Sukhmani Sahib

Sukhmani Sahib is the set of hymns divided into 24 sections which appear in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, on ang 262. Each section, which is called an Ashtpadi(asht means 8), consists of 8 hymns per Ashtpadi. The word Sukhmani literally means Treasure (Mani) of Peace (Sukh). This set of Hymns or Bani is very popular among the Sikhs, who frequently recite it in their places of worship called Gurdwaras and at home. The full recital takes about 90 minutes and is normally undertaken by everyone in the congregation.

According to Sikh doctrine, this Bani is believed to bring peace to one's mind and compoundly peace to the world. This set of 192 hymns were compiled by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

Below are a few translated quotes from this Bani:

Ashtpadi 1:

  • Meditate, meditate, by meditation peace is found.
  • Antagonism and dispute are dispelled from your body.
  • Meditate and Praise the One who pervades the whole Universe.
  • Countless people, in so many ways, chant your(God's) Name.
  • The Vedas, the Puraanas and the Simritees, the purest of utterances,
  • All say the same Word for the One Lord.
  • That one, in whom even for a second you dwell - their praises cannot be recounted.
  • Those who yearn only for the blessing of Your Sight - Nanak: save me along with them!

Sukhmani Sahib Transliterations and Translations

Gauri sukhmani mahla 5 Salok Ik oankar sat gur prasad

I bow to the primal guru I bow to the guru of the ages I bow to the true guru I bow to the great divine guru

Astpadee Mediate,meditate,mediate in remembrance of him and find peace Worry and anguish shall be dispelled from your body The Vegas and Puranas and the simritees the purest of the utterances were created from the one word of the name lord. That one,in whose soul the one lord dwells,the praises of his glory cannot be recounted. Those who yearn only for the blessing of your visitation, nanak save me along with them. Peace of mind,the nectar of the name of God.the minds of the devotees anode in joyful peace,pause. Remembering God one doesn't have to reenter the womb. Remembering God the pain of death is dispelled. Remembering God death is eliminated,remembering God one's enemies are repelled. Remembering God,no obstacles are met. Remembering God one remains awake and alert during might and day. Remembering God one is not touched by fear. Remembering God one does not suffer sorrow.

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