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25th Pauri of Japji (Bahota Karam)

Japji is a prayer written by Guru Nanak. Each pauri, or stanza, imparts a special healing quality. The 25th pauri brings prosperity.

(click for Spanish Translation)

"If you recite the twenty-fifth pauri of Japji eleven times a day, it will bring you prosperity and wealth. It is a promise. There are many people who have done it and they became prosperous.

"The twenty-fifth pauri adds up to seven. It is a platform of levitation. It means wherever you are and whatever you are, this pauri will elevate you, levitate you, to the point of achievement, no matter what!

"Prosperity is a state produced immediately by the mind. When the sun comes out of the clouds, everything is lit. When the mind comes out of duality, prosperity is there. And the twenty-fifth pauri has the power to take away duality, because it covers every aspect of the projection of the self. It works on the tenth body, the radiant body."
-Yogi Bhajan

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose, with a straight spine. The hands are resting on the knees in gyan mudra (first fingers and thumb tips are touching).

Eyes: Eyes may be open or closed.

Bahotaa karam likhiaa na jaa-ay.

Vadaa dataa til na tamaay.

Kaytay mange jodh apaar.

Kaythaa ganat nahee veechaar.

Kaytay khap tuteh vikar.

Kaytay lai lai mukar paa-eh.

Kaytay moorakh khaahee khaa-eh.

Kaytiaa dookh bhookh sad maar.

Ay-eh bhe daat tayree daataar

Band khaalasee bhanai hoe.

Hor aakh na sakai koe.

Jay ko khaa-ik akhaan paae.

Oh jaanai jaytee-aa muh khaa-ay.

Aapay jaanay aapay day-eh.

Aakheh se bhe kay-ee kay-eh.

Jis no bakhsay siphat saalaah.

Naanak paatisaahee paatisaah.


Listen to a slow recitation by Guru Darbar Singh

Listen to a musical version by Guru Shabd Singh

Listen to a musical version by the Dasvandh staff


English Translation:

 [Courtesy of Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa]

There are so many karmic plays, it isn't possible to write them all.

The Great Giver withholds nothing -not even the tiniest sesame seed.

There are so many warriors begging to merge into Thee. There are so many

Who are counting but never reflect on or see You.

So many are exhausted, having broken themselves on vice.

There are so many who take everything and then deny receiving.

So many foolish ones do nothing but stuff their face with food.

So many are continually beaten down by endless pain and hunger.

Even these are your Gifts to us, Great Giver.

Slavery. Freedom. Both come from You.

It isn't possible for anyone to say more than this.

If someone who likes the sound of his own voice tries to speak about this, He'll
be shamed in so many ways.

You, Yourself, know. You, Yourself, give.

Those who can speak of it this way are very few.

The ones You bless to meditatively and lovingly chant and sing Your wonders,

Nanak, These persons are the nobility of nobility.  

 [Re-posted from Sikh Dharma Dasvandh)