PAURI 8(Stanza 8)
Each line in the next four Pauris starts with the word SUNIAE, which means “by listening” to the name of God with love and devotion. Guruji describes the importance of listening to His Name with love and devotion.
In these verses, Guruji tells us about the joys, virtues, and merits of listening to God’s name. One way of listening to the God’s name is doing Simran, i.e. recitation of God’s name –“WAHEGURU”– with love and devotion. While doing Simran and “listening” to what you are reciting, a person starts to cultivate in himself / herself the qualities of God. Then the person is always in the state of true joy and happiness and the supernatural powers mentioned above and in the next three Paurees seem like minor things. Listening to Gurbani with understanding greatly helps in achieving the benefits of Simran. Everyone should sit down quietly in a secluded place and do Simran, preferably in the morning, but can be done anytime. “Waheguru” means “O God, You are great, You are amazing” – think of His greatness while doing Simran. Start with five minutes and gradually increase, you will see the difference in your daily life
SUNIAE SIDH PEER SUR NAATH
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person becomes a saint, a religious guide, a spiritual leader, and a great yogi (implies that a person may belong to any religion, can becomes spiritually elevated by listening to the Name of God with love and devotion).
suniae: by listening, sidh: person with supernatural powers, peer: Muslim religious leader, sur: spiritual leader, naath: yogi
SUNIAE DHARAT DHAVAL AAKAAS
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person understands the nature of Earth and Universe and who is supporting them.
dharat: Earth, dhaval: bull, according to Hindu Scriptures a bull is supporting the weight of the Earth. Guru Nanak Dev ji rejected this belief as is clear in Pauri 16. Here, dhaval implies supporting system, aakaas: sky, implies the Universe
SUNIAE DEEP LO PAATAL
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person attains the knowledge of the continents and the worlds.
deep:continents, lo: worlds, pataal: world below
SUNIAE POH NAA SAKAE KAAL
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person gets rid of the fear of death(i.e. achieves salvation – comes out of the cycle of birth and death).
poh: touch or affect, kaal: death
NANAK BHAGTAAN SADAA VIGAAS
Nanak says, His devotees (person who listens to the name of God with love and devotion), are always in the state of true joy and happiness.
bhagtaa: to His devotees, sadaa: always, vigaas: joy
SUNIAE DOOKH PAAP KAA NAAS II8II
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, all the pains & sorrows, and sins are destroyed.
dookh: pains, sorrow, paap: sins, naas: destroyed
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.
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DID YOU KNOW
According to the current Rehat Maryada published by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), every Sikh is expected to recite the following banis everyday:
Morning: Japji Saheb, Jaap Saheb, Ten Swayyas. Ardas is performed after reciting these banis.
Evening: Rehras Saheb and Ardas.
Night: Kirtan Sohela
- Written by Guru Nanak Dev Ji
- This is the first bani in Guru Granth Saheb, also called Adi Granth.
- This bani is not assigned to any Raga (most of the bani in Guru Granth Saheb is in various Ragas)
- Consists of mool mantra, 38 paurees, and a slok.
- This bani is recited in the morning before starting the daily routine.
- Written by Guru Gobind Singh ji
- This bani is not in the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Saheb ji). It is in Dasam Granth, which is a separate Granth (holy book) containing writings of Guru Gobind Singh ji only.
- This bani has 199 verses, which are written on the first ten pages of Dasam Granth.
- This bani is recited in the morning, before starting the daily routine, after Japji Saheb.