagal jamaatee man jeetai jag jeet.
Come as a traveller; All are fellow students; conquer your mind, and conquer the world.
aadays tisai aadays.
Salutation! My humbly salutation to You.
aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays. 28
The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout time you remain same. 28

Pauri 29

bhugat gi-aan da-i-aa bhandaaran ghat ghat vaajeh naad.
Make wisdom your food and compassion your attendant; The Sound-current vibrates in each and every heart.
aap naath naathee sabh jaa kee riDh siDh avraa saad.
You are Supreme Lord of all; wealth and miraculous spiritual powers are the tastes of others.
sanjog vijog du-ay kaar chalaaveh laykhay aavahi bhaag.
Union and separation both drive the world; only our destiny matters.
aadays tisai aadays.
Salutation! My humbly salutation to You.
aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays. 29
The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout time you remain same. 29

Pauri 30

aykaa maa-ee jugat vi-aa-ee tin chaylay parvaan.
The One Divine Mother conceived and gave birth to the three deities.
ik sansaaree ik bhandaaree ik laa-ay deebaan.
One the Creator of the World; One the Sustainer; and One the Destroyer.
jiv tis bhaavai tivai chalaavai jiv hovai furmaan.
Whatever He wishes, He makes to happen according to His Command.
oh vaykhai onaa nadar na aavai bahutaa ayhu vidaan.
He watches all, but none see Him! How mysterious is this?
aadays tisai aadays.
Salutation! My humbly salutation to You.
aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays. 30
The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout time you remain same. 30


Japji Sahib English Translation

Pauri 31

aasan lo-ay lo-ay bhandaar.
World upon world are His Seats of Authority and His Stores.
jo kichh paa-i-aa so aykaa vaar.
Whatever was put into them, was put there once and for all.
kar kar vaykhai sirjanhaar.
Having created the Universe, He watches over it.
naanak sachay kee saachee kaar.
Nanak, This is the True Creator’s True Creation.
aadays tisai aadays.
Salutation! My humbly salutation to You.
aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays. 31
The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout time you remain same. 31

Pauri 32

ik doo jeebhou lakh hohi lakh hoveh lakh vees.
From the one tongue, if I had 100,000 tongues, and these were then multiplied by twenty more.
lakh lakh gayrhaa aakhee-ahi ayk naam jagdees.
I would repeat, hundreds of thousands of times, the One Name of the Creator.
ayt raahi pat pavrhee-aa charhee-ai ho-ay ikees.
Tread this path to our Husband Lord, climbing these steps one merges with Him.
sun galaa aakaas kee keetaa aa-ee rees.
Hearing of talks of the cosmos, even worms want to compete.
naanak nadree paa-ee-ai koorhee koorhai thees. 32
Nanak, Only by His Grace is He obtained. The boastings of the false are a sham. 32

Pauri 33

aakhan jor chupai nah jor.
Uttering brings power; silence brings no power.
jor na mangan dayn na jor.
Power is not gained by begging; giving doesn’t bring power.
jor na jeevan maran nah jor.
Power is not gained by living; death doesn’t bring power.
jor na raaj maal man sor.
Power is not gained by ruling with wealth and occult mental powers.
jor na surtee gi-aan veechaar.
Power is not gained by understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation.
jor na jugtee chhutai sansaar.
Power is not gained by finding a way to escape from the world.
jis hath jor kar vaykhai so-ay.
In whose Hand the Power is, He watches over all.
naanak utam neech na ko-ay. 33
O Nanak, no one is high or low. 33

Pauri 34

raatee rutee thitee vaar. pavan paanee agnee paataal.
Nights, days, weeks and seasons; wind, water, fire and the nether regions
tis vich Dhartee thaap rakhee Dharam saal. tis vich jee-a jugat kay rang.
in the midst of these, He established the earth as a home for Dharma.Upon it, He placed creatures of various colors.
tin kay naam anayk anant. karmee karmee ho-ay veechaar.
Their names are uncountable and endless. By their karams and deeds will they be judged.
sachaa aap sachaa darbaar. tithai sohan panch parvaan.
God Himself is True, and True is His Court. There, in perfect grace sit the elect Controllers.
nadree karam pavai neesaan. kach pakaa-ee othai paa-ay.
Through blessed Karmas, they receive their Mark. The ripe and the unripe shall be judged there.
naanak ga-i-aa jaapai jaa-ay. 34
O Nanak, those go there who have worshipped. 34

