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Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10 - Sabad 10: 1’s Identification

Why do you need to Identify with the 1?


In this eleventh and final podcast of the series, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the 1’s Identification.

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 tenth composition of the “Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10” (popularly Shabad Hazare Patshahi 10) series, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib declares that identifying with the attributes and existence of the 1 eliminates fear. Guru Sahib disrupts the practice of identifying with deities and celestial bodies, for only the 1 who is beyond the cycle of birth and death eliminates fear.

In this eleventh and final podcast of the series, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the 1’s Identification. They discuss the context around the Guru’s references to various Divine names, smaller deities, and sages, as well as various religious texts. They then discuss the Guru’s emphasis on the vastness of IkOankar through his description of the One as infinite, formless, and colorless. Finally, they offer closing personal reflections on the series.


ਦੇਵਗੰਧਾਰੀ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੀ ੧੦
ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿਨਾਮੁ   ਨ ਬਾਚਨ ਪੈ ਹੈ॥
ਚੌਦਹਲੋਕ ਜਾਹਿ ਬਸਿ ਕੀਨੇ   ਤਾ ਤੇ ਕਹਾਂ ਪਲੈ ਹੈ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ॥
ਰਾਮ ਰਹੀਮ ਉਬਾਰਿ ਨ ਸਕਿ ਹੈ   ਜਾਕਰ ਨਾਮੁ ਰਟੈ ਹੈ॥
ਬ੍ਰਹਮਾ ਬਿਸਨੁ ਰੁਦ੍ਰ ਸੂਰਜ ਸਸਿ   ਤੇ ਬਸਿ ਕਾਲ ਸਬੈਹੈ॥੧॥
ਬੇਦ ਪੁਰਾਨ ਕੁਰਾਨ ਸਬੈ ਮਤਿ   ਜਾਕਰ ਨੇਤਿ ਕਹੈ ਹੈ॥
ਇੰਦ੍ਰ ਫਨਿੰਦ੍ਰ ਮੁਨਿੰਦ੍ਰ ਕਲਪ ਬਹੁ   ਧਿਆਵਤਿ ਧਿਆਨ ਨ ਐ ਹੈ॥੨॥
ਜਾਕਰ ਰੂਪ ਰੰਗ ਨਹਿ ਜਨਿਯਤਿ   ਸੋ ਕਿਮ ਸ੍ਯਾਮ ਕਹੈ ਹੈ॥
ਛੁਟਿਹੋ ਕਾਲਜਾਲ ਤੇ ਤਬ ਹੀ   ਤਾਹਿ ਚਰਨ ਲਪਟੈ ਹੈ॥੩॥੨॥੧0॥


1’s Identification
Why do you need to Identify with 1?

Devagandhari Sovereign 10
No one can be saved without Hari’s Nam, 1’s Identification.
That 1 who controls the fourteen worlds, where can you run away from That 1? Pause-reflect.
Rama and Rahim can not ferry you across whose names you are repeating.
Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, the sun, and the moon are all under the control of death.
All wisdoms of Vedas, Puranas, and Quran call That 1 infinite.
Indra, Sheshanaga, and great sages intensely concentrated for eons, but they still could not concentrate on That 1.
Whose form and color can not be recognized; how can That 1 be called Shyam-Krishna?
You will only be free from the death-web if you cling to the feet of That 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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