Guru's Bani / Guru's Script

Japji Sahib

Guru Nanak


Japji Sahib, the poem by Guru Nanak that we recite at the beginning of the Aquarian Sadhana, includes everything we need to know to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Many of us have been attracted to its sounds, rhythms and wisdom without knowing how to approach it.

Learning to read and understand Japji which includes the Mool Mantra, thirty-eight pauris, and two sloks, is an ongoing project.  To facilitate this learning several classes a year are offered on specific segments of Japji.   These classes allow students to deepen there understanding and build vocabulary while gaining ease and fluency in reading and pronunciation.

Japji Courses


Continuing with Japji

Imagine what it would be like to recite Japji easily and well, to recognize key words and phrases, to understand Guru Nanak’s answers to the basic questions of life and to discuss them with others.  Take these Continuing Japji classes and you will be on your way to what you just imagined.

We move in a relaxed manner in these classes, reciting and studying one or two pauris each week while sharing our experience and understanding of the pauris.  There are separate classes for students reading Gurmukhi and students reading transliteration.  You will receive audio and written files to support your study.  Everything you learn about these pauris will help you in reading all of Japji.  Classes are recorded.

We complete this round of Japji in the spring of 2018 with a session on Pauris 32-38 with the concluding Slok.   As always, we will explore the wisdom of Guru Nanak while learning good pronunciation.


Pauris 32-38 of Japji Sahib with the concluding Slok

This is a rich line-up which includes the well-known Aakhan Jor pauri, the four pauris which describe the khands or realms which we traverse at the time of death, the metaphor of the 38th Pauri of a metalworker making the true coin of the shabad, and the final slok which sums up life and death.   Classes include Muharni (alphabet practice), reading practice (both group and individual), and exploring the meaning of the pauri together. We will cover two pauris each class. Homework for the class is reciting one of the pauris we have studied eleven times a day until we meet again the next week.

For Transliteration Readers:

Tuesdays:  Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST

For Gurmukhi Readers (two classes to choose from):

Tuesdays:  Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST

Wednesdays:  Apr. 25, May 2, 9, 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30  p.m. EST

FEE:  $95 by Apr. 20;  $105 thereafter


To take Japji Classes, please register online