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Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10 - Sabad 08: That One

Are we lost in yoga and meditation?

Tuesday
,
28
February
2023

In this ninth podcast, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the vastness of IkOankar. They discuss the Guru’s description of how even the holiest of people lost themselves in intense concentration...

Introducing Sabad Hajare Patshahi 10, new translations and commentaries of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib's composition. Harinder Singh (Innovation Director) and Jasleen Kaur (Research Associate) discuss their learnings and challenges while engaging with the words of this composition. The unique contexts and subversions these compositions reveal are a treat for those who yearn to get to know Guru Gobind Singh Sahib and those who yearn to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Sahib.

In the eighth composition of the “Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10” (popularly Shabad Hazare Patshahi 10) series, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib questions how That One can be said to be in one human form. Guru Sahib shakes the yogic methods and techniques of the methodological discipline of intense concentration and replaces them with an intimate connection with That One.

In this ninth podcast, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the vastness of IkOankar. They discuss the Guru’s description of how even the holiest of people lost themselves in intense concentration, and his guidance towards understanding that no matter the person, deity, ghost, or spirit, all are calling That One infinite.

Sabad

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੀ ੧੦
ਸੋ ਕਿਮਿ   ਮਾਨਸ ਰੂਪ ਕਹਾਏ॥
ਸਿਧ ਸਮਾਧਿ ਸਾਧਿ ਕਰਿ ਹਾਰੇ   ਕ੍ਯੋ ਹੂੰ ਨ ਦੇਖਨ ਪਾਏ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ॥
ਨਾਰਦ ਬਿਆਸ ਪਰਾਸਰ ਧ੍ਰੂਅ ਸੇ   ਧਿਆਵਤਿ ਧਿਆਨ ਲਗਾਏ॥੧॥
ਬੇਦ ਪੁਰਾਨਿ ਹਾਰਿ ਹਠਿ ਛਾਡਿਓ   ਤਦਪਿ ਧਿਆਨ ਨ ਆਏ॥੧॥
ਦਾਨਵ ਦੇਵ ਪਿਸਾਚ ਪ੍ਰੇਤ ਤੇ   ਨੇਤਹਿ ਨੇਤ ਕਹਾਏ॥
ਸੂਛਮ ਤੇ ਸੂਛਮ ਕਰਿ ਚੀਨੇ   ਬ੍ਰਿਧਨ ਬ੍ਰਿਧ ਬਤਾਏ॥੨॥
ਭੂਮਿ ਅਕਾਸ ਪਤਾਲ ਸਭੈ ਸਜਿ   ਏਕ ਅਨੇਕ ਸਦਾਏ॥
ਸੋ ਨਰ ਕਾਲਫਾਂਸ ਤੇ ਬਾਚੇ   ਜੋ ਹਰਿ ਸਰਣਿ ਸਿਧਾਏ॥੩॥੧॥੮॥

Translation

That One
Are we lost in yoga and meditation?

Bilaval Sovereign 10
How can That One be said to be in one human form?
The Siddhas could not see That One, lost themselves in perfect consciousness and intense concentration. Pause-reflect.
Likes of Narada, Vyasa, Prasara, and Dhruva concentrated with intense concentration.
Vedas and Puranas lost and left after stubbornness; even then, they could not concentrate on That One.
Even demigods, deities, spirits, and ghosts call That One infinite and infinite.
That One is recognized as the finest among the finest; That One is labeled as the greatest among the greatest.
That One created all — land, sky, and nether regions — the One is known for many forms.
Only that person is free from the noose of death who takes refuge in Hari-1.

In This Podcast

Harinder Singh

Senior Fellow, Research & Policy
Senior Fellow, Research & Policy

Harinder Singh is the Senior Fellow at the Sikh Research Institute. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University, an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas, and an MPhil from Punjab University in the linguistics of the Guru Granth Sahib. 

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Jasleen Kaur

Research Associate
Research Associate

Jasleen Kaur is a Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. She has received a Religious Studies B.A./M.A. from the University of Virginia, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry.

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