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Bowing Jaap Sahib

"Mimic this Jaap Sahib. You are not mimicking the words, you are re-creating the creative essence of the word, the naad. This is a powerful way that you can learn about sensitivity. If you can practice this meditatively, then whatever people say, you will always compute what people mean. It will give you a totally different dimension. It will take away unawareness, foolishness and nonsense. What a person is saying and what he actually means are two different dimensions. And that is what I want you to experience.” -Yogi Bhajan

Posture: Sit on the heels in Rock Pose, with hands on thighs.

Mantra: Recitation of Guru Gobind Singh's Jaap Sahib.

Movement: Begin bowing the forehead to the floor to the Namastang rhythm:

Rhythm with the recitation:

Bowing 4 counts, resting 1 with the music. (Consider one cycle of touching the forehead to the floor and rising as 1 count.)

Rhythm without the recitation:

The movement is done to 10 beats as follows: Down on 1, up on 2, down on 3, up on 4, down on 5, up on 6, down on 7, up on 8. Stay up for beats 9 and 10.

Alternative Mudra: This can also be done with the arms and hands in Yoga Mudra. The hands interlaced at the base of the spine, palms facing up. Arms would stretch up as high as possible when the forehead touches the ground.

Time: Continue for the entire recitation of the Jaap Sahib.


"Jaap Sahib is Guru Gobind Singh's1 bani (prayer). Guru Gobind Singh became one with God and recited Jaap Sahib. You have to understand: the Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh were in a position to run at the speed of a horse. What was the miracle that gave them such power? Jaap Sahib.

“Jaap Sahib gives you the strength of mind behind every muscle of you. And if we have to face challenge or change, take the Name of God everywhere, with every breath. This is how we can do it. That is the way to be spiritual. Everything you do should be right from your spirit, and your spirit should be in it. That's the way you can succeed. Nothing else will work it out.

“That's why he recited Jaap Sahib. This bani is a gift to you to use when your grace, your power, and your position are threatened. Whoever will recite this bani shall never fall flat on his face. That's why an ordinary bunch of bones could fight with thousands and thousands of armed, trained soldiers and defend themselves beautifully; because they had the spirit with them.

“Jaap Sahib is not just to praise God. To praise God is the way we have been taught. It's the oldest method, because man wanted to be with God and so he was told to pray and meditate. That is where I differ. I have experienced and I believe that these things are there to make us highly sensitive, absolutely creative and extremely intuitive. It doesn't matter how rich you are, how healthy you are or how good you are. It doesn't matter if you have all the faculties of life which you want to have. If you are not intuitive, you are dumb. That's how pain comes. I am trying to take you past that. For that you need new blood. That's why we are doing these exercises, so that the glands can work.

“Jaap Sahib is the salutation to God in which Guru Gobind Singh recites every facet of God. As many facets as have been explained there, that many facets you have to cover in your life. That's what Jaap Sahib is. But to do that, you require about 250 years to learn, practice, experience and project each facet. I don't think we have that time.

“So basically, the idea of the mantra is to give you the key to open that hemisphere where you want to be. That's what Jaap Sahib does. When you do it in this bowing form, it will keep you healthy, happy and holier than you can imagine. You can enjoy life.

“If you want to live with your hurts, and continue to cause yourself the hurts, that is a different science and a different theory. It is my feeling that if we really work hard on ourselves and flow with our own energy, we can penetrate through life successfully. Expecting somebody else to help you or to make you happy or feel good is asking for trouble. Rather, you should make yourself so happy that by looking at you, people should become happy.

“So, when victory came, Guru Gobind Singh praised the Lord in naad. That is what is beautiful about Jaap Sahib: it raises the soul and the Self, the being. And that is what we are talking about. I'm just trying to give you the experience as I learned Gurbani, and as I learned Kundalini Yoga."
- Yogi Bhajan

1 Guru Gobind Singh is the 10th Sikh Guru, known for his radiance as a warrior saint. 

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