Sikh Bani, originally written in Gurmukhi language, are the words of Guru that are recited during the daily prayers by the Sikh devotees. The Sikh Bani also called as Guru Bani are Holy Scriptures and must be handled with great respect.
Types of Sikh Bani
There are seven different type of Sikh Bani’s such as Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Amrit Sahib, Benti Chaupai, Anand Sahib, Rehras Sahab and Kirtan Sohila. While most of the Bani’s are read early in the morning, Rehras Sahab and Kirtan Sohila are read in the evening and night time respectively.
The Sikh Banis are powerful Guru Bani’s that help in getting rid of negativity, ill thoughts, and misfortune, enhances the personality and well-being of the devotees by raising the level of consciousness, strengthening the thought process, increasing the flow of positive energy and helping in spiritual healing.
It is one of the most popular and powerful Sikh Bani contained within Guru Granth Sahib; a holy scripture in Sikhism. The words within the scripture are the words of wisdom of God and called as Gurbani (God’s own words).
Sikhs consider the ‘Wisdom of the words’ appearing in the book as Guru and a recitation or preaching of anything that is not contained within the scripture is unacceptable.
The opening verses of Guru Granth Sahib comprise of Japji Sahib, a Sikh hymn composed by Guru Nanak Dev in the year 1507. Japji Sahib begins with a Mool Mantra, a collection of 38 Sikh hymns and ends with a Shloka. Mool Mantra is the first teaching of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and describes the attribute of God as Universal, the creator without fear and hatred, beyond the cycle of birth and death; and realised only by the Grace of Guru.
Sukhmani Sahib is another Sikh Bani (prayer) that brings peace and tranquillity to the mind, strengthens your courage and connects to your higher self.