Here is a song that was composed by the fifth
Sikh Guru in the 1600's in northwest India.
His name is Guru Arjan. He is the one that the emporer of the time tortured by putting him on
a hot griddle, then pouring burning sand on him, and finally throwing his body in cold water--all for not giving into the
But when Guru Arjan's
friend asked him why he didn't use his yogic powers to get himself out of this outrageously painful situation, he replied
with the deepest satisfaction, calmness and awareness, that all is God, and couldn't his friend see that. Guru Arjan
was obviously completely in the full experience of his Soul!
So, when unrest strikes us, why not try reciting his prayer? It has been my experience, as
well as that of others that if you do, your deep pain, anxiety, insecurity and worry can be changed!
not try it?
You can do this in a number of effective ways.
One is to recite this, especially in "Gurmukhi," that powerful sound current. You
will find the English transliteration of it here in the left column. And you don't have to become a Sikh to do this.
You can still follow your own religion or non-religion without conflict.
Or you can say this poem in English as well. Knowing the meaning can be really comforting!
You can do this at least 11 times per day for
at least 40 days.
Or once you have memorized it, you can repeat it all the time as your ongoing "simran,"
or constant vibration of God, or the deepest experience of your Soul.
Try it like a scientist to discover what it can do for you. You may even record
the results in your journal or diary.
is at bit of the incredible technology that we are blessed to inherit in these challenging times!
THIR GHAR BAISAHO HARIJAN PI-AAPRARY
Thir ghar baisaho harijan pi-aaray
Satigur tumaray kaaj
Dusat doot parmaysar
Jan jee paij rakhee kartaaray
Baadishaah shaah sabh vas kar deenay
Amrit naam mahaa ras peenay
Nirbhau ho-i bhajaho bhagavaan
Saadh sangat mil keeno daan
paray prabh antarjaamee
Naanak ot pakaree prabh su-aamee
These double vowels indicate that the sound is
of slightly longer duration than the the quick single vowels, but the sound itself remains the same.
Stay steady in your own home, O dear servant of the Lord.
The Ture Guru (teacher aspect of the Universal) has arranged your affairs. (pause and meditate
The Supreme Lord has slain the
wicked and the evil.
The Creator has preserved the honor of his sevant.
The emperors and kings are all made subject to the one,
Who drinks in the Supreme Essence of the Ambrosial Naam (name, identity or Essential Vibration)
Fearlessly, mediate on the Supreme Lord.
Joining the Society of the Saints, this Gift is bestowed.
Entering the Sanctuary of God, the Inner-Knower,
the support of God, the Master.
Nanak was the first Sikh Guru who lived in the 1500s and early 1600s. Since each of the succeeding 10 Sikh Gurus carried
the Light or vibration of this amazing founding Guru, each succeeding Sikh Guru uses this name. So, Guru Arjan is sometimes
called the 5th Nanak as he was the 5th Guru. And it was the custom of the time that the author of a poem, the experiencer
of these concepts expressed in the writing used his name in this way as a kind of signature.
This hymn can be found in the text of the Siri
Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures.
In the full
Bir, which is the original format, this song is on page 201; and in the 8 volume set, it is in Volume 2, page 669.
You can make up your own tune when chanting it if you like!