Pauri 35

Dharam khand kaa ayho Dharam. gi-aan khand kaa aakhhu karam.
The Kingdom of Dharma has set rules. Speak of the qualities of the realm of knowledge.
kaytay pavan paanee vaisantar kaytay kaan mahays.
So many winds, waters and fires; so many Krishnas and Shivas
kaytay barmay ghaarhat gharhee-ahi roop rang kay vays.
So many Brahmas fashioning forms of great beauty, adorned and dressed in many colors.
kaytee-aa karam bhoomee mayr kaytay kaytay Dhoo updays.
So many worlds and lands for working out karma. So very many lessons to be learned!
kaytay ind chand soor kaytay kaytay mandal days.
So many Indras, so many moons and suns, so many worlds and lands.
kaytay siDh buDh naath kaytay kaytay dayvee vays.
So many Siddhas and Buddhas, so many Yogic masters. So many goddesses of various kinds.
kaytay dayv daanav mun kaytay kaytay ratan samund.
So many demi-gods and demons, so many silent sages. So many oceans of jewels.
kaytee-aa khaanee kaytee-aa banee kaytay paat narind.
So many ways of life, so many languages. So many dynasties of rulers.
kaytee-aa surtee sayvak kaytay naanak ant na ant. 35
So many intuitive people, so many selfless servants. O Nanak, Limitless is His limit! 35


Japji Sahib English Translation

Pauri 36

gi-aan khand meh gi-aan parchand.
In the realm of wisdom, spiritual wisdom reigns supreme.
tithai naad binod kod anand.
The Sound current vibrates amidst the sounds and the sights of bliss.
saram khand kee banee roop.
In the realm of humility the beautiful Bani reigns.
tithai ghaarhat gharhee-ai bahut anoop.
Forms of incomparable beauty are created and fashioned there.
taa kee-aa galaa kathee-aa naa jaahi.
These things cannot be described.
jay ko kahai pichhai pachhutaa-ay.
One who tries to speak of these shall regret the attempt.
tithai gharhee-ai surat mat man buDh.
The intuitive consciousness, intellect and understanding of the mind are shaped there.
tithai gharhee-ai suraa siDhaa kee suDh. 36
The consciousness of the spiritual warriors and the beings of spiritual perfection, are shaped there. 36

Pauri 37

karam khand kee banee jor. tithai hor na ko-ee hor.
In the realm of karma, the Bani is Power. Nothing else can prevail here.
tithai joDh mahaabal soor. tin meh raam rahi-aa bharpoor.
The warriors of great power and immense courage. In whom Ram dwells and is infused completely.
tithai seeto seetaa mahimaa maahi. taa kay roop na kathnay jaahi.
Myriads of Sitas are there, cool and calm in their majestic glory, Their physical features are beyond description.
naa ohi mareh na thaagay jaahi. jin kai raam vasai man maahi.
Neither do they die nor can they be robbed, within whose minds the Lord Ram resides.
tithai bhagat vaseh kay lo-a. karahi anand sachaa man so-ay.
The devotees of many worlds dwell there. They are in bliss; the True Lord dwells in their minds.
sach khand vasai nirankaar. kar kar vaykhai nadar nihaal.
In the realm of Truth, the Formless Lord abides. Having created, He watches over the Creation bestowing Grace and happiness.
tithai khand mandal varbhand. jay ko kathai ta ant na ant.
There are planets, solar systems and galaxies. If one describes them, there is no limit, no end.
tithai lo-a lo-a aakaar. jiv jiv hukam tivai tiv kaar.
There are worlds upon worlds of His Creation. As He commands, so they exist.
vaykhai vigsai kar veechaar. naanak kathnaa karrhaa saar. 37
He watches, contemplates and rejoices upon His Creation O Nanak, description is extremely difficult! 37

Pauri 38

jat paahaaraa Dheeraj suni-aar.
Let self-control be the furnace, and patience the goldsmith.
ahran mat vayd hathee-aar.
Let understanding be the anvil, and religious wisdom the tools.
bha-o khalaa agan tap taa-o.
Fear of God the bellows; fan the flames of your body’s inner heat.
bhaaNdaa bhaa-o amrit tit dhaal.
In the crucible of love, melt the Amrit Nectar of the Naam,
gharhee-ai sabad sachee taksaal.
Forge the Shabad in the True mint.
jin ka-o nadar karam tin kaar.
Whoever is showered with His Grace, karma of their actions excel.
naanak nadree nadar nihaal. 38
O Nanak, the Merciful Lord’s Glance uplifts and rescues them. 38

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