This pauri talks about how compassion is the foundation of the building of the Universe and how knowing exactly what that compassion feels like is really what elevates you. I think here about the words of the Dalai Lama: “My religion is kindness.” Compassion is the activity of the Universe rushing in to support YOU, and when you support others, you align yourself with the flow of goodness and let more sweetness into your heart.
Within the Universe are planet after planet, species after species, color after color, this pauri goes on to say. What holds them up? What creates them? The Word of God. I find it infinitely fascinating that many religions always go back to the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God,” I learned as a child. Here in Japji, according to the traditional Nitnem translation it says, “God’s One Word created the world’s expansion.” It is left to us as individuals to meditate upon what “Word” really is. For me, “Word” refers to a vibration or a sound. This sound (and yes, it may well have sounded like a Big Bang) set into motion the vibration of the entire Universe. Yogi Bhajan said that the sound of the gong was the nearest sound to the creation of the Universe. Physics has discovered that matter is really vibrating strands of energy (String Theory), so for me it follows that Universe is the outward manifestation of the formless made to have form. But I’m not a physicist, and I’m not a Japji scholar. I’m just a woman who meditates upon the sacred sound current and discovers (and keeps discovering in more depth every time I read the 11th pauri) just what this Universe is all about. That’s part of the beauty of Japji. With just little old you and Japji, everything is revealed if you have the eyes to see it and a heart open to it.
The 16th Pauri of Japji
Panch parvan panch pardhaan. Panche paavah dargah maan.
Panche sohah dar raajaan. Panchaa kaa gur ek dhiaan.
Jo ko kahai karai vichaar. Karte kai karnai naahi sumaar.
Dhaul dharam dayaa kaa put. Santokh thaap rakhiaa jin sut.
Je ko bujhai hovai sachiaar. Dhavali upar ketaa bhaar.
Dharti hor parai hor hor. Tis te bhaar talai kavan jor.
Jia jaat rangaa ke naav. Sabhna likhiaa vuri kalaam.
Eh lekhaa lik jaanai koe. Lekhaa likhiaa ketaa hoe.
Ketaa taan suaaliah rup. Keti daat jaanai kaun kaut.
Kitaa pasaao ek kavaao. Tis te hoe lakh dariaao.
Kudrat kavan kahaa vichaar. Vaariaa na jaavaa ek vaar.
Jo tudh bhaavai saai bhali kaar. Tu sadaa salaamat Nirankaar.
